My latest surprising love affair with Lush

I used to avoid Lush stores like the plague. As a teen and in my early twenties, I couldn’t even look at a bath bomb without breaking out in eczema, and associated the brand with migraine-inducing scents that spilled out from its doors, saturating everything within 100 metres.

That was until I tried one of its exfoliating sugar scrub balls (which they’ve since discontinued – sob) and found it to be one of the very few things that actually removed those funny dry spots at the back of my arms. It was cheap, it was cruelty free, and it encouraged me to go back in the store and see what else they had to offer.

My most recent Lush discovery has been its Sleepy body lotion. I often have trouble sleeping and generally winding down, so I am up for trying anything that will assist me in my quest for peace. I saw a blog post from a mummy who claimed it helped her poorly baby fall to sleep on bad nights, so thought I may as well give it a whirl. That night, I took a hot shower, slathered it all over myself and my husband remarked at how delicious I smelt. ‘Like a Christmas biscuit,’ in fact. I then slept like a baby and woke feeling refreshed, while still smelling rather delightful. Maybe like a slightly ‘less-fresh Christmas biscuit’.

So how does this wondrous cream work its magic? It’s simple really: sweet tonka, lavender flowers and gentle oatmeal. Apply it generously once you’ve had a hot bath or shower, and follow with some cosy pjs and a hot choc. You’ll be on cloud 9 in no time.

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But dear readers, it doesn’t end there. Lush’s Ultrabland facial cleanser is another new favourite. I use a more active cleanser each morning that’s formulated with glycolic acid as it tackles congestion and encourages skin cell turnover, but come the evening, I opt for something gentler to avoid stripping my skin of its natural oils.

This is where Ultrabland comes in: the ingredients label is fairly simple and easy to understand (which I love) and includes lovely things such as calming rose water, hydrating glycerine, rose water and almond oil. All of these ingredients are natural and cruelty free, but also really effective at helping your skin to look healthy. It feels quite rich when you apply, and needs to be removed with a cloth soaked in hot water – much like the Eve Lom cleanser but a snippet of the price. It leaves my skin feeling really clean and hydrated, without that horrible tight feeling that some cleansers create.

So, in conclusion, I love Lush. I wrote it off way too soon and I was wrong. I can’t wait to go back and try more. I suggest you do too.





Cat is the beauty-obsessed founder of the London Beauty Insider. She is a London=based writer and editor and also regularly contributes to the Telegraph, Metro, L'oreal, MATCHESFASHION.COM and Grazia Arabia.

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