A Panda… Pand?? 4/10

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apandapand_web

Apandapand is a vegan grapefruit soap that is poured into a giant grapefruit mold. I wanted to try this soap because:

  1. It came from a giant grapefruit soap wheel.
  2. It smells like grapefruit. Delicious grapefruit.
  3. LOOK at the fun colours!!

I bought this soap at the same time as Outback Mate so I had to put Apanadapand away until the other soap was finished. So when Outback Mate was done, I was excited for a citrus change. However, I was very disappointed to find it no longer smelled like grapefruit…. it turned into the sent of calamine lotion.  Maybe all the real grapefruits they used for this turned bad….

PROS:

  • Awesome grapefruit smell
  • Bright colours

CONS:

  • The smell doesn’t last (neither does the soap itself; it seems that it’s only available in the UK only these days)

WOULD YOU BUY IT AGAIN:

No

 

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Outback Mate: 7.5/10

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Lush Outback Mate

Since Doran and I no longer live at a place with a bathtub, we haven’t been able to do any LUSH bathbomb reviews. However, showers are something that we do everyday and why I haven’t done any soap bar reviews is surprising to me. So, here is our first LUSH soap review!

The first thing that drew me to this is soap is the colors and how much it looks like the ocean. Secondly, the mix of eucalyptus, lemongrass and peppermint reminds me of biking down Mt. Wellington in Tasmania. It’s so fresh and clean. It’s my new LUSH favourite for sure.

PROS:

  • The colors
  • The smell. Doran says it’s “not too girly”… whatever that means….
  • After you use the soap, the bathroom smells wonderful!!!

CONS:

  • It melts too quickly if you don’t have a soap dish to keep it away from water

WOULD YOU BUY IT AGAIN:

Yes

Kalamazoo: 7.5/10

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We haven’t ventured into a Lush store in Australia since we moved here, but a good friend of mine sent Doran and I a lovely package of Lush products from Canada to try out! Hurrah! Thanks!!!

Today, it’s something new! Kalamazoo!Lush Kalamazoo

It seems that the lumbersexual craze has gotten to the people at Lush as well. This brand new product has pineapple enzymes to clean the face and a few oils and butters to soften those unruly beards everyone has these days. As much as it pains me to say, I don’t have a beard. So, I’m glad that this facial cleanser can still work for us regular people.

Kalamazoo smells awesome. It smells lemon-y or pineapple-y and that makes it seem fresh and invigorating. My face feels nice a clean after without feeling dried out. It doesn’t have any abrasive ingredients to scrub/exfoliate my face like Ocean Salt (my personal favourite) or Angels on Bare Skin (Doran’s favourite), so it’s great for anyone looking for something gentle.

PROS:

  • Great smell
  • Gentle
  • Apparently it makes your beard nice and soft

CONS:

  • It has nothing to do with Kalamazoo (unless that place is Lumbersexual central)

WOULD WE BUY AGAIN:

Yes

Each Peach (And Two’s A Pair): 2/10

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Each Peach Massage Bar

How does one give themselves a massage? I know only of acupressure balls and using those is not my idea of relaxation. So, getting a “massage bar” was never really on the top of my list of things to try. However, it has been suggested that you can use these bars to massage someone special in your life, so Doran was the lucky duck to get a free massage from yours truly.

Out of all the massage bars in LUSH, Each Peach smells the best. I’m a fan of anything that’s refreshing and energizing. The citrus oils really hit the spot. As soon as you pick up the bar (any massage bar in the store, actually) it will start to melt. Don’t freak out, you just have warm hands.

In the end, we both felt like we were rubbing a stick of butter on our skin. It doesn’t seem like it was absorbing into our skin. It just felt like we had an extra layer of grease on us and we could not touch anything or sit down.

PROS:

  • Love the citrus smell

CONS:

  • What’s up with the full name of the bar? Must be some British slang
  • You end up feeling like a greased-up muffin tin ready for the oven

WOULD WE BUY AGAIN:

No

Dragon’s Egg: 9/10

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LUSH Dragon's EggThis bath bomb is super fun. At first glance it looks plain and boring. That was actually my first thought when I saw these in the store. However, it had a nice smell (citrus) and the name was pretty cool. Who wouldn’t want to be Daenerys Targaryen. That was a Game of Thrones reference. I don’t even watch Game of Thrones and I know who that is.

Spoiler Alert: The coolest part of this bomb is the surprise colors that come out of it. And near the end, it actually looks like you cracked an egg open and the yolk is coming out. If this was a real egg, that meant you just killed a baby dragon.

PROS:

  • Smells great, refreshing
  • Surprise Colors

CONS:

  • Apparently they put real cotton candy in it. What?!?

WOULD WE BUY AGAIN:

Yes

Angels on Bare Skin: 8.5/10

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LUSH Angels on Bare SkinOur friend Karolina recommended this cleanser to us, and we are glad she did. It’s a winner. Never having had actual angels on my bare skin before, I had nothing to compare it to… but this cleanser leads me to believe it would be an enjoyable experience. The cleanser is a mixture of kaolin clay, ground almonds, and lavender. You take a clump of it and mix some water into it, creating a paste in the palm of your hands.

PROS:

  • Great texture, gentle exfoliant
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed
  • Mild, nutty smell with lavender – very pleasant (and made me want to eat almonds afterwards)
  • Who wouldn’t want ANGELS on their bare skin?

CONS:

  • Clumpy texture makes it a bit hard to get going (until you have managed to mix in water and created a paste)

WOULD WE BUY AGAIN:

Yes

Mask of Magnaminty: 6/10

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LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

I have never done any masks before. Doran, however, has some experience but he didn’t want to try this one, so it was up to me take my first step into the world of masks. As I dove in to the sea of mask containers in LUSH, this one stood out as the most pleasant and “magnaminty” looked like “masculinity” with their crazy font, so i thought this one was meant for men. Plus anything minty is good in my books. Mint is synonymous to clean in my mind. I even saw their Youtube explanation on how to use it; it seemed simple enough. Apply on face, wait and wipe off. How scary can it be?

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the container and smelt mint chocolate chip ice cream. A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach; I say. These LUSH people really know what they’re doing. The mint really cooled my face down so I figured something good was happening.

In the end I’m really not sure if my face was really cleaner than before. I did notice my face had a slight green tint to it though.

PROS: 

  • smells nice
  • has beans to help exfoliate
  • the mint makes me feel like i’m getting clean

CONS:

  • the smell starts getting old after a few uses
  • turned my face green
  • having China clay sounds a bit racist and ambiguous

WOULD WE BUY AGAIN:

No