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13 March 2014

Midnight Massage Bar


When I first set my eyes on these massage bars back in 2012, I immediately fell in love with the design. What more can you ask for than a sensual, exotic-scented massage bar, shaped to look like one of Salvador Dali's 'Melted Clocks'. There's something extremely appealing about this product; it's almost a celebration of the romanticism of the 1920's/30's, and gives me that same nostalgia that I got when reading Brian Selznick's 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret'.

Depending on when you purchased your Midnight Massage Bar, you might have one of two different shades. Earlier releases boasted a beautiful, rich peachy coloured bar with gold lustre decorating the face of the clock. However, when the bars were re-released for the Christmas 2013 retro range, the bar seemed to have lost the glow it originally had, and is now much more paler in colour. 

As the name suggests, this product can be used to aide a full body massage for one or more lucky people. However, it can also be used as a luxury alternative to a body lotion, which is what I tend to Lush's massage bars for. To melt the bar, you rub it between your hands where your body temperature heats the oils up and causes the bar to melt slightly. Using your hands and fingers, you can glide the bar over your body before massaging the oils into your skin.

What I found with Midnight Massage, is that it was rather stubborn at giving away its oils. Whereas massage bars such as Close To You or From Dusk Til' Dawn tend to begin melting immediately when in your hands, this bar took a little while to stimulate. In its defence, when it did begin to melt, the oils it produced were of a lovely consistency - not too greasy and runny, but not too sticky either. I found that once I massaged the oils equally across my body, it didn't take very long for them to absorb into the skin, so I was able to put my clothes back on within 15-20 minutes.

Furthermore, I really appreciated the fact that the side I was holding didn't melt between my fingers, and only the side in contact with body did. This just helped to make things a little less messy while I was applying the product, and it also meant that the massage bar are able to retain its shape for a lot longer than other massage bars have done so in the past. 

Much like all of Lush's other massage bars, this one has a ton of wonderful ingredients to give your skin a royal feast; cocoa butter, shea butter and olive oil are all present to help moisturise and remove dry, scaly skin; the inclusion of exotic fruits such as figs, carob pods and quince fruit mean that this product is also rich in antioxidants, and a great way to replenish the skin. Lush have then chosen a refined, sexy jasmine scent that will not only linger on the body long after your massage, but will also ensuring the persistence of memory to help you through your day.

If you dislike jasmine, this is definitely a product you should avoid altogether. While it is not anywhere near as strong as the jasmine in the Lust range, it is definitely the strongest component in Midnight Massage. Coupled with the fig, which gives the bar a rich but gentle fruity note, this massage bar offers a wonderful, heady aroma - perfect to use before a night out on the town. What I loved about this product was that once it was on my skin, it gave off a subtle but very beautiful chocolately element as well. It's almost as if the heat of my body stimulated and enhanced the carob element, and this continued to radiate from my skin for quite some time afterwards.

While I have never claimed to be a big fan of jasmine, I found this massage bar incredibly beautiful - very exotic and alluring, and definitely something that fans of Lust or indeed any jasmine-orientated fragrance will probably really enjoy.   

As if the smell wasn't appealing enough, the fact that this bar is one of the longer-lasting massage bars no doubt helps its popularity. I found that I was able to get a good 8-10 full body uses out of it, whereas some bars I can only heed 3-4. The fact that it's rather stubborn at releasing oils to begin with means that it's far easy to manipulate how much/little you want to use. Furthermore, it holds its shape really well so you won't have it breaking apart or turning into a gloopy mess during application, and it also means that it's rather easy to store between uses.

Quantitative Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Perfume, Fig, Carob pods and Quince Extract, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Olive Leaf Absolute, Petitgrain Oil, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Benzyl Cinnamate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Lustre Radiant Gold, Edible Lustre Radiant Gold.

Vegan?: Yes.

2016 Price: £6.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2012.


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