Jun 8, 2010

Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

Lush claims this is their best-selling scrub...and what does just about everyone list out as it's plus points?

- It smells like lemons and takes you to a beach - oh yes it does, even on a cold clammy day in Bangalore!
- It tastes good if you "accidentally" get some in your mouth - you know that tangy taste you get with fresh lime and salt.

Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub Review
Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

With almost everyone giving it a thumps up, the rave reviews were the sole reason I bought this scrub. Does it justify the forever-upwards Lush price tag for what is basically a good old-fashioned salt scrub? I honestly don't know. I have repurchased it before the first tub was completely over, so I am thinking I need to check into Lush Rehab (center, not the shampoo), but read on for my confused and undecided review on this product :-) 
Here's what Lush says: "We take the lime and the coconut (and grapefruit and sea salt) and mix them up together in our stimulating fruity, vodka-based face scrub. For a complexion that glows.

We recommend those with flaky or dry skin use this once a week to exfoliate while those with oily skin cleanse daily with it (lucky you!)."

Oily skin girls - lucky?? Show me one oily skin girl who says that! Here's my take on when not to use this scrub.
  • I feel this is for the normal to oily-combination skins. Dry/sensitive skin can get irritated with this, also because it is easy to overscrub with this.
  • Would not use it if I have any active pimples. Though salt is a good healing/antiseptic, I think with the grainy nature of this scrub, it might be doing more harm than good. Plus, it would STING!!
  • The scrub is creamy because of avacado and coconut butters, so not for oily skin days, in my opinion.
This scrub seems like a creamy grainy gooey mixture of mostly fine and some coarse salt - the creaminess coming from the butters Lush incorporates into this scrub. I remember reading somewhere, that the butters make it gentler on the skin, scrubbing without drying.

Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub Review
Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub
Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub Review
Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

Personally, I don't like the bigger grains..I find them too sharp and poky and irritating. On opening a new tub, you can see a good 1-2 tablespoons of blue-coloured larger grains of salt. In my photo, it is a new tub, but the grains seem to have got mixed up. Actually, you are supposed to take a spoon and mix it in. Why Lush doesn't premix it I don't know for sure. I am happy they don't because I prefer to just remove them. There are enough of the poky big grains in the scrub even without mixing them in unless you really a need a scratchy scrub! So if you are planning on buying this..check the tub in the store to see if you find one with the grains separate on top and you can take them out if you want to.

How to use: This is how I use it..a quick google search on how to use Ocean Salt will yield so many different ideas, but this is pretty common. Use a spoon or spatula to dip into the tub, but I just use clean fingers.
  • Cleanse your face and leave it wet - don't even think of trying this scrub on dry skin.
  • Take a small amount (maybe a soaked/cooked chickpea size amount :P) in the palm of your hand and add a few drops of water and make this into a like a paste.
  • Wet your other hand and then just rub this mixture between your palms.
  • Gently smear it over your face.
  • Using small gentle circular motions with your fingertips do a very mild scrub of the face for maybe about a minute.
  • If you got lucky and don't have any of the large scrubby bits, very very slightly press your face with the palms of your hands. Its more like giving warmth with your palms rather than pressure.
  • Wash off and pat dry.
Too much water and this just disappears - always wet and never too watery with this scrub.

My verdict:   I find this a better body scrub than a face scrub, mostly because I have quite sensitive skin on my face, and this isn't the gentlest of scrubs anyway.  I have used it on my face, and I found it just okay.  Skin feels soft and scrubbed, but very mildly only - probably because I cannot do a harsher scrubbing with this for fear of skin irritation.  After a bit of trial and error, I found my own little hack for a fabulous scrub.  Mix Lush Ocean Salt and Angels on Bare Skin, Lush's almond-based cleanser - about half of each scrub - and I get a more uniformly grained and a truly amazing scrub which I can even use daily if I am having good skin days.   I don't think very many people would want to buy two expensive products, though!

Contrary to the majority-opinion on the big wide web world, for me this definitely is not a must-have item in the Lush list, especially if you already have a scrub you are happy with.

Cost: Rs. 1480 for 250 g and Rs. 860 for 120 g. As with most Lush products, buying the larger pack works out less expensive. For first-timers though I would recommend a smaller size..even a small tub lasts a really long time.

If you are a regular visitor to your Lush store, trying asking for a small sample of this product - chances are you just might get some to try.

Available at all Lush stores (click
here for locations) and at Lush stores online (Lush India store here).

Take back 5 clean black pots and get 70 g of any one Lush Fresh Face masks free.

Ingredients: Fine Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Fresh Grapefruit Infusion (Citrus grandis), Coarse Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Stearic Acid, Fresh Lime Extracted in Vodka (Citrus aurantifolia), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycol Cetearate, Triethanolamine, Fresh Avocado Butter (Persea gratissima), Coconut Fat (Cocos nucifera), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Glycerine, Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, FD&C Blue No. 1, Methylparaben,Propylparaben.


  1. I have sensitive skin so this one is a no-no for me.

    Would you recommend I try angels on bare skin? I have combination/oily skin too!

  2. I like Dark Angels for the oily days - is good for soaking up the excess oiliness and is awesome as a scrub too. Will post a review some time - I got a teeny sample from the Lush store :-) AOBS is more of a normal skin thing and the scrub particles are pretty big size. My sis has tried Herbalism and claims its good for oily skins, but I have no idea about it.

  3. This sounds very similar to AromaMagic's mineral salt scrub - only that doesn't smell very nice.

  4. This does smell very nice and fresh. I am surely going to check Aroma Magic this weekend!!

  5. Waiting for the review rads :)

  6. With pics of another big-eyed earthling :P

  7. Oh ! I had this too , and it really worked on my whiteheads and blackheads but I had to be ultra gentle while using this . The smell transforms you to a beach :D
    My only gripe was , its expensive for a scrub "P

  8. I don't get very many black/whiteheads, but the few that I had this didn't seem to make any difference..probably cos I am hesitant to scrub more..every once in a while I just do an oil cleansing kind and that's enough for me.

  9. Hated it and i am struggling to finish it off.. For oily skin, any day herbalism or Dark Angels from Lush are the way to go... this one undid what all other Lush products did for me .. .. BTW another recommendation from the more budget range for Oily Skin girlies would be the Neutrogena Scrub..

  10. i think I'll give a small tub a try. Anything related to black and white heads rings bells in my ears. :D

    They don' give samples here. Never never never. :(((

    I like the tough of beach though. :P

  11. I know..what's the point of keep testers everywhere. We can't possibly get a clue about its use without actually trying it out even once.

  12. Cant find your other comment..but Oh it would be fun if you have a meet. I wish I stayed in Delhi - you would have had your very own stalker trailing you around everywhere :D

  13. its so costly for a simple salt scrub...fine accepted that it is Lush but still....

  14. It lasts a LONG while..but my problem with the product is I didn't find effective :D


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