As promised, I finally have a round-up of my can’t-live-without products from Lush!
(Left to right: Fair Trade Honey, Honey Trap, Blousey, Mint Julips, Happy Happy Joy Joy, Cosmetic Lad, Eau Roma Water, Grease Lightning)
My favorite section of Lush has to be the haircare. For a very long time, I used L’Oreal’s sulfate-free line, partly because I’d read somewhere that sulfates were bad and partly because I loved the rosemary and mint smell. My hair felt pretty nice, and much healthier than it had when I was using Garnier. Still, I had a lot of build-up on my scalp, and frequently if there wasn’t build-up, my scalp was dry and itchy.
If you’ve ever seen a picture of me, you know that my hair (when not shaved down to 1/4″) is thick and wavy, but you might not know that it’s naturally pretty coarse and dry. I absolutely have to use a strong conditioner every time I shampoo, and I try to shampoo only twice a week. Before trying Lush haircare, I had pretty much resigned myself to having hair like a Airedale terrier.
During our first week of training, each person got to try several products by taking home samples. I fell absolutely head over heels for the first shampoo I tried: Rehab. It really cleared up my scalp in just a few washes, and it did so without drying out my hair. I’m not sure what kind of sorcery was involved, but I think it has something to do with the combination of jojoba oil and fruit juices.
A few weeks later, we received a box with several of the newest products, which is something that happens from time to time at Lush. We just get to try stuff out. (I ain’t mad.) In it were both Blousey, a rich creamy shampoo made with real mashed bananas, and Fair Trade Honey, a liquid shampoo that smells a bit like an IPA. Blousey might be the second Lush product I completely run out of and have to re-stock on, because it’s amazing. If I have a week where my hair feels like it could use a wash but really needs some extra moisture, Blousey is the perfect choice. Conversely, when I’m sweating a lot or if my roots start to feel greasy, Fair Trade Honey does the trick quite nicely. And if I’m feeling saucy and high maintenance, I mix them, because you can’t tell me what to do.
The first Lush product I had to replace was Happy Happy Joy Joy, because I am a straight up conditioning fiend. I condition my hair almost every day, so I need the perfect blend of rich softness and light texture. Bonus: Happy Happy Joy Joy is vegan, and it’ll make you smell like one fancy-ass garden.
Anyone who has ever had a peek inside my purse knows that I am a lip junkie. Lip balm, lip gloss, lipstick, lip stain, lip scrub. One might even say that I love lip products the way that Bubba loves shrimp. I am not just fangirling when I tell you that Honey Trap is the best lip balm I’ve ever tried, bar none. Even including Fresh Sugar lip balm in its beautiful tints, this stuff takes the cake (at 1/3 of the price!). First, rub some Mint Julips on those crusty crusts you got, lick that goodness off, then smear on some Honey Trap. You’re welcome.
Now, the most mistrusted but secretly awesome section of Lush: Skin Care. I know your dermatologist told you when you were 14 that you had terrible acne and you have to use that Neutrogena orange Oil Free Acne Wash bullshit. I know. But listen, there are other options, I promise you. When I started at Lush, my skin was breaking out but also dry and flaky. Gross, right? I kept slathering on some oil-free moisturizer, washing with acne wash, and wondering why my skin wasn’t cooperating. Enter: Angels on Bare Skin. Unfortunately, my container isn’t pretty enough to be in the above photograph, but I promise you, it’s a life-changing product for anyone with dry skin still prone to break-outs. The first time I washed with it, I realized that yes, you can have it all. My skin felt clean, exfoliated, and pleasantly dewy.
Since the weather has turned from cold and dry to hot and humid, I’ve incorporated Coal Face into my cleansing routine as well. I usually wash with one in the morning and the other at night, followed by a few spritzes the amazingly relaxing Eau Roma Water (alcohol-free toner that actually helps reduce redness). Once a day, I use Grease Lightning either on specific pimples or as an all-over facial serum. The tea tree oil targets blemishes and the aloe soothes, so you don’t get those scaly patches that a lot of spot treatments give you. To top it all off, I’m a big fan of Cosmetic Lad moisturizer, because it’s just matte enough to make it a decent base for foundation, but still moisturizing enough for my dryness-prone skin.
Are you convinced yet to stop by your local Lush and let them pamper you? It’s customary for consultants in the store to offer you a free face treat and skin care consultation, so give it a shot. No one works on commission, so you can shop without feeling like there’s a hand in your pocket.
Next Lush post: How I Became a Mask Queen
Legalese: To be completely transparent, I am a Lush retail employee. I did not receive these products for free for review, but I did receive them either for free as part of training/work perks, or they were purchased with my generous employee discount. I have not been compensated for this post in any way, nor was I asked to write it by my employer. This post does have an affiliate banner at the bottom, so if you want to purchase online and you like me, I’d surely appreciate it.