I've been testing out Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub by Lush for the past couple weeks. I've always heard great things about Lush but never got around to trying any of their products. They don't test on animals so this was a major selling point for me. Needless to say, I walked in looking for a cleanser and left with a number of products. I visited the Lush store at the Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, CA. The service was impeccable! I wish I could remember the name of the young girl who helped me. She was very knowledgeable and had a number of beautiful tattoos.
As you can see the scrub has been well loved. This product is described as a vodka (my favorite) infused cocktail for bright, fresh skin. No, the vodka was not the selling point. This particular scrub happened to be located next to a cleanser I picked up on this trip. When the associate that was helping me told me it was one of their top sellers, I was sold. How could a scrub that is appropriate for the body work on your face? I was skeptical. I've never been one to buy into exfoliating scrubs for the face after having read a blog entry by Lisa Eldridge. The Lisa Eldridge. I prefer to chemically exfoliate my face as the fear of broken capillaries has turned me. The associate tested the scrub on my arm and the results were instantaneous! My arm literally looked a shade lighter. I didn't know whether to think of myself as a filthy being or convince the associate that I in fact do shower everyday.
The scrub is a white paste and topped with: lime extract, vodka and both fine and coarse sea salt. The paste is made up of avocado butter, coconut and lime oils. I wonder what kind of Vodka they use? I kid. You will need to stir the two in order to make the scrub but you only need to do this once. It's marketed as being suitable for all skin types but being more beneficial for combination to oily skin. I think it's safe to say that I have a love / hate relationship with this scrub. As instructed, be sure to wet the area you will be exfoliating as the scrub is very coarse. The first time I used this on my face, I literally was in pain. During the winter my skin tends to get a bit dry. DO NOT USE ON DRY SKIN! It will burn. Vodka and lime isn't a good combination on irritated or dry skin. It left my skin quite red after application for a couple hours. I daringly tried it a few more times on my face but warmed the product up in the palm of my hand before use. It helped but it still was too harsh. I also noticed that it broke me out. I believe it was the avocado butter. A bit too nourishing for my acne prone skin.
As a body scrub? This is amazing! It left my skin feeling supple and soft as it claims. It really exfoliates and leaves your skin and bathroom smelling like a mixed drink. Who wouldn't love that? I found the scent lingering for a couple hours but was not unbearable. The fragrance is suitable for both men and women as I found my brother stealing some of it on a visit back home and he is by no means a 'primp-y' kinda guy. It leaves a clean feel to the skin without being over drying. I would highly recommend this scrub prior to putting on a fake tan as a thorough exfoliation is encouraged before a tan application.
The Verdict: Yes as a body scrub! Use with caution as a facial scrub. If you enjoy that tough and grainy feel when using an exfoliating scrub, this might be perfect for you. Don't use on aggravated, irritated or extra dry skins. My legs tend to be dry all year round but it felt fine. My take on this is that the skin or your face is a lot more sensitive than on your body. I'm back to saying no to facial exfoliators with beads and/or grain textures.