Most people in the United Kingdom will be familiar with Lush as their shops selling skin care and beauty products can be found on most busy high streets, but they are slowly spreading out throughout the world. I am a huge fan because they use natural ingredients instead of harsh chemicals that are bad for your skin as well as the environment. They are strongly against animal testing and have a solid environmental strategy in place, and only use vegetarian or vegan ingredients.
The most important thing, however, is the product. I have used several of their cosmetics over the years and to be honest I've yet to come across one that wasn't totally gorgeous. Of course, not all products are suitable for every individual so I certainly haven't tried everything in the range, but I'm more than pleased with the ones I have indulged in.
I'm a huge fan of their Flying Fox shower gel; it's packed full of honey and jasmine, and is great not just for keeping clean but also for calming PMT. Another favourite in our house is the soap Honey I Washed The Kids, which like all their soaps doesn't use animal fats or palm oil, and is great on our sensitive skin. Speaking of which, if you are near a shop you need to try one of the fresh face masks. They are so fresh you can only buy them in store and they're kept in a refridgerated counter, and there's bound to be one to suit your skin type. My favourite is Oatifix, which contains oats and bananas and was lovely on my incredibly sensitive skin. Another thing Lush are famous for are their bath bombs and melts; in fact who hasn't been given a gift set as a secret santa gift? They are so beautifully scented and often have rose petals or even glitter in them. My favourite is the bath melt Ceridwen's Cauldron. It won't lather up like bubble bath, but it melts into the warm water and releases the cocoa butter to moisturise your skin while the scents of frankincense, lavender and sandalwood soothe you; you can even use the little cloth bag it comes in to gently scrub your skin and smooth the cocoa butter directly onto your skin. Don't forget to squeeze the bag out gently to release the oat milk into the water to soften and calm your skin too.
As you can see, I'm slightly evangelical about their products. They cover pretty much everything, from moisturisers and shaving creams to deodorants and toothy tabs (a solid toothpaste substitute which you crunch up then brush as normal and rinse) but for me the real selling point is their environmental stance. If you buy from the shop the soaps and bombs are just wrapped in paper, which of course is easy to recycle. The plastic bottles are recyclable, and if you buy products in the tubs, rinse them out and when you've got five you can return them to the store and you get a free face mask as a thank you. If you're like me and you have to order online (my delivery arrived yesterday, complete with a little free sample of soap - thank you guys!) the cardboard box is recyclable and instead of using polystyrene to cushion the products they use potato starch pellets so they are compostable. Genius, right?
At this point I want to stress I am in no way affiliated with Lush either back in the UK or here in North America; I am just a happy customer who wants to sing their praises. If you don't have a shop near you, click here to see if they have a website for your country and if not the UK site will deliver worldwide. Please, check their website out, check out what they are doing for the environment, then check out some gorgeous natural products to make you feel like a million dollars.
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