I always hear people saying how much they hate Valentine’s Day; that they are alone and don’t have anyone to spend it with and hate seeing all the different companies–from greeting card to beauty brands–cash in on what is essentially just a marketing ploy. Well, I guess if you wanna look at it that way…but why not look at it as an excuse to treat yourself this year?! Who needs a significant other when there are treats like Lush’s Be Mine set out there?!
*Warning: this is a picture-heavy post!
Lush’s new-for-Valentine’s-Day Be Mine set comes beautifully, thoughtfully wrapped like this:
..and contains the following products:
There are a few other sets available on Lush’s site, but I chose Be Mine because I felt that the items inside could just as easily be enjoyed by oneself as it could à deux. In fact, who would want to share all these amazing goodies?! Call me stingy but I have heard so many great things about the products in this set that I am so looking forward to treating me, myself, and I to this fun, fragrant set!
Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum murumur), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Fragrance, Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma grandiflorum), Glycerine, Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Limonene, Linalool, *Benzyl Salicylate,*Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, D&C Red No. 28, D&C Red No. 33, D&C Red No. 30 Talc Lake
First up is the new Tender is the Night Massage Bar. This massage bar features a light outer shell of shea and murmuru butters that crushes easily in the palm of your hand, revealing a unique soft center. This ooey-gooey center is made up of a blend of almond oil, glycerine, cupuaçu and agave syrup that is lightly perfumed with jasmine, ylang and vanilla. The scent is absolutely incredible–it’s not too strong at all (which I was worried about initially) and while it lingers on the skin for quite a while, it’s light and pleasant.
Now I know what you’re thinking: in order to use a massage bar, you need to either have someone to massage or someone massaging you, therefore defeating the purpose of this “treat yourself” Valentine’s Day gift. But you can definitely give yourself a mini leg, arm, or foot massage using this amazing bar. You can also use this as a solid body lotion. Just break a little piece of and use that all over (it makes skin sooo soft!). Because this particular bar features a liquid center (Lush’s other massage bars are solid all the way through), be careful if you do want to break off a piece. I would maybe do it over a cup or in a ziploc bag so that you can save the rest for another time (it would probably get really messy but eh, who cares?!).
Ingredients: Fresh Spring Water (Aqua) , Glycerine , Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) , Cypress Leaf Infusion (Cupressus sempervirens) ,Brazil Nut Oil (Bertholletia Excelsa) , Vanilla Pod (Vanilla planifolia) , Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) ,Stearic Acid , Argan Oil (Argania spinosa) , Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma Grandiflorum) , Fragrance , Triethanolamine ,Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) , Goji Berry Decoction (Lycium barbarum) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens) , Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum) ,*Limonene , Cetearyl Alcohol , Citronellol , Coumarin , Geraniol ,Methylparaben , Propylparaben
Now the Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner is something I’ve been meaning to try for quite a while. My body gets really dry and itchy during the winter and though it’s been infinitely better this year due to Lush’s Dream Cream (amazing stuff!), I really wanted to give this one a go to see if I would experience similarly good results. It feels pretty much the same as your average hair conditioner–it feels nice and light and has a slight gel-cream-ish consistency. It feels kinda weird at first to slathering it all over yourself in the shower, but it’s not unpleasant in any way.
Ro’s has quite a beautiful warm rosy scent to it. I wish the scent clung to the skin better after rinsing because it’s soo nice. After using this once, I immediately noticed that my skin felt a lot softer and more moisturized. It did leave a slight film of hydrating oil on the skin, but it didn’t bother me as I’ve been known to slather myself in coconut oil post-shower on occasion, anyway. My skin felt smooth, silky, and supremely hydrated–and it stayed that way all day! I didn’t even feel the need to apply a separate moisturizer, which is something I always do after a shower! This stuff really works!
Ingredients: Propylene Glycol , Rapeseed Oil , Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera) , Kaolin , Water (Aqua) , Cornflour (Zea mays) ,Talc , Fragrance , Sodium Stearate , Titanium Dioxide , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Rose Oil (Rosa damascena) ,Sicilian Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum) , Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora) , Glycerine , Sodium Chloride , EDTA , Tetrasodium Etidronate , Sodium Hydroxide , Synthetic Fluorphlogopite ,Geraniol , *Citronellol , *Linalool , *Limonene , Ferric Ferrocyanide
Willow Hand and Body Soap has 2 small doves–or”love birds”–imprinted on the top. It boasts Lush’s “A Thousand Rose Petals” scent–a mix of creamy rose, Sicilian lemon, and rosewood. The rose doesn’t overpower the lemon and vice-versa–everything melds together beautifully into a mildly sweet, refreshing scent. This soap is limited-edition and only available during February, so if you’re interested or if you try it and love it, be sure to stock up! I am seriously considering stockpiling some purely for the scent! (PS: Lush, please PLEASE release a lotion with the A Thousand Rose Petals scent–it is divine!!)
The texture of this soap is quite soft, like a hardened molded putty. If you press it with your fingers hard enough, you can indent the soap. Mixed with water, it lathers very nicely. The lather is not quite sudsy–it’s more of a creamy, clay-like lather. I had doubts that I would feel “clean” afterwards but surprisingly, I do. The kaolin clay in it does a great job of cleansing. I feel squeaky clean but not at all dried out.
Ingredients: Rose Water (Rosa centifolia) , Glycerine , Rapeseed Oil ,Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera) , Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) , Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) , Water (Aqua) , Perfume , Rose Oil (Rosa centifolia) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum) , Neroli Oil (Citrus amara) ,Sodium Chloride , EDTA , Tetrasodium Editronate , Benzyl Salicylate , Geraniol , Citronellol , Hydroxcitronellal , *Limonene ,*Linalool , Titanium Dioxide , Propylene Glycol , D&C Red No. 33
The Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie has the strongest scent of all the products. It’s hard to describe–it’s like a very strong powdery-soap scent perfumed with rose. It’s nice but if you take a sniff of it straight out of the pot, it’s a little overpowering. However, if you use it in a steamy shower like you are meant to, I find the heat and steam diffuse the scent and kind of just scent the whole shower/bathroom. It’s so, so lovely and relaxing, I feel like I’m a princess in my own private super-swank Russian bathhouse or something
The Shower Smoothie has a thick and creamy whipped consistency. It’s dense like a hair mask treatment but light and fluffy at the same time. At first, I had no clue was a shower smoothie was or how I was supposed to use it. Lush describes them as “creamy, whipped up body wash” that are “much richer than shower gels”. You can lather them up in a poof like a normal body wash or just slather it all over your body. You can also use them a bit like Ro’s Body Conditioner by slathering it on and then waiting a few minutes before washing off. The different oils (coconut, almond, rapeseed, etc.) and glycerin will help soften and moisturize the skin. I like to use it after I’ve already cleansed with my regular body soap and then use this at the very end to just lightly scent my skin and moisturize. I find it doesn’t quite make my skin as soft as the Ro’s Body Conditioner but it’s a really nice sensory treat!
Ingredients: Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) , Organic Castor Oil (Ricinus communis) , Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma grandiflorum) , Glycerine , Flavor , Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) ,Geraniol , *Limonene , Titanium Dioxide , Mica , D&C Red No. 7 ,Calcium Lake
And lastly, we have The Kiss Lip Gloss. The Kiss is a vegan gloss that is completely free of preservatives. It features a blend of luxurious butters like shea and cupuaçu and rich almond oil. It has a pink glossy tint and a gorgeous almond and mandarin flavor.
In the pot, The Kiss looks (and smells) so sugary sweet, I almost wanted to eat it instead of apply it! But I did apply it and I was very impressed with the smooth, luscious feel and delicious scent. The gloss is very rich and moisturizing but not at all heavy. It’s very dense in the pot (since it is mainly shea butter), so you do have to kind of swirl you finger around once or twice before you’re able to melt off enough product, but it applies as a very light, creamy layer.
The pink tint only registers slightly on the lips–you really have to pile it on to see much pale pink. But that, coupled with the gorgeous shimmer, is enough to give your lips a healthy glow. I also noticed that after it had worn away and I reapplied a few more times, the shimmer was becoming a bit more layered and my lips almost took on a mauvy tint. The effect was really pretty! I really do liked everything about this “gloss” (more of a balm to me). It kept my lips soft and moist for hours, has a pretty shimmer and shine, and comes in a cute tin! Plus, it could even double as an emergency balm for hydrating small areas (like elbows, hands, cuticles, etc.)!
Overall, I really loved testing this cute set from Lush–I think they did a fantastic job with the different scents and textures and with putting together a fun set that anyone–attached or otherwise–can really enjoy. It’s a nice mix of new products and old favorites and I couldn’t recommend this more. Treat yourself–or a friend–to some “Lush” time. Have a pampering spa party in lieu of Valentine’s Day. But most importantly, have fun!!
»»Pricing: $39.95 for 5 items (Tender is the Night=1 oz./30 g., Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner=1.5 oz./45 g., Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie=1.5 oz./45 g., Willow Hand and Body Soap=2.8 oz./80 g., The Kiss Lip Gloss=0.2 oz./7 g.)
»»Recommended for: anyone who is looking for the perfect gift to pamper the most important person in their lives: themselves!
»»Overall Rating: A
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