Earlier this week I spent a wonderful morning with seven other bloggers at the Lush store in Cardiff for their ‘Mums and Mums-to-be bloggers event’. Apart from being directed to the shop by sense of smell alone, the one thing I love when walking across the threshold is the brightness. There are so many colours surrounding you, that even if you have been having a stressful day you can’t help but cheer up.
Upon arrival we were greeted with some very yummy tea and cakes from Waterloo Tea, this company have a few teahouses in and around the Cardiff area and have a huge range of speciality teas along with a variety of cakes. There were two different cakes on offer, both were dairy free, which was lovely as it meant O could have some! We opted to stay away from the chocolate and avocado, purely as I didn’t want a chocolate covered child, although others said it was really nice. We stuck with the relatively clean lemon and lime cake which was just beautiful! I even snuck a piece home for the older kids to try too, shhh!
We did have a little bit of a soggy start as O managed to knock a cup of tea everywhere! Luckily it was cool so we didn’t have a repeat incident of the last time he did this! The small amount of the tea that I did actually get to try was delicious. It was a peppermint tea and even though it is caffeine free, just smelling it in the cup, or from the floor, was very refreshing and gives you a nice little pick-me-up!
I received some tea in my goody bag, which I have managed to drink, how is this for a bright pink cuppa?
I’m not normally a fruit tea sort of person but this had a delicate flavour, not to sweet and sickly like some others. I am trying to limit myself and make this bag last as long as possible. I don’t often go in to Cardiff and if I do I’m usually with my mum, I will definitely be dragging her to the teahouse in Wyndham Arcade for our obligatory cuppa and natter next time. I wonder what flavour I come home with then?
So after we had all had a good gossip we split off into two groups, one each with the lovely Catrin and Casey, to be shown all of the products that would be aimed more at mums and families. There were so many I could be here all day so I’ve picked out my favourites, a few of which I actually bought, for testing purposes only of course!
Firstly we have the Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly:
Not only does this stuff looks a little odd to be showering with, but it also feels as if it would dissolve the second it touches hot water. It doesn’t. It does feel strange wobbling everywhere and it was also very cold. Of course what else would you expect of something that has been in the freezer? That’s right, the freezer! You don’t have to do this but apparently it makes it last longer, as well as feeling really refreshing. The trick is to gently smooth it over a sponge or body puff and then lather to your hearts content. It gives you the vague aroma of wine gums for quite a while afterwards too!
Another product that seems to be aimed directly at children is FUN:
This stuff is just amazing (my photo does the colour no justice at all, it is a really vibrant green). It is a soap/shampoo/bubble bath, it can even be used to handwash clothes! But most importantly it acts just like playdough! I had a great time playing with it before the kids even came home from school. I chose the green as it smells just like a bag of skittles.
Both of these products would be winners for parents with little ones who have an aversion to being washed, what kids don’t love jelly and paydoh? The fact they both smell like sweeties is just a bonus! My eight year old is the cleanest he has willingly been in a long time!
Another fab product was the massage bars:
We had a try of the Peace bar, plus one in our goody bag, that has this story attached to it. The butters melt with your body heat and smooths over your skin leaving it feeling soft and moisturised but not sticky at all. Ideal for moisturise all over when you have just hopped out of the shower. It is also supposed to be brilliant for baby massage. I have to be honest that the scent of the Peace bar isn’t one I would choose myself but I will definitely be trying a different variety next time I am there.
I’d always thought of Lush as more of a teen/fashionable young student type shop but as you can see there are plenty of products aimed at mums and children. I can foresee that Santa will definitely be paying a visit to Lush this year, maybe we will get the full range of FUN colours!
Do you use Lush products? What are your favourites? If you haven’t used any before do you fancy any of the ones I have mentioned?
***disclaimer: I received lots of free cake from Waterloo Tea and a goody bag from Lush in return for this review however all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own***