We’re big fans of Lush Cosmetics here at Awakened Aesthetic HQ. The smells alone! Karma is Lindsay’s favorite scent, and on my boyish days I can’t resist getting a little Dirty. We like Lush so much that we’ve even acquired our very own Lush expert, Colleen – you’ll hear from her soon! – and I’ve already used her services to assist me in finding the perfect new products.
This is where I share my a terrible secret: my boyfriend uses Dial soap. Not only does he use it, but he likes it, and is picky about trading in his tried-and-true chemicals for something more natural. After buying samples upon samples and trusting in the knowledge of Ms. Colleen, here’s what I’m
forcing him to use instead giving to him, generously, in the way that loving girlfriends do:
Boyfriend has oily skin (I think all boys have oily skin) and loves citrus…which is great, because citrus is great for oily skin! He’s going to try Sexy Peel, an orangey, brightly-scented soap, and Sea Vegetable, which is moisturizing and earthy (sea-y?) but not overly so.
Of course, if boyfriend’s getting new soap, I’m getting new soap. Obviously.
My skin is dryer than his, and I also don’t want to smell exactly like him because that’s creepy, so my choices are vastly different. I’m most excited about Sultana of Soap: so many reviews say it’s incredibly creamy, and it has a great scent. My other soap choice is more floral: 17 Cherry Tree Lane. Colleen assures me it has some lovely earthy qualities to go with the pretty floral notes, and reviews assure me that the cherry blossom scent will remind me of the tree outside my childhood bedroom window, not some sickly-sweet chemical smell.
…and then there’s lotion. My hands get really dry, especially at the office, and I’m running low on the pot of Karma Kream I keep at my desk. I want to try something new, and am still deciding between…
Crème Anglaise: Just the description of this luxurious lotion has me salivating. It even contains saffron!
Potion Lotion: Rose petals and tangerine: it sounds like a strange, but delicious combination, right?
Charity Pot: You know how most companies donate “100% of the proceeds” from a product to charity? That means they subtract their costs – production, materials – before finalizing the donation amount. Charity Pot is different: Lush donates every cent you pay them to a grassroots charity. That’s $21.95. Period. (It also smells like ylang ylang.)
All Lush products are vegetarian, 80% of them are vegan, they use minimal packaging and preservatives (though they do use parabens, sparingly), and Lush is 100% against animal testing. None of their products or the materials that go into making their products are tested on animals.