This was going to be a different post. When I initially received these Lush products, I was going to talk about each one seperately, deliberating on each item in terms of its smell and its moisturising qualities. However, now that I’ve used them all, it’s clear that I don’t need to go into so much detail.
There is no doubt that the soap ‘Honey I Washed the Kids’ has a heavenly honey-caramel-toffee smell, and Karma soap is a heady mix of lemongrass, pachtouli, and orange oils, but I would rather use them to fragrance my bathroom than to wash my skin. Both soaps lather reasonably well and create a nice cream to rub all over your body, but the fact is, they’re just soap; and as soap, they’re quite drying. After I’d used them, I found myself reaching for my Cetaphil cleanser to ‘neutralise’ the dryness, then applying lashings of Elizabeth Arden’s Honey Drops and Green Tea Body Cream.
I’m happy to say that the Snow Fairy Gel for Body and Hair (I dare not use it on my hair) is less drying, but only makes it to the title of a ‘normal’ shower gel. My boyfriend’s Lynx Shower Gel would have similar moisturising capabilities. The smell is overpoweringly sweet, and is like washing yourself with Ribena. The gel itself is pink and glittery, but I don’t have a particular problem with that.
The thing is, for all the hype around these products, they don’t really impress me. It seems to me that Mario Badescu’s Citrus Body Cleanser is what these products should have been (as I said in en earlier post). It has a great refreshing, citrus smell, is mildly exfoliating, and moisturises your skin. Simple.
At the moment these Lush soaps are fragrancing my bathroom, and I do enjoy the smell. However, despite my disappointment at this foray into Lush, I’m not going to give up on them yet. I think Massage Bars, Emotibombs (bath bombs for your shower), and Bubble Bars look a little more promising. We’ll see.
I purchased these items from Lush.com.au. Their service is outstanding, they’re very liberal with samples, and they charge a $9 flat shipping rate throughout Australia.