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Liveinthepresent Mon 17-Nov-14 12:23:37

Having not ventured into a store for years due to the excessive pong is went into one yesterday and thought they had some gorgeous gift sets for Christmas gifts - eg for nursery team.
So what are they like - trying to work out if they are universally liked or the domain of youngsters?

GetMeOut Mon 17-Nov-14 12:30:29

Having been introduced to Lush by my pre- teen ( I had previously also avoided due to smell) I am a convert ! Nearly everything I have tried works ( eg shampoo for itchy scalp, mask for sensitive skin, ). I do tend to steer clear of heavily perfumed products though. Both DD and I have v sensitive skin but nothing had bought us out in a rash so far !
The products seem to have a lot of good quality ingredients in them.

Molotov Mon 17-Nov-14 12:30:50

I'm 31 and love loads of their products! I think they have an appeal for most people: dd1 aged 5, for example, loves the bath balls smile

I like them for the fact that they are either completely or relatively preservative free and cruelty free as all products are vegetarian and most vegan.

Their skin creams and cleansers, soaps, moisturisers, shampoos and conditioners are mostly very rich and nourishing. The bath melts and massage bars smell beautiful and are relaxing to wallow in grin

Of course, they do make-up too and the lip butters are great. I'm not so keen on their perfumes - smell too much like joss sticks to me. But that's just me and I'm optimistic that they'll improve on their fragrances.

SageSeymour Mon 17-Nov-14 12:33:43

Or 'Thrush' as I like to think of it

Heavily scented and just looking at some of those hideous purple glitter bombs makes me itch

HazleNutt Mon 17-Nov-14 12:38:27

Love them - I use soaps, shower gels and conditioners and bath products. Unless the gift recipient is a teenager, I would steer clear of he glittery ones. But they have plenty of lovely non-glittery stuff.
this is an excellent kitchen soap, gets rid of all fish or onion smells
this is my favourite bath bar

HazleNutt Mon 17-Nov-14 12:38:39


dinodiva Mon 17-Nov-14 13:39:23

Hmmm - somewhere in the middle for me.
Quite like their shampoo (i've used one which I think has beer in the title and smells like old fashioned coca cola) and really like a body wash called 'Grass' which has a nice, fresh smell.
Not fussed by their conditioner at all - but I do have thick, wavy hair so probably need the chemicals available in other products to tame it.

HazleNutt Mon 17-Nov-14 13:56:53

Another product I love is the African body conditioner - my skin gets dry in the winter, but I'm too lazy to rub cream on every day. This one you can put on in the shower, so really easy to smooth everywhere, and lightly rinse off. Smells lovely too.

Figfog Mon 17-Nov-14 14:01:24

Quite a few of their products are essentials for me- Big shampoo, American Cream conditioner Angels on Bare Skin face cleanser and their fig soap.

I love their more 'muted' bath products too- not a great fan of the glittery, colourful stuff but I always love it if I get Lush gift box!

lisej Mon 17-Nov-14 14:03:53

They have some great products, although most of the stuff I loved was discontinued years ago.

The products smell quite strong, but they mainly use essential oils and very few synthetic perfumes, so they shouldn't cause thrush unless you're extremely prone to it. The colours are either all natural or around 98% natuiral (I forget which - I worked for them for a whole, but it was a long time ago).

Their facial moisturisers are excellent, and if you ask nicely they'll give you a little sample to try out so you know that you get the right one for you. celestial is superb for very sensitive skin.

Their body scrubs (Buffy, Aqua Mirabilis - there's probably more too, but I only remember those two) are brilliant as well. And Ocean Salt facial scrub is great for those with less sensitive skins and is especially good on people with darker skin.

The hair masks are also worth buying if you have damaged or difficult hair, and the fresh face masks are good also (especially Catastrophe Cosmetic if you have sensitive skin or Love Lettuce for combination skin). If you only use half the pot, you can freeze the rest to use another time if you don't think you'll get through the whole pot before it goes off.

IrishBloodEnglishHeart Mon 17-Nov-14 14:16:07

I have sensitive skin and am prone to bouts of eczema on my face and body. The only product I have used from Lush so far is the Karma soap and to date it hasn't triggered any sensitivity or eczema. I love, love, love the smell of his soap and it lasts well and makes the whole bathroom smell pleasant. As somebody else said it is a bit hippy (patchouli) but I like that.

iwantgin Mon 17-Nov-14 14:26:28

i like the solid shampoo bars - as are great for short breaks.

Also American Dream conditioner smells v nice.

But the perfumes are my favourite. I bought DH Sikkim Girls - and we share that. I also treated myself to a Breath of God. Not as lingering but nice, and different. I also like Karma.

Bunbaker Mon 17-Nov-14 14:32:04

DD and I went into Lush yesterday, then had to leave as DD started struggling to breathe due to excess of pongs in the shop.

I want to like Lush, but struggle because I find the whole experience off-putting.

CoconutAmericano Mon 17-Nov-14 14:35:08

I like some of their products and go back again and again for them.
Their Buffy body exfoliater and moisturiser works.
I love their Karma Komba shampoo bar. It smells divine and a little goes a long way.
Their Ultrabland is great as a facial cleanser. Never irritates or dries my skin.
I love their Honey I Washed The Kids soap, again it smells divine and it doesn't irritate dd's skin.
I was using their henna but it's built up and gotten too dark but it's still a nice product.

Liveinthepresent Mon 17-Nov-14 14:39:17

Wow great comments everyone thanks.
I will look at some of the products you mention.
Am definitely going to get hampers for the nursery team - am sure someone will want it if others don't - and I think some of the girls will love the sparkly stuff.
Might even be going on my own Christmas list now.
Might have to buy online to avoid the in store smell though !

HazleNutt Mon 17-Nov-14 14:41:21

I don't go to Lush shops - agree about the smell, and overly friendly assistants put me off. I order everything online.

OneLittleLady Mon 17-Nov-14 15:20:38

My absolute essential repeat buy from lush is the Flying Fox shower gel. Nothing else, no cream or tablet from the doctor that I've ever tried, gets rid of my awful scaly, cracked and bleeding elbows and the eczema patches i get on my arms like this stuff does

cpic Mon 17-Nov-14 17:33:17

Another one who gets a headache if I have to even pass the shop due to the smell. I'm sure they must lose lots of potential customers because of this - should try and figure out a way to display the products in store so it's not such an assault.

nipersvest Mon 17-Nov-14 17:33:23

for blondes, their daddy-o shampoo is brilliant.

Saurus72 Mon 17-Nov-14 21:19:28

I don't like the really glittery, sweet smelling things, and I agree their conditioners just aren't moisturising enough, but I do love:

- The Olive Branch shower gel. Beautiful smell, lovely and moisturising.
- Charity Pot body lotion. Cocoa butter goodness, and all profits to charity.
- Handy Gurugu body lotion
- Whipstick chocolate lip butter. Sounds gimmicky, but works brilliantly, is v moisturising.

I love the brand values and that they are consistent. However, I still loved the Cosmetics to Go products way more, they are the memory of my teenage years wink

Saurus72 Mon 17-Nov-14 21:22:53

Oh, and almost forgot to say that my husband really loves the Lush shower gels (Grass, Dirty and The Olive Branch), and the shampoo bars. He is ultra low maintenance, but since I introduced him to Lush about 10 years ago, he won't use anything else, and makes special trips to our closest store, about 15 miles away, to stock up. It us all very bizarre, but whatever makes him happy. And as long as he doesn't use Lynx...

Definitelynotgoingout Tue 18-Nov-14 09:16:16

I love lush.
I use their angels on bare skin, or dark angels, cleanser. Tea tree toner and vanishing cream moisturiser. If you save 5 black pots, you get a free full-size face mask which are all lovely!
Love the comforter bubble bar, i break it into pieces and it lasts several baths that way.

Oh and Snow fairy shower gel - oh my god! smile

StripesofGold Tue 18-Nov-14 09:23:43

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ElphabaTheGreen Tue 18-Nov-14 09:37:55

I LOVE Lush (I'm 35) as does my 69 year old mum - all she ever wants is Lush gift vouchers for every birthday and Christmas.

Aqua Mirabilis is my go-to exfoliator and, when I'm feeling financial, Olive Branch is my shower gel of choice.

Just make sure you do use it up, though. I opened a tin of Aqua Mirabilis yesterday that I'd forgotten about for a few months...stinking brown sludge <boak>

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