Product Review: LUSH Big Shampoo

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to prevent product buildup in my hair. I was faithful to the Fekkai Apple Cider Clarifying Rinse for a few years, but I it’s now safe to say that it has been bumped off of my holy grail list by this product. The consistency of Big is bizarre (kind of like runny jelly with big chunks of sea salt mixed in) and the smell is unusual but not offensive. You only need a small amount of this shampoo to lather up really nicely, and it leaves my hair feeling soft and silky and clean without feeling stripped of any natural oils. The only thing I don’t love about this shampoo is that the smell lingers in my hair the following day, and I’m not a huge fan of the scent. The LUSH Big Shampoo retails for $25.95 AUD and is available for purchase from LUSH Australia.

Top 5 LUSH Products

Buying LUSH products was always a rare treat for me because I could never be bothered driving to the other side of Perth to go to the store, but now that LUSH has opened up in my favourite local shopping centre I am able to indulge in their goodies more often. I get really confused when I walk into a LUSH store because everything looks so appealing but I’m pretty fussy when it comes to product fragrance so thankfully I don’t get tempted to buy absolutely everything in sight. I know how hard it is to whittle down a LUSH wishlist so I thought it might be a good idea to share with you my favourite products. Add these to the very top of your shopping list:

Sympathy For The Skin“Generous banana custard body cream. Eleven years old and still as popular as ever, Sympathy for the Skin is probably the only banana custard body cream in the universe, and almost definitely the only one with real, organic mashed bananas in it. We use real bananas to make skin softer, even if they’re a bit of a menace to mash. Smooth our nutritious cream all over your body and go absolutely bananas.” This is my favourite body lotion. It’s lightweight but moisturises the skin really well and has a very subtle sweet milky scent to it.

Big Shampoo“Sea salt shampoo for shine, softness and big endowments. This pot of oceanic goodness is 50% sea salt to give limp hair the volume it deserves, with seaweed infusion to soften and fresh lime juice for shine. After using Big, your hair will be bouncing back to life.” This is my new favourite clarifying shampoo. It does a great job of cleaning all of the excess product out of my hair without stripping it and my hair feels nice and soft after I use it. I tend to use this once a week, but it’s gentle enough that it’s safe to use it more than that if I feel like I need it.

Bohemian Soap“The mind-clearing lemon one. Bohemian soap is one of our simplest and most beautiful creations; we make it for those with a creative streak to help them to realise their masterworks. Do you work late into the night, then forget to get up in the morning and miss your deadlines? The lemon oil in Bohemian serves many purposes. It clears and refreshes the mind to invigorate you. It is cleansing and toning for the skin, so it really will keep artistic types clean, even if you can’t afford a hot bath very often.” This. Smells. Amazing.

Porridge Soap“Start the day the Goldilocks way with a helping or three of porridge oats. Ideal for sensitive skin; irresistible to everyone else. Oats are soothing for the skin and will gently exfoliate, while orange juice is refreshing and naturally toning. Rise and shine with some delicious porridge.” I love this soap for the smell and how gentle it is. It’s not particularly moisturising, so if you have especially dry skin I wouldn’t suggest you try this.

Mask of Magnaminty (not pictured) – “Deep cleansing, minty face and back pack. After an overnight flight, a marathon in a rabbit suit or a walk along the Marylebone Road during rush hour, do you feel a deep need to be scrubbed clean? Here’s a cleansing mask to do exactly that; China clay and bentonite gel will pull the dirt from your pores, ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds exfoliate surface skin cells, and peppermint oil will make you feel so fresh and minty that you’ll forget you were ever grubby.” This is one of Liv Tyler’s favourite face masks, and if that isn’t enough to make you run out and buy it I really don’t know what else to say.

September Favourites

I just realised while drafting this post up that I completely forgot to write an August empties post. Oops. To be honest I’ve been sticking to a very standard routine lately, mostly because I’m on Project 100 Pan so I tend to choose one product and make an effort to use it until I finish it up. Some of my favourites for the month of September were:

Lush Sympathy For The Skin – This body lotion has shot straight up to holy grail status within the few months that I’ve owned it. It’s rich and creamy without being too heavy on the skin and I absolutely love the subtle milky scent. I highly recommend checking this out next time you’re in a LUSH store.

Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub – I’ve been trying to use up a few of my other body scrubs recently but I’m still using this (my holy grail scrub) pretty frequently. I love the smell of this scrub, it’s so sweet and it looks like it would taste really delicious.

Bloom Sheer Colour Cream in Coy – I’ve mentioned this blush in a couple of different posts over the past few weeks, including a review of the product itself. I absolutely love it and I’m so glad I finally dug this out of my collection and started using it. If you’re a fair skinned girl who wants a very subtle cheek colour, this could be just the thing for you.

Lanolips Sunshine Lip Ointment – This is another product that I feel like I’ve been mentioning a lot lately. It has been my go-to lip colour for a few months now and will probably continue to be my #1 lip product throughout the rest of the season.

evo Love Touch Shine Spray – This is another product that I reviewed recently, and I am still loving it and using it every day. It’s a great lightweight shine spray that also happens to smell like watermelon. Yum.

Product Review: LUSH Sympathy For The Skin Body Lotion

I’ve been searching for what feels like forever for a moisturising body lotion that has a neutral but sweet fragrance that isn’t too overpowering. Guess what kids? I’ve found it. I had no intention of buying a body lotion when I went into LUSH a couple of weekends ago, but I’m glad that I picked this up because this baby is on the fast track to holy grail status. The smell is hard for me to describe because it’s so subtle, but it hints at vanilla and banana (the banana makes sense, as the product contains real mashed banana – yum). This is pretty much exactly what I was looking for in a body lotion, something with a very light but sweet milky scent that doesn’t overpower my perfume and a moisturiser that is lightweight but also feels hydrating. I love this lotion and would highly recommend you pick it up next time you’re at a LUSH store. The Sympathy For The Skin body lotion retails for 29.95 AUD and can be purchased from LUSH stores throughout Australia.

‘Lust Have It’ February 2012

Lust Have It took a sabbatical at the beginning of the year, so I was happy to return from my Bali trip to find the the Lust Have It February box delivered and ready to be opened. It was filled with annoying shredded paper (as always) and the following beauty goodies: Taut Collagen Infusion Mask $44.95 for 5 pack (I am wary to try this after receiving the Taut shark cartilage drink in an earlier box. Just… no.), Davroe Tame Lemongrass Detangler $21.50 for 315ml (probably the most interesting product for me in this month’s box), Sasy N Savy Rose Lavender Hand N Nail Repair Cream $25 for 100ml (worst brand name ever), LUSH Sugar Scrub $6.50 for 100ml (I am looking forward to trying this, despite the botanical scent) & Lancome Juicy Tube $46 for 14g (the only product I’ve tried previously, and look forward to using again). What are your thoughts on this month’s box?