The Solid Sunblock: Lush Launch A Solid Sunscreen Wash

Although I’m sitting here with the heating on, a warm cup of coffee on the go and the rain petering down outside my window, we’re still (believe it or not) in the middle of summer. It may not seem like August in the UK right now, but many of you may still be lucky enough to have a summer holiday to look forward to and need essential sun protection. It’s even more important for us Brits to be prepared when it comes to sun exposure, as we see so little of it throughout the year and get overexcited when it does grace us with its presence. Although there are thousands of sunscreens and SPFs available on the high street, Lush have (in their usual quirky way) their own take on staying protected with ‘The Sunblock‘ – a solid sunscreen wash that can be applied in the shower.

The block comes in three segments which can be broken off and used over the body. Handily, these thirds are the exact amount you need to cover your body and ensure it’s protected; so many mishaps and burns occur as a result of being ill prepared and applying only a small proportion of SPF required to protect the skin adequately. I love that Lush have made the process super easy and even made the block hand-luggage appropriate if you’re just popping away for a long weekend.

The sunscreen itself melts into the skin when massaged with a small amount of water, easily covering limbs and getting into all the right areas with ease. Once you’ve applied the block you can gently wash away any excess and dab skin lightly with a clean towel, leaving you theoretically protected and ready to face the day. Although it’s not overtly sticky, there’s definitely a thin residue left on the skin that means this isn’t a product you’d use day-to-day – it’s perfect for using before you hit the beach or pool, when you’re not too fussed about having totally undetectable sunscreen.

At £8.95 for a bar (making it approx £3.00 an application,) this isn’t a sunscreen for the whole family. It’s definitely a treat if you’re having a weekend away somewhere hot, are limited in terms of lotions and potions on the plane, want to make applying sunscreen more fun for little ones or simply love a bit of Lush. I love the concept and I’m sure it’ll be adopted by other brands come summer 2015; I’m amazed Nivea haven’t launched their own following on from the success of their in-shower moisturiser and after-sun. Although you do have to re-apply sunscreen every few hours over the top to remain protected, it’s a great little block to pop in your bag this summer.

The Lush ‘Sunblock‘ is priced £8.95 and available online/in stores nationwide.



  1. Olivia S
    August 18, 2014 / 5:28 pm

    I love the sound of this! I'm in for anything that makes applying SPF a bit more enjoyable. Hopefully summer reappears soon so that I can give this a go XxOlivia –

  2. fullafizzy
    August 18, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    love this. looking fwd to a review on the lotion too please

  3. alice
    August 18, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    Gutted that I'm staying in rainy old London for the rest of the summer because I'd love to try this! The Sunblock looks really interesting and Lush usually never disappoint! Might make me remember to actually put suncream on too!

  4. Stellar Pink
    August 19, 2014 / 7:34 am

    hi great post 🙂 do they do any other factors besides spf 30? x

  5. Anonymous
    August 19, 2014 / 11:46 am

    £3 per application – that sounds really expensive! It's a neat idea to have something that goes on in the shower, but I can't but help think the whole process (having to 'dab' yourself dry so as not to affect the sunscreen application) is a touch flawed. Sun protection for my ultra fair skin is too important for me to risk rubbing off vital protection, just because I wanted to dry my body! I'll stick with post-shower sprays and lotions, I think. However, I do have a Nivea in-shower after sun wash that is amazing – really cooling and works brilliantly on hot skin (not burned – I make damn sure of that!). I'd definitely recommend the shower application process for aftersun needs.

  6. Stephanie
    August 19, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    This is a really interesting concept to me! These brands are getting so clever!Stephanie xxxx

  7. La Vie En May
    August 21, 2014 / 11:39 pm

    Awesome! I need to go to Lush again and check it out! Thanks for sharing :)May from La Vie en May

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