I'm undecided about Lush. On one hand, you can follow a trail of lovely scent through your shopping centre to the store. On the other hand, walking in is like being clobbered over the head with a bucket of stenchy random perfumes. Their products are fresh and natural... but they're also breeding grounds for bacteria and tend to go off. Everything smells lovely, but overly scented products tend to irritate skin. And some of their products just sound weird - solid toothpaste? Shampoo bars? Shower jellies? I've heard good things, but I'm still not convinced enough to invest in the more outré offerings.
I first tried Angels on Bare Skin on a friend's recommendation - it was different from all the other scrubs I'd used in the past. Far lighter, less harsh... it didn't even feel like I was cleaning my face properly. It leaves a thin film of oil on your face, and is full of glycerin which makes my skin super soft and plump. I use it about three times a week, depending on how my skin's feeling that day. I tend to use it as a follow-up to a stronger, foaming cleanser, to give my skin a little moisture boost before the nightly BHA + rose hip oil routine. I sometimes add a bit of ground oatmeal to it, to give it a bit more scrubbing and softening oomph (read about surprising powers of oatmeal here).
- Heaps of glycerin - plumping, emollient/humectant goodness (more about what that means here)
- Very gentle scrub, difficult to over-exfoliate
- A little goes a long way - I go against instructions about paste-making and whatnot - I take less than a pea-sized amount and rub it over my face, letting it dissolve onto the skin. This translates to about half a tablespoon each month... I think my 100 g tub will last me about 6 months
- Kaolin is awesome - soothing, smoothing, oil soaking (more about clays here)
- Not great hygiene/bacteria-wise - that roll of cleanser just sits on the Lush counter all day long collecting dust, and customers poke it with their dirty fingers. Unless it's a display-only cowpat of AoBS (is it? Does anyone know?). Comes in a big, wide-mouthed tub. No proper preservatives
- Container is huge, and for some reason the store I went to don't sell smaller quantities. I've chopped it up into fortnight-sized globs and stuck them in the freezer, since the recommended use by date is only 3 months
- Potential irritants - in particular, essential oils (lavender oil can be quite irritating even in tiny quantities, and is unstable to air)
- Not much of a cleanser - won't get makeup off, you'll need a pre-clean!
I think I could give this up if I could find some pure glycerin to add to my DIY clay mask... so far I haven't had any luck with the pharmacies I've tried.
The Lush store in Sydney's Queen Victoria Building recently renovated and had an opening event last Saturday morning. I talked to a guy dressed as a banana and poured blue scented water between two jugs with a lovely SA with fruit piled on her head. They gave out free canvas bags to the first 100 customers with samples inside (yay!) - I got a Friends With Benefits massage bar and some Happy Hippy shower gel - can't wait to try them out! I'm still relatively new to Lush, but I'm slowly building up a list of things to buy...
What's your favourite Lush product?