It’s summer, let the lazy beach days and garden parties begin! Well actually, summer is officially the 21st of June, but here in Southern California it’s been summer weather since early April. One of the California living perks, warm weather year round!
Lush has started a campaign against microbeads, they’re the little plastic scrubby things you find in facial cleansers and hand soaps. Microbeads are not biodegradable, so when they are used they wash down the drain and into our oceans, rivers, and even lakes. One bottle of facial cleanser can have up to 300,000 microbeads, which absorb toxic chemicals and are starting to build up in our waterways. Fish are ingesting them, which obviously isn’t good, and then we eat the fish. It really is a vicious cycle, one that can easily be solved by using natural exfoliants such as sugar, salt, sand, almonds, even charcoal. This is a cause I’ve always been very supportive of, because there is such an easy solution that many big name companies refuse to use. (I’m talking about you, Neutrogena!) For more information about this cause, you can read about it here.
This is Lush’s new limited-edition product, Life’s A Beach. It is a sand and salt scrub, scented with their Vanillary perfume fragrance. For those of you not familiar with the fragrance, it is a vanilla-caramel scent, and can be found in other products like their Vanilla Dee-Lite lotion. I detect a floral note as well, maybe Jasmine? Either way, it smells delightful! This scrub is heavily scented, but it mellows when used. I found it to be a light scrub, Lush’s Sandstone and Figs and Leaves soaps are rougher. To use, dampen your skin, pour some of Life’s A Beach into your palms, and scrub away. This does get a little messy, but it’ll wash right down the drain. It leaves your skin silky soft, and is perfect for getting dry skin ready for the beach. I would suggest following up with a lotion however, as this scrub doesn’t have any moisturizing properties. You can get quite a few uses out of one pot, maybe 10-15, depending how much product you feel is necessary.
“Life’s A Beach” is a limited-edition product, so it won’t be around forever! You can buy a pot at your local Lush store or online here for $6.95. All proceeds go to charities fighting to ban microbeads, so pick up a pot of this scrubby stuff and help our environment!
Top Tip: For an amazing vanilla-scented combo, use Life’s A Beach sand scrub, then wash up with Sultana of Soap soap, clean your hair with Honey I Washed My Hair solid shampoo, follow up with Vanilla Dee-Lite lotion, and finish with Vanillary perfume. You will smell like a sweet, Vanilla goddess!