Gingerbread Man Sparkle Jar from Lush

The very first sparkle jars, Twilight and Snow Fairy were released back in Winter 2017. When I heard that Lush were bringing them back for Winter 2018 as well as releasing a brand new one, I was over the moon.

The newest addition to the sparkle jar clan is, the Gingerbread Man Sparkle Jar; It is easily the cutest looking of the 3 released so far – There is just something about Lush products with faces that are so hard to resist!

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Sparkle jars are hollow massage bars that have Lush dusting powder in. The were invented by Lush as a plastic free alternative to their bottled dusting powders, the plastic bottle that held the dusting powders has been replaced with a massage bar/dusting-powder-shaker instead.

The sparkle jars are designed to be used just as you would a salt or pepper pot. Each of the sparkle jars have 2 sealed holes in, the idea behind them is that you poke the holes through once the product is with you at home.

Lush massage bars are a brilliant way to hydrate your skin and when used for massage, are a great way to relax tired muscles and clear your mind of any stress. Dusting powder isn’t something I use every day but I find it particularly helpful in the Summer, I add it to anywhere I ordinarily sweat as it helps with the absorption of any perspiration with minimum effort.

Sparkle jars bring the massage bar and dusting powder products together. Once you have pierced both holes the sparkle jar is ready to use; To use them I gently rub the massage-bar-jar into my skin before carefully adding a pinch of the shimmer, obviously you have to keep the jar a certain way up so that you don’t accidentally lose any of the powder. This makes things a little difficult but not so difficult that I dislike the product.

Out of the 3 sparkle jars that have been released so far, I think that the Gingerbread Man sparkle jar is actually my favourite. It has the perfect Christmas scent and is a scent I wish Lush catered out to us more.

Containing ginger, clove and cinnamon the Gingerbread Man sparkle jar is the perfect spicy treat, it reminds me of some of my most favourite past Winter products such as the Christmas Sweater bath bombHot Toddy shower gel and Gingerbread House bubble bar. It’s not the exact same as any of those but  it has the same soothing and warming effects on my body.

As I said in previous sparkle jar reviews, the massage bar part of them aren’t quite as workable as the ordinary massage bars, they do not melt nearly as quickly in your hands and with them being hollow aren’t at all suitable if you are looking to use them for a deep tissue massage. If used carefully the sparkle jars are the perfect way to add a little sparkle to your body as well as a gentle boost of hydration too. I think of them more as a super-fancy highlighting tool than anything else!

I am a little sad that Lush didn’t create a sparkle jar for their First Snow dusting powder as well as the Gingerbread Man. First Snow was always my favourite Winter-dusting-powder and I miss it dearly. I have however enjoyed the surprise of a brand new scented dusting powder, spicy, home-baked scented products are always very welcome in my house.



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Tender is the Night Massage Bar from Lush

tender-is-the-night-massage-barTender is the Night was my very first Lush massage bar. When I first started to get into Lush I remember seeing it on Instagram all of the time. It was a popular, stand out product. To look at I don’t think the other Lush massage bars are ugly, Tender is the Night was just the one that first caught my attention.

I was actually visiting my friends and family in London when I got around to finally picking one up. Lush Oxford Street didn’t even exist back then… I don’t know what I even did when I visited London before it opened?!

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The Stratford shop space in the Westfield centre is where I picked up my first Lush massage bar. This particular store is all on one level so before Lush Oxford Street was a thing, it was my favourite store as I always got to have a good look at everything.

Being in the wheelchair does limit me a lot so whenever I am in London I always try to visit the Oxford Street store as well as Stratford’s as they are fully accessible – legs or wheels.

Tender is the Night is the standard shape Lush massage bar. I say standard as most of them are the oval shape like in the photo above. Not too big and not too small, it fits nicely in the palm of your hand. There are however a few massage bars that are slightly different in shape such as the Soft Coeur, Hottie and of course the Strawberry Feels Forever.

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Regardless of shape, all of the Lush massage bars are ridiculously moreish. I was hooked within seconds of using Tender is the Night. Originally released as a Valentine’s day product, Tender is the Night has a very romantic scent, the ylang ylang, vanilla and jasmine absolute in its ingredients reflects love perfectly.

The fact that it is now an all year round staple store product also says a lot. It’s more than a best seller!

Lush massage bars aren’t just for massages either. They can also be used by yourself as an all over body-moisturiser.

I find Tender is the Night very hydrating, the scent also stays with you for hours after using it. My skin remains soft and in a great condition for the best part of a week after using it too.

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I have been asked a few times about how long a massage bar lasts when in use. Some say you can get at least 6 generous, all over body massages out of one.

Using it as a moisturiser however it seems to last forever! I think all of the Lush massage bars are excellent value for money.



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 18th of February 2016. I have been slowly updating each post on this blog as with time my photos have improved(ish) as has my product knowledge – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time