If you’ve been on Tumblr, Instagram or talked to a 14-year-old girl recently, you’ll know that Lush is no longer an insult, it’s a movement.
Lush Cosmetics is not your average cosmetics store. Unlike Sephora, Ulta and other cosmetics havens, Lush is more well-known for taking things off you then putting them on you. With dozens of bath products, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and more, Lush focuses more on what goes on in your bathroom than what goes into your make-up bag.
Taking a step into the store for the first time can be a little overwhelming, but for me, it was love at first sight. Chalkboards fill the rooms, explaining prices. Bath bombs sit in chalky orbs akin to a farmers market. Bath products in all colors, sizes, shades, sparkly, matte, flowery that make your bath not only luxurious but very instagram-worthy. Bottles line the walls in the company’s signature black with white lettering.
It’s aesthetically pleasing, and I was super into it.
Lush is not only pretty, but it’s pretty good for the planet and its people and animals. Many of its products are vegan and 100 percent of them are vegetarian. They have an “extremely strict” policy against animal testing and practice ethical buying, visiting the farms where their ingredients are picked from and produced. No company is perfect, but it’s stuff like that that makes slipping into a Lush bath that much more relaxing.
And the good stuff doesn’t end with just how pretty the products are and the company’s belief systems. This stuff really works. Every bath bomb I’ve tried has left me smelling like sweets or lemon or unicorn tears as intended. I did my fair share of research before I picked my products and I have to tell you, I was not disappointed. Here are just a few of my favorites.
Oh hell yeah. This I was super skeptical about in the beginning because it just doesn’t make sense, but once I tried it, I loved it. These shampoo bars come in a thick, circular chunk that almost looks like a bar of soap. You rub it around your head with the water running and it builds a lather. It lasts longer than a bottle of shampoo, is more green and smells amazing. The biggest hook for me is it’s much easier to stop at a good time and not pour too much into your hand in the first place. You can even pick a certain type based on your hair. My personal favorite is Montalbano, $9.95, a citrusy formula outfitted with rosemary concocted for high shine. It made my hair silky smooth and smell UNREAL.
This seems to be what the company is most known for and for good reason. You can break down a lot of these massive bombs and get a great bath for about $2 that smells good enough to eat and makes your skin feel amazing. It has made a bath lover out of me again. My favorite is the Pink Bath Bomb, $4.95, which smells like bubble gum, sugar and amazing, and makes your skin feel like satin.
Some people chip their nail polish, others twirl their hair. My nervous habit is picking at my lips. This results in them being chapped about 90 percent of the time. These lip scrubs are amazing. I use them while I’m applying other makeup, sitting in bed or even writing this. The best part is they can be used on the go because you simply lick them off. My favorite is the Bubble Gum, $9.95, lip scrub which tastes amazing.
These are my holy grail products. Lush makes face masks that need to be refrigerated and only last a little while because they are so fresh. You can only buy them in store, but trust me, they’re amazing. Simply choose the one that fits your skin type and get ready to be amazed. My personal favorite is Cupcake (can you tell I love sweets?) because it smells like chocolate frosting, but is great for oily and acne-prone skin.
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