In case you didn’t know LUSH have this fantastic recycling system that requires you to bring back 5 used, clean black pots which then makes you eligible for a FREE face mask. Sounds great, don’t you agree? These used pots are then sent on to be thoroughly cleaned, heated and remoulded, and turned back into new pots for freshly made creams, scrubs, masks and shampoos. *Insert dancing emoji here*. I’ve used several of their products and when I noticed my LUSH empties pile growing I thought it was high time that I shared my thoughts on them.
1. LUSH UltraBland Cleanser made an appearance on my “Best of 2013” post and for good reason. It works! It’s as simple as that. Ultrabland is an oil-based cleanser with a thick balm consistency and works overtime at removing all types of makeup. It’s packed full of marvelous ingredients such as honey, almond oil, rose water and beeswax and only does wonderful stuff to your skin. It’s hands down my favorite cleanser and if the tree in my back garden shed bank notes instead of leaves I would only use Ultrabland to cleanse my face. You’re probably wondering why a product that’s far from bland has that name. Well, I think it has something to do with the ingredients. There are no nasties or skin-aggravating ingredients inside this tub-o-awesome. The formula is “bland” and can safely be used on sensitive skins. It lifts makeup and dirt with complete ease and leaves your skin feeling soft, clean and moisturised. Also, if you have super senses when it comes to your nose then you’ll love Ultrabland for it’s bland scent – natural, fresh and clean. I apply Ultrabland to dry skin and then I warm it up on my face using circular motions, rubbing it all over (including the eye area) and finish off by removing everything with a hot face cloth. Voila! R125 for 45g and R195 for 100g at LUSH.
2. LUSH Vanishing Cream is the perfect product for you if your skin is having a teenager moment. Acne? No thank you! It’s ideal for oily skins. The balancing lavender absolute and pore-tightening witch hazel will sort out all that bad blemish business. I love that the formula is very runny and it feels like you need so little to cover your face. It leaves no residue on your face and it’s essentially a no-fuss, high-reward product. This is their best-selling moisturiser and if you’ve used it then you’ll understand why. Once again it has that “bland” scent and if your skin is oily then this works great as a base for makeup. It even has a slight mattifying effect. R345 for 45g at LUSH.
3. LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask is just what your skin needs if it’s rebelling and causing you all sorts of problems. It calms the chaos and feels amazing on your face. It’s the only mask I’ve used from LUSH and I like it so much that I don’t want to try any of their others. I know, I know my logic makes zero sense. Blueberries are a super fruit and this fresh face mask is packed with them. It’s so packed with them that the actual mask has a purple-blue tinge to it with bits of blueberries in it. Did you know that blueberries contain beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to reduce inflammation and act as a mild antiseptic? Catastrophe Cosmetic also has other powerful ingredients such as chamomile which we all know is the queen of calm. My irritated and red skin (at the time) was immediately soothed and appeased and it even had a cooling effect as you applied the mask. However, that’s probably due to the fact that you need to keep your LUSH masks in the fridge. This also brings me to my gripe about the LUSH masks. They’re fresh and fabulous, yes. But this also means they have a short “shelf life”. You need to be sure once you’ve purchased your mask that you use it religiously once or twice a week so you don’t waste a single drop of this magical mixture. R145 for 75g at LUSH.
4. LUSH Dream Cream Hand & Body Lotion isn’t as heavenly as you might think. Yes, it’s their best selling body lotion (It even says so on the tub) but I just don’t like it. It’s not that there is anything wrong with it, I just don’t like putting a body lotion on that has no scent. I’m already super lazy when it comes to applying body cream and I kind of want something that smells amazing to entice me to use it more often. I mean it contains fabulous ingredients such as oat milk, rose water, tea tree oil and lavender oil. It’s ideal for sensitive, eczema-riddled skin and it’s super moisturising and soft and it’s vegan to boot. I mean what’s not to love? The scent! I think it’s clear that I’m just a difficult diva… *shakes head*. I’ll also add that the LUSH store now has a “self-preserving” option in this cream. R195.00 for 240g at LUSH.