LUSH products review – Fresh, cruelty-free cosmetics


I’ve never really been one for branded bath or beauty products; I’ve usually just bought whatever I can afford at the time, and that’s that.

I never even knew what LUSH products were until I watched an episode of Undercover Boss: a handmade cosmetics brand that didn’t test on animals and used all sorts of heavenly-sounding ingredients like fresh pineapple juice, ylang ylang oil, oat milk, orchid extract and vanilla pod infusion… yes, please!!!

Lush cosmetics

At the end of last year I decided to spoil myself with a few LUSH products – a Christmas gift, but more of a present to myself for getting through a roller-coaster of a year and moving on to bigger and better things.

(How sweet is that handwritten note? I just love special touches like that).

New Year’s Resolutions

At the start of every year I make a long list of things I want to accomplish. I think it’s my A-type personality – over-ambitious (which I’ve come to realise is one of the reasons I tend to stress out so quickly and need to get my zen going a lot more. But that’s another story for another day…)

This year I’m toning things down a little, getting back to basics.

My goals for 2016 are still about getting healthier and fitter, but most of all – they’re about being kinder.

  1. Being kinder to myself. It’s crazy how much we subconsciously compare ourselves to every TV character, person in the mall, friend, colleague, and magazine cover model. How much we bash ourselves for doing something silly, saying the wrong thing, not doing things well enough. So this year, I’m giving myself permission to be different. To be unique. To make mistakes. To embarrass myself when I get the courage to speak up. To not be tanned. To have a few wrinkles. To have a pear-shaped figure. Whatever – unique, I’m told is awesome. 
  2. Being kinder to others. We don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Behind the put-on smiles and the small talk. Behind what people CHOOSE to show us on social media or at work or within our social circles. I’m making it a mission to stop being so quick to judge this year.
  3. Being kinder to animals and the environment. I get annoyed with people who say that what they do doesn’t contribute towards the environment or the well-being of animals. Of course it does! Maybe not on the gigantic scale that say, someone like Leonardo di Caprio can make, but we’re not celebs over-flowing in money. So we do what we can. I’ve been a vegetarian for two years – it’s a choice I made to be healthier, but also because I feel that it’s the ethical thing to do. Then I did some research the other day, and found that most of the products I’ve been using are tested on animals. That’s not very ethical. Kind of contradicts things. Enter LUSH products. Cruelty-free, natural ingredients, and environmentally-friendly.

Cruelty-free cosmetics brands

I’m making a point this year to find products that are cruelty free. So far, here’s what I’ve found:

  • LUSH cosmetics (sold online, and in various large malls)
  • The Good Stuff (very economical, sold in Pick ‘n Pay)
  • Oh So Heavenly (sold in Clicks stores)
  • NYX Cosmetics (sold in selected Clicks stores)
  • Wet ‘n Wild Beauty (I LOVE this make-up! Sold in selected Clicks stores)

For more beauty without cruelty products, take a look at‘s website.

(*NOTE: Not all the products I use are cruelty-free. I still go to the hairdresser and get my hair dyed blonde, and those products I’m sure aren’t animal friendly. But little by little, I’m seeing where I can swap out things for better ethical choices).


(Please excuse the horrific spacing here, but after 30 minutes of going back and forth, I give up… putting my perfectionism on this post to bed).



I am head over heels obsessed with this body cream!!! It’s their number 1 best-seller and I can see why.
One whiff of this lotion and it feels like I’m at the spa… amazing.

It’s made with sensitive skin in mind, so it uses cooling and soothing ingredients like oat milk, rose water, and extra virgin olive oil to name just a few.

If you’re on the fence about trying any LUSH product, I suggest going with this one first… you won’t regret it.


I have very sensitive skin which tends to go red very easily. I wasn’t happy with the moisturiser I was using so I decided to give this one a try.

This is another product suited for sensitive skin. It’s made with fresh, fragrant, skin-soothing orchids steeped in almond oil and natural vanilla to reduce redness, and I can honestly say, it’s helped my skin SO much! I like how lightweight it is, and it smells great.



I’ve only been using this one for two days now, and so far, so good.

It’s made with dove orchids in almond oil and ylang ylang oil… mmmm!

This is a great product to use if you’re in a hurry to take off make-up.
All you do is spread a thin layer over your face and gently wipe off with a cloth or sponge that’s been dipped in warm water.


LUSH Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub


How great does the description on this one sound? “Lashings of fine sea salt to scrub and clean, organic limes to brighten and avocado butter to soften your skin.” I only use this on my face once or twice a week, because it’s a tad expensive and not very much of it. BUT, it’s out-of-this world.

It SMELLS like the ocean. It TASTES like the ocean (accidentally tasted this while rinsing my face, I promise). It’s just a great product to use in the shower, get rid of those yukky dead skin cells, and feel like you’re at the beach.



I’ve used a few cruelty-free shampoos before, but they never smell that great and usually leave my hair feeling like straw.

Not this one. OMG. Next to the Dream Cream, this is my favourite smelling LUSH product. It’s made with fresh papaya, kiwi, pineapple and mango juice and extracts.

It leaves my hair feeling extra squeky and smelling great, even after it’s dry. Another great thing? You only need to use a dollop – this stuff goes a long way, so much foam!


This conditioner smells divine.

It’s described as a strawberry vanilla milkshake conditioner (YUM), and it’s made with organic oranges, fresh strawberries, lavender oil, vanilla, and lanolin.

I’ll be honest, this isn’t my absolute favourite LUSH product, but I think that’s because I haven’t really been looking after my hair, so I needed to glunk on quite a bit. I’m keen to try one of their other conditioners next and see if it works better for my hair.

Final Thoughts…

Look, I know, LUSH products are NOT cheap. Especially if you live in South Africa where the Dollar / Pound to the Rand is up to sh1t. These products are made in England, so they’re all imported.

But, this is the real deal, guys. 

  • The quality is second to none.
  • They use natural ingredients, not the chemical crap you find just about everywhere.
  • They recycle their bottles and tubs, so they’re contributing to saving the environment.
  • They don’t test on animals, so in some small way, I feel like I’m not contributing to those disgusting lab tests.
  • On that note, LUSH is very active in their campaign against fighting animal testing – YAY!
  • I feel like I can get high on the smell of these products… Ok, not really, but it’s AWESOME.
  • On each product, there’s a little sticker that tells you who made it (with a pic), the date made, and date to be used by.
  • There are no weird sounding ingredients that you don’t know how to pronounce – all good stuff.
  • They highlight a featured product (like carageen seaweed used in the I Love Juicy shampoo to leave hair feeling soft, not frazzled).
  • They tell you how to use the product, give you a top tip, and a good to know fact – I love those!
  • You get a sweet hand-written note with your order… it’s the little things.
  • I got two little free sample products with my order – another great little extra touch.

For more info on what they’re all about, or to take a look at their products, visit or

Writer’s note: This was not a sponsored post. I chose to review these products because I think they’re phenomenal.

Have you ever tried a LUSH product? Would you recommend any good ones? 


6 Replies to “LUSH products review – Fresh, cruelty-free cosmetics”

  1. I’m going to have to try Lush products. We just watched the documentary “Cow-spiracy” and we’re trying to go completely vegan. I highly recommend the movie, but its not for the faint of heart. But I digress. These products sound like they are awesome and in line with my values! 😁 Thanks Mel for reviewing these products!! Oh, if you’re looking for an awesome vegan nail polish, try Julep. LOVE their colors and the polish wears well. Doesn’t chip very easily. 😊

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Aaaah, Mel, you will love their products! I know you’re mostly vegan and I applaud you… that is no small feat! I tried it this week and it was quite hard not having yoghurt or cheese, etc. Those documentaries are eye-opening, indeed… but shew, not for the super sensitive souls. I still have flashbacks of one I watched called ‘Food Inc’ I think it was. I will NEVER ever eat chicken nuggets again. I’ve never heard of Julep… I wonder if they have a store in SA, will have to look – thanks!! 🙂

  2. That stuff sounds pretty awesome. Will have to check out their website! Actually, that stuff makes me want to eat it, too. Haha. Though it’d probably be bad if I did.

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      OMG… you have nooooo idea! I got a shower gel for my mom, the Yuza and Cocoa one, and it smells AMAZING!!! They even have a little saying on the lable that it’s NOT for eating, it’s that good, lol! I think they have a ton of branches in the US… really awesome stuff, sure you’d enjoy the fact that they recycle, are good to animals, etc., besides it being amazing 😉

  3. I love the spirit of this posting…be nicer to yourself, to others and to animals. That just about covers everything, doesn’t it?

    You are a good person, Mel…and that explains why I like you.

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Ah, the feeling is totally mutual Bill 😀 This is the year for doing not just writing, so little by little… will see how it goes. So far, I’m feeling pretty good with the small steps. I tried going vegan this week, it was hard. I missed my cheese! Oh well, at least I might give up milk as much as I can, the soy milk isn’t actually too bad. Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!

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