I’m always interested in LUSH products but get completely overwhelmed when I go into a LUSH store. This is saying something. My sniffer has unbelievable stamina. But, it can’t make it more than 15 minutes in a LUSH store. I often go in with a list of products that I researched earlier on-line or I ask one of the SAs. The other day I went in and bought what the nice gal with the jet-black Lulu bob recommended. This has the potential to be dangerous. I like some LUSH products but I feel as a perfume person that their blends are all about “smelling” and being strong and loud (OK obnoxious) vs. artfully blended. LUSH sells scent for scent’s sake. I don’t mean this is a rude way. I love a heavily fragrant product. LUSH makes all of their products heavily fragrant and sometimes this can be a train wreck, like being in the store for a short bit. Does the fragrance in the store bother you?
OK, so I’m here to give you the Rub Rub Rub Shower Gel Review. This formula is a shower gel loaded with sea salt to exfoliate the skin. I’ll start with fragrance because I’m a fragrance person. I could not smell this in the store to save my life. I was given the generic line of “tropical blossoms”. “What tropical blossoms?”, I ask. “Exotic tropical blossoms”, she says. Luckily, I can read: jasmine, mimosa, orange blossom, and lemon oil. It sounds nice for summer. And I love jasmine and orange blossom.
I go home and use the product. It isn’t bad. The scent is a little off in my opinion. It is floral and citrus. I do get the jasmine and I get the orange blossom. But, they aren’t heady and sweet. They are kind of leathery and “tough”. At times it seems a bit like hot pavement mixed with jasmine blossoms. After using it a few more times, thinking my sniffer was broken, it hit me. This smells exactly like Money House Blessings Indian Spirit Incense in Jasmine. This took me back to every hot Southern summer throughout my life. This inexpensive incense brand could be smelled in every neighborhood I lived in growing up. So, the scent is instant nostalgia, a bit low-brow and I’ve decided to like it. I haven’t found Money House in the Seattle area. But, I haven’t really looked either. Low-brow, cheap inexpensive incense hasn’t been on my “to buy” list. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Money House, I’ll give a better description of the LUSH scent: the scent is Southeast Asian floral with citrus and salt. This adds a strange mineral note. This is not the “sea breeze” LUSH is going for. And definitely not “sea breeze blowing through cherry blossoms”. It’s more floral incense with salt and something about it actually reminds me of hot pavement/tar. This description sounds nasty but somehow all of it works and smells like hot summers in the South. I see it as a feminine scent. This scrub is highly fragrant and lingers on my skin after bathing. If I use an unscented lotion, I can still smell Rub Rub Rub. If I use a scented lotion, the scented lotion usually drowns out the scrub aroma. The scent smells much better on the skin than it does in the shower.
The formula is OK. Let me tell you that I like a heavy-duty and oily scrub. This is my preference. Rub Rub Rub foams. The salt gently exfoliates. Emphasis on gently. Sometimes the salt blocks the top and you have to open it up and remove the blockage. UPDATE – They switched the packaging to prevent this from happening. I do not use it on a loofah. Actually it probably exfoliates as well as using any shower gel on a loofah. This formula can be used on hair too. I have not done this. I dye and I see this stripping the color and/or drying out my hair. The formula isn’t bad but isn’t a “scrub”. It’s a shower gel with itty bitty salt babies in it. I find the formula a bit drying. I don’t think I can use this in the winter. It leaves my skin feeling good in that “I just hit the beach” kind of way. And you know that after you hit the beach kind of way, you have tight feeling skin.
I say give this a try if you are looking for a feminine smelling citrus floral scent that lingers. You don’t like greasy, abrasive scrubs. You only need minimal exfoliation and your skin is not dry.This is a nice summer shower gel for normal to oily skin types.
My recommendation with all LUSH products is to purchase the smallest size available. Try it. Yeah, it isn’t the most economical way of buying a LUSH product but you get to see if you love it. Will I be repurchasing? Maybe. It isn’t because I love the formula, the formula isn’t bad, but I would repurchase because the fragrance is nostalgic. It helps me to think of this as a shower gel and not a scrub. I like it as a shower gel, hate it as a scrub.
The 11.5 oz jar retails for about $23 at LUSH.
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