Lush Lush I love Lush. When I walk into a Lush store it’s like Charlie’s Chocolate Factory.
I remember my first time… it was like a sparkling dazzling sensation being awed by products that looked good enough to eat and I wanted one of everything. They display huge loaves/wheels of soap and open/chilled face masks so you can see what’s inside. The smell is also amazing, I always feel energised, revitalised and strangely happy when I’m in there though I know a few people who dislike it and it’s true that you can smell a Lush down the street lol. I like that Lush has gone from strength to strength although sadly they lost their sister company Be Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful (B Never for short) that specialised in awesome make up and other ornately fair trade/decorated cosmetics. They support a lot of causes and are against palm oil deforestation, they have excellent customer service all across the board from in-store to on the phone or online and they actually listen to customer feedback, taking on board requests and ideas. They also have schemes to reward recycling their containers, free gifts with purchases… and yes, sample heaven! Also, 70% of their products are vegan friendly. Note though, that all that glitters is not gold and though Lush is awesome they aren’t completely natural; it bothers me because they have/use a plethora of natural ingredients but they combine them with a lot of artificial colours, perfumes (remember when you see ‘perfume/parfum’ on a label that that one ingredient is itself made up of up to 100’s of ingredients, mostly synthetic and quite possibly unhealthy), SLS, ALS and parabens. That said, they are a gem amongst the high street and surpass The Body Shop in my opinion.
Products I bought – massage bars! Oo er ;).
1) Therapy Massage Bar – marketed as ‘Euphoria-inducing bar with uplifting neroli. Therapy is a wunder-bar, which we make to help your hard life get softer. First, it moisturises with cocoa and shea butters to make your hard skin get softer. Then, it softens your tensions with lavender and neroli oils – neroli is the one which gives you a feeling of euphoria, especially when you have someone massaging it into your shoulders. Give Therapy a try and you’ll feel better in no time. 100% certified organic.’ I haven’t tried this bar before so I’m looking forward to it and can smell the Lavender in it too as thankfully it isn’t scented/perfumed.
2) Each Peach and Two’s a Pair – bought this one for a friend (Lush products make great gifts, they even have gorgeous gift boxes that are more cost effective than buying separately) because she could do with a boost. It’s marketed as ‘The one to brighten, lighten and throw off the gloom with a concentrated citrus fix. We make the Each Peach Massage Bar with fruity avocado and mango kernel butters, mixed with our cocoa butter and shea butter base for an extra nutritious, softening treat. Essential oils of Persian lime, red grapefruit, sweet orange and mandarin help to encourage a sunny disposition. Use it to help boost your partner’s confidence. Very reviving: best for mornings.’
I find massage bars in general are best used after a bath as they melt nicely in warm hands and go on like oil, a little goes a long way so they last for ages (Lush solid products have very long Best Before Dates). Massage bars look like soap but softer to the touch obviously and you can buy tins to keep them in though the Lush tins are quite expensive and any container will do really.