Monthly Archives: July 2015

Ice Blue (discontinued)

I’ve been wanting to try out Lush soaps for a while, but found the Movis soap to be a really squidgy consistency (with an overpowering aroma of bread!), and didn’t really get on with the treacle-like aroma of the original Porridge soap. But Ice Blue sounded interesting. Mainly mint scented, it has a nice clean appearance – there is salt in the top of the soap, but there’s no strange pieces of seaweed, or oatmeal that will make a mess over the sink.

Lush Ice Blue Review

I purchased 100g to start with, and asked for it to be cut into 4 pieces – I wanted to use this as a hand soap, but struggle to use a large bar of soap without continually dropping it into the sink! The pieces were cut lengthwise, which makes them interesting to try using…. the soap is quite slippery, as demonstrated by it flying across the room a few times while I’ve been trying to lather it between my hands.

It does take a while to lather up, but I’ve found I get on better if I make the soap really wet first, then rub it between my hands. That gives enough lather for my hands to feel clean.

Hearing that this was going to be discontinued, I went back into my local Lush store to pick up some more. I was aiming for 200g this time, but the staff member got to 180g (I don’t know how they even attempt to the cuts accurate, on a curved piece of soap!), so I went with that.

I asked again for it to be cut into 4 pieces, and this time was presented with 4 individually wrapped cubes, which should be a lot easier to use than the strips I had originally.

Ice Blue doesn’t make my skin feel too dry, and the minty fragrance isn’t so strong that I can smell it on my hands for ages afterwards. My only trouble with it, is that it’s discontinued!

I asked Lush head office what soap they would recommend with a similar fragrance, and they’ve suggested Outback Mate or May Pole…. all I have to do now, is wait for the new stock to arrive!

Dream Cream

I’ve been waiting a while to make this blog post, as I wanted to thoroughly test out this product first. After seeing reviews on the Lush website claiming that this “cured my eczema” I will admit I was dubious. I know nothing can “cure” eczema, but my previous experience with a cream from the chemist that claimed to be “ideal for eczema” wasn’t one I want to repeat any time soon!

However, I didn’t like the steroid cream I got from the doctor, and when I used the emollient that the chemist recommended, it felt like I was smothering my hands in Vaseline every night; which resulted in a greasy patch on the pillowcases and sheets, even though I wore two pairs of cotton gloves….

My local Lush store recommended I tried Dream Cream, so initially I went away with a little tester pot; I was uncertain that my hands would approve of the cream and didn’t want to spend out £11.95 for a pot if I couldn’t use it. Despite being a “hand and body lotion,” which sounds like it could be quite a watery consistency, it’s a surprisingly thick cream (although some pots have been a slightly runnier consistency, which I think might be down to the temperature), so you definitely don’t need much at all. This means that using it only on my hands and wrists, I can make one pot of Dream Cream last around 6 weeks, which works out much better value price-wise than a smaller pot of Helping Hands, and also better value than other hand creams I’ve bought previously.

Dream Cream’s main ingredient is oat milk (oatmeal steeped in water), although it definitely doesn’t smell like a bowl of porridge. It does have a scent, but it’s not as overpowering as Handy Gurugu or Helping Hands, so you aren’t feeling that you get that additional whiff every time you move your hands during the day. For me, that’s perfect as I don’t really like getting the smell of a body lotion each time I move!

Unlike some other creams I’ve tried, Dream Cream doesn’t sting when gently rubbed in (even on aggravated skin) and although there is a greasy feel to all creams, you don’t feel that there’s excessive grease or oils on your skin. It also soaks in reasonably quickly, eliminating the feeling of spreading it over anything you put your hands on.

Lush Dream Cream Review

I was sceptical that any cream could actually sort out my skin, but looking back at some photos I took when my hands were at their worst earlier in the year, it’s an incredible difference. They were really nasty looking, with hot, red raw skin, which cracked and split. They’re not “perfect” now, but the skin looks more normal, there’s no splits, and even with a particularly stressful few weeks, there’s only a small patch where they’re not looking brilliant, but that’s no way near as bad as they could be.

Strangely enough, having used Dream Cream regularly since February, my hayfever hasn’t been as terrible this year either. The only things I’ve done differently this year from last, are using Dream Cream, and using the shampoo bars from Lush rather than bottled shampoos. Seeing as this year was meant to be a nightmare year for hayfever, I can’t help but wonder if there’s something in Lush products that have helped to ease my hayfever….

It’s definitely a brilliant lotion, and one I’ll keep buying regularly! I can recommend it if your skin gets angry easily, although I would suggest getting a tester from a store first, just to make sure your skin approves 🙂

Jungle (original version)

It’s been a while since I bothered using a conditioner on my hair, but seeing as I’ve got on so well with the Lush shampoo bars, I thought I would try out the Jungle Solid Conditioner. At £3.50 for a massive bar, I have a feeling this will last for ages!

It has a particularly “earthy” smell – not necessarily something I would pick out in a shop, but it’s not unpleasant. It is, however, rather strong so you can smell it on your hair during the day. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it takes a little getting used to!

Like most conditioners, Jungle doesn’t lather when you use it. I just streak it over clean, wet hair, then rub it in gently before rinsing it off. It can be a bit challenging to figure out which bits of hair you’ve missed, but I don’t think you need to be too picky – it seems to work well even if you do miss a section of hair.

Lush Jungle Review

The bar has a base of Fairtrade organic cocoa butter and feels greasy to the touch, but even though my hair can have a tendency to turn greasy without any assistance, it didn’t seem to to have that effect at all.

I’ve used it several times now, and there’s only a slight sign of the pattern wearing down on the top of the bar, so I think this will last a nice long time. For £3.50 that’s a good purchase and one that’s definitely worth trying.

Mask of Magnaminty

I wanted to treat my skin to something, and Mask of Magnaminty sounded like just the thing. It has quite a dark green colour, and a very strong but pleasant peppermint scent. It doesn’t have to be kept in the fridge, which is a bonus and has a “best used by” date of approximately three months, which is definitely useful if you purchase the large pot!

I’ve used this on my hands and wrists several times, to help shift flaking skin and it works very well. If my eczema is “grumbling” quite a bit, then it’s not the best thing to use as it does seem to irritate. Whether that’s from the exfoliating nature of the mask, or the fact that you leave it on your skin until the mask dries, I’m not sure, but if you’re uncertain, I would suggest maybe using it on a small patch of skin first just to check your skin is happy with it!

The large pot isn’t the easiest to get the mask out from, especially those bits left right at the bottom, but once you’ve scooped some out, it’s simple to spread it over your skin. Then just wait for 10 minutes, with the mint giving a lovely cooling feeling as it dries. I then run some warm water over the mask-covered skin just to ease it off before gently rubbing it…. if it’s not wet enough, it seems quite painful to rub it off (which no doubt says a lot about the quality of skin on my hands and wrists!).

At £9.75 for the large pot it’s not the cheapest of things, and I don’t think it’ll be something I’ll be purchasing again any time soon. However, if your skin can handle the effects of the mask drying, and its exfoliating nature, it could be worth a try.