So, for a long time now, I’ve been hearing great things about Lush and their organic, 100% cruelty-free products, but up until recently I haven’t been given much of a chance to give any of their products a real go. I could have ordered some online, but when it comes to skin and hair products, I like to go into the store and talk to someone about what they think would be the best product rather than having to try and find out for myself (because more often than not, I am wrong about my choices). My main issue? I didn’t live near a Lush. The closest one? A three hour drive. It wasn’t going to happen.
Finally, though, one popped up in a new mall not too far from where I lived.
(I live in Florida. It was still pretty far.)
Finally, I was going to be able to see what the big deal was.
Had I not been in that mall shopping for shoes for my best friend’s wedding that was scheduled for that weekend, I probably would have splurged and bought too many things rather than just buying one to try out like I ended up (smartly, somewhat) doing.
Now, I don’t know if this is normal traffic for a Lush store or if it was just because the mall was so newly-opened (it was a mere two weeks old at the time) that it was bursting with people, but before I even walked through the doors I was overwhelmed by the amount of noise, colors, and smells that assaulted me. There was a deejay at the window blasting music and people every which way I looked. It was actually pretty awesome, ngl, but if this is what it’s normally like, it’ll take some getting used to.
The moment I walked through the door I was greeted by one of the workers (who had some bitching shoes, if I hadn’t been so nervous I probably would have asked her what brand they were) and, upon stating that I was in need of a new everyday facial cleanser, directed to the display of face scrubs and cleansers. Again, I was overwhelmed. Thankfully, she helped break it down for me.
My skin is rarely oily (only once a month does it give me hell), overly sensitive, and only breaks out under stress (thank you college). Her verdict and personal recommendation? Angels On Bare Skin.
(Excuse the bad lighting. Bathroom lights.)
Still a little dazed and wanting to get out of that crowd, I quickly agreed to it and attempted to take my purchase with me to the counter. I was only stopped by the worker (Lushie? Or is that the name given to the fans?) asked me if I knew how to work the contents. Surprise! It came in a crumbly dough-y lump that needed to be worked into a paste before it could be used. I needed help figuring out how to do that, and she walked me through the process with a demonstration. A+ service.
Lucky for me, it wasn’t too hard. Once I actually had the product I got the hang of it pretty quickly, there was only a slight learning curve when it came to the water-to-crumble ratio.
The final verdict?
I love it. I want more.
I have been using it for about three weeks now, and I can’t get enough of it. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft and smelling very nice, even if I don’t much like the smell of lavender. I use it in the morning and at night before bed and I definitely notice a difference when I skip a night or a morning, much more so than I used to with my old cleanser. (We won’t talk about what that one was.)
As soon as I run out, I will be high-tailing it back there for not only a refill, but for some more things to try out now that I won’t be there for some shoes and only the money for said shoes (oops).
I have been converted and I don’t even want to look back.