E:31/08/16, Win 1 x LUSH Honey Gift Set, RRP £22.50

Time for another reward! This summer, we are offering our reviewers a chance to win the over-popular Lush Honey Gift Set, full of luscious honey products and wrapped up with a lovely honey-themed knot wrap.

What is inside the box?

Make life a little sweeter for someone special in your life or treat yourself with this thoughtful gift featuring lots of products that are full of honey which is incredibly beneficial to the skin as it's a natural antiseptic, a skin-soother, and it helps retain moisture.

  • Lush Honey I Washed the Kids Soap, 120g: A caramel-scented soap that lifts your mood and soothes and softens skin. Gentle enough to wash young skins, it’s like washing with crème brûlée in solid form. This soap contains mood-brightening sweet wild orange and bergamot oils as well as the soothing properties of honey and aloe vera gel.
  • Lush Honey Bee Bath Bomb, 175g: A good soak in a Honey Bee bath will soothe and cleanse the skin thanks to its wonder trio of honey, aloe vera, and rhassoul mud, a clay mined near Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Honey is a wonder ingredient that soothes, retains moisture and is antiseptic, and we add plenty of cooling aloe vera, too. Rhassoul mud has natural cleansing properties, and also helps condition and soften the skin.
  • Lush Soft Coeur Massage Bar, 30g: For lovers of sweet smells, this massage bar featuring a familiar, comforting toffee fragrance. Lush added almond oil to our cocoa butter and shea butter massage bar base to allow this bar to melt quickly on the skin. The honey and cocoa centre will leave the skin smelling delicious. Smooth this sweet-smelling massage bar over the body for deliciously-scented and soft skin.
  • Lush It's Raining Men Shower Gel, 100g: When your skin’s crying out for some TLC, It’s Raining Men will come to the rescue. God bless Mother Nature for providing all the honey packed into this luscious gel that nurtures as it washes. Honey is used for its many benefits for the skin. Lush also add softening rosehip oil for good measure, while bergamot and sweet wild orange oils add brightness and lift the mood.

How to apply for this reward?

All reviews posted in July and August 2016 will be considered and the winner will be selected taking into account the number and the quality of all the findings. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before applying. Follow us and share on Twitter and Facebook.

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E:09/05/16, Win a £23.50 LUSH Hello Gorgeous Gift Set

This week, we have teamed up with Magic Freebies UK to run a new competition and offer one of our members a chance to win a £23.50 LUSH Hello Gorgeous Gift Set. To enter, follow @beautyontrial and @UKMagicFreebies on Twitter and then manually retweet our post starting with #WIN before Monday 9 May 2016, 5.00 pm.

What is inside the box?

Enjoy an all-over gorgeous glow as you exfoliate skin with a fine sea salt and organic illipe butter body scrub, then smooth on a dreamy hand cream fragranced with Brazilian orange oil and a light, effective facial moisturiser for the ultimate pampering. Lifting the floral lid there's also two beautiful bath time treats to be found. The box is so appealingly bright, it's ideal for using to pass on future gifts or store essentials at home.

How to apply?

Read carefully the Twitter LUSH beautyontrial Terms & Conditions published on Magic Freebies UK before applying for this prize draw. Thank you for entering and good luck!

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My Weleda Insight Day Experience 2014

This week I was lucky enough to be invited to a Weleda Insight Day. We were asked to arrive by 9.30 and as everyone was gradually arriving from paces as far away as Northern Ireland, London and so on we were offered a drink and biscuits. The drinks ranged from delicious organic cordials , fresh filtered water and a range of organic fruit and herb teas as well as the usual tea and coffee.

Once everyone was there we had a short introduction before we were taken by mini bus to the thirteen acre organic and biodynamic gardens about a mile from the main Weleda buildings. This site is in Ilkeston in Derbyshire and is the pharmaceutical side of Weleda. They don't make any of the skin care products here , only the medicinal stuff.

We were given a tour of the gardens by the ex head gardener at Weleda who had been there thirty years. He was fascinating and told us so much about the work of Rudolph Steiner, the founder of Weleda. Steiner observed the plants and they way they grew and from these observations and studies he developed his medicines, both homeopathic and for general use.

Every product made by Weleda is created using their philosophy “ In harmony with nature and the human being”. 

So not only are the medicines made this way but also all their skin and beauty products too. There is nothing in any Weleda product that does not have a job to do. There is no padding or bulking out with unnecessary scents or perfumes. Every single Weleda product is 100% natural, there are no parabens or other synthetic preservatives, no colourants, no mineral oil derivatives and ever since they were founded Weleda has never tested on animals other than will human volunteers.

After our tour of the garden we went into a marquee where the current head gardener showed us ,with the help of a couple of volunteers, how they made the tinctures for the calendula through using the fresh maceration method. Our volunteers had to chop up a weighed amount of calendula plant, the whole plant minus the root. This chopped mixture had a very specific amount of plant based ethanol added to it. They weigh the calendula, work out its moisture content and the ethanol added is based on that calculation.

This mix is then allowed to sit for a fortnight before being pressed and strained. The resulting tincture can then be stored for up to five years until needed for whatever medicine or product requires that tincture. The ethanol is the natural preservative.

Having made our tincture we were then transported back to the Weleda base for a really lovely lunch. It was a bit like a posh afternoon tea with mini sandwiches, a tasty salad, strawberries dipped in chocolate and some cakes and scones.

Then came the second fun part. We were told about the products, how they are beneficial and much more. We got to try different oils so that we could tell which were natural and which were petroleum based. Interestingly one oil we tried was actually a well known product sold as a natural oil which in fact is far more petroleum based if you look at the ingredients.

We got to try lots of the lovely Weleda products and my arms and legs have never been so well fed with cream and oils.They also let us try some of their new products recently released and then told us what was about to be released later this year.

The ladies who did the talks were not only informative but we also so enthusiastic about the company, its ethics and the products that it was a real pleasure to see and share their excitement.

At the end of the day we had to go to their little shop to hand in our badges and be given a bag full of great products as well. Inside the bag was a voucher for 25% off so I felt it would be rude not to take advantage of that and treated myself to a full sized bottle of Birch cellulite oil and also a bottle of their new hayfever relief oromucosal spray as I do suffer from hayfever and would love not to have to take ant histamines daily all summer. 

This was a fantastic day and I would like to thank Weleda for treating us to such a lovely welcoming and interesting day. I met a few other bloggers too and we all got on so well that I feel I have also made new friends as well.

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Honey Honey How You Thrill Me

This is one of the newest of lush’s shampoos just released in the last few weeks and I couldn’t wait to try it. Whenever I hear of new products I have to restrain myself from rushing straight to Lush to get them.

A bit more about Lush's philosophy

Lush only buy ingredients from companies that do not test on animals. They invent their own products and fragrances and make everything fresh by hand. They use as little preservative and packing as possible. They put the date made on the product so you can see how fresh they are and they use vegetarian ingredients.

“We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.
We believe our products are good value, that we should make a profit and that the customer is always right.
*We also believe words like 'Fresh' and 'Organic' have an honest meaning beyond marketing.” Lush UK. Read more

How much and What do you get?

This shampoo is sold in the usual clear Lush plastic recyclable squeezy bottles , the same ones that their shower gels come in. It comes in three sizes 110g for £7.00, 300g for £14.00 and for the very wealthy you can buy 600g for £23.50.
This is not a really thick shampoo but I still prefer the shampoos in the black screw top pots as I find them easy to get the product out of. The squeezy bottles are quite stiff and I find I have to keep them upside down towards the end as the stuff is hard to squeeze out. The plastic tubs also contribute towards a free face pack which these don’t, and with the black pots there is no waste as you get every last bit out.

 “This bottle is full of the power of flowers, collected and concentrated for you by the bees. While they were collecting the pollen, we searched the meadows for beautiful flowers to fragrance their work.”

“With lashings of honey in here for its lovely effects on the hair – the natural properties of honey also means we didn’t need to put any preservative in this product.

A shampoo this good deserves the finest of perfumes. So Simon has created a geranium/honey perfume with beeswax absolute, geranium, rose, bergamot and neroli. This is a no expense spared shampoo.” Lush UK

For the vegans amongst you this has no animal products at all and is vegan friendly carrying the Vegan friendly symbol on its bottle label.

What you get is a golden coloured reasonably thick shampoo that smells strangely not of honey which I found odd considering that it is 50% honey. It smells sweet and slightly slightly floral which must be the neroli and rose oils. It isn’t the best scent I have ever smelled in a shampoo but it is perfectly pleasant and not offensive in any way to me. It is a much nicer scent that the Blousey shampoo in my view.

 My experience

I was really looking forward to using this one as I do dye my hair and am constantly aware that I must feed it with moisturising goodies in order to keep it in good condition because of using these rather harsh dyes.

I scooped out only a very small amount of this shampoo into my fingers from the black pot mine came in as mine was a generous sample from the lovely people in my local Lush shop. I massaged it into my wet hair. My hair isn’t long and I really need the smallest amount to get a lovely creamy lather.

 

The amount I used was two fingers dipped in the shampoo and I used what came out on my fingers.The scent is hard to describe and I really struggled to pick out any strong scents in this but it did give a really luxurious but light lather.

When I rinsed the shampoo out my hair felt almost squeaky clean which it doesn’t usually and I did feel that it needed conditioner. I wasn’t about to test drying my hair without having conditioned it so I can’t say what it would be like but it did feel very stripped clean when rinsed.

 

Update since writing that last bit and being the thorough reviewer that I am I decided to test the shampoo without conditioner. It does feel a bit drier and slightly less silky than I would normally like having dried it but it actually smells really nice as the rose and neroli essential oils come through quite strongly. I don’t think I would use it without a conditioner but it didn’t feel too dry and unfed afterwards so it can be done, if you have greasy hair then you may well get away with it but my hair is quite dry.

 

 What have they added and Why?

Half of this product is Honey, Fair trade honey and only the best and so why is honey so important for hair that they put 50% in this shampoo?

Honey’s natural sweeteners nourish the hair and honey retains water and moisture, allowing it to hydrate hair whilst at the same time also providing copper, iron, manganese, calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorous and Vitamin B.

Honey is also supposed to help with hair loss and itchy scalps. It is said that if you rub a mix of honey and cinnamon on your scalp for two or three minutes daily it will stimulate hair growth. I am not sure how true this is but if you suffer from thinning hair it might be worth a try.

You can also use honey as a shine treatment for hair. If you coat your hair with honey and leave it for ten minutes before washing as usual you will find that the honey works as a clarifying and conditioning treatment, leaving you with healthy and shiny hair. Read more

  • Linseed Mucilage creates a gel-like texture in the shampoo as well as benefitting the hair by adding the seeds’ vitamin and mineral content to the hair.
  • Sunflower Lecithin is good for healthy hair growth.
  • Geranium Essential Oil is thought to have a balancing effect on the nervous system, sebum production and circulation and is a natural antiseptic.
  • Beeswax Absolute is there for its soothing, protective and antiseptic properties benefitting both the scalp and hair.
  • Neroli is here for its scent and also it is “one of the few essential oils to be scientifically proven to increase serotonin production in the brain.” So a feeling of goodwill is created when this oil is smelled.
  • Rose Oil is great for its scent and it is perfect for dry rough skin so is here to feed and soothe the scalp as well as add scent.
  • Bergamot Oil is here for its antibacterial qualities and its acidity encourages the hair to lie flat, giving great shine and gloss to the hair.

What do I think of this?

I found it was a lovely shampoo to wash my hair with. It felt great while massaging it into my hair. When i rinsed it out I thought my hair felt rather stripped but after conditioning it and then drying it my hair was left with a lovely light feeling. It was quick to dry and easy to style, i dry my rather curly, frizzy hair straightish and it lay nicely and almost even looked shiny. My hair really never look s shiny because it is wavy but it did have a bit of a sheen as I dried it straightish and I loved the way it felt smooth, light and not weighed down at all.

I only wash my hair every second day and even on day two it still looked and felt good. I can’t say the smell of the shampoo did much for me, it didn’t smell sweet and honey like, more herby with a slight citrus sweet aroma.


I really recommend Lush for all the lovely things in this shampoo but I am disappointed to see that it does have Sodium Laureth Sulfate which I know you do need a surfactant but this has been considered controversial and there are other more natural ones that could be used.

I loved the shampoo but do think it is quite expensive for the amount you get. You do however only need a small amount so it may well work out as economical as a cheaper one in the long run. Write a review

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Lush's antibacterial 13 Soap eliminates germs without harmful chemicals or alcohol

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Just by getting into the habit of washing your hands regularly you can help prevent the spread of germs and cut your chances of catching flu this winter. With the return of the swine flu, it has never been more important to wash your hands and ensure personal hygiene than now.

Lush's antibacterial 13 Soap (£3.60 for 100g) is a powerful herbal concoction that will eliminate all manner of germs without the use of harmful chemicals or alcohol.

Initially designed for nurses who kept coming into our shops looking for soap with oregano in, as they had heard it helps combat the spread of MRSA. 13 Soap combines oregano and antibacterial rose to help keep hands bacteria free. There's also a blend of antiseptic Manuka honey, circulation boosting geranium oil and soothing rose absolute to leave your hands squeaky clean, soft and delicately scented.

Oregano oil is the special ingredient as it has exceptional antibacterial qualities. It can also work to deodorise the skin, keeping nasty odours at bay. The most effective way to keep hands clean is to wash them frequently and thoroughly with a bar of soap and water. Research has shown that 10 seconds of washing hands is enough to remove microbes. This is because the mechanical action of rubbing a bar of soap on hands helps to rinse viruses and bugs down the drain.

Liquid soap is less effective than a bar of soap at removing bugs. Liquid soap itself may be contaminated from the air drawn into it through the container pump, or the preservative system may fail. Soap is an alkaline solid medium, which cannot support microbial growth and doesn't need a plastic container.

To pick up these and many more ethical, cruelty free cosmetics visit Lush shops nationwide.

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Offer Lush's Imogen Rose perfume for Valentine's

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Rose oil has an intoxicating and indulgent fragrance, but has something of an innocence about it as well. Roses have long been a symbol of romance, so what better ingredient to focus on for Valentine's Day - the day for celebrating love and affection.

Lush uses rose oil in lots of their products and not just for its beautiful fragrance, rose is also an excellent skin tonic and has an astringent effect on the capillaries. This reduces redness and gives the appearance of diminishing surface thread veins. It is moisturising and hydrating on the skin, and is good for all skin types, especially for rough, aging and irritated skin. This makes it an excellent ingredient for skincare.

They buy their rose oil from Turkey, from a family run business called Sebat. During harvest time, Sebat employ a large proportion of the village and take in Romany Gypsies, who only stay for this duration.

Mark Constantine, Gorilla Perfumer at Lush, comments: "When girls smell rose it creates a wholesome impression, it reminds them of their childhood, they feel reassured and cosseted - almost wrapped in cotton wool. It's not sexy because it's so reassuring, it's chaste ... there's nothing dangerous, alcoholic or drug ridden about rose! Rose is as safe as a strawberry milkshake - it's basically Audrey Hepburn."

Introducing Imogen Rose (£42.00 for 30g perfume bottle / £20.00 for 10g atomiser / £10.00 for solid perfume), a soft, exquisite Damascus rose perfume from the Gorilla Perfumers at Lush. Opening with fresh roses straight from the field using 100% pure rose oil and garden fresh notes of basil. It moves quickly into baby soft talc with tonka and rose absolute producing a warm embracing middle note. Finally the dry down is a sweet amber with vetivert, orris and ambrette seed providing a warm floral finish. A beautiful, romantic, one-of-a-kind perfume, so the perfect choice for Valentine's Day.

Rose oil/absolute can also be found in a large selection of Lush's skincare products, for its regenerative and soothing qualities, ranging from Angels on Bare Skin (£5.50 for 100g) and Ultrabland (£5.75 for 45g or £9.25 for 100g) cleansers to skin toners such as Eau Roma Water (£3.25 for 100g or £6.35 for 250g) and Skin Drink moisturiser (£10.25 for 45g). Tisty Tosty bath ballistic (£2.95) even contains seven actual rose buds, to cast a love spell in the bath.

Rose wax is a bi-product of the solvent extraction process, used to make rose absolute, and they also buy this from Sebat. It's extremely softening and soothing for the skin and we use it in products like our new Ultrabalm (£7.50 for 40g). Ultrabalm is an eco-friendly version of Vaseline and by using rose wax as part of the base, it has allowed Lush to steer clear of petroleum jelly. Blended with candelilla wax and jojoba oil it creates a beautiful, silky soft balm.

Simon Constantine, Gorilla Perfumer and the nose behind Imogen Rose, comments: "I've always loved roses. Ever since I first visited Turkey to see the rose harvest I have been inextricably linked to the Damascus rose. So much so that my fiancé and I named our baby daughter Imogen Rose. I had been desperately trying to capture the fragrance of roses from nature; the aromas of standing in a rose field or as the bags of petals are delivered at the factory. The fragrance is unbeatable. Rich and floral it's the concentrated mass of millions of delicate flowers, handpicked and carefully distilled. I wanted to keep this freshness without creating another 'granny' rose scent. So I tried and tried and eventually realised that I had somehow incorporated a touch of soft baby skin, a puff of talc and wisp of fine baby hair into the finished perfume ... a little homage to my own Imogen Rose".

To pick up these and many more ethical, cruelty free cosmetics visit Lush shops nationwide.

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