Lush Salted Coconut Hand Scrub

Monday, 29 August 2016
When I was in high school I worked weekends in an aquatic pet shop. My hands would be either in water or wet for the majority of my shifts and it meant that they were often left very dry, cracked and painful. I was 16 and had old lady hands. It was during my time there that I discovered hand scrubs. I really love the Crabtree & Evelyn hand recovery scrubs but they are very expensive at £17 for a tube! When I saw that Lush had released a hand scrub I was very excited because Lush are a company that I really love (read the reasons why here) and it's only £7.95. Which still isn't the cheapest but it's considerably cheaper than what I was using before!

Coconut is one of my favourite scents so I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I smelt this for the first time. I thought it would have that classic, rich coconut scent. But it doesn't smell at all like coconut. The coconut in this product is coconut oil which actually doesn't have a scent. According to the Lush website this is scented with sweet gorse which is a yellow flowering plant that grows just about everywhere in Britain. It's not a strong scent which is good if it's going to end up on your hands. However, the coconut oil means that this scrub is very moisturising and doesn't dry out your skin. This scrub is quite dense with sea salt as the scrubbing particle. It's not as harsh as Ocean Salt but stronger than Rub Rub Rub. It very easily removes all the dead skin cells and leaves my hands feeling really smooth. I imagine if you're into gardening or a similar hobby then this would be really effective at cleaning your hands up a bit as well. 

A hand scrub may seem a bit unneccesary but removing all the dead skin from your hands makes them much, much softer and it also means that hand creams work more effectively. My favourite way to use this is to use it right before bed and to apply lots of hand cream afterwards that I can leave to soak in overnight. This scrub contains a lot of oils so it replenishes the moisture that exfoliating removes so you can use it alone. I just personally find it to work even better in conjunction with a hand cream. 

Whilst it's by no means an essential product I'm really glad that I've discovered this as it's considerably cheaper than the product I was using before. If you work in a job where your hands spend a lot of time in water, you swim or just have dry skin then products like this can be absolute life savers. It's not cheap but I think the investment is worth it. A little goes a long way. I've had this since April and have used very little of the tub I think it could easily last me a year if I ration how I use it. 

Have you ever tried a hand scrub? Are you converted?

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