Lush produces fresh homemade cosmetics that ranges from body soaps, shower gels, face masks, lip balms, bath bombs and many more. Lush recently launched their very first store in Singapore. Located in the heart of Orchard Road, smelling good is just a couple of steps away. Having an environmental and green policy, Lush products are created with the awareness of the environment. Taking into consideration in terms of the packaging, materials used and how it is made, Lush aims to be an environmentally responsible organization.
After painfully forking out $29 for a small tub of their best-selling facial cleanser, Ocean Salt, I had high expectations of this product. But unlike many others, perhaps it’s just my skin, I broke out so badly after trying this. The salt pieces were way too harsh and sharp for my skin to handle and I smelled like I went for a swim in the sea after every application.
As for their bath bombs, $28 for a pink glittery ball that disintegrates in water? Save yourself the trouble of taking a ‘bath’ with it. Last I checked, baths were meant to make you clean, and not like you just rolled around in a pool of glittery unicorn vomit.
Overrated, overpriced and for those who like pretty (pink) things.
After painfully forking out $29 for a small tub of their best-selling facial cleanser, Ocean Salt, I had high expectations of this product. But unlike many others, perhaps it’s just my skin, I broke out so badly after trying this. The salt pieces were way too harsh and sharp for my skin to handle and it just smelled overwhelmingly like the sea.
For those with sensitive skin, I would not recommend Lush’s exfoliating cleansers even if it claims to be mild.
Their bath bombs were also overpriced, and this time, underwhelming as expected. Douse yourself in a bottle of strawberry perfume and you get the same result. Overrated and not worth it in my opinion.
It’s always an enjoyable time in lush that you’ll be spoilt for choices. Not only do their products impress, their service is remarkable too. I have never encountered a pushy or unfriendly sales lady in lush which is very important to me. My first and all time favorite purchase was the Mask of Magnaminty. It is a facial mask cum scrub infused with China clay and peppermint oil that helps to reach deep within your skin to cleanse the debris off your skin. The peppermint oil leaves your skin feeling refreshed with a cool, tingly sensation - a pleasing feeling for such warm weather in Singapore. This mask is well suited for people with acne prone skin as it helps soothes irritated and inflamed skin.
This unquestionably won’t be the last of my purchase from lush, I’ve yet to try the other products but they are definitely on my list. Here’s a tip: Get your family/friends to buy bottles of lush back for you from the US/Australia, they cost a fraction of the price there than in Singapore! Don’t worry if you can’t get them overseas, these products go a long way so they’re worth spending every cent.
The products smell fresh. Fruity, but not overwhelming and sweet, but not overpowering. These are not your Victoria's Secret or The Body Shop scents - even from the outside, the tangy citrus smell rejuvenates you and spurs you on to walk into the store.
Their products are so cute and fun, but so impractical for me. Never mind the fact that I don't have the time to take a full bath - I don't even have a bathtub. Although honestly, I'd try and borrow one just to try out their bath bombs - I've heard they fizzle and dye the water colours and are basically just magical.
LUSH holds the promise of illusion and enchantment.
I like their soaps most. I used their hair soaps and the one I really like is Jumping Juniper. But not cheap! Actually all their stuff are not cheap. So don't go crazy. If you step in for the first time, don't get too excited and try to buy too many things. Go read up what's good and then buy according to what you think you need. If you got bath tub, try their bath bombs. Price reasonable and very fun to use. Most got colors so the water will look nice to dip in. They also cause the bath water to be bubbly and smells great.
Good thing the sales staff are not atas and very helpful. So if you don't know anything, you can ask them and they are most willing to recommend or advice.
Entering the store, you’ll be greeted by their friendly staff. All Lush employees apparently have to go through training before being hired so the service here is always above average. Most of the products are contained in black pots with only their names differentiating them so it is definitely quite confusing and overwhelming at first. But not to worry, the friendly staff will be happy to help you out. It also helps if you do some research online about the product you want beforehand.
Otherwise, it is also good to walk around the store yourself and discover the products for yourself. Lush tries to minimize their packaging and their black pots are made from recycled materials, so by supporting them, you are supporting conservation efforts.
There's no denying that Lush products ARE on the pricey side. But when used wisely, your pot or bar of soap can last a long time so it’s definitely worth it in the long term.
Their store assistants were ever so friendly, willing to give me a hand at trying their scrubs and lotions. Powering through my slowly developing migraine, I find it hard to differentiate their range of smells. I honestly thought everything smells the same. I did however, fall in love their bar soaps and sea salt scrub which actually left my skin smooth after trying them. Unfortunately they were rather over the price budget I'd like to spend on body products.
Unfortunately, after scrubbing for quite awhile, the foam produced by the soaps start smelling slightly off - it morphs from the mild, sweet honey fragrance into a stale, not unpleasant but almost chemical-like smell. Nevertheless, will definitely be back to try out more soaps. I'm addicted to using bar soaps now, it's enjoyable and rather nostalgic.
Needless to say, I was very impressed by her service, she was so passionate about what she is doing and it feels great being served by such a girl. I left the shop, thinking that I would come again, and I would get something from this shop then.
I returned to the shop, looked around and picked up "Bohemian", a pretty soap that exudes a lemony light refreshing smell, and without heisitation, I bought it. I have to say, as pretty as it looks or smell, it didn't suit my skin, because it is for people with oily or troubled skin, but I have normal skin. So I ended up using it as a hand soap which works great. I wouldn't blame it on the shop since I was the one who didn't ask and just swoop it up. On average, their soap bars cost over $10 and 100g is just a tiny piece.
Though 100g makes up a tiny piece, it can last for quite a while (because it is a soap bar), around 2 months, depending on how you use it. That being said, for people who finds soap bar a hassle to use, this may not be for you.
I'm not sure if I'm going to get the soap bar again, since I find it a little of a hassle to use soap bar, but if I can splurge a bit, I would get the other soap bars that are more moisturizing and they all look and smell promising! I heard that the porridge soap and the sultana soap is really good too!
That being said, the shop itself can be a bit of a turn off with its overpowering scent that makes it almost impossible to actually smell anything in the store. I’m usually just taking my chances with the products hoping they smell good. I’ve had good luck with most of the scents so far, but for things like soaps and perfumes, it can be far too risky to just take a shot.
The prices are also rather steep in comparison to the actual prices of the items in the British stores which the line is actually from. It seems like the exportation fee makes up at least a third of the price, which can be quite a bummer.