Friday, December 11, 2009

Lush-ious Skin for the Wintertime

For months I have been reading about other bloggers' addictions to Lush products, how some of them have totally transformed their beauty routines and how fabulous and effective they are. So you can imagine my curiosity and desire to test out the brand for myself. Therefore, last month, I trekked down to the nearest Lush store (half an hour away mind you), spent over an hour sniffing and staring and rubbing, and finally walked out with some goodies of my very own.
This first one is by far my favorite. It is a chunk of the Heavenly Bodies Buttercream. It is 20% soap and 80% moisturizer so you can use it in the shower as a combined body cleanser and body lotion. This one smells like chocolate and cocoa combined with some heavenly floral scent that I can't pinpoint. This stuff melts easily when in contact with water, so I used it by cutting small slivers, with each one lasting 3-4 days. This stuff is creamy and smooth and provides buttery moisture, without feeling greasy. The moisture actually lasts long after you towel dry, and I even think its more effective than most in-shower moisturizers that you get in bottles. This, as with most Lush products, are quite expensive so I see this as a winter time treat, especially great during the holidays when you want to pamper yourself and delight in soft skin.

Kajal Couture Rating: A

Kajal Couture Overall Opinion: Pricey, but smells great and is a fabulous moisturizer so I think it is a great way to treat yourself to something special!

This next one is the massage bar in Heavanilli. You can use massage bars by rubbing them between your hands for a few seconds, then giving a special someone a massage, or just rubbing the moisture on your own skin as a moisturizer. Since this is intended for massages, it is a bit greasy and doesn't absorb into the skin quickly. It smells like sweet vanilla and jasmine and I love using this as a moisturizer because the effect is long lasting, and in the wintertime, the greasiness actually feels a little nice because the cold weather can make my skin crackle.

Kajal Couture Rating: B

Kajal Couture Overall Opinion: I like the moisturizing effects, but I tend to lean towards fast-absorbing products. The smell is great and this would be a good massage product, but really, how often do you give people massages?

When I walked into the Lush store, the sales assistant had me try this Soft Coeur massage bar and I instantly knew I had to have it! It smells like chocolate and honey, and I have to be careful not to accidently take a bite because it smells soooo delicious! I absolutely recommend this one.

Kajal Couture Rating: B+

Kajal Couture Overall Opinion: Same overall opinion as the other massage bar, but I gave a little higher rating because of the divine smell!

Finally, this is the Honey Bee bath bomb. Now, I haven't actually used this yet, because it is one of those products that you are supposed to use whole and just drop in your shower and watch it fizz and enjoy the soothing, fragrant properties of honey and aloe vera. I have heard of people cutting these with a knife so they can use them a couple times. That is something I will try, because I feel like having a $6 item get used up in 1 shower is just not worth it for me. For that much, I can buy a whole bottle of body wash that will last a couple months!

My final thoughts are that I appreciate the fragrances and the intention of Lush products, but they are just too expensive for me to include them as regular items in my beauty routine. I think they are a great treat every once in awhile and I may pick up a buttercream every so often. The massage bars are also good because they will last a long time so you do get a good amount of usage for your buck. I also really like that the products are natural and handmade, but as of late I have been finding the natural Korres products to be a bit more practical for me. On that note, keep a watch for some Korres product reviews coming up....I have been falling in love with a lot of them!


  1. Great Review! I have always wondered what the big hype is about Lush products. The Buttercream sounds like something I would really enjoy. My skin tends to be really dry and scaly looking in the winter. It sounds like this might help.

  2. I quite like them as treats. I buy the bath bombs in the winter to use after stressful days at work :o) the only problem is having to clean the bath afterwards - they leave a bit of a (especially the ones with petals in them). But they're fun!


  3. sultana smells so good !! , the one soap I keep coming back to in the winter ... .I like Lush Ocean Salt and Coal Face , both are great cleansers/exfoliators for the face and lush ocean salt makes a good body scrub too ...

  4. I never been to lush, but I'm so tempted to go and try!

  5. I agree with you on the $6/shower thing...and I always tell myself that I'll cut them down too--it's never happened! 80% moisturizer just sounds so indulgent..enjoy using it! x

  6. @Neena Thanks! I think you would like the buttercream! I use a different shower gel before because mentally 20% doesn't make me feel clean, and then use the buttercream for the moisture...and that seems to work great!

    @mad munky yes, I have heard that the bath bombs can leave a mess...but the pampering effects seem like they are worth it! Hopefully I will try mine soon!

    @NC Thanks for the recommendations! I will be sure to check out those products the next time I go back!

    @Hope It is so tempting! That's how I felt before I went! If you do trying something out, let me know how you like it!

    @fantastic Thanks, have you every tried the buttercreams? What are your faves?

  7. Lush stuff is realy good. I'd recommend Dream Cream..its one of the very few moisturisers apart from Clinique's Deep Comfort Body Butter, that actually works for very dry winter skin.

  8. @Fieran I've heard that the Dream Cream is good! I just couldn't justify spending $22 on an 8oz tub of cream. I am all about the body butters right now, and I agree, the Clinique one is good!



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