You all know I love Lush. Not because of the kitsch packaging or the weird-smelling shops (weird in a good way), and not because of the bath bombs filled with glitter and dried flowers and all sorts of fun stuff. I love them because they are good. Ethical, moral, and sustainable but also not afraid to put their money where their mouth is and make a noise about things that matter (see here).Well, last week they invited me to the Cardiff store to check out their summer product drop, and they invited some of my other favourite people along for the evening too – the lovey guys from Wyndham Arcade’s Waterloo Tea.
First on the agenda was a re-introduction to their perfume range, recently relaunched to include miniature, full size, and solid versions of every fragrance. This is a change to the way the perfumes used to be sold – in random product runs and styles for each one. It’s nice to see that the guys at Lush are evolving as a result of customer feedback and making it easier for people to get their fragrances in whatever form they prefer. I always think there’s something quite sweet about having a solid perfume to keep in your handbag!
Over the course of the evening we were also introduced to Lush’s sun care range, which includes a sun screen called The Sunblock that you can ‘shower on’ on in the morning, and then just go. Witchcraft! Another one, Powdered Sunshine, comes in powder form (duh) and seems like a good idea for greasy faces like mine, and fair-skinned scalps prone to burning (where lotion would be massively impractical).
Alongside slathering ourselves with lots of lovely-smelling Lush goodies, we were also being treated to Lemon & Poppyseed and Salted Caramel cakes from the Waterloo team. Both I’ve tried before, but it was nice to hear more about the philosophy of the the guys behind Waterloo; since the introduction of their in-house bakery at the Wyndham Arcade premises, they are now consistently adding new dishes to their repertoire, and as they do, aiming to strip out food allergens through on-going experimentation in their kitchen. Pretty soon, these guys will probably have the best selection of vegan / gluten free / nut-free cakes in Cardiff!
Much as I loved the cake, tea and company on offer at the event, the highlight of the evening for me was chatting to lovely Lush store manager, Grace. She is clearly so passionate about the brand she represents, and took the time to talk through all of the product features that she thought would be of most interest both to me, and to HungryCityHippy’s readers. Her top pick for us was the new and improved Charity Pot, a rich and generous moisturiser that comes in both a big £12.50 tub, or a lovely little handbag-size miniature (£1).Seven of the ingredients in Lush’s new ‘Charity Pot’ (rosewood oil, ylang-ylang oil, moringa oil, geranium oil, fresh aloe, shea butter and Fair Trade organic cocoa butter) are produced by farmers in developing countries who have been sustainability supported by Lush via their SLush fund. You can read more about the £1.2 million which has been spent (to date) supporting the development of 32 projects in 19 different countries, here. Pretty impressive, no?
Let me know what you think of Lush’s products and whether you’ll be picking up a new ‘Charity Pot’ – does ethical beauty matter to you? Join the conversation by following @HungryCityHippy, @LushCardiff and @LushLtd on twitter, and use the hashtag, #whatsinsidecounts.