LUSH Cosmetics

There’s nothing more satisfying to me after a long day, a big workout or a stressful week than taking a long hot bath with some Epsom salts and one of my favourite products from LUSH Cosmetics.

If you’ve never heard of LUSH before, they are a conscious company that sells handmade beauty products. Their range includes everything from skincare, bath, shower, hair, perfume and makeup, and all are created with a difference. All products are 100% vegetarian (a lot are vegan as well) and ethically sourced, 46% are free of packaging (and any wrappings are recyclable), many of the ingredients are organic, and they use absolutely no animal testing. To add to this, the company supports various campaigns and charities. I love that LUSH is a brand you can feel good about purchasing.

Now I understand that sometimes ethical and natural beauty products can just be plain bad, whether it’s the smell, texture, or the fact that they don’t actually work! But LUSH is different. Of course, everyone has different preferences when it comes to the scent of a product, but the variety is so large that there is bound to be something to satisfy your senses and mood. As for quality – in my experience, almost everything I’ve tried has worked for me, and those that didn’t have received rave reviews from people with a different skin type. When you walk into a LUSH store, you can try almost every product, and the employees are on-hand to help you with any questions and offer advice. But I honestly think it’s hard to go wrong, regardless of what you buy!

Every purchase comes with a Fresh Matters magazine, which is a catalogue of products combined with articles relating to the LUSH values, such as fair trade, environmental issues, and animal cruelty.

Here are a few of the products I picked up on my last visit to LUSH:

From left to right, starting at the top…

The Fizzbanger Bath Ballistic smells as bright as it looks. It’s described as a toffee apple for your bath! It contains citric acid, which gives it quite a tangy scent, but the cinnamon leaf oil adds a subtle warmth. The addition of popping candy in the centre makes your bath experience rejuvenating! It retails for $5.95, which I think is a really reasonable price, and one of the reasons bath bombs are a personal LUSH favourite.

The Creamy Candy Bubble Bar is a deliciously sweet and feminine combination of vanilla, almond oil and cocoa butter that softens the skin and takes relaxation to a whole new level. The mounds of bubbles that come from this little piece of happiness will make you smile (plus, how cute is the little flower?!). Retailing at $8.50 it’s a little pricey for the size, but for the feeling of taking a bath in a frothy vanilla hot chocolate with pink marshmallows, it’s totally worth it.

The Comforter Bubble Bar is hands down my favourite LUSH product – and that’s a big statement! From the first time I tried it, I fell utterly in love, and I now buy it whenever I go in store. True to its name, this bubble bar feels like a warm hug from a loved one, a cosy bed on a cold night, a hot cup of tea, and that moment of pure relaxation you experience right before falling asleep. The rich scent of blackcurrant immerses you in a moment of bliss as you’re surrounded by a ridiculous amount of bubbles. Although it retails for $10.50, you can break chunks off and get at least five baths out of it, if not more! Trust me – if you’re going to try one thing from LUSH, make it The Comforter.

The Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon is another personal favourite. The Bubbleroons are a cute little bubble bar in the shape of a macaroon, and soften your skin with a number of oils. This one smells bright, happy and refreshing – perfect if you need a bit of a pick-me-up. It may look small, but you can break it into two and get double the use out of it, and as with all the bubble bars, it makes more bubbles than you expect! The Yuzu retails for $6.50.

The Twilight Bath Ballistic is the ultimate source of relaxation. With the scents of lavender, ylang ylang and ovaltine, it gives your bath a gentle warmth that will help you on your way to the land of nod. The combination of swirling colours and glitter recreates the essence of twilight, when the sun begins to set and the sky is painted in vibrant colours, giving you a feeling pure bliss. The combination of oils softens and moisturises your skin – all for a very reasonable $5.95. Purchase this one in store, as it frequently sells out online!

I hope you do try some products from LUSH or even give something as a gift – it tends to give people feelings of happiness and warmth! And if you do purchase something, you can do so knowing that you’re contributing to a more conscious world!

— Daisy xx

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