Lush loves and duds

One of my coworkers has me programmed in her phone as "Liz Lush," because we're both hooked on Lush Cosmetics.

What's not to love? Lush is a delicatessen-style store that smells like floral, fruity bubble bath, with smiling salesgirls and an open invitation to try everything before you buy. Colorful soaps are piled in giant slabs on tables, a little fridge is loaded with cute little tubs of handmade face masks. You walk out feeling pampered, regardless of what's in your goodie bag.

And while writing this post, I found out that Lush is opening spa locations, first in New York and then in Philly, and I'm so intrigued and excited to find out what that's like! (Maybe it'll be open by IMATS New York, which I'm making vague plans to attend?)

I've tried a lot of Lush products this year, so let's talk about some of my favorites and some that didn't make an impression.


Big Shampoo — This is one of those products that just sounds like a bad idea. Washing your hair with salt? Won't that destroy it? Sure, when you lather up with this citrusy mix with big chunks of sea salt, you need to follow it with a deep conditioner. But that's a small price to pay for PA-POW super sexy volume, shine and curl definition. I can't wait to see this baby in action once my relaxer is all grown out and I'm all curls, all the time.

Coal Face — A charcoal-based soap for blemish-prone skin. A little bar of this has lasted me an exceptionally long time! This is the cleanser to buy if you get pimples and have sensitive skin or are irritated by medicated cleansers.

Dark Angels — Coal Face +. This messy marvel is also charcoal-based, with black sugar and mud for deep cleansing and exfoliation. You can also use this one as a mask by leaving it on a little longer in the shower.

H'Suan Wen Hua — Even though this hair mask, which you put on dry hair before shampooing, has eggs in it for protein, the smell is masked by cinnamon. It's also got bay leaf, which I think is what makes the scalp feel all tingly, mashed bananas, avocado, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I enjoyed it as a once in a while treat to nourish my hair in the early days of transitioning, when my hair was still fried from constant flat ironing.

Brazened Honey — Does it even need saying? This Fresh Face Mask, which you are dying to wash off because it feels so uncomfortable, washes away to reveal skin as soft and smooth as when you were a baby. This is supermodel in a jar. This is like a motivational speaker and energy healer for your face. This makes you fantasize for a glorious moment about throwing out all your foundation and concealer. I'm going to have to go pick up a jar, because remembering how long it's been since I've used this miraculous substance makes my heart flutter.

Lustre — A glittering gold, jasmine-scented dusting powder. This is decadent smoothed onto the decolletage. So decadent that it makes me want to pretend I speak French and just throw around words like decolletage.

Sex Bomb — Everyone should bathe in hot pink, ylang ylang bath water. We'd all be much happier.


No Drought — To be fair, I've never gotten on with dry shampoo. The sprays that I've tried have made my hair look limp and gummed up, not refreshed. Maybe that's a technique failure that's on me. So I tried the zesty, powder version at Lush, which you sprinkle on your head and work through to absorb oil and volumize. Honestly, in a pinch, I'd rather use baby powder. But it all sucks. I'm not a dry shampoo gal.

Turkish Delight — You have no idea how much I wanted to love this. It's so expensive. Of course I wanted it to be amazing and well worth the price. The rose fragrance is transcendent. It looks and feels luxurious. It sounds luxurious. A shower smoothie?! Can I have six of those? But this is so hard to use, and a little does not go a long way. I felt like I had to rub myself down with half the tub to get any sort of slip in the shower. Even when I used it as a lotion on totally dry skin while I had the steam going, before jumping in the shower, it didn't deliver the magnificent smoothness I was promised.

Catastrophe Cosmetic — The popularity of this face mask on the blogosphere mystifies me. I tried it, and honestly liked my homemade version better. It didn't leave a chalky residue no matter how much you rinse.

Bubble Bars — Meh. The ones I've tried didn't bubble much, even though I pulverized them under running water. Stick with the bath bombs.

American Cream Conditioner — This smells like a milkshake, but its virtue ends there. I found this so useless as a conditioner that I couldn't even bring myself to use up the smallest size. It had no slip and did not help me detangle. I at last resorted to using it to shave my legs. That was a more successful use.

Now it's your turn! Let me know your favorite Lush products in the comments.


  1. I love Lush products, have you tried their sea salt scrub, omg heaven!

  2. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm going to have to because Jenn at work also RAVES about it!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this. My hair had grown pretty angry with the constant sassy curling I subject it to. I will definitely be asking for H'Suan Wen Hua this holiday season. Perfect timing because I was just jotting down a list of holiday gifts.


  4. I love that it doesn't have to be refrigerated like the face masks do, although you'd think it would go bad otherwise. And if you like wearing your hair curly, I'm a big fan of Curlformers instead of curling irons! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. 50%. That sounds DANGEROUS! Yeah, the bubble bars are just a no-go for me. We agree on a lot, but not on everything, Miz 44!

  6. Yay! Liz Lush, love it. xxoo