Venus and Mars is a brand that I’ve seen grow over the years. I saw their shop start out with just one product—a lip balm. Then they branched out to other bath and body products, many of which I tried! But the standout for me was the Javanese Lulur Soap.
What the comany says about the product:
The Javanese Lulur is considered to be the queen of treatments and has been practiced in the palaces of Central Java since the 17th century. There, the pursuit of beauty has long been a daily ritual and the Javanese Lulur an integral step, leaving skin soft, supple and shining.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could actually use this in our everyday bath?
What is so unique about Venus and Mars’ LULUR?
It is designed to leave the skin clear from impurities by means of its turmeric content mixed with emu oil and tea tree and whiten the appearance through its powerful combination of arbutin, calamansi and papain. Moisturize and pamper the skin with the rest of the ingredients and you’ll sure find a noticeable and renewed skin!
Ingredients: emu oil, tea tree essential oil, turmeric, tea tree leaves, shea butter, arbutin, calamansi, papain, olive oil and coconut oil, mango.
I used to use this regularly, just for my back which back then had a lot of pimples. These days I rarely use Venus and Mars’ Javanese Lulur Soap only when I get a particularly bad breakout on my back which no longer happens often. My sister has persistent backne and I’ve been trying to convince for the longest time to give this soap a try, and finally she did. I got a little slice from from and have been revisiting this product.
This has a medicinal smell that isn’t overly strong but lingers around nonetheless. It is not pleasant, but it’s bearable. If you’ve smelled turmeric powder, this has a similar scent.
The color of the soap is yellow and it has these small bits in it that can feel pretty rough when you rub the soap directly on your skin. So I do what I’ve always done when I use this, I let it lather in my hands first, then rub the lather I’ve created—not the bar of soap itself—onto my skin.
I tried using it on my entire body instead of just my back this time, and as I suspected, it was rather drying on my already dry skin. I avoid using it on my face for the same reason. Too drying. On my back though, this delivers every time, it really helps get rid of any pimples on there. I follow it up with a moisturizing oil or lotion to counteract the dryness.
For those with dry, sensitive skin, I recommend patch testing the Javanese Lulur Soap first to see how your skin reacts. If you have a backne problem, you must try this soap. It’s inexpensive too, and will last a long time if you use it on problem areas only and use a small slice at a time. It costs PhP 225 for a 120 g bar, and PhP 120 for a 60 g bar. It’s available on the Venus and Mars online store and through their resellers.
Venus and Mars Javanese Lulur Soap – Pros:
- Is a big help in drying up the pimples on my back.
- Made of natural ingredients that are supposed to bring multi-benefits to the skin.
Venus and Mars Javanese Lulur Soap – Cons:
- Can be quite drying.
- Melts more easily than commercial soaps, as handmade soaps tend to.
- Only available online.
Thumbs up on the Venus and Mars Javanese Lulur. I’m glad to have revisited this product and highly recommend it, especially to those with backne.
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