LUSH Haul – Vegan May 2015

They should have warning signs outside of Lush stores that read ‘WARNING – ADDICTION AFTER ONE USE. SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: SOFT SKIN AND A DAMAGED CREDIT CARD’. I’m very fortunate to have a Lush store, within a very short walking distance from my work, that carries a siren scent through the malls on very hot days. If you don’t know what LUSH is…. where have you been?? Under a rock or something?? Google LUSH COSMETICS, find your nearest store and make your way there immediately. My nearest store is in the Plaza Arcade between the Murray and Hay Street Malls in Perth City.

Below is photographs of my LUSH haul. They are in order of products I have repurchased to new products I haven’t tried. Underneath the photograph in the caption is from the website or on the packaging.

REPURCHASED

Angels on bare skin Angelic, medieval cleansing wash with rose and lavender. Angels on Bare Skin is the Lush version of an expensive medieval skincare recipe. Rare, precious essential oils were first brought to Europe by the crusaders who encountered Arabian medicine. The church immediately banned them because their ability to alter states of mind was considered the devil’s work! But the final result was Cosmetics 1, Church 0. Rose oil and lavender oil were discovered to do wonderful things for the skin, too. Almost a thousand years later, you’d be hard pressed to find a better all round cleanser and exfoliator...
Angels on bare skin
Angelic, medieval cleansing wash with rose and lavender. Angels on Bare Skin is the Lush version of an expensive medieval skincare recipe. Rare, precious essential oils were first brought to Europe by the crusaders who encountered Arabian medicine. The church immediately banned them because their ability to alter states of mind was considered the devil’s work! But the final result was Cosmetics 1, Church 0. Rose oil and lavender oil were discovered to do wonderful things for the skin, too. Almost a thousand years later, you’d be hard pressed to find a better all round cleanser and exfoliator…

Angels on Bare Skin is one the first products I ever purchased from LUSH and it has come a long way since then. The packaging and formula has made some exciting changes and it is still my favorite face cleanser. It leaves my skin soft and not tight or dry. I do find it a bit difficult  to wet and put on my skin without it falling off.. Put a piece in your palm, add a TINY bits of water at a time, rub your hands together and press on your face, then rub in circular motions. Highly recommend this product.

Godiva Shampoo and Conditioning bar Delectably scented Jasmin shampoo and conditioning bar.
Godiva Shampoo and Conditioning bar
Delectably scented Jasmin shampoo and conditioning bar.

Godiva is my favorite shampoo and I only realized when writing this post,  that it is also a conditioner. This product is amazing and my hair LOVES LOVES LOVES it!! Especially when I take my unwashed hair to the beach and soak it in sea water, come home and use Godiva. My naturally curly hair springs to life with vigor and intensity. I don’t use it like it says too. I detangle my hair (do this before you go to the beach if you plan to do it that way) then pretend Godiva is your brush and ‘brush’ over your soaking wet hair. Flip your head upside down and do the same, then massage and rinse. My only difficulty with this product is keeping it during washes. If you leave it in the dish or tin, one side gets soggy, if you leave it in the shower it breaks apart and if you leave it out of the shower to dry… well you forget it. Such dilemmas! Highly recommend this product.

King of the Skin body butter I may not be a royalist, but long may it reign on my dry bits – Ellen Boucher LUSH customer
King of the Skin body butter
I may not be a royalist, but long may it reign on my dry bits – Ellen Boucher LUSH customer

King of the Skin is a lifesaver!! It is an in-shower cleanser AND body lotion that saves my legs after shaving. My legs are super sensitive, it’s irritating! Clothing, wind, cold weather, light knocks and especially shaving (I don’t wax anymore because it’s UNBEARABLE and I almost kicked my beauty therapist in head so many times from not being able to stay still!). I have to moisturize straight after shaving and usually coat my skin in raw, cold pressed coconut oil.  But we have all experienced that dreaded moment when you are rushing out the door and realize you have to quickly shave your legs with no time to moisturize. After shaving, rub King of the Skin on your legs in the shower and volia! no need to spend time getting moisturizing creams or oils all over your clothes as you rush to get dressed. Highly recommend this product.

Ultrablast Toothy Tabs Pop a Toothy Tab into your mouth. Crunch it up. Start brushing with a wet toothbrush. Brush your toothy pegs with the foam. Do it for a good 3 minutes to get them extra clean. Rinse your mouth out. Welcome fresh breath, smooth teeth and inviting smile
Ultra Blast Toothy Tabs
Pop a Toothy Tab into your mouth. Crunch it up. Start brushing with a wet toothbrush. Brush your toothy pegs with the foam. Do it for a good 3 minutes to get them extra clean. Rinse your mouth out. Welcome fresh breath, smooth teeth and inviting smile

I purchased some Toothy Tabs when they first came out and I didn’t like them. I tried three of the little tabs  (#TIP: ALWAYS TRY THINGS THREE TIMES BEFORE MAKING A DECISION) and did not like them at all. That box, which would have to be at least one-two years old, is still sitting on the top of my mirror in my bathroom. I didn’t feel like my teeth were clean. Since then the formula has changed and there are seven different flavors. I decided to give it another go and went for an ULTRA BLAST! I really love these ones, they leave a fresh and clean feeling. The new formula is much more foamier then the first one but i would still highly recommend this product.

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These are what the Toothy Tabs look like. Very small but you only need one, as they are very foamy x
Imogen Rose and LUST perfumes
Imogen Rose: A true rose fragrance, delicate and full of love. Amber and vetivert add a touch of baby powder but little else complicates this romantic and exquisite love letter to the rose. On the skin, there’s a green, truly floral first breath of crushed petals, drying down to a sweetly powdered and utterly natural rose. LUST perfumes: A powerful, unadulterated and sexy jasmine perfume. This delivers a long-lasting floral hit onto the skin, for those days (or nights) when you want to tempt and tantalize. Notes: Jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, vanilla, sandalwood

Are you one of these people who spray perfume on in the morning and by the time you get to work or school, you can’t smell anything? For some people, fragrance doesn’t stay on them and I am one of these unfortunate people. However, I sprayed the LUST fragrance a little on each arm and neck and I could smell it ALL DAY. Even when I showered that night and got into bed, I could smell the fragrance. Both scents smell so good. Imogen Rose smells exactly like smelling a fresh rose in someones garden and the same for LUST but with jasmine. The only thing I don’t like about these is that they are very potent and I find them a little suffocating if you spray them when you are in a small room. The best thing to do is spray them when you are outside, walk back inside and it will keep you smelling beautiful all day.

Bohemian Soap A fantastic lemon soap for the skin. Will zest away dead skin cells, cleanse and tone the skin.
Bohemian Soap
A fantastic lemon soap for the skin. Will zest away dead skin cells, cleanse and tone the skin.

I used this for the first time today and I really loved it. It was a wonderful mid-afternoon pick me up, my skin felt fresh and clean and it glided on the skin nicely. It would be lovely to use first thing in the morning, especially if you have a bit of trouble waking up. It is very lemon-y smelling, so don’t get it if you don’t like very citrussy smells.


These next products I have never used before

Shades of Early Grey massage bar With a sweet sophisticated earl grey and citrus scent: revel in the richness of the melting butters as they relieve tension in your mind and body.
Shades of Early Grey massage bar
With a sweet sophisticated earl grey and citrus scent: revel in the richness of the melting butters as they relieve tension in your mind and body.

I got given an in-store demo for Shades of Earl Grey and it was so beautiful on my skin, I couldn’t help but purchase it. Being a fanatical drinker of Lady Grey tea (The ‘wife’ of Earl Grey), this body massage bar reminded me of it and it would be perfect for before bed or when I’m feeling very anxious.

Karma Soap An Orange (Isn't it purple??) translucent (It looks solid in color to me?) soap with masses of karma scent.
Karma Soap
An Orange (Isn’t it purple??) translucent (It looks solid in color to me?) soap with masses of karma scent.

In this picture it does look purple and solid in color but in the light, it is in fact a deep orange that is translucent. It smells like a Yoga center and I felt relaxed smelling it in store. Perfect to use right before bed.

Sea Vegetable Soap Made with a crust of Atlantic Sea Salt to stimulate. A layer of Arame Seaweed to soften and lavender and lime oils to activate the brain.
Sea Vegetable Soap
Made with a crust of Atlantic Sea Salt to stimulate. A layer of Arame Seaweed to soften and lavender and lime oils to activate the brain.

Smells amazing! I’m going to slice it up into slices and put it in little baggies to take with me on road trips and travels.

Sandstone Soap Citrussy soap with sand to scrub smooth your rough bits and refresh your soft bits
Sandstone Soap
Citrussy soap with sand to scrub smooth your rough bits and refresh your soft bits

I’m very excited to use this. Like all LUSH products, it smells great and because it’s so large, I can chop it up and put half in my bathroom and keep half for road trips and travels. Because all these products are natural, they are excellent to use in outdoor showers at the beach, in the beach, a lake or other natural water spots. (Please don’t swim in natural water spots in Australia without looking for signage on Crocodiles. Thank you!)

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