I have been eyeing up this particular massage bar for quite a while now. A part of me wanted to rip open the plastic wrapper and slather it all over my body, while a part of me has refrained from doing so because I know it's no longer available on the site. I hate discovering new favourite products when they've already been discontinued.
Ego Massage Bar is one of Lush's oldest massage bars and first made an appearance some fifteen years ago. Designed to boost the self esteem of someone who needs their ego stroked, this product is packed with essential oils and butters to soften, moisturise and nourish the skin as well as the mind.
To use the massage bar, you can do one of two things. I tend to warm my hands up a little before carefully rubbing the bar all over my body. Once I've smeared enough on my skin, I then use my hands to massage it all over evenly. You can also use the warmth of your hands to melt the massage bar somewhat, before using this to smother it all over your skin like you would a normal lotion.
To make this bar different from the many that Lush offer, this one contains lavender, tarragon and rosemary oils which give this massage bar a wonderful herbal fragrance. Whereas at first, I was a little worried that these ingredients would be too overpowering, I was surprised and relieved to find that they are very subtle in the overall aroma of Ego.
The lavender oil is definitely the more dominant ingredient here, although it only adds a subtle note to the bar; the tarragon and rosemary add a very gentle but equally gorgeous scent. Together, this bar gives off a calming, sensual herbal aroma that works wonderfully on your skin without being too potent on the senses. This is a bar you would use if you want a deep moisturise without being left smelling like a forest.
What is great about Ego is that it's rather a large massage bar, so if you love the scent and the way it works on your skin, you'll get a lot more uses out of it than a regular bar. It's rather plain to look at - with it's name etched into the surface. However, I am always more interested in how it works with my skin as opposed to it's design. In fact, it is often the more elaborate-looking bars that are less effective on the skin - so the simpler the better, I say.
Unfortunately, like a lot of Lush's massage bars, this one is a little stubborn at releasing it's oils and I have to make sure my hands are heated as much as they can before I begin to use this product. Once on the skin, this massage bar produces oils that do take a bit of time to absorb into the body, so this is not a product you would use if you're short for time.
Ego is definitely a bar to use for an intensive moisturising experience, not as an everyday moisturiser. I say this because it takes a good 10-20 minutes for the oils to penetrate the skin and leave you feeling smooth, and when I used this for a few days running, I found that my skin became a little oily and felt 'heavy'.
Despite this, this massage bar is very gentle on the skin and like most of the other bars, helped me to unwind before bed. The gentle lavender fragrance really helped me to relax, while the motion of applying this to my body released any tension I had in my muscles and coaxed me into a deep sleep.
This is definitely one I would invest in again and I hope that Lush chose to bring it back soon.
Quantitative Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Lavender Oil, Tarragon oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume.
Year Of Original Release: 1998.