When the solid rendition became available in the Oxford Street store, I was in two minds about whether I thought it was a good idea or not. While on the positive side, I envisaged myself crumbling this down and using it in a similar way to one of Lush's sand scrubs, I also worried that it wouldn't be as hydrating and refreshing on the skin - thus making its release rather unnecessary.
Out of the packet, this scrub is beautiful - sporting a light, pastel blue demeanour with dried flowers decorating the surface with their gentle pinks and greens. Consistency wise, this solid block feels a little greasy between the fingers and the addition of the salt gives it a gritty but not overly harsh texture on all sides.
Sharing its scent with its older brother, this solid cuboid contains both jasmine and mimosa absolute - two ingredients that give this scrub its amazing sweet florally aroma. While this is definitely a floral fragrance, it's far fresher than you're average flowery smell - instead smelling like a blossom tree catching the sea breeze on a windy day.
Blended with these ingredients are illipe butter and cupuacu, the latter helping to protect and moisturise while the former works on nourishing overworked skin and restoring skin's vitality. These traits make this a wonderful scrub to use either in the warmer months when you're skin is parched due to the overexposure of the sun, or in the months leading up to summer to improve the condition and radiance of your body before the shorts and strappy tops make a reappearance.
Packed full of mineral-rich sea salt and organic lemon juice, this both exfoliates the body and cleanses the pores - leaving your skin feeling super soft and shiny. Despite how smooth my skin felt after use, I found that it wasn't a very rough scrub, so while I was able to remove light dirt and grime from the surface of my skin, I wasn't able to be too overzealous with how much pressure I placed upon the block for fear of it breaking. For this reason, I found the liquid alternative to be a little more satisfying as I was able to apply more pressure and get a slightly rougher exfoliation.
Although it had the same scent as the liquid original alternative, it didn't linger on the skin as much after I had exited the bath. This was rather disappointing as the original is strong enough to see me through a good few hours and I can always smell it in the bathroom for hours afterwards.
Furthermore, while I did my best to massage this over my body while standing outside of the running water, I still found that it shrunk quite considerably after the first use, and the bar itself had halved in size after 4-5 uses, meaning it's not as good value as its liquid counterpart. Frustratingly, I found that the scrub was actually harsher when I exfoliated under the running water - the water obviously exposing the salt underneath to keep it grittier and more effective.
Having said that, this is definitely a good exfoliator for those who don't want something so scratchy and potentially irritating on the skin, and the solid version makes it a lot easier to transport around with you if you're wanting to take it away on holiday. It's also handy for those who don't necessarily want to invest in a large pot of the stuff and are happy enough for something that'll last for 8-10 full body scrubs.
Although I shall be sticking to my liquid favourite, I would consider buying this again and think it's a lovely alternative to Lush's regular sugar scrubs. If you love the scent of any of the products in this scent family, I suggest you invest in one of these as you'll know doubt appreciate it.
Quantitative Ingredients: Fine Sea Salt, Organic Illipe Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cupuacu Butter, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cream of Tartar, Lauryl Betaine, Jasmine Absolute, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Lilial, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 45410.
2015 Price: £4.95 each.
Year Of Original Release: 2015.
Scent Family:17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap
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