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Top 5 Lush Products

I was a christmas temp at Lush just after I graduated for the fist time, then again when we first moved to Sheffield. I have never before or since smelled that good. Seriously, people used to stop and ask me about it in the street. And, although I possibly hit it a bit late in life to buy into the infectious brand philosophy, I took away a huge amount of product knowledge and a secret love of luxury bathing.

There are a buttload of products I tried, but don’t give two hoots about now – equally there are a few I generally have in my ‘let’s feel pretty’ arsenal – which are truly excellent and completely unique to the brand. New to Lush? Intimidated by cheerful sales assistants/eye watering aromas? Read on for my top 5 all time favourite Lush products.

Image courtesy of Lush Retail

Image courtesy of Lush Retail

Soak and Float Shampoo bar

I generally need something anti dandruffy and this shampoo contains antimicrobial cade oil and soothing lavender to sort out my dry scalp. It lathers nicely, lasts ages and is very handy for travel if you aren’t a fan of lugging teensy bottles of EVERYTHING about. I feel that the cade oil scent of this product may divide people, but it works. It smells like it works, too.
lush top 5 - Ceridwen's Cauldron

Ceridwen’s Cauldren luxury bath melt

This is a creamy, oaty, lavender-y bath for dry skin in need of some softening (so me, forever). The puck of stuff melts in the water leaving a little muslin baggy of oats for you to rub on all your chapped bits. I always liked the idea of an oat bath for soothing eczema and this is a way of doing it without submerging yourself into in a hot porridge. Does anyone really want that?
lush top 5 - Blue Skies

Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds bubble bar

Firstly, this sucker is massive. If you’re feeling frugal, you can probably make this do 6 or 8 baths (this has been known in my household). It smells like bergamot and it brings such comfort. Really good if you are feeling run down/have a cold/are sulking. This is my favourite bath product from Lush. NOTHING can compete. Plus, no glitter!
Image courtesy of Lush Retail

Image courtesy of Lush Retail

Wiccy Magic Muscles massage bar

This one has peppermint, clove and cinnamon for relaxing tired muscles. Rubbing it directly onto your skin is brilliant because of the adzuki beans shoved on the top. There was one day when I put it on my stomach during ‘the painy season’ and it helped. A bit. But jokes aside it smells reassuringly medicinal (are you noticing a theme here?) and has a similar effect to a kind of luxury Tiger Balm with an added bit of slip and moisture. It’s not the sexiest massage, but its…functional.
lush top 5 - Ultrabland

Ultrabland facial cleanser

Yup, this is it, THE ONE. I have not been without this since about 2007. It’s another non-sexy, no perfume, basic item that does its job really well and doesn’t cost ONE MILLION POUNDS. A cleansing balm/cream with an almond oil, beeswax and honey base, it has enough slip to give yourself a really thorough facial massage while feeling substantial on your skin.  I think it’s particularly suited to dry/sensitive skin types, because however thoroughly you remove it (warm, damp face cloth is my preferred method, though Lush recommend cotton pads for some reason) it leaves a sort of protective film on your face. If ever I have been experimenting with new skin care and things go a bit tits up, I use this in an attempt to sooth any redness and help heal spots. I’m tempted to write a separate post on facial cleansers (have a few favourites) – you know this will be in it.

So there you have it! Nothing pink or sparkly, nothing fizzy or penis-shaped. Just good, effective products that I usually have stashed away somewhere in the bathroom. Do you have any staple Lush items?