Training Wheels: LUSH

“Training Wheels” is a column that introduces new fashion/beauty addicts to classic must-have items from various locations, featuring one merchant per post.

If you’re not familiar with Lush Cosmetics, I strongly suggest you climb out of the rock you’ve been living under and find the nearest store to you.

Every single one of their products is handmade. Don’t believe me? You’ll see when you buy anything from Lush that there’s a date and a cartoon of the person who made your stuff!

Lush has a notorious cult following, full of devotees and fans around the world. The first store I went into was in Whistler, BC, and it was a life-changing experience. The smells in that store alone are worth a trip to your local Lush store.

It’s an excellent brand to acquaint yourself with, especially if you’re looking for beauty products with short ingredient lists that look more like grocery lists than laboratory chemicals. Lush products also make excellent gifts – no one turns down a present from Lush!

Here is a list of the crucial, must-have items from Lush, according to me (and many, many fans). These are the products that have stood the test of time and outlasted many now-retired Lush products. Leave your favorite Lush product in the comments!


Bath Bombs

It’s the size of an apple and covered/filled with the most amazing natural ingredients that do everything from release flower petals into your bathwater to turn the water blue. No matter what, though, it’s leaving you with skin that feels like clouds.

Lush Avo Bath Bomb

The first, and absolute must have bath bomb is the Avobath Bath Bomb,$6.35 each. A blend of avocado & olive oil, bergamot and lemongrass… It might be the best smelling thing that Lush sells. (In my opinion.)

Lush Butterball Bath Bomb

The next classic bath bomb is Butterball Bath Bomb$4.95 each. It’s as decadent as it sounds… Buttery, warm, and luxuriously soft on your skin. The cocoa butter and vanilla musk gives your olfactory senses something to enjoy as your skin turns to… well, butter.

Lush Big Blue Bath Bomb

Selecting a third “must have” bath bomb was difficult… a tie between Big Blue Bath Bomb, $6.40, a sea salt encrusted lemon, seaweed and lavender infusion; The Happy Pill Bath Bomb (no longer available – so sorry!), a literal pill-shaped bomb full of refreshing citrus; and the winner… The absolute must-have from Lush’s bath bomb collection:

Lush Sex Bomb Bath Bomb

The Sex Bomb Bath Bomb$6.65 each. This ultra-feminine, pink & purple rose is the perfect recipe for that sauce pre-third-date bath. Or post-third-date bath, if you catch my drift. Let the smell of sultry jasmine fill the room as rose petal from the bomb release into the bath water… All you need is some seriously saucy music, and you’re good for the night. Meow…


Solid Shampoo Bars

Lush’s solid shampoos are the best thing you could ever take traveling. Much better than an exploded bottle of shampoo seeping into all of your beautiful clothes, anyway. They even have little shampoo bar tins you can keep them in!

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They make super-specialized shampoos for each hair type, color and style.

Lush Trichomania Solid Shampoo

Trichomania$9.95, is the perfect solution for girls with curly hair who fear frizz. If you like the smell of coconut creme and vetiver, then go get this now.

Lush New Solid Shampoo

NEW! Solid Shampoo Bar$9.95, is a cinnamon scalp stimulant that actually has two literal cinnamon sticks right on the top of the bar! The spice heats the scalp and promotes follicle health. Got dandruff? Try the campfire scented (juniper and marigold petals) Soak and Float Shampoo Bar which will keep your hair flake-free.

Lush Ultimate Shine Solid Shampoo

I know the glitter mafia will appreciate the Ultimate Shine Solid Shampoo Bar, $11.95, which smells like a delicate baby powder made from fresh violet leaves. The glamour comes from the microscopic gold specks that make your hair literally glisten. Don’t worry, it won’t end up all over your stuff.


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Body Dusting Powder

The next must-have is a little unconventional. It takes some getting used to, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll thank me for years to come.

Simply squeeze the open bottle to dispense a mist of powder onto your skin. Warning: it might take some practice… But it’s worth it! If all else fails, just use it like a salt shaker over your legs and arms, then rub it in with your hands.

Lush Silky Underwear Body Dusting Powder

I’m only listing one of these, because there’s only one that you need to have. Silky Underwear Dusting Powder$7.95, will change your life. It’s got tiny, tiny beads of cocoa butter that, once you spread the powder on your body, melts into your skin for a silky soft finish. This was the first product I ever bought from Lush, and I was converted by the sexy jasmine smell and the amazing way my skin felt after applying it. I usually dry off after a shower and shake a little into the palm of my hand, then gently spread it over your skin – you’ll thank me later.


Facial Cleansers

It looks scary, I know. This amazing facial cleanser is part exfoliant, part aromatherapy, and part… cleanser. It’s called Angels on Bare Skin$10.95, and I couldn’t have picked a better name. The ground almonds contained in this paste gently exfoliate your skin while rose and lavender tone and sooth your skin to perfection. You just take a pea-sized amount in your hand, add a little water, and make it into a watery paste. Apply and massage into your skin – voila! It’s amazing.


Dry Shampoo

This is a relatively new product for Lush, but one of their most popular.

Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo

 

The fabulously named No Drought Dry Shampoo, $6.95, smells beautifully citrusy, and definitely does the job it promises to. The bottle, as mentioned earlier, is a little cumbersome, but is ultimately decent. The powder fades into your hair and scalp and improves the scent, and volume of your hair pretty much instantly! I am still on my first bottle that I got over a year ago, so it’s definitely a wise investment.


Soap

Sliced off huge bricks, like cheese, Lush’s soap has an amazing softening quality that somehow feels clean and soft at the same time. Dozens of scent combinations and awesome ingredients like figs and seaweed comprise these visually beautiful soaps.

Lush Bohemian Soap

This beautiful, light-colored Bohemian Soap, 7.50 for 3.5 oz., is one of the most blissful lemon-scented soap ever. There is actual lemon oil and juice in the soap which helps to cleanse the skin as well as giving it that extremely fresh scent.

Karma Handmade Soap$7.95 for 3.5 oz., meet my beautiful readers. Beautiful readers, meet your future. I left this one for last because it’s single-handedly the best product that Lush sells. The scent of Karma will linger all day as a subtle undertone. It’s the best smell ever. Really. Luckily it comes in a dusting powder, perfume, bath bomb, solid shampoo, bubble bar (instant bubble bath) and body wash. It’s that addictive. The scent? The heavenly, yet unexpectedly wonderful mix of patchouli, orange, lemongrass and pine. Weird combo, amazing, squeaky clean, orgasmic, seductive, mood-lifting effects.


What are YOUR favorite LUSH products?

Lindsay Ginn

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  • ML

    I am a “Big” Shampoo addict. It takes some getting used to with the weird texture, but it makes my hair incredibly shiny.

    • Hey nice photo of good products.I am rally interested in the facial cleanser.Great way way to look vibrant within minutes.

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  • BB

    I love their product displays, they’re a visual orgy for the eyes (hey you started it with the Sex Bomb talk! =)

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  • Jen

    Flying Fox shower gel is the only body wash/soap I’ll use now. It’s not overpowering, but I love the way my skin smells after I’m dry!

    I compliment the jasmine scent with Silky Underwear Solid Perfume – it’s like the frosting on your dusting powder cake. 🙂 I love the smell, but wanted to take it with me, and dusting powder can get messy. The solid perfumes last just as long as regular perfume, but don’t have the alcohol scent and can be tossed in my purse without fear of leakage. Neat, huh?

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  • s

    unfortunately, for a lot of color treated hair the sodium laurel/laureth sulfates they put in their conditioners/shampoos can be drying (surfactant and detergent) instead of moisturizing. i would suggest if you have any sort of treated hair (perms/color/straightened etc) checking with your stylist to make sure the solid conditioners or solid shampoo bars are right for your locks.

    the body butters, bath bombs, bubble bars, bath melts, dusting powder (use on your hair if it’s starting to grunge cus you haven’t washed it in a day or so – it smells fantastic!) are amazing!!!!! there’s a cinnamon one – the marathon bar – that is glittery red amazing bubbly fun. if you’re worried about the goodies in some of the bath bombs going down the drain or coating your tub in flowery glittery … stuff, wrap em in an old stocking. you get the benefits without all the floaty stuff to clean up.

    also some of their stuff melts, so sois sage if you are having things shipped – go to their store! if it’s warm where you are and you ship stuff, your box might be melty by the time you receive it. it’s always more fun to go into their store anyhow.

  • You got me all obsessed with this stuff, I had three things in my cart, and then I saw the shipping charges:

    Ground ($9.28) (May take up to 15 business days depending on current volumes)

    Express ($33.00) (May take up to 8 business days depending on current volumes)

    Priority ($40.00) (May take up to 5 business days depending on current volumes)

    I’m really surprised by that- Amazon just shipped me a pair of shoes for free in three days.

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  • Tammy

    I actually have a bunch of their products as well but I have to say that the Silky Underwear scent is no where NEAR as nice as everyone says it is. I bought both the powder and perfume (because of all the reviews were so positive) and neither have a pleasant smell.

    It has an old lady perfume smell.
    My boyfriend agrees as well.

  • Iris

    OMG I am obsessed with LUSH! I have almost everything. I LOVE their moisturizers especially Celestial. I think it’s better than Gorgeous (the $80+ one). My fav face washes are Ultrabland – makes your skin super glowing and smooth, Angels on Bare Skin – I use this one in the morning as a light exfoliator, and Aquamarina – the pink one with seaweed. I use this during the day for a refreshes. It makes my skin look so perfect, like I’m wearing makeup. Their exfoliator Ocean Salt is the best there is. And their spray toners are very good. I use them all throughout the day. Don’t waste your money on the bath products. They are overpriced and don’t last long at all. The body butters such as Buffy works great but doesn’t last.

  • Dita Von B

    If you really want to save some cash, look into making bath bombs yourself. They’re super easy, fun, and you can customize your scents, oils, and other ingredients to suit your skin type. It’s way cheaper than buying them, they make great gifts, and it leaves you all that extra money to spoil yourself in other ways!
    This site is pretty awesome for all things soap-related: http://www.teachsoap.com/bombs.html

  • here in scotland bloominbute,s fresh bathing seaweed is all the rage pure natural skin & hair care and realy cheep
    http://www.justseaweed.com

  • Great review of Lush Cosmetics. I am a huge fan of their stuff. I couldn’t live without Dream Cream.

  • I never tried Lush products before because whenever I see the store, I can smell very strong scent. It smells good but it is too strong for me. So I didn’t know Lush products were all made by hand with natural ingredients. I definitely try the solid shampoo bars! Thanks for the info!

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  • Kris

    I agree with the poster about the shipping. They are absolutely rediculous! I found an online company that offers the same stuff as lush but for a more reasonable price, and flat rate shipping of $8.95!! Can’t beat it with a stick

  • Kris

    I forgot the company, it’s called Aroma Chef Bath & Body at http://www.aromachef.com they have bubble bars, bath bombs, solid shampoo, and sulfate free shampoo too!!!

  • Gabby

    My favorite Lush product would have to be demon in the dark, but i have to try some of those ones.

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  • andrea roy

    Lush makes incredible face masks! They are only available in the stores, not sold mail order as they need to be refrigerated. I love the BB Seaweed mask and Sacred Truth. For every 5 containers you bring back to the store for recycling you receive a free mask

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  • Colleen

    I *just* ran out of my dry shampoo I got THREE YEARS AGO. It traveled all over the globe with me, spilled a few times, and still lasted me three entire years. I bought a new non-LUSH dry shampoo and it’s not nearly as great. My love affair with them is too grand! I love this post!!