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My LUSH addiction 
19th-Feb-2006 06:21 pm
Last July, kitschparade introduced me to LUSH; specifically, the Vancouver store. The phrase I use to describe them is: "if Willy Wonka made soap, it'd be LUSH". They have bar soap, yes, but also bath bombs, and shampoo, and moisturizer and facial cleanser and bubble bath and and and...

And it's all such lovely stuff; a celebration of the senses. I purchased about four things that first trip, but I was hooked. Fortunately the two closest stores were each 2.5 hours away. Then they opened up just across the water in Bellevue. That was the beginning of the end for me. And then they started giving away their holiday stuff when you bought $n worth....

I think I'm addicted to LUSH, and I'm only half joking when I say that. Here's my current stash, in three parts.

Long story short, I'm cutting down. I'm going to sell or swap a good chunk of that, and I'm not buying anything I don't totally love.
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20th-Feb-2006 03:44 am (UTC)
You knew about this AND DIDN'T TELL ME?!?!

No, no, caaaaalm...

Some of the stuff they have is that good, yes, but everyone seems to have different favorites. The bath bombs are cute, but ultimately not for me. They make the water look cool and smell good but, somehow, the fizzing is just not enough for me to spend the money anymore. I got a bunch of the solid shampoo and conditioner as a gift, and it's pretty good (it's great for traveling -- no leaks!). I really like the massage bars, some of their soaps are top-notch (esp. Gratuitous Violets *swoon*). I also got some facial cleanser as a gift and some moisturizer for free, and I'm really happy with them both. My true love, though, is the Bubble Bar Slices. Especially Flowertub, which is sadly discontinued. That one is like bathing in a flower garden. Mmmmmmm.

Overall it's high quality eccentric bathstuff, somewhat expensive, but can be worth it. But be warned: it's easy (far, far too easy) to get seduced into buying things that are only OK.

Which other Lushaholics do you know of?
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20th-Feb-2006 05:32 am (UTC)
Um, yeah. About half of it was free in one way or another, though, so I can't feel too bad about it.
20th-Feb-2006 03:54 am (UTC)
I know a lot of people around here who are addicted to them. There's one up in SF that they make pilgrimages to. I was there once, I just didn't get it. But then again, I don't go for that type of stuff. I've had too many run-ins with weird stuff making my skin do odd things. There's exactly one bar soap, one shampoo, one conditioner, and one moisturizer that I'll use. If any of those ever stop being made I will be very upset.
20th-Feb-2006 04:11 am (UTC)
Huh. I have sensitive skin too, but not to that extreme.

I think I like the LUSH stuff because I feel that when it comes to soap scent and color, too much is barely enough. That's not true for everyone, obviously...
20th-Feb-2006 05:13 am (UTC)
would the soap be regular flavor Lever 2000, by any chance?

coz, my skin's itching just looking at the pic o' all that crack stuff
20th-Feb-2006 06:46 am (UTC)
Nope, Dove Sensitve Skin. Works great. My skin isn't particularly sensitive or dry or anything. I'm just selective about what I put on it and once some random stuff I used in Italy made it look like I had chicken pox for a few days.
20th-Feb-2006 05:56 am (UTC)
This is somewhat ironic, as I was just whining to Bob this weekend about having a problem buying too many "beauty products" (and subsequently having to tote them back and forth between our houses.)

But this! This is out of control. I feel so much better now about my Burt's Bees Wild Lettuce Toner, thank you very much!
20th-Feb-2006 06:02 am (UTC)
I'm always glad when my life can serve as a warning to others.
6th-Mar-2006 04:04 pm (UTC)

so, i can't even begin to understand the pics o' products

but, i do enjoy pretty bars of soap

if you've gots a few thangs that are sunny, light, springy, just plain pretty to look at - and somehow manage not to smell when you're *not* using them? (like, i should walk into teh bathroom after being gone all day and be slammed in the head with *fake flower* smell) (the way my current really pretty to look at soap does)

6th-Mar-2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
Hrm. The Lush stuff is pretty much designed to smell lots. I'll see if I can find a pretty soap that isn't overwhelming when it's dry. I sent Jen some 17 Cherry Tree Lane; mebbe borrow that for a bit (put it in your bathroom for a week) and see if that's too much. It might be, but that will give me a good yardstick by which to judge.

If it's just the fakeness of the smell that puts you off, then Lush may work better than most for you because they try to minimize use of artificial scents (which is one reason why they aren't cheap). "Perfume" is often listed as a synthetic ingredient, but it's usually mostly from extracts and such, and most of the smell comes from the other ingredients anyway.
7th-Mar-2006 04:52 am (UTC)
it's more ... i don't wanna smell it all the damn time *grin*

no matter what the smell

i'll check out the cherry tree next time i'm over, prolly on thurs
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