4.9.14

To Lush or not to Lush (Collab)



Lush has been a hot topic around here since the preservative ‘debate’ which aired a few weeks back. The post I wrote (click here) has been very popular and greatly received so I’d like to thank everyone who took time to comment.

My Lush journey was short and sweet. When my attention was first drawn to natural skincare Lush did spring to my mind based on what friends had told me about products. In my teens I was a devoted Body Shop customer. Anyone remember the Banana Conditioner? I thought it was fabulous. In my mind, Lush had the potential to fill a gap in my heart after The Body Shop sold out to L'Oreal. That fondness for earthy and authentic ingredients is what led me over the Lush threshold and I was enticed by Dream Cream. I had seen many reviews which practically declared it as the “cure” for eczema. For me, sadly the dream was short lived because my eczema hated this product. In hindsight, the ingredients in Dream Cream make sense as oats, rose, cocoa butter, olive oil, chamomile and lavender are ideal for sensitive skin. However, with further research I began to understand that in my case tea tree, triethanolamine, perfume and parabens were the irritants. It was a lesson learned and in a small way was a bit of a life saver because I was a step closer to understanding my skin.

I am writing this post in collaboration with AmberPaula and Tamara. The idea is we each will show readers that cleaner ingredient dupes for Lush products are available. I have chosen three products from the Lush website and I will give you alternatives which in my opinion have better ingredients.

Natural Bubbles Bath Creamers



Lush Butterball Bath Bomb - Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coca Butter, Synthetic Musk, Ylang Ylang & perfume

You could replace with -

Natural Bubbles Bath Creamers - Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Zea Mays Starch, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Theobroma Cacao (cocoa butter), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool 

Strong scents of bubblegum and candy are delightful but they will be artificial. This has the potential to cause problems for your skin, so whilst natural alternatives may not have the same allure with sugary scents at least you shouldn't get an itchy lady garden after bathing. Click here for my review of Natural Bubbles Bath Creamers. Alternatively, I would also recommend Quintessentially English. They produce lovely bath bombs with flower petals if you want a bit of something extra in the tub.

Chilly B Restoring Foot Butter

Lush Fairtrade Foot Lotion - Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Arnica Infusion, Fairtrade Almond Oil, Fairtrade organic cocoa butter, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, Tagetes Oil, Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 17200, Methylparaben Propylparaben

You could replace with -

Chilly B Restoring Foot Butter - Ingredients: Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Vitamin E (Tocopherol) Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulas).

I have been testing out Chilly B and think it works very well on my dry feet. It is super easy to find a foot cream without lanolin, perfume, parabens and colours. Most natural and organic brands have one in their range. 

Lush Dream Steam - Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tea Tree Oil *Citronellol *Geraniol *Limonene *Linalool, Rose Petals

You could replace with -

Bathing Beauty Face Tea for Shy Skin - Ingredients: Dried Calendula Officinalis, (calendula), Anthemis Nobilis (chamomile), Chickweed 

In regards to Lush Dream Steam, aside from entertainment value (the tablet will fizz), the sodium bicarbonate in Dream Steam doesn't offer any benefits to the skin. Bathing Beauty products come without the fizz but also avoid the dreaded PERFUME!

If you have a favourite Lush product and you would like a ditch it for better ingredients, get in touch with me (or Amber, Paula, Tamara) and I am sure we can find you an alternative.



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9 comments:

  1. Great idea and I look forward to reading the other girls post too!
    I used to love the charcoal face soap and the olive shower gel.

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    1. I was about to suggest heading over to Amber's blog as she covered charcoal face soap but I see you already have :)

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  2. Itchy lady garden lol... Sarah, you sure do have a way with words ;) Love the way you did your post xx

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    1. haha that cracked me up too! I don't see why LUSH can't make their foot lotion much simpler...make it a balm & no need for water...duh! Enjoyed doing this post with you girls :) xx

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    2. Glad you both liked that one, I couldn't resist :D
      Amber - yes agree why all those added extras in the foot lotion

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  3. Best line ever, but lordy if I didn't have a body on fire. Bathing in a bath of SLS is not an enjoyable experience I'll tell you. I'm here to tell you it is not a relaxing experience.

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    1. That is not a good experience and my Dream Cream experience wasn't far off that either

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  4. This is a great, great collab! We defnitely need to spread the word about LUSH being NOT a green brand.

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    1. Glad you have enjoyed our collaboration :)

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