Last Christmas, I was lucky enough to be given one of Lush’s beautiful gift boxes by my sibling. Whilst everyone else was busy unwrapping boxes of chocolate and bottles of wine, I was in my own little world of cruelty free and vegetarian cosmetics. Now that I’ve had a chance to use all of the products, I decided today would be a good time to round up the positives and negatives of each of the products.
Just to note: two of the products from this gift box, Rose Jam and Sleepy, are no longer available to buy as they were winter exclusive products. Apologies, but hopefully next winter you’ll be able to pick some up for yourself.
These little grass-style soap dishes are my saviour – only a couple of pounds from Flying Tiger!
The fragrance of this body conditioner is so sweet and rosy…
…and the texture and consistency is so creamy.
Sleepy is perfectly named, as the fragrance makes me want to drift off to sleep.
The lotion is a lovely pale purple colour.
Rose Jam almost smells good enough to eat.
Respect Your Elders soap (vegan, £3.50 for 100g, link here)
Initially I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy this product, as I’ve never been the biggest fan of using bars of soap. However, I was won over by the scent of Respect Your Elders, which has a lovely, light berry fragrance. It’s does a brilliant job of cleaning my hands as it lathers up very well, and the scent lingers on my hands for ages after each wash.
Ro’s Argan body conditioner (vegan, £16.50 for 225g, link here)
If you’re a fan of rosy scents, then Ro’s Argan is the product for you. This body conditioner is extremely buttery and decadent, and it really makes me feel like I’m pampering myself when I use it. I often get patches of very dry skin on my arms during winter, but Ro’s Argan has kept these at bay.
Sleepy body lotion (vegan, no longer available to buy)
When I went into Lush in December, I gave Sleepy a sniff and I honestly wasn’t a very big fan of the scent. I also wasn’t a massive fan on Christmas morning, when I opened up the tub to give it another try. However, I used the lotion one night after a shower and the fragrance absolutely transforms itself when it’s rubbed into the skin. It’s a wonderful comforting fragrance of lavender, and it helped me drift off to sleep that night, as the name suggests.
Rose Jam shower gel (vegan, no longer available to buy)
If you want to have a wonderfully decadent shower, I recommend using Rose Jam, followed by Ro’s Argan. The fragrance of roses lingers on the skin for hours after your shower – I couldn’t stop smelling my arms! Rose Jam is an excellent shower gel, which cleanses effectively yet gently.
What do you think of these products? Which of Lush’s winter products are your favourites? Let me know on my Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below this post.
Hi altrocklifers! Today I thought I’d do something a bit different, and discuss my recent foray into purchasing from ethical cosmetics giant, Lush. The company, which had humble beginnings in Poole in 1995 (the year I was born!) has reached worldwide acclaim for their 100% vegetarian and cruelty free products.
Now, Lush always seemed like a niche shop to me, and I used to be quite nervous about going inside and asking questions. Plus, a lot of their long term customers, AKA Lushies, can be a little bit fanatical about the brand. I went pescatarian last May and fully vegetarian in January, so since then I’ve been making a more conscious effort to purchase toiletries from cruelty free and vegetarian brands. I’m very glad I did, as the products are fantastic and I can use them guilt free! Plus, all of the staff in my local branches (Bournemouth whilst at university and Lincoln whilst at home) are absolutely lovely and were brilliant at helping me find the best products for my skin and hair.
I’m going to go over the products I’m currently using and how I feel about them, as well as products I’ve tried in the past and didn’t continue to use and why.
Soak And Float – solid shampoo bar
I’ve always struggled finding suitable shampoo, as I have mild dandruff and medicated shampoo only ever managed to keep the worst of the flakes at bay. Thankfully, Soak And Float is absolutely fantastic at calming my scalp, and I’ve seen nary a flake since starting to use this solid shampoo about two months ago. It’s fantastic value for money as well: Lush suggests that each bar lasts up to three months, but because I have very short hair I think mine will last even longer than that. Scent wise, I can’t put my finger on what the dominant scent of this product is, but it’s quite gentle and a little sweet.
Price: £5.95 for 55g Recommended for: People with sensitive scalps or dandruff Status: Vegan My rating: ★★★★★
American Cream – conditioner
American Cream has mixed reviews across the board: some hail it as a conditioner deity, others think it smells like curdled milk or baby sick. Personally I lean much further towards the former. Whilst I don’t think this conditioner smells like strawberry vanilla like it’s supposed to, it does have a sweet, pleasant creamy smell which reminds me of crème brûlée before you caramelise the top. I have fairly thick hair, and this conditioner is thick enough to thoroughly condition whilst being light enough not to weigh down my natural curls.
Price: £9.95 for 250g Recommended for: People with normal to thick hair Status: Vegetarian My rating: ★★★★☆
Hair Custard – hair dressing
Last time I went to Lush in Lincoln the person who served me suggested I give Hair Custard a go, and I’m glad they did. It’s a light, creamy product with a strong vanilla fragrance which I use to fight the frizz which comes hand in hand with curly hair. I also use it as a light styling product to keep my curls in place. The product is ideally used in wet hair before blow-drying, but because I leave my hair to air-dry I don’t know how well it works in that way. I’ll definitely be buying a full sized tub next time I go to Lush.
Price: £12.95 for 100g Recommended for: People who want to tackle frizz or hydrate their hair Status: Vegetarian My rating: ★★★★☆
Cup O’ Coffee – face and body scrub
I absolutely love coffee, so I was drawn to Cup O’ Coffee straight away. It has a very sweet, chocolatey smell, with crushed coffee beans which add the exfoliating touch. I have combination skin – oily in some places and dry in others – so the crushed coffee beans help to exfoliate away dead skin, and the agave syrup and coriander oil soothes and moisturises. You can use this product to exfoliate your body too, but at the moment I only use it on my face.
Price: £6.75 for 150g Recommended for: People who get dry, flaky skin Status: Vegan My rating: ★★★★★
Popcorn – lip scrub
This was part of a lovely birthday gift from my sister, and it’s a gift that keeps on giving. It’s lasted a very long time, and it does wonders for exfoliating my lips. I get very chapped and dry lips, especially in the winter, so I like to exfoliate with Popcorn and apply a moisturising lip balm before bed. It’s got a lovely sweet taste, and actually does smell like popcorn! Bonus.
Price: £5.50 for 25g (but it lasts a really long time!) Recommended for: People who frequently get chapped lips Status: Vegan My rating: ★★★★☆
The Olive Branch – shower gel
At first I was a little nervous about using this product, as it contains olive oil and I was worried I would end up with more spots on my back and chest than before. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case, and The Olive Branch helped my dry arms and legs become smooth and moisturised. It has a lovely citrus scent thanks to the mandarin and bergamot oil. It is very runny, which took me aback when I first used it, but once you get the hang of how much you need a bottle goes a long way.
Price: £9.95 for 250g Recommended for: People with dry skin Status: Vegan My rating: ★★★★★
PRODUCTS I NO LONGER USE AND WHY
Veganese – conditioner
I absolutely love the scent of Veganese – it has a very strong and refreshing lemon scent. The product was recommended to me by one of the members of staff in the Lincoln store, because I was looking for a fairly light conditioner that wouldn’t weigh down my curls. Unfortunately for me this conditioner was too light, and didn’t leave my hair feeling conditioned at all. I passed Veganese on to my Mum, who has straighter, thinner hair than I do. She really likes it, so I can vouch for it being a good quality product, but it just wasn’t right for me.
Price: £9.95 for 250g Recommended for: People with normal-to-thin, straight hair Status: Vegan My rating: ★★☆☆☆
Angels On Bare Skin – face and body cleanser
I actually used up two whole pots of this cleanser before moving to Cup O’ Coffee, and it really served me well whilst I was using it. It has a very strong lavender scent, which I love, but others seem to find overpowering. The ground almonds in this cleanser exfoliated my skin whilst the chamomile and lavender calmed and soothed. Unfortunately I found that it didn’t exfoliate enough, and my face was left with patches of dry, flaky skin. I also found the process of adding water to the product before mixing to a paste quite tedious.
Price: £7.25 for 100g Recommended for: People with slightly dryer skin who don’t need too much exfoliation Status: Vegan My rating: ★★★☆☆
Are you a fan of Lush? Have you tried any of the products above? Let me know on my Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below this post.