A couple o’ Lush products, tried and tested (The good, the bad and the meh)

A little birdie told me that by the last quarter of this year, the Jo’burgers won’t have to travel to Cape Town for Lush products anymore… Which is NOT what I did (let the record clearly state that), but I did make a point of getting to the V&A to check it out – curiosity was killing me.

The Lush Soap Selection
*insert angel music* The Lush soap selction. And I don’t even use solid soap…

As I’m sure most of you have read on other sources by now, the staff members really are very bubbly, helpful and knowledgeable (I’m not cut out to be that perky all the time, I tip my hat to all of them). You can smell the store even before you can see it (opposite the istore, fyi), and once inside, I knew I was in trouble. I also knew off the bat that the bath products were going to be heavenly, but I decided to try a couple of others too. Since I went a little crazy (how many different purchases can fairly be called from-me-to-me-Christmas-gifts, btw? Asking for a friend, of course), I’ll do this in instalments.

My experience with the first batch of products I tried was very mixed, so here we go:

Loved: The Comforter Bubble Bar and Mint Juleps Lip Scrub

The Comforter is a delicious blend of berries and citrus, and smells like fruit pastilles to me. It turns the bath water bright pink and creates a fair amount of soft, white foam. It’s in solid form to eliminate the need for (a) excessive preservatives and (b) plastic packaging. At R45 per bar it’s a massive bargain, as I’m probably going to get 6 baths out of it – and I don’t have a light hand.

Lush Comforter Foam Bath
I used this much for my first bath
The size of Lush The Comforter vs my hand
And this is how big it is

Mint Julips scrub is an edible scrub in a small glass jar. It’s made of castor sugar (not too fine, not too coarse, just right) and jojoba oil, and is fragranced with vanilla, peppermint and a hint of chocolate. Best part: They advise licking the excess scrub off your lips after you’re done scrubbing. R75 for 25g

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub
Mint Julips Lip Scrub. Smell-wise, it’s a dead ringer for Peppermint Crisp chocolate.

Luke Warm: Karma Komba Solid Shampoo Bar and Butterball

Butterball is a moisturising fizz ball packed with moisturising cocoa butter, scented with musk, vanilla and ylang-ylang. I excitedly dropped it into the bath and watched it fizz away and then… Nothing. Crystal clear bath water. Let the record state that my skin was fabulously soft, smooth and moisturised, but I was expecting to see something… R28.50 per ball.

Lush Butterball
Lush Butterball

The Karma Komba shampoo bar is really messing with my feelings. You lather up this gorgeous-smelling shampoo bar (like you would soap) between your hands, and you wash your hair with the softest, creamiest foam. But then you rinse it, and your straight, shoulder-length (very healthy, might I add) hair is all tied up in knots, and feels impossibly dry. I tried it twice, and I’m throwing in the towel now. Maybe my hair’s supposed to adjust to it, I don’t know. I’ll give the more conditioning Godiva bar a try when they come to Jo’burg. R75 per bar, which should last as long as 3 x 250ml bottles of shampoo if you look after it – great value if it works for you.

Lush Karma Komba Shampoo Bars
Lush Karma Komba Shampoo Bars

Not for me: Big Solid Conditioner

I’m not going to rant. Quite simply, Big Solid Conditioner didn’t detangle or make my hair feel smooth, and I also pulled out an alarming amount of hair as I tried to apply it in various different methods. I get that it’s a volumising conditioner (which is partly why I chose it – that, and the nourishing benefits of the main ingredient, coconut oil), but this ain’t working. That said, I’ll still want to try one of their liquid/cream conditioners, because I think it’s this solid business that’s not working for me. R1300/kg (R169 for the 130g slice I have).

Lush Big Solid Conditioner
Lush Big Solid Conditioner

While I’m excited to try the next batch, I’d like to know if you’ve tried any of these, and what your favourite other lush products are?

C xx




  1. Jan 17, 2013 / 8:04 AM

    I’m a whore for Lush but agree, KK shampoo Bar’s a bunch of crap. Try Godiva; it’s a completely different animal and I love it to bits. Just don’t use it as a 2 in 1 as suggested; you still need to condition those ends.

    Soap-wise, Honey I Washed The Kids is divine; like soft, milky, honey puppy tummy (if that’s a scent). Also adore their Big Blue ballistic; turns the water blue with bits of non-gross seaweed.

    Also a fan of their massage bars and Aqua Mirabillis, an exfoliating bar, will give your ass the best scrub of its life; it’s ten times better than Buffy the Backside Slayer.

    X x x

    • Jan 17, 2013 / 8:37 AM

      I have a couple of soaps and massage bars to try, looking forward to those. V keen to try Godiva next time round – initially thought it was going to be too rich, but now that I have a better feel for the products I think we’ll be cool xx

  2. Jan 17, 2013 / 8:09 AM

    Aaah that sucks that the Big conditioner didn’t work for you. 🙁 I love that it leaves my hair feeling super soft and moisturised (esp after using one of their solid shampoos).

    I agree with you about the comforter bar. Love it!

    • Jan 17, 2013 / 8:35 AM

      Comforter is amazing! It’s still in my office (from drawing the outline pic) and the whole room smells divine – and love that it gives decent bubbles x

  3. Jan 17, 2013 / 12:54 PM

    I love the Comforter bubble bar. I also have the butter ball but didn’t use it yet. Some other favorites are Karma Bubble Bar, Melting Marshmallow bath melt and tiny hands solid hand cream. The Lemony Flutter cuticle balm is also great 🙂

    • Jan 21, 2013 / 4:58 PM

      Melting Marshmallow sounds dee-vine. And love the Karma scent, so I’ll nab that bubble bar next time.

  4. Jan 21, 2013 / 4:29 PM

    I just don’t get the fizzy stuff. Seriously, I want bubbles.

    • Jan 21, 2013 / 4:52 PM

      Have tried a couple more, and although the salts in it make my skin feel lovely, it’s not nearly as impressive as bubbles!

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