A Crush on LUSH

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Going into a LUSH boutique is dangerous. For me, anyway. I can’t remember the last time I walked into a store and thought so many times, I need that. While covering the Palm Beach Gardens shop recently for The Palm Beacher, I spent three hours touring the store. Yes, three hours. Some of that time was spent taking photos, and technically my tour included interviewing the boutique manager, but I seriously thought I’d never leave.

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A trip to LUSH feels more like walking through supermarket aisles than a beauty shop. There are scoops of smoothie-esque masks sitting in bowls perched on ice. There are blocks of soap on shelves, ready to be cut, weighed and sold by the pound. There are bath bombs in the colors of macarons. And then there’s the scent, which hovers between the scent of a sugary ice cream shop and a fragrant candle boutique. With so many products to explore, it’s easy to see how a trip here could last hours longer than one to the supermarket.

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The Best Ingredients

LUSH uses the most pure, fresh ingredients – organic fruits and veggies and as few synthetics and preservatives as possible. For this reason, every LUSH product has an expiration date, some even as early as 2-3 weeks after packaging. Online, don’t miss LUSHopedia, a guide from A-Z of the ingredients LUSH uses in its products, from beeswax to almond milk to basil oil.

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Eco-Friendly Philosophy

The brand has thought of everything – from packaging (either done minimally or with recycled and recyclable materials) to efficient transportation and water usage. The brand also does not test on animals or buy products from companies who do.

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The Most Luxurious Baths, Ever

In addition to its non-foaming soaps, body washes, shampoos and conditioners, LUSH has a fresh take on bubble baths. Its “bath bombs” are colorful spheres loaded with fragrant essential oils, flower petals and moisturizing butters. When dropped in water, they fizz like Champagne and transform the water into a creamy, frothy, colorful bath. Choose from flavors like honey, avocado, lemongrass, toffee and more. The store also sells bath melts and bubble bars.

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Men Can Get Gorgeous, Too

Almost all products at LUSH are unisex, but a good amount were also created specifically for men, including stimulating products for thinning hair, fragrances, shaving and post-shaving cream, toothpaste, sweat-absorbing body powder and more.

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Something for Everyone – Literally

LUSH has products for pregnant moms, customers afflicted with eczema, and a bath line for kids called “Fun” that looks and feels like Play-Doh. It also sells toothpastes, deodorants and henna hair dyes.

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Giving Back

LUSH has several products that support charities, but its most notable is perhaps the Charity Pot, a body lotion that has generated more than $4 million in donations for 350 grassroots charities in 30 countries. A total of 100 percent of the proceeds from the lotion go toward charity – LUSH does not make any profits from it at all.  The “Fun” line supports charities in Fukushima, Japan, that create safe places for children to play outside.

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 Price range

$2 to $250, depending on weight and size.

OK, I may have pinned some things to my beauty board and at one point my wishlist too… so I am happy to report I got this natural deodorant and this lip scrub for Christmas.

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