The scent is too sweet for me. The texture of the lotion is okay. But for some reason, after I'm almost finished rubbing the lotion on to my skin I have pieces of white residue all over my hands. I thought it must have been the soap/shower gel I was using, but no it was the lotion. It's hard to describe the residue. If you've ever had residue left over from soap AND you use hard water, you'll know what I mean. When you rub on your skin after a shower, these white or grey bits come off. Gross, isn't it? Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, GLYCERYL STERATE, PEG-100 STERATE, ISOPROPYL LANOLATE, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, LANOLIN ALCOHOL, DIMETHICONE, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA), SEED BUTTER, MINERAL OIL (PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM), BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), STEARIC ACID POLYIMIDE-1, BENTONITE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), CETYL ALCOHOL, STEARYL ALCOHOL, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX (CERA MICROCRISTALLINA), PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLIA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SOLUBLE COLLAGEN, HYDROLYZED ELASTIN, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, LECITHIN, CARNATINE, UBIQUINONE, DISODIUM EDTA, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN.
I'm amazed that no one has mentioned that Each Peach smells exactly like Ricola lemon-mint cough drops. I'm serious. BUT that doesn't mean this massage bar is disgusting. The scent is okay, definitely not like peaches, but like citrus. I'm already using my second bar.
The cons to using Each Peach (or any of Lush's massage bars) are that it takes time for my skin to absorb the oils, and the grease it leaves behind on my bed sheets. Still, this is going to be really good to use in January and February.
Miranda smells a LOT like Rock Star, but fruitier. It also gives a thick creamy lather, unlike other Lush soaps! And I liked the kiwi seeds. Too bad it's now discontinued because I would repurchase it. Lush should have discontinued Extra Virgin Olive instead *sigh*.
Bath Treatments -LUSH - You've Been Mangoed bath melt
thirdstrokelucky 12/17/2006 3:56:00 PM
YBM went well with the Sicilian bath bomb. It helped to moisturize my skin (and slick up the tub). But for $5.35 a piece, that's still expensive. Even though Lush calls it a Luxury Bath Melt I'm sure there are shower gels out there, of the same price, that have equivalent moisturizing properties.
This bath bomb smelled okay in the plastic bag, but it got weak once I put it in the tub. Unlike sunmonkey's experience, Sicilian did not turn the water bright yellow; there really was no colour at all. I also added a You've Been Mangoed bath melt, so at least my skin was moisturized. That wouldn't happen if I had used the Sicilian on its own.
I don't think I'll buy another of Lush's bath bombs because they're too plain, boring, and expensive. But I'm willing to try their bubble bars.
Gels/Soaps -Unlisted Brand - Bee and Flower Jasmine Soap
thirdstrokelucky 11/24/2006 11:44:00 AM
Let me first say that the packaging on all Bee and Flower soaps is beautiful, and the price is very reasonable. However, the jasmine fragrance is very very VERY weak. Also, this soap dried out my hands horribly. I won't be buying it again. For a more stimulating, non-drying, and jasmine-scented shower experience, I prefer Lush's Flying Fox shower gel. As a side note, two bars of the sandalwood soap came with the jasmine soap but I haven't used them knowing what they would do to my hands. I have them in my closet, but the strong sandalwood is starting to bug me. They're going straight into the trash bin. (When I have time.)
Cleansers -Olay - Gentle Foaming Face Wash w/ Aloe (Sensitive-Skin)
thirdstrokelucky 11/22/2006 8:11:00 PM
I can't believe all the positive reviews here because this cleanser didn't work for me. My face never felt clean right after I washed it; it's like there was a slippery residue on my skin. But after coming out of the shower, my face felt and looked dry (?!?). Also there were red irritated patches. I wanted to refund this and get my $10 back, but I was too late.
Lip Treatments -Sally Hansen - Maximum Moisture Lip Treatment
thirdstrokelucky 11/22/2006 12:13:00 PM
I tried this product because of (1) the positive reviews on MUA and (2) it happened to be on sale during the summer ($7.99 CDN at Shoppers Drug Mart). I'm very glad I bought it because it's done a wonderful job of moisturizing my lips! There's no gooey residue left on my lips after the first few hours of applying it!
However, I find there are several cons:
1. The scent: the gloss smells of mild floor wax. But it's something I don't really mind since the gloss coats my lips with moisture.
2. The packaging: The tube is average size (not too big, or too small), but the actual amount of gloss that comes inside is very little. I used up the first tube in two months, and I'm now on my second tube. It's frustrating because there's still some gloss left in the old tube. I tried to twist/lift open the part of the tube that has the applicator, but that didn't work. This might make me look anal, but I actually measured the amount of gloss I used in the first tube with a ruler and found I had used up 3.2 cm of gloss--very disappointing. I know this isn't accurate since I'm not taking volume into account, but what am I to do?(FYI the actual weight of the product is 1.2 g or 0.04 oz)
For my second tube (which I bought for the regular price of $9.50 at Shoppers), I had to keep on twisting the clickster dial for a very long time before the gloss came out. And that was a fully wasteful 1 cm of nothing! Therefore, there's only about 2 cm of gloss left in the tube.
There's also a part three to my packaging rant. It has to do with the applicator. It often gets clogged, so that I have to twist and twist the clickster dial (again!) before a huge amount of gloss comes oozing out.
3. Availability: I've only been able to find this gloss at Shoppers, and not at Wal-mart. When I made the repurchase at Shoppers, there was only one left and there's still one left. This product hasn't been restocked, and I'm guessing the reason behind this is the lack of inventory. It could mean that the Maximum Moisture Gloss is going to be discontinued (at least here in Canada), so I'm trying to find other lip treatments that contain similar ingredients and would therefore work just as well.
Ingredients: HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, FLAVOUR, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, CENTELLA ASIATICA (GOTU KOLA) EXTRACT, ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA (CONEFLOWER) LEAF EXTRACT, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, CYMBOPOGON SCHOENANTHUS (LEMONGRASS) EXTRACT, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) LEAF EXTRACT, SD ALCOHOL 40-B, PROPYLPARABEN. (Love the natural ingredients!)
This lip balm was waaaaaaaaaaaay better than Blistex Pro Care. It actually moisturized my lips throughout most of the day (and I'm talking about during winter here!). To be honest I would reapply once or twice, but that's nothing. Also there was no white residue left on my lips, unlike a lot of other lip balms out there.
What I didn't like about this product was the oval-shaped balm. It was too awkward to handle.
I loved this lip balm, and I would most definitely repurchase it. However, it's now discontinued in Canada. That's why I typed this review in the past tense.
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Lypsyl Naturals lip balm in Wild Berry
thirdstrokelucky 9/12/2006 3:33:00 PM
Whoah. Didn't expect to see this lip balm at my local dollar store. I was planning on buying the regular Lypsyl, but when I saw the one in Wild Berry I couldn't resist. I'm glad I bought it. It's noticeably creamier when first applied (and I mean every time I first apply), and it has a pleasant berry scent. The down side to this product is that it leaves a white residue on the area of where my lips meet. But most lip balms do that to me anyway *sigh* The container is different from what I'm accustomed to. The twist part is at the top of the tube instead of at the bottom. But there's nothing wrong with that; I'm getting used to it. Looking at the ingredients, it's hard to believe that this is creamier than Lypsyl in Mint. The only difference between the two is that flavour is the sixth ingredient in Wild Berry, while it is the ninth ingredient in Mint. Wild Berry contains extracts of English Blackcurrants, Raspberries, and Swiss wild mountain Blueberries. Who knew those fruits could add that much moisture in a lip balm? Ingredients: PETROLATUM, PARAFFIN WAX, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, DIMETHICONE, OZOKERITE WAX, FLAVOUR, GLYCERYL STERATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, BEESWAX, METHYLPARABEN.
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Lypsyl lip balm in Mint
thirdstrokelucky 8/29/2006 10:58:00 PM
This is a great inexpensive lip balm. It sells for CDN $1.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart, and the sale price is usually around $1.50. It's not offered at Wal-mart for some reason, so other retailers may not sell Lypsyl. I only use this at home b/c it's not that moisturizing (my lips get super dry when I'm outside). Still, it's okay for the price I paid for it, and a decent alternative to Blistex or Chapstick. The ingredients aren't listed on the back of the package, but it does say the lip balm contains "natural beeswax and quality emollients." I was going to give this 3 lippies, but then I thought it deserves another lippy just for its convenient stick form. I plan on trying out Lypsyl's Aloha lip balm next. EDIT: When I reviewed this product I was looking at a new package of Lypsyl mint. But I've noticed that an old packaging (well, I only bought it this summer so it's a few months old) of this lip balm does contain the list of ingredients. So here they are: PETROLATUM, PARAFFIN WAX, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, DIMETHICONE, OZOKERITE WAX, GLYCERYL STERATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, BEESWAX, FLAVOUR, METHYLPARABEN.
Happy sells for CDN $4.95 per 100g and it's the cheapest Lush soap. Maybe I should've taken that as a warning sign....
I was expecting this to smell like a real orange as it's made with sweet orange oil and tangerine oil. What it honestly smells like is what an orange popsicle tastes like. And an orange popsicle always tastes artificial to me. Also, the truckle I got was all orange. I was hoping to get at least one smilie face. It dried out my skin too.
This is probably the worst conditioner I've used. It is way too moisturizing for my hair and it left me with dandruff. Don't use it if you already have dandruff. My scalp certainly did not benefit from this product. My wallet too. Ingredients: AQUEOUS (WATER, AQUA PURIFICATA, PURIFIED) EXTRACTS: HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES EXTRACT, ECHINACEA PURPUREA (CONEFLOWER) EXTRACT, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) LEAF EXTRACT, ARCTIUM LAPPA (BURDOCK) ROOT EXTRACT, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, NARCISSUS TAZETTA BULB EXTRACT, HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES OIL, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, BABASSUAMIDOPROPYLTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, BEHENAMIDOPROPYLTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, DIMETHICONOL MEADOWFOAMATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, ISOSTEARAMIDOPROPYL MORPHOLINE LACTATE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)*, LINOLOOL, EUGENOL, LIMONENE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, TETRASODIUM EDTA, SODIUM GLUCONATE, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE. *AVEDA'S OWN PURE FLOWER AND PLANT PURE-FUME AROMA WITH VETIVER, ROSEMARY, CINNAMON AND OTHER ESSENTIAL OILS.
I'm not impressed with this shampoo. My hair feels greasy the night after I wash it. Also, my scalp becomes itchy and after I scratch it I can see little dandruffs. Although I suspect the more resonable culprit is the Scalp Benefits conditioner, I'm still scared to use this shampoo on its own or with a different conditioner. It's overpriced and it makes me avoid all Aveda shampoos and conditioners. Ingredients: AQUEOUS (WATER, AQUA PURIFICATA, PURIFIED) EXTRACTS: HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES EXTRACT, ECHINACEA PURPUREA (CONEFLOWER), ARCTIUM LAPPA (BURDOCK) ROOT EXTRACT, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) LEAF EXTRACT, BABASSUAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, SODIUM METHYL COCOYL TAURATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, DISODIUM LAURETH SULFOSUCCINATE, NARCISSUS TAZETTA BULB EXTRACT, PEG-12 DIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE PEG-8 MEADOWFOAMATE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)*, CITRAL, LINALOOL, BENZYL BENZOATE, EUGENOL, LIMONENE, POLYSORBATE 20, ISOSTEARAMIDOPROPYL MORPHOLINE LACTATE, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE. *AVEDA'S OWN PURE FLOWER AND PLANT PURE-FUME AROMA WITH VETIVER, ROSEMARY, CINNAMON AND OTHER ESSENTIAL OILS.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
thirdstrokelucky 7/12/2006 10:07:00 PM
I don't use this anymore. My face became extremely irritated earlier this year (b/c of another line of facial products--not Clinique) and I found that DDML wasn't moisturizing enough. My skin was craving for more moisture that I had to switch to another brand of moisturizer. Strangely when I did use this in the past, my face became oily later in the day. I'm now using the amount I have left as a hand lotion.