8 January 2016

Lush Elbow Grease Moisturising Bar

A picture of Lush Elbow Grease Moisturising Bar
A product I recently featured in my December favourites, I've enjoyed using Elbow Grease so much that I felt it deserved a more detailed review here on Tattooed Tealady; it's now one of my most used daily products and one I think I will be repurchasing for as long as it is available!

What swayed me into purchasing Elbow Grease was the claim that it's great for making tattoos pop, particularly if you have colour, as well as the scent. The scent of Elbow Grease is quite possibly one of my favourite Lush scents ever. It is insanely addictive; imagine all the hydrating and moisturising butters and oils mixed in one deliciously creamy bar, and you'll have a good idea of what Elbow Grease smells like. When I picked it up I had every intention of using it for my tattoos, particularly keen to see how it worked with healing tattoos in the future, as well as seeing how it faired on dry areas such as elbows, knees and feet. How I've actually ended up using this moisturising bar is very, very different, something which at first I was merely curious to see if it would work and whether I'd find it a beneficial use, and now is something I can't go a day without doing!

The bar itself isn't the biggest thing you'll find, coming in at £5.95 for 60g, but the formula which is firm, almost completely solid, actually makes it last an extremely long time. I've been using mine daily for weeks now and I'd say I'm only just near having used a quarter of the bar. It contains a whole host of really hydrating and skin-loving ingredients such as Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, which is one of the ingredients which pulls through the most scent wise, with Cupuacu Butter, Murumuru Butter, Organic Illipe Butter, Canelilla Wax and Soya Oil, teamed with calming and uplifting ingredients of Neroli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil and Ylang Ylang.

Considering the consistency of Elbow Grease, application is actually an absolute breeze. You can either use the bar to apply straight onto skin, or if you're like me you can just scrape off the amount you'll need, warm very slightly between your fingers before massaging into skin. The warmth of your skin quickly turns this solid moisturising bar into a silky, hydrating oil that sinks into skin beautifully and keeps skin hydrated and softened for hours with ease. So, what exactly do I use this moisturising wonder for?

I apply Elbow Grease to my growing baby bump every single night before bed. The consistency and formula work to keep my skin hydrated and softened much longer throughout the night than other pregnancy specific products I have tried, which at this stage in my pregnancy has been a welcome addition to my nightly routine when I have just a few days to go until my due date and my skin and tummy feel fit to burst! I plan on continuing to use it on my tummy after baby is born, when my skin will need just as much TLC to ensure it stays in good condition as my body adjusts to the weight change and the, hopefully, healthy weight losses I plan on after baby is born.

Would I recommend checking out Elbow Grease? Definitely, whether like me you're an expectant mama or you have dry areas that you need a bit of extra help tackling, this has easily become one of my favourite Lush products of all time. And seriously, it's worth a purchase for the delicious and addictive scent alone!

Available in-store and online at www.lush.co.uk.

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