One shop we frequent when we shop for gifts is LUSH. For those who aren’t familiar with LUSH, it’s a British company known for their fresh handmade products. Both hubby and I really enjoy using LUSH bath soaps. They smell sooooo good. Plus, they’re made of natural ingredients like fruits, vegetables, and essential oils. LUSH doesn’t use animal fat products neither do they conduct animal testing.
Whenever there’s a LUSH store nearby I know immediately because of the scent that wafts out the door.
There are really a lot of products to choose from for your own use or for gifting — soaps, shampoos, scrubs, lotions…
If you have a bath tub at home I recommend getting a LUSH Ballistic (see above). Put one in a tub and watch it fizz and foam away. It turns your regular bath water into a yummy-scented pool where you can dip your stress away. My kids love this. We don’t have a tub at home though so I usually bring these when we have hotel staycations.
We usually give a variety of soaps. We’re partial to cooling soaps like this Ice Blue Soap which costs P250+ per 100g.
There are sooo many nice soap variants at LUSH it could get confusing. Good thing they let you try before you buy.
Yes, they have a wash area in every store where you can try out their bath products.
When we went to LUSH in Robinsons Magnolia some weeks ago, there were a lot of items which were buy 1 take 1!
But we still went for the soaps in the end. I picked 5 soaps which the LUSH lady wrapped individually and then boxed.
I love how they box your gift items! Personally I would be super happy to get a gift from LUSH.
What do you know, I did get gifts from LUSH… I’m ECSTATIC! For these thank you thank you LUSH Philippines… my holidays are definitely happy! Since we’re pretty much already sold on the soaps, let me introduce a few non-soap products from LUSH in this post. Let’s start with the Million Dollar Moisturizer SPF 30 (P2,275 for 45g, pictured above).
Why does it look like a small tub of ice cream waaah… it sure smells yummy too since it’s made of honey and shea butter. It’s a little richer than the usual moisturizer/sunscreen so it’s perfect for use during the drier holiday months. It’s surprisingly nice on the face and not greasy after it’s absorbed.
One important thing about LUSH products is the life span. Since they are fresh handmade products, they don’t have long shelf lives (except for the soaps and ballistics). The longest I think is 12-14 months. To know when they expire, always look for this circular sticker. The name of the person who made it is there as well as the production and best before date. All the products (except for the soaps and ballistics) always have this sticker.
For people who like styling their hair, LUSH Zest (P895 for 100g, pictured above) is a great alternative to the usual hair gel. It’s a medium to strong hold hair gelly that smells nice and citrusy.
Anyhow you take a bit of the gelly and rub some into your hands until there’s no visible product. They you work it into wet or dry hair, using your fingers to sculpt and style.
It did give my hair some lift. I love how it’s non-sticky, non-greasy, and surprisingly easy to use. Hair doesn’t become stiff or hard and looks natural afterwards.
If your budget is around P500, LUSH D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap is a nice option. You can gift it to anyone who shaves — no scratch that, anyone who takes a bath because this can be used as a body wash too!
OMG it looks like strawberry ice cream and it smells like strawberries and honey. It’s made of strawberries, syrup, rosehip oil, and cocoa butter.
If you’re using it as a shaving cream, you can use it on the face, legs, or wherever. Simply apply it over the skin surface and shave. If using as a body wash just apply, massage, and rinse.
LUSH African Paradise Body Conditioner (P1,575 for 225g) is great for those who have dry skin, especially now that it’s December (read: drier). My skin is so much drier these days that I’ve been using body lotion when I normally don’t.
This looks like a pint of yogurt / ice cream. It’s made of almond and moringa oils, shea butter, and fresh mango juice. You use it like you would hair conditioner — smooth over wet skin while showering, wash off, and then lightly towel dry. Sounds like my kind of product because I don’t really like using lotion lol. I much prefer using a rinse-off product in the bathroom.
Last but not the least is the LUSH Sesame Suntan Lotion (P625, pictured above). Okay, applying this won’t make you darker in case you’re wondering. It’s simply a low-SPF sunscreen lotion (SPF 10) so if you use this you will eventually tan with prolonged exposure.
This is made of toasted sesame oil and cocoa butter. Wow, it does really smell like freshly ground sesame seeds. It actually looks like sesame dressing hahaha. It’s surprisingly light in texture and is absorbed quickly by the skin so there’s no greasy feeling afterwards.
I highly recommend visiting a LUSH store and checking out the beautifully wrapped holiday gift sets. A set of 3 items starts at P1k. Log on to LUSH Philippines on Facebook for a complete list of stores.
Want to see LUSH’s fresh products and ingredients in action? Watch this 2-minute video entitled “The Experimenter” for a glimpse of exploding bath bombs, morphing liquids, and swirls of color. I sure feel like taking a bath now!
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