Lush was founded in Poole, England over twenty years ago and today is a household brand around the world. They are a very ethical company that makes all of their products by hand (each product has an illustration of the person who made that batch), they don’t test their products on animals (instead use human volunteers), and they have a great tongue-in-cheek quality to the way they connect with their clientele and branding.
With their original claim to fame being their undeniably iconic bath bombs, I decided to see what they had for male grooming. For some reason, I always felt like Lush was like a kitsch cosmetics place for hippies and vegans. But after this past week, I’ve realized how wrong I was, and I’m officially addicted to some of these products now. Here are the five to try:
Prince Shaving Cream
I realized as soon as I used Prince that everything I have ever put on my face has never felt like cream (there’s a joke here somewhere). I noticed after using it that my face felt moisturized, and as the week passed, I did notice the anti-inflammatory ingredients working well to give me a smooth and nourished complexion.
Main ingredients: Witch hazel extract, rose water, cocoa butter, and beeswax.
Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash
For all you beard lovers who wonder how to clean your beard without using something too oily, look no further. Kalamazoo is a very gentle cleanser for both your face and your beard. I recommend this for all the lumberjack hipsters who channel Lord of the Rings style beards. It leaves your skin feeling soft and your facial hair feeling great.
Main ingredients: Fresh pineapple juice, apricot kernel oil, organic jojoba oil, and almond oil.
RB Hair Moisturizer
RB Hair moisturizer is a lifesaver for those who like to have hydrated hair that leaves an alluring scent. When I first opened the jar, I was overwhelmed by the perfume, but after using only a pea sized amount on my short hair, I had people asking me what that beautiful scent was all day long. Using it is simple; just rub into wet or dry hair and your hair is nourished and protected.
Main ingredients: Oat milk, organic avocado, extra virgin coconut oil, and orange flower absolute.
Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub
This guy I used to date worked at Lush (this was like 10 years ago), and I remember he introduced me to Ocean Salt (there’s another joke here too). It’s extremely effective as a skin buffer and exfoliator. Due to the fine sea salt, it smells exactly like the ocean, and the avocado butter and lime gives it a bit of a cocktail kick. Your skin immediately feels improved, but it smells really salty, so I wouldn’t want to use it every day.
How it’s made:
Main ingredients: Hand harvested sea salt, grapefruit, lime, and avocado butter.
Cup O’ Coffee Exfoliating Mask
OH MY GOD. As soon as I opened Cup O’ Coffee I was in heaven. The aroma of cocoa and coffee was divine. This face and body mask is a dream, and I think will become a weekly ritual for the rest of my life. All you need to do is spread it on your face and body, then scrub it away after 10 minutes. The agave syrup leaves your skin feeling soft, and the smell of cocoa and coffee lasts for hours (also the coffee grounds exfoliate). This is a must-have for rejuvenation, and I’ve finally figured out a way to enjoy coffee without the shakes.
How it’s made:
Main ingredients: Coffee, vanilla absolute, vetiver oil, cocoa extract, and agave syrup.