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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Shower, Shower Oils

Carrot Shower Oil

The concept of a Shower Oil is an interesting one. They’re designed for those who like to wash without foam, which is why you won’t find any sulfates (lathering agents) in them. Although they’ve been around a while now, with the majority being exclusive to naked stores, this Easter exclusive is the first to appear in all stores across the country.

To ensure an effective cleanse, but without a lather, Lush have included an ingredient called Cocamidopropyl Betaine, which sounds scary and unnatural but is actually just derived from the fatty acids of coconut oil. It’s a very mild cleanser but it lifts dirt away without creating a lot of foam. Lush have also included some other ingredients that are wonderfully cleansing alongside it. Carrot contains Fresh Orange Juice which helps to keep the skin clean and rejuvenated. Cleansing with products that have oranges in them means you benefit from their vitamin and mineral content, as well as their astringent, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that gives the skin a healthy glow.

Lush say that you can use Carrot instead of shower gel/soap or use it for extra hydration after. Carrot contains amazingly beneficial ingredients that moisturise and condition the skin. Firstly, Carrot contains Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and rich and protective Almond Butter. But Lush wouldn’t make a carrot-themed product without any actual carrot in it and this shower oil also contains Cold Pressed Carrot Seed Oil and Fresh Carrot that’s been extracted in Sunflower Oil. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and something called beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps to maintain the skin’s elasticity and brightness. Sunflower Oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E which make it ideal for dry and delicate skin as the oil is easily absorbed.

Carrot Shower Oil also has a wonderful scent. It’s a sherbety and fruity concoction of Sandalwood, Grapefruit and Geranium, as well as orangey notes from the aforementioned OJ. It’s nothing like what I though it would smell like, but I’m really liking it. Sandalwood is particularly beloved in skincare thanks to its soothing properties, and all three essential oils are known for being antiseptic. Geranium further helps to even out colour and oiliness by constricting the tissues to balance sebum production and circulation.

You literally use a shower oil like a bar of soap, by gliding it over your skin and rinsing away. It’s not going to give the deepest cleanse ever, but I personally found it nice for a quick freshen up in the shower and my skin was feeling soft and well-nourished after each use, not to mention it was smelling lovely. Although this product is great for someone who wants to stay away from sulfates and lather, I’m personally going to use it as more of a moisturiser predominately. But I’d definitely recommend trying it as a cleanser too to see if you like it.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Carrot Extracted in Sunflower Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Sunflower Wax, Cold Pressed Carrot Seed Oil, Organic Almond Butter, Perfume, Fresh Orange Juice, Sandalwood Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Geranium Oil, Paprika Oleoresin, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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Body Sprays, Fragrance

Golden Pear Body Spray

I’ve actually had this bottle since Christmas but I’m only just writing about it now! I remember when I first heard they were releasing a body spray in this scent I was so excited, since the first release of the original soap in 2017, I’ve loved it and I’m so glad that it’s growing in popularity!

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The Golden Pear scent is a potent one, even if you just have the soap sitting on the side in your bathroom, the decadent aroma greets you every time you open the door and walk in. It’s a mixture of Cardamom Oil, Sandalwood Oil and Brazilian Orange Oil and is reminiscent of baked spiced pears and syrupy fruit tarts. Whilst the original soap contains heaps of Fresh Pear Puree, this body spray obviously doesn’t, so I was a little concerned that they wouldn’t be able to truly replicate the scent without it, but I was completely wrong! It’s a strong body spray and I’d even say it’s more Golden Pear than Golden Pear itself!

Now with the first spray, the overall smell is quite an alcoholic one, but don’t fret because it gradually settles into the scent you’ll know and love. A lot of Lush’s body sprays and perfumes can have this problem but it doesn’t mean anything is wrong with them, sometimes they just need to fully settle into the format.

When it’s settled, the first perfume notes that come through are sweet and richly fruity. Whilst there’s not really any noticeable Orange aromas, it’s the Brazilian Orange, mixed with warming Cardamom that gives you the illusion of platefuls of warm spiced pears dripping with syrup and you find yourself just wanting to sink into the aroma. After the warming notes, you start to notice the Sandalwood grounding you into a peaceful state of mind. I actually find this scent rather complex; it’s warming and reassuring, yet enlivening and energising at the same time.

I personally find it great for when you want to just take a moment for yourself and clear your mind. I actually use it mostly as a room spray, for when I’m meditating and to help invoke a real sense of comfort.

When I have worn it as a body spray and gone out, I’ve received many compliments about how good I smell and someone even said that with that scent, I’m giving off a warm and friendly aura and energy, which was a delight to hear. I find that it’s very long lasting as well, it remains on my clothes almost two days later.

I’m trying to use my Golden Pear Body Spray sparingly because you never know when or  even if Lush will bring an exclusive product out again. Luckily with such a heady fragrance, you only need to spray a little each time!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool

 

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Bath, Hair, Hair Styling

Dirty Styling Cream

Growing up, I always had trouble finding hair styling products that suited my hair. Because my hair is pretty thin and gets greasy easily, something too heavy will cause it to look flat and something too wet will cause it to look too greasy, so naturally I’m always wary before trying a new styling product. However, I started using Dirty a good while ago now and I’m really happy with it.

Now I don’t use Dirty all the time, I change my hair length a lot and I prefer using Dirty when my hair is on the shorter side and Hair Custard for when it’s longer. The creamy consistency turns more into a paste when you’re rubbing it in your hands but still remains light on the hair and because of its matte finish, it goes completely unnoticed. Another major bonus is that a little goes a long way, so your tub will last you months for sure.

What causes the hair to retain it’s shape after using Dirty is Polyvinylpyrrolidone or PVP for short. PVP is a hydrocarbon-based polymer and because there are no official definitions of some types of plastics, a convincing argument can be made one way or the other as to whether PVP should be defined as a plastic or not. Even though currently there’s insufficient evidence that says that PVP is harmful for marine life but just to be sure, in the long run, Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product. Other than this, Dirty also contains Japan and Candelilla Waxes to further help with the hold. Lush describe it as having a medium hold that’s perfect for everyday hairstyling.

Furthermore, Dirty isn’t just a one trick pony as it also contains ingredients to nourish and protect the hair such as Coconut Oil, Illipe Butter, Cocoa Butter and Linseed Mucilage. Linseeds are rich in proteins, minerals, vitamins and oils and can be boiled to produce a gel like texture that is highly protective and gives hair extra shine. Because of these ingredients, Dirty leaves hair flexible and is actually very easily washed out or even simply brushed out without leaving any annoying residue that’s hard to remove.

In terms of scent, Dirty is obviously part of the Dirty range, yet doesn’t have any minty notes that the range is predominately known for. It’s got an earthy and woody smell of Sandalwood Oil, mixed with Pine and Oakmoss Absolute but there’s also grassy, lemony notes from an infusion of Balm Herb. Whilst I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite Lush smell that I’d desperately want in my hair, it’s refreshing and the scent remains in the hair a good couple of days after you last used it. What’s really unique about the Dirty range, is that even though not all of the products smell the same, apparently if you layer up each product, you get the true ‘Dirty’ scent.

Like I said, Dirty has been a staple of mine for a while now and continues to be one of the best styling products I’ve ever used, so I’d definitely recommend everyone at least trying it! You can check it out and purchase it for yourself here over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Linseed Mucilage, Balm Herb Infusion, Japan Wax, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Propylene Glycol, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Organic Illipe Butter, Candelilla Wax, Triethanolamine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sandalwood Oil, Pine Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Linalool, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Perfume, Methylparaben

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Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Gritti Politti Naked Cleansing Balm

Apparently this naked cleansing balm is named after the British band Scritti Politti but I’m sorry to say I have no idea who they are…

Gritti Politti is one of five new cleansing balms that debuted as part of a whole Naked Skincare launch and is the only one to feature an exfoliant. It contains Ground Coconut Shell to gently scrub away at dead skin and cleanse your pores! I know some people have said they’d rather it be a little more abrasive but for me it’s absolutely perfect and I’m currently using it every other night to cleanse my face.

To use this cleanser you can either melt it between your fingers and then massage it in your skin or swipe the bar as a whole over your face. I personally prefer to do the latter as I find it doesn’t really feel very exfoliating at all if you do the former. You simply then just wipe clean with a damp face cloth!

The actual bar itself is made from two types of butter as well as Coconut Oil. Cupuaçu Butter is a soft and nourishing emollient which protects and moisturises the skin, as well as being full of antioxidants. A new ingredient for Lush is Kokum Butter, which is also highly moisturising. Because of both of these butters’ ability to melt very quickly upon contact with the skin, Gritti Politti leaves behind a greatly nourishing residue that will make your face feel superbly soft and hydrated. However, it does mean that you have to be careful not to store it anywhere where it’ll get too warm, else it’ll melt!

Because of the high oil content, like all of the naked cleansing balms, Gritti Politti is great at removing make up.

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This cleansing balm has a beautiful buttery coconut scent to it due to all the ingredients I’ve already spoken about but Lush have also added couple more to enhance the sweet and natural fragrance. It incorporates Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Vetivert Oil which all have extra benefits for the skin as a bonus. Rosewood is antiseptic and balancing, whereas the three others are soothing and protective.

I’ve loved all the cleansing balms so far and Gritti is no exception. I adore how soft and nourished my skin feels each time I use it and it also makes my face feel adequately clean too. It’s so gentle and would make the perfect exfoliator for someone with dry and sensitive skin. It’s for sure something I’m going to continue to purchase and use!

You can check it out for yourself here over at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Cupuaçu Butter, Kokum Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Ground Coconut Shell, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Linalool, Perfume

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Open Your Heart Bubble Bra

No, that’s not a spelling mistake. This product is literally called a bubble bra as it’s an homage to none other than Madonna and her famous cone bra. The name also comes from the name of one of her greatest songs too!

Open Your Heart shares it’s scent with the ever so popular Golden Pear Soap. Since the soap’s release for Christmas 2017 there’s been such a buzz surrounding it so it’s no surprise the scent continues to be used in other products. The Golden Pear scent is a fruity, yet warming fragrance of spiced pears, but is actually made up of Cardamom, Brazilian Orange and Sandalwood Oils. It’s a beautifully comforting scent and is perfectly replicated in this format.

The bubble bar is comprised of two cone shapes, separated by a layer of Cocoa and Murumuru Butters and was fairly easily crumbled into my tub. As soon as the warm water hit the product, soft bubbles were formed immediately and the gorgeous scent filled the room. I’ve seen a lot of reviews saying that Open Your Heart doesn’t create many bubbles but for me there were loads! Though I did use the whole thing!

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As the bath filled up, the original deep golden colour the water started with got more and more diluted until eventually it was a pale yellow. Looking at the actual bar, you’d expect Open Your Heart to run a fairly glittery bath but the lustre wasn’t very noticeable to me. One thing I can say is that for the whole time I was in the bath, the scent remained just as strong, which was heavenly. After a somewhat less pleasing experience with Golden Pear Bath Bomb and it’s rapidly dissipating scent, it was a real treat. The scent definitely suits the bubble bar format the best!

The Murumuru Butter and Cocoa Butter from the centre make the water feel really luxurious and soft, I didn’t however notice much hydration on my skin after but it definitely felt a lot softer. Sadly the heady scent disappeared completely after towelling off which was a big disappointment.

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To conclude, Open Your Heart is definitely a surefire step to creating the perfect Golden Pear scented bath product, but it still needed a couple of tweaks for it to be the one we’re all waiting for. If there had perhaps been a stronger colour and a lasting fragrance then it would have had the potential to be a fantastic bubble bar, not to mention a place in my list of all time favourite bubble bars!

Ingredients 

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Laureth 4, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Cornflour, Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Gardenia Extract, Water, Silica, Tin Oxide, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Colour 77491, Colour 19140, Colour 15510

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Cleansers, Face, Facial Soaps

Coalface Facial Soap

Originally Coalface was a one-off limited edition that wasn’t even for public release. One of Lush’s co-founders made this facial soap for a film company when they relaunched the film ‘Annie Hall’ because the character of Annie used to wash her face with black soap for her complexion. However Lush liked it so much they decided to keep it!

Being a facial soap, it’s a lot gentler than soap for your hands and body so don’t worry about it being too strong for your face as it’s actually really soothing!

It’s main ingredient is Liquorice Root Decoction, which is mixed into the base of Coconut and Rapeseed Oils. Topically, it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturising, cleansing gently and effectively. It has been used for years by herbalists to aid wound healing.

The liquorice also makes up a big potion of Coalface’s scent with other notes coming from Charcoal, Rosewood and Sandalwood. I actually don’t mind the smell, but some people are really put off by it, though it’s not really a product that’s designed for its fragrance, and you can definitely look past it for its benefits.

Powdered Charcoal gives Coalface a slightly gritty texture, designed to deeply exfoliate your skin. It’s also super absorbent, helping clear excess oils and sebum.

Furthermore, earthy smelling Sandalwood Oil adds to the soothing properties of this facial soap, whilst antiseptic Rosewood Oil helps to combat breakouts.

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To use you simply lather it up in your hands before massaging over the skin and rinsing away.

Personally, I love Coalface and currently use it every morning to clear my skin from blackheads and excess oils built up overnight. I can understand it can be hard to tell if something like this is going to work for you and your skin, but remember at Lush we’ll always give a good consultation in store, offer you a sample and even allow you to bring back a purchase for a full refund or exchange if it’s really not working for you!

And as always, send me a message if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help!

Ingredients

Liquorice Root Decoction, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil, Water, Perfume, Linalool, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil, Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Geraniol, Colour 77491

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