|Lush White Rose frontage – courtesy of the Lush WR facebook page|
Well done, Leeds. We’ve got another Lush branch open. This time in the White Rose Centre. That means free parking – so really, that’s at least, what, another four pounds to spend on bubble bars, right?
The store in the White Rose centre opened on the 20th November 2014 to a little fanfare. Buzzing with VIPs and some of us blogger-types getting a first look.
We were shown around the mid-sized store, treated to hand and arm massages using some of the new massage bars, made our own bubble bars (which I probably enjoyed a disproportionate amount, but it was something I actually did well!), and got to see a load of the Christmas ballistics in action.
The staff were typically Lush-ie – really enthusiastic, helpful and knowledgeable. One of the things I love the most about Lush is that you know the people who work there genuinely use and like the products. They get passionate about the stuff that works for them, and want you to find the right thing for you.
I was on the quest for a new shampoo last night – my hair is so dry from all the bleaching, but I need to be careful that there is no, or minimal SLS in shampoo, so that it doesn’t shift my colour much. The assistant manager took time to show me her favourites (she had amazing red hair, so I knew I was in good hands), and sent me home with a good sample of Curly Wurly – a thick coconut shampoo that’s (obviously) for curly and dry hair. It smells incredible, and I can’t wait to try it.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a visit to Lush if I came away empty handed, so here’s what I came away with. Gifted items marked with an *.
From top right, down to bottom left:
Christmas Hedgehog bubble bar* – these are gorgeous little creatures. With a soothing scent.
2 Christmas Eve bubble bars – my favourite bubble bar, probably ever. The fragrance is relaxing and grown up – absolutely lovely!
So White shower gel* – at first, I wasn’t sure about this, but I’ve grown to love its apple-y charms. It has a hit of cider vinegar in it, which is astringent but leaves skin feeling really clean and super soft.
Yog Nog soap – even if I didn’t use this, I’d adore it for the way it makes my bathroom smell (basically, it’s like Christmas exploded in there). As a seasonal treat, this yoghurt-based soap leaves hands feeling soft and smelling of warmth and spices.
Butterbear bath bomb – this guy is pretty plain and simple, but left my bath water so soft. I mixed in a little bit of a Christmas Hedgehog for some bubbles too.
Northern Lights bath bomb* – I haven’t used this one yet, but in store it looked like a multicoloured treat.
Brazilliant shampoo bar* – I’m wary of using this because of my coloured hair, as it has SLS in it. I did try it when my colour had washed out, and it smelled amazing. Like fresh oranges, all zingy. It lathered up so easily and left my hair feeling really clean, and with my usual conditioner, really shiny.
Shades of Earl Grey massage bar* (actually, I was kindly given the Yes Yes Yes bar, but fellow blogger Carrieanne had the Earl Grey bar, and we liked each others, so did a little swap!) This smells incredible. Like the most fragrant, elegant cup of earl grey, with an extra citrus twist. As a body moisturiser, it takes some working in, but leaves limbs shining with softness. I really like this one.
Enchanted eye cream – a purchase to replace my Origins Ginzing eye cream (which, for the record, didn’t impress me at all). My eyes are rarely puffy, but I do have dark circles. I intended to use this alongside a ‘treatment’ eye cream at night, but I’ve actually just been using the Enchanted eye cream day and night. It’s really simple, based with almond oil, but I find it just does the job well. No frills and all that.
The lovely gifts that the store gave me were wrapped up in one of Lush’s new Christmas Knot Wraps. I got the ridiculously cute deer wrap. If you’ve not seen these, they’re fabric wraps that double as a scarf or a drawstring bag. I love some of the vintage inspired ones, but this deer version is festive and kitsch, so I’ll be getting plenty of use out of it.
Now, is it time for a bath yet?!