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Since Christmas I have been trying not to spend money but it all went horribly wrong yesterday after I went into Lush to treat myself to a bath bomb thing (price: about €3.50, so not exactly a great extravagance). My eye was caught by the cocoa butter shower gel, but as I've found Lush's shower gels to be rather harsh on the skin before, I asked whether it had any oil in it. And the friendly assistant recommended getting the Heavenly Bodies chocolate "butter cream" stuff, which is a sort of squashy soapy thing that smells very nice. And that seemed to set me off on a crazed spree. I bought a Dreamtime bath melt bar, and then I thought I'd get some more Karma soap for the bathroom as we're running low, and when I went to the till the friendly assistant told me that if I spent €20 I could get ANYTHING IN THE SHOP FOR FREE!!!! And I was just six quid off that total now! So I went even madder and bought a chocolately lip balm and then gazed around the store in wonder, trying to decide what my free thing would be. I thought it should be something pretty exciting and exotic and expensive, being FREE and everything. But the burden of choice was almost too much for me, and I ended up boringly getting the Ambrosia shaving stuff (because I shave my legs, being a tool of the patriachy) for twelve quid. Or rather, for NOTHING.

On the plus side, the friendly assistant gave me about five free samples instead of the more usual single free sample when I was paying, so really, in a way, I was SAVING money by spending twenty quid on unnecessary but nicely scented products. Sort of.


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Jan. 11th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
I was SAVING money by spending twenty quid on unnecessary but nicely scented products. Sort of.

Ah, that's the spirit! Or at least that's what I tell myself. That Ambrosia shaving stuff is v. nice, by the way.

I haven't tried any of the butter cream things, I think I am still in a vague strop with them after Lush turned Skinny Dip shower gel (delicious clovey cocoa-buttery goodness in a handy bottle) into Skinny Dip butter cream (a rather unportable lump). Incidentally, I haven't had any trouble with their Olive Branch shower gel and I have super duper sensitive skin, you might want to give that a go as it smells fab. Er, not that you need any more toiletries right now, or anything....
Jan. 11th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
I got a little bottle of Olive Branch shower gel because it smelled good, and I love it. It does smell fab, and it's not drying at all. Not so crazy about the shampoo bar and conditioner (coolaulin, I think) that I got - my hair got all dried out, but the shower gel feels pampering in the morning.
Jan. 11th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
I got some Ambrosia in the FREE gift box I got when I spent £15 *cough* and I couldn't really tell if it worked any better than just shaving my wet legs, but hey, it was free and aitkendrum has a beard so it would go to waste otherwise.

And the Lush party is coming up in two weeks....!
Jan. 11th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)

How can I resist the lure? The Rhassoul Waylander mud soap is very nice - it's rather soft, and so seems to be going quite quickly, but it smells of a lovely lasting patchouli.

Have you tried any of their moisturisers? If I were to get one for free (*is mistress of self-delusion*) I might experiment . . .
Jan. 11th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
Smitten is nice on the hands; haven't tried any proper moisturizers though.
Jan. 11th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
I just did exactly the same thing at the pen shop. I only went in for one bottle of Violet ink, damnit!
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)

Biascut pointed out recently that, by buying Lush products, you can avoid throwing away plastic bottles all the time. This pleases me, so I'm trying to build up an addiction, but OH GOD THE PRICES. THE PRICES.
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
you can avoid throwing away plastic bottles all the time

Indeedy - I am quite the fan of their solid conditioner for this reason (also because it smells nice and beats my crazed hair into submission).

Though rather annoyingly they seemed to use this as an excuse to replace lots of their shower gels with weird wobbly jelly things THAT COME IN PLASTIC BOXES, ie are less convenient and have just as much packaging.
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I was looking for a conditioner, and on the one hand I want to ask you to recommend me a Lush one, and on the other I only need a conditioner because my oh-so-sustainable Lush solid shampoo strips my hair like bejaysus. NORMALLY my shiny lock need no oily encouragement to stya that way. But urgh, plastic bottles. OH LIFE IS HARD.
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
Have you tried the Godiva solid shampoo? It's supposed to be a shampoo-and-conditioner in one, though I need extra conditioning on top of it due to my crazed thick frizziness. I got it free once, and amn't sure if I'd get it again due to its POWERFUL JASMINE PONG, but it didn't seem to dry my hair out at all, and might be enough on its own for your hair. There's also a two-in-one bar called Hybrid but it smells of licorice which is even worse. Not that I mind licorice, but not on my head, please.

The conditioner I use is called Jungle and comes in a large green pleasantly-scented lump. It takes a while to get used to using a solid conditioner, but it seems to work well.
Jan. 11th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
I use American Cream, which I love. But then I am a vanilla addict.
Jan. 12th, 2006 10:08 am (UTC)
But then I am a vanilla addict.


No, sorry, I know this isn't that kind of show. Just carry on without me.
Jan. 12th, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
I'm sure I don't know what you mean. But you can't always extrapolate from one thing to another.
Jan. 12th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
I don't know if this would work for you, but I've become a convert to washing my hair less often and usually with baking soda and vinegar (as described
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I don't know if this would work for you, but I've become a convert to washing my hair less often and usually with baking soda and vinegar (as described <a http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/1-nb/53-no-shampoo.htm>here</a>. It's very sustainable and healthy although not terribly portable for trips.

My problem is a combination of shampoos stripping my hair and hard water leaving a buildup. I think water in the UK (+/- Ireland?) is softer as any shampoo used to work better when I visited there.
Jan. 11th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, although they then went and ruined that by giving me annoying samples that I didn't want in plastic containers, just because I said I didn't use any soap based products and they HAVE TO TRY AND PROVE ME WRONG. I've used one of them, and it was eh, and the other's been sat on my bathroom shelf for six weeks.

I successfully avoided Lush for five years because the proselytising bugged me, and I think I'm quite happy to return to that position, plastic bottles or no plastic bottles. There must e somewhere else that does solid shampoo, mustn't there?
Jan. 12th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
Yes, Burt's Bees (search on shampoo). Only one kind and I haven't tried it, thought.
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
Of course you were saving money...they don't give five samples to just anyone you know. :)

But WHY don't I have a Lush near me? Everytime somebody does a Lush post I want to move just to buy very expensive but nicely scented bath products.
Jan. 11th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
When you come visit listersgirl and myself, we will take you to our Lush for all the smelly bath and face products you can handle!! :)
Jan. 11th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yes! Move to here! There's a Lush shop just up the road...
Jan. 11th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
I was SAVING money by spending twenty quid on unnecessary but nicely scented products

Aren't Lush economics fabulous?

I must try the 'Heavenly Bodies' stuff. I haven't actually had any of the butter creams at all, yet. Soon!

Jan. 12th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
I went a teensy bit nuts in the Oxford shop when I was last in the UK. I forget if and where we gottem here.
Jan. 12th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
My comments-to-comments above should not be interpreted as lack of support for you keeping the Lush stores in business as I have my share of addictions from them - mostly solid soap and Imperialis moisturizer. I'm scared to get attached to anything else because they keep changing things (the Body Shop failed me, Lush failed me, what's left?).
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