First things first. If you are in a hurry, skip to the “What’s Hot, What’s Not” section.
What comes to your mind when you hear about the brand Lush? A great smelling shop in a big shopping mall with an array of beautifully crafted bath bombs and soaps, tubs of exotic blends and colorful pick-me-ups perched on well decorated shelves. Most of us, including me, have believed that Lush is a chemical-free brand of high-end skin care. Well, in reality, it is not. Neither does the brand claim to be so. Lush is a completely vegan, cruelty free brand and most of the products are handmade. They have chemicals like SLS (sodium laureth sulphate) and synthetic fragrances in some of their products. However, the brand is very transparent about the ingredients they use. You can find the list of ingredients on the packaging of your product or if the product comes “naked” or unpacked, you can ask for a booklet that lists the ingredients used in each product. The brand uses very minimal packaging. There are a few products like soaps and bath bombs that do not come with any packaging while others come in glass bottles or recycled plastic tubs. Lush’s USP is the environment friendly factor. According to the company website and other trusted sources, the brand is striving towards making the products preservatives free. In fact, some of these products are self-preserving. These environment friendly measures and vegan products make Lush one of my favorite skin care brands.
My Experience at Lush, Garden Mall, Jupiter, Florida:
Honestly, I love shopping at Lush. I completely agree that the products are more expensive than many other vegan brands. Some may also complain that the shop assistants at the Lush stores are bothersome and mean. To be honest, I did feel a little overwhelmed when two SAs came to my side asking what I was looking for and asking me about my skin type and specific needs. I love to shop independently. But if you are new to Lush, you would need assistance because it is difficult to understand how they categorize the products. Trust me, it seems quite haphazard at first glance. But the SAs were quite nice. Mean and bothersome, no. Overfriendly, yes.
I think I have said enough about the store and the brand. Let me now focus on the product.
Aqua Marina Face and Body Cleanser: A Review
Quite frankly, I love this product for a number of reasons:
- It’s a very gentle cleanser and can be a used on the face as well as the body.
- It does not have SLS.
- It’s good for all skin types because it does not leave an oily residue post rinsing.
- It makes the skin dewy.
- I love the fragrance.
- I love products with sea weeds and sea salt. These ingredients are believed be rich in minerals that are good for the skin.
- The brand does not make hefty promises
However, there are a few things that may be a concern for some:
- The fragrance is a little pungent but you get used to it.
- You might be allergic to one or more of the ingredients.
- Shelf life is three months.
Let’s now take a quick look at the label.
What’s Hot, What’s Not:
- From natural sources are labelled in green
Glycerine, Calamine powder, Kaolin, Irish Moss gel (chondrus crispus), Organic Aloe Vera gel (aloe barbadensis), Fine Sea Salt, Nori Seaweed (algae), Sweet Wild Orange oil (citrus sinensis), Patchouli oil (pogostemon cablin), Carrageenan Extract (chondrus crispus)
- From safe, synthetic sources are labelled in black
Butyl phenyl methylpropional, Hexyl cinnamal, Fragrance
How to use:
Take a small amount of the product and add a little water to make a paste. Rinse after massaging gently. Can be used all over the body and face.
Other Relevant Info:
It comes in a black recycled plastic tub. If you return five such clean containers, you will get a free face mask. It is vegan and self preserving.
Pocket Pinch and Availability:
A 100 g (3.5 oz) is priced at $12.50
Available at the Lush stores and on the Lush website. You can also call 1 (888) 733-5874 to place an order.
Have you tried this product? How has it worked out for you? Please let me know.
Alright, I’ll wrap it up for now. Have fun exploring new products.