There are two little indulgences that I love more than anything else in the entire world: Arizona Iced Tea and LUSH Handmade Cosmetics. Luckily for me, Arizona is relatively inexpensive, leaving me extra pennies to splurge on the slightly-more-pricey LUSH products. Handmade in Canada from all organic (and mostly vegan!) products, LUSH’s products are exactly what the name states: lush. They are the perfect indulgence for when you want to feel and look your best.
Their products range from solid shampoos which waste less and clean more to lip balms and scrubs that you won’t feel guilty about eating since they’re all natural, to face masks so fresh you can only buy them in stores, to their ever so popular bath bombs which turn bath-time into a full sensory experience. For a full list of products,visit LUSH.com!
Here are some of my favorite LUSH products and why:
- Mask of Magnaminty $22.95 The only face mask you can buy online, this cooling minty mask serves also as a cleanser and a scrub. 3-in-1! I love putting this all over my face once a week, putting some mellow music like Sufjan Stevens or Damien Rice on my iPod, and drifting off into dreamland. It’s infused with peppermint oil, so it cools while it’s hardening, which makes it perfect for hot summer days.
- Honey Trap Lip Balm $6.95 I have badly chapped lips and absolutely no lip balms or chap sticks have been able to cure them. That is, until I found Honey Trap. It goes on a little heavy and thick at first, but after a few minutes, it literally melts onto your lips and feels like heaven. It also lasts for hours, so a little bit ends up going a long way (which is good if you’re feeling guilty about spending $6.95 on a tiny tin of lip balm).
- LUSH Soaps $5.95-8.95 With such a variety of soaps with such a variety of scents and purposes, it was impossible for me to pick just one. I’ve used a few of these now and none have yet to disappoint. Sea Vegetable Soap, Sexy Peel, and Karma Soap are probably among my personal favorite though. They’re pretty, they smell delicious, and best of all, they get you clean. Some tend not to get as sudsy as others, but they’re still all fantastic nonetheless.
- Big Blue Bath Bomb $6.35 Now I’ll admit that I haven’t tried any other bath bombs yet (expensive bath products on a post-college-barely-with-a-paying-job-yet budget have to be limited to either dire or celebratory situations, neither of which I’ve had many of since I’ve gotten into LUSH) but even if I did, this would probably still be among my favorite. Lavender and citrus scented, it smells absolutely dreamy, and it (literally) turns your bath into a big blue ocean (hence the name), complete with sea salt and seaweed. It also fizzes around the tub when you drop it in, adding an additional element of fun to your bath.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a day full of LUSH pampering ahead of me with my Arizona boyfriend-in-a-can, Arnold Palmer.