Bath, Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Honey Lip Scrub

Honey Lip Scrub is currently Lush’s only non-vegan lip scrub because it contains the very ingredient it’s named after. Honey is often mistaken as being a vegan-friendly product because there’s a common misconception that bees produce honey for no real reason, but it’s actually their main food source.

Now I’m not trying to turn anyone vegan with this post, I myself am not a vegan, although I follow a mainly vegan diet and strongly believe everyone should at least try and aim for the same. Honey is arguably one of the easiest things to swap out for vegan alternatives such as Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup. Luckily, Lush buy their honey from farmers and communities that they totally trust and are confident that they treat their animals with the utmost respect and care. To the point where if something slips out of place and they aren’t happy with the standards, they will cease manufacturing of products until another source becomes available. Personally I do think Lush is on its way to becoming a 100% vegan company, they’ve already removed eggs from their products and I’m sure will follow suit with honey and beeswax soon.

I find Honey Lip Scrub to be one of the more moisturising lip scrubs, because of this honey content. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it protects and retains moisture into the skin. This lip scrub also contains hydrating Jojoba Oil (as all lip scrubs do).

In terms of it’s scent and flavour, Honey has a sweet caramel-like smell with cool hints of mint. It contains Vegan White Chocolate and soothing Vanilla Absolute for a sweet and delicious taste with a subtle juiciness of Sweet Wild Orange Oil. The minty notes come from the inclusion of Spearmint Oil which acts as a stimulant. It’s a relatively nice taste, though far too sweet for continuous use in my opinion.

Because of that Spearmint Oil, Honey Lip Scrub is supposedly great for plumping up the lips, though I can’t say I notice too much of a difference after using it. All in all, Honey is a pretty decent lip scrub, though I reckon its lifetime is a lot shorter than some of the other ones in the range if Lush really are heading in the vegan direction.

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vegan White Chocolate, Flavour, Peppermint Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Honey, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene

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Shaving & Hair Removal

Dirty Shaving Cream

Whether you shave your face or your legs or anywhere else for that matter, Lush’s shaving products are among the best out there. I’ve been using Dirty Shaving Cream for years and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever stop.

Dirty is a rich, non-foaming shaving cream that really protects your skin from the blade you’re using. You apply it in circular motions against the grain of the hairs to boost circulation and lift the hairs ready for shaving.

Its creamy consistency is from a base of Oat Milk, Safflower Oil and Shea Butter. Lush steep oats in hot water to produce a milk that is very soothing on irritated and damaged skin. If your skin is prone to shaving rashes and is easily irritated when you shave, you might find that Dirty really works for you. Safflower Oil is considered a great smoother for the skin and has an incredibly high percentage of beneficial unsaturated fats, allowing for easy application and leaves behind hydrated skin with the help of the Shea Butter.

Dirty further contains Honey, which is full of nutrients. It has antiseptic, antioxidant and softening properties to ensure the product is leaving behind clean and smooth skin. As a natural humectant, Honey retains moisture by forming a protective layer on the skin.

Dirty is actually incredibly good for someone with sensitive skin but still features a delicate yet heady scent. As part of the ‘Dirty’ family, it contains some of the essential oils that the original perfume does (the idea being that each Dirty product gets layered up to reach the true ‘Dirty’ scent). It’s somewhat floral and somewhat woody containing Lavender, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Cedarwood and Tonka. Lavender is ideal in a product for soothing irritated and sensitive skin and it, along with Tincture of Benzoin, Tonka and Sandalwood have anti-inflammatory properties, whilst Cedarwood has balancing and astringent qualities.

Dirty also features an ingredient called Lanolin. This yellow, waxy substance is extracted from raw wool by squeezing it (obviously after shearing the sheep!) and is an excellent moisturiser as it emulsifies water on the skin and holds it there, whilst creating a protective film. This, along with the Honey means that Dirty isn’t currently vegan.

As I said, Dirty has been a staple in my bathroom for a while now and I just love how easy and effective it is to shave with. I would say though, that it’s much more effective on shorter stubble rather than longer hairs. My skin feels so good after, very different from shaving rashes of the past!

Ingredients

Water, Oat Milk, Safflower Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Honey, Tincture of Benzoin, Cedarwood Oil, Lavender Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Tonka Absolute, Lanolin, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb

Shoot For The Stars is yet another Christmas exclusive that feels like it’s been around forever. It first appeared for Christmas 2013, although it looked much different and didn’t sport this vibrant blue design with the three golden stars embedded into the surface until 2016. As the last of my Christmas bath products, I feel it was a great one to end on.

Shoot For The Stars shares it’s scent with the popular ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ scent, which is a delicious, honey scented fragrance reminiscent of fudge and caramel sweets. Although mostly unnoticeable in the background of the scent, theres a citrus note which comes from the fruitiness of Orange and Bergamot Oils and is actually what makes up the biggest portion of the scent, surprisingly.

I actually think that this particular bath bomb has a much stronger scent than the Honey I Washed The Kids Soap, so its perfect if you’re a big fan. Furthermore, a high amount of rich Cocoa Butter and Creamed Coconut add a buttery warmth that makes it ever so comforting.

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As you can imagine with such a vivid colour, once in the bath an explosion of blue jets into the water, colouring it with the same vivid pigment as the ballistic itself. It’s such a beautiful colour, it gets top marks for simply just that! As it dissolves, the golden stars detach and float off. Even though there’s only three visible stars, there’s often one or two hidden in the centre of the bomb which is a nice surprise! The stars act very much like bath melts, imbuing the water with the Cocoa Butter & Almond Oil goodness and adding specks of gold into the blue. You’ll definitely notice how oily and rich the water feels once they’ve fully melted and you’ll appreciate the silky smooth feeling on your skin. If you’re someone who suffers from drying winter skin, then this would be an excellent way of combating it.

The scent was just as prevalent in the water as it was to begin with and likewise on my skin after. I definitely feel no need to moisturise whenever I use a Shoot For The Stars but feel free to if you so wish.

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I can’t imagine that Lush have any plans to discontinue this fab product anytime soon, so I expect we’ll see it return for 2019’s range!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Brazilian Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Gardenia Extract, Creamed Coconut, Almond Oil, Cornflour, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140

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Cleansers, Face

Ultrabland Facial Cleanser

When it comes to the most popular and most well known Lush products, Ultrabland is definitely up there and is generally sold and known as an effective make up remover. Ignore the word ‘bland’ because this product definitely isn’t!

Ultrabland is based on an Ancient Greek formula for a cold cream. A cold cream is an emulsion of water and certain fats, usually including beeswax, designed to smooth skin and remove makeup. Although formulas for cold creams have massively changed since Ancient Greek times, the base is substantially the same – grease and water.

Lush’s version combines highly nourishing and hydrating ingredients to create an ever so gentle, yet amazingly effective cleanser that removes all traces of dirt and make up. Make up stays on because it’s generally made from oils and waxes, therefore to effectively remove it, you also need to use oils and waxes. Beeswax is such a gentle ingredient and is perfect for those with sensitive skins as it doesn’t strip any of your skin’s natural defences. It also has the same deeply moisturising qualities as Honey and creates a protective, waterproof barrier on the skin. Ultrabland also contains vitamin rich and highly nourishing Almond Oil to soften and hydrate!

Because of the high oil content, it’s not good to wash it off with water. To use, you just need to grab a smallish scoop of the product in your fingers and smooth over your face, paying attention to the contours and gently massaging the product all over. Be extra careful when rubbing it around your eye area and over your lashes. Then either grab a damp (but not wet) flannel or washcloth and glide over your face to remove the residue, and you can also use damp cotton pads to help with the removal. I often find that I don’t feel the need to moisturise whenever I’ve used a lot of Ultrabland, but feel free to if needed.

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This cleanser also contains super soothing Rose Water, Tincture of Benzoin and Iris Extract to help with any redness or irritation. It’s not only a fabulous make-up remover, it’s also a fabulously simple product to use when you need to bring your skin back to balance and calm breakouts. The pot even says when you’re dealing with really problematic skin, just use this for a month and it’ll sort you right out!

Personally I love Ultrabland, it’s my go-to make up removal method and even when I wear a lot, it really does the job quickly and without the need to spend ages scrubbing my face! Plus, it just feels so nice on my skin, I doubt I’ll ever stop using it!

Check out Ultrabland for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Almond Oil, Rose Water, Beeswax, Honey, Fresh Iris Extract, Glycerine, Rose Absolute, Tincture of Benzoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask

Brazened Honey is a great mask for a detox and for when you want to reawaken tired skin. It contains many ingredients designed to deeply cleanse, improve circulation and brighten the complexion.

This bright mustard coloured mask contains a multitude of Ayurvedic herbs and spices. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. A lot of the treatments are plant based, using herbs and spices.

Fresh Fennel is used for it’s antibacterial properties to cleanse the skin and is also very stimulating, getting the blood flowing to the skin, reawakening the complexion. Anti-inflammatory Ginger and soothing Clove Bud Oil are also effective stimulants.

Turmeric is added for it’s soothing and antioxidant qualities and Parsley, Coriander and Cardamom also feature to help purify the skin.

Other fantastic cleansing ingredients are Kaolin, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion and Fresh Lime Juice. Kaolin, which features in a lot of Lush’s fresh face masks makes up a majority of the base and draws out impurities. The infusion of the three botanicals is not only antiseptic but also help to balance the skin’s sebum production and refreshing Lime Juice brightens and eats away at any excess oils.

Brazened Honey also features Honey and Free-Range Eggs so sadly this product isn’t currently vegan. Honey is not only naturally anti-bacterial, it’s also incredibly moisturising, whilst protein rich Eggs contain lots of vitamin A which helps to maintain healthy skin by regulating sebum production.

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I love the feeling of my skin after using this face mask, it feels so smooth and polished due to it containing Ground Almond Shells to give a light exfoliation, but also because of the wonderful purifying ingredients. It really gives me a glow and is perfect for those sluggish mornings! Personally, I’m not a massive fan of the spicy, herbal scent but I can definitely look past if for the great benefits!

Take a look at Brazened Honey for yourself over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion, Fresh Organic Free Range Eggs, Honey, Glycerine, Fresh Fennel, Ground Almond Shells, Almond Oil, Bentone Gel, Fresh Ginger Root, Fresh Organic Parsley, Fresh Organic Coriander, Turmeric Powder, Ground Cardamom, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Oil, Vetivert Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Perfume

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt

Arguably one of Lush’s most glittery products ever. Let me tell you that Lush staff around the world fear the return of Golden Egg at Easter time because of the extreme amount of golden glitter that will inevitably cover them when they restock them, touch them or even move too closely to them. I’m serious.

First coming out in 2014’s Easter range, it’s since come back each year.

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Golden Egg is half bath bomb, and half melt. The outer layer is a bath melt, and the inner section is a bath bomb.

It has the same sent as the very popular Honey I Washed The Kids soap, and like the soap, this product is also incredibly moisturising due to the high content of Cocoa Butter surrounding the ‘bomb’ part. unlike

Once placed in the water, aside from the layer of golden lustre escaping the product into the water, Golden Egg doesn’t do much for a while. The cocoa butter shell is really thick, so it takes a rather long time to melt, slowly giving off pale yellow streams into the water. As it continues to shrink, the bath bomb centre starts to fizz and the product starts spreading creamy white foam throughout the yellow.

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Cocoa Butter isn’t the only moisturising ingredient in this product, it also features nourishing Almond Oil and protective Olive Oil to deeply penetrate and condition the skin.

At the end of the show you’re left with a golden yellow bath that shimmers with the lustre, although Golden Egg looks as though it has a massive glitter content, it doesn’t actually seem much more than the likes of Intergalactic and other sparkly bombs, and because of the high oil presence, the glitter doesn’t really stick to you too much either.

As already mentioned, this bath bomb melt features the Honey I Washed The Kids scent which is a delicious, uplifting toffee scent reminding me of childhood fudgy sweets, sticky caramel and is heavenly. It really leaves your skin smelling delightful long after your bath.

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My skin always feels super soft and well moisturised after a bath with one of these Easter exclusives, I reckon it’ll be a very sad day if Lush ever decide to discontinue this product because it’s such a staple of the Easter range.

If you like Golden Egg that much then keep telling Lush to bring it back each year on social media, believe me, they do listen!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Citric Acid, Laureth 4, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Perfume, Brazilian Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Cornflour, Almond Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Amyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 77492, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005

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Body Masks, Face, Face Masks

Mask of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask

Mask of Magnaminty is one of Lush’s best sellers. It’s a minty, multi purpose mask that has been around for a long while and people come back for it time and time again.

Mask of Magnaminty is a mask that you can use all over your body and not just your face. Now I don’t see why you couldn’t use all masks over your body too, but this one is specifically made for both.

Like all face (and body) masks you apply Mask of Magnaminty to the desired area and leave on for ten to fifteen minutes, before washing off with warm water.

Mineral-rich Bentone Gel and Kaolin form the mask’s base. Both of these clay based ingredients are great at absorbing any excess oils and sebum on the skin, however this doesn’t mean that Mask of Mag is drying. The addition of lots of antibacterial honey makes this mask rather hydrating as well.

Ground Aduki Beans and Evening Primrose Seeds make up the mask’s effective exfoliant. It’s great for polishing the skin and clearing dead skin cells when removing the mask, but because it’s such a gentle scrub, it’s perfect for anyone troubling with irritation after a stronger exfoliation.

The minty scent comes from Peppermint Oil, which has been added to stimulate blood cells under the surface of the skin, leaving your skin looking healthier and refreshed. It also gives Mask of Mag a lovely cooling, tingling feeling when it’s on.

This product also contains Chlorophyllin, which helps balance the skin’s sebum production and is what gives Mask of Magnaminty it’s fresh green colour.

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I agree with the many who love Mask of Magnaminty. It’s so refreshing for my skin and it feels a lot more rejuvenated afterwards. I use it whenever I get breakouts, especially on my chest because of the great spot fighting qualities it has!

You can check out Mask of Magnaminty for yourself on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Bentone Gel, Kaolin, Honey, Talc, Organic Ground Aduki Beans, Glycerine, Evening Primrose Seeds, Peppermint Oil, Tagetes Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Limonene, Perfume, Chlorophyllin, Methylparaben


SELF PRESERVING ALERT

Lush also make this product in a self preserving variety, which means it helps keep itself clean and fresh without the help of synthetic preservatives.

The original formula contains something called Methylparaben, which is a safe synthetic preservative. The use of parabens have been very controversial in recent years because of a 2004 study which found traces of parabens in breast cancer tumours. This formed the basis of a theory that parabens, which can weakly mimic the hormone oestrogen, can disrupt hormones and increase the risk of breast cancer. However, further studies have found no evidence to support this. In spite of believing them to be safe, Lush use a much less quantity than what the EU regulations even permits. Read a fantastic article about all this here.

Nonetheless, Lush created a self preserving version of Mask of Magnaminty to ensure customers happiness and for those still unsure on their stance.

In this version, more Honey has been added to act as the preservative because it’s naturally antibacterial. The extra honey in this formula gives the mask a more luxurious, thicker texture than its preserved counterpart – meaning it does not dry on your skin in the same way as the preserved version. Though really, it’s all down to personal preference.

Self Preserved Version Ingredients

Honey, Kaolin, Bentone Gel, Talc, Glycerine, Organic Ground Aduki Beans, Evening Primrose Seeds, Peppermint Oil, Tagetes Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Limonene, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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