24 October 2018

Aurora Borealis Body Scrub

Spying the shelves of the Showcase last month, I almost missed this miniature sugar scrub that had been stacked behind a few of the naked shower gels, and what a shame that would have been. Luckily, my eyes scouted out the little beauty before it passed me by - possibly forever - and it’s been a regular feature in my bath cocktails.

To look at, Aurora Borealis Body Scrub reminded me of something that could have come out of Willy Wonka‘s factory: a wonderful, rainbow-coloured sugar scrub with an equally delicious smell to boot. As far as Lush scrubs go, this is easily the prettiest to look at, and the design would look equally as gorgeous in a bath bomb format. 

The only disappointment that I felt towards this scrub in the beginning was the fact that it was rather on the small size. Imagine halving a medium sized plum and this may give you a better understanding of how petite this product is. It’s far smaller than than Lush’s original Sugar Scrub, or indeed their recently released Sugar Plum Fairy Sugar Scrub, and for this reason doesn’t last as long either. Having said that, this scrub is almost half the price of those aforementioned products, so the value of this is probably at the same level as the bigger releases.

In the shower, the idea is that you step outside of the running water and massage this across your body to reap the full benefits of the scrub. Firstly, I should point out that as this is made mostly of granulated sugar it’ll dissolve far quicker the more exposure to water it receives. Therefore, the drier you are (although there needs to be a little dampness!) the longer this scrub will last. 

Secondly, when used all at once Aurora Borealis tends to become very sticky and will make quite a mess on whatever surface you choose to store it on until your next shower. Not only do the colours run and leave trails that you’ll need to rinse away, but the scrub itself also tends to shrink a little because of the fact that the sugar never properly dries afterwards. For this reason, I would recommend that you crumble this scrub into a container beforehand and take a small handful whenever you wish to use it. 

In its favour, Aurora Borealis is very generous scrub. You only need a grape-sized amount, and you’ll find that you’ll be able to effectively scrub over half of your body with this little. Both the sodium bicarbonate and the potato starch also give this product an almost soapy element when in action, so you’ll find that as you exfoliate your body, a slight lather will form on your skin. 

I was actually really impressed by many aspects of this scrub: how coarse the scrub was so how effective it was at removing dead skin and dirt; how clean it made my body feel after application; and how velvety soft my skin felt as soon as I rinsed Aurora Borealis away. As far as my experience goes, this is definitely one of the silliest scrubs from Lush, and it would be amazing if sold by the tub rather than as a naked block. 

Made mostly of granulated sugar, Aurora Borealis also features lemon and spearmint oils, which give the scrub a sweet, fruity and very interesting scent to contend with. What is super impressive is the fact that the fragrance lingers on your skin for a long time after towelling yourself down. In fact, I could still smell it on my hands and arms the following day, and this only made me pine for more products being made in this scent. 

Overall, this was a really enjoyable product to use and it served me well when having ice cold showers in Africa, as well as my regular showers in London. I would love to see this as a liquified version in a tub, although how Lush would recreate the swirls of colours could be an interesting concept in action. I would also love to see a bath bomb in this design and scent. Both upliftingly fruity and refreshingly cool as well, this is definitely a match made in heaven. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil, Cocamidopropional, Citral, Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 42090:2..

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £2.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

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