11 January 2019

Love Island Body Scrub

As someone who watches television on average about once a month, I have never once been sucked into watching the Love Island series. Not only does it hold the same appeal as watching paint dry to me, but I just simply don't have time to commit to any sort of series to begin with. Having said that, I thought that Lush were once again pretty witty with the reference used for this brand new product.

About the size of one half of a bubbleroon, Love Island Body Scrub is initially an anticlimax, and may have some consumers worried about the longevity and usage of something so small. While not overly expensive, £3.50 does seem a stretch for something that looks as if it would fall down the plughole very quickly. However, I can safely say that this little trooper has an impressive amount of life in it, and will serve you a lot longer than you might think.

Sharing its scent with the Love fragrance, this Valentine’s Day special combines bergamot, jasmine, lemongrass and rose together to create a strange but alluring combination of floral, green and fruity properties. The jasmine is definitely the strongest component here: offering a rich, sultry and slightly intoxicating silky-sweet floral aroma.

Alongside this, the lemon and bergamot combine to create something that smells similar to that of soured apple syrup, while a touch of cinnamon laces these components together and adds a sprinkle of warmth underneath. In my opinion, this is definitely one of those fragrances that can inspire a very strong negative reaction. The jasmine is super potent especially, and there are many who cannot stand the aroma for this very reason.

What I will say about this scrub is that this potency remains on your skin long after you've towelled yourself down, and I found that I received a couple of compliments about my 'perfume' a couple of hours after I had used Love Island in the shower. If you enjoy this fragrance, using this is a great way of coating yourself in a blanket of your favourite smell.

What is special about Love Island is that it's made from a combination of sugar, salt and sand. So not only does the inclusion of these three prevent the scrub from being at all fickle or easily breakable, but it also offers more benefits for the skin as well.

If you decide to use this as a whole piece, I would highly recommend that you don't hold it directly under the water, otherwise you'll use a lot more than you probably planning to. Once wet, it will happily rest on a soap dish or in a tub without dismissing or crumbling, and I found that I was able to get four full-body uses out of it this way. Furthermore, using the product this way heeded a very coarse scrub on my skin, which was perfect for me as I love to apply a lot of pressure and really scratch my skin when I scrub. 

If you want something a little less intensive, the best idea is to cut the scrub into four pieces and then crumble each piece whilst your massaging it across your skin. This way you can reserve the rest without it getting wet, and you can be in more control of how hard you exfoliate your skin.

Either way, you'll need to rinse the bath tub briefly afterwards, as the sand tends to remain around the plug hole, and you'll definitely need to moisturise. Whilst Love Island features aloe vera to both cool and calm your skin, the sand, salt and sugar will leave your skin in need of some much needed moisture.

Long term, I would love to see the option of buying pots of this scrub, already crumbled - much like the Life's A Beach Scrub Lush released a few years ago. However, this is definitely a lovely inclusion in this year's Valentine's Day range, and Love fans will no doubt appreciate the sentiment.       

Quantitative Ingredients: Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Fine Sea Salt, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sand, Lemongrass Oil, Bergamot Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Absolute, Cocoa Powder, Aloe Vera Extract, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £3.50 each. 

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

Scent Family:
Fizzbanger Bath Bomb
Lonely Hearts Bubble Bar
Love Apple Bubble Bar
Love 'Atmosphere' Shower Gel
Love Island Body Scrub
Love Perfume
Love Potion Massage Bar
Love Soap

Whole Lotta Love Bubbleroon

1 comment

  1. I have been looking for a cream to help moisturize my skin and help with the crape look as well as fine line. This is it! Light but loaded I really like it and can see difference already! BLACKWOOD FOR MEN