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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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?