When I heard the new Pearl Massage Bar from LUSH was inspired by bubble tea, I thought: “This little massage bar must be my spirit animal.” And when I read up on it & found out it shares its scent with the Rose Jam scent family, I thought: “It combines 4 of my favourite things: LUSH. Bubble Tea. Pink. Rose Jam.”
You see, I have a rather unhealthy obsession with Bubble Tea. If you’re a regular around these parts, then you know a visit to The Bubble Tea Co. at V&A Waterfront is part of our daily routine when we go on holiday in Cape Town. My current favourite Bubble Tea flavour is ‘milky watermelon with rooibos tea, lychee bobas and extra original nata de coco’. So yum.
Pearl (sounds like a character from ‘The Golden Girls’, doesn’t it?) gives off a wonderfully uplifting and sweet rose scent, and contains pink sago bubbles (similar to tapioca pearls) that give it a textured look and feel (much like the LUSH Wiccy Magic Muscles, you can read my review here).
A textured massage bar will help work out muscle tension & boost circulation to leave you feeling relaxed. This sweet & floral scented bar contains a blend of antioxidant argan- and calming rose oils and melts quite easily onto your skin to delicately scent it. I find the scent also rather uplifting, almost like a pick-me-up on those dreary days. I like to glide the massage bar directly over dry skin (once I’ve hopped out of the shower), it starts to melt upon contact with the skin but it’s not messy at all (no oil flying everywhere). I massage & rub the oils into the skin, focusing on tired or tense muscles – for me, my problem areas are my shoulders (trapezius muscle) and upper neck muscles. Since the LUSH massage bars are made with natural butters & oils, it’s best to wait for a couple of minutes before putting on your PJs (just to make sure everything is absorbed). With Pearl, I found I didn’t have to wait very long for the oils to be absorbed. I’m a bit impatient anyway (instant gratification and all that), and didn’t notice any stains on my PJs or bed sheets.
Pearl also contains fair trade organic cocoa butter, shea butter & coconut oil, which means it’s super moisturising, perfect for the chilly Winter days ahead. I love that LUSH decided to add a sprinkle of lemon oil, which gives the fragrance a slightly fruity & zesty citrus burst. I think the inclusion of the lemon oil, takes the scent to the next level – it’s not just your boring ol’ rose-scented bath / body product. Trust me, nothing about this massage bar reminds me of a granny…except for the name.
If you love the beautiful rose scent as much as I do, then hop in the bath with the LUSH Rose Jam Bubbleroon before using Pearl to massage your skin. This will ensure a longer lasting fragrance on the skin.
Pearl has left my body feeling gorgeously soft and nourished whilst adding some much needed hydration back into my skin. I find the light sweet rose scent of Pearl to be extremely comforting & soothing, and it lasts on the skin for most of the day. I also love that the oils give the skin a beautiful natural-looking glow.
From what I’ve heard, Rose Jam is one of their most popular scents EVER – mainly because it’s very appealing to those that like the non-typical floral scents. Because of this, Pearl is one of LUSH’s best sellers in the UK and I can totally see why!
Top Tip: Massage bars melt at body temperature, so be sure to keep yours somewhere cool, dry and out of direct sunlight. LUSH also sell a silver storage tin for their massage bars, they retail for R 20,00.
Pearl Massage Bar is vegan friendly and retails for R 95,00 in the LUSH South Africa online store or at your nearest LUSH store (Cavendish, V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk, Gateway and now Dainfern Square).
Yep, LUSH has officially opened their 5th store, and it’s in Johannesburg. Hurraaaaah! Head over to Dainfern Square (c/o William Nicol Drive & Broadacres Avenue) to stock up on some LUSH goodies. May I suggest the following products for your first LUSH shop (perhaps not all of them, though, I don’t want to bankrupt you!): BIG Shampoo, Bubblegum Lip Scrub, Butterball Ballistic, Brightside Bubble Bar, Whoosh Shower Jelly, Buffy In-Shower Massage Bar & Exfoliator, I Love Juicy Shampoo, Mask Of Magnaminty, Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub, Oatifix Fresh Face Mask, Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter or Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar. I’ve written reviews on most of the afore mentioned products, so just click on the name & it will take you through to my review blog post.
If visiting the Dainfern Square store will be your first ever LUSH experience, remember to do the following: Step into the store, take a deep breath, and continue to do your shopping while floating on a cloud of LUSH-scented air.