Who else was wondering what had happened to the #LushKitchen? It seemed to disappear without any explanation. Each time I checked the section of the Lush website there only ever seemed to be sweatshirts and tees available. Not exactly what I was long for then….
According to Twitter the #LushKitchen does still exist but is now running under the hashtag of #LushLab. So what exactly is it?
I am interpreting this as a research and development project aiming to challenge what is ‘normal’ for the cosmetic industry. Product development is experimental with Lush’s creators seeking to look outside of the box when it comes to ingredients. Think kinder, natural and more ethical without compromising on functionality.
There is also the opportunity to provide feedback on the experimental products with the best products potentially being launched on a long term basis.
The first products released are all variations of soap. They has been developed to be free from Sodium Sterate, the typical ingredient that solidify soap, and free from SLS, whilst still having the ability to create a foam.
This involves using a blend of fair trade organic cocoa butter, extra virgin olive oil and organic caster oil. No nasties present!
This combination of ingredients also means that the soaps are now free from that increasingly controversial ingredient Palm Oil. Check out this article from Lush if you want to find out more about why this is. If I went to it in depth now this would be a very long post.
For now I’m going to share with you the soaps I picked up.
Komorebi £1.50 5g – Vegan
I love the idea of this little soap. You are supposed to be able to hold it up to the light so that it shines through mimicking the sunshine through trees.
Key ingredients are Ho Wood Oil providing that floral and woody scent. Oak moss extract and Maple Water adding a touch of sweetness.
Oat – £6.95 135g – Vegan
This is a naked liquid soap. I choose it because I wanted to try a soap that would be soothing and moisturising.
Oats are known as a natural remedy for eczema but I have always thought that it would create a big mess if I added oats to my bath. This seems like a great alternative.
As well as Oat milk it also contains moisturising Soya Yoghurt, cinnamon powder to provide a warm and stimulating scent as well as uplifting Cocoa Absolute.
I love the scent of this, it reminds me of cinders bath bomb. The shape is pretty cute as well.
Poppy £6.95 120g – Vegan
I choose this because a) it looks pretty and b) I wanted an exfoliating soap. This contains poppy seeds to create the exfoliating element. Yay for natural exfoliants! It has a very sweet jam like scent whislt still remaining floral. This is provided by the black current absolute and bergamot oil. It smells amazing, even the Husband commented on how good it smells.
So that was my modest all. I feel I have some very interesting products here to try out. Keep you eyes peeled on my Instagram page to be updated about how I get on with them.
What do you think of the updated #Lushlab? Have you tried any of the new soap formulas?