Lush Oxford Street: First and Second Impressions

It would take but a little scrolling from a novice SWB reader to discover that I am an unabashed Lush fan. I use a multitude of their products on a daily basis, support their ethics and love their innovative and fabulous cosmetic creations. When I saw the teasers for their new flagship store flash up across their various social media accounts, I knew that I would have to visit as soon as I could after launch day. Rumours flew of a colossal unit with vast displays full of mountains of new, exclusive products; of a store filled with innovative features quite unlike any other Lush shop worldwide. I wanted to see it all for myself.

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The Oxford Street store is located about two minutes walk eastwards along Oxford Street from Oxford Circus tube station, just next door to Marks and Spencer. The chic black frontage stands prominently between the other name brands, but the experience inside is quite other. The front of the shop peels open, unencumbered by dressed, inaccessible windows. The whole feel of the place, as with all Lush outlets, is hands on. Even in the heart of the busy city, Lush unabashedly wants you to touch all of the things.

The unit itself goes back and back and is truly vast. Set over three floors, the new store has plenty of room for elaborate displays featuring live plants (to highlight the ingredients of their neighbouring products), countless sinks for demos of the new innovations and lofty display units to fill the space floor-to-ceiling with eye-catching colour.

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As you enter on the ground floor, an enormous round demo sink greets you to the left (and is usually populated with one of the new bath bombs), with handcare and deodorants on the right. On entering the store on my first visit, I was instantly greeted by a staff member and treated to an on-the-spot hand massage and treatment featuring two of the new products (Salted Coconut Scrub and Elbow Grease). This area also houses the hand/body lotions, and here I noticed that some staple products have been given a better size range. They now come in a half size, and a double size, modelled below by the ever charismatic Simon.

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After handcare, you progress past the stairs and haircare into the back part of the shop, which is full of skin care, facial skin care, a vast display of soaps and shower products, the all new make up sections and mouth care.

Let me break that down a little, and it will have to be a little because, despite have spent hours in Oxford Street, the shop is so overwhelming and there is so much to see that I simply haven’t made it round everything yet.

The facemask display is much larger, with seating for consultations with an attending member of staff. Incidentally, I noticed that staff were zoned to product ranges, which meant you could always find someone if you needed help, despite the crowds. There are three or four new facemasks. I’ve only picked up the one designed for sensitive skin (Rosy Cheeks, a rose based formula), but there is also a mushroom based mask with a yoghurt consistency much like Sacred Truth (It’s called The Man in The Mushroom Mask), a bright blue delight called Don’t Look at Me and I think I saw a black, charcoal one too… Lush have also added another non-fresh (by which I mean that it doesn’t require refrigeration) mask to their repertoire in Cup o’ Coffee, which is mocha-y and delightful.

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I didn’t have time to check out skin care, but the soap display, like a gleaming multi-coloured candy land drew my eye. Old favourite scents have been reformulated into new permanent products (like Maypole, which smells like candy canes), and old products have been brought back, like Milky Bar. All of the current soaps (Rock Star, etc) are present, but in new shapes to catch the eye. Oxford Street also boasts a selection of cold-pressed soaps, which are a new product entirely. Cold pressing helps preserve more goodness in the natural ingredients, so these products should be extra nourishing. They also have a small range of ‘luxury’ soaps. These are very soft in consistency, pricy compared even with the regular soaps, but luscious in fragrance. I highly recommend checking them out- though I have forgotten their names, the aniseedy one and the almondy one are particularly lovely.

Shower is another area where Lush have upped the anti. A few store staples seem to missing from Oxford Street, which makes me wonder if they are being retired, but in their place are probably a dozen new gels, jellies and scrubs. Fan favourite scents like Lord of Misrule, Comforter and Yuzu and Cocoa are represented in new ‘Shower Creams’, which are aerated and rich in wheatgerm oil. Other product scents have new homes in new products. Tuca Tuca massage bar and fragrance is now Don’t Rain On My Parade, Wicci Magic Muscles is now 93,000 Miles jelly, Rub Rub Rub shower scrub is now a solid body scrub bar and Cocktail perfume (my FAVOURITE) is now Wash That Man Right Out of Your Hair shower gel. There are also Soap Sheets- solid, sponge like wash cloths that are actually made of soap. I have no idea how they work, but they are pricey.

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A section I want a spend a day in, and alas have spent about ten minutes in is the all new makeup section. Lush already has a makeup line, Emotional Brilliance, but the Oxford Street shop has a massive upgrade. Various new powders, solids, crayons, pomades, mascaras and solid lipsticks have joined the party. When I’m next up, I want to spend a good long time having a full consultation. For now, I have three lipsticks that I am LOVING: Witty (Lilac), Secure (Blue-Black) and Soul (Iridescent Shimmer).

In mouth care, which is like a pick a mix leading up to till, there are lots of changes. The existing toothy tabs (solid natural toothpastes- you should try them!) have been repackaged into more practical recyclable plastic bottles, with some being given an updated look (Chou Chou is much prettier now with pink dots)and some being reformulated into tooth powders. There are also several new tooth care products- Tooth Fairy powder for those with a sweet tooth, and new tabs Bling Bling (a citrussy gold tab), Oral Pleasure (fruity and purple) and Boom Boom (charcoal for a deep clean). There are also new lip balms with fruity flavours like lime and passionfruit, and they look to be vegan. The one downside to this section is the low position of the products (hip-waist height on me, and I’m short!), and I really don’t like the way they’re displayed. They are laid out like the sweets are at other highstreet shops- as temptations while you’re queuing, or things you might have forgotten on your way round. Frankly, they shouldn’t be- it undermines the value of the products. If the display was in the same location, for the same function, but more creatively laid out and at a better height, I’d be more happy. As it is, the products are designed to be picked up as an after thought by the customer, as it seems they were an after thought for the creative team.

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Downstairs in the basement level, you will find the Gorilla Gallery. This installation houses some of the stories and inspirations behind the artistic perfumes in the Gorilla Perfume range. I haven’t been able to go in yet, but I have heard very mixed reviews, though generally positive. This area also houses the Gorilla Perfume collection, including the exclusive and otherwise retired ranges that have previously only been available online or at the Gorilla Perfume shop in Islington. My favourite perfume, Cocktail, is available there, as well as the full released range from the new Volume 3: Death, Decay and Renewal, rather than just the in-store picks. This area has some more facial care products, the full massage bar range on a huge table, and the entrance to the Oxford Street Lush Spa.

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Upstairs on the first floor is my least favourite area (after mouth care) and probably my favourite area too. Right at the front, looking out over Oxford Street herself is the Fun area. This popular, multipurpose product isn’t my cup of tea most of the time, so I haven’t really explored it, but this would be a great place to park with the kids if you go as a couple, while one of you browses. There’s plenty of room for them to play with this, well, fun product.

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That ‘least favourite’ area I mentioned is the gift section. For me, it’s sterile, bland, and looks like Ikea threw up. Pure white and boxy, the area is generic high street, not rustic and warm like the rest of the decor of the shop. One step out of the gift area and you are in the bath zone, which is like a farmer’s market, and much more on style. I love this area. The products are in plentiful supply, with dozens of new innovations. There are at least 5 demo sinks set around an island- perfect to compare products all at once. The bombs look like fruits, and it entices you to pick them up and smell them. There are too many new products here to count, between the new bombs, new bubble bars, new reusuable bubble bars and wands, reformulated old favourites and all new bath oil pick and mix. It’s truly a candy land of bath goodies, and if this is what you love about Lush, you NEED to go and experience it for yourself.

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Overall, Oxford Street is overwhelming. 220+ new products over three floors, a gallery, a spa, live hair treatments in a barbers chair, vast new ranges to explore… it’s an entirely new experience quite unlike a visit to your cosy local shop. This is Lush on not an industrial scale, but certainly a massive leap for a company that started in a tiny unit in Poole (which, incidentally, they still own). This feels like the direction the company should be going in. They aren’t compromising on their morals, their great and award winning customer service, their innovation, their creativity or their emphasis on the natural and the handmade. What they are is a slicker, smoother, sleeker, better creature altogether- a more modern, yet nostalgic version of themselves. And I can’t wait to go back.

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Lush Halloween Haul and Review

Lush Cosmetics love any excuse for a lim-ed product launch. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter or a campaign special, Lush have our backs with season tailored goodies. Halloween is no different. This year, Lush launched their Christmas and Halloween ranges at the same time (October 1st online, and 3rd in stores in the UK), and whilst some of these tricks and treats all be sticking around for the festive season, I wanted to spotlight them separately from the Christmas haul. After all, these goodies are far too spooky to get lost in the Christmas crowd!

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1. Fairy Ring Soap

As with a lot of Lush products, there’s a lot to say about this products in two categories: looks and function/fragrance/ingredients. I’ll start with the latter.

Fairy Ring has the same fragrance as an old, retired Lush product called Fairy Jasmine. Light and Floral but not too sweet, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang spoil the senses, rapeseed and coconut oils soothe the skin and Shiitake mushrooms provide antibacterial properties and aid circulation. Fairy Ring, and all the seasonal exclusive soaps, are certified vegan and are made with Lush’s new sorbitol soap base. Derived from corn syrup, this new soap base means that Lush have been able to eliminate petrochemicals from their soaps, which is pretty cool.

In the looks department, Fairy Ring really delivers. The soap comes into the shop as a beautiful foot-high mushroom: the red cap is speckled with cutesy white spots, and the stalk is complete with doors and windows. This enchanting display is almost too good to cut into… Almost.

If you have the money and are looking for a really, really special party favour this festive season, a fun idea would be to buy a whole Fairy Ring soap. Use it as a table decoration during your (hopefully fairy themed) party, then cut it up and dish out portions to your guests to take home. Fresh cut soap really does smell best, after all, and this magical fragrance will please all partakers.

 

2. Sparkly Pumpkin

Gloriously glittery, this bubble bar screams Halloween cheer and the glory of Autumnal colours. I would prefer it if it had a sweet Jack O’ Lantern smile, but beggars can’t be choosers, and she’s pretty as she is.

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Sparkly Pumpkin is packed full of citrus notes. Zingy lime and punchy grapefruit provide a universally pleasing, uplifting and skin brightening effect. Also featured are a smidge of spice from the cinnamon stick stalk, and refreshing, balancing Juniperberry. This bitch’s brew of invigorating ingredients leaves your bath piles high with bubbles, pleasantly orange and swirling with golden sparks of lustre and glitter. The ingredients are partnered to perk you up and freshen you- skin, body and mind- for a night of mischief under the full moon. WoooooOOOoooooo!

It’s also worth noting that, like all bubble bars, you can use as little or as much of the pumpkin as you like for your bath. I reckon she will comfortably yield 2-3 baths worth of bubbles- just break off what you want to use and keep the rest of her dry and safe until she’s needed.

It is my understanding that Sparkly Pumpkin is a Halloween exclusive, so will be gone after Halloween. If you want one (or five), stock up now!

 

3 and 4. Northern Lights and Sparkler

Northern Lights and Sparkler are brand spanking new products in terms of their shape if not their fragrance. Capturing the frivolity and fun of Guy Fawkes Night, these fun fizzers will be hanging around for Christmas.

The baton like shapes of these bombs are supposed to simulate fireworks. Each end fizzes faster than the middle, creating a catherine wheel-esque spin in a hot bath, before shooting out each bomb’s secret contents. For Sparkler, the frankly plain yellow outer layer yields to an popping candy fuelled explosion of rose gold glitter sparks (like a sparkler!), with colours reminding me of bonfires and cinder toffee. Northern lights releases its white star confetti, and swirls of neon bright colours to replicate her name sake, the aurora borealis, over an inky blue night sky. She’s truly beautiful, and a very special new design I hope Lush bring back for years to come.

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Northern Lights shares the Jasmine and Ylang Ylang fragrance of the long time favourite Christmas Eve Bubblebar. The smell is much stronger and sweeter than the same ingredients in the Fairy Ring Soap, and absolutely relaxing.

Where Sparkler really shines is her fragrance. She has the ever popular (and my favourite Lush scent!) Rose Jam fragrance from the bubbleroon and body conditioner. Heady, sweet, scrumptious and very, very special, Sparkler’s scent has a double dose of Rose, plus Geranium and Cypress to intoxicate the senses. An indulgent and sexy fragrance, Sparkler will make you feel and smell phenomenal.

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In terms of looks, Northern Lights, in or out of the bath, looks stunning. The blurple swirled outer layer is dotted with stars, like a special magic wand you can’t help but be drawn to. Sparkler on the other hand is a grower rather than a shower. The solid yellow stick is pretty uninspiring to look at- more a bar of plutonium than a bath time delight. However, once in the bath, it’s an absolute joy. Both bombs look very interesting and different to the balls and character shapes around them on display, but the baton shape isn’t particularly sturdy. If dropped or sometimes even just knocked, it will snap clean in half, ruining the catherine wheel effect when used. My Northern Lights, as you can see from the picture, was single wrapped, and snapped just from the stress of being transported. The batons are also too long for little black product bag. If you’re interested in these treats, ask your sales assistant to either double bag your bomb, or otherwise securely wrap it up for safe keeping.

 

5. Wizard

I think Wizard is probably one of the most adorable things out in Lush’s autumn/winter range this year. He shares his cone shape with The Christmas Penguin bubble bar, which was a favourite with my friends and family last year. Robed in shimmering purple, this cutie is here to make your bath time magical. Crumbled under the hot tap, Wizard creates mountains of bubbles, shimmering royal purple water and a beautiful fragrance of an old school Lush favourite, Jingle Spells. Sweet and bright Tangerine oil, clean Fennel, balancing Juniperberry and sweet Ylang Ylang make for a bath fit for the High Wizard himself- great for brightening the skin and lifting your mood.

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Wizard delivers on looks and function. Fennel might seem an odd inclusion, but the aniseed notes of the fennel and its skin brightening function work perfectly with the citrus Tangerine and the skin doctoring Juniperberry. With his adorable face and star, he’ll please young and old, and the beautiful purple bathwater will make you feel really special. Like most bubble bars, you can use as much or as little as you like of the Wizard for each bath. I think he’ll comfortably do 2-3 baths if you wanted. Just be sure to keep what’s left of him safe and dry somewhere until you want to use him up!

Like Pumpkin, Wizard is a Halloween exclusive.

 

6. Lord of Misrule

This Loki green bomb arrived last year to great applause, and I’m really pleased he’s back. With his party crown design, LoM is inspired by the Pagan Feast of Fools, where the order of society was flipped on its head for a day, the wine flowed and mischief and mayhem abounded. However, the name alone brings thoughts to me of tricksters throughout mythology and literature, and the tricks played around Halloween night.

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The green outer layer of this bomb yield to a plummy centre, inspiring thoughts of sweet mulled wine. The bomb is also full of popping candy, so the fizzing and frolics last and last and last. His fragrance is sweet and moreish Vanilla and earthy, special Patchouli, warmed with Black Pepper. Vanilla is extremely gentle on the skin, so this bath is like a warm, cheeky hug. I love it. Using this bomb makes me feel like some sort of mystical princess, bathing in sacrificial wine. It’s a scrummy bomb, and I’m glad it’ll be sticking around for Christmas. With it’s external design, bath effect and lovely aroma, it’ll be a winner as a stocking filler, or as a treat for yourself after a gruelling slog round the shops.

 

So there you have it, ghouls and gents- Lush Halloween 2014 has landed with a bump in the night. If I had to pick a favourite, I would go for Northern Lights. The light show in the bath is nothing to be sniffed at, and the soothing scent will help you feel magically relaxed this festive season.

Wrap up warm, and have fun this Halloween!

 

Lush Suncare Review

Hello Kittens!

Though the weather has taken a turn for the supposed worst this past week, it’s still summer, and the flame orb is beating down on us at maximum strength. If you don’t already have a sunscreen as part of your daily routine, you’re doing it wrong. Get one in there pronto, whether you’re lusciously tanned, or pale and interesting, and your skin will thank you for years to come.

I got to try out some of Lush Cosmetic’s new sun care range this summer; in fact, I took three items away on the #swbholibobs back in late june. The sun care range actually includes a total of five items now, but two of them (The Sunblock- a solid body bar to be used in the shower, and Powdered Sunshine- a loose powder perfect for topping up your protection and matting down any dewiness) had yet to be released at that point. Therefore, this review focuses on the three products I did get to try, sun lotions all: Million Dollar Moisturiser, Sesame Suntan Lotion and The Lifesaver.

If you’re new here- I love Lush products. If you’re a seasoned SWB veteran, then you already know that. However, I also believe in the pursuit of truth and value for money when it comes to beauty products, so I’m not holding back with this review. Let’s work our way upwards, from the lowest SPF to the highest/most pricey.

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Sesame Suntan Lotion: £8/£15 for 100g/250g

Providing a lower level of protection, clocking in at only 10SPF, Sesame promises to leave you ‘bronzed, not burned’. I have to say that when I tried it, on a very hot and sunny day at that, I didn’t burn or tan after 2 hours of exposure. So it does work. The active ingredient, as with the entire Lush sun care range, is organic Sesame oil, which is a natural sunscreen. The issue with this product is that it doesn’t seem like they put much else in it.

Now, rationally, that’s simply not true. A glance at the label informs us Walnut Leaf extract to encourage melanin production, moisturising organic and fair trade cocoa butter and soothing, cooling aloe vera extract. Practically, however, this product is oily and thin as a lotion (though it does absorb eventually), and stinks of sesame. Note I don’t say smells like; I say stinks.

I love sesame seeds- they’re delicious and flavourful. And a shot of sesame oil in asian cooking is the bomb. But use too much, and powerful aroma and flavour can ruin a dish. The product only has that powerful aroma. I don’t understand why Lush put a product on the shelf that smells so off putting. Sesame on the skin is not an attractive scent. Yes, I will admit that the smell does wear down over time, but even two hours later, I could still smell it on me. Not. Pleasant.

Though this is the cheapest product on the list, it’s still not cheap compared with drugstore equivalents. Whilst I’m happy to pay for quality and ethics, for this price, I do expect a product I can bear to wear, not an oily, smelly disaster.

The Lifesaver- £25 for 100g

Like Sesame, Lifesaver is an all-over suntan lotion. Unlike Sesame, it is presented in a little black pot, and packs a whopping 30SPF. Yes, you can get much higher SPFs elsewhere, but I think 30 is great for most folks. I’m pretty darn pasty, and it’s what I use in British sunshine.

This product does the job- it provides impeccable coverage for 2+ hours. I didn’t catch the sun at all with this baby on. It’s really gentle on the skin too, which bears mentioning, as summer skincare can be difficult for delicate flowers. The consistency is right, though it might split a tiny bit in the pot (it comes back together just fine so don’t worry)- it spreads easily and absorbs well, without leaving you feeling unduly sticky. It’s packing lots of sesame oil, as per all the Lush sun care products, but also gentle calamine powder and skin kind oils and butters like cocoa, shea, coconut and avocado. Amazingly I didn’t find it as moisturising as I would have liked from, I don’t know, a perfect product, but it’s certainly not drying at all, and given how hard I worked it, it’s not surprising.

With this product, Lush did what they probably should have done with Sesame- they gave a fragrance all its own. The fragrance of this product is cool and herby and sweet and fruity all at once. It reminds me of the scent of old fashioned ski sunblocks, but better. A eucalyptus and mint infusion provides coolness and herb notes, while orange juice zests things up, and rose hip, lavender and neroli oil perfume it beautifully. Basically, it smells unique, unisex and lovely, and I was surprised at how much I liked it.

The thing I don’t like is the price tag, but I’ll go more into that later. Basically, this was an excellent product. Snaps for you, Lush.

The Million-Dollar Moisturiser- £32.50 for 45g

MDM really breaks the bank if you consider it just a sunscreen. However, it is a facial sunscreen, and a facial moisturiser, and for most higher end cosmetic lines, you are looking at price tags of £25-35+ for those products anyway. Providing a great SPF coverage of 30, which is really the minimum you should be wearing on your face to prevent sun damage, and packed with skin kind ingredients, it really looks to be an excellent product.

The cream is thicker that Lifesaver, which is to be expected, and almost glistening. Sunscreen providing Sesame oil is backed up with imperfection fighting, and naturally preserving, honey, plus moisturising jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, shea butter and a ‘decoction; of almond, sesame seed and oatmeal. In terms of fragrance, this product smells divine. I love, love, LOVE rosewood, which is a feature fragrance note, backed up with cool lavender and tonka. All in all this product looks lovely, and smells lovely.

But it’s not lovely. And here’s why.

This moisturiser is oily. Really, really oily. This isn’t like other oil rich lush products like Dream Cream- the oil doesn’t absorb at all- it just sits on your face. If you’re planning on going to the beach, where you can look greased up and make up-less and no one will bat an eyelid, maybe you’ll like this product. But I hated it. I had to apply two mattifying primers to stop myself from looking wet, my makeup slid around even with that buffer, and I didn’t feel like a million dollars even after I washed it off. I didn’t really feel moisturised at all. With most Lush moisturisers, I find myself noticing the difference from the get go. Not so MDM. Also, my eyes started to sting violently after wearing this product for an hour or so, even after washing my face. My suspicion is that some of that excess oil got into my eyes; I can’t prove it, but after I stopped using the product, the issue went away.

I felt really let down by this product. Of the three I tried, I was most excited about this one. It had the loveliest name, the best consistency in the pot and by far the most wowing scent. However, the delivery was poor at best, and shocking when you consider the price tag. Yes, I didn’t burn at all when wearing this product, but the side effects, for me, were simply not worth using this product. I was over the moon when my Coola Facial Sunscreen arrived and I could use that instead, because, da-yum. I don’t look good shiny.

Overall, two out of three products met my expectations. Sesame works, above and beyond its SPF, and Lifesaver is absolutely lovely. Would I buy both products? No. Sesame’s aroma puts me right off, even if I did want a factor 10 lotion. If this product makes a comeback next year, I really hope it is reworked to tackle that potent sesame smell. It’s too much. Lifesaver on the other hand delivers on every level- texture, coverage and scent. It’s a really lovely product, and if you want a high ethics sun care product, I would highly recommend it.

That being said, the prices of these products are steep. Sesame is the only one that falls within what I would call the ‘regular’ Lush price range. Lifesaver is pricey at £25, particularly for such a little pot. If you used it every day, depending on how much skin you show, that 100g pot will last you 1-2 weeks. Great as a treat for a holiday, perhaps, but probably prohibitively expensive for a summer staple. Don’t get me started on MDM. If it delivered, then yes- the pot is a good size and would last you, and the coverage is great. As it is, it doesn’t, and you shouldn’t buy it unless your face drinks up lotion. My skin is pretty dry, and MDM was still a nightmare on it.

As for the two sun care products I haven’t tried, I have to say I’m more excited about Powdered Sunshine. It sounds much more practical and value for money that The Sunblock, which only supposedly provides 3 uses for £8.95 (though several sources have informed me you can use it like a solid sunscreen body bar instead, which means it will last longer). The idea of topping oneself up on the go with a light, lovely powder sounds really great, and I’d love to try it. I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on if I do.

In the mean time, stay safe in the sun, kittens, even on cloudy days. And enjoy the warm weather while it lasts!

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Gert Lush!

Lush products are excellent last minute stocking fillers at this time of year, and I have to admit, I’m a complete convert. You’ve got to love a company that’s a) local (Lush’s flagship store is hardly an hour’s drive from me, and it’s a British company) and b) full of heart.

Lush’s mission is to create great beauty products that are as eco friendly as possible, without losing any of their sparkle. This is perfectly shown by their recent transfer to all natural glitters in all their products, and their campaign against animal testing in the cosmetics industry. Personally, I feel good shopping with a brand that creates products full of natural goodness, without cruelty to animals and as far as possible the environment. That and their shops smell incredible.

I’m not going to spend all post waxing lyrical about palm oil and the rain forests, but I think it’s great that I can get on with being pampered without guilt about where my goods are from. And the fact that so many of their products are without packaging or in recyclable containers is the icing on the cake.

When I went away earlier this year I took a bunch of Lush goodies with me to make my holiday really special, from shower to seashore. Here are 10 of my Lush product must-haves that you should try, or treat your loved ones with this season.

1. Dream Cream

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I’m going to start pretty simple and work my way up to some of the more colourful products I love, but Dream Cream is just so lovely it deserves a highlight. Cooling and calming with Lavender and super skin kind with oat milk and olive oil, this cream is great for sensitive and sore skin. I often use this on any hard skin I have, or if I have an eczema flare up. This is one of Lush’s best sellers, and it isn’t hard to see why. For me, it’s a lovely cooling cream with pretty much all of the benefits of something over the counter, but I don’t end up smelling like I rolled around a chemist’s. Really, I ought to use this more than I do (I’m famously awful at moisturising), and in the past when I have, my skin has been, well, Lush.

2. New

A product that is really great for your hair is New. Packaging free, this solid shampoo bar really works. It smells wonderful- of cinnamon and cloves, and leaves my hair feeling so clean and shiny, and perfumed like christmas baking. Yum. Some people I asked said it makes their hair flyaway and frizzy. I reckon that’s because this shampoo cleases like nothing I’ve ever tried. Since my hair is a puffball at the best of times, I didn’t notice any positive or negative effect on that, but I loved the result none the less. However, without packaging, you should store this in a reusable tupperware or tin to keep it safe and from getting it everywhere when it is drying.

3. Rub Rub Rub

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My favourite exfoliator in the world is Rub Rub Rub. It’s one of the few products that I’ve tried that leaves my skin super smooth but also really moisturised, instead of tight and angry. Like a lot of scrubs, the exfoliator is sea salt. it also includes cleansing lemon, and the delicious scents of orange blossom and jasmine. The super fun blue colour goes a long way to making me love cleansing with this too. I have tried this on my face, and whilst it is too rough for me to use there regularly, it didn’t upset my skin. Apparently, it’s really good for your hair, too.

4. Rose Jam

This product is a limited edition, and you have to get it. It’s marketed as a shower gel, but Rose Jam is packed full of Argan oil, and it super for your hair as well as your skin. My hair is really dry, so I still need to condition after using Rose Jam on it, but’ll leave you smelling like a bed of roses. I’m not kidding, this stuff is potently rosey. It has a chocolatey quality too and really lasts on the skin, which it makes soft and lovely. I adore it, and even though the fragrance is shared by other products, I really hope Lush brings back this product after this run.

5. Chou Chou, I Love You

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I do so love a silly product name (it’s half the reason I like OPI nail polishes so much), and Chou Chou I Love You has that aspect down. This is one of Lush’s innovative toothy tabs; a solid toothpaste formula that reduces packaging down to a recyclable card box. I love rose, which is the primary scent/flavour in this product, which is why I decided to try this one, and i wasn’t disappointed. It left my teeth really clean, and freshened my breath, and the rose/lemon taste lasted longer than I thought it would, particularly compared with flavoured toothpastes. I’m not sure I’m ready to convert entirely to Toothy Tabs, but they’re lovely to try, and who doesn’t want a rose-scented kiss from time to time? And as the cheapest item on this list, why not slip them in to a loved one’s stocking this Christmas?

 

6. Lord of Misrule

 

Lush is pretty famous for its bath bombs. They make excellent stocking fillers, and they are kind of the first thing I’m drawn to when I enter the shop.

 

Lord of Misrule came out in time for Hallowe’en this year, and the name and green colour should give you all the Loki feels that you can take. This product, and its crown shape, are actually inspired by Pagan beliefs rather than norse, but you should buy this product for its scent, not its history. Vanilla, black pepper and patchouli give it a festive, sweet almost mulled quality I love, not to mention it turns the bath water Sangria purple. Yep- green bomb, purple bath. Fun times for all. Buy it now or lose out!

7. Santa’s Lip Scrub

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Lush do a range of sugar scrubs for your lips, but I love the flavour and obnoxious red colour of the festive addition to the range. It tastes like cola cubes, and conditions your now exfoliated lips with coconut oil. It’s a real treat, and makes me smile every time I get it out of my handbag. Like all lip scrubs, it will give you a smoother surface for applying lip colour, but this stuff tastes amazing. If you want a lip colour to match this scrub, Lush Provide with Santa Baby, a lovely lip tint that smells just like this scrummy scrub, and doesn’t budge easily.

8. Passionate

Lush have a wide range of cosmetics along side their bath and skincare products. I love my ‘Healthy’ green eyeliner, but I want to recommend one of their lovely liquid lipsticks instead. They’re long lasting and highly pigmented, and gentle enough that you could, with the right brushes, use them on your eyes and cheeks for tint too. I adore the purple-fuschia audacity of Passionate on my lips- bold as brass and lushly purple.

9. Soft Coeur

When it comes to skin care, you can’t go wrong with that old favourite, cocoa butter. Soft Coeur, a heart shaped massage bar features this highly, and has cocoa and honey hidden inside to be revealed as it melts in your hand. The high content of natural oils mean it will easily melt with your body heat. Sure, it’s sensual to use with your partner, but I love rubbing this all over my own hands and arms at night after a day out in the biting cold to soothe, and leave me dreaming of delicious chocolatey treats.

10. Secret Santa

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The best thing about Lush products is walking into their shops and basking in the delicious aroma of essential oils. This Christmas, Lush have released an ENORMOUS bath bomb (that you could easily break into two or three before using) that features the ‘trademark’ scent of Lush, as previously captured in their 29 perfume. This bomb is so big, it has a bomb inside it- a Secret Santa! Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Lime… trust me, it smells incredible, and you deserve it.

 

So there we are- 10 products I thank Lush for putting together for me and you to enjoy. I hope they spice up your life, for Christmas and beyond.

sigdraftN.B this is not a sponsored post.