On a recent trip I found that I had caught the sun slightly and had run out of aftersun so popped in to the nearest shop I could find to buy a moisturiser, that was Lush and I found that I preferred the scent of the Karma over the other moisturisters on offer.
Of course in store things seem to smell very strongly, but then in store it is a competition to get the consumer to pick one product over another. I found on returning to my hotel and slathering on some of the Kream that I smelled very strongly of the product, and it was a little over powering so I washed it off and reapplied far more sparingly.
The Kream itself is light and creamy in consistancy and sinks in easily, and it definitely did help my skin to feel less dry and tight after my minor sun mistake.
A pot of Karma Kream will set you back around 13.50 for a 225g pot which I've found does last quite a long time if used sparingly to prevent the overpowering scent becoming just too much.
The product scent is advertised as orange, patchouli and pine, for me I would say the patchouli is by far the predominent part of the combination. As with all Lush products it is advertised as being fairly natural (though not perfect Lush does still use some more chemical ingredients) and this one contains a mere 6 safe synthetics. The moisturising properties come from the use of almond oil, cocoa butter and glycerine.
Since being introduced to Lush Karma Bubble Bars a couple of years ago, I have been totally smitten with the delightful scent. I am ashamed to admit that I keep a rather large stash of the gorgeous bars in my underwear drawer, as in addition to offering me a comforting and relaxing soak in the tub, my underwear is always highly fragranced. Whilst I do not intend discussing the brand itself, I would advise that they produce fresh hand made cosmetics; the majority of which are very appealing as well as being addictive to the beauty freak such as myself!
Despite owning far too many toiletries, a visit to the Cardiff Lush store a couple of months ago resulted in a sales assistant massaging some of their Karma Kream Hand and Body Lotion into my hands. Whilst I was really tempted to make a purchase, due to the fact that I didn't need any moisturising products at that particular time, I gratefully accepted a free sample tub and headed off for a sit down and a cup of tea. However, I couldn't stop sniffing my hands and as soon as I finished my drink I found myself heading back to the Lush store to make a purchase of the full sized 225g tub for £12.95. I cannot admit to the appearance of the sturdy black plastic tub with the familiar white Lush text being that appealing to the eye and had I not been aware of the scent I wouldn't have looked twice at the product.
The screw top lid is easily opened to reveal the white/cream coloured contents, which emit the stunning aroma of patchouli, which seems to be a love it or hate it fragrance. In addition to the exotic mossy and musty scent, Karma includes the oils of lemon grass, pine and orange flower absolute. The scent always reminds me of one of those shops that sell weird paraphernalia such as wooden ornaments and body jewellery in addition to the huge selection of bongs that are on display in the window! There are a couple in Cardiff, which emit the strong aroma of incense as I walk past.
I find the name of the product a little confusing, as I initially thought I was purchasing a cream, as opposed to a hand and body lotion although this makes no difference as far as I am concerned. The consistency is slightly thicker than any other lotions that I have used, which gave me the impression that it would be luxurious and whilst I had experienced the product on my hands whilst visiting the store, I had no idea how effective it would be on my body.
Whilst the skin on my body can be described as normal with the exception of a few dry patches, I am unfortunate to suffer with extremely dry skin on my hands, which during the colder weather and following the use of some household cleaners, can split along my knuckles and subsequently bleed. Consequently, it is essential that I keep them regularly moisturised and there are very few hand creams on the market that will keep my condition under control.
I dipped my fingers into the contents of the tub and gently removed a small amount, which felt cool and comforting. It was easily applied and spread over my skin during which time it released its gorgeous scent, which is fairly intensive. Whilst some brands of creams can feel heavy on the skin, Karma Kream is considerably lightweight. I found that I didn't need much, as whilst I scooped out a reasonable sized blob, it covered a fairly large surface, so I was pleased that my tub would last me a fairly good length of time.
I generally tend to use body creams from The Body Shop and whilst they are fast absorbing and leave my skin feeling highly moisturised, I find that Karma melts the moment it makes contact with my skin in addition to the fact that it is rapidly absorbed without leaving any stickiness. Despite my skin being well moisturised, I experienced a noticeable difference after just one application, as in addition to the surface of my skin being super soft, it also offered a velvety smooth texture.
As I had been lucky enough to receive a hand massage with the product in store, I was fully aware of the highly positive effects that it offered to my hands, as if I use an inferior hand cream for just one day, dry patches will appear with uncomfortable itchiness. Whilst this product is described as a lotion, which is normally a little less effective than a cream, it delivers the results that I would expect to receive from a highly intensive moisturising cream. I find the cream extremely soothing on my skin and it's the perfect product for applying directly after I have epilated, as it is very comforting and soothing. In addition to its superb moisturising properties, it is the scent that has totally won me over, as I am able to witness the aroma of patchouli, orange and lemon grass, which linger for many hours following application and are still detectable the next morning.
I strongly believe in the use of scents to promote well being in addition to assisting in relieving stress and there is something about the Karma fragrance that I find so uplifting as well as relaxing. This is the first lotion that I have found that has multi purpose abilities, as I normally have to purchase different products for my hands, body and feet. Whilst I use an Emjoi Micro Pedi on a weekly basis to remove the hardened skin from my feet, it is essential for me to use a moisturising product on a daily basis. I was extremely surprised that the hand and body lotion was intensive enough to keep the undersides of my feet soft and smooth, which is no doubt due to the inclusion of cocoa butter, glycerine and almond oil; all of which are highly moisturising ingredients.
For a more intense aroma I favour using the matching perfume although the level of strength may be a little too much for some people, as it is fairly powerful. I have finished using the contents of my 225g tub, which offered a fourteen month use by date and as I have so many other creams, which have already been opened I cannot justify a further purchase at this current moment in time. However, as soon as my tubs have been exhausted I will most definitely be revisiting Lush and picking up another tub. I would advise that if you return five empty tubs you can exchange them for a free tub of face mask, so how could I possibly refuse!
Due to the reasons discussed above, Lush Karma Kream Hand and Body Lotion receives five stars from me together with a high recommendation.
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This cream isn't cheap at £12.45 per 225g pot. However it lasts a long time as a little goes a long way.
The body lotion is scented with the gorgeous Karma scent which is an oriental floral scent that smells DIVINE.
The lotion itself is white in colour and rich and creamy in consistency. I was told by a store assistant in Lush that you can apply this to your face but I think the scent would be far too overpowering for the face. It's great for use on the body though and the scent keeps you smelling fresh all day (and all night) long. The scent stays with you as it lingers on your skin for a good while after use. The lotion is lovely, it really is a pleasure to apply. It's great used during the summer months when you've just stepped out of the shower. Simply scoop up some of the lotion with your fingertips and massage into your skin. Simples!
The lotion is soothing and moisturising. It doesn't leave my skin feeling tacky or greasy and it is easily absorbed. I have dry skin on my knees and elbows and usually these areas are quite itchy. This cream helps to soothe those areas leaving them less itchy and much softer. The lotion also helps the skin to retain it's natural moisture balance. The cream is also natural and cruelty free so it hasn't been tested on animals.
You can always layer your Karma scent with this lotion, the Karma dusting powder and the Karma perfume. Thankfully this body lotion smells just like the perfume. It's simply gorgeous, try it!
Lush - a company offering handmade, fresh treats including bath ballistics, soaps, face masks and perfumes. Lush have strong ethics and try to use lots of natural ingredients which are not tested on animals. Lush also aim to reduce packaging and many everyday products such as bubble bath and shampoo can be found in solid form.
Karma is a popular range of items from Lush. The range includes perfume, a bath melt, a soap, solid shampoo, bubble bar and a body cream. The Karma scent has been around since Lush started out and was invented by a guy named Mark. It is a best seller at Lush.
Karma Kream is the second most expensive Karma product in this range. Lush describe Karma Kream as 'a beautiful exotically scented lotion for a beautiful body and a beautiful mind'. Karma Kream is marketed as a light body cream which will moisturise and soften the skin. This cream is enriched with various ingredients :
*almond oil - rich in Vitamin E to leave the skin silky smooth
*cocoa butter - to soften and nourish the skin
This cream also contains a blend of fragrance notes and oils to create the Karma scent. Lush state that there is a blend of orange flower, sweet orange oil, lemongrass oil, elemi oil, pine and patchouli oil.
Karma Kream is presented in a black pot (return 5 for a free fresh face mask!) which features a screw top lid. The ingredients and use by date are also listed. This cream is vegan friendly.
Karma Kream can be purchased in store or by visiting www.lush.co.uk. It is only available in a 225g size which is priced at £12.45. This is one of the mid-priced body products that Lush offer.
I am growing fonder and fonder of Lush with each amazing product I try. I have recently been introduced to the delights of the Karma range. I bought one of the bubble bars in this range (a review will follow) and now have a tub of Karma Kream in my possession. I didn't buy this cream - it was given to me by my lovely sister as she had bought it online and wasn't keen on the scent. I love it though for many reasons!
Most of the body lotions and creams I own are heavily perfumed. Sometimes I just want something to moisturise my skin deep down whilst still scenting it - Karma Kream does this perfectly. Whilst I do prefer tubes for hygiene purposes, I can use a spatula to dispense some of this cream from the tub. It does get to exposed to air though but has a good shelf life (over a year anyway as my sticker has rubbed off).
~Karma - Not Such A B*tch Afterall~
The first time I opened my pot of Karma Kream, I was transfixed by the scent - I will discuss that later though! The cream is a creamy/white colour and very shiny! It looks incredibly thick and substantial within the pot but is extremely easy to scoop out and onto the skin as it has a sort of 'bouncy' texture. This is such a treat to use after a hot shower once I have dried my skin and it is still warm to the touch.
Karma Kream is very soothing to use due to its cool texture. My skin is very sensitive and often a little sore so this works wonders on it. A small blob is sufficient to cover a large area of my skin. I absolutely love the consistency of this cream. It feels quite thick but is incredibly lightweight. The cream literally glides across my skin and a little goes a long way. Karma Kream soaks into my skin effortlessly and leaves no residue.
Karma Kream is one of the most hydrating creams I have ever used. My skin is quite dry and moreso on my arms. After applying Karma Kream, my skin feels incredibly comfortably, less agitated and very hydrated. The cream moisturises deep down into my skin and gives my skin a healthy appearance. It is amazing to use after shaving my legs as it soothes any discomfort and makes my skin feel 'relaxed' aswell as feeling pampered.
I would say this is quite an intensive body cream whilst being extremely gentle on sensitive skin. The surface of my skin is silky smooth to the touch. I could imagine this being an amazing cream to slather on the skin after being out in the sun during the Summer as it does leave my skin feeling refreshed. Dry areas around my elbows and knees are hydrated after one use. Overall my skin benefits from drinking up Karma Kream. The results last throughout the day and if I apply this in the morning, I can still witness the effects on my skin in the evening. I wouldn't say this is ideal as a hand cream though as it does leave my hands feeling sticky.
The scent of Karma Kream is very addictive. Having personally tried the perfume, I found it to be a little too heavy for my personal tastes. The matching products in range contain a subtler version of the Karma scent and I think Lush have put just the right amount of scent into this body cream. I would say the Karma scent would suit most age groups but wouldn't really appeal to teenagers - that is my view though it is down to personal tastes!
I love the scent of Karma Kream and find it an absolute treat to detect on my skin. I have no perfume which could be used over the top without seeming muddled so simply use this body lotion as an all over body scent (no perfume). It is strong enough to do this and the scent lasts all day pretty much.
Karma is quite a fresh scent at first and I can detect a lovely zingy citrus aroma as I apply. The orange is quite prominent and blends in with the lemongrass and patchouli to create a delicious scent. There is a hint of sweetness and I'm not sure if its just my nose, but I sometimes detect a sort of sherbet aroma which is very pleasing! The scent is quite noticeable on my skin but doesn't overpower. After a short while, Karma Kream loses a bit of its initial freshness and is overtaken by a heavenly, subtle spicy scent which lingers perfectly on my skin.
I must say, I love Karma Kream. It is expensive but given the long lasting effects and the unusual, beautiful scent, it is well worth the price. I have had my tub for a few weeks now and have used it a few times a week and found it to be quite luxurious and more pleasing to use than a bog standard body cream. I have used this to top up the scent left on my skin by the Karma bubble bar and will consider buying some of the other products in the Karma range. My tub looks barely touched despite me being generous with how much I apply.
Top marks all round - I cannot fault it!
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Karma Kream is a moisturising body lotion from Lush. The product is marketed as both a hand and body lotion so it's a multi purpose product, however I don't see why a normal moisturiser couldn't be used as a hand lotion too so i'm a bit confused at the way that they advertise it but nevermind! I purchased Karma Kream in November last year as I had a huge stock-up at my local Lush and was reccomended this by an employee who said that it was one of their best selling moisturisers. I own about a million moisturisers - I have a very unhealthy obsession with it, however I think that this one stands out from the others due to how lightweight and effective it is, and it also smells lovely!
Lush claim that this is a 'simple but beautiful' product, and claim that it's an ideal quick skin boost. They make it clear on their website that its main purpose is to moisturise and also state that it is able to soften the skin. Another claim is that the product is gentle, and that the fragrance used in the cream is one that 'stands out from the crowd'. They say that the fragrance has essential oils in it designed to keep you feeling balanced and that the cream is easily absorbed due to the almond oil, which makes the cream lightweight.
There's quite alot of ingredients in Karma Kream but as always each ingredient is natural and suitable for vegans. No chemicals or nasties are in this product at all which makes it so good. The main ingredient that stands out to me is cocoa butter, which is well known as an effective moisturiser and skin softener, as is almond oil. There are heaps of oils in this cream, including patchouli oil. This oil has a relaxing scent and is one of the ingredients used to create Karma Kream's unique smell. Another ingredient is glycerine which has moisturising properties and is also a good cleanser. Not only this, but it actually helps the skin absorb the cocoa butter. The full list of ingredients in this product can be found on Lush's webste if you're curious.
**Price, Value For Money and Availability**
This is actually quite expensive, it's priced at £12.45 for a 225 gram tub which isn't very purse friendly! I first tried this product in November and am now on my second tub. One tub doesn't last for long - only around a month with daily use, as it's an all over body cream and Lush advise the user to apply a generous amount as it's such a lightweight cream. As mentioned before though it can also be used as a hand cream, so if you use it purely for that, or purely for one specific part of your body, then it will obviously last a bit longer. All in all though I do think the price is pretty ridiculous, but then again I suppose that's the price you pay for a product that is high quality and completely natural. Karma Kream is only available from Lush and can be purchased in store or via their website.
There's not much to say about the packaging to be honest, Karma Kream comes in the usual distinctive large black Lush pot, it's made of sturdy plastic and has a lid that's easy to put on and off. The tub is filled to the brim with product and has plenty of information on it in white writing, including a brief product description which reads 'Be comfortable inside your skin. Our beautifully exotically scented lotion for a beautiful body and a beautiful mind." The packaging is definetly unisex and will appeal to most age groups due to the minimalistic colour sceme (black and white) and it's overall practical and simplistic.
**Smell and Texture**
Karma Kream does definetly have somewhat of an acquired scent. It's quite hard to explain, however the main scent is definetly citrus, with the patchouli oil quite prominant too. The scent is quite spicy with a very slight sweetness, it's quite strong but is still a pretty scent, and does linger for a little while after application which I don't mind as I really like the unusual, relaxing smell and I have never had any complaints from anyone else either. The consistency is nice and lightweight, it's pretty much the same texture as E45 and is easy to spread onto my skin evenly. It absorbs extremely quickly, and doesn't leave any greasiness behind.
I really love this product, it gives my skin a healthy glow and leaves a very slight sheen, without it making my skin look greasy. It dissolves into my skin within seconds, leaving my skin hydrated, soft and feeling healthy. The smell is wonderful and I find it really pleasant and relaxing, however do have a sniff before you buy as it won't be to everyones taste. Karma Kream is a good cream for my really dry patches such as my elbows and knees and I usually apply it in the morning after a shower, it keeps my skin feeling soft and smooth all day and I never feel concious that my knees look dry when i'm wearing a skirt anymore because this cream is so moisturising and it makes my skin appear smoother and healthier too. I love that it absorbs so quickly and doesn't leave a wet, greasy feeling behind as that way I don't have to wait around in my underwear for it to dry before getting dressed! This cream is the kind that I can apply then forget about it if that makes sense, it doesn't feel heavy on my skin and lets my skin breathe; it's not the type of body lotion that makes your skin feel clogged up and gross! As I mentioned already, this cream can also be used as a hand lotion, and it's brilliant - I use mine on my palms to avoid them getting dry or cracked, and it keeps them soft and smooth. It's a very versatile product and i've even used it on my face; I often get dry patches around my cheeks and forehead and this stuff sorts it out within a few days - I really love it!
I do reccomend this as it's an effective, all natural moisturiser with a few different uses and a very pleasant, unique smell. However, I do only give it 4/5 stars due to the price, as a tub isn't very long lasting when used as an all-over body moisturiser.
I recently treated myself to a basket of goodies from Lush and whilst there I decided to treat myself to quite a few Karma products as I love the Karma perfume and wanted to be able to get the smell at home to either intensify my perfume or else to just slightly scent me in the smell when at home so that I can leave the more expensive perfume for when I am going somewhere.
The Karma Kream is a moisturising body cream that is fragranced with the Karma scent. The karma scent is a mix of citrus with some spiciness thrown in and is one of my all-time favourite smells that Lush do.
The cream is quite expensive at £12.45 but you do get quite a large 225g pot so it lasts quite a long time.
The cream has a thick consistency that I was worried was going to be too thick and greasy to rub in properly as this is one of my pet hates when it comes to body creams. It wasn't however difficult to rub in to my skin and absorbed really quickly and left my skin feeling hydrated as soon as I applied it. I find it to be one of the best creams from Lush that I have tried in that respect and the moisturisation it gives lasts the whole day and it leaves my skin with a lovely velvety texture but isn't greasy and doesn't stain my clothes like some other thick body creams I have tried that contain oils in them.
The real reason for me buying it was for its scent and this is absolutely gorgeous. It does smell slightly different that the perfume which threw me when I smelt it in the shop. When you first apply it to your skin however you immediately notice the orange scent which is my favourite thing about the Karma range and this soon settles down into a lovely light citrus smell which is so refreshing. I find that it is less spicy than the rest of the range but when used in combination this refreshing citrus smell mixes well with the spiciness of the range and really compliments it well.
For me Karma can't be beaten and the whole range is lovely and well worth investing in.
Lush is a beauty store which creates deliciously scented handmade products that look and smell good enough to eat. There is something for everyone in the store and their products solve a whole host of beauty dilemmas. Lush never test their products or the ingredients within them on animals.
Karma Kream by Lush is a moisturising body lotion which will give you softer and healthier skin. According to Lush, this is 'an exotically scented lotion for a beautiful body and a beautiful mind.'
The Orange Flower water and Almond Oil in the lotion will sooth the skin and leave you smelling citrus fresh all day long. Due to the oils in the lotion, this is one of Lush's lighter body moisturising lotions but is still deeply hydrating.
How does it work? The product is created using Organic Almond oil which is often used medicinally for dry and problem skin. The oil is incredibly hydrating and makes the skin soft and smooth. Almond Oil is enriched with Vitamin E and helps to delay the aging process.
Also included in the lotion is Orange flower water made by Orange Blossoms. The Orange water helps to keep the skin supple and to give it a healthy radiance. It soothes both sensitive and irritated skin. The Orange water gives this moisturiser a refreshing, sweet and tangy citrus fresh aroma.
There is a cocktail of essential oils in the lotion which moisturise the skin. One of these oils is the Lavendin oil which helps to soothe the skin and the therapeutic nature of the aroma will have a calming affect on the mind. Karma Kream also contains glycerine and Cocoa Butter which both have hydrating properties and leaves the skin feeling silky smooth.
The cream comes in a black tub and you unscrew the lid off to access the lotion. It costs around £11 for 225 grams so it not cheap but well worth the price if you like the scent. The scent is citrus fresh with a hint of musk and earthy patchouli. Patchouli is a common ingredient in perfumes and the fragrance of this lotion is as strong as a perfume so you'll need to check that you like the smell before you buy it because it's incredibly long lasting.
The product can be bought from your local Lush store or from their online website. In order to use the lotion, you slather your body with the cream sparingly and massage it into the skin, in circular motions. But remember, a little goes a long way with this product! As this product is made using natural ingredients, it comes with an expiry date so you'll need to make sure that you use it before then.
All in all, Karma Kream leaves your skin soft and smooth. It is a non greasy product which is absorbed into the skin fairly easily. If you like the fragrance of the product, then this is the moisturiser for you.
Orange Flower Water (Citrus dulcis, Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis), Lavendin Oil (Lavendula hybrida), Pine Oil (Pinus), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogan flexuosus), Elemi Oil (Canarium commune), Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin), Cetearyl Alcohol, *Cinnamal, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben,.
Having tried Lush's popular scent Karma in-store, and being intrigued by it, I decided that this summer would be a 'summer of Karma'. Therefore I bought quite a lot of products in this range! One of them was the Karma Kream body lotion. The Karma fragrance is made up of orange, patchouli, pine, lemongrass and elemi, and it's a very warm, mysterious, spicy scent. It makes me think of hippies and music festivals! I wasn't expecting to like it, as I'm quite a girly girl, but there's something very compelling about it. It's a very summery scent and I can imagine wearing it while sipping a glass of wine and listening to my Jimi Hendrix CDs. It makes me feel really happy and relaxed.
Karma Kream is described as a "beautiful exotically scented lotion for a beautiful body and a beautiful mind". It is suitable for vegans. You get a large 225g tub (don't forget if you collect 5 tubs you can get a free fresh face mask). The lotion costs £11.20, which is quite pricey, but I've learnt that Lush's body lotions are worth the price!
Opening the tub, I am greeted with a very white lotion that on first glance looks thicker than the other body lotions I've used (Coco Lotion and Charity Pot). The lotion smells deliciously of orange. I find that with different Karma products different aspects of the smell come to the fore. The greatest ingredient in Karma Kream is orange blossom water so it doesn't surprise me that orange is the prominent scent. However the other ingredients of the scent temper the orange to make it a warmer, deeper scent. As well as the different oils that make up the Karma fragrance, the lotion contains almond oil and cocoa butter to keep skin soft and moisturised.
I have been using this lotion for a while now and words cannot describe how much I love it! You only need a small amount of lotion and it blends in easily, is completely non greasy, and makes skin feel soft and smooth. The moisturising effect lasts all day and my skin feels absolutely wonderful. I did worry in case my sensitive skin reacted with the scent but this hasn't been the case at all: my skin feels soothed and in wonderful condition. The scent remains present all day but I find that as the day goes on the smell deepens and other aspects of the scent, such as the patchouli and pine, come out. In the summer, when perfume can react with the heat, this lotion could be an ideal substitute. It also goes well with the Lush deodorant I'm currently using, Aromaco, which is also scented with patchouli.
In fact, the smell is the only slight problem I find with using this lotion. Although I love the Karma scent, I don't always want to smell of it. Sometimes I want to wear a light, fresh, fruity body spray. When I'm going out I don't want my body lotion to overpower my perfume. Therefore I will always have to have another body lotion on hand for those days and occasions when I don't want to smell of Karma.
This misgiving aside, Karma Kream is a brilliant body lotion that is especially lovely to use in the summer. I definitely recommend it!
Orange flower water and almond oil body lotion combine here to make a super soft body cream with a seriously packing scent.
At £11.20 for 225g it's not the cheapest around, but is a small pot of luxury.
The cream comes in a screw top, tight closing, sturdy black pot with the distinctive Lush log and italic wording: Karma Kream. If the over use of the K makes you itch then move on quick!
The cream itself is beautifully soft and a little goes a long way. The elemi oil within is aimed at conditioning the skin and it feels like a high quality product the instant you run some through your fingers. Although heavy to the initial touch, the cream is not oily and smooths in nicely. The cream is smooth and whipped and sinks into the skin with instant softness.
The scent is lushingly distinctive. I think it is the patchouli oil which gives it a soothing almost deep musk aroma. There are hints of orange there too which lift the mood and add a sweetness to the density. It is powerful, exotic and yet luxuriously comforting at the same time. The aroma lingers well on the skin and thus your small pot will last you well. Rub some into your hands before a stressful day and you will have a relaxing aroma therapy session on the way to work!
As with all Lush products this is not tested on animals and is packed with essential oils. The package is recyclable and available online or from your nearest Lush store. Check out www.lush.co.uk for more Karma range products and to find your nearest store.
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Karma is Lush's main signature scent. (The other is Vanillary.) The Karma scent is available in a shampoo bar, a liquid perfume, a solid perfume, a bubble bar, a dusting powder, soap and of course the body lotion.
Price and packaging:
This is £11.20 for 225g as of February 2010. The packaging is a black plastic pot with a screw lid. The pot is fully recyclable, but if you save up 5 of them and take them back to Lush you get a free face mask, excellent! The price may seem a lot, but the quality of this is really, really good. I don't have any quibble with the packaging myself, the screw top lid keeps the lotion in, and it's quite thick so doesn't leak. However, hygiene freaks may be worried about dipping their germ laden fingers in it. Personally, I couldn't care less.
Scent and appearance:
The scent of course is the main thing about this cream. It is fairly heavily scented, with the classic Karma scent. It's quite citrusy, with patchouli, lavender and lemongrass. Its a warming scent, and there's definitely nothing else like it around. The lotion is just a plain creamy white colour. It's thick, not gloopy and runny.
How to use and my opinion:
Simply scoop out of the pot and rub in. Easy peasy. I really like this body lotion. I was never a fan of them before, they always either left my skin feeling greasy, taking forever to sink in, or sank in far too fast and by the next day my skin was no different. This hits the spot. It rubs in well, leving skin soft and nice smelling, yet doesn't leave a greasy sheen on me. And, by the end of the day (having put it on in the morning) although the scent had faded (fair enough) my skin was still soft and lovely.
The only minor bone to pick with this is that if the scent is on your hands and you are one of those people who has their hands near their face all the time, you will of course be breathing in the scent. If you've just applied, the scent will be strong and it seems to 'catch' in the back of my throat. Not very pleasant. This can easily be remedied though, obviously.
Apart from that, this is a real keeper!
Karma Kream from Lush is a body lotion which combines Lush's signature scent with a lovely soft lotion which feels like you are giving yourself a big warm hug when you wear it.
Karma Kream is made from is a blend of almond oil chosen for its moisturising properties, patchouli oil which is soothing, lemongrass oil which is uplifting, elemi oil which has skin conditioning properties as well as pine oil, orange flower water for fragrance and various other ingredients to give it a lovely texture. As it is from Lush you know that the ingredients are high quality pure essential oils that have been sourced in an environmentally responsible way and that the product is not tested on animals and I believe it is worth paying a little extra for that reassurance.
The body lotion itself is a thick whipped cream and is a very pale blue in colour. It smoothes onto the skin beautifully, is instantly absorbed and feels very soft and gentle. A little goes a long way especially if you use it just after a shower. I find it works wonders on dry skin, I had been moisturising the dry skin on my elbows for weeks and still had scaly patches but within two applications of Karma Kream my elbows were silky smooth. I am prone to very dry skin and Karma always leaves my skin feeling silky soft and clears up any dry patches.
It is the smell I like the most about Karma Kream, it is a very soft and gentle smell which I find very soothing and I often wear it if I have a meeting or interview that I am stressed out about as I really believe it has calming properties. Karma has a very distinctive and unusual smell, certainly you can detect the patchouli and a faint whiff of citrus in there but it is very hard to describe as it is neither flowery or fruity and is a scent that you either love or hate. The scent lasts extremely well, in fact it lasts all day which is better than the Karma perfume and I have also had more than one compliment and person asking what perfume I am wearing after I have used Karma Kream.
Of course a product as perfect as Karma Kream comes with a downside and in this case it is the price tag of £11.25 per 225g black pot. This means that I guard my Karma Kream with my life and only wear it on special occasions, I ask for pots for Xmas and Birthday presents and carefully ration its use. I do think that Karma Kream is worth every penny as it feels so luxurious, has amazing moisturising properties and also acts as a perfume and we all need little treats in our lives and Karma Kream is mine.
I purchased a tub of Karma Kream for my fiance on a recent trip to Lush. He was looking for a manly smell that was not too overpowering or feminine.
It comes in a black screw lid pot which is fully recyclable and if you collect five of these and take them back to your nearest Lush shop they will give you a free fresh face mask for your efforts.
Once you open the pot you are met with quite a citrus, almost spicy aroma which I found to be masculine enough for my other half but not too male-scented that I wouldn't want to wear it myself (always a bonus!).
The cream is very thick and is slightly greasy to the touch, however, once you spread it on to your body (or your partners in my case) it sinks in very fast and just leaves the skin feeling moisturised, nourished and very smooth to the touch.
You don't need to use a product like this everyday and a little definitely goes a long way, I usually put this on my other halfs back and arms and find that he is lovely smelling and smooth for hours afterwards.
You can purchase a 225g tub for around the £9.50 mark at present and whilst this is a little experience for moisturiser (in my opinion) it is a fantastic product that will last and last.
This product can be used by men or women, however, it was the moisturiser that the staff in Lush recommend for my other half to use (and he's definitely all man!).
Karma Kream is also available in a variety of other products, see the Lush website for details, that's if you like layering your scents anyway.
Karma Kream is part of Lushs signature scent collection ''Karma''. The karma scent was created by Lush to try and capture the scent of the summer of love to recapture the scent of Kensington High Street in 1969 where people who wanted to change to world gathered.
Whats in it:
Vitamin E rich emollient Almond Oil which is easily absorbed by skin meaning it is left non-greasy, softening and skin conditioning Cocoa Butter which is good for dry or itchy skin, patchouli oil used for its relaxing and antiviral qualities by aromatherapists, lavender oil known to calm the mind and help heal damaged skin, antiseptic pine oil, lemongrass oil which is used in aromatherapy to lift moods and as an antidepressant, it is also good for treating problem skin and repelling insects! elemi oil (extracted from the resin from trees which grow in the phillipines) which improves the condition of the skin and balances sebum production, tincture of benzoin which is not only a natural preservative but also stops cracked, sore, dehydrated and mature skins losing moisture and is used to soothe conditions such as eczema and hives.
I first bought the 'karma' solid perfume and totally fell in love with the smell of it, at first I wasn't too sure but I gradually became addicted to it. Now I cant get enough hence why I bought 'Karma Kream' to try. Karma kream is a light moisturising lotion (as it is a lotion for you with very dry skin I would recommend using a heavier skin moisturiser along with this) which can be used both day and night, although it is so light and grease-free its perfect for wearing during the day not just to have lovely soft skin but to smell great too as the scent lasts and lasts (I dont know how as its hardly overpowering!) this can be used with karma solid perfume or for a more subtle smell use alone. A 225g pot is roughly the size of a smallish cup but a little bit goes a long way, I have had my current pot for 3 months using it all over every morning and i have a good 2/3 pot left!
Karma kream leaves skin soft and a touch of Lush genius the aromatherapy oils which create the karma scent are actually brilliant skin softeners/emollients/healers/antiseptics too (and mood lifters)!
This product is part of the Lush *bring back 5 black pots and get a Fresh Face Mask free* offer.
225g pot = £10.52
Full ingredients from Lush.co.uk :
Orange Flower Water (Citrus Aurantium amara, Aqua), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Lavendin Oil (Lavandula hybrida), Pine Oil (Pinus), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon schoenanthus), Elemi Oil (Canarium luzonicum), Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin), Cetearyl Alcohol, *Cinnamal, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
* Occurs naturally in Essential Oils
Other ingredients available from the 'Karma' range include:
Bubble bars, atomiser perfume, solid perfume, dusting powder, solid shampoo and soap.
'Karma Kream' is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
Lush are a company who produce and make a wide range of bath and body products; all of the ingredients used in their products are a combination of fresh organic fruit and vegetables, pure essential oils and safe synthetics. A lot of bath and body products on the market are tested on animals; but Lush are one of very few companies whom are dead against testing their products or ingredients on animals and this is the main reason why all of their products contain safe and natural ingredients. The ingredients which Lush make their products from are also bought from companies whom do not test them on animals so you can be sure that none of the products you buy from Lush have ever been tested on animals. Lush believe that the products they make are safe enough to be tested on a panel of human testers because of the safe and natural ingredients they use in them. All of the natural ingredients in the Lush products are also vegetarian and the products contain very little or no preservatives in them. I think that the way Lush manufacture, make and package their products is fantastic and more cosmetic companies should take a leaf out of the Lush book and do the same as there are far too many cosmetic products being tested on animals.
As I mentioned above there are lots of different Lush products to choose from which are mainly highly scented, brightly coloured and have really funky names. You really do have an awful lot to choose from when you enter a Lush store and could easily spend a small fortune, I normally set myself a limit of £30-40 maximum otherwise I could easily spend double or treble that amount in the space of a few minutes. Normally when I'm choosing a new Lush goodie to try out I am drawn to the products which are either bright pink or purple in colour; mainly because pink and purple are my favourite colours and they look all girly and feminine.
There are lots and lots of different products available in Lush stores or online, so you are sure to find a product which suits you. If you are unfamiliar with the sort of products Lush sell then I would advise having a look online as they sell solid and liquid shampoos, bath bombs, bubble bars, etc. Some of the Lush products however aren't available to buy in store, you have to buy these particular products online from the Lush website. The products which are solely only sold online at Lush are called Lush retro products and there are quite a few of them to choose from, some of my most favourite Lush products are from the Retro range.
Lush Karma Kream is a moisturiser which is specially formulated using natural ingredients which help to soothe and soften your skin. My skin is generally quite soft and smooth however I sometimes get some dry skin on my elbows and knees like most people do; so a good moisturising cream is needed to sort those problem areas out. Like all of the other products in the Lush range the packaging is kept to a minimum so don't be expecting any wonderful looking and decorative pots of moisturiser. Basically the Lush Karma Kream is supplied in a block pot which looks quite similar to a pot of Ben and Gerry's Ice cream; which has a tight fitting lid which you pull off to open the cream and snap back into place to reseal the packaging so as your Karma Kream is kept fresh. On the pot of Karma Kream you will find a few details such as a description of the cream, what it does to your skin, and the ingredients and Lush contact info.
Most of the time when I buy a new body lotion or shampoo etc I am normally quite dissatisfied with the product because they are either too thin in consistency, don't smell nice or they don't really make any difference to your skin or hair. But as with all the other products in the Lush range I have tried the Karma Kream is great and I cant pick out any faults whatsoever with it nor the condition it leaves my skin in.
The Lush Karma Kream inside the black tub has a rather thick and creamy appearance, the body lotion also has a really thick consistency; which is a good think because you don't have to use very much of it at any one given time as a small amount seems to go a long way. would say that the consistency of the body lotion is fairly similar to that of the consistency of herbal essences conditioner, it also has the same sort of creamy appearance as well. When I am using this body lotion I find that two blobs similar to the size of ten pence pieces are more than a sufficient amount to fully moisturise my full body from head to toe. The thick consistency of the body lotion means that it is really easy to apply and it is absorbed into your skin almost immediately so you don't have to wait around for it drying before you can get dressed. Some body lotions which I have used in the past have took a while to be absorbed into my skin and have also left a somewhat greasy and sticky feel on my skin but with this one my skin doesn't have a sticky feel to it, the only difference I notice with my skin after using this body lotion is the fact that it is really soft and smooth feeling. After the first application if this body lotion I immediately noticed a significant difference in the feel of my skin. Some other body lotions which I have used have took a few applications before I have noticed a little improvement in the condition of my skin, but with this particular body lotion one application shows significantly better skin feel and condition.
The aroma from the lush Karma Kream is gorgeous, light and refreshing as well as having a slightly exotic and rich aroma which isn't at all sharp, or synthetic smelling. The scent from the Karma Kream is quite long-lasting and I can detect the scent of the cream on my skin a good 4 or 5 hours after I initially applied it. The main reason that the body lotion doesn't have a synthetic aroma is the fact that it contains essential oils, which not only smell nice but they are also beneficial for your skin and body; they are also great for balancing your mood and making you feel relaxed and soothed. The fragrance which is the most predominant when using the body lotion is that of fresh oranges as they have a really fresh and vibrant aroma which is quite uplifting and not at all overpowering or too zesty scented. I think that one of the main reasons the orange isn't as string smelling in this body lotion is because the scent of Almond oil balances it and adds a sweet and creamy aroma to it. The scent of both the almond and orange oil work well together to create a lovely fragrance which is quite uplifting yet mellow. There are a few other fragrances which linger through the almond and orange aroma however those fragrances are really subtle and light and quite hard to distinguish unless you inhale deep enough and give the cream a really good sniff. The other fragrances which are really delicate and subtle are that of pine and patchouli oil as well as cocoa butter.
The Essential oils which are in the Lush Karma Kream also have some added benefits which are really good for your skin and mind. The Essential Oils in the Body Lotion have the added benefits ~
Orange Oil ~ has a really fresh and summery fragrance which isn't at synthetic or sharp smelling, it is also good for balancing your mind as it is said to have a stimulation and uplifting effect. As for skin benefit's the Orange essential oil is said to refresh and hydrate your skin.
Lemon Grass Oil ~ is said to have a moisturising effect on your skin as it targets dryer areas helping to soothe and add moisture to them as well as protecting newly exposed skin cells which form.
Lavendin Oil ~ has a fragrance quite similar to that of Lavender although the Lavendin Oil is more of a delicate smelling oil which doesn't have as much of a strong floral scent. Lavendin Oil is a very versatile essential oil which is good for most types of skin problems as it helps to soothe and hydrate the skin. Some of the skin problems which Lavendin oil helps to cure are blisters, boils, burns, cuts, dry skin, dull skin, eczema and many more.
Elemi Oil ~ is quite a citrus smelling oil which has a slightly spicy undertone giving it more of a warmer richer aroma than citrus. Elemi Oil has the same sort of properties as Lemon grass Oil does as it helps to protect and renew the skin cells as well as stimulating the skin.
Patchouli Oil ~ is quite a fresh and slightly minty smelling essential oil which is distilled from the patchouli plant. The patchouli plans is a small busy herb like plant. Patchouli oil has many uses for the hair and skin. It is said to have a sensual and uplifting effect on your mind and well being as well as reducing or preventing the following skin properties athlete's foot, acne, chapped, cracked skin, eczema and wrinkles.
Pine Oil ~ is a very fresh and natural smelling essential oil which is used quite widely in a range of cleaning products. The smell of pine oil is said to have a uplifting nature on a tired and aching body and mind. As for skincare properties pine oil can be used to help aid the healing time of cuts and sores and for health benefits inhaling the vapours of pine oil can help symptoms of catarrh, congestion, nervous exhaustion and fatigue.
Almond oil ~ is a very sweet smelling essential oil which is used in many skin care and beauty products because of its nourishing effects on the skin. Almond Oil is very high in proteins, vitamin A, B vitamins and vitamin E, and it is one of the most potent natural antioxidants. The added benefits of almond oil in skin care and beauty products is the fact that it protects and nourishes dry, sunburned and irritated skin.
Cocoa Butter ~ is very high in essential fats and vitamins for maintaining healthy looking soft skin. Cocoa butter is one of the main ingredients in many stretch mark remedies as it has properties well known to reduce and help prevent the look and appearance of stretch marks forming on the skin. As for other skin benefits cocoa butter can instantly soothe and add moisture to rough dry or cracked skin making it look and feel better.
I am extremely pleased with the results from the Lush Karma Kream and it is a lush product which I will continue to use and purchase on a regular basis because it not only smells fantastic but it also softens and moisturises my skin as well as leaving it silky smooth and soft to the touch. If you haven't tried any of the lush products before I highly recommend that you do so as you wont be disappointed by the results. Even although this particular moisturiser is a little expensive compared to some of the other high street store branded ones I think that it is totally worth the price paid as it doesn't contain any harsh or irritating chemicals which could harm or irritate your skin. On the other hand the tub of Karma Kream will last a really long time so in the long run it would save you some money as I would say that if you are using the karma Kream every day then the tub should last you 5 possibly 6 months. A 225g tub of the karma Kream costs £10.75 from Lush in store or online. If you don't really like to use a moisturising cream then this cream makes an excellent hand cream as well and makes the skin on your hands feel extremely soft and smooth after the first application.
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~~Review written by me and also posted on ciao ~~
I am a total lush addict and have tried an awful lot of their products. Karma Kream is one of my favourites, the smell is divine! Orange and patchouli oils merge with pine and lemongrass oils to create a scent made in heaven.
The cream is very thick and feels slightly greasy when you first put it on. This doesn't last though as it soon sinks into your skin leaving you feeling soft and smelling gorgeous.
It's the kind of happy smell that clears your mind and makes you want to skip through fields hand in hand with a loved one!!
The blurb on the lush site talks about karma reminding them of the hippy 60's. I wasn't born then but it does make you feel really free, I haven't yet started saying "yeah man" though..
I use the Kream then top the fragrance up with the perfume and am always being complimented on how I smell.
Smooth Karma Kream all over your body for fragrance and softness / The oils are absorbed through your skin to keep you feeling balanced / Wear it for the fragrance and for its skin-soothing kindness /