I was lucky enough to visit London with my boyfriend a couple of weeks ago, and there was only one attraction on my mind during the whole two hour train journey from Manchester. The London Eye? Nope. Big Ben? Not even close.
The world’s biggest Lush store? Hell yes!
Lush Oxford Street is, quite simply put, the Holy Grail for cruelty-free beauty addicts. To wander around a shop and know that you can pick out absolutely anything you like and buy it straight away, without having to search online for a cruelty-free declaration or a vegetarian/vegan ingredients list, is one of the best feelings in the world. I get excited enough in normal sized Lush stores, but it’s fair to say that the Lush on Oxford Street, the biggest Lush shop in the entire world, made me lose my mind entirely. I was more than prepared to completely drain my bank account and buy every single one of the 200-odd products exclusive to Oxford Street, but I was actually pretty restrained with my purchases.
What did I end up buying? Read on to find out!
Upon entering the store, I had a complete ‘kid in a candy store’ moment. I couldn’t stop looking around, and I practically had to pick my jaw up off the floor to reply when an assistant asked if I needed any help. There were just so many products that were calling out to be sniffed, swatched and sampled!
Unusually for me, my first port of call was the hair product section. There, I was greeted by the most lovely, friendly and helpful Lush assistant I’ve ever met (unfortunately I didn’t get her name, but she had fabulous curly black hair, perfect winged eyeliner and a love of stags) and was persuaded by her into trying out some Veganese conditioner. I didn’t end up buying a bottle in the end because I was saving my money for the Oxford Street exclusives, but next time I’m in Lush I’ll definitely pick one up – I couldn’t believe how soft and smooth my hand felt after sampling it.
I did however end up buying a bottle of I Love Juicy simply because I literally could not resist the scent. I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful the smell is; like a blend of tropical fruits mixed with the syrupy sweetness of Calpol. If you were to mix together mango juice, pineapple juice and a splash of Red Bull, you’d be getting pretty close to recreating the smell. I absolutely love it! The smell stayed on my hair for a good few hours after washing, and my hair was lovely and shiny for two days afterwards – considering that my hair normally starts getting greasy after a day, I’m pretty damn impressed with I Love Juicy. I paid £5.50 for a 100g bottle, but I wish I’d gone for a bigger size, I have a feeling it’ll become my go-to shampoo.
After playing with the hair products I made my way upstairs to the floor I hereby name ‘Bath Bomb Heaven’. At the top of the stairs was a massive display covered in little baby bombs, each about the same size as a golf ball, next to a big ‘Oxford Street Exclusive’ sign. I heard angels singing when I first laid my eyes on it, I swear. It turns out these baby bombs were bath oils, and I loved the smell of almost all of them. I ended up walking away with three; Lime Pastille, Orange Blossom and Monsieur Gustave, which were £2 each. I do regret not picking up Double Vitality though, which was an amazing zingy mix of peppermint and lemon. Oh well, at least I have an excuse to go back!
Considering how much Lime Pastille and Orange Blossom resemble sweets, they smell exactly as you would expect them to. Lime Pastille has a sweet citrusy scent, predominantly of lime with a splash of lemon. It smells exactly like lemon & lime Starburst sweets, and would serve as a perfect little pick-me-up after an exhausting day. Orange Blossom smells as orangey as it looks, with a slight hint of perfume, almost like talcum powder. It’s not as sweet smelling as Lime Pastille, it has more of a fresh scent. If you’re feeling a little blue about returning from a holiday in the sun, this would be the perfect bath oil to help cheer you up. Monsieur Gustave has a more mature, relaxing scent than the other two bath oils I picked up. The lavender and rose blend together perfectly and create a wonderful floral aroma, but there’s a slightly earthy undertone to it too, thanks to the tobacco absolute. It leaves a trail of purple glitter on any surface it touches, so I’m sure it would make incredibly pretty bath water – I can’t wait to try this one out.
Finally, I went to my favourite part of any Lush store – the make-up stand. I could have easily spent hundreds of pounds on the make-up, honestly. The lovely lady who helped me with the hair products returned and covered my hand in glitter – how could I resist buying something after that?! The glitter in question was from the Eye Powders, and I struggled for a long time trying to decide between the rich royal purple of Explore and the shimmering pale gold of Optimist. In the end, the gold got the better of me.
Optimist is a very similar pale gold colour to my favourite (and sadly not vegetarian) Urban Decay eyeshadow, Midnight Cowgirl. Optimist is by no means a glitterbomb; despite being quite sparkly when you first apply it, after a while it settles down to a gorgeous gold sheen with an ever-so-slight shimmer. It looks amazing when applied wet, as you can see from the swatch above – I applied Optimist with a slightly damp brush, and no primer. It is so flattering and works well as a highlighter as well as an eyeshadow. Honestly, this could well be my favourite Lush product ever. It’s pretty expensive at £10 for just 2g of product, but LOOK AT THAT SWATCH. Money well spent.
If you’re a Lushie and are planning a visit to London you just NEED to check out the Oxford Street store. Trust me, you’ll love it. In fact, I am already planning what I want to purchase next time I go – don’t tell my boyfriend that though, he’s still exhausted from this trip, I’m pretty sure he won’t fancy going to London again any time soon…
Have you visited Lush Oxford Street, or are you planning to in the future? Let me know in the comments below!
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