As you’ve probably seen in my latest post, I headed off to London for a couple days to attend IMATS, twirl in dresses at Scarlett & Jo and head to Lush, as we were kindly offered a VIP tour of the brand new store on Oxford Street. Our guide, Yousef, is probably one of the most impressive Lush employees I’ve ever met and I did work there for 2 years. He’s been working at Lush since March I believe, and knows pretty much EVERYTHING and more about the past, present and future products, but unfortunately for me, he’s too good of an employee to divulge any secrets!
Yousef took us around a full tour of absolutely every new and exclusive product that is just in the flagship store. There’s just over 250 products and we even got to see a lot of the seriously sought after products, that go out of stock practically instantly. The Oxford Street store is the biggest store in the world with a spa, including double treatment room, 3 floors of products, and a mini perfume walk-through museum, it even has as designated party area by the Fun (4-1 play dough/show gel/shampoo/bubble bath product) table.
Words cannot describe how glorious this store actually is, it’s even as if they’ve picked the happiest and friendliest people ever to work in yet, but I imagine anyone in this store would be full of life as there’s so much to do! Unfortunately for Alfie, we weren’t together during my time at Lush as he would have absolutely loved it, it’s so funny watching him get so stuck in by everything and wanting to touch and play with it all. He had Yousef and I in tears when he said one bath bombs smells like a shish kebab! A lot of products stuck out for us and we were mentally making a list as we walked around, even though we had spent up in London already and knew we had to be good, we kind of both forgot that conversation completely….
With an achy back and having endured my first busy tube, it was time for a little rest and a play at the Fun table. I am a HUGE fan of Lord of Misrule, it’s one of those smells that I am absolutely addicted to, so I couldn’t resist having a play with the Aliens and Monsters fun, which is the same fragrance, black pepper and vanilla. I urge you, if you do head off to this store, SMELL LORD OF MISRULE, and then obviously become addicted and buy it all, you’ll thank me later. So of course, we bought some Lord of Misrule products, well, Alfie bought me a 1kg bottle of the shower gel and this is why he’s perfect.
Even though I have visited the store before and thought I had saw everything, Yousef really went to town on the new products or even the new way of packaging them. I learnt so much about the new products, the ingredients and what they do that it was seriously incredible. I was so intrigued by all the new makeup that we did spend quite a while there, the mascaras look seriously impressive. There’s products for your eyebrows, and a keen fan of a strong brow, I need to play. The lipsticks look as impressive as ever and basically, it’s a seriously good makeup collection that I imagine will do really well. It’s not often you can find natural, cruelty free cosmetics that will no doubt be fine on sensitive skin.
Uh oh, did I mention this was going to be a seriously picture heavy post? Well, you should have guessed anyway and I do need to make up for not being able to live tweet! Basically, the store is absolutely mesmerising, there’s everything you could ever think of and more. If you have a favourite scent from the past, there’s a strong chance it has been made into an incredible product, like the perfume Devil’s Nightcap now being a soap too! Throughout our way around, I did snap photos of the most intriguing things, but at the same time, it was a shopping list for later on, I know, smart move, right?
I knew a couple things that I wanted from when Mum and I visited and the main product on my list was the Prince of Darkness face mask. We tried it out on our last visit and became a little obsessed, only to find out it wasn’t in stock, so as it was this time, I politely hinted to Yousef to HIDE THEM SO NO ONE ELSE COULD HAVE THEM. He knew the drill and I managed to get two. This face mask is like no other, for one, it lasts a lot longer (nearly up to a month or a month I believe) and it’s black, gritty and therefore seriously exfoliating. It has a strong smell of lavender to me but my smell isn’t as in tune as it was in my Lush days, but basically, it smells so soothing and makes my skin look incredible. I’m hoping it comes online in a couple weeks time as I will definitely need to restock!
We then headed off into the Perfume Gallery and even though I knew 80% of the stories, the way Yousef told them, made the stories so much more incredible. Sikkim Girls is by far my favourite perfume, I was distraught when Easyjet threw my back around enough to smash my favourite squeeze bottle and almost cried when Lush sent me a travel-friendly replaceable. I’d wear it every single day if I wasn’t on rations now to keep it going longer! Out of the 250+ new products, I don’t recall any Sikkim scented ones, but I imagine with it being quite a luxurious smell that there will be some around Christmas? (Someone feel free to make me happy and confirm that ha!)
We started from the Bath section, headed onto all things shower, makeup and hair and ended up at the Spa/massage/perfume area. With having bright red hair, I’m really cautious of trying new products on my hair so I didn’t take too many photos of that section. Also, it was mainly because they have the biggest tubs of H’suan Wen Hua I have ever seen and that is seriously the most amazing hair mask of the World. I use to mix my hair dye with it and leave it on all day, or just sleep in it, I’m a massive fan and haven’t had one in over a year now, crying inside. The hair section really does have so many incredible products that if I ever dye my hair back brown, I’ll be straight there. I love the idea of having hair masks that you melt, it’s just something so different.
We were lucky enough that Yousef let us have a little wonder in the first part of the spa with the consultation table and a relaxation area. We were amazed to know that the spa was on top of a tube but you could barely hear a thing, and that even though the outside of spa was a seriously busy high street store, you couldn’t hear a thing. I’ve been in a spa before, but after hearing about the new 3 hour long treatment, I am dying to go back. The Lush Spa is not like a normal spa, it’s an experience rather than a treatment, I felt incredible after mine and so did my parents when they had the comforter. It’s definitely mine and maybe Alfie’s turn next!
I also asked if Yousef wouldn’t mind me taking a photo of his glorious self, and thankfully, he obliged. I will repeat myself, but this guy knows his stuff, clearly Lush picked the best man in the building to give us a tour! We absolutely loved our 3/4 hours (we went in on everything!) time in the Lush Oxford Street store, the exclusive products are out of this World and the shop is just pure perfection. Thank you so much to Urika, for making this happen and now, it’s time to share what I technically couldn’t afford to pick up, but classed as ‘living essentials’…..
As you can see, it’s quite the little bunch. One product did not make it for this photo as we’ve been in such horrible hotels lately that I needed a bath and a scrub down, but Alfie got himself one too so you can still see the beautiful and newly shaped Yuzo and Cocoa. We also picked up, Lord of Misrule of course and the Body Scrub in the same amazing scent. Yuzo and Cocoa Shower Gel, Comforter Shower Gel and Alfie’s pick that he’s already stashed away, Don’t Rain on My Parade. I’m a huge fan of baths, and a self declared half mermaid, so bath bombs were an absolutely essential. Due to the amount on the receipt, we couldn’t keep it around as a reminder, so the bath products are purely from memory….Frozen (blue one), Golden Slumbers (yellow/gold), I can’t remember the seriously colourful one but it is incredible to watch, Cyanide Pill (the yellow and white one which does not smell like Shish kebabs at all!), Pumice Stone (the orange stone looking one), a Best Washes (pink sheet that smells like Snow Fairy), and for Alfie’s beard, Avowash (a co-wash).
I’d say this is a good little haul but it has made me constantly check the Lush Kitchen for exclusives, as that’s the only way to get them without visiting the store. Hopefully we’ll be back in London soon, and if not, we’ll definitely be down for the Plus Size Awards as I’m up for 3 and yes I’m going to link so you can vote for me….shameless plug.
Have you been yet? What couldn’t you resist buying?
– Other than having Yousef to give us an incredible tour, I just wanted to visit and spend a ridiculous amount at Lush because I still use their products on a daily basis.