Since a few weeks ago, I am gradually shifting my skin care regimen to one that is as natural and vegetarian as possible. Obviously, it is more expensive, but, in my opinion, it’s worth it. As you may already know, our skin absorbs a lot of what we put on it, including harmful chemicals. It could be fragrance, preservatives, and many more. These components can stay in our bodies for very long periods of time and cause hormonal dysfunctions. Sometimes, we don’t realize that they are actually the reasons why we get more blemishes, more oily or dry skin, redness, irritation, etc.
Aside from health reasons, those chemicals also have an environmental impact by contaminating the soil and water. Since we have the freedom to choose what we use, I think it is important to be aware and conscious of what we consume.
I personally love to use Lush products since it’s handmade, uses natural ingredients from ethical sources, doesn’t practice animal-testing and it smells like heaven! And it does wonders to your skin, of course. So here’s the ones that I currently use:
01/ DREAM CREAM – CRÈME DE RÊVE
This one is a light body and hand lotion that incorporates oat milk, lavender and rose-water. It also has olive oil, cocoa butter and tea tree oil. It’s a good and very soothing moisturizer. The smell reminds me of Chinese oils, which are herbal and strong. It’s perfect for sensitive skin. However, for me, it is not hydrating enough in the winter. My skin becomes very dry quickly.
02/ COSMETIC LAD – BEAU BONHOMME
Cosmetic Lad is a facial moisturizer for post-shaving. I don’t shave and I obviously don’t have a beard. That’s why I was skeptical when the lady at Lush recommended me this one. I have combination skin, with a little bit of blemishes so I wanted something soothing for my face to get through this dry and unforgiving winter. The lavender, wheatgrass and aloe vera really helped my skin, surprisingly. I must admit that the best part is that one small container lasts up to 6 months. You really just need a small amount that you rub it between your hands and gently dab on your face.
03/ CHARITY POT – POT DE BIENFAISANCE
This one is my favorite so far. It has up to seven SLush funds’ ingredients. SLush funds support fair-trade partnerships with communities that produce the ingredients. Charity pot is a rich moisturizing hand and body lotion made of olive oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, aloe vera, vanilla, etc. Perfect for dry skin! Oh, and I absolutely love the smell of ylang ylang and rosewood oils. One of the greatest things about it is that 100% of the sales goes to charity organizations that support environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.
04/ HERBALISM – HERBALISME
This cleanser is perfect for balancing oily and blemish-prone skin. It doesn’t dry out your skin like other cleansers, which I really appreciate. The smell is strong and it can get a little messy too. However, the kaolin clay, ground almonds and rice bran helps exfoliate and remove the excess oils while rosemary, nettle and chamomile leave your skin feeling really fresh.
Buffy is a very popular Lush body butter that is made of cocoa butter, shea butter to moisturize and ground rice, ground almonds and ground adzuki beans to exfoliate your skin. It is used in the shower or bath. You just need to rub it on your body in circular motions to get rid of all the dead skin and it leaves rich butters so you don’t need to add any cream after. It has a nice gentle smell of citrus and herbs.
06/ PINK FLAMINGO – FLAMANT ROSE
This last one is a reusable bubble bar with rosewood and ylang ylang fragrances. It also has cocoa and shea butters and rice bran. You just need to hold it under running water to make your pink bath bubbly and smell amazing!