That said, I recently promised myself that I would start making sure all the products I used were animal-cruelty free. Given that alternative testing options exist, I can't fathom why animals still suffer unnecessarily for the sake of human vanity. Serendipity obviously decided to intervene as, shortly after pinky-swearing with myself, Lyndsay kindly invited me to a bloggers' Lock-In at the Brighton branch of uber-conscientious Lush!
It was certainly beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, as we were greeted by the lovely Lush ladies (Mags, Hels and Emily) proffering Bucks Fizz, old fashioned sodas, a mountain of mince pies, and beautiful cupcake push-pops by Cake-Cetera (with the best buttercream:cake ratio I've ever found in a cupcake).
We watched, enthralled, as Hels demonstrated the
I am now really regretting getting rid of our bath because I reckon dissolving Golden Wonders at home would provide me with sufficient entertainment that I could've kept the bath and thrown out the TV.
Emily then showed us how to use the massage bars to give each other hand and arm massages. Sophie and I opted for Each Peach, which contains mango kernal butter, because we wanted to smell like the tropics. I can now confirm that, two days on, my forearms still feel softer than normal!
|The Each Peach massage bar. Look how pretty!!|
Hels talked us through the Greatest Hits and Volume 2 releases of Lush's Gorilla perfumes; the latter of which contains scents that sound like Death Metal albums (Hellstone, Furze, and Lord of Goathorn, to name a few) but are in fact landmarks in Dorset! Hels encouraged our group to all try on the same perfume so we could smell the staggering differences in how it reacted on our bodies due to the perfumes' molecular structure, which bonds with your own genetic make-up. For a second spritz I opted for The Voice of Reason (from Volume 2), because it's inspired by beatnik poets of the 1940s, with the scents of coffee, whisky and French Gitane cigarettes, and I wanted to feel sophisticated. Which I totally did, until I over-enthusiastically sniffed a bath bomb later on and got it all over my nose.
Mags helped us make our very own The Comforter bubble bars, and it was astounding to see just how few ingredients go into making the very same bars you can buy in store; the majority of which can be found in the average kitchen!
Being given free reign to explore the shop my eyes didn't know what to look at first. Everything was just so beautiful. Not to mention the incredible scents radiating from every product due, which combined into what I imagine unicorn sneezes smell like.
These adorable robot bath bombs, formulated specially to help little ones relax before bedtime, went straight to the top of my Reasons To Have A Baby list ((baby-)bumping "A legitimate reason to eat for two!" to second place).
I was very, VERY tempted to buy myself a magical Princess wand to carry home on the train and wave at people (which certainly wouldn't be the weirdest thing I've carried on the train). Instead, I think I will ask Santa for one.
If the products themselves weren't enough of a feast for my eyeballs, the shelves were also covered in the most beautifully designed packaging I've ever seen. Lots of the other girls told me they'd saved the boxes of gift sets past and kept them out on display all year round; unsurprisingly, given just how gorgeous they all are. I fell in love with each and every package but my personal favourites were Spa Gift, Uplifted, and Hello Gorgeous. Drool.
Then I saw this hanging on the wall, and time stood still:
The AWESOMENESS above is the Euphoria perfume version of Lush's Knot-wrap Gift Wrap; an innovative, eco-friendly alternative to wrapping paper which can be reused again and again. (I also have it on good authority from Steph that the wraps make excellent headscarves). The wraps are made from two recycled plastic bottles a piece and measure an impressive 70 x 70cm, yet only cost a measly £4.25(!!). I was very tempted to buy six. Here's what's happened to mine (obviously).
|I LOVE it.|
Thank you so much Lyndsay and Lush, I had so much fun!
|Fun range from Lush|