Our review of the massage bar from LUSH that’s flying off shelves
There are certain things about my beauty hoard that my husband just doesn’t understand. Eight different shades of purple nail polish? Twelve very similar coral lip products? Nope, he’s not having any of it. But my stash of goodies from LUSH? He’s an enabler if I ever saw one! So when I received the LUSH Hottie Massage Bar for my latest wht review, I think he was almost as excited as I was!
If you’re a fan of the Green Monday column here at we heart this, you probably are already familiar with the fresh, handmade products from LUSH. Founders Liz Weir and Mark Constantine have roots deep in eco-friendly beauty history (they were the designers of The Body Shop’s ever popular Peppermint Foot Lotion), and have poured their vast knowledge into this unique, eco-conscious company.
With a core philosophy “based on the highest levels of ethical standards with the lowest possible impact on the environment” LUSH Cosmetics offers truly lush cosmetics with oodles of products that are fun, luxurious, effective and oh-so-green. From ethically sourced, natural and organic ingredients to homespun recipes made by hand – from bare bones, recycled packaging to cruelty-free products; LUSH continues to make strides in all things green beauty.
For this review I checked out the Hottie Massage Bar ($11.95) which is touted as a “no nonsense massage bar for tense muscles.” Boasting a healthy helping of shea butter, cocoa butter, and jojoba oil for moisturizing properties, the Hottie Bar also features black pepper and ginger oils to stimulate and release those sore, tense muscles. As a runner I’m no stranger to sore muscles, and this bar came at the perfect time.
The Hottie bar features one smooth side and one bumpy side. Using the bumpy side I found it very easy to rub out any sore areas on large flat surfaces like my back or quads. It’s like having a bunch of little hands all kneading out the knots at once! The bar melts with body heat easily, gliding over skin with zero pulling. Best of all the oils easily absorb into the skin leaving you with a baby soft feel and no greasy residue.
I’m one of those lucky ladies with a husband who loves to give massages. The only catch is that if he gives one, he wants to get one in return! One of the best things about this bar is that the smell is perfectly gender neutral. No crazy fruity smells here! I can give the hubs a nice massage and have no fear about what rumors his coworkers or friends are going to start. The scent is spicy yet warm. I mainly pick up on the pepper and vanilla scents with only the slightest hint of ginger, making it perfect for a base scent to layer other perfumes over if you’re going out.
My only complaint about the Hottie Bar is a tiny one- it melts almost too easily! Too much rubbing with the bumpy side of the bar and you’re quickly going to have a flat surface. And since this bar is made with ingredients that allow the product to melt at temps close to body temperature, be sure to store it in a cool, dry space.
On the plus side, the easy melting abilities of this bar mean it’s perfect for melting into a bath! Add a little bit of the bar to your bubble bath to get a perfectly moisturizing experience. Just be careful when you stand up, the tub will be slippery!
Finally, it looks as if other massage lovers (it’s February after all) have snapped the current supply of Hottie Massage Bars right off the online shelves. You can sign up to be emailed when the Hottie comes back online, or check your local LUSH for a bar. And while you are online check out all of the other LUSH Massage Bars, like the Bewitched Massage Bar, a violet and lime scented bar featuring the same two-sided design as the Hottie.
Did the other testers warm up to the Hottie Bar as much as I did? Give me a shout out, Lush fans!
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