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Beginner’s Guide: Lush

  1. BEING PICKY –   Before anything else, I’d like to say something that I wish someone had told me before I started out. DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY ANY PRODUCTS! As long as they align with your ethics (are vegan for vegans and vegetarian for vegetarians,) they are all worth a shot.

    All of Lush’s products are easy to use and handle, so you won’t have a major problem with acne, dry skin etc by using one of their products. What I mean by this is yes, some products might not agree with your skin, but just discontinuing use of said product will fix your skin up very, very quickly. In my opinion, everything is worth a go within your ethical beliefs.

    Before I had ever been to Lush, I was scared of buying products that might clog my pores. I now know that when a product has pore-clogging ingredients, it will also generally have anti-pore clogging ingredients. They sort of cancel each other, just leaving behind the positive effects of said ingredients. Don’t be scared!!! Your skin wont die!!!

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  2. LOOK AT THE WEBSITE –  Secondly, I am so glad that I had a good look around the Lush website before going into the store for my first haul. I was able to get a fairly good grasp of a lot of the products, and was able to figure out what it was that I wanted to try first. This is an absolute must for Lush first timers!

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  3. LUSH EMPLOYEES – This is one I WISH I had been warned about. You need to know how to handle Lush employees. They won’t always act in your favor, and sometimes they really will. You just need to know what they’re good at and what they’re not so great at.

    I had 2 negative experiences due to the Lush employee who was showing me around during my first time in a Lush store: 1. I had a non-vegan cleanser applied to my skin and was only asked whether I had any dietary requirements AFTER she had applied it! 2. I was told to steer away from certain products I was really interested in trying, to the point of convincing me to purchase a different product instead!

    Make sure the FIRST thing you do is to tell anybody showing you around if you have any dietary/ethical requirements whatsoever. Also, if they are trying to steer you away from a certain product, be pretty adamant that you want to try it. This is your haul so you do what you came in to do!

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  4. FREE SAMPLES –  The next thing I wish I had been told is that samples are a really, really, REALLY good idea. When I first went into a Lush store, I was offered to try one of the products I had gone in to purchase as part of my haul (Coalface) as a sample instead of buying a chunk of it. I refused, and said I wanted a full product.

    Over 2 years later and I still have plenty of that chunk of Coalface left (the sample would have been plenty!,) and samples are my favourite thing. You need to purchase something to get anything for free really, but don’t be afraid to ask for samples of a few things you are interested in. I’d say anywhere between 1 and 6 samples is ideal per trip, with 2 or 3 being the most ideal.

    Lush employees LIKE when customers want to try a product. They want their customers to try everything they possibly can, in order to increase the chances that they’ll find something they love, and ultimately, come back to the store to make more purchases in the future! ASK FOR SAMPLES. EVERY TIME. WITHOUT FAIL.

     

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  5. VARIETY –  During your first Lush haul, don’t stick to one product type. When I first went in, I was just trying to look for facial products. There are so many types of products in store, and you will get a much better taste of the shop as a whole if you buy products from different categories.

    For example, perhaps you could buy a bath bomb like The Experimenter, a fresh facial cleanser like Dark Angels and a conditioner like Veganese for your first haul! Keep it varied guys!

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  6. HOW MUCH TO SPEND AND BUY –  For your first haul, I’d recommend trying 3 products. That’s enough for you to really get a taste of the brand in my opinion, without delving in too deep. I bought 3 products during my first haul, and it was the perfect amount!

    My first haul was somewhere between 20 and 30 pounds, which is the sort of price range I’d recommend for your first time too (although, getting an item as a sample should lower your price to between 10 and 20 pounds, whereas getting 2 of these 3 items as a sample would lower your price to under 10 pounds!)

    I bought a big chunk (130-140g if I recall correctly) of Coalface, a small tub of Ocean Salt Self-Preserving and Popcorn lip scrub. Again, I’d recommend AGAINST getting products all for the face, all for the hair, all for the bath etc for your first haul!

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  7. BE CONFIDENT –  Most of all, don’t be scared. My first time going in, I tried to be confident and chat with the employees, I let them cleanse and tone my face, I smelled and picked up lots of different items… Don’t be shy.

    If you get the impulse to try a soap at the tap then there should be a sample by the sink ready for you to try. If you get the sudden impulse to plonk a bath bomb in a tub of water to see what it looks like, ask an employee to do a demo for you. If you suddenly want to spritz yourself with a perfume to see what it smells like on, go ahead and try the sample! Don’t be shy!

    Whereas most beauty shops are somewhat strict and almost suspicious of customers, Lush are trusting and encourage touching, smelling and trying their products.

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I hope this helped some of you wanting to make your first trip to Lush! Enjoy yourselves 🙂

– Storm

 

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The Lush products I won’t review no.3.

Hello readers! 🙂

I am back with another Lush post, so if Lush isn’t your cup of tea, this is your warning!

I thought I’d write a post on the products that I won’t be reviewing. 

This might seem a little bit random, but some of the reasons behind me not wanting to review these products I feel may be of some value to fellow Lushies. The products I have chosen to not review are generally items that aren’t vegan.

This post will only be including Lush’s products under the Hair category, so that it will be a little shorter.


Products>Hair>Treatments

For the hair treatments in Lush, ‘H’Suan Wen Hua’, ‘Kinky’, ‘Shine So Bright’ and ‘Roots’ are all only vegetarian and are not vegan. This means that I will not be using these products.

I will also probably not be using the ‘Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Ease’ treatment. This is because I have been trying for around 2 years now to grow out my natural hair, and this product contains the ingredient ‘Red Henna Infusion’. Now, although they claim that this product will not affect the colour of your hair, after some research online, some customers have said that the product has given their hair a very slight red tint after several uses. It’s not worth the risk to me!

The rest however, I am very excited to give a go! 

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


Products>Hair>Shampoo

‘Fairly Traded Honey’, ‘Jersey Bounce’ and ‘Curly Wurly’ are all only vegetarian and are not vegan, so I will not be trying any of those three shampoos from Lush.

All the other shampoos in this section, I am extremely excited to try out! I absolutely love the idea of Lush shampoos and definitely want to get my hands on some ASAP!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Blousey

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


Products>Hair>Shampoo Bars

The only non-vegan shampoo bar is ‘Honey I Washed My Hair’, which I will not be trying. I will also not be trying ‘Copperhead’, because it contains the ingredient ‘Red Henna’. I am growing out my natural hair and am enjoying the colour of it, so I am avoiding any hair colourants! Finally, I’ll not be reviewing the ‘Round Tin’, simply because I do not find products so fun when you can’t use them up!

The rest of the shampoo bars are completely vegan, and I look forward to trying them all out.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Montalbano, Karma Komba, Lullaby, Jumping Juniper

Products I have reviewed from this section: Seanik


Products>Hair>Conditioners

‘American Cream’, ‘The Plumps’ and ‘Retread’ are all only vegetarian and are not vegan friendly, so I will not be using these products.

All of their other conditioners, I am very excited to give a good go!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Sugar Daddy-O Solid Conditioner

Products I have reviewed from this section: Big Solid Conditioner, Veganese



Products>Hair>Styling

‘Hair Custard’, ‘Sunny Day’ and ‘Queen Bee’ are all only vegetarian and are not vegan. I will not be trying them in the future.

Also, ‘Veerappan’ is for dudes, so I won’t be using this!

I am excited to give all the other hair styling products a go – I never use any products in my hair, but seeing what is available in Lush is encouraging me to try it out.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Dirty Styling Cream

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


Products>Hair>Colour

Again, I have been going natural and have really been enjoying my hair colour. I am not looking to change the colour of it anytime soon, so I am most likely not going to try any of the products in this section. 

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


That’s all for today! The next post will be on products in the ‘Makeup’ category that I won’t be using.

– Storm 🙂 

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The Lush products I won’t review.

Hello readers! 🙂

I am back with another Lush post, so if Lush isn’t your cup of tea, this is your warning!

Not too long ago, I had never really stepped foot in a Lush store – I thought it was far too much of a luxury brand for me to be able to afford anything in there. I also didn’t really have any interest in luxury cosmetics – I was pretty happy with my £1 shower gels.

I first started buying stuff in there when I needed gifts for females – it seemed like a place where girls would generally enjoy being bought gifts from, so that’s what I did. I then started being bought gifts from there myself – and although I loved them, still thought I couldn’t really afford to buy that stuff for myself. I got a bit curious and looked at the Lush website one day, and found myself 3 products that I really wanted to give a go (Coalface, Imperialis and the Toothy Tabs.) I ventured to the store, and came out with one of the products I planned to buy as well as two completely different products – as she advised against the products I originally wanted (Coalface, Popcorn Lip Scrub and Ocean Salt – Self Preserving!)

I then did some research on Lush, and discovered it was the top high street store in the UK for having happy customers – this fact really got me hooked to the idea of shopping at Lush in the future. I started exclusively buying gifts for my female friends from here. I began branching out and trying out more products from their range

I’ve become somewhat of a collector, and now want to have everything in their range of products! There are a few products that I don’t want to try though, and that’s why I decided to make this blog post series. I eventually want to have tried all the products that I’d like to try, and to have narrowed down my favourite products to one of each type for me to buy regularly (i.e. 1 shampoo, 1 conditioner etc.) The only way I feel that I can really do this is by reviewing each product once I have completely finished them up, using them how they should be used, which is what I have been doing!

I thought I’d write a post on the products that I won’t be reviewing, that are available on the website: https://uk.lush.com/

This might seem a little bit random, but some of the reasons behind me not wanting to review these products I feel may be of some value to fellow Lushies. The products I have chosen to not review are generally either bath products or are non-vegan.

This post will only be including Lush’s products under the Body category, so that it will be a little shorter.

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Products>Body>Bath

First of all, we have the bath bombs. I would be more specific and list individual products, but that wouldn’t change anything. I won’t review any of the Lush Bath Bombs. Now, I understand that for some people, they are absolutely amazing, but me buying one would be an absolute waste – I do not have access to a bath! Although there is a bath in the house I am living in (someone’s en-suite), it is not mine and I can’t really use it… So, no bath bombs for me unfortunately!

This unfortunately means that I also will not be reviewing any of Lush’s Luxury Bath Oils,  Bubble Bars or Fun. 

I am sure one day I will own a bath and will be able to review these products, but for the time being, no bath products!

I can easily use the soaps in my shower however, so I do plan to review all of them, with the exception of the ‘Honey I Washed The Kids Soap’. Again, I’m sure this soap suits plenty of people, but because it contains both beeswax and english honey, I will not be reviewing it. I am vegan for ethical reasons, so I do my best to avoid using any products that contain ingredients that have been taken from animals. Again, maybe one day I will change my mind, but for the time being, no ‘Honey I Washed The Kids Soap’ review!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: I Love You Mum Soap, Old Father Time Soap, Layer Cake Soap, Baked Alaska Soap, Respect Your Elders Soap, Yog Nog Soap, Sunrise Soap.

Products I have reviewed from this section: Reindeer Rock Soap, Snowcake Soap


 

Products>Body>Shower

I plan to review all of the shower gels and jellies, apart from the ‘It’s Raining Men Shower Gel’ and the ‘Whoosh Shower Jelly’. Whoosh contains honey water, and It’s Raining Men contains honey, so neither are vegan and I won’t be reviewing them anytime soon. 

All of Lush’s shower smoothies and conditioners are fine, and I plan to review them all in the future. 

For the scrubs and butters, I will be reviewing them all apart from the Ocean Salt products (to be used for the body.) I personally believe these products are intended to be used on the face primarily, and I prefer to use them in this way, so I won’t be reviewing them as body products! 

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly, Refresher Shower Jelly, Beautiful Shower Gel, Rose Jam Shower Gel, Snow Fairy Shower Gel.

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A

 


 

Products>Body>Cleansers

Now, these are all also included in the section for facial cleansers, and I do feel they are primarily meant to be used on the face, so I do not intend to use them for my body. I’m sure this works well for some people, maybe I will try it some day but I doubt it really!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: (I do not use them as body cleansers, so N/A.)

Products I have reviewed from this section: (I do not use them as body cleansers, so N/A.)

 


 

Products>Body>Lotions

These are all vegan, and so I plan to review them all in the future.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Celebrate Body Lotion, Tropical Jungle Lotion

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


Products>Body>Hands

From this category, Lemony Flutter, Helping Hands and Elbow grease are all only vegetarian and not vegan, so I will not be trying out those 3! Lush’s other 5 products for the hands are vegan, and I shall be reviewing them all!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: Love and Light Hand Cream


 

Products>Body>Feet

Pink Peppermint, Softy and Elbow Grease are not vegan, so I will not be trying them in the future – I will give the other products in this section a go though!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


 

Products>Body>Massage

I will not be reviewing any products that can’t be used up from Lush, such as tins. I just don’t find them very fun! This means I won’t be reviewing the Oval Tin. 

Soft Coeur and Mange Too are not vegan, so I will not be reviewing them in the future. I will review the rest at some point though. 

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Dirty

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


Products>Body>Shaving

Annoyingly enough, none of the products in this section are vegan apart from the Five O’Clock Whistle shaving cream. I will only be reviewing this product from the shaving section. 

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


 

Products>Body>Tints

I don’t think I will be buying any of these any time soon, mainly because I’m not keen on the idea of applying makeup type products to my body. There is definitely a chance I might try them in the future, but not any time soon! 

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


 

Products>Body>Deodorants

I’d love to give all of these products a try!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


 

Products>Body>Dusting Powders

Again, I’d love to give all of these products a try.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A

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That’s all for this post! My next post will be on which of Lush’s facial products I will not be using!

– Storm 🙂