• Jade Hiller

I don't want no scrubs

Lush empties review

Don’t ever mention Lush to my husband. He’ll possibly start sobbing. He still has traumatic flashbacks of shopping in there last Christmas. Sometimes he wakes up in the middle of the night muttering

‘My nose! My nose!’

To my husband’s dismay I have no such aversion to Lush and its always great fun to visit and try something new, as I don’t have a shop near me. I’ve used up some products recently and I thought I would share my experiences.

Rub Rub Rub Shower scrub

Described by Lush as ‘an exfoliating shower shrub that can also be used to wash, volumise and add shine to hair’ this scrub smells fresh and clean but not overpowering. The scrub feels nice in your hand, not gritty or sharp. It recommends on the pot that you use it for tired feet so I tried that, and it was quite soothing. I tried it on my scalp too and it made it feel lovely and fresh and wasn’t difficult to rinse out. It wasn’t particularly drying on my hair either, although it’s not something I would wash my hair with on a regular basis. I used it mainly to exfoliate all over, including a little on my face. It left my skin softer and smoother and caused no irritation whatsoever, and I have very sensitive skin.

Would I repurchase? A solid yes.

Rosy Cheeks fresh facemask

I wanted to try a facemask from Lush and I bought this one on the basis of colour; it’s pink. In hindsight, that probably wasn’t the best idea. The mask contains calamine and I hoped it would sooth my hormonal acne and help to fade red marks, which is what it claims to do. The product applied easily, it had a thick consistency and didn’t drip. It also smelt nice, with a subtle floral scent. Unfortunately, it left my skin feeling extremely dry and tight. My skin felt so dry afterwards that I had to moisturise immediately after with some heavy-duty lotion. I noticed no after unpleasant after effects, but no positive results either.

Would I repurchase? No.

Love & Light hand cream

I adore the smell of this cream. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s a very rich, perfumed smell, I think it must be the jojoba oil? I suffer from eczema on my hands and it helped to soften them, although this is more of a summer treatment. I would recommend something more hard-core for really cracked, winter eczema. The hand cream absorbed quickly, without the sticky residue that a lot of hand creams leave behind. It felt light on the skin, but was wonderfully nourishing. I also used it on my arms and my skin was very soft after, and it smelled divine.

Would I repurchase? Yes, but I’d like to try another hand cream first.

Sleepy body lotion

Infused with lavender, this lotion claims to help you sleep. As a lifelong insomniac (and with the suitcases under my eyes to prove it) I’ll try anything once, except maybe horse tranquilisers. Did it help me sleep? No, sadly not. I suppose the lavender and vanilla scent is meant to relax and sooth you, but it’s a little too strongly scented for me, and the smell lingers for a long time after application. On the bright side, it doesn’t irritate my skin, quite the opposite, it’s wonderfully soothing and leaves my skin feeling very soft.

Would I repurchase? I’m on the fence about this one, maybe.

So, there you have it, my lush empties review. I did have a couple more products. The plum rain shower gel, which smells lovely but didn’t really do anything. Oh, and I also recently bought an oat-based shower gel but I accidently knocked it out of the bathroom window and never found it again. I think with all these empties another Lush trip is due, I’ll just call my husband…

#review #beauty



London, UK


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