Newest Stuff from LUSH

It’s been a quick minute since I’ve dabbled in some LUSH stuff so why not start the year off featuring one of my favorite brands? This go ’round I am highlighting some of their super cool Emotional Brilliance cosmetics, a chunk of smell-good soap and one of their new lip scrubs.

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Let’s start with the soap first. His name is Mr. Punch…

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A cute little sucker, isn’t he? Let’s run the stats on him…

Price:$6.95 for 3.5 oz
Availability: In LUSH stores and online.
What LUSH says: When you turn it upside-down, this soap looks like a delicious bowl of punch with fruit floating in it. We were inspired to make a fruity, tropical, boozy punch scent for this soap, and we did so with juniper berry oil, blackcurrant absolute, lime oil and a splash of gin. That’ll cheer you up on dark winter mornings! (source)

Now we all know that I’m not a fan of super fragrant soaps and I was so glad to know that this one is subtle. It’s got a nice and fruity smell but is indeed quite reminiscent of punch. I can smell every bit of the lime and blackcurrant. The smell dissipates quickly after lathering up but it’s just so adorable to look at. I’ve got it in my guest bathroom just because it’s THAT cute and I love how it seems to double as an air freshener.

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Next up is the yummy Popcorn Lip Scrub

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Price: $8.95 for 0.8 oz
Availability: LUSH stores and online.
What LUSH says: Mmm! A simply scrumptious sugar and salt lip scrub for the holidays. We haven’t been able to keep our hands off this one. Lips can get particularly dry and flakey in winter weather, so it’s especially important to exfoliate. Use this one and keep your lips sweet, smooth and tasty all season long. The sweet and slightly salty popcorn flavor will make you want to lick this scrub right off your lips; but that’s okay, we do it too! (source)

I’ve featured LUSH’s lip scrubs before (here and here) but I so didn’t know that they had a popcorn version of this awesome scrub. And seriously, y’all…it really does taste like popcorn. Like all of LUSH’s lip scrubs, this one is total edible. It’s salty and feels so divine on the lips. Honestly, I could stash a ton of these and still never get enough. I think this is limited edition so better snag it before they run out!

And then there are LUSH’s new kids on the block, their Emotional Brillance Liquid Lipsticks…

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Price: $18.95/ea
Availability: LUSH stores and online.
What LUSH says: Grab some Glamorous or prepare for a Passionate smooch with LUSH’s patent pending liquid lip formula. Super softening Ultrabalm is the base, which is a simple blend of organic jojoba oil, candelilla wax and rose wax. Lips will be brilliantly coloured and left soft, smooth and deeply moisturized. (per press release)

These are interesting. For one, while the packaging is unique and flows with the LUSH concept, I’m not sure how practical they are as the applicator only allows you to go straight down in the bottle.

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Consistency-wise, they were a bit on the grainy side, have nice pigmentation and provide more moisture than the average lip product. Your best bet is to exfoliate those lippies before use though, because these tend to amplify cracks, splits and lines in lips. Each shade is actually an “emotion”.

Glamorous is a bubblegum pink.

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Strong is a blood orange.

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Confident is a deep plum.

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These wear well and I found Confident to be the most suitable for me.

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So I don’t know – I’m still on the fence about thgese. I think they are darling but a bit overpriced. They are  fun and LUSH has a ton of shades that I think will suit both tame color lovers and the adventurous alike.

 

Whatcha think? Have you tried any of the Emotional Brillance cosmetics? And how awesome is that edible popcorn scrub?

More reasons to love the natural brand Dr. Woods…

Remember that time I reviewed an awesome facial cleanser that I impulsively purchased while shopping at a natural food store? Yep. It happens, ya know? You go in a store with a list and end up picking up stuff you didn’t intend to. Freaking Target does it to me every time. The good news is, that Dr. Woods cleanser was spectacular! And since using it, I’ve gotten my hands on some more of their other products. Their availability in stores is tricky but you can find most of ‘em online and for A LOT cheaper than what they’d be in stores.

And y’all knowwww how much I love bar soaps.

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My skin is doing all kinds of craziness due to this pregnancy. My normally dry skin has gotten all weird and oily. This Shea Vision Naturals Tea Tree oily/combination skin ain’t too shabby.

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And like all Dr. Woods products, it’s vegan. I’m in love with the fragrance as I was with the cleanser made for normal skin. It’s got a nice woods-y since but nothing over the top. This cleanser also has a clear consistency making it ideal for those with oiler skin. This baby can easily go for over $10 in stores but I found it for less than $6 at LuckyVitamin.com. And as far as those bar soaps…

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I like them a lot. I’ve been using bar soaps more for hand washin’ than body washing simply because my eczema-ridden skin can’t get too much moisture from bar soaps. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy ‘em anyway. I love shea butter soaps and considering how moisturizing shea butter is in its natural state, I wish it was AS moisturizing in a bar. But alas, it’s not. These soaps are still pretty fantastic. Mostly because they smell all earthy and woodsy.

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Ingredients-wise, they follow the same preservative-free philosophy of all Dr. Woods products.

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I’ve got one bar in my guest bathroom and another in my bathroom but I tend to like the raw black shea butter best. The red currant clove has a nice and spicy fragrance but it’s a bit on the strong side. Like most bar soaps, it dissipates after awhile but while lathering up, these are very nice soaps. And they’re decently priced at around $3 online.

Dr. Woods rocks and I really wish I could see more of this brand in stores.

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But I don’t mind stocking up online either. If you’re a lover of natural products and lookin’ to try something new, you’ll like Dr. Woods.

Happy Chinese New Year! – by LUSH

Oh LUSH. I’ll never know how you do it. In honor of the Chinese New Year (which is today!), LUSH has so beautifully crafted a Red Dragon Soap.

Pretty, isn’t it? Retailed at $7.95, this beautiful bar of soap is gently dusted with gold shimmer.

I’m no fan of glitter particles in my body products but the good news is, after one wash, this dust of glitter washes away. What’s left is a perfectly scented bar of soap that will leave your guests going “OMG, where can I get one of those?”

Scent-wise, if you’re a lover of LUSH’s Karma (I am! I reviewed the solid perfume here), you’ll love the soap. It’s highly fragrant at initial lather but becomes mellow while scenting the skin with that lovely spicy concoction of patchouli, lavender and pine. And it’s a vegan dragon soap too that will be make a perfect gift for your beauty lovin’ vegan guys and girls.

Ah yes, that’s another thing. I find the Karma fragrance to be fitting for men and women. Because of its spiciness, it can easily work for girly girls, manly men and everyone else in between. How thoughtful of you, LUSH. You can snag this at LUSH locations and online.

Some Chinese New Year facts:
-Considering many Asian cultures celebrate it, Chinese New Year is commonly called Lunar New Year.
-The Chinese year is based off of the cycles of the moon.
-2012 is the year of the dragon
-In anticipation for the Chinese New Year, many families thoroughly clean their homes. Metaphorically speaking this is to get rid of the previous year’s bad luck to make space for the new year’s good luck.
-Red is considered a lucky color in China.
(source)

Have you ever celebrated Chinese New Year?

 

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LUSH Halloween bath goodies

I love how LUSH gets all giddty about holidays. I’m not all that crazy about Halloween, but I just had to have that adorable Pumpkin Soap. Doesn’t that cutesy bubbly bar make you want to jump in the tub?

I mean…you should always want to jump in the tub, but it’s great to have incentives. For $6.95, this soap is fantastic. Laced with clove, cardamom, spearmint and fresh pumpkin, the Pumpkin Soap also includes cinnamon. As I showered, that was the the prominent smell. I also got a hint of ginger which made me crave for ginger snaps like you wouldn’t believe. The best thing? The cute pumpkin face lasted after 2 weeks worth of washin’. Weeee! Oh, and if you aren’t a  fan of long-lasting scents, you’ll love Pump even more. While bathing and showering will fill your bathroom up with gingery goodness, you can rest assured that the scent fades away a bit. It is slighty fragrant on the skin but it isn’t overpowering. Which, for me, is a relief. I love ginger snaps but I don’t really want to go around smelling like them. You can grab Pump from LUSH stores and LUSH online. And then there’s the Calavera Bath Bomb.

Y’all know just how much I love bath bombs. While Twilight bath bomb will be my forever, favorite Calavera isn’t too shabby either. Per LUSH, “Calaveras (skulls, in Spanish) are an iconic image for Day of the Dead, a Mexican celebration that honors and respects the dead. We were so inspired last season by the idea that this time of year could be filled with love instead of scary creatures, we invented a line of Day of the Dead products.

Pretty cool, uh?

If you know anything about bath bombs, you know that in addition to providing a luscious bath experience, they are are also entertainment for your bath water. Take Calavera for example. The second I dropped it in the water, it got to spinning and spewing colorful bits.

And then…

What the? For a second it looked like a bubble bee. Don’t laugh at me. I was recently stung TWICE by a bee so now I’m totally on bee radar. I’ve had some random stuffs pop out of a bath bomb but I just knew LUSH wasn’t crazy enough to drop any bees in ‘em. A closer look revealed something more.

Marigold petals! Oooh okay, I get it. A good 2 minutes later and the the bathwater was lime green.

It’s a zesty bath bomb that is definitely the pick me up. If you’re a lover of fruity lime scents, you’ll dig this bath bomb. It goes for $5.95 and you can get it from LUSH stores and LUSH.com.

Both of these Halloween goodies are limited edition. Grab ‘em before they’re gone!

A Dragon’s Blood bar of soap?

Yup. I’m back with a pretty soap from Soap Hope. I am probably the weirdo in my neighborhood because who really goes around taking pictures of bars of soap chillin’ in wood chips? A beauty blogger, that’s who! And I have no shame in my game. Plus, I always feel like “natural products” look so much better in natural settings. Know what I mean?

This is another wonder from Indigo Wild’s ZumBars. Have you ever heard of Dragon’s Blood? Yeah…well, me neither. It’s a tree resin. And contrary to the name, it doesn’t really come from the blood of a dragon. At least I hope not. Even if it does, though…it smells just wonderful. I’m a gal who loves woodsy scents and this bar is giving me that and more.

Plus I found it to be one of the few ZumBar soaps whose scent lasts for quite some time. Of the three that I’ve tried, I think this one may be my favorite.

Not that I’d toss my Cedar and Citrus Mint away. Will forever love Soap Hope for making these soaps affordable.

The story of How I Misundersniffed the Cedar ZumBar

Never in your life should you judge a bar of soap. Especially one that is as beautiful as this Cedar ZumBar. I first spotted this soap in Whole Foods months ago. I tend to lean towards woodsy scents so Cedar, I thought, would be up my alley.

Um no. It wasn’t. I sniffed it and was completely turned off at how it smelled like a jungle. Branches ‘an all. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when a Soap Hope referral landed me a free bar of soap, I found myself glaring at Indigo Wild’s Cedar ZumBar. Again. Something told me to give it a try and so when I got it in the mail, I couldn’t wait to take a bath with it. Even though the scent of it was still unfriendly to my nose.

Now I can’t stop using this soap! How is this possible? How can I go from totally hating the way this bar of soap smelled to being in love with it? It’s magic, I tell ya. Magic. On the skin, the Cedar goat’s milk soap smells a lot like a Chai tea. It is absolutely delightful and I am so glad I gave it  a try.

Stay tuned as a I review more beautiful and naturally nourishing soaps from Soap Hope.

Oh! I asked The Guy to give this soap a try and he really liked it. That said, ladies, if you want to get your guy something nice for the shower, consider this ZumBar. It’s Dude Approved! For more information about the amazing organization that is Soap Hope, click here.

Soap Hope: All-natural products with a purpose

It’s one thing to love a product but it’s something else to love the mission behind a company. Such is the case with Soap Hope. Not only do they offer premium, all natural cosmetic and beauty products at affordable prices, but every single dollar goes into programs that help lift women from poverty around the world. Amazing, uh? I got the opportunity to test drive some of the fabulous brands that Soap Hope has to offer.

If you’re a natural beauty products lovin’ girl like I am, you’ll be aware of many of the brands. I’ve played around with Hugo Naturals before, have heard of Pangea Organics and put Mahya Cosmetics on my radar. But it was the stunning soaps from Indigo Bar that stole my heart.

Just how gorgeous is this Citrus Mint goat milk soap?

And trust me, darlin’. They feel as lovely as they look.

Formulated with all-natural everything (including dyes and fragrance), I have taken a total liking to Zum Bar. I found it to be super moisturizing, which is usually the case with all of the goat milk soaps I’ve tried. The price is about right too at $3.99. While I’ve been using this for face and body, I think it’s just too darn purty to NOT use as a handsoap as well.

So while I’ll be ordering more of these beautiful soaps, I’m also going to check out Zum Clean, Indigo Wild’s natural laundry detergent. I can’t use traditional laundry detergent because of my sensitive skin.

For more information about Soap Hope and to get your shop on, visit their website. Oh, and did I tell you that in addition to already having lower prices, they often offer coupons. Woo hoo!!