Described as a 'massage bar to restore inner peace and help you make sense of the world', this is a product that was originally inspired by the London riots. Sometimes you just need a luxurious bath, a massage or a full body moisturise to rid yourself of the stresses of life. This is where Peace Massage Bar comes in handy...
Using essential oils - cocoa butter, shea butter and olive oil, this is a massage bar intent on rewarding your skin without smothering it in rubbish; you only have to look at the minimal ingredients list to know that this is a product as natural as they come. Lush claim that it takes 'a blend of Forgiveness, Acceptance, Calm and Content to bring about Peace', and they've used specific ingredients to replicate this notion.
So why a massage bar? Firstly, by keeping the ingredients in their solid form, as opposed to a liquid state, it means that Lush don't have to include specific chemicals and preservatives to get the product to remain liquid at room temperature. Secondly, because there are only natural ingredient present in the bars, these products are great for people with sensitive skin and those that don't bode well with heavy moisturisers. Finally, keeping it in it's solid form means it is easier and more cost-effective for the company and consumer, as it requires less packaging to store.
To use the massage bar, you can do one of two things. I tend to warm my hands up a little before carefully rubbing the bar all over my body. Once I've smeared enough on my skin, I then use my hands to massage it all over evenly. You can also use the warmth of your hands to melt the massage bar somewhat, before using this to smother it all over your skin like you would a normal lotion.
What I love about Peace is it's simplicity; it's scent is a very mild one, reminding me a little of dairy free white chocolate; that creamy, subtle smell that has just a hint of sweetness. It's scent is not overpowering at all, which is perfect who those who want something light and gentle to indulge themselves in.
This massage bar glides across the skin with ease and leaves behind a thin layer of oils that dissolve into your skin quite nicely. I would say be careful when using this bar as if you apply too much, it can take a while for the oils to get absorbed and this may leave your body greasy.
As well as the way this massage bar can restore and relax your soul, the ingredients also echo the sentiments behind it's name. The cocoa butter used here has been harvested from the Peace Villages of San Jose de Apartado in Colombia, an inspirational cooperative who have chosen to step out of their country’s civil war and live peacefully off the land. As with all of the olive oil that Lush use in their products, it comes from Sindyanna Women’s Cooperative in Galilee. Furthermore, all of their ingredients are fair trade so the peace they're trying to spread, expands to every part of the creation process.
Ultimately, this is by no means my favourite massage bar, but it is one I'd use again when I'm looking for something quite subtle to moisturise my skin. A sensual and rather sultry-smelling solid bar, Peace is the epitome of it's name, and one I hope Lush will continue to sell for a long time to come.
Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Colombian Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Perfume, Fair Trade Olive Oil, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool.