LUSH Holiday 2016 Review

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LUSH Holiday 2016 Review

If you're a major Lushie you'll know that all hell breaks loose on December 26th each year, which is, of course, the start of Lush's annual Boxing Day sale. All of their Christmas stock goes on sale for half price and occasionally some short-dated permanent stock too (not this year, so far). There are some amazing bargains to be had so it's a great time to pick up anything you missed prior to Christmas - but you'll have to be quick as things sell out so fast!

Stock varies from store to store and you can find some stuff online still, too. It pays to keep checking back as more stock sometimes becomes available online as people release things from their cart (the cart hold function on their site seems to last at least a few days). We've managed to place small orders a few days apart due to this! 

I've featured some of these products in my recent gift guides and on my Instagram but I haven't gone into further detail about them so I thought I'd better quickly do that before it's too late! You can also find more of our Christmas collection haul in this post.

I've given the sale prices for everything below in New Zealand dollars (NZD).

Snow Fairy Bubble Bar Wand review

Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar ($6.25) shares its fragrance with the famous Snow Fairy (candyfloss) and tints bath water a delightful pink shade while creating mountains of foamy bubbles. The reusable bubble bar wands are our favourite way to buy Lush's bubble bars as you get SO many uses out of them! 

Salt & Peppermint Bark Body Scrub review

Salt & Peppermint Bark Body Scrub ($7.25) is a lusciously pepperminty solid body scrub unlike anything I've ever used before. I'm so used to body scrubs in tubs but this is a lot of fun and gives a really gratifying scrub. It can disintegrate easily if not allowed to dry out properly after use, so make sure you don't go leaving it in the shower accidentally.

LUSH Baked Alaska Soap review

Baked Alaska Soap ($4.95) is bright and refreshing in both appearance and scent, with citrus and ylang ylang paired together. It lathers up well and left us squeaky clean although it isn't one of Lush's more hydrating soaps. Fortunately, to counter that, there's always...

LUSH Sleepy Body Lotion review

Sleepy Body Lotion ($9.45/100g, $19/240g), a lavender fragranced intensely hydrating body cream. Fans of Lush's Twilight scent will want to snap this up if they can (it seems to be gone online already) as it really is a lavender lover's dream. It sinks into skin easily without feeling greasy and left my skin feeling very soft and moisturised. I love the sprinkling of silver shimmer that tops the body lotion too.

LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel review

It wouldn't be a LUSH Christmas without Snow Fairy Shower Gel ($6.45/100g, $10.75/250g, $17.25/500g), the ever popular candy floss scented concoction which comes complete with shimmering blue lustre to make you feel very fairy-like indeed. This was especially popular with Mr 5, who is hanging out to luck upon more in a gift box restock (it's sold out on its own online but you may have better luck in store). Lush bring this back every year though, including during their Christmas in July event, so I'm sure there's more Snow Fairy in our future even if not right away! Snow Fairy lathers up really well and the scent lingers on skin nicely. If you generally dislike sweet scents you may not be a fan as it is borderline saccharine but it may surprise you. 

LUSH Snow Fairy Body Conditioner review

If you just can't get enough Snow Fairy, consider picking up the Snow Fairy Body Conditioner ($9.45/100g, $19/240g), which pairs beautifully with the shower gel to really lock in the fragrance long after you've hopped out of the shower. I really like Lush's body conditioners for in-shower moisturising right after shaving (and let's face it, I often forget to moisturise once I'm out of the shower!), they make a big difference for my sensitive skin.

LUSH Santa Fun review

My kids can never get enough of FUN so they were super excited to uncover Santa FUN ($12.90/200g pot - ours is in gift set packaging) in our press box. FUN is a mouldable, play-doh-like compound that you can use as soap, bubble bath, shampoo or shaving - I particularly like it for shaving as a little goes a very long way and it's nice and gentle. In the regular pots they're sold in, FUN is great for travelling as it covers multiple functions. I put our Santa FUN in an empty pottle I had and brought it with us on our current vacation for that reason! I'm not a fan of the gift set packaging as FUN starts to break down & go runny as soon as you get it wet, which is a little hard to avoid in this wrap but can be more easily contained in a pot. I suppose you can't have everything though! Santa FUN appears to be sold out alone online but if you're lucky, you might be able to grab it in one of the gift sets. It has a floral fragrance. 

And here are a few items we bought earlier!

Lush Ruby Red Slippers bubble bar review

Ruby Red Slippers ($4.95) was one of the first items I picked up from the holiday collection this year as I just couldn't resist that sparkly red! It has a beautiful carnation, rose and tangerine fragrance which won me over immediately, particularly the carnation, which I don't think I've smelled since I was a kid but had one of those lovely memory rushes as soon as I sniffed it. 

Lush Snowie bubble bar review

Finally, we had to buy Snowie Bubble Bar ($4.45) as soon as it appeared in stores (it was a late arrival to our local store) in honour of David Bowie (RIP 😭). Scented with neroli, grapefruit and rose, this little snowman features the iconic lightning bolt across its tummy. There's no longer an individual listing for it online but it's included in the Stardust set which seems to sporadically come available.

LUSH products can be purchased at LUSH Online (NZ) or you can find your nearest LUSH store using the store locator. International readers can find their local LUSH site here!


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