This is a great scrub. I use it almost every day. I cant really remember what I like so much about it but I have been using it for over a year and will continue too in the future.
NO NO NO.
The salt and vodka stings my skin. I initially used in on my face and oh my did it sting! Then used it for my body and I had a razor cut on my leg that I didn't realize until Ocean Salt hits it. OMG I almost cried.
The worst thing is it does nothing for my skin. The salt granules are too huge for a good exfoliation. After showering, it leaves an only film on my skin. Yuck.
I really wanted to like this scrub. Actually I dont dislike it, it just didnt do anything for me. Ocean Salt smells really yummy like a margarita. When I used this I bought the small pot and used it on face my once a day, everyday (i have tough skin). This scrub doesnt make your skin feel good when in the process of using this. This scrub burns if you have dry skin or accidently get it in your eyes and taste horrible if you get it in your mouth. When reading the positive reviews for this scrub reviewers said it made their skin "glow", but my it literally did nothing for my skin. Smells great though, it could be a great pick me up in the summer; it is just too expensive to purchase when I didnt notice any results.
I use this on my legs and arms, and only very occasionally on my face. It is really great for exfoliating before shaving my legs and it also helps reduce the keratosis bumps that I get on the back of my arms.
I love the smell of it, probably due to the grapefruit, lime and vodka.
I buy the bigger tub and it has lasted me about 6 months and then I repurchase.
Let me start off by saying that the night I purchased this product from the LUSH website, I literally had a nightmare about it: I was using this to scrub my face, looked at myself in the mirror, and saw that several layers of my skin were peeling off to reveal red, raw skin underneath. Crazy! So needless to say, I was extremely apprehensive about this purchase. I have sensitive skin that is easily irritated and can get pretty dry, but I had never seen this level of praise for a product in my life, so I caved.
First of all, I do love the smell - it smells like a margarita, and is very refreshing and energizing. What I do, is splash my face with tepid water, take about a teaspoonful (a little goes a long way), and using my fingertips and small circular motions, GENTLY massage this all over my wet skin, scrupulously avoiding the eye area, then rinse thoroughly. Because I have sensitive skin, I only use this once per week, at the most. I have only been using it for about 3 weeks, but thus far, I am very impressed. It's surprisingly gentle (it doesn't irritate or burn my skin at all), but is an incredibly effective exfoliant. I actually feel like I'm polishing my skin when I use this, which I LOVE. Another fantastic thing about it? Not only does it not dry out my skin, but actually leaves it moisturized and baby soft because of the oils it contains (which I haven't broken out from either, even though I tend to skip the cleansing and toning and just use this scrub followed by my regular moisturizer - although, I could probably skip that as well because this scrub is so hydrating!). It does contain fine and coarse sea salt, but because I don't use this often or scrub aggressively, I haven't had any irritation whatsoever. Being gentle is key! The scrub does most of the work for you, so you don't need to apply a lot of pressure (I would say that it's probably too harsh for people with rosacea or broken capillaries, and should be avoided, used with extreme caution on less sensitized areas of the face, or exclusively as a body scrub). I also think it has helped fade some of my acne scarring. I haven't noticed a difference in my blackheads so far, but no product seems to eliminate those entirely. I use this mainly as a body scrub on my arms a few times per week, and think that it's been slowly improving my keratosis pilaris, but I'll update on that later. All in all, I really like this product!
I'm honestly surprised that LUSH hasn't tried to market this as an acne-fighting product, since it seems to work as a dual toner/exfoliant. I wouldn't dare use it every day, but using it once a week does seem to improve the texture of my skin and knock out stubborn breakouts.
After I take off any makeup I just rub about a teaspoon of this stuff on my face very, very gently for about a minute, then let it hang out on my face for a few minutes. It does burn a little. After 3-4 minutes I rinse, wash my face with a gentle cleanser (this is necessary if you have acne-prone skin, as the oils in OS will clog pores), and slather on an oil free, non-comedogenic moisturizer. A half hour or so later (once the moisturizer settles in) breakouts already look smaller easier to conceal.
Loses a lippie for the price and their use of the worst oils for acne-prone customers. I'd love to let my face relax after dousing my face in salt, but LUSH's obsessive use of coconut butter means I have to wash my face in order for this product to be effective. (Small complaint from a niche market, but why not use jojoba oil instead? Work with me here, LUSH!) Most of the active ingredients are dirt cheap at the grocery story, so I might try making my own at home.
Let me first say that this product should not be used daily by anyone with normal, dry, or sensitive skin. Given that, I have extremely oily skin, am prone to cystic acne, and my skin is not sensitive. I have been using this product for about six months now, and it has made a difference for my face. I use it nightly, and I have noticed a reduction in acne. It also helps my cysts go away faster, which is great because they tend to be painful. Other than that, it has made my skin much softer and it's great for exfoliating underarms. Mine tend to get rough from shaving, but using this has made them much softer.
This scrub is very harsh and abrasive on the skin! I wouldn't recommend if you have sensitive skin. For my combination skin, I found it a little drying and it stung quite badly the first few times I used it. I figured it must have been from the combination of citrus, vodka and salt which must have caused the stinging sensation and dryness on my face. I stopped using this as a face exfoliator and resorted to using it as a body scrub (since I didn't want to waste product). It work's wonderfully removing rough skin on knees, elbows and heels, but I would exfoliate first then shave (because it can sting a little from my experience). The scrub comes with a popsicle stick that you're meant to stir up before use (to thoroughly mix the ingredients). It is very thick and smells fresh of citrus. If you plan on using this as a face scrub, limit to once a week because it can be very abrasive.
If you are using Retin-a or any other skin treatment similar to it, avoid this product! I wanted to love this so much, but alas I could not. It smells heavenly and I really liked the creamy, grainy consistency of it but as soon as it touched my face my skin literally felt like it was on fire. I didn't even get to rub it in because I was holding back the tears trying to scramble to the sink to rinse it off. I blame my own stupidity, though. I should of known while using a skin thinning product like Retin-a that I never should of tried this harsh scrub. I will be keeping it, though, as a body scrub. It did make my skin glow everywhere besides my face. My face is still bright red an hour after use. I learned my lesson and I hope no one else has to go through what I did. Perhaps after I am through with my Retin-a treatment I will try this on my face again. Until then I will stick to the much gentler Herbalism by Lush.
Update: I have since stopped using my Retin-a and can use this now. It works wonderfully and no longer burns. Yippee!
I brought this product with the intention of using it 2x a week at the max. However, I ran out of my normal face wash and started using Ocean Salt everyday. After about a week, my husband commented on how my face looked clearer to him. I had a decrease in acne. That was over a year ago and I still use it faithfully once a day.