|The LUSH shop and LUSH SPA in Poole.|
supports numerous charity projects and good causes around the world involved with animal welfare, human rights, and environmental conservation, and their heavenly Charity Pot hand and body lotion was created to help hard-working grassroots organisations in need of funding to continue their good work. All of the proceeds from Charity Pot sales go to projects supported by LUSH, and the idea has been so successful that it’s still going strong 7 years after being launched in 2007.
|LUSH Charity Pot. Source: www.lush.com.au|
|Million Dollar Moisturiser.|
|Sesame Suntan Lotion.|
When I was at this intimate event, I also got to witness exactly how the popular Catastrophe Cosmetic fresh face mask is made and what goes into it, as well as take a pot of it home - a good move, as I became hooked and it’s now one of my favourite LUSH products. It’s packed with calming calamine, chamomile, and Irish Moss gel to sooth, soften and cleanse the skin. It also contains whole blueberries which have protective qualities and are full of antioxidants (and they smell fantastically fresh, too). My LUSH friend, Alys, is also a huge fan of this mask, and she told me she uses the blueberries dropping off as an indication that it’s time to wash off the product – a helpful tip! Another one of my favourite products is the sweet and scrubby Brazened Honey fresh face mask. I’m a lover of all things honey, and I enjoy the unique texture of exfoliating products, too, so this mask was made for people like me! It also contains stimulating ginger, which happens to be my favourite flavour and scent, and my hair colour, too. The blend of detoxifying ingredients awaken the senses and leave the skin feeling fresh, smooth, hydrated, and squeaky-clean. The exfoliating ground almonds will also buff away dry skin and the antiseptic blend of sage, rosemary, juniper berry, cardamom and clove will help banish imperfections and balance the skin leaving your face looking and feeling clear and healthy.
I hadn't tried LUSH’s Bubbleroons before attending this event, but I’m a huge fan of their bath melts and bathbombs, so I decided to give one a whirl. The first thing I must mention is that you can either use it in one go, or simply pull the two sections apart to get two cheeky baths out of it like I did – double the fun! There are a number of bubbleroon “flavours” to choose from, and I went for the bright orange Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon. Crumble it into the tub under running water to fill your bath with lots of sweetly-smelling skin-loving bubbles and fill the air with an uplifting citrusy scent, boosting your mood and making you feel energized and raring to go. It also contains coconut oil and that wonder-product Shea Butter to moisturise your skin while you soak all your negativity away.
I also came home from the LUSH event with a big pot of African Paradise body condition. I just couldn’t resist it’s sweet chocolate-like scent! LUSH simply instruct you to use it “like you would a hair conditioner, but on your body”. Smooth it all over your body whilst showering, then rinse it off and gentle towel dry to leave you with deliciously-fragranced and highly-hydrated skin. The sweet smell comes from softening Shea Butter, a scent which I always link to chocolate for some reason. This product is not only great for your skin, but it also contains Moringa Oil produced by a SLush (Sustainable Lush) Fund project. Use this link to read more about the SLush Fund: https://www.lush.co.uk/tag/slush.
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Dry shampoos have become all the rage in recent years. They’re now something of an everyday staple for most of us, not just festival-goers and party animals! Keep it natural with LUSH’s No Drought. Squeeze the bottle to puff the powder onto dry hair, and then work it in with your fingers to leave your locks looking clean and fresh with a zingy grapefruit fragrance. Any excess powder can be easily removed by giving your hair a quick brush through after use. Moisture-absorbing talc and cornflour soak up excess oils and banish signs of greasy hair to give a clean matte finish. It’s great for popping in your handbag to give your hair a quick pick-me-up when it’s looking a tad unclean, and an absolute must-have for when you’re off on your travels!
I love LUSH’s range of hair styling products, but my favourite is probably Zest Hair Gelly (although it’s a close call between that and Sea Spray). This medium-strong hold gel has a fun unique texture, somewhat similar to their Shower Jellies. It contains uplifting organic orange juice and sweet wild orange oil which gives it a strong refreshing smell of oranges and a vibrant orange colour. Either dip your fingers in the pot, or, for a more fun application, tip the whole jelly into your hands and jiggle it about, then pop it back in the pot using the leftovers on your palms to style your hair. Apply the same way as you would with any other hair gel onto wet or dry hair to nourish, style, and give a wet-look high-shine finish with a long-lasting fresh orange scent. Less is more – a little of this stuff goes a long way making it excellent value for money.
I could go on forever about the extensive range of LUSH products, but the collection is seemingly endless and I’d be here a lifetime, so why not pick up a free brochure next time you’re in store instead? Remember that everything you buy is handmade with love and care, ethical, and natural, and helps to support charities and hard-working organisations all over the world to care for both your skin and your planet.
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