06 Aug Lush Product Review
So I’ve heard gushing stories about Lush, and I’ve also heard some not-so-impressed stories. And while I’d walked past their store bunches of times in the mall, I’d never gone in, thinking it was just another expensive soap store, (which… it kind of is). But, once I learned that most of their products are vegan, and that they’re all better for the earth than the products I currently use, which are full of chemicals that are going down the drain to who knows where, and probably ending up in our water…(take a breath) I really wanted to check them out.
What pushed me over the edge, to actually going into a store, was learning that they made a lot of solid products of things I’d never seen solid before, namely shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste. After packing for this trip, and seeing bag after ziplock bag of tiny bottles, I was about ready to throw them all out the window. But, instead I wanted to try some of Lush’s products.
I could have bought everything, it all smells so good, and looks really cool, but I limited myself to the necessities: shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste. Otherwise, I would be extremely in debt, and would have bought much more than I ever use daily.
For shampoo, I got the Godiva bar. The woman in the shop suggested this because I said my hair tends to be dry. While researching the bar after, I found that it was actually a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner which really surprised me because it didn’t feel that way at all. The smell is interesting, and definitely lasts in my hair which is nice while traveling and thoughout the day I tend to start feeling less and less clean. I really liked how the bar sudsed up after just running it across my head 2-3 times. It felt like normal liquid shampoo and loved that aspect of it. I bought the tin, as seen in the photo, because I needed a way to transport it while traveling. It can be really difficult to open, even with dry hands, and after about a month of use- halfway through- I actually couldn’t get the bar out in one piece which is extremely disappointing. Maybe because I’m constantly moving, never allowing the bar to completely dry after using, but it kind of got soft and now I have to break off small pieces to put through my hair. It works okay, but that’s just something to be aware of. If you’re using it for home, this might not happen because you probably won’t have it closed up in the tin as often. But I definitely recommend this because of its ease, the smell, and the natural products in it.
For conditioner, I got the Jungle bar. As of now, I think this is the only bar conditioner Lush has, which is a little disappointing. I really liked the smell, sort of fruity and cocanutty, but I’m not sure I love the product. I have pretty long hair, well below my shoulders, and it’s kind of a wild, curly, wavy… mess, sometimes. So I really need a good conditioner to soften out my hair and make it easy to brush after. This does not do that. I feel like I’m pulling out all of my hair when I brush it after this, and especially traveling, I don’t want to take forever to gently comb out the nots or deal with unruly hair. I really, really wish this worked better because I love the idea of it and it smells really good. Also, it has done kind of the same thing as the shampoo, and got gooey and not easy to get out of the tin.
For toothpaste, or actually toothy tabs, she suggested I try the Dirty flavor. Which really makes your teeth the opposite of dirty. This flavor is slightly minty and probably the closest to normal toothpaste so it’s great to start off with first. Or, if you’re adventurous, go for the wasabi flavor! This is my favorite product I’ve tried so far and I’m probably going to continue to use these even when I’m not traveling. Basically they are small pills that you crush up in your teeth before brushing with a wet toothbrush. It takes a little getting used to, as the sensation of having a gritty powder is not the nicest, it definitely becomes commonplace over time. I love these because I think they clean my teeth and mouth better than toothpaste, the mint flavor isn’t overpowering so I feel like my mouth is actually fresh, rather than just minty, and my teeth are much whiter using these- and I’ve tried the whole range of whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. They are also so easy for travel because they aren’t liquid, I don’t have to worry about getting them in a plastic bag, taking it out at security, or worrying about explosions. Nothing bad to say about these.
If you are thinking of traveling, trying new products, want to reduce the amount of chemicals that go onto, and into our bodies and the earth, or are just tired of liquids while traveling, I would definitely try these out, if you haven’t already.
Let me know if you have tried these and if there are other products from Lush I should try, or an alternative to their solid conditioner. I am definitely on the lookout!