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Stef's rants: 2

In this entry I invited people to suggest topics for me to rant or blather about. Here is number 2, suggested by snippy.

How do you feel about Lush? If you use it, what are your favorites?

You sent me three Lush products, for which I am very grateful! I've used two of them: the "Butterball bath bomb" and the "Floating Island" (I broke it in half, and I just used the second half yesterday). I loved the way the bath bomb made my skin feel, which surprised me because I don't think of myself as having dry skin. But it made the tub really slippery and it took quite a long time to clean the tub. I liked the floating island, although the experience wasn't as impressive as the bath bomb. Both of them smelled nice and didn't have an overwhelming scent.

I'm glad that Lush labels their products and has vegan products and uses only natural ingredients and doesn't test on animals.

I haven't purchased any Lush products for myself so far because they cost more than I want to spend on a bath product, and I don't use cosmetics, and I have an everyday soap I'm happy with (Dr Bronner's Peppermint), and I have an industrial-sized bottle of cheap shampoo. But I might just need to buy more Butterballs for special occasions, and I might try out their hair products at some point. (Although putting fancy natural hair products on hair that is frequently tortured with peroxide and other harsh chemicals related to the dying process seems...odd.)

Comments

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kshandra
Jun. 22nd, 2004 02:10 am (UTC)
My boss in the Department of Mutant Vehicles is the manager of the Union Square Lush store; I got a bottle of their Rehab shampoo from her a while ago. It smells weird (the seaweed in it, I'm sure), but works really well.
epi_lj
Jun. 22nd, 2004 06:14 am (UTC)
I shop at Lush now and then; we have several here in Toronto. I like their solid shampoos a lot. However, I find that aside from the price, which really is a consideration, going downtown when I'm out of soap is inconvenient. I wish that they had a location closer to me.
firecat
Jun. 22nd, 2004 09:29 am (UTC)
You can buy them online... http://www.lushcanada.com
epi_lj
Jun. 22nd, 2004 09:50 am (UTC)
Yes, but there's something not-right about getting stuff shipped that you can get locally. Aside from having to pay shipping, there's the wasted packaging, etc. I'd sit there the whole delivery time thinking, "Damn, am I ever lazy. I could have just hopped the subway downtown."
firecat
Jun. 22nd, 2004 09:54 am (UTC)
If you have good public transit, yeah. If you are making a special trip to the store by car, then having it delivered probably saves gas, since the delivery van is probably in your area anyway. Fortunately, we can recycle all our packing materials in one way or another.
epi_lj
Jun. 22nd, 2004 09:59 am (UTC)
Recycling stuff is good, but it's better to not have them have been used in the first place. :) But yeah, we do have good public transit that will take me more or less directly to Lush. I'm just lazy. ;)

I ordered something from Mountain Equipment Co-op once, which is local, albeit slightly harder to get to, simply because I kept not getting there. I felt bad about it the whole time. Really, I could have ridden my bike down -- it would have made a really nice ride.
the_siobhan
Jun. 22nd, 2004 06:28 am (UTC)
I can't even go into the stores. I'm allergic to lavender, and the scent is so strong I have to cross the street or hold my breath just to pass by.
purplepaisley
Jun. 22nd, 2004 06:50 am (UTC)
Agreed
I'm not allergic to anything, and I can't go in those stores, or spend any length of time standing outside on the street. Just overpowering.
krasota
Jun. 22nd, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
I dislike the whole aromatherapy craze. I'm allergic to lavender, too. While the EO doesn't have the pollen, the smell still triggers instant migraines. Brushing against the plant gives me hives. Being around live plants = asthma, hives, migraine. And I live in Virginia, where lavender is easy to grow, so all the "hip" folks and old herb ladies and crazy goths (my neighborhood is full of all of these) grow the stuff. Gets to where I can't take too many walks this time of year.

thanks for the warning about lush stores. i've looked at the product ingredients before, so i wasn't planning on hitting a lush store anytime soon (that whole living in virginia thing again), but if i find myself in a city with a store, it's good to know i'll need to cross the street.
cyan_blue
Jun. 22nd, 2004 06:47 am (UTC)
Lush swoon yum overpriced wonderful purr ooh yeah

I like the pineapple soap, and the seaweed blue soap, and... avocado and jasmine bath bombs! And hey, you think the butterball one is hard to clean the tub after, try one of the glitter-filled ones... :-)

I've been buying my soaps from althaea lately, though...
the_siobhan
Jun. 22nd, 2004 11:19 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I bought one of her soaps, and after trying it out for a week I immediately went back and bought four more varieties to test out.

The one she sells for sensitive skin is just lovely.
fattest
Jun. 22nd, 2004 08:34 am (UTC)
I had never heard of Lush until your post. But I once gave diggerboots a scrub with this fancy oily salt scrub stuff, and it was virtually impossible to clean the tub after. It stayed slippery for a long time. Dangerous stuff. Should include a warning label.
firecat
Jun. 22nd, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
I had to put a towel on the floor of the bathtub in order to shower afterward.
opalmirror
Jun. 25th, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC)
Lush is yummy. Yes it's overpriced, but most things are good in moderation. Sometimes a particular scent is just what I want to smell. It's fun to have my lover sniff me and guess what scent I'm wearing. I purchase in Victoria, BC, Canada when I'm there visiting family.
firecat
Jun. 25th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
Just to clarify, I don't think Lush is overpriced; I think I'm cheap.
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