8 May 2013

Sandy Santa Sugar Scrub

Sandy Santa is a limited edition solid sugar scrub that was available during the cold months of Christmas to help soothe those winter blues. Bursting with the smell of juicy Brazilian orange oil, sandalwood and rosewood, this is a fruity scrub for all skin types. The sugar, sand and bicarbonate exfoliate and soften your skin, whilst the scent helps you to envisage those long over-due summer months.

This was the first time I had tried one of Lush's sugar scrubs, so I didn't really know how to go about using one in the shower. I knew that the main ingredient in Sandy Santa was sugar, so I figured it wouldn't have been wise to hold it under the running water whilst in the shower.

Doing a little research beforehand helped me to determine three possible ways that you can approach the use of this scrub. It seems the most popular way is to break off pieces before you hit the shower, so that when the water does dissolve it, you haven't sacrificed your entire product in a single standing. 

The second option, and the one I decided on trying, was to use the whole thing as a sort of pumice stone. When you glide it up and down your body whilst just out of range of the pressurised water, it works wonders on removing dried and unwanted skin.

Finally, some people choose to leave Sandy Santa in a container where it is guaranteed to come into contact with some form of liquid. This liquid helps to break down the scrub and create a sort of paste, which can then be used in part as a soluble scrub. A sort of festive Rub Rub Rub if you will.   

As I mentioned before, Sandy Santa is scented with a combination of orange, rosewood, and sandalwood oils that not only give it, it's bright, sunny scent but also acts to hydrate skin as you scrub. The orange is the prominent smell here but there is definitely an underlying floral tone that gives this scrub a wonderful multi-textured smell.

In spite of all of this, I found myself disliking the product after the first try. Despite taking every precaution to keep it away from the running water, after one use it was near enough completely used up, and what was left was a small clump of sugar that had completely disintegrated by the next morning. 

Now whether people use this scrub for specific areas as opposed to a full body massage, or whether one of the other methods is more effective at prolonging it's shelf life, I am unsure. What I do know is that I could not afford to spend £3+ 2-3 times a week to use this product on a regular basis. I'm guessing this is why Lush have released this as a limited edition product, as it's only supposed to be used on special occasions. 

Overall, Sandy Santa is in essence, a good product. It scrubs away dry skin and exfoliates to leave your skin silky-smooth and smelling gorgeous. However, the practicality of Sandy Santa is what lets it down, and I only hope Lush rectify this problem by Christmas 2013.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Orange Oil, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Lauryl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, *Limonene, *Linalool, Methyl Lonone, Perfume, Colour 14700.

Vegan?: Yes


  1. I use this one in the bath (not dipped in the water but still..), I have it in a black pot all crushed up now and I love it! :)