My Top 5 Lush Products

Hi. My name is Gillian, and I am a Lushaholic.

I was not always a Lush person. Indeed, I was not someone who thought much about soaps and scrubs and all that stuff at all. As long as my soap didn’t leave my skin too dry and my conditioner detangled my hair without me pulling half of it out in the process, I was happy.

But then my ex-housemate pulled me into a Lush store one day, under the guise that she had to pick up a couple of samples. Frankly, I remain convinced that the move was a deliberate attack on my wallet.

I walked around this heavily perfumed, rustic looking place, chatting to the friendly shop assistant and having, to my surprise, a really nice time. Eventually I was persuaded to pick up a bath bomb and a shower scrub.

That was the start. I don’t know if there will ever be an end.

My Lush collection now encompasses well over 50 different items, ranging from bath bombs, to soaps, to shampoos, to moisturisers, to make-up… I could go on. Every time I visit a Lush store, I discover something new and exciting to waste my money on. Yet I never experience buyer’s remourse, because the quality of their stuff is always so excellent.

If you are also a seasoned connoisseur of Lush, you might be wondering what my -favourite- Lush product is – a question that feels a bit like what I imagine it is like to be asked which child you would choose to save from a burning building. However, since I thought it would make an interesting blog post, I took the time to think about which Lush products I consider to be a cut above the rest.

It took a lot of calculating and cross-analysing (I can neither confirm nor deny that Excel spreadsheets were involved), but I have managed to come up with a list of my five favourite Lush products. I strongly advise you to prepare to be mildly entertained, because here they are.

5. Ultrabland Facial Cleanser

Dubbed the Lush founders’ No. 1 Desert Island Product, Ultrabland is a facial cleanser like no other.

This thick, moisturising cream is one of the most effective make up removers I have ever come across, taking off even my waterproof eyeliner and mascara with minimal effort. It is also super gentle, as it neither irritates my eyes nor leaves my skin feeling tight and dry. As an added bonus, its combination of almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey gives it a luscious, slightly sweet fragrance.

If you are somebody that finds facial cleansing and moisturising rituals tedious (I know I do), Ultrabland is the all-in-one miracle face product for you.

4. Silky Underwear Dusting Powder

Are you one of those poor, unfortunate souls that suffers from the sort of epic chafing that makes wearing a summer dress one of the most painful experiences you could endure? Well never fear, troubled human, because Silky Underwear is here.

With an application of this powder on my inner thighs, and a small bottle tucked safely in my bag, I have been able to take on even the sweatiest of days in fabulous dresses with grace and ease. I had never before faced a summer without the fear of chafing looming like some ugly, red, raw animal, and Silky Underwear was a miraculous discovery that I did not dare to dream was possible.

It is also great for applying to the rest of the body, as it contains plenty of grated cocoa butter to ease out any dryness or roughness, as well as jasmine perfume for a lusciously floral scent that works beautifully with the natural smell of clean skin.

Seriously, people. If summertime sweating and skin rubbing bothers you, I cannot recommend Silky Underwear enough.

3. Popcorn Lip Scrub

Are your lips prone to irritating and ugly peeling? If so, they should consider their dreams met, because Popcorn is the delicious answer they have been waiting for.

The first thing that struck me about Popcorn, and indeed all of Lush’s lip scrubs, is how brilliantly simple the concept is. Take caster sugar, add a little moisturising oil and salty caramel flavouring, and get the townsfolk to scrub it vigorously along their lips before licking it off. Easy, right? But my word it works well.

I use Popcorn once every couple of days, and my lips have never looked or felt better. I bought a jar for my brother (whose ever-peeling lips have been a source of annoyance for him since he was a teenager), and even he has noticed enough of a difference to use it regularly.

2. Scrubee Body Butter

OK, now we’re getting into the REALLY good stuff.

If I am being honest, my love for Scrubee is so great and all-encompassing that it is borderline tragic. OK, not even borderline. It’s seriously tragic. But I promise you, Scrubee is worth all of my affection and more.

I don’t know about you, but I have found that most moisturisers are either not very good at moisturising, or they leave me feeling as though a thick layer of slime is coating my body for hours afterwards. Scrubee tackles both of these problems with ease, using a combination of well thought-out ingredients and an obvious, but actually very clever, application process.

Scrubee is applied by rubbing it straight onto the body after washing, much like a bar of soap. This ensures that the shea and cocoa butters have ample opportunity to get into the skin and start hydrating it, while the ground almond and coconut shells gently exfoliate and smooth out any rough patches.

Once Scrubee has been applied to the satisfaction of the lucky user, it gets washed off. This might seem counter-productive with a moisturiser, but the skin will have absorbed all of the goodness it needs by this time, so anything that remains does not need to be there. Once the exfoliating bits and the excess butters and everything else has been rinsed away, the skin is left feeling smooth, silky, and not at all slimy, for hours.

Best of all, Scrubee smells like honey (as you would expect, from its name and cute, bee-body appearance), but there is also bergamot and orange oil in there to act as a counterbalance, so the overall fragrance is sweet, without being sickly. Sometimes I will be walking past my bowl of Lush products (pictured at the top of this post), and I will pick up Scrubee and have a good whiff before continuing on my way. That is how good it smells, and it smells even better on the skin when it has been freshly applied.

1. Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub

It was a close call between 1st and 2nd place. But, as much as I love Scrubee, Rub Rub Rub is always going to win in the end.

This blue shower scrub was the first Lush product I bought. It is the product that I have since re-bought several times over. It is the product I use more than anything else. It is, without a doubt, my favourite Lush product.

Why is it so great, you ask?

Firstly, it smells amazing. Made from a combination of fine sea salt, lemon juice, jasmine absolute, orange flower, mimosa absolute, and other refreshing, citrus-y perfumes; Rub Rub Rub evokes images of lying on the sand of the cleanest beach in the world, breathing in the sea air and, possibly, drinking a fruity cocktail. Who wouldn’t want to smell that every day?

Secondly, it is insanely versatile. At its crux, Rub Rub Rub is an exfoliating soap, but the use of fine sea salt instead of a less active ingredient (like Scrubee’s almond and coconut shells, or those awful plastic microbeads that Lush wouldn’t be caught dead using) gives it versatility unlike any other shower scrub I have seen. For one thing, you can adjust the intensity of the exfoliation: use it in the shower for a gentle scrub (the warm water partially dissolves the salt), or use it before showering if you like a rough buff. It can also be used as a shampoo. I have used it before as a foot scrub. My ex-housemate uses it as a shaving cream. Really, I am just about ready to ask Rub Rub Rub to repair my desk chair and do my taxes; it is that versatile.

Thirdly, and most importantly, it works. It is all very well for a product to claim that it can be used for lots of things, but that is all for naught if the product is rubbish at actually doing any of it. Rub Rub Rub definitely does not have that problem. I originally bought it because I wanted to give the darker patches of skin around my neck a more thorough clean, and it was so effective that the dark patches were completely gone after two washes. Whenever I use it as a shampoo, my hair is left with tonnes more volume and lift. As a foot scrub, it does a better job of removing the stubborn dead skin on my heels than the actual foot scrub I own. No matter how you choose to use it, Rub Rub Rub will do the job, and it will do it well.

In short, Rub Rub Rub truly is one of those miracle products that only comes along once in a blue moon, and I would recommend it to absolutely anybody.

 

And now I turn the platform over to you, dear reader. Do you have a favourite Lush product? Have you ever been to Lush? Are you somewhat tempted to try Lush out, now that you have read this post? Don’t be shy – let me know what you think. 🙂

Posted by Gillian

Hello. My name is Gillian Brown. I'm a freelance writer living in the UK, with an Australian accent to offer as a starting point of conversation. As a writer, my main areas of interest are social activism, ethical consumption, linguistics, comedy, and marketing. My other interests include dancing, tabletop role-playing, crocheting and cooking.

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