Mini Lush Haul!

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Hi readers! A while ago I purchased these two Lush products and I finally got around to reviewing them.  Just a quick recap on the brand in case you’ve never heard of them: they are a company that prides themselves on creating and selling fresh, handmade products with little to no preservative and they support humanitarian, environmental and animal rights causes.  You can read a little bit more on the brand and other Lush products I tried by clicking here.

D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap

 

D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap is a thick, pink product that boasts  fresh strawberries, egg whites, golden syrup, rosehip oil, coconut oil, maple sugar and Fair Trade cocoa butter designed to leave skin silky smooth after shaving.  Strawberries contain natural fruit acids that can provide mild exfoliation, allowing for a smoother shave while coconut oil, rosehip oil and cocoa butter provide a moisturizing component.  While I do like the fact that my legs feel really soft and moisturized afterward, the scent to me isn’t pleasant.  It hinges more on an artificial strawberry scent mixed with bubblegum and lingers for a while.

Pros

The bottom of the jar lists the date it was made and the date you should discard it

Handmade and fresh

Natural acids from strawberries provide mild exfoliation, which can lead to less ingrown hairs

You don’t have to moisturize as much after shaving

Cons

Is pricier than standard shaving creams 2.4 oz for$9.95; 5.2 oz for $16.95

The smell- either you love it or hate it- and it has added fragrance.

Tub container isn’t the most convenient in the shower

You have to use quite a bit of product because it tends to slide of very easily

Not sure how effective the self-preserving formula is meaning if water is introduced into the product, can it breed bacteria?

*To be safe, you should use dry clean hands or a clean spatula to scoop out the product

Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

 

Ocean Salt is a salt based skin softening scrub that is mixed with “fresh avocado and coconut to hydrate thirsty skin, leaving it balanced and soft. The cleansing effects of lime and vodka are ideal for blocked pores, blackheads or blemishes and leave skin visibly brightened.” The scent in this scrub is exactly like a margarita (yum!).  It’s a nice way to give your body a little energizing boost.  *Note: Although this is marketed as a face and body scrub, I would recommend this only as a body scrub as the course salt is too abrasive for the face.

Pros 

The bottom of the jar lists the date it was made and the date you should discard it

Handmade and fresh

Margarita scented (without the calories!)

Effective exfoliator, especially for rough spots like knees, elbows and feet

Didn’t experience any dryness

You don’t need to use a lot of the product

Cons

Price $21.95 for 4.2 oz; $35.95 for 8.8 oz

Tub container isn’t the most convenient in the shower- it would be great if it came in a squeeze tube

FD&C Blue #1, fragrance, and Lanolin, although in small amounts, can cause sensitivity for some

Course salt is too abrasive to be used on the face

Bottom Line: I would not purchase the D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap again as I find it to be a hassle in the shower.  I do love the Ocean Salt scrub and I may repurchase again-the only deterrent is the price.

Have you tried these or any other Lush products?  What do you think of them? 

Stephanie 

 

 

 

 

 

LUSH Review!

I’ve heard some great things about LUSH so when I came across this store, I stopped by to check out what they have.  If you’ve never heard of LUSH, they are a company that prides themselves on creating and selling fresh, handmade products with little to no preservative and they support humanitarian, environmental and animal rights causes.  Their items range from shower gels, face masks, hair products and makeup among other little knick knacks. After glancing at their products, I decided on a face mask and shower gel.

The Sacred Truth Fresh Faced Mask

LUSH 1

LUSH describes this mask as being for dry or mature skin but I definitely think combination/oily skin would benefit from this a bit more. The reason? It’s made with kaolin clay which helps remove sebum and removes impurities from the skin- not too ideal if you have dry to very dry skin.  Among other ingredients, this mask also has honey ( a great humectant and antibacterial ingredient), shea butter, green tea, yogurt and fresh papaya juice, whose enzymes provide an exfoliating effect.  After using this mask, my face did seem a bit brighter and smoother and my T-zone was less oily.

LUSH 2

 

Pros

$6.95 for 2.1 oz

The bottom of the jar lists the date it was made, the person who made it and the date you should discard it

LUSH 3

Handmade and fresh

Enzymes provide a gentler exfoliation effect

Nice cooling effect (especially for hot, summer days and nights!)

Cons

Because it is fresh, it needs to be stored in the fridge

Only sold in stores because it needs to be kept in the fridge

The smell- you either love it or hate it.  Not the best smell in my opinion but tolerable

You get a good amount of product for the price but because it doesn’t have preservatives, it needs to be tossed out sooner than most products.   Use it as a body treatment (i.e. your back and décolleté) so you don’t waste the product.

Can enhance your complexion but don’t expect major changes

It’s Raining Men Shower Gel

LUSH 4

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Absolutely LOVE this shower gel!  My skin is pretty sensitive to shower gels and I usually stick to Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash since it’s the only body wash that doesn’t irritate me or cause my skin to itch.  So, needless to say I am very wary of trying anything new but I gave this a try and gladly so.  It smells amazing-think honey, citrus and bergamot- and leaves skin super soft.  I find the scent to be very soothing and the best part is no adverse reactions on me as of yet.

Pros

Moisturizes your skin and leaves skin soft even if I forget to moisturize

Leaves behind a faint scent that is not overwhelming

A little bit of product goes a long way

The bottle states when it was made and when to discard

Several sizes available

Cons

There is added fragrance so if you’re sensitive or allergic, tread with caution

Main ingredient is honey so if you’re allergic to it or to bees, steer clear

 

Price- it’s a bit more pricier than most body washes found in drugstores- $9.95, 3.3 oz; $$18.95, 8.4 oz; $28.95, 16.9 oz

Bottom Line- I think they have some great products to try but I was disappointed a lot of the products meant for the face have ground almonds in them.  Ground nuts and fruits can be too abrasive for the delicate skin on your face and cause microscopic tears-save this knees, elbows and feet.  Also, as I stated before, these can enhance your complexion but if you’re wanting professional results, this wouldn’t be the best line.   

Have you tried LUSH products? What do you think about them?