LUSH Lust Perfume

If LUSH’s Lust were a girl, she wouldn’t be the one sitting at the bar, peeking shyly from beneath her Bambi lashes at the dude across the room; she’d be a fiery redhead who’d saunter up to the guy she’s been eyeballing, grab him by the chest hair and growl in his ear “you’re coming home with me”. 

It’s a jasmine grenade. The kind of powerful scent that, if you’re not careful, will wear you instead of the other way around, filling any room you enter and every nostril in it. It’s for this reason I bought the solid version rather than the atomiser, which, upon sniffing, was not unlike being hit in the face with a bouquet (not that I’d know what that feels like). No, the solid version is a little more subtle, and not to mention far more convenient: it’s small and packaged in a Vaseline-like tin (pro-tip: do NOT use it on your lips) which means it’s not going to clunk about in your bag like a perfume bottle, and won’t leak or break – which is a vast improvement upon the old, black, twist-up packaging LUSH used to use for their solid perfumes (RIP Imogen Rose, which remains congealed in its lid). 

I’m not that knowledgable on scents and the like, but LUSH says this contains jasmine, ylang ylang, vanilla and some other stuff, but all I’m really smelling is raw, sexy jasmine. It lasts a good workday, so like, 8 hours or so. Pretty impressive. 

I’ll say one other thing: this scent will turn heads. Not necessarily in a good way – it’s a very polarising scent, as in you either love it or hate it. That means you’ll have a 50/50 chance of either being followed by legions of salivating men (or women), or repulse whoever is sitting in the neighbouring seat on the train to the point of evacuation (something I am absolutely okay with).

I’m giving LUSH Lust a 7/10. I like it, but not for every day. In fact, I’d say it’s a night time scent. It’s also very reasonably priced (for the solid version, anyway) at £6 for 12g.

Handy Heroes: My Top 5 Hand Creams

If, like me, your hands are always dry, regardless of season, you’ll appreciate these creams. They’re guaranteed to give you a “helping hand” when it comes to keeping things hydrated. I’ve picked my 5 favourite hand creams:

Norweigian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream (Unscented)

This is the unscented version, which is the only version I’ve ever tried from this brand. Come to think of it, I’ve never actually seen an scented version, but I’ve heard it’s got a medicinal sort of scent, which sounds horrid to me, so I’m quite glad this one doesn’t have a scent! This is a firm favourite for many bloggers because it’s so cheap and effective.

Pros:

Very hydrating. The formula is super concentrated, which makes it quite hard to rub in, but that’s cool ’cause it genuinely feels like it’s working, and not in a superficial, siliconey way. It’s fairly inexpensive, costing £3.69 for 50ml, which isn’t too bad considering you don’t need to use loads of it. It lasts ages too. 

Not greasy. This sinks in so quickly, so it doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy. This is perfect if you write a lot (which I do in work) as it means your pen won’t be flung around the room due to slippery mitts. The small size is great for travel, and very appealing to someone who likes to keep a hand cream in every bag she owns.

Cons:

No scent. Okay, I know I’m contradicting myself. But sometimes it IS nice to put on a hand cream and be overwhelmed by the smell of synthetic flowers!

Best for: Really chapped, sensitive hands.

 

Vaseline Healthy Hand and Nail Conditioning Hand Lotion

This is a very forgettable hand cream because it’s a little bit beige. There’s not an awful lot going on, but it’s still a good moisturiser. The thing that appealed to me most about this one was the fact that it was a hand and nail cream, but I noticed no significant improvement in the appearance of my nails.

Pros:

Very affordable at £3.27 for 200ml, and has ingredients to help strengthen your nails.

Cons:

None. I guess it’s not very memorable? There are fancier creams out there, but this is a nice, quite basic one.

Best for: Those looking for a hand cream with nail care built in.

LUSH Handy Gurugu

I’ll often go into LUSH for one thing and come out with, like, 5 more items than expected, thanks to their pesky salesforce. That wasn’t the case when I bought this though; I went in looking for a new hand cream and they suggested this.

Pros:

It’s very hydrating, feels quite luxurious and rich, and also smells nice: earthy and natural. I find this works fast – I notice a vast improvement in the appearance of my hands and nails when I use this – and doesn’t feel too greasy (you do have to wait a few minutes for it to sink in first though).

Cons:

Quite expensive at £7.95 for a hand cream, especially compared to some of the other creams available. The pot packaging is also fiddly, bad for transportation, and unhygienic.

Best for: Those seeking a rich moisturiser, or a once-a-day treatment (I use it before bed).

Soap & Glory Hand Food

This is a cult favourite, and I can totally see why: It smells beautiful and is pretty hydrating. The packaging is also lovely.

Pros:

It’s pretty moisturising, not the best I’ve used, but it’s still great. It also smells very luxurious and the scent really does linger. It also comes in a travel-size mini-version, which is great for handbags (and cheaper at £2.50!). 

Cons:

I don’t think it’s anything special. For those with really dry hands, give this a miss.

Best for: Pretty scent and good all-rounder.

Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely

This is probably my favourite of the lot. I like everything about this moisturiser apart from the price! Good thing I got if free in a magazine, eh? I’ll be devastated when it runs out!

Pros:

This is very hydrating, without being ridiculously greasy. Sometimes it feels like you can only have hydration if it comes with greasiness, but that’s not the case with this. It also smells absolutely gorgeous – a delicate lemon and honey scent. The packaging is very pretty and it’s a nice, travel-friendly bottle. I didn’t know how I felt about the screw top until one of my other hand creams with a flip-top lid exploded everywhere (RIP Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream), so I’ve decided I actually rather like it! You’re also somehow helping the bees by buying this? I’m not sure how, as Neal’s Yard doesn’t specify, but still…. SAVE THE BEES.  

Cons:

It’s rather pricey at £10 for 50ml. But I guess if you have the budget, it’s worth it.

Best for: Those with a conscience (THOSE BEES, MAN!) and for those with a bigger budget.

What are you favourite hand creams? 

 

Lush Handy Gurugu Hand Cream | Review

I’m one of those people who can’t stop picking at, biting, and generally making a mess of their nails and cuticles. The skin around my fingers is like an old, freyed dishcloth, and I fucking love peeling my brittle nails. Why yes, I am aware that this is making me sound like a total minger. I can handle it (pun intended, lol) because I’ve recently found the only hand cream that saves my mitts from total destruction: Lush’s Handy Gurugu cream.

Yeah, I know Lush gets a lot of stick for their skincare, which, to be honest, is essentially the poorly formulated concoctions of misguided “whole Earth” fanatics who preach the fallacy of “natural is better” when often it really isn’t…ahem…but some of it is actually very nice.

I’d stay well away from most of their facial skincare products because a lot of them contain unnecessary irritants purely for the “natural” factor (iris, lavender and lemon juice, to name but a few), however I have found their hand care is amazing, especially when used as an overnight treatment, and is the only hand cream which fixes my dry cuticles, hangnails, and brittleness. I’m a big fan of Handy Gurugu, but I also use Helping Hands, however that one is a bit greasier and not quite as rich (if that even makes sense).

Handy Gurugu smells lovely and earthy/fresh and the consistency is is very thick and rich, and a bit textured – like there’s little beads or grains of oil or something in there, but you can’t feel them once its’s all rubbed in. It can take a little while to absorb, but it does’t feel greasy, as such, just…moist. Lovely. It’s also quite a nice pale green colour.

The packaging, as always with Lush, is a bit meh. I always found Lush’s little black pots and paper wrapping very gimmicky, trying to recreate the feeling of a farmers market because Lush’s products are so fresh and natural and good for you! It’s pretty gross sticking your grubby hands into the little pots, not to mention impractical and fiddly (that comment applies heavily to their shower products and face scrubs, which often get ruined by water). 

After applying this a few times, my hands feel super soft, hydrated and nourished by the end of the day. An extra helping before bed time, and my hands are transformed by morning. I love it.

Consistency: Thick, rich, very hydrating and nourishing.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5, feels lovely and actually quite calming on my hands.

Price: £7.95 for 100g tub

Overall Rating: 8/10. I think this is best used as an intense treatment rather than an everyday hand cream, not just because of how rich it is, but because the packaging is not very handbag friendly. I’ve had to buy one tub for at home and one for work, which is actually quite pricy. I would much prefer it in tube form because it’s more practical and hygeinic, but this is still a wonderful product and deserves the high rating.