Ever since I got my first Tarte product, see previous post, I have been on the lookout for products that do not support animal testing. I have always been an animal lover, so any brands that has the leaping bunny symbol makes me so excited! That is also one of the main reasons I started using Tarte cosmetics.
Although I know that all cosmetics or skin care should be tested, it should be done on human volunteers and not on animals. Not only do animals not have the same genetic make up as us (hence what works on them might not work on us, and vice versa), they do not have a choice. I seriously doubt bunnies and monkeys need any form of make up or skincare applied on them.
So when I learnt of this brand called Lush, from Marzia Cutiepie, raving about BIG shampoo from Lush, I immediately went to check this brand out. BIG is basically a shampoo that consists of sea salt, so it adds tons of volume to your hair.
I went on to research further about this brand, and I have to say, I LOVE THEIR PHILOSOPHY! Not only do they fight against animal testing (founders have been fighting against animal testing for years, and they don’t do business with any supplier that supports animal testing), they use natural products (they are all biodegradable), makes their products by hand using little to no preservatives, packaging is all recycled and they support community fair trade. What is there not to love?
I was so excited about Lush that I went down to their outlet a few days later. Although they are not the most convenient, but I somehow managed to persuade my man to bring me there, and I wasn’t disappointed. The whole shop looks so fun! Although it can be a tad daunting since there were so many products, covering every corner of the shop, the staff were really friendly and patient, answering my silly questions.
I had a few products in mind that I wanted to try since they had raving reviews, mainly Angels on Bare Skin, Dark Angels and Herbalism, but since it was my first time there, I decided to just ask the staff what is suitable for my skin. I went there particularly to look for a facial scrub and maybe a hydrating mask, since the only mask I have at home is my Glamglow Super Mud mask, which was meant for clarifying, doing nothing much for the moisturizing department, in my opinion. I also wanted to get the BIG shampoo, however, the staff said that it will cause my bleached and dyed hair colour to wash away. The staff seemed really enthusiastic about their products, unlike any other brands (I’m looking at you, Sephora!). She recommended me Ocean Salt for my oily skin, and since I told her my skin is a tad sensitive, she recommended me the self-preserving ones, only difference between the two is that the self-preserving ones are a lot more gentler and do not have any preservatives; like Parabens.
She then went on to recommend me a few masks that are freshly made, so they need to be refrigerated when not in use, or else they will go mouldy (eeewww). I tried the Cupcake on my left hand and Cosmetic Warrior on my right. To be honest, one of the main reason I went with Cosmetic Warrior, is that the colour does not resemble fecal matter. Also, the smell of cupcake is too sweet and offputting.
While I tested and talked to the staff, my man went browsing around the store, and a soap called Porridge, caught his eye. He started joking about it, saying how we can eat it if we’re hungry in the shower, and what do you know, he bought said soap and a exfoliating scrub soap bar called Sandbox. It was surprising to me, since my man is one that only sticks to certain brands for life, even if it does nothing for his skin. I love how you can just tell the staff how much soap you intend to buy and they just cut it to that portion, feels like buying meat in a marketplace, since the prices stated are per 100 grams.
Finally done with my purchase and on the way home, really excited to try it.
I bought both the Ocean Salt and Cosmetic Warrior in small sized, since this was my first time trying this brand, just in case, ya know, it doesn’t work. Although a lot of people says its pricey for such a small tub, about SGD$26 each, personally I do not mind paying, since I know they are fresh and handmade, and knowing that I’m supporting so many good causes with my purchase. And c’mon, these are a lot cheaper than the Glamglow mud mask and facial wash that I have raved about, those tubs are waaaaay smaller and costs 3 times as much!
The first thing that hits you when applying this was the smell. Maybe this is the same for all their products, but the smell of this reminds me of sipping Lime Magarita by the seaside. Slowly it became a bit warm as you scrubbed on, maybe due to the vodka in this formula (yes, there’s vodka in this). This is quite grainy as there is course seasalt in this. At first, I was a bit worried, since I had a few really painful pimples on my face and this is literally applying salt to wound. But all i got was a slight tingly sensation, and the warming effect. However, after washing off, AWW MAA GAAWWDD, my skin has not felt so soft! Its amazing! It also comes with this sticker at the side, which tells you who made the formula you’re using, when he/she made it and when you should use it by. Reminds you of Freeds Classics no?
As you can see, almost everything on the ingredients list is recognizable and natural (please ignore the hole in the cloth, it was quite late last night when I took these pictures)
After using the Ocean Salt as a scrub, I used the Cosmetic Warrior as a mask. As this has been in the fridge, the cooling sensation of the mask was really quite something. Although there has been tons of reviews saying how bad this smells, I personally enjoyed the smell of it, and thought that it was quite relaxing. This contains antibacterial garlic and tea tree oil to rid of breakouts, egg whites for pore tightening and honey. I left it on my face for about 10 mins, since they said to wash off before the product dries and GAAWWDD, my face was sooo smooth and soft its unbelievable! Angry pimples seemed to have calmed down a bit as well. I know I keep saying ‘GAAWWWD’, but that was seriously what I thought while in the bathroom using these products.
Only downside of this mask, is that it has a really short shelf life, about 3 weeks, when stored in the fridge, due to the natural ingredients that is used.
So far, I’m in love with the products that I’ve got. My man has yet to try his soaps since they require a soap dish to store it properly, and he’s got none. But I’ve got to say, homegirl here is a convert. Where has Lush been all my life and why am I knowing this brand only now?? If there are any Lush products that are Holy Grail status, or in your opinion is really good, please do let me know!
I am a LUSHIE!!!