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2 August 2014

Glorious Mud Body Mask


As I've said time and time again, most of my favourite products from Lush are not ones that I just assumed I'd love and did. Often, it is the products that I have no prior expectations of, only for them to blow my socks off, that remain firm favourites. This product is one such item.

Glorious Mud Body Mask is the first of it's kind that I've tried from Lush and one of only two body masks that have Lush have ever released - the other being Mask Of Magnaminty, which isn't vegan, so not one I'll be placing on my shopping list any time soon. 

Not the most prettiest of products, this solid block of mud surprised me when it exuded a gorgeous creamy, buttery vanilla fragrance - the same one that can be found in Lush's discontinued Creme Anglais Body Lotion. It's a lovely wholesome vanilla with a sprinkling of orange and a slight nuttiness from the sesame - nothing you would expect from a slab of what looks like glorified mud!
When new, this product is presented as a block that's a little softer than a soap but sturdy enough that it shouldn't break apart like mine has done. I need to explain that some of the pictures accompanying this review were taken of a body mask that is considerably old, which is why it's not in the best of conditions. A fresher one is far more robust and holds its shape without disintegrating. 

The product is really easy to use. Just like a body scrub, you can either massage it up and down the desired areas and then work it into your skin with your hands. You may also choose to divide this into more manageable chunks or even crumble it down into what is essentially dirt, and then lather it all over your body in this way. 

The gritty consistency really helps to scrub away excess skin, level out lumps and bumps and leave your skin smooth and soft. Lush recommend that you leave it on for a few seconds before rinsing away - leaving your body exfoliated, super-silky and highly moisturised. It's amazing what a bit of mud and a few oils can achieve! 

As this body mask contains sodium bicarbonate, I would recommend that you try and keep this away from the direct flow of water. I found that Glorious Mud tends to fizz and foam up when it comes into contact with water and I can imagine it dissolving away very quickly this way.  
The wonderful vanilla aroma is quite pronounced in the body mask and the warmth from the shower accentuates this even more. Your skin is left feeling really radiated and refreshed and smelling royally gorgeous - not to mention the fact that the fragrance lingers for hours in the bathroom and on your skin! The vanilla and sesame combination not only leaves you smelling wonderful, but helps to soften your skin while leaving the aloe vera to soothe and calm your skin as well.

I absolutely love this product - more so than I could have ever imagined. It does exactly what it claims to do and leaves you feeling spoilt but beautiful. When it was first released, this mask set you back almost £7, which isn't far off the cost of a body butter. Depending on how you choose to use this mask, Glorious Mud can last you up to ten showers, which I think makes it great value for money. 
I hope that Lush choose to bring this one back in the kitchen as well as offer other variations for the fans to try. It's a hard-working, gloriously original product that will leave a hole in my life until I am able to use it again. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Rhassoul Mud, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cold-Pressed Sesame Oil (Sesamum indicum), Aloe Vera Extract (Aloe barbadensis), Perfume, Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Myrrh Resinoid (Commiphora myrrha), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis),Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Limonene.

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £6.25 each.
2016 Price: £6.25 each.

Scent Family:
Bubblegrub Bubbleroon
Creme Anglais Body Lotion
Glorious Mud Body Mask
Pot O' Gold Shower Jelly
Three Gold Rings Bubble Bar

12 comments

  1. How world you compare this to the comforter body scrub?

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    1. The comforter is greasier and a little harsher on the skin I find - it also takes a while to set up and leave on your body! Glorious Mud can be used easily in the shower but it's drier in consistency so you'll need to make sure your skin is wet enough to allow the scrub to glide over the body. Both are equally amazing though!

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  2. In the kitchen this week again! Reviews on LUSH's website say it used to be half the price a while ago,... Is this true?

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    1. Wow - really? I wouldn't be surprised - Lush products have gone up quite dramatically over the years!

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  3. Bought this from the kitchen this week, it's my first kitchen purchase :) Hope I enjoy it.

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    1. Oh you will! It's messy but it smells amazing and leaves you feeling fantastic! I have two sitting on my shelf just begging me to use them!

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    2. Sadly I hated the smell of this and was feeling sick from it haha, had to exit the shower quickly. Not impressed at all with it :(

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    3. Oh no! It is quite sticky, sickly isn't it - I can see why it would be a bit 'much' for some people.

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  4. Hi do u think this will help with eczema? I suffer from it bad and its very itchy. A friend of mine has a bar and i was wondering if u could give me ur insightf on of this would help? If this wont help with eczema, could u recomendd some producys from lush that could? Thanks

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    1. Hi there! I can imagine this being a little cloying and sticky for eczema - I can't imagine it would irritate you, but I wouldn't say it's the best choice! I would recommend alcohol-free Ocean Salt because that's very refreshing and can be a gentle or harsh exfoliator, depending on how much pressure you apply. It also has lots of essential oils to clean out the pores. I know someone who has very mild eczema and they say it works wonderfully with their skin :)

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  5. Great blog! Do you reckon this would work as a lush D.I.Y. shower gel? I've been inspired by your site :3

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