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LUSH Collection and Storage

LUSH Collection and Storage

LUSH Collection and Storage. Photo by somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Hello Friends!  I had a request to do a Lush storage video and decided to do also a collection video to make it a more interesting two-fer.  I know some people like to use their Lush items as decor in bathrooms in vase-like containers.  This can look very pretty.  A caveat to that is being careful of using more than one kind of bath item in that way.  The scents can get melded together as they absorb each others’ aroma.  They can also get a bit messy if the items begin to crumble (unless you don’t care, then go ahead and throw caution to the wind!  After all, these are just bath products we’re talking about).  So if you are interested in seeing my current (ish, I recorded this in October) Lush collection, click on the video below.  Many of the items were purchsed during the December 26 buy 1 get 1 free sale.  As always, thanks for reading/watching!

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LUSH Halloween Bath Items 2013

As Halloween rolls around again, LUSH has released some new limited edition goodies to celebrate the season.  While they did not bring back Pumpkin soap or the Jacko bath bomb (such a bummer!), they have cooked up a new bubble bar and 2 new bath bombs that you are sure to enjoy if you are a fellow lushie.

Pumkin Bubble Bar is an adorable sudsy treat designed to fill your tub with the scent of ylang ylang oil and orange flower absolute.  Pumkin is no spelling error as it was designed as a counterpart to the Mother’s Day Mumkin bubble bar.  This 3.5 oz product is good for multiple baths, depending on the amount of suds you want, the size of your bathtub, and whether or not your tub has jets.  Plus it’s just plain cute!  And it shares its scent with Figs and Leaves soap-one of my favorites.

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Pumkin bubble bar, photo by LUSH

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb is a much spicier product chock-full of black pepper and patchouli.  I did not pick this one up because I ordered online and this seemed like a gamble (I am not a bug patchouli fan).  But this sounds like a good one for those who enjoy a small, warm scented ballistic.

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Misrule bath bomb, photo by LUSH

Soot Ball Bath Bomb is derived from the soot gremlins of the Japanese animated film Spirited Away.  I love this scent because it is simultaneously sweet and savory.  Frankincense, tonka absolute, and burnt caramel make an excellent combination for relaxation on a chilly October evening!  Don’t let the color fool you; instead of turning your bath water black as it may seem, this little guy turns your water a beautiful gold.  Unfortunately this item is not available on the Lush North America website, but you can order it from across the pond at https://www.lush.co.uk/product/6354/Soot-Ball

Soot ball bath bomb, photo by LUSH

Soot ball bath bomb, photo by LUSH

Lush is also promoting some of their Halloween-themed permanent items such as the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb and Buffy body butter, among many others.  Limited edition Halloween items usually launch in North America in mid-October.  They launch much earlier in the UK (September).  I find this strange as they could potentially sell more items by releasing them earlier.  And why wouldn’t they sell Soot Ball here?  Nevertheless, I will put these items to good use as I always take more baths in autumn and winter.

Did you pick any of these up?  What do you think about Lush’s decision not to bring back previous Halloween limited edition items?  Leave a comment below, and as always thanks for reading.

My video featuring these items:

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Product Review: Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioner

Product Review: Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioner

Over the last few months I have been trying to green my beauty routine.  This included purchasing a conditioner called Happy Happy Joy Joy (you can find it at www.lushusa.com).  The last time I visited LUSH I asked one of their staff for a conditioner recommendation for my hair type: long, oily, fine, lots of hair.  She suggested Happy Happy Joy Joy, their new conditioner.

The Product

HHJJ is a vegan conditioner that contains ingredients such as rose water, almond milk, and orange blossom water.  LUSH is known for creating products with little to no preservatives.  It is advertised as a light conditioner for all hair types including processed and color treated.  The conditioner is perfumed and leaves your hair smelling rosy the entire day.  It is sold in the following sizes: 3.3 oz ($12.95), 8.8 oz ($24.95), and 16.9 oz ($39.95).

The Results

This conditioner left my hair feeling soft.  It is definitely perfumed as the makers suggest.  When I smelled the scent in the store I liked it; however, I learned that I do not like it enough to be on my hair for an entire day.  I like the rose scent, but I wouldn’t say I love it (although the aroma grew on me over time).  While the consistency definitely seems lighter than most conditioners, I found that if I did not take extra care to wash it out completely it left my hair flat.  This is a huge issue for me, having fine hair.  Overall I would rate this conditioner a 3 out of 5.  If I can get it rinsed out enough I rate it a 4, but it seems like I have to rinse it much longer than other conditioners I have used.  This may work better for other hair types that do not get weighed down as easily.  If you really enjoy a rose fragrance you will love this in your hair all day.  I may repurchase this in the future but will likely try another conditioner first.  Hope this is helpful!

As always I purchased this myself and I am not affiliated with the brand in any way, just wanted to pass along my experience with it for those considering giving it a try.  Please leave a comment below if you have used it with your results and hair type.  Thanks for reading!

DIY Oatmeal & Banana Face Mask

English: Oatmeal Русский: Овсяныехлопья

English: Oatmeal Русский: Овсяныехлопья (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a quick and easy recipe for a do it yourself face mask that will leave your skin feeling hydrated and soft.  Why spend a ton of money on store bought masks that have harmful chemical ingredients that your skin absorbs?  For this you only need four ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 medium sized ripe banana
  • ¼ cup of rolled oats (preferably not quick oats)
  • Approx. 10 drops of almond oil
  • 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract (not imitation)
  • Blender or food processor

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in your blender or food processor until well blended and oats are ground.  You can adjust the thickness of the mask by adding or subtracting oats.  I prefer the consistency to be quite thick as it spreads on easier, but do what works for you.  Start with a clean face either just after a bath or after steaming your face to open up pores in preparation for the mask.  Use your fingers to spread the mixture relatively evenly over your face.  Note that this mask is a bit messy and should be done over a bowl, at a table, or in a shower with a drain catcher.  Store any extra mask in the refrigerator (toss out after a week or two).  Let sit for 10-20 minutes and then rinse with warm water and a wash cloth.  If you have dry skin you may want to moisturize afterward (for oily, combination, or normal skin this most likely will not be necessary).

Who is This Mask For?

This mask is great for most skin types, including dry, normal, combination, oily, and some sensitive skin types.  While oatmeal has many calming properties, if you have highly sensitive skin you may want to check with a dermatologist before trying this mask.  If you have very oily skin (or if you live in a very hot, humid climate) and you find this mask too hydrating, try reducing the amount of banana used.  This mask is great for winter months when everything is drier.  If you have acne-prone skin, do not be afraid to try this mask.  I have oily, acne-prone skin that is more combination during dry weather and I love this mask.  It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated but not oily and it has never caused me to break out.

Why These Ingredients?

  • Banana-very hydrating for the skin!
  • Oats-soften, trap in moisture, calm the skin
  • Almond oil-moisturizes, removes dead skin cells, has anti-aging properties
  • Pure vanilla extract-an antioxidant

Thanks for reading.  Please leave me a comment below if you try this mask with how it worked for you and your skin type.  Also let me know what masks you enjoy using!

Check out my YouTube video on this where you can see my friend Ruby apply her mask 🙂 :

Becoming a LUSHie: My Pursuit of Natural Hair & Skin Care

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Lush (Photo credit: Pip)

The more I learn about the harsh chemicals in everything from food to shampoo, I’m tempted to move to a commune.  I’m not entirely joking.  We could raise grass fed animals, use natural ingredients for homemade products, and reduce our carbon footprints.  This is not a “scare blog” that is going to list how toxic and terrible everything is, causing you to run away to live in a cave.  Rather I want to highlight a brand I discovered last year and have loved using based both on how the products work and what the company stands for.   That company is LUSH.

Lush Cosmetics, or LUSH, is a UK-born company that makes products for hair, skin, and bath.  While that is nothing special, what the company stands for is: making safe and effective products that are truly natural and organic.  You don’t have to worry about their products being overly processed, genetically modified, or filled with enough preservatives to keep them good until the next millennium.  They care about the impact their company has on the environment and those who work to collect the material they use in their products, also known as ethical sourcing.  They care about animals, too.  LUSH does not test their products on animals, and they will not purchase any products from suppliers that test on animals.  Not only does the company believe in these things, they campaign for them.  They only use vegetarian ingredients, and many of their products are vegan.  As I got to know more about LUSH, the skeptic in me thought this sounded too good to be true.  I wanted to know what the downside was.

One aspect of the company some may see as a negative is their policy against unnecessary packaging.  While this has the environment in mind, some consumers may find it to be a bit of a turn off.  For example, when an item is packaged minimally there is higher risk of it breaking or getting damaged.  This does happen from time to time, especially since some of their products are more fragile.  For people who are environmentally conscious, this likely will not be a deterrent.  Another potential drawback, and perhaps the biggest one, is the cost of the product to the consumer.

While I wish I could tell you that their products are just as cheap as any you would find at Wal-Mart, I cannot.  Due to the ethical standards they uphold, their ingredients are more expensive than most anything you would find at the drugstore.  But why shouldn’t it be?  Doesn’t it make sense that this type of business model would create an increase in cost both to the business and the consumer?  I would rather spend more money on products I can feel good about than on a name brand department store product that is loaded with questionable ingredients made by a company apathetic toward their effect on the world.   LUSH products range anywhere from $1.95 to $89.95 (and higher for certain gift boxes).  Many of their products are affordable, and they have something for every age, gender, skin type, and hair type.

Just to be clear, I do not work for LUSH, am not affiliated with LUSH in anyway, nor do I receive any compensation whatsoever for writing this.  I’m just a die-hard LUSHie (i.e. consistent consumer of LUSH products that loves and raves about them, or as urbandictionary.com likes to describe us-“obsessed”) who wants to spread the word about their products.  The goods I have tried from there have had amazing results for my skin and hair, and I can use them in good conscience.

What do you think?  Leave a comment letting me know if you are pro natural/truly organic ingredients or if you think non-organic products are just fine (or if you are a fellow LUSHie!).  Interested in learning more about LUSH products, the company, and where you can find a LUSH near you?  Visit http://www.lushusa.com/  Thanks for reading.

Check out my YouTube video on some of my recent LUSH products