Lush Rising Sun Soap

This weekend I was at Lush stocking up on Honey I Shrunk the Kids soap and a Godiva shampoo bar for my trip to New York next month and I came across this Lush Rising Sun soap at the register. Besides being a pretty bar of soap, 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Peace Boat.

Support relief efforts in Japan with our very special soap. Shaped like the Japanese flag and smelling of cherries with spicy cinnamon undertones, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of The Rising Sun will go directly to Peace Boat. The LUSH Japan team saw the amazing work being done by a charity called Peace Boat; since the earthquake they have been organizing teams of volunteers, transporting aid, and providing meals to those affected by the disaster. A Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization, Peace Boat works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. Your purchase of The Rising Sun Hand and Body soap will aid in their continued efforts to support people in need.

Rising Sun is sold out online but check with your local Lush store for availability. Every little bit helps in a situation like this!

Beauty VIP of the Week: LUSH Turkish Delight Body Polish

I love roses. I think they’re beautiful, and the scent is a favorite of mine – both in nature and in beauty products. This week, I’ve been relying on one of my favorite rosy products: LUSH Turkish Delight Body Polish. This stuff is heaven-scent. It’s intoxicatingly rosy. And incredibly moisturizing. It’s packed with jasmine and Turkish rose, almond oil, cocoa butter and neroli (an essential oil), and conditions skin like nobody’s business.

I’m able to contain dry skin in the winter but I have a bad habit of taking hot baths almost nightly because I’m so cold. Not so great for the skin, I know. So sometimes before the bath, I slather Lush Turkish Delight all over and just soak with it in the tub and when I get out, I have baby-soft skin. It’s great it in the shower too.  If I’m running behind in the morning, I’m able to skip post-shower lotion if I use this.

But back to the scent. It really is strong, but honesty, I find it a little romantic. My entire bathroom takes on the Turkish Delight aroma. I told my husband to skip the real roses for Valentine’s Day, and instead just stock me up on Turkish Delight!

Beauty VIP of the Week: Lush 9 to 5 Cleanser

I am really bad about remembering to take off my makeup before bed but I’m trying to do a better job with it so I’ve been keeping this product on my nightstand to remind me to take care of business. It’s been working! I see this bottle, get up and go take off my makeup. This makes this Lush 9 to 5 Cleanser has been my new best friend at night so I’m naming it a Beauty VIP.

When I first encountered 9 to 5, the gal took a Sharpie and scribbled over her hand then let some 9 to 5 sit for a minute before she took a cotton ball to her hand. I was impressed. If it could power through that ink the way it did, it could more than handle multiple coats of mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow. That was all I needed to see, I was sold so I picked up a small bottle to try it at home.

At home, I just put a bit on a cotton pad and press it on my eye for a little bit and let it work its way to through the products on my skin. It goes a good job of removing makeup, I can get every trace of liner and mascara off in a few swipes and the rest of my makeup in just one swipe. This may sound odd but I actually like seeing how dirty my cotton pad gets with 9 to 5, I like knowing my face is super clean.

9 to 5 feels really good on skin too, it soothes and calms it with almond oil and orchid extract so it is good for sensitive skin. It also has everlasting flower absolute so it tones skin as it cleans. On the nights that I’m too lazy to use my Clarisonic, this is all I’ve been using and my skin has been liking it without any reaction… and I have been using it a lot lately. I don’t need to follow up with moisturizer afterwards but if you have dry skin, you may need to.

All in all, I love this stuff. If you don’t mind oils in your makeup remover, give this a try or ask the fine folks at Lush for a sample, I think you’ll like it too. I’m upgrading a 8.5oz bottle next time I’m at Lush.

Summer Beauty: Bath & Body

I am a steam fiend, and a hot shower can be one of the most relaxing, refreshing moments of the day. But with all the heat and humidity, I haven’t been finding showers all that refreshing lately. I’ve been trying to use products that smell fresh and that are good for my skin. And I want the moisture and benefits of a moisturizer without actually having to slather it on post-shower. So here are the products I’ve been relying on this summer to recharge my skin.

Not only does Korres Melon Showergel smell absolutely incredible, it’s also enriched with aloe, vitamins C, E and Zinc and wheat proteins to protect and retain your skin’s moisture level. I first got a sample packet of this from Sephora a few months ago and was enchanted by the smell. It’s on the sweet side but unbelivably fresh so I picked up a big bottle from Korres. I really like this for summer.

I’m all about invoking the spa feeling on my own turf, and a great at-home treatment is AHAVA’s Dead Sea Mineral Mud. It’s packed with minerals and deeply purifies the skin. I loved how my skin felt afterward, but it’s sort of cumbersome to use at home. I slathered the mud all over my body (at room temp) and waited about 10 minutes to hop in the shower. So during that time, it’s not like you can sit down! I read my book on the counter, and made sure my dog didn’t try to lick my legs.

I’ve been loving Bath & Body Works Exfoliating Shower Gel in Deep Aqua. It’s a gentle scrub and you can easily use it everyday. But what really attracted me to this product was the smell of Deep Aqua. It’s so fresh – compliments the Korres well with its scent of melon, water blossoms, dewy gardenia and white woods. Bath & Body Works has a winner on their hands with this one — I can hardly find it anymore and it’s sold out online too.

I’ve been loving Lush’s Buffy Body Butter for a blast of in-shower moisture that lasts all day. I can’t be bothered with putting on lotion – it just melts off throughout the day and weighs me down. Lush’s Buffy is the perfect solution – I scrub it on as the last step in the shower and rinse it off just before getting out. It literally feels like I just bathed in shea butter – I love the ease of use!  It does make the shower floor a little slippery though — proceed with caution.

Do you use any special products for summer? As always, we’d love to know what you’re loving.

Disclosure: We received a sample packet of the AHAVA Dead Sea Mineral Mud

Lush Vanillary Perfume

Sometimes when I am in search of a new perfume, I try different fragrances all at one time, a few on each wrist and a few on my inner elbows. The one that is more dominant usually wins out. That’s how I came to know and love Lush’s Vanillary perfume. At first I forgot that I even had it on but as the day wore on, I would smell it on myself here and there and thought to myself “what is that??” having forgotten all about it. When I realized what fragrance it was, I was back in Lush buying a bottle of Vanillary.

If you’re familiar with Lush’s Vanilla Fountain bath bomb (unfortunately I was not until recently), then you already know and most likely love this scent. If not, Vanillary is a floral vanilla scent with additional notes of jasmine and tonka bean in it, it is labeled as “grown-up gourmand” by Lush. It is much sweeter than most of the vanilla based scents that I’m familiar with. This much sweetness normally has me running for the hills but with Vanillary, I can’t help but feel a little sultry while wearing it. It’s sweet but it also has a bit mystery to it. It’s like a dessert for the grown and sexy… and everyone loves dessert, right?

Bringing Sexy Back

What could better than a nice burst of citrus to wake you up when you’re showering? Lush has created the perfect soap for citrus lovers everywhere, their new Sexy Peel soap.

Lush's Sexy Peel Soap I have only been using this soap for a week but I’m already addicted to it. The smell in my bathroom while I’m showering is amazing. This soap contains lime, lemon and grapefruit juices, oils and even peels so it packs quite a fragrant punch. Some may find the scent a bit overwhelming but those of us who love citrus based scents, will appreciate the scent. One user at Lush mentioned that this soap lathers more than other soaps and I would have to agree. There are some soaps that I buy and don’t use as often as I would like because of this but Sexy Peel is an exception, I’m definitely getting more of this soap.

Badda Bing Badda Boom

Lush Shower Jellies

That’s what this product is actually named, Badda Bing Badda Boom and it’s one of Lush’s new shower jellies (which now include Holiday themed jellies). The idea of showering with soap that is in a jello consistency is a little strange at first but just like the tons of other Lush users now in love with this product, change is good. These jellies lather up really well and come in a bunch of different scents like Strawberry Twin Tub (name speaks for itself) and Whoosh which is a great wake up soap with all it’s citrus.

A Solid Shampoo?

Lushgodiva This is the Godiva Shampoo & Conditioner Bar. It’s an amazing product. It leaves your hair feeling wonderfully soft and smelling great. To me, what I love best about this product is how convenient it is. If you travel a lot, you can just stick it in it’s tin and you’re off. No need to worry about a bottle of shampoo spilling in your suitcase. This one happens to be my favorite bar but there are others you can choose from, bars that stimulate your scalp and even bars that help with flakiness.

Cleanse with Lush

Coalface This is the Coalface Cleansing Soap Bar. It may seem weird to wash your face with a black piece of soap and even as it lathers up, it may seem weird to see your face look that way but it’s great. Every time I use it, I feel it tightening my face. It has liquorice and other oils that help soothe and calm skin but best of all, it has charcoal which actually absorbs oil. That’s a big plus for us oily skin folks. When used with Sweet Japanese Girl, you almost got yourself a skincare routine.

It’s Like a Brazillian Without the Wax

Sandstonesoap Okay, so it doesn’t involve waxing or any private parts but Brazillian women do this. This is Lush’s Sandstone Soap bar. Although it’s not my favorite soap bar, it’s still great because it’s got a dual purpose. It smells wonderful but what’s really awesome about this soap is that it can also exfoliate your skin. Their site says it was inspired by the women of Brazil, who use sand and suntan oil to exfoliate their skin. Just reading that inspired me to try it. It works pretty well, you just need to be careful with the sand portion so it doesn’t break apart on you. Otherwise, you’re good to go.