By Elyssa Schwartz
Although this is a beauty product review, LUSH Cosmetics has proven (to me at least) to be just as natural as home remedy ingredients residing in your kitchen. I’m all for cheap and easy when it comes to beauty… I mean, why else would I resort to a face full of avocado or banana. Lucky for me, my homemade treatments usually work, and when they do, I pass them along to you! So hopefully you continue to pay it forward, because this week I have a good one for you.
I have known about LUSH for quite a while before I stumbled upon the newly opened store in my local mall. I was shopping with my mother, as soon as she saw the look on my face she said “OK, let’s go in.” She knows me all too well. Completely overwhelmed by all of the art and color popping out at me from all directions, I was immediately drawn to a table that displayed what looked like Play-Doh.
Clearly the saleswoman sensed the frenzy I was in and jumped in to steer me in the right direction. I was advised that what I thought was Play-Doh is what LUSH calls FUN. It’s a kid-friendly four-in-one product that can be used for soap, shampoo, bubble bath and play time! The 8.8 oz. bar is only $6.95. It gets better, 2.5 percent of sales from every bar of FUN is contributed to a fund that supports charities in Fukushima, Japan that creates safe places for children to play outside.
Alright, well that was my sales pitch. Moving on. In addition to being a charitable company, its aim is to have 100 percent of packaging easily recyclable, compostable or biodegradable. In fact, the LUSH company uses as little packaging in the shops as possible. The customer is even given the choice to purchase solid products without any packaging at all, similar to buying produce at the grocery store. Other products are sold by weight and labeled in a recyclable container just like in a deli. Of course, everything is cruelty free; the convenient labeling system makes it easy to determine what is vegan and what is not. I could go on about this but you can just check out the “about us” page for even more information about LUSH and their policies.
I told the saleswoman all about my skin-type. She directed me to a few products and tested them out on me. The first thing I experienced was how gentle all of the products were. The natural aroma of each product tested made it feel that much better on my skin… if that makes any sense. Most of the products are reasonably priced and different sizes are available for most products. I ended up purchasing the Cupcake Face Mask for $6.95 which must be kept in the refrigerator. Since these products are natural, like REALLY natural, they must be kept properly. The mask is a chocolate mint treat for oily or spotty skin aka teenage skin (yeah, 22 years old and I still have that). It smells so good I want to eat my face, but then I remember it’s made with mud and then I calm down a little. I use the mask once a week in the mornings since the mint wakes me up.
I also purchased Herbalism Facial Cleanser for around $6. Although a small amount, I can tell this is going to last me a long time and should stay fresh for up to three months. However, the saleswoman told me she’s had hers for six. Both products basically smell like nature and make my face feel incredibly soft. It is rare that I would ever call my skin soft. I tried a few other products that I loved but I wasn’t ready to go ahead and buy the entire store yet so I responsibly held off until next time. After I completed my purchase the saleswoman presented sample-sized containers for me with the Tea Tree Water toner and Enzymion Facial Moisturizer that I tested. Bonus! Now I can really test out this little regimen made just for me… and you!
Materials: Cupcake Face Mask, Herbalism Facial Cleanser, Tea Tree Water, Enzymion Moisturizer and a type of facial wiping pad or a cotton ball.
1. Gather your materials in order. This makes it easier to remember what the next step is.
2. I start out with Cupcake. On clean skin, smooth a decent amount over your entire face.
3. Leave the mask on for about ten minutes but do not let the mask dry completely. During this time, feel free to take silly photos of yourself and share them with us! Wash off with warm water.
4. Now, I do this a little backward because although I enjoy the smell of cupcakes, I don’t know if I could handle the sent on my face for an extended period of time. So, I follow up with Herbalism.
Apply to your face using small, circular motions. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. For best results follow with the LUSH toner and moisturizer that best suit your skin type. Your cleanser will remain fresh for up to three months. Always check the expiration date on your product.
5. If your face is not already dampened from rinsing off the mask, do so with warm water. Place a pea-sized chunk in the palm of your hand and add water to create a paste. Apply to face using small circular motions. Rinse and pat dry.
6. According to LUSH, for best results follow with the LUSH toner and moisturizer that best suit your skin type. So, I did! *Soak your cotton cleansing pad of choice in the toner and gently remove any excess cleansers. To tighten pores, let the toner air dry.
7. Follow with the moisturizer most appropriate for your skin’s needs. The moisturizer best suited for me is Enzymion.
8. Put a dab on your fingertip and pat gently onto clean, slightly damp skin. A little bit goes a long way. Re-apply as often as needed.
*Since my toner was a sample I used it with a wipe. The LUSH website suggests spritzing the Tea Tree Water directly on your face after cleansing and using a cotton pad to remove excess cleanser.
Even if you decide to purchase a different product, the LUSH website features how-to videos for each individual product it sells in addition to a “how it’s made” section. The website keeps everything short and to the point which is great so you can get started right away!
After using these products you will understand what I mean about how they make your skin feel. The clay-like substance that makes up the Herbalism cleanser is seriously magic because my face has never felt like this before. You notice a difference as soon as your rinse off your face! After using LUSH, I know that at least for face wash I probably won’t go anywhere else. As for the other products, I may mix and match the facial masks here and there and I will most likely pick up the Tea Tree Water and Enzymion moisturizer as much as I can if my wallet feels up to it.
I definitely know a few things on my holiday wish list this year after exploring LUSH. Have you tried any LUSH products? Please share your experience! Next up: oil hair treatments. Check back in two weeks!