Feel Like a Kid in a Candy Shop! Top Five Natural Beauty Products from Lush
Lush is an online and retail store I became acquainted with several years ago. They make some wonderful handmade candy-store-like bath and beauty products with bizarre names out of an assortment of fresh, aromatic, natural ingredients. Unfortunately, many of those products are steeply priced and not all of them live up to the hype. If you’re new to Lush, here are some winners I’ve found in their catalog. Their offerings change up but these have stood the test of time and the scrutiny of beauty shoppers.
And the Winners Are...
- The Comforter is one of their best-selling bubble bars. A bubble bar is a solid bar of bubble bath soap that crumbles under running water and creates a thick, foamy, bubbly bath. Generally, Lush’s bubble bars are one-shot deals. Occasionally, you can get two baths out of them. But the Comforter is a huge $10 bar out of which I’ve been able to get four luxurious baths’ worth. And each rich, bubbly bath was brimming with bubbles, very pink, smelled delectable, and felt decadently soft on my skin. It’s made with cassis and bergamot oil and smells fruity and delicious and very girly.
- The bath bomb is another signature Lush product. It’s a one-shot salt and bath oil bath treatment shaped like a ball that is intended to soften and fragrance your bath water as it dissolves. I’ve tried quite a few. Some make the water too oily. Some don’t smell right. Some turn the water a murky color. Others just fizzle when they dissolve and don’t do anything at all. Avobath, however, is a standout bath bomb. For $6.25, it may sound unreasonable as a one-time bath additive, but I assure you it’s worth it. The little lime-green ball is made with avocado, olive oil, lemongrass oil, and bergamot oil and has the distinctive scent of a yummy, refreshing lemon Italian ice. If you have fond memories of those, you’ll love Avobath. It turns the water a light green color, makes the bath feel luxuriously soft and moisturizing without feeling oily or sticky, and has a refreshing aromatic scent that opens the senses and puts a smile on my face. It’s not the sort of bath you want to fall asleep after. Instead, it will perk you up and leave you calmer, refreshed, and happy.
- If you’re happy with Avobath but want to bottle it and get your money’s worth, you may want to try Veganese. It’s an all-vegan hair conditioner that smells similar to the citrusy Avobath bath bomb and works on all hair types. It moisturizes well without leaving a sticky residue, and refreshes the scalps of even those with dandruff or sensitive, dry spots. The combination of lavender, rosemary, lemon, and seaweed soften your hair and leave it shiny and healthy. The scent will leave you happy. The price is a little expensive so try out the smaller bottle size if you’re not sure, but the largest size is the most economical in the long run. A 3.3 oz bottle sells for $8.95 (the 8.4 oz sells for $18.95 and the 16.9 oz sells for $26.95).
- Solid perfume is a concept I only became aware of through Lush. The idea is that a tiny, discrete lip-gloss-like tin filled with fragranced wax can be carried around in your purse and dabbed on your skin whenever. There’s no puff of perfume in the air and no drying stinging alcohol on your skin. The natural ingredients make even an allergy-prone individual like myself safe from breakouts and sneezing fits. Lush sells a variety of scented solid perfumes. My favorite is a honey-toffee scented one called Honey I Washed the Kids. It’s made with cocoa butter, japan and carnauba wax, sweet orange, and bergamot oil. I love to apply some to my wrists, neck, behind my ears, chest, and even some on my hair. The scent is long lasting, the tin is long lasting, and the price is just right at $7.95.
- Finding the right facial cleanser for sensitive acne-prone skin is quite a challenge. But I’ve found a few effective ones over the years. Lush’s Coalface is one of those sure bets. The powdered charcoal exfoliates and absorbs excess oil. Yet it’s not overdrying. The rosewood and sandalwood oils balance and soothe sensitive skin. I’ve tried many facial cleansers, toners, and treatments over the years. Washing with this licorice-scented black soap twice a day cleared and toned my skin in one step. It’s fabulous for oily skin and won’t leave you dry, red, and irritated like many commercial brands. It’s not flashy looking and it doesn’t lather that much, but it works and it’s vegan. A 3.5 oz bar sells for $11.95.
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