From LUSH's very humble beginnings where the founder, Mark Constantine, started mixing potions and lotions together in his kitchen, it now has developed into a worldwide a business with some 800 shops in about 50 countries. The original shop has always been in Poole, and in fact, everything is still based here which is lovely because you really feel apart of something truly massive.
Until now there has never been a 'flagship' shop other than of course the lovely shop in Poole, but if any of you have been lucky enough to visit, you will know how teeny tiny it is! It truly is very typical of the old buildings in Poole town that lead down to the Quay and thus you cannot really expand on this (it actually has a pretty interesting history, if those walls could talk...but that's another post!!). When I heard the rumour mills go that LUSH wanted to build a huge concept store I honestly thought about time! And so enter: LUSH Oxford Street.
London's Oxford Street is the most perfect location for a LUSH concept shop. It is Europe's busiest shopping road with around 300 shops so it's not shy of company. And trust me when I say that LUSH Oxford Street is the ultimate LUSH experience. The mega-store is spread over three floors, and it is home to more than 200 exclusive products, a Gorilla Perfume gallery, regular events and classes, and the LUSH Spa.
If you end up visiting you will really want to set aside a morning or afternoon as there are three levels of LUSH to explore. As you enter on the ground floor you will see the huge array of shampoos, styling creams, face masks, showders (that's a shower powder to me and you), make up, gourmet soaps, shower gels, scrubs and tooth powders. There's also the on-site Hair Lab, and the make up counter element made me reminisce so much on my time as a B Girl.
Bathing beauties will fall head-over-heels in love with the second floor which is an explosion of bath bombs, bubble bars, oils and Fun (as in the super colourful bubble bath putty!). After all that excitement head to the ground floor (I highly recommend getting the lift to further this experience because it has bird song playing- but of course!) invites you into a peaceful bliss, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city with the Spa, perfume and massage section.
And well, I couldn't leave empty handed could I? Because most of this is new and exclusive I haven't had a chance to try it so I'm just going to leave in brackets the scents and hopefully you will all get to check them out yourself!
Bath Oils: Floating Island (I'm obsessed with this already! Vanilla goodness), I Am a Radiant Being (sweet little star shape) and Razzle Dazzle (fruity explosion-almost raspberry ripple esque!)
Bubble Bars and Bath Ballistics: Cyanide Pill bath ballistic (creamy, almond notes), The Experimenter (this is meant to symbolise the LUSH scent. I smell tonka, vanilla with a hint of smokiness), Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon (literally the same as Yuzu and Cocoa bubble bar that already exists but re-modelled to resemble a fluorescent yellow whoopie pie!), Cherry Blossom (one of the re-useable designs. The same scent as LUSH's Happy Blooming), Pink Flamingo (again re-useable. Breaks easily as you can see from my photo! In a nutshell: sweet, adorable and VERY PINK!)
Shower Gels: Comforter Shower Cream (the same fruity delectable scent of The Comforter bubble bar) and Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream (the same warming cocoa and orange scent of the Yuzu and Cocoa bubble bar).
Others: Buttered Brazils lip balm (unsurprisingly packed with Brazil Nuts!), Salted Coconut Hand Scrub (smells utterly delicious. Akin to dunking your hands in a fresh coconut with the same scent as Furze!), Tooth Fairy Powder (this was absolutely a 'what on earth were you thinking' moment! But anyway, a strawberry tooth powder- I will report!), Rub Rub Rub Solid Scrub (stunning design that will make you think of Japan with the same scent as Sakura bath ballistic) and Tangled Hot Oil Treatment (a solid hair treatment looks really interesting).
Have any of you visited the LUSH Oxford Street shop yet? If you're a true LUSH-ie I highly recommend this blog post with a whole list of the exclusive products.
Find the 200+ exclusive LUSH products here:
LUSH Oxford Street,
175-179 Oxford Street,
LUSH Spa Poole,
29 High Street,