Since creating the Feminist Beauty Project, I have been going back and forth about whether I should post hauls and reviews of products onto the blog. With a website like this, there are so many important topics to cover. I wasn't sure if hauls and reviews would fit in with the rest of my content, but today's post is a haul with some mini reviews.
LUSH Cosmetics is a company that I really love and support. That's part of the reason why I ultimately decided to share a haul and review with you. If you haven't checked it out already, take a look at my Makeup Mail post on LUSH.
I stopped by a local LUSH shop recently with my mind set on a few things, so I thought I would share what I got & say a few things about them.
I have been searching for a cruelty free & aluminum free deodorant for a while. The drugstore hasn't been much help, as I've only been able to find Tom's of Maine products and not much else. I haven't been impressed by Tom's of Maine's selection; everything I have tried hasn't performed well (or even decently) on my underarms. I knew LUSH carried deodorants, although in some non "traditional" (roll up stick) forms, so I thought I would give them a try since I love so many of their products.
LUSH carries four deoderant options, two in a bar format and two in powder format.
I chose one of the bar options called T'eo, as I wasn't feeling adventurous enough for a powder.
LUSH T'eo (VEGAN), $8.95 (USD): LUSH describes this product as a "hardworking deodorant for hardworking bodies"
T'eo Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca), BlueWax (Specerit Blue C), Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), Magnesium Carbonate, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Juniperberry Oil (Juniperus communis), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon citratus), Fresh Green Grapes (Vitis vinifera), Blue Cornflower Petals (Centaurea cyanus), *Citral, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Fragrance. *Occurs naturally in essential oils (from the LUSH Cosmetics website)
I have been using T'eo for a little over one week now, and I have been thoroughly enjoying it. It does not block me from sweating (which I think is a good thing) as it is an aluminum free deodorant, but it does a wonderful job of keeping me feeling and smelling fresh. I have been enjoying the citrusy scent of the bar. An added bonus for me is that the bar is very easy to swipe on under my arms with no messy residue (that I might have gotten with a powder). I think I have finally found what I was looking for in a deodorant!
While I was in the store, I had to see if they were carrying the brand new Rosy Cheeks fresh face mask. LUSH has a variety of wonderful fresh face masks for all skin types. I really love all things rose scented in my beauty routine and had heard about this new mask, but wasn't sure if it was in all LUSH stores yet. I was so excited to see that the location I visited had the masks in stock, and I grabbed one without hesitation. For reference, I have dry, sensitive, and allergy prone skin that is also prone to redness on my cheeks and in my t-zone. This mask is meant to soothe skin and redness, so I thought I would give it a try!
LUSH Rosy Cheeks (VEGAN), $12.95 (USD): LUSH claims this product will "calm and soothe rosy cheeks"
Rosy Cheeks Ingredients: Calamine Powder, Glycerine, Kaolin, Water (Aqua), Rose Clay (Kaolinite), Red Rose Petals (Rosa Centifolia), Fragrance, Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), *Benzyl Alcohol, Lilial, *Citronellol, *Geraniol. *Occurs naturally in essential oils (from the LUSH Cosmetics website)
I have used this mask a few times now, and I must admit I am not in love with it. While I am obsessed with the rose scent (that lasts on my skin for some time after I wash the mask off), I don't think this was the best choice for my dry skin. After I got home and used the mask, I took a closer look at the ingredient list and felt a little silly for purchasing this. While Calamine Powder can be very soothing for sensitive skin, it can also be very drying. I also noticed Benzyl Alcohol, which is another drying ingredient. It's the kind of mask that dries pretty tight across your face. As it dries on my face, I can feel it tightening up and almost becoming solidified, which I think might be due to the clays in the ingredients. I think this mask would be much better suited for combination-oily sensitive skin. All in all, I should have taken a better look at the ingredient list before purchasing, rather than just swooning over the fact that this is another rose-scented product!
I am still going to use this mask up because I love the rosy scent! I plan to use it in combination with some hydrating serums and moisturizers so my skin doesn't feel too dry and tight after washing the mask off. I'm not sure if I will repurchase this mask as it isn't the best for my skin type, but I can't help loving that scent!
Have you tried these LUSH products? What are your thoughts on them and how do you use them? Let me know in the comments below.
in lipstick & solidarity,