Like most LUSH massage bars, Shades of Earl Grey has a high cocoa butter and shea butter base, which is intensely hydrating. It warms up easily against body temperature and leaves behind stripes of liquefied cocoa and shea butter to massage in. I used it on my legs and loved the luxurious experience of running the bar up my shins, feeling the bar melt slightly and impart this cocoa/shea butter oil, and massaging it all in. My legs are extremely dry, so I repeated the process once or twice to get really silky skin. Meanwhile, the scents of the bergamot, persian lime, and lemon oils in the bar are being released and filled the whole room with an uplifting citrus scent (seriously, it's really potent stuff!) There's also something a little sexy and sultry, a little jasmine-like to the fragrance that I liked as well. I wouldn't quite describe it as an "Earl Grey" scent though--it has the requisite bergamot, but it's missing the earthiness from black tea leaves.
Have a partner that you'd love to treat to a real TLC rub-down this Valentine's Day? This massage bar is perfect, less messy than conventional massage oil, and travels well too due to its solid form (for those romantic getaways! be careful of very hot climates though.) Don't have a partner or want some self-care time? Also good. Seriously you can't go wrong here.
FYI my bar is pictured inside a LUSH massage bar tin, which is sold separately for $3.95. Other new LUSH massage bars you may want to check out: Dirty (infused with their popular Dirty perfume), Yes Yes Yes (a must if you're a jasmine lover!), and Pearl (Rose Jam-scented, with bubble tea-inspired tapioca pearls.) See the full range here.
Ingredients: fair trade organic cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao) , fair trade shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii), bergamot oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), fragrance, persian lime oil (Citrus aurantifolia), lemon oil (Citrus limonum), hydroxycitronellol, citral, geraniol, eugenol, limonene, linalool
Available at LUSH: $10.95 CAD / 50 g