I think it’s fair to say that a lot of xoVainers are big fans of LUSH, and I’m no exception. Now that I live in an apartment with a giant claw-foot tub, I keep a steady supply of bath bombs and bubble bars in my #FridayNightBathNight rotation.
Still, being a sensitive skinned gal, I’ve pretty much avoided LUSH’s non-bath products entirely. So many of the ingredients that make their products so fun--essential oils, fragrances, foaming agents and scrubby bits--tend to irritate my skin. I’d resigned myself to steering clear of anything in a little black pot.
That is, until the lovely folks at LUSH sent me some of their sensitive-skin favorites and challenged me to give them a try. I gave three products a test drive, and here’s how things shook out.
First, I tried this cult-favorite cleansing balm. Formulated with gentle, moisturizing ingredients like almond oil, rosewater, honey and glycerin, it is designed to soothe and heal the skin while cleansing. You take a little bit of the thick balm and smooth it across your face--it gets more liquefied as your hands warm it up--and then wipe it away with a warm washcloth.
The verdict: This stuff is nice. "Nice" is the strongest adjective I can use to describe it because it does, like, nothing to your skin. And I mean that in the best way: no scrubs, no tingles, just good, clean nuffin’.
My skin felt really soft and nourished afterward, though if you’re oily, you may hate the slight buttery feeling it leaves on your skin (though still give it a shot as a makeup remover, cause it removes mascara like a dream). I also worried it might clog me, but it’s left my skin clear and happy so far.
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
The next product I used is one of LUSH’s cleansing rolls that you mix with water to make a paste to cleanse your skin. This one has corn oil and glycerin to moisturize, and polenta to exfoliate, making it gentler than their other scrubs made with sugar or ground almonds.
My first impression was that it smells diviiiine and also I have to go buy some caramel corn now so I don’t try to eat this instead. I’m not surpised that it's one of their most popular cleansers, cause YUM.
The verdict: Still a bit too scrubby for my face, though almost every type of physical exfoliant is a no-no for me. I did try this on my body though, and it was lovely for that. Worth it just for the caramel-y cake batter smell.
RO'S ARGAN BODY CONDITIONER
Finally, I used a product meant for sensitive body skin. Most soaps and shower gels leave me itchy and dry, but I revile (I mean, revile) lotion.
Enter Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. This product is meant to be applied on the body just as hair conditioner is on your head. After washing with body wash or soap, you smooth this rich cream all over your body and rinse it clean before getting out of the shower.
The verdict: I admit that, at first, I thought this wouldn’t do anything since you rinse it off literally seconds after you apply it. However, I was surprised by how the soft layer of moisture it left on my skin lingered for the rest of the day.
It is super pleasant to apply--much quicker and cleaner than regular body lotion--and it left me smelling like fresh rose lemonade. I’ll definitely restock this gem as soon as I run out.
Alright, one of you readers better have an awesome recipe for crow, because I wrote off Lush’s sensitive-skin offerings too soon. There are definitely a few gentle, skin-nourishing dark horses in the bunch that are absolutely worth trying.