For any one who reads my reviews often, you'll know how I love writing about Lush products and sharing my experiences whether they're good or bad, I also like to include a paragraph about Lush as a company, so I thought if I write a review in general I won't have to do that any more and it might convince a few of you to start buying a few products from them every now and then.
Lush buy only natural ingredients or synthetic ingredients if it means they don't have to hard any animals on our planet, they also only buy their ingredients from suppliers who refuse to test on animals, animal testing is a big issue in today's society so it's important they show they are strongly against this, they try to use the most natural ingredients they can because it means it is better for our skins and we are not applying layers of chemicals that could potentially harm us rather than help us. They have re occurring ingredients in a lot of their products, all bath ballistic bath bombs all have Sodium Bicarbonate, This is what makes them fizz and swirl in the bath, this is the same ingredient used to biscuit cookies to make then crack was they bake in the oven. They also use a lot of citrus scents in their products such a slim, lemon, mango and use a lot of body moisturizers in the actual product, so as you get out the bath or shower your already moisturized but you can still add more to make it even better!
Lush specialize in bath, body and hair products but do of course sell others as well, they sell bath bombs, each bath bomb has a particular purpose whether it's to moisturize, make you relaxed or even get you in the mood, they have made it. Bath jellies, these are very strange and didn't even know what these were at first until I read a review on here! These work the same way as bath melts and similar to ballistics, you simply pop all these in to your steamy hot bath and watch them melt and these act the same why as ballistics, they have moisturizing and relaxing ingredients. Also for the bath they sell something called a bubble bar, Lush don't like to use packaging when they don't need to, they have managed to make a solid bubble bath! You can break the bubble bar down with you don't want you bath more bubbles than water, it also means you can get a good couple of goes out of one bar, they also sell a wide variety of soaps to suit you.
Again, they try to use less packaging or none if they can, Lush have made shampoo and conditioner in solid bar forms as well, but you can also still buy these in liquid form too, each one had a different purpose, whether it's for greasy, dry or hair that breaks, they have made it!
The range they have for the body still amazes me that you can buy everything you'd possibly need from one store, this has massage bars, body tints, this is for people who are white, but refuse to wear fake tan, this has lots of moisturizer in it too, dusting powders, these are basically fragranced body powders, like baby powder. Body lotions, moisturizers, butters, shaving cream and deodorant.
It doesn't just stop at these three categories, they sell gift boxes filled with lots of products for just £10, lip products such as scrubs and lip balms, they also have a lot of spot control products and perfumes.
Lush try to use a s little or no packaging if they can get away with it, which is why they like to convert some of their liquid products in to solid form, this is because, when you buy online, they often send their products 'naked' this is when the product isn't covered in plastic or packaging, they send anything in a cardboard box, and inside instead of bubble wrap they use plain popcorn, this is because if you throw it out, animals will just eat it or it is biodegradable anyway, also paper and cardboard is very easy to recycle, but if you don't, again it is biodegradable. The majority of their items don't have any packaging, but the ones that do are in plastic or glass.
Lush online have a section called 'retro' this is where certain discontinued lines that are in high demand are still for sale, you cannot find these in store at all and they may well make these to order to keep them fresher and lasting longer, this is brilliant, because if you miss a special edition, a few months later you might be able to find it in here.
In store, most things are 'naked' on the shelves, these are the solid bars, like bubble bars, ballistics, shampoo and conditioner bars. This fills the shop with amazing scents and I love going in here just to smell it! Unfortunately there isn't a Lush close to every one, I'm in Grimsby and as far as I am aware the closest one to me is in Sheffield, which is annoying, but the staff in there are very lovely and welcome you with a smile, if you are unsure on what anything is, they're always happy to help and give out testers if you are unsure on a product.
The prices are not always pretty from Lush I have to admit, a shampoo bar is over £5 and considering you can get liquid shampoo for £1 it doesn't seem worth while at all, but when you work out how long Lush products last, to how long normal products last, Lush saves you a lot of money in the long run so it is actually worth while buying from them, plus with all the natural ingredients making it even better for your hair, face and skin.
My first lush products were Fairy Jasmine (Bath Ballistic) and Glitterbug massage bar. Since then I've been hooked. When I was younger I was addicted to glitter and girly things so these really hit the spot!
Lush are good ethically as they do not use ingredients from companies that test on animals. They make all their products fresh by hand and use no nasty preservatives. They're products are all vegetarian and mostly vegan.
I love lush baths as the smell stays on your body all day and you get plenty of compliments. Unlike most bath bombs, Lush ballistics soften your skin with lovely ingrediants like coco butter. There are scents to suit everyone, sweet, flowery, spicy and more.
The soaps are just as lovely and have just started being made without Palm Oil which is great. Again there is a soap for everyone!
For shower people there are shower gels, shower jellies and buttercreams (which look like puddings).
They also do products like face masks, deoderants, cleansers, toners... anything you need.
Lush is a company selling beauty products with a difference from its chain of shops and website. I first bought from Lush many years ago when it was a tiny company called cosmetics to go selling cruelty free products, my favourite was the Happy Hippy shower gel which is still on sale today. Over the years it has grown into a highly succesfull company.
Lush uses organic fruit and vegetables, essential oils and safe synthetics to make their range of products. Its product range is different from the average high street shop including bath bombs, shower jellies, fresh face packs, perfumes, soap wedges, solid shampoos and conditioners and the new emotibombs. Its products have great names such as the mask of magnaminty face and back pack and the lemslip butter.
The products are on the whole lovely to use leaving your body and bathroom smelling divine but there are also a few duds in there. Its a good idea to flick through some reviews before you visit Lush to see what other people are saying about the individual products.
Shopping in Lush is a fabulous experience. You get to browse at leisure and they have bowls of water dotter around so you can try the products out. The staff are always happy to help out and answer your questions but can occasionally deliver the hard sell too.
It's one of the few shops on the high street that provides proucts certified by the vegan society and it has one of the most stringent policies on animal testing around and only buys its ingredients from companies who do not test or commision tests on animals.
Lush also has great policies on packaging. All of the bags used are paper and much of the packaging for the individual products is compostible.
The only downside is that you will pay a lot more for products from Lush than from other stores. Its an ideal place to shop for gifts, I know very few women who would not be delighted with a package of Lush goodies. Its also ideal to treat yourself to a little bit of luxury from time to time, well thats my excuse anyway!
For more information go to www.lush.co.uk
I live for Lush, I really do!. I've never seen such a wonderful company before, they care so deeply about their customers and this is evident in their excellent customer service. A few Christmasses back, a friend bought me the secret stash - which featured all the best selling Lush products, I soon realised that two products were missing from the hat box, so I sent Lush an email and they quickly sent me the missing items free of charge and also added in an extra couple of bath melts, something that I found to be a really lovely touch.
Whenever I shop in a Lush store, I'm always greeted warmly by the shop assistants, who are all very friendly and willing to help, you never feel pressured into buying anything.
The products are all amazing, with lovely fizzy bath ballistics, frothy bubble bar slices and slippery sloppery shower jellies in a range of wonderful scents. Everyone will find something they love in Lush.
For the past 4 years I've been a complete Lush devotee, nothing else compares... and I'm always getting compliments on my skin / the way I smell... my friends always say I smell edible, thanks to the yummy scents of all the Lush products. I honestly can't ever see myself dropping my Lush habit, it fills me full of happiness when I come in from a hard day at university and run a nice long bath full of lovely Lushy things :).
When it comes to customer service, I feel that sometimes people in general feel as if they really dont have a right to complain if things are off a bit. I find this is true with a lot of my British friends. If something goes wrong, they always say, Ukusa will sort it out! She knows how because she is American! I always groan inwardly, smile and say, Oh, sure. Whats the problem? Eventually, the problem is sorted out. Sometimes, it just takes me opening my mouth and my southern American accent come out and they dont really understand me and agree to anything and everything I want!
So, as you can see I do value customer service. I deal with LUSH about every two months. My lovely husband will take me there to stock up on whatever my little heart desires and he tucks in a few things for himself.
We have shopped a LUSH stores across England and even one in Canada and have found that the customer service has always been outstanding. The sales people were always eager to help in anyway. If you wanted to know more about a product, they could explain. If you wanted an item for a certain reason, they had a suggestion. Do you want labels on things? Yep, done quick and easy and no fuss. They have always been friendly and with a smile- Even during the Christmas rush!
Well, when we came back last weekend with a load of LUSH items I was a happy camper and so was my husband as he had bagged his favourite shower gel Narcotick! But, to his surprise, he noticed that the bottle had been double labelled. Now, I know that is not a real problem as far as problems go. However, one label was in English and the other in Italian. He was also a bit concerned that it didnt look like the last batch he had gotten.
It was then that I decided to write the following email on Wednesday evening. I used their email address from the LUSH.com website.
To Whom It May Concern:
First, I would like to tell you that I really love your products. As a matter of fact, both my husband and I make our way to the Leeds Lush store about every 2 months to stock up on our bathing needs. We love the smells and appreciate that the items are hand made.
However, I did want to tell you about our most recent trip to the Leeds Lush store. We had made a large purchase of assorted bath bombs, bubble bath bars, soaps and shower gels. My husband picked up a bottle of his favourite shower gel, Narcotic. He didn't take the time to smell in the store because he has used it for over a year. However, once getting home and putting away the items he noticed that the bottle was doubled labelled. He decided to pull away first the little green sticker by the person who "made" it and then the top label that said "Narcotic". Underneath these labels was two similar labels. But, these were not in English and the large label said "Illegale". Upon opening the gel and taking a smell, my husband realised that it didn't smell the same.
I am a bit concerned about this. Why was the bottle "relabelled"? It is not the easiest for us to make our way into Leeds for a few weeks yet and my husband has decided to go ahead and use the product. If it had been others, they would have been VERY upset with the relabel and mislabel.
I felt that I should bring this practice to your attention if you did not know about it before or to warn you to be more careful to relabel correctly.
On Thursday morning I received this email from LUSH.
Thank you for your email. We are pleased to hear what a fan of Lush you and your husband are. However we are very sorry to learn that you have been anything less than fully satisfied with your recent purchase of our 'Narcotick' shower gel. Please accept our apologies for any disappointment experienced.
We would like to assure you that we do not have a policy of relabeling. Our products are hand made here in Poole and then labeled (by hand) for whichever country they are being distributed. We have notified the manufacturing site of your experience. It may just of been human error and will do our best to make certain the same situation does not reoccur.
With regards the difference in smell. As the products are made by hand there may be variations from batch to batch. However it should not affect the quality of the product. If you have any of the batch details please advise so we may check a bottle from the same batch and pass the information onto our Head Formulator.
Thank you for taking the time to write and for bringing this matter to our attention. All customer feedback is taken very seriously and will be held on file for future reference and to form part of our continuous product monitoring procedure. We do hope this experience does not put you off using Lush in the future. For this reason and as a gesture of goodwill we have sent a replacement bottle of 'Narcotick' which we are sure you will enjoy using.
Lady from Lush
WOW, I was shocked at the quickness of the return of the email. I really liked that the email was a personal email and not a form letter. It was helpful, informative and I get another bottle of shower gel which will make my husband happy. Now that is what I call customer service!
Companies want to know the good and bad about their service. It is great to review products on here but sometimes we just need to let them know how we feel as well!
If you'd have asked me to tell you something about Lush and their products a year ago I wouldn't have had much of an idea. In fact I would have probably told you that it was similar to the Body Shop and advised you to avoid it unless you enjoy gagging - the overpowering aroma that hits you from several hundred yards away from the shop was the only thing I'd ever really taken any notice of - I could not understand why this smelly little shop was always busy, I had no intention or desire to enter the shop simply because of the smell. However, I read so many rave reviews about Lush and their products that curiosity eventually got the better of me and about 9 months ago I made my first Lush purchase - I loved the product so much that I became a regular visitor to the Lush stores and now purchase all my bath and hair care products from there, ( I sound like the Remmington Man - I loved the products so much I bought the Company, lol - I wish). **SO WHAT MAKES LUSH PRODUCTS BETTER THAN HIGH STREET PRODUCTS?** In my experience Lush products are far superior to the run of the mill products available from supermarkets, Boots and even the Body Shop - don't get me wrong I like lots of well known Brand products and Body Shop products and if I'm looking for something for day to day use - or just looking for a cheapie shower gel/shampoo then these products are fine. However, since I've discovered Lush it has given me a completely different outlook on looking after my skin. A year ago I wouldn't have dreamed of paying £2 for a bath product that I could only use once - not unless I was buying it for a special occasion - now I buy one or two Lush Bath Ballistics, (bath bombs) every time I visit Lush - just for day to day use. There are many reasons why I like Lush products - one of the main reasons being the fact that all Lush products are handmade by Lush at their headquarters in Poole, Dorset, Lush do not make produc
ts for anybody else and this as well, as their different approach to the way they make their products ensures that their products remain completely unique and highly sought after. All Lush soaps and bath ballistics are individually hand moulded and then hand cut, all bottled products are hand filled and hand labelled and all hand labelled products even contain the maker's name. Ok - so you are probably thinking - oh yeah so why pay £2 for one bath just because the products are hand made and hand labelled - I'm quite happy to have my products made in a factory and pay a quarter of the price. Well Lush not only hand make and hand label their products they also ensure that all the ingredients contained within their products are fresh - products that contain fruit juice actually contain freshly juiced fruit juices and products that contain dairy products are delivered fresh to the stores and have a short shelf life, all these products have a sell by date - the reason for this is that Lush do not believe in using lots of preservatives - unlike many other Companies, (even those who claim to use natural ingredients usually use an excessive amount of preservatives), Lush only use preservatives where absolutely essential and even then they use methyl paraben and propyl paraben in their liquid products as they are the most benign. So why is the lack of preservatives so important? Well preservatives are useful in order to prevent waste but they contain antibiotics which as well as killing harmful bacteria they can also wipe out the natural colonies of friendly bacteria which live on the skins surface and help to protect it from invasion. Lush products are made using only fresh organic fruit and vegetables and fine essential oils, Lush do not use any products that contain animal ingredients and therefore their products are suitable for vegetarian use, most of the products are also suitable for use by vegans. Lush
products are not tested on animals and all product testing is carried out on humans. So you see - Lush products may cost more than the Supermarket Brand products but the products are made using far superior ingredients and are to a much higher quality and standard that bulk standard soaps, shampoos, etc. Lush products are available in over 31 Countries including Australia, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. In England there are over 30 Stores but don't despair if you don't live near a Store as all Lush products are available to purchase online too. **SO WHAT DO LUSH SELL?** Lush mainly sell bath and toiletry products - however they are continually introducing new items to their vast product range, including some Limited Edition items which they release for a short period of time - for example over Christmas or for Valentines Day or Mothers Day. As well as serving the purpose they are intended for many Lush products also have other qualities which makes them more special that your run of the mill products. For example, the Lush Bath Ballistics, (bath bombs), and bubble bars contain essential oils and other products which are designed to not only fragrance your bath water, but to moisturise your skin and help you to relax. I am not going to list every product that Lush stock but I have detailed some of my favourite products below to give you an idea of the type of products available. **SHOWER GELS** As well as selling the usual shower gel products that are packaged in bottles, Lush being Lush, also sell frozen shower gels. These are packaged in ice cube style bags and the idea is that you pop them into the freezer and take one out whenever you feel like an invigorating shower - personally I'm not sure if I like the idea of that - but I have heard that they are very effective and very popular. There is a wide range of scents available in the shower gel range and many of the frozen shower gels
are available in the same fragrances as the bottled shower gels. Two of the more popular fragrances are:- **Slammer** Slammer shower gel is fragranced with lime juice and lemon oil and is perfect to help wake you up in the morning as it provides a wonderful invigorating aroma. **Chai** Chai shower gel has a spicy aroma as it contains ginger and cinnamon it also contains anti-oxidants and is good for toning the skin. **BATH BALLISTICS** Bath Ballistics are Lush's version of a bath bomb - I love them and am slowly making my way through the entire collection. Bath Ballistics are approximately tennis ball sized and are designed to be dropped into a pre-run bath. Immediately they hit the water they fizz about madly and colour and fragrance the water as they disperse. On average most bath ballistics cost around £1.80 - £2.00 and each ballistic lasts only for one bath, this may seem a bit excessive but they do leave your skin feeling soft, moisturised and smelling great whilst the aroma really helps to unwind you and leaves you feeling totally calm and relaxed. Two of my favourite bath ballistics are:- **Fairy Jasmine** This is a really pretty pale pink colour, it is a really girlie product as it contains loads of glitter - if you hate glitter you won't like this - however, if like me you love anything sparkly you are sure to fall in love with Fairy Jasmine - be warned though you will emerge from the bath glistening and will find glitter in every possible orifice!!! The Fairy Jasmine fragrance is created using jasmine and this emits a very pleasant calming aroma. **Sugar Plum** This bath ballistic is also pale pink and again contains glitter as well as white plastic snowflakes and silver and gold paper stars. It will turn your bath water pink and cover the surface with little stars and snowflakes. Sugar Plum has quite a sweet fruity aroma as it contains tangeri
ne oil and sandalwood oil. Unfortunately Sugar Plum was a limited edition only brought out for Christmas so it isn't available all year round - however, there are so many other excellent fragrances to choose from that you will still be spoilt for choice. **BUBBLE BAR SLICES** Bubble Bar Slices are the Lush version of bubble bath. Again, just to be unusual, Lush have created a series of brightly coloured crumbly bubble bar slices. Instead of pouring liquid into the bath from a bottle the bubble bar bath is crumbled into a running bath to create a wonderful bath full of bubbles. Each bubble bar can be used up to about 4 times, you can if you wish crumble the whole lot into one bath and have a truly bubbly and over the top extra indulgent bath - however, you will find that even a quarter of a bar will give you a bath full of bubbles. Similarly to the Bath Ballistics the Bubble Bars come in several different fragrances, all of which contain special ingredients which will help to either relax you, wake you up, lift your spirits etc. Bubble Bar Slices cost approximately £1.60 - £2.00 for a 100g slice. My favourites are Bathos & Creamy Candy Bath. **Bathos** This is a beautiful shade of deep lilac, the lilac colouring helps to turn the water a pretty bluey/lilac shade. The Bubble Bar is pillow shaped and has a glittery green 'B' embossed into the middle of the bar. Bathos smells of violets - however don't let that put you off - it is a really gorgeous aroma. The violet leaf is famed for its ability to calm the nerves and encourage amorous thoughts so the Bathos Bubble Bar would be ideal to slip into the bath water if you wish to share your bath with your partner. Immediately you step into the bath you will become aware of the water softness - Bathos leaves our skin feeling refreshed, moisturised and smelling lovely. **Creamy Candy Bath** This was th
e first Lush product I tried and because I loved it so much it was the main reason that I made a special trip back to Lush to stock up and try out some of their other products. The Creamy Candy Bath is again a pillow shaped bar, it is a Barbie pink colour and has a small flower embedded into the centre of the bar. It contains cocoa butter and almond oil which both help to leave your skin feeling smooth and soft and is scented with vanilla oil. The aroma reminds me of a bag of mixed pick and mix sweets - it is sweet but not at all sickly. **SOAPS** All Lush soaps are piled up high on the counter at my local Lush shop. It is a wonderful sight of lots of large blocks of colourful soaps. The soaps are all made in a large mould and are then hand cut to enable you to choose a piece as large or as small as you like. I have tried three soaps and my favourites are Carmen Miranda, I Should Coco and the new Limited Edition Rock Star. **Carmen Miranda** Carmen Miranda is a pale green soap which is packed with lots of colourful pieces so that it is made to look like it is packed with fruit. The soap contains fresh kiwi fruit, juniperberry oil and bergamot oil - the fragrance reminds me of blackcurrant and liquorice flavour sweets. This soap costs £1.95 per 100g but it did last ages and was well worth every penny. **I Should Coco** Designed to look like coconut ice the I Should Coco soap is white on the bottom with a bright pink topping which is covered in real slithers of coconut - it looks good enough to eat. I Should Coco is quite a creamy soap and I found that it left my skin smelling lovely for several hours after use and feeling very soft and smooth. I Should Coco costs £1.75 per 100g and again it lasted for a long time. **HAIR CARE** I have only used a couple of the Lush hair care products so far - those being the Ultimate Shine
Shampoo Bar, Trichomania Shampoo Bar and the Coolaulin Conditioner. As well as the standard liquid shampoos Lush have created quite a large range of shampoo bars. I have to confess that when I first heard of a shampoo bar I didn't expect it to be up to much and couldn't believe that it would create much lather - however, being curious I had to try one out so I selected the Ultimate Shine Shampoo Bar and this is what I thought of it. **Ultimate Shine Shampoo Bar** Sold as a 55g circular bar which looks like a small bar of soap the Ultimate Shine Shampoo Bar is designed to make dull hair shiny. My hair always tends to look a bit dull so I thought I'd give this a go to see if I could put some life back into my hair. I was instructed by the assistant in Lush to wet my hair and then wet the bar and put it around my head about three times - I was told that three times should be sufficient but to check it and see before thinking it would need more - I have to confess I was sceptical that three times around my long hair would be enough - but low and behold the assistant was correct - after three circular movements I had a head full of bubbles. The Ultimate Shine Shampoo contains glitter, however I didn't notice any residue of glitter left in my hair after use. I quite liked this but have to confess that I didn't really feel that my hair looked much shinier after using this than it did before so it was a bit of a let down. The Ultimate Shine Shampoo Bar costs £3.15 for 55g - this may sound a lot but because you only need such a small amount it does last for ages. When storing the shampoo bar you need to store in on a surface which has a drainage area otherwise the bar will solidify if it is left sitting in a wet pool of water. **Trichomania** This is one of Lush's most popular shampoo bars - it is designed to make dry hair softer and contains creamed
coconut which gives it its' wonderful fragrance. Trichomania is used in exactly the same way as the Ultimate Shine Bar, by wetting the hair and then the bar, however I found that it didn't really lather very well. I have read a lot of rave reviews about this product but again I was disappointed with it - despite washing it out thoroughly I found that my hair still felt dirty after use. However, my friend bought some at the same time and her hair looks great since she has been using it - it also works really well on my sons hair - so perhaps it is just me! Trichomania costs £2.80 for 190g. **Coolaulin** Due to my disappointment with the Trichomania Shampoo I was reluctant to spend out any more money trying out products until I found one which I liked. I asked the assistant for advice and said that I quite liked the description for the Coolaulin but was concerned that I may not like it and was concerned about purchasing a 100g bottle only to find that after one wash I never used it again. I asked if it would be possible to try a sample and if I liked it I would come back and purchase the full sized bottle. Lush are very good and are always happy to offer samples or to demonstrate products to their customers, the assistant was more than happy to give me a sample of Coolaulin which I took home to try. Coolaulin contains fresh coconut milk and is designed for curly, dry or processed hair - mine is all three! The first thing I noticed when I used this is that my hair immediately felt softer even just whilst I was massaging it in. The product rinsed off easily and left my hair with a feint aroma of coconuts and feeling soft and tangle free. I was extremely impressed with this product and wished I'd bought the full size. Luckily the sample lasted me three times and I managed to get back to the shop to purchase the full size before it had ran out - in fact I made a 40 mile
round trip to Lush just to get some more because I loved it so much. Coolaulin is available in three sizes - a 480g bottle which retails for £6.95, a 240g bottle which retails for £4.95 and a 100g bottle which retails for £2.45. **OTHER PRODUCTS** I hadn't intended to write so much about the other products so rather than go on and on about the other products Lush sell I have just listed a selection of the type of products available. Massage Bars - costing around £3.50 - £6.00 - great for sharing with a loved one. Glitter Bars - similar to massage bars but they will leave your skin with a subtle glittery shimmer - priced around £2.75. Face Masks, Body Scrubs, Moisturisers, Toners, Foot Masks and Facial Cleansers - a good range of fresh products - usually found in the chiller cabinet as they are made using fresh short life ingredients. Prices are around £5.00 - £7.00. Solid Deodorants - These look like a bar of soap but are in fact solid deodorant bars - they contain bicarbonate which helps to absorb odours and are fragranced - priced at around £2.75 for a 100g bar. Krysztal Deodorants - Oval shaped bars which contain powders and essential oils in order to reduce odours naturally. Priced at around £3.00 - £7.00. Karma Collection - A range of products including a bath bomb, atomiser, bath melt, soap dusting powder - all fragranced with Lush's very own Karma fragrance - Lush describe the fragrance as being a combination of all their products mixed together. Prices range from £1.95 for the bath bomb to £15.95 for the atomiser. Luxury Bath Melts - similar to Bubble Bar Slices - these products will help you create a wonderful bubble bath, they are fragranced and will help create a wonderful relaxing bath which will leave your skin feeling glorious and incredibly soft. Luxury Bath Melts only last for one bath and cost around £2.30 each - that is why they are called Luxury - how
ever, they are well worth it if you are looking for a treat. All Lush products are available in any of their High Street stores or from the Lush website which can be found at www.lush.co.uk. The Lush website is very comprehensive and offers plenty of information on all the products, as well as pictures of most of the products so that you can get an idea of what you are purchasing. If you do manage to visit a Lush shop do ask for a sample or a demonstration, or even just for advice as the staff are very helpful and nothing is too much trouble for them - this is a welcome change from most High Street stores. In fact almost every time I have made a purchase I have been offered a free sample to try - I have discovered some great products this way so it works for Lush because if I like them I will return to buy the full size and it works for me as I get to try the products without spending a fortune and then deciding I don't like the product. A visit to Lush is highly recommended. Thank you for reading what started out as a short review! Julie
This is the way we brush our hair, Brush our hair, Brush our hair, This is the way we brush our hair, On a cold and frosty morning. Continuing my series of things we do in the morning, we arrive at brushing our hair. Now my hair is dyed blonde so it is dry and damaged. It needs a good wash and a whole heap of conditioner to get a brush through it successfully. Recently, I have discovered another miracle product to add to the equation and this is what I want to tell you about this time – Buddha Bar from (sorry, blokes) Lush. Until a few weeks ago, my scalp had always been okay and I hadn’t really had any problems with it. Then all of a sudden, I began scratching it and my head began to get little sore bits and dried scabs – not very nice. I knew it wasn’t dandruff and it wasn’t the dreaded nits now the kids are back at school, so what was it? Talking to me old mate Allie, she recognised what I described as being a problem scalp and recommended I try the Buddha Bar from Lush. She had been raving about how wonderful it was, but I hadn’t thought I had any need for it, but I obviously did now. She kindly cut me off a chunk of hers and off I went home to try it. The Buddha Bar is a rather unassuming thing. It’s neither pretty nor ugly. It looks somewhere between a slab of chocolate and a rock. It is a dusky, muddy brown kind of colour and is a hard bar. I think it smells lovely, but it’s another one of those ‘love it or hate it’ smells really. It’s quite perfumed, a masculine fragrance and very slightly medicinal. Its contents include Fleece flower infusion, Rhassoul mud, Frankincense resin and vanilla, so that might explain the scent and the colour of it. According to the Lush Times, the fleece flower is to improve the condition of your scalp, sedra herb to help increase shine, the mud is for its high mineral content to help with flaky s
calps and the frankincense resin is in there to calm the scalp. The Buddha Bar costs £1.95 for a 100g bar, which lasts ages and hardly seems to go down at all. So ho did it work on my head? The proof of the pudding is in the washing and all that. Well, as usual I stood under the shower and wet my hair. I am used to solid shampoo bars so had some idea how to use it, but Allie had told me you need to rub it quite hard on your scalp for it to lather well. I did this and she was right, you need to scrape the bar over your scalp – which sounds painful, but is actually rather nice, especially if your scalp is flaky and itchy. After a few rubs, you get the usual lather you would expect from any shampoo. I rubbed this in, let it stay there for a minute or so then rinsed it off. I conditioned and dried my hair as usual, then brushed it through. Not only was it easy to brush, but my scalp didn’t feel sore like it had done before. When my hair was dry, it looked lovely, clean and shiny and I was very impressed. But of course, I used the Buddha Bar specifically to deal with my scalp problem, so how did it perform there? Well, it is indeed a miracle product. After only one wash, my head felt much better and there were fewer sore bits and scabs. After using it for around two weeks, it has cured my problem. What higher recommendation could you want? I tend to use my normal shampoo a couple of times a week and the Buddha Bar a couple of times a week too. This seems to be the best way that has the most impressive results on the condition of my hair and scalp. So another highly recommended product from Lush. If you have a problematic scalp, try this stuff. Go on, even you cynics and anti-Lushites out there, give it a try. I am sure you won’t be disappointed. This opinion is Part Three in a series of four. Look out for the concluding part ‘On A Cold and Frosty Morning’ coming next w
As I speak, my mind is drifting back to last xmas... I finished college last year and throughout, I worked at sainsbury's...but I decided that in the time between me finding my ultimate career job, I was going to have some FUN! So over xmas I managed to land a part time job in my favourite shop! Yes..Lush! Everytime I tell someone, the first thing they ask me is if I had a headache because the smell is so strong in there..well no I got used to it and so did my friends and family who could smell me a mile away! It was a fanastic company to work for..all the staff were so nice to each other and work was never a chore because it was such a laugh! We all got an AMAZING 50% off which is every lush-a-holics dream! so I got to test just about everything. and there were so many happy customers who told me about their favourite products and how it made them feel..believe me this was fantastic after working in sainsbury's for four years! So everything gave a real, feelgood factor! I now know a lot about the products too...and a little bit about aromatherapy as all the products use natural essential oils to influence different moods. ie..did you know that if you use one of their bath bombs you should stay in the bath for about 20 mins?...This is because this is the amount of time it takes for essential oils to enter the bloodstream and so (for want of a better word)....work ! I want to try and leave as much info about lush as I can, because I want to share with everyone how good their products are! I don't work for them anymore so I'm not trying to promote them in that way...but I do have a personal opinion on a lot of their products... If you want to ask any questions about their products please email me... thanks for reading :) ps...i got £4.50 an hour but if the sales were on target you got an extra pound per hour..and no i don't work there anymore!
So many opinions, so many products! I have read so many opinions on Lush products; I just had to investigate the Lush phenomena for myself ;-) Now, being stuck in the wilds of Shropshire, with the nearest branch of Lush in the middle of Birmingham, I had neither the energy nor the inclination to subject myself to the assault that is the middle of Brum! No offence meant to Birmingham, I am a Brummie born and bred, it’s just that I have a very small reserve of energy due to having had ME for the best part of 12 years, and I knew that a trip to the city would crucify me. However, as I had just finished reading an op on a Lush product, which if I remember rightly was the Ultimate Shine solid shampoo, I clicked on the link from Dooyoo to the Lush website. I was pleasantly surprised, not just the simplicity and ease of use whilst navigating the web site, but the range of products available. The home page has a menu bar at the top, the link buttons are dark green, and the page background is a neutral shade of cream. The menu on the home page has links to : - Find out more: - History – Testing policy – Business – Where is Lush – Press coverage – Press enquiries – Talk to us – Catalogue – Frequently asked questions. Products: - Bath ballistics – Bubble bar slices – Soaps – Skincare – Close up – Gifts – Fresh – Bath and shower – Hair care – Fragrances – Massage bars. Quick Order: - Click on the Alphabet button to see products in alphabetical order – or the Category button to view products by category. Gifts: - Gifts arranged by price, starting at under £5, then £5 - £10 and lastly over £10. I spent more time than I realized, reading about the ingredients used in their products and how they were made. The ingredients are for th
e most part totally natural and fresh, and Lush are against animal testing. Then I found out just who used Lush products, celebrities like Madonna, Helena Christiansen, and Lady Helen Windsor, to name but a few, men too! Each time you click on a specific product, you get a full description of it, what special properties it has, and a full list of the ingredients used. Items like “Angels on Bare Skin”, “Draught of Immortality” and “Fresh Farmacy” make you long to put them on your skin. Bath Ballistics which fizz in the water, all to suit different moods, with names like “Butterball”, “Slammer”, “Karma Sutra” and “Tisty Tosty”(which has rosebuds in it!), also “Fairy Jasmine” which contains golden fairy dust to make you shimmer. Another aspect which appealed to me very much is that the products are suitable for vegetarians, and some are suitable for vegans. So you know that when you use the soaps etc, there will be no whale blubber amongst the ingredients! The range of skin care products is big enough to cater for all skin types, including those with very sensitive skin and even psoriasis! Even with that factor of gentleness, many are still scented, and you may think that scent in a skin care product will automatically product a reaction. This is not the case however, because the ingredients are balanced to be kind to your skin. Lets face it, you just want to drift away on a journey into the bathroom, and discover the delights that await you, you want to have a sensual experience, and looking at Lush’s web site you get the feeling that the possibilities are endless. Now – phew, after all that excitement, I expect you want to know what the ordering process is like. It is simplicity itself, almost too easy, you just click “add to basket” whenever you decide on a product, and hey presto –
a little box appears confirming your selection, then it disappears until you click on another product, and so on. When you have finished shopping you click on “Cashier”, and you will then fill in your credit card details, (over a secure server), you review your order and click to proceed! Your order is authorized whilst you are online, and a confirmation e-mail is sent to you. My delivery charge was £2.95 for seven items, not too expensive when you think I have no petrol or transport costs involved in getting to the nearest store. I placed my order on a Saturday evening, and it arrived the following Wednesday. WEB SITE URL: http://www.lush.co.uk/system/index.html
I requested this product as I feel I should share it with everyone. Its soooo good and smells great(more about that soon) Firstly I thought I should tell you why I bought it. I use a hairdryer at least once a day and some-times twice if I am having a really bad hair day (I suffer a lot with these) and my hairdryer decided it was time to teach me a lesson!! I was starting to look like I’d been pulled through a hedge backwards! Not a pretty site by any means and some drastic action needed to be taken and fast – I didn’t want to start looking like Worzel Gummidge’s ugly sister! I am lucky enough to have a Lush store in my town center – I only discovered it a short while ago and I am now a true addict – I spend far to much money there but its sooo worth it and I know a few people who would agree with me on this one (Moose and danradders). So off I popped into town with son in tow and hair in mess!! I love the smell of the shop – its so wowserish. Upon entering the shop I was asked by a very helpful assistant if I needed any help. Usually I like to just browse for a while, sniffing everything in sight and putting everything my son has pulled off the shelves back in there rightful place – but today I really needed advice and as usual, the staff really know what there talking about. I told the assistant of my problem (like she hadn’t noticed already) and she had a sly look at my rather unattractive and poor excuse for hair and took me over to the conditioning section which also happens to be the shampoo section. She had another sly look and advised me to get a deep conditioning conditioner which was to be used weekly rather than daily. She suggested H’SUAN WEN HUA. (try to pronounce that one if you can) Price wise its not the cheapest on the market but I decided I was worth. It cost me £4.50 for a 225g tub. So
off we went – straight home so as not to attract to much attention to my sorry locks. When I opened the tub I was instantly hit by the lovely aroma of what reminds me of toasted teacakes or hot cross buns (I couldn't make my mind up on that one) – I read the contents and sure enough it contained cinnamon, well cinnamon leaf oil to be exact. It also contains fresh watercress wax, Italian balsamic vinegar, fresh banana and avocado and that’s just to name but a few – sounds like a fruit salad doesn’t it,lol. All the ingredients are fresh and natural so as with all Lush products it has a use by date –this product has a shelf life of 3 months. This may not sound like long enough to use the product up but, I’ve had mine for 6 weeks and I’m passed the half way mark so I’m sure you’ll manage to finish the tub before the best before date! I have shoulder length hair so it will last longer if you have short hair and not so long for you long haired people out there. It’s sort of an murky beige colour and has a really thick consistancy. It comes in a white tub with the Lush logo and the name of the product – nothing fancy. BUT DOES IT WORK I HEAR YOU CRY!!! YES!!! It works very well indeed – I went from looking like a scarecrow to looking my usual shiny-haired self. I use it twice a week at the moment but once I’m satisfied my hair is back to my usual standard then I’ll use it once a week. Its very easy to use – just put a big dollop onto dry hair and massage in - leave for 20mins. Wash your hair with your regular shampoo and style as normal – I didn’t find the need to use my regular conditioner after shampooing but if you feel you must then go for it!! You will be left with shiny tangle free hair that looks and smells great – I had a few comments on the fragrance of this conditioner and they were all
good. My other half thought I smelt good enough to eat (typical, always thinking of what he can scoff next,lol). The smell lingers for ages - I would say at least 24 hours! This is fine if you don't mind smelling like a hot cross bun. I don't mind at all - I think I made a few tummy's rumble,lol. I am lucky enough to have a Lush store near me but if you don’t then fear not!! Lush have a very good web-site you may like to check out – the address is www.lush.co.uk and they update their site on a regular basis so you will be kept up to date with all new products that are available. I recommend this Deep conditioner to all. GOD OF HAIR - at least thats what it say in the Lush Times,lol:0) Finally I have hair I am not ashamed to venture out with:0)
9new and improved and spell checked version especially for certian peoople who are just too picky for their own god .... you know who you are ... tee heee you are awful - but I do like you .. GG for those stilll wondering ... there *were* two *small* spelling mistakes .... sorted ho hum ... For those who are true friends and not to picky, please read on .... While in town the other day I took a trip in to Buchanan Street, here in good old Glasgow. The old place looked as lovely as ever, even though the town planners have been trying their level best to make our city centre as homogenised as every other city centre in the western world. There were new pieces of ‘street furniture’ and a few wee trees and ... OK I’ll be honest, and the new ones aren’t a patch on the old ones and I fair miss them. I digress. Something which has been a ‘symbol’ of Buchanan Street for the past wee while has been the aroma emanating from the portals of the ‘soap and stuff’ shop that is ‘Lush’. Time for more honesty here, ... I have always found the smell, from our city’s branch of ‘Lush’, to be insidious overpowering and ever-so-slightly nauseating. That said, on this particular day, I had just previously read - within these hallowed pages - of the amazing qualities of said ‘Lush’s solid shampoo bars (see Kathrynpenguin’s opinion, you’ll feel ‘driven’ to Lush’ too) I had though, “Nothing’s that good...” but had decided to find out for myself ... so, braving the smell ;-( I took myself in to ‘Lush’ and had a wee browse round. I am soo glad that I did as there in this fabulous store is a cornucopia of wonderful, yes, I’d even say delicious, delectable ... and ... well, anyway, you catch my drift ;-) On t
he ground floor, I discovered the most fantastically scrumptious smelling after-shave for my other half, - but he doesn’t know about it yet, so keep ‘stum’ for me, please? .. . Thanks, I knew I could depend upon my Dooyoo friends. On the upper floor, I found what I’ve been looking for... and it’s not often a girl of my age can say that these days, I can tell you. There were soaps and shampoos, the most wonderful range of *different* bath products and pampering type things. I can really recommend this super shop. Even if you’re a skint mature student like myself, you’ll even enjoy, “just looking”. Which brings me to the reason for my writing this opinion (so little time - so many essays ;-)) I was, “just looking” with a view to finding some ‘cheap and cheerful’ ideas for Christmas presents and stuff (yes, I’m one of those people that do that this early) when an intelligent and helpful young lady approached me to see if she could help .... OK, I hear what you’re saying, “that’s what they are supposed to do ... sell you something”. ... only this particular ‘saleswoman’ did not take that approach, she simply assisted and advised and for that reason if no other I will most definitely be returning to ‘Lush’ as soon as I have a few bob spare to spend on ‘me’. To cut a long story short and to *finally* focus on the reason for the title of this piece, ... when I said I was a student, we had a longish and friendly chat about college and stuff and then, to top it all, the lovely lady insisted on my taking a ‘free sample’ of their “Gentle Lentil” conditioning shampoo! She even apologised that they were only allowed to give out ‘a wee bit’ as samples ... a wee bit? I’ve enough to keep me goi
ng for a good few shampoos and as I said, I will most certainly be back. So, to round of, thank you Kathrynpenguin and thank you lovely sales assistant, people like you a few and far between, and I've had the pleasure of 'knowing' two ! Lush is great and as for the "free samples", = the best kept secret in Glasgow is still a secret ... I mean ... I've only told you and you can kept a secret, - can't you? GG