If you're a hardcore Lushie then I expect you'll be well versed in the fact that Lush never do sales. Except for one day of the year. The day after Christmas, also known as Boxing Day in the UK. You can get some really great deals both in store and online.
Saying that I have to start by complaining again about the way Lush have handled the sale. It may only come once a year but they really need to get their crap together. The year before last I didn't order anything because the website was glitchy, the products were showing on the site but you couldn't actually buy them. They ended up going offline and by the time it was back up it all sold out in a matter of a few hours.
This year was no different, infact I believe it to be worse. The website was offline as far as I'm aware, for almost the entirety of Saturday. People were being kicked off the website, put in a wait line for hours on end and by the time their turn came they still couldn't get on.
I was awake at about 3AM on Sunday morning and decided to check out the site to see if it had improved. To start with I could get on but I got an error every time I tried to add something to my basket. After a while I ended up sitting in a waiting line, it gives you an estimated time and since I couldn't sleep I waited it out for an hour. Before my time was up I opened the site in another tab and got straight through, added everything I wanted and checked out. Meanwhile my other tab was still sitting in the line, explain that one!
Usually I have no trouble ordering online with Lush but the sale is always a joke. If you can get to a store I definitely recommend it. If you've got hours to waste, try online.
Enough with the moaning - hopefully they'll sort it out by the time the next sale rolls around.
Santa's Belly is a bright red jelly, scented with fresh apple juice and vegan red wine amongst other things. This gives it a crisp apple scent overall with a slight tang from the other ingredients. Santa's Belly shares it's scent with the So White bath bomb that is also available at Christmas. All finished with a sprinkling of golden edible stars, though I wouldn't suggest trying to eat them.
One of the things I was most interested in trying this year was the new addition of the Christingle body conditioner. It contains jojoba oil, murumuru butter and shea butter to make it incredibly moisturising. It also has peppermint and menthol crystals to not only wake you up but leave behind a tingle on the skin. It's a bright blue conditioner, with a subtle mint scent that isn't as strong or herbal as Dirty. Massage into wet skin and then rinse off before you get out of the shower.
Though it wasn't part of the Christmas collection I'd been eyeing this up before hand. Key Lime Pie lip balm. OHMYGOODNESS. The scent of this balm is everything. It reminds me of the sweet citrus scent you get from chocolate limes or any other green sweets (favourite!). Using both almond oil and cocoa butter it's light on the lips but still leaves them feeling well conditioned.
For bath bombs I opted for my Christmas staple, Golden Wonder. It comes all wrapped up like a present, looking fairly plain on the outside. When first putting this in the water it fizzes away with white and yellow bubbles. Once getting to the centre it starts coming out with vivid blues and greens, along with a little bit of pink. Finished off with gold lustre and stars. Scented with cognac, orange and lime oils, it really is a wonder!
Yog Nog was another new addition this year that people went crazy for. Sharing it's scent with the soap of the same name. Loaded with shea and cocoa butter alongside coconut oil, it's a treat for dry skin. It smells beautiful sweet but not too sickly. Lush say it has a cinder toffee scent but it's so much more than that! It's rich, sweet and smells good enough to eat. I wish I'd picked up more of these.
Stardust is rather plain when you look at it but it comes with a beautiful vanilla aroma. It reminds me of the Vanilla Dee-Lite lotion I had way back when, not overly sweet or synthetic just a true vanilla. It contains coloured, edible stars that make their way to the surface off the water once it gets going.
Five Gold Rings (or rather four as one of mine broke off in the box) contains bubble bar rings, threaded together. They are covered in glitter so be prepared to leave a trail of gold wherever you put these. The rings contain moringa oil alongside vanilla and tonka absolute. The scent itself is hard to describe but it's like nothing Lush have released before.
Last but definitely not least was a big bottle of Snow Fairy. One of my favourite scents from Lush and one of the products that first made me fall in love with the brand. One of their most popular products and it's not hard to see why. With it's sugary sweet scent that reminds you of cotton candy, bubblegum and pear drops. It's definitely one for those with a sweet tooth.
All finished up with a Lush Times, a perfect way to plan what I'll spend my money on next.
Though the online ordering was a complete 'mare, which it usually isn't. My products arrived surprisingly fast, it ended up being just a couple of days later. I'm glad I opted to buy a few things this year as I couldn't me more pleased with them.
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