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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.


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.


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