Lush are cruelty-free, neither testing their own products nor sourcing from companies who test on animals. They are all suitable for vegetarians, most for vegans, and use only a few preservatives out of necessity in a select few products. They are also charity-friendly with a number of products - like the 'Charity Pot' moisturiser - of which 100% of the proceeds go to charity. A few days before the event, my mum, who works for the charity Future Hope - told me that Lush had made an out-of-the-blue donation of £4,000, which is absolutely incredible and gave me such a fantastic view of the brand's values before I'd been to the event. If you'd like to read more about their values and charity work, please see their dedicated page here.
Before the event I went for a Nandos with four absolutely lovely local bloggers - Sophia from Tattooed Tea Lady, Meg from Made in a Cup, Megan from Seek My Scribbles (who also sells absolutely beautiful hand-made jewellery), and Emma Louise from Not Your Average, who is 4 weeks away from giving birth and is absolutely glowing. It was lovely to meet some of the girls before the event and definitely calmed all of our nerves!
|Carrot bubble bars - which smell beautiful - part of Lush's limited edition Easter range|
|The famous bath bombs!|
|Some of my favourite products from Lush - the soaps. My favourite is Miranda (bottom left)!|
|Easter range Easter Egg Hunt soap - raspberry scented and so pretty!|
There were various 'stalls' set up around the event, showcasing their unique Gorilla perfume range, the Emotional Brilliance make-up line, and stands for moisturisers, soaps and massage bars (complete with a complementary arm massage). I tried out the moisturisers first and the one I chose to take away and sample was the 'Sympathy for the Skin' body lotion, formulated with cocoa butter, vanilla pods and banana and is a beautiful thick moisturiser that works particularly well on sensitive skins.
After that, I was given a demo on my arm of the 'Aqua Miribilis' Body Butter which left my skin super smooth, but in the end my senses got the better of me and I picked the beautiful 'You Snap the Whip' as I couldn't resist the gorgeous blackcurrant scent. It's formulated to tackle dry skin and I can't wait to use this on my legs.
|Megan having her body butter demonstration!|
|Meg picking her three Emotional Brilliance colours|
My eyes drew immediately to three of the neutral shades, which surprised me as I thought I'd have picked out much brighter colours. The three corresponding words were 'Fantasy', 'Sophisticated' and 'Happiness' (all revealed in a cloud of dry ice - very cool!), and with some explaining from the staff, I could actually see how all three related to where I am in my life at the moment.
Sophia and I spent a while at the perfume stand looking at the Gorilla range. All are seriously heavy-duty perfumes, so if you do go in and try them out, I would recommend allowing a good while for them to dry down on to the skin because they do smell quite overpowering at first. There's definitely something for everyone in this range - Sophia loved 'Sun', a blend of orange, tangerine and sandalwood, whilst I liked the floral notes of 'Sikkim Girls', an oriental-inspired jasmine and rose blend.
Although it was only a 2-hour event, we all got so much out of it and the whole thing ran so smoothly thanks to the super helpful staff. If you haven't tried anything from Lush, I really recommend them as a brand, not only for their ethical stances and their philosophy but because of their high-quality, great value products. All in all a really great event and I can't wait to start trying my samples!