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Friday, July 5, 2013

Lush Haul: Yummy New Goodies!


Hi beauties! How was your 4th of July? Mine was incredible, and consisted of lots of fireworks and wine ;)

Today I'm recovering, and am about to take a Lush bath; you guys know how I feel about those! I realized that the last time I went to Lush I never shared what I purchased, so I thought a blog haul was in order. If you watched my latest bathroom tour video, then you have seen some of these products, but I thought a little blog ramble about what I think of each one would still be fun.


First up, I picked up 3 "baggie" products. These are products that come in a cute little paper sack when you purchase them, as opposed to a bottle or jar. The first is that green little ball of fun at the top of the picture, the Lush Sugar Scrub. This little guy is Lush's answer to cellulite, and features fair trade sugar, ginger and fennel. The sugar is a gentle exfoliater, and the ginger and fennel work to stimulate circulation which in turn helps with cellulite and unwanted bumps and lumps. It also features calming lavender to help balance your skin. I keep this in one of the Lush Body Butter Tins in order to keep it from washing away in the shower, and I keep it out of direct water. I just break off a little piece and use this to exfoliate my backside, hips and upper thighs in the shower, and so far I'm loving it! Have I noticed an actual difference? No, but then again, I don't have a huge problem with cellulite. I'm not sure it's meant to be a miracle product anyway, but it does work nicely and I'm happy with using it as a preventative measure. It's $6.25 and contains 3.5 ounces of sugary scrub. 

The second product is that cream-speckled square featured in the picture above. It's name is Buffy, and it has been one of my favorites for years. It used to be called "Buffy the Backside Slayer", which I thought was quite amusing, but now it just goes by Buffy the Body Butter. I purchased the smaller one, priced at $11.95, but they also sell a larger one for $22.95. I have gone back and forth between this one and the similar Aqua Mirabilis, but since it is summer I opted for the more exfoliating Buffy. This baby has ground rice and almonds to exfoliate your skin, with cocoa and shea butters to keep your skin nourished. I use this in my shower, and afterwards I don't even need to moisturize because it's so soft. It smells quite herbal and reminds me of the Lush store; I think this is a quintessential Lush product that everyone should try. 

The strawberry-shaped product pictured above is the Strawberry Feels Forever Massage Bar. I absolutely adore Lush's Massage Bars; they are solid massage oil bars that you use on dry skin to infuse mega-moisturization into your skin. They melt with your body heat, releasing an amazingly luxurious oil that soaks into your skin. Every single one that I've tried I've loved, and I have a wish list a mile long of more that I want to try. This one smells of strawberries and coconut, and I can't believe I've never tried it. It actually features crushed strawberries and an infusion of hibiscus flowers, and fans of the old Yummy Yummy Yummy shower gel will recognize a bit of that scent as well. According to their website, this massage bar was actually created when a bit of the Yummy Yummy Yummy scent was added to a massage bar and smelled so amazing that the inventors had to keep it. It's a very feminine scent, and one I would definitely recommend trying. 


Next I have 4 "bottled" products. Three belong in my shower, and one lives in my nightstand. Let's start with the shower goodies. I Love Juicy Shampoo is actually formulated for oily hair, but after smelling it in the store I knew I had to try it. I decided to pick up the smallest bottle and use it as a twice-monthly clarifying shampoo, to avoid drying my hair out whilst still getting to try this fruity shampoo. It smells of pineapple, mango, and kiwi, and features sea salt for volume and seaweed extract to soften your hair. The 3 fruits selected are all slightly acidic, which helps mop of excess oil and help clarify your scalp. I think this will be perfect for those days where my hair is well overdue for a wash, has had lots of product used on it, and just needs a really good deep clean. Plus, after looking over the ingredients I think this little guy will have to accompany me to the beach next week - sea salt and seaweed? It screams "I love the beach! Take me with you!" And I will. *Packs this in my suitcase*

P.S. Doesn't it remind you of Blair a little? Like it was named after her! "I love JuicyStar!" :)

Happy Hippy is also one that I bought based on the scent alone. I must have been in the mood for super fruity products this trip, because typically when I go to Lush I'm attracted to the more herbal scents... but based on my haul there was something about these fruity, summery products that made me have to have them. Happy Hippy smelled so good that I bought the bigger size; I just knew it was going to be a favorite! It cost $18.95, which is quite expensive for a shower gel, but trust me... if you like the sound of this shower goodie you would have had to have it too! It's marketed as a "revitalizing grapefruit wash for gloomy mornings", and is one of Lush's bestsellers because on the scent. It is bursting with a citrus, happy scent and is super cleansing to give your morning a boost. Zippy grapefruit and bergamot oils are also meant to work on tired minds, giving you a mental energy boost. Plus, it's very cleansing and refreshing for your skin. I intend to save this for mornings where I need a bit more pep in my step. Ahh... I can't get over how happy this smells!

Almond and Coconut Smoothie is a product that I've never tried before, and honestly was purchased on a bit of a whim. I had made all of my selections and was waiting for Blair to finish shopping, so I was doing a bit of random poking around at products, smelling and trying the samples when I came across this one. As soon as the scent hit my nose it went into my basket. This is a conditioning body wash with creamy almond and coconut oil to gently cleanse and care for dry skin. It's hydrating, nourishing, and features jasmine, ylang ylang, and vanilla to leave your skin soft and smelling like a baked treat. This smells delicious, and will be perfect for an evening when I want to wind down. Plus, just a little trick, the sales girl said that she likes to crumble her Sugar Scrub in her Shower Smoothie to create a conditioning and sugary treatment and says it's her secret concoction... I might have to try this! I love shopping at Lush because almost every employee has one of these secret "magic potions" that are amazing... and ones you might not ever think to combine yourself. 

The Tea Tree Water Toner I keep in my nightstand, and use it to spray on my face and pillow on nights where my skin is breaking out. It's too harsh for my dry skin as an everyday thing, but around "that time of month" I think this will be perfect! It's antibacterial and helps balance skin tone and reduce redness, and is alcohol-free. This plus my Grease Lightning is my "bad skin day" superhero combo. 


Last but not least, the lovely sales girl added two samples to my bag. The first is Rehab, which is a shampoo that she insisted I would adore. It's meant for damaged hair that's been colored or heat-styled, and is all about bringing life back to your hair and scalp. It has citrus juices with active enzymes to clarify and herbs to nourish your scalp. It also has olive and jojoba oils to return strength and flexibility to abused hair. Plus, it has a bit of peppermint to stimulate your scalp. Now that I'm researching this product, it sounds amazing! I think I'll try it tonight, actually. 

The second sample is the barely legible Skin's Shangri La, which is a nourishing moisturizer for your face. It's marketed towards mature skin but is perfect for anyone with overly dry skin. It has soothing aloe vera, jojoba oil, and Queen of Hungary water, which is a mixture of water, vodka, and rosemary known to tighten and firm fine lines. The website says, "27 shots of vodka in every batch of this product hardly seems like the mature choice, but trust us and treat your skin to our nutrient rich mixture." Overall this product sounds incredible, and I'm so happy that she gave me this sample to try!

Sigh... I love Lush :) I'm just happy sitting here thinking about all of these goodies! I think I'm off to take a bath now and make use of some of these, but please let me know if you have a Lush "secret combination" or just a favorite product that you think I'd love! And if you have any questions about Lush or any of these products let me know in a comment - I will try to write back to as many as I can!

P.S. If you make a purchase at a Lush store make sure to ask for samples! Also, every time I have placed an order online they have added a sample or two in my box :) It's a great way to find new products to try and potentially love!

And, if you haven't watched already, check out my bathroom tour video here!

84 comments:

  1. This blog post is perfectly timed :) I'm on a shopping mission tomorrow to pick up some body product treats for myself! (I'm excited to try out the laura mercier bath products too!!)

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    1. I actually made a list on my phone of lovely lettuce, grease lightning and all the other lush goodies you've already recommended so I had some guidance :P

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    2. You NEED to try Love Lettuce!! It is definitely on my list for next time when I go :)

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    3. I agree, love lettuce is awesome!

      It's exfoliating whilst digging out all the nasties! Plus a tub lasts you like 10 uses!

      Great post, Elle!


      http://talisatalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/daniel-wellington-classy-collection-in.html

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  2. Hi Elle,

    I love your blog and your blog posts are really fun to read! I actually went to LUSH a couple weeks ago, and was intrigued by the Grease Lightning spray. Unfortunately, I didn't end up purchasing that product. But I was just wondering how well it works. I'd love it if you could reply. :)

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    1. I really like Grease Lightning. It's a gel that you can put on your spots overnight to help soothe and heal them. It seems to work well!

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    2. Thanks, I'll be sure to pick it up the next time I go! P.s. I wanted to let you know your writing is really good. You should definitely consider publishing more material!

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  3. My favorite bath combination is Sex Bomb bath bomb mixed with French Kiss bubble bar. It makes the most luxurious, girly smelling bath you'll ever take.

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    1. ooh!! I love Sex Bomb but have never tried French Kiss... I need to try that!

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  4. Awesome post! I wish there was a Lush near me. :/

    Sarah xx

    http://sarahxoxo95.blogspot.com/

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    1. you can always order online! I used to order online more cause there wasn't one close to me.

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  5. I love the names of the products!! What is the best product to buy from lush if you want to try out the brand?
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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    1. there's so many! I think the bubble bars are my favorite - I adore Comforter. Ooh and the bath melts! Those are super nice too :)

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  6. I've just recently become a LUSH convert; some of my favorite products are: Lovely Jubblies, Ro's Argan Oil, Greased Lightning, Rehab shampoo, and the Ocean Salt face/body scrub.

    Next time I go in I'm going to try one of the massage oil bars and perhaps the solid shampoo!

    --Laura

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    1. I love the Solid Shampoo bars! They are so weird but somehow work really well - LOL!

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  7. The closest Lush to me is over 100 miles away:( Then again, that's probably a good thing or else I would be broke:)

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  8. Thanks for the pillow idea with the tea tree water Elle! I use it under my makeup every day to keep oil at bay (ha!) but this seems like a great extra step at night, I'll try it out!

    also Rehab is my #1 favorite Lush product. It has kept my dyed blonde hair healthy, alternating it with an extra moisturzing shampoo and conditioner are perfect. hope you love it!

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  9. Skin's Shangri La is my absolute favorite and holy grail moisturizer! My dry skin wouldn't survive winter without it! I'm sure that you will love it if you have very dry skin. I'd love to hear what you think of it once you try the sample (:

    xo,
    Ally

    http://dixieblush.blogspot.com/

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  10. I LOVE happy hippie! And I really like aqua mirabolis but it alway seems to mild before I finish it! Sad. But my favorite bath bomb/bubble bar combo is twilight bath bomb and pop in the bath bubble bar!! Honestly you need to go smell them together next time you're in a lush!

    Julia
    www.borntoblush.blogspot.com

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  11. i love juicy sounds delicious!! i started trying out lush products after i spotted 'grease lightening' in your bathroom storage tour ... you have me hooked on lush now. can't wait to try more - thanks elle xx ... p.s. love that you're blogging now too - hugs and kisses from australia

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  12. Love this post Elle! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I love Lush goodies! They all look so adorable :3 Sadly, there's no Lush store in my country... There used to be, ages ago, but no one liked it (ages ago)... Sigh...

    http://keslytales.blogspot.com/

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  14. Buffy and the Tea Tree Water Toner just went to the top of my list! I'm finishing off a bunch of my products so I can go and splurge on new ones to try, and I've been looking for what feels forever for a good exfoliater and something to help with my acne (though it is getting better). Can't wait to get my hands on these now :)

    www.loveandadream.com

    Ang x

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  15. Rehab is my FAVORITE shampoo to help liven up my hair, and it smells so good. <3333

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  16. This post made me want to go buy everything in Lush! I've actually never bought anything from there, but I definitely think I'm going to be going to make a few purchases sometime soon... I too have incredibly dry skin so I think my first purchase will be the Strawberry Feels Forever Massage Bar. Thanks so much for sharing all of these amazing products!

    http://melissapcooper.blogspot.com/

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  17. I really wish I liked baths. They seems so luxurious and so nice, but I can't sit in the tub for more than 5 minutes without getting bored. I really want to try their hair products, like their shampoos. I think the most popular I have hears great reviews of is the salt shampoo (i forget it's actually name). If you know what I am talking about can you do a review on that, or maybe reply?

    http://livelove-erika.blogspot.com/
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    1. I think the shampoo is called BIG, but for me is not the best. It's a little drying but if you have very oily hair or if you use a lot of products...it can work well as a clarifing shampoo.

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    2. Are you thinking of the big shampoo?

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  18. thanks for sharing! can you do posts about what you get in your monthly beauty boxes?

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  19. I have plans to go to Lush soon and now I can't wait!
    Thanks for all these product reviews - I always check them (a lot) before actually buying a product.

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  20. I LOVE lush! Looks like great products you picked up!

    Carina xx
    http://www.carstina.com/

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  21. Cool products! I was wondering, what photo editing tool did you use to add the hearts and the "I heart Lush" text in the first picture? =)

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    1. http://picmonkey.com - it's free! :)

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  22. I was planning on going to Lush sometime before school starts again and I wanted to get Love Lettuce and a bath bomb. Which bath bomb would you say is the best? Or just anything that can help make a bath more relaxing and calm.
    <3 Sabrina
    P.S. Elle, your blogs are my favorite to read!! I love you!!

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  23. I'm so happy that you did another lush haul! These are some of my favorite blog posts/videos that I get from you! I really want to get the strawberry massage bar!

    www.modernbeautygirl.blogspot.com

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  24. The almond and coconut smoothie sounds amazing! It must smell so good

    Seaside Beauty
    xxx

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  25. I just recently went to a Lush store for the first time and I absolutely LOVED it! Love your blog!

    http://sandyloo117.blogspot.com/

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  26. I think a trip to lush is defiantly needed! There are a few products that I wanted to try but now my list has grown longer :)

    prettymissbybella.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. i LOVE Lush's Tea Tree water! it's amazing! it really helped my skin with breakouts etc :)

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  28. Lovely post! I adore your more "mature" and chic take on beauty. We don't have LUSH where I live, but I'm on vacation and there is one only a few blocks away. I'm making a list and this post was ever-so helpful.
    xo Lillian parisiantobe.com

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  29. Amazing post Elle. Loved it so much! Even though it was pretty long you just keep me addicted with your writing skills!!

    http://milkshakebreak.blogspot.pt/

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  30. Hi Elle!

    Please do a review on the Skin's Shangri La. I've been dying to try it and don't have a lush store near me to smell it first or test it on my skin. I really want to do my research before I put it in my basket online!!

    Ps- I love your new blogs!

    You are such an inspiration to me!
    <3

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  31. I'm totally going to try some of these products when I'm in London. We don't have lush in Denmark so it's really overwhelming when I'm in one.

    http://tanjamortensen.com/

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  32. I wish I had a Lush near me. My closest Lush is 2 hours away. *Sigh*

    letitiaharriet.blogspot.com

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  33. Loved the tour! Your filming skills get better and better :) Also, there's no lush here... but there are already a couple things in my wish list for when I go there:)

    www.klimver.blogspot.com

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  34. Great reviews! I guess I need to finally take the plunge and try out Lush products! http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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  35. Wow great haul! I love Tea Tree Water :)

    AddictedtoOPI

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  36. i love lush so much:)

    oxx, Katrin
    http://inbetweenblush.blogspot.de/

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  37. My favorite Lush product is Honey I Washed the Kids soap! as well as 17 Cherry Tree Lane (which I bought on a whim online because that's the address from Mary Poppins, one of my favorite movies to watch with my Grandmother!) Love Lush! I wish there were some in Tennessee so I wouldn't have to order online! :(

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  38. Hello miss Elle, you are truly an inspiration I'm going to mall of America soon and they have a great lush store that I will make sure I go to. I'm getting more and more into reading blogs. I was wondering if you could do a blog post talking about your favorite bloggers and what they blog about. Sorry I used the word blog so many time. Also when is elleandblair.com going to be back up I miss Blair's blogs too. Again you are amazing.

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  39. Also, when you (or should i say if you) come to the UK you should buy lush over here! It's so much cheaper!!

    http://talisatalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/daniel-wellington-classy-collection-in.html

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  40. You'll love the almond & coconut smoothie. It is one of my favorite Lush products. My husband saw it in the shower, and later in the day, he asked me why I was drinking a smoothie in the shower! Boys... :)
    The Grass Skirt

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  41. I just went to Lush today before I saw this! :( So no samples for me, but I did get great hand massages on both of my hands. Plus I added my kiss to the cruelty free kisses that's going on today. I was treated to a mint juleps lip scrub and some of their yummy lip stick gloss to do my kiss with. I actually got 20% off my order for getting my boyfriend to put on lip stick to add his kiss. I had to make it up to him though. Lol.

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  42. I am going to have to try the sugar scrub and the smoothie too!

    www.beautybetold.blogspot.com

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  43. Oh, I love me some LUSH!! ;-) I have to admit that I didn't read all the comments (and this may have been mentioned) but Almond and Coconut Smoothie body conditioner is Amazing and I ALWAYS use it to shave with. It's just better than a shaving cream and makes your legs so smooth, it's definitely worth a try!!

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  44. Ugh, I SO wish I had a LUSH store closer to where I live :( I really want to try the Almond and Coconut Smoothie body conditioner now! Maybe I'll order it online... Oo! And the sugar scrub!

    xoxo

    www.heavenlooksalotlikeamall.blogspot.com


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  45. I love lush products!! I was introduced to them by watching your videos :)

    http://missmacbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  46. I love lush but whenever i go in there i never seem to have enough money to justify it! So i usually only get it for birthdays and christmas.

    jess xx
    dotofdaiy.blogspot.com

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  47. I am super excited you posted this haul! I actually haven't tried any of these products so it is great to hear about them from you! I will definitely be trying some soon! Check out my website. Let me know if you would ever like to work together on something!

    ♥ Samantha
    http://www.busysweetlife.com

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  48. I really like how you put the words on the picture, so funny!;)

    http://alinaermilova.blogspot.ru/

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  49. Oooh, Please get back to us on Rehab! I love good shampoos! :)

    http://www.doseofsprinkle.blogspot.com

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  50. I really want to try that Tea Tree Water!

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  51. I love the smell of Aqua Mirabilis but it is just not effective enough for me! I have been wanting to try out their shampoos for a while!

    mercuteify.blogspot.com

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  52. I just went in this store a week ago for the first time and it was love at first sight! Can't wait to hear how Rehab turned out, I need to try it :)
    Yasmine xx
    www.yasminebrooke.blogspot.com

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  53. Lush tea tree water is sooo good, and is great if you don't have raw tea tree oil on hand to mix yourself. Also, spritz it on bug bites and rashes and it will help to sanitize and clear them up! :)

    jackierobertsbeautybomb.wordpress.com

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  54. I don't know if you have tried the sea spray but I would love to see how to use it properly...!

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  55. Love Lush, sadly my Macy's took the Lush counter out of the store :-(

    xoxo, Diana ☠
    www.TheNeonFactor.com

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  56. I really like the idea of spraying the tea tree toner on my pillowcase. I have both cotton and satin (or polyester) Do you know if it is safe on either of these materials?

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    1. I'm sure it will be safe on both! It's very mild :) I use cotton pillowcases though

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  57. Love Lush packaging! Wish there was a store closer to me so I could experience the products instead of just having to guess when purchasing online. This post was very helpful though!

    http://thestyleshack12.blogspot.com/

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  58. I found that when I bought the larger Buffy that it went rotten if I didn't use it within 1-2 months, even if i cut off chunks to use in the shower the rest of it that was dry and outside my shower went bad! It was REALLY gross:( but if you buy the smaller one it was awesome, so I would recommend just buying the smaller version and using it up before buying another!

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  59. There aren't too many Lush stores in Australia, so imagine my delight when I moved last year and there was a Lush at my local Shopping centre. Been making way too many Lush hauls as a result.

    After another brand shampoo wrecked my hair, the lovely girls at Lush prescribed me Rehab and Soak And Float. I do my first wash with Rehab then follow up with Soak And Float because I need to wash twice. I follow with American Cream. It's love! It has transformed my hair.


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  61. Hey Elle, I know the chances of you seeing this are slim to none, but I must say as a Lush employee and major fan, it makes me super excited to see you haven't lost your love of Lush!!! I have many young customers around 13 and 14 years old who come in and mention your videos and how they heard about our products and I can't help but gush with them at the age of 18 since you were my go-to gal when I was their age. From one Lushie to another, enjoy!

    P.S.- Whenever I see the Comforter bubble bar, I remember your mentioning it in Beneath the Glitter. Totally freaked out when I read that lol

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  62. Omg you're making me want to go to Lush! We just got one in my city so I need to check it out anyway, I've only ordered online before which isn't quite the same.

    www.toosassyforyou.com

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  63. Tea tree water+Grease lightening is also mine perfect combination for oily ,acne skin days.

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  64. I have got to try some of these products, they sound so great and I tried the almond&coconut shower smoothie and just did a review on my blog!

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  65. Great blog post :) I'm following you

    Sammii Ox

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  66. Great blog post :) I'm following you

    Sammii Ox

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