The Comforter? Body Scrub is nothing like what I imagined it to be at all, and for fans of the wonderful and rather popular blackcurrant-scented bubble bar, you may be disappointed to learn that this does not share it's fragrance with this or indeed any other of the cassis-dominated products that Lush have released over the years.
Quite the opposite, this scrub has a very gentle rose-infused chocolate aroma - a naturally sweet and bitter carob scent that has been dampened by the inclusion of rhassoul mud in the ingredients list. A drop of rose absolute adds a very light floral element to the product but it's a very weak note in the overall mix, and not anywhere near as potent as it is in the Formulae Known As body lotion.
As The Comforter? is designed to be used as part of a spa treatment, so it works differently from any other Lush products that I have ever come across. Lush recommend that you use the whole bar and I would agree; while you could slice this in half and extend it's usage across two separate occasions, you won't get to experience the full benefits of this product if you do.
To use, boil a saucepan of water and then take it off of the heat - popping the body scrub in a glass bowl and placing the bowl over the hot water. Stir gently to remove any lumps and within ten minutes you'll find that The Comforter? has fully melted and is ready to use. Be wary not to keep the heat on while you melt this product as a. you definitely don't want to cook the ingredients before using them, and b. the liquid you'll be left with will be far too hot to use directly on your skin - meaning you're at risk of scolding yourself.
Using your hands, smooth and massage these wonderful oils and butters into your skin - starting with your ankles and working your way up until you have covered your entire body. Lush recommend that you avoid delicate areas, including your face, and I opted to use one of their face masks to get the full body experience that I was looking for.
When applying this, I would recommend that you do it over the bath or while perched above a towel as things can get a little messy during this process. The combination of ingredients means that aside from the various liquids, there are also some gritty residue in the form of the adzuki beans and tamarind paste. These are what give The Comforter? its 'scrub' element, and while they work wonders at smoothing out your skin, they have a habit of dropping off and leaving a mess on the floor.
After leaving the product on for about 20-30 minutes, either wash off with a damp cloth or rinse yourself down in the shower to reveal wonderful glowing, silky-soft skin. I was amazed at how amazing my body felt and looked after I had used this, and even my flatmates commented on how healthy and radiant my skin looked afterwards.
The Comforter? Body Scrub is like the holy grail of skin products - one that works miracles at revitalising and replenishing dry, weathered and worn down skin. It leaves you feeling beautiful and works wonders at healing your mood as well as the condition of your body.
Unfortunately, this limited edition product can only be acquired when purchased as part of the aforementioned gift set, or as part of a Lush Spa experience in one of the company's signature stores. This is so disappointing as I consider this to be one of Lush's greatest products and I would happily buy a large handful to use again and again, if I could.
I hope with the popularity of the Lush Spa Gift Set, that Lush will recognise the need for releasing this product by itself. Having only tried it once, I can already see its potential for being one of the company's biggest and best selling titles, and I hope that other consumers will agree with me. However, while it is still only available to buy as part of a set, I will have to make do with my single experience of this product. Either that or save up and purchase another gift set!
Quantitative Ingredients: Illipe Butter (Chorea stenoptera), Adzuki Beans (Phaseolus angularis), Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Liquor (Theobroma cacao), Rhassoul Mud, Fresh Papaya (Carica papaya), Tamarind Paste (Tamarindus Indica Extract), Carob Syrup (Ceratonia Siliqua), Date Dhibs (Phoenix Dactylifera), Labdanum Resinoid (Cistus Ladaniferus), Cistus Oil (Cistus ladaniferus), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Lillial, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellol, Perfume.
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