LUSH do a lot of work with fair trade and charities. After the Japanese tsunami they produced a special soap and all the profits went to help the victims of that disaster. They have an ongoing charity collection that they share out amongst small charity groups that might not attract the attention of the public otherwise. The charities they donate to change from time to time and the money donated to the groups comes from the sale of these Charity Pots of lush moisturising cream.
Lush state that all the money from the sale of these Charity pots, except the taxes, are given to these small charity groups. “ The groups we support are small and work on issues that are difficult to raise funds for, many of them are run by volunteers or just a handful of staff. We help them because we can, and because we enjoy doing it. We never ask anything in return.”
On the top of the pot when you buy it there will be a sticker saying which charity is being given the money at the time. Recently they have given to ‘The Fresh Start Foundation’ which is a charity giving education, healthcare, food and water to vulnerable children in The Gambia.
Another charity was ‘Restore the Earth’ which encourages people to restore, replant, renew and recreate so increasing your positive handprint as opposed to rating on about the negative effects of carbon footprints.
My pot tells me that my money went to a small charity in Georgia which works in the community to foster vulnerable young adults and orphaned children. They also promote environmental camoaigns and traditional Georgian healing music. I am more than happy to have my charity money going to any of these worthy causes.
Thus is no small amount of money we are talking about because according to Lush sources between November 2011 and October 2011 they sold 8,370 Charity pots, 102,595 Charity pot trial sized pots which raised a pretty substantial £177,524 for just about a year of sales of this one product.
Lush take pride in the fact that they do not have over packaged stuff and this cream comes in one of their standard black pots. The ingredients are printed on the label and of course there is the little sticker to say when it was made and who made it. The lids on these pots are really good as they fit securely yet they are easy to get off. I often take these travelling and have never had one spill on my clothes or in the toilet bag as some things do.
I do like the way Lush describe their products and the way they tell you how to use them. They are friendly and normal not stuffy and up themselves. On this one we have :-
“ Generous Hand and Body Lotion: Lusciously creamy, skin softening, fair- trade cocoa butter and almond oil lotion with a chocolately scent that makes life worth living. Help your skin and change the world at the same time. Apply generously, use it up quickly and buy a new pot.”
WHY BUY THIS WHEN YOU COULD JUST GIVE MONEY STRAIGHT TO A CHARITY?
Well stupid question as not only am I giving my contribution to charity through Lush but I also benefit as I get a wonderful pot of moisturizer too.
All kinds of creamy goodness goes into this pot and these include almond oil which is very good for all skin types, almond oil eases itching, soreness and dryness and it has a pleasant, gentle fragrance. Fair trade cocoa butter also a brilliant natural skin food. Glycerine helps soften the skin and make it more ready to absorb the previous two ingredients.
Tagetes oil is also known as African marigold oil -I hadn’t heard of this so had to investigate what this was. Apparently it comes from Africa originally and has spread across the world. It is known for its’ anti biotic, anti microbial, anti parasitic, anti septic, anti spasmodic, disinfectant, insecticide and sedative properties.’
Limonene which is found in the essential oils of citrus fruits and many other plant species and has a pleasant orange scent.
Linalool is in here once again for its scent and has been called the 'sweetness' of many oils the most usual of which is though it is found in many species of plants. Once again some studies have found it helps reduce cancer cells. This is interesting and I do hope that it is the case.
Apart from these ingredients you also have the ylang ylang essential oil, geranium oil and gardenia extract to give a pleasant scent and other skin improving or relaxing benefits.
I am a bit saddened to see that both methylparaben and propylparaben are also in this mixture and cannot really see why they would be needed. Please Lush stop putting these chemicals in your products as they are nor nice and I am sure other more people friendly and environmentally friendly alternatives can be found.
I do quite like the smell of this one, it has a sort of earthy herby aroma and is not at all sweet. I imagine some people would prefer a sweeter more floral scent but it isn’t unpleasant. I can’t say it is one I would choose as a perfume as it is quite strongly earthy, a bit like a combination of marigolds and something creamy and marigolds are not my favouite smell. It is okay as a smell but not one I would rush to buy for scent alone.
As a moisturizer it works brilliantly but I do find it is quite greasy when I use it on my hands. I have to massage them well for quite some time. It does in fact make a great massage cream as it doesn’t instantly sink into my skin.
I like to use this when my skin is very dry in winter and also tend to put it on after my bath at night when my skin is ready to soak up all the goodness. As the smell is not one I want to wear as a perfume I find it gives me all the good benefits at night and the smell doesn’t linger with me all day which can happen if I put it on my neck area in the day.
I find this an excellent moisturizing cream with a smell that is a rather acquired taste. I can’t say this is my favourite product from the Lush cream and moisturizer range but it is a quality product despite those parabens and also whenever I buy a pot I know my money is going to a good cause as well.
If you want to try it then you have a few options. First you can just pop into a Lush shop and try it there in the shop. You could ask for a sample which they will happily give you in a little pot or you can buy the similar sized sample pot for £1 and if you like it bring the little pot back and you get £1 off the full pot. If you don’t like it then still bring the pot back and get £ off another product ( just take the paper sticker with the product name off first).
Don’t forget that this black pot that the cream comes in is one of the recyclable black pots that Lush use for most of their products. Bring five empty clean pots back and you can choose a fresh face mask or fresh hair mask for free.
Everything about this product is worthwhile. All money goes to charity and you get a quality moisturizing product as well. A great idea Lush and fits well with their company ethics
I love the scent of this product, but a friend of mine hates it. I think it might be a 'Marmite' product - you either love it or you hate it! Best try before you buy.
This body and hand lotion smells devine,the almond scent is lovely and sweet.
The lotion is a nice consistancy,not too runny and not too thick,a little goes a long way.
The tub is quite ;arge so this will last you a while.
On application this lotion absorbs well leaving your skin feeling really nourished and moisturised with a subtle scent that makes you keep smelling your skin.
The money used to buy this product goes to charity making it a guilt free purchase as your money is helping someone else too which is a massive bonus.
couldnt recommend this lotion highly enough,it is delicious
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