LUSH Valentine’s Day 2016 reviews, photos: The Kiss, Prince Charming, Unicorn Horn

LUSH Valentine's Day 2016 review

The products: LUSH The Kiss Lip Gloss and Lip Scrub, Prince Charming Shower Cream, and Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

Lush has six pretty-in-pink, limited edition launches out for Valentine’s Day this year, and like they did with their fruity holiday releases, they’ve subverted expectations juuust a little bit with pomegranate and mandarin scented products. (Don’t worry, there are a few rose-scented ones as well, for all of us traditionalists.)

I tried out three of them and photographed one more, but I have to admit: my heart’s just not in it this year.

LUSH The Kiss Lipgloss swatch review

The Kiss Lip Gloss ($8.95 CAD) and Lip Scrub ($9.95 CAD)

Lush’s product page for The Kiss Lip Gloss leads you to believe that it’ll leave your lips shiny and pink, but while I do actually like this balm, it’s just that: a balm. It’s relatively hydrating and completely transparent, with a sheer, frosty shimmer finish and a scent that reminds me (and the others that I’ve asked) more of bubblegum than citrus. It’s not shiny, and it’s not pigmented, much less glossy and opaque (as it’s swatched on the Lush site.)

LUSH The Kiss Lip Scrub review

The Kiss comes in Lip Scrub format as well, and its twinkling pink sugar bits and edible red hearts had my hopes up high. But, like the last Lush scrub I tried, this one left my skin over-scrubbed and raw, and even though it’s described clearly as a “caster sugar scrub,” it’s half salt sea salt — so when you take Lush’s advice and lick up the excess, you end up with a very literal bitter, salty mouthful of disappointment. 

I have loved Lush’s lip products in the past, but these ones just aren’t working for me at all.

LUSH Prince Charming, The Kiss review swatches

The Kiss Lip Gloss swatch (yes, really), The Kiss Lip Scrub, and Prince Charming Shower Cream x2

LUSH Prince Charming Shower Cream review stain

Prince Charming Shower Cream ($9.95 CAD)

You’re killin’ me, Lush. You guys make some seriously awesome products (I’ve got, like, two measly uses of Gorgeous left and it makes me want to cry), and then there’s… this business.

For a company that prides itself on its natural, eco-friendly image, it’s weird to me that Lush keeps making all of these practically fluorescent Shower Creams. Like Lord of Misrule, Prince Charming can and will stain you and your shower, so watch out.

I get synthetic pomegranate & vanilla notes from this one, and while it does leave my skin feeling lovely and soft, that’s no excuse for staining. It performs more ore less okay under the spray of the shower, but if you apply this to dry skin, it WILL stain you pink with a vengeance.

So stop it, Lush. Seriously. No one else ever even has this problem.

LUSH Unicorn Horn Bath Bomb review photos

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar ($7.95 CAD)

It turns out I still hate baths, so I can’t really tell you anything about the Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar except LOOK, YOU GUYS. IT IS A RAINBOW UNICORN HORN AND IT IS COVERED IN GLITTER.

You need. Hell, I need, and I already have one. I wonder if I could tolerate a bath if I could convince boyfriend to sterilize the tub for me beforehand…

(Good for foaming up two baths, or for a single evening of super-plush lavender, ylang ylang, and neroli dreams.)

LUSH Unicorn Horn review photos

The verdict?

I loved that LUSH gave us something a little different this year, with pink products that don’t smell like roses, cocoa, or vanilla, but honestly… I’m a fan of the classics.

None of these products really “spoke” to me (well, aside from the unicorn horn, but who doesn’t that speak to), and love the idea of gifting your darling a bar of Roses All the Way Soap, or surprising them with a massage with of Lush’s classic massage bars. (I have Tender is the Night, which by some miracle still hasn’t gone bad, and I LOVE it.) I say skip the Lush Valentine’s Day launches this year, folks, and go with a tried-and-true from the brand instead.

Available: Limited edition at Lush stores and while supplies last!

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  • Zoë

    Oh no! I had no issues with staining with Prince Charming but I wondered a little about that. I LOVE the unicorn horn, obviously. I agree though I also recommended the Tender is the Night massage bar because it is just so lovely! I …also still have mine from 2014. Shh!
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  • Oh noes, I didn't notice that with Prince Charming… I love the smell.
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    • I'm glad you didn't notice it, Melissa! I'm not sure it would have occurred to me right away either, but I made the mistake of touching it OUT of the shower to start with, and it left me with pink fingers for the rest of the day! :P

  • silvermoon3

    Huh. I've never cared for V Day, personally, lol, but don't get all bent when others do… Still, I feel vaguely disappointed that this is the best they can do – staining, and sweet yet ickily salty scrub you're to lick?! Sigh.

    But what keeps me away, as you suggest, is their "we're natural!" posturing, when really, they tease you with a generous amount of Natural, and real (e.g. essential oil scents), then basically ruin that with a hit of synthetic to, I dunno, make it "pop"/last unnantual number of hours… Ruining it for me, really.

    An example: a number if years ago I wanted a body powder and thought to try theirs out. Perusing their menu of scented body powders, I located the one offering the scent profile fitting my preferences. Great! Being an avid label reader, I was happy with everything until… It truly *was* natural, and naturally scented, but then they bumped the scent with synthetic. Why?!

    Annoyed, I finally decided to give it a try, reasoning it it is 97.5% natural or whatever that's still really good, right? Maybe, except that the fake scent seemed cloying to me, and despite my extended efforts to get used to it, I found the scent was grating on my nerves more and more, giving me a bit of a headache often with use. Boo!

    Why do that, Lush? It's like that with SO. MUCH. if your stuff! Couldn't you leave a clear path of 100% naturally scented bombs, powders, and such?? I, and many others, would be so, so grateful! I'd actually shop there – just never again in person!

    • YES!!! That kills me. I really like a number of Lush's products, but I can't get over their marketing. They are doing truly awesome things in terms of being cruelty-free, supporting LGBTQ+ causes, sourcing ethically, and encouraging eco-friendly practices (like with their return-a-pot program), but they put parabens, synthetic dyes, and artificial fragrances in SO many things.

      If Lush went all-natural — man, I'd like, NEVER leave. But as it stands, even though I have nothing against using safe synthetics in products, it makes me feel kind of icky when I open up a grassroots-looking Lush product and am met with a product that is obviously dyed (like with Prince Charming).

      • silvermoon3

        Yes, yes, yes. Agree with you completely.
        I get so happy when I hear about another great initiative their company engages in: as you note, eco-frirndly, supporting the LGBTQI+ community, and so on makes me happy want to support them!

        BUT. There's that annoying, sinusy headache I get from all those synthetic scents! Why oh WHY can they not let natural shine as it can?!

        I know it does, too. We have a local company here in Victoria that sells essential oils, truly natural skin care products, beautiful soaps, and bath bombs that contain zero artificial anything.

        Ok, there's no sparkly glitter bombs inside (that I know of!), or neon fuchsia anything, but it's not staining your shower, either!! And the smell? Omg, it's *blissful*.

        I think Lush could really innovate with natural colours, and skip the heavily fake scents! For example, beets make a gorgeous, vivid magenta that's not going to stain any more than that shower gel, lol! But in a bath bomb it'd be fine.

        And mineral pigments come in plenty of fun colours, mica is shimmery, fun, and SAFE. Why not utilize just these ingredients, with grapefruit seed extract for preservation, etc?!

        I feel robbed when I think about it. Or maybe just defrauded?! Why you sound so AMAZEBALLS, Lush, then disappoint me so IRL? Waaaaah.

  • Steph
    • I've heard that it's awesome as a gel!! I don't understand why they had to ruin a good thing :'(

  • icequeen81

    They look so great

  • I love the lip scrub – the valentines day release is one of my favourites! I also feel like they changed up the formula for Prince Charming… It was part of a gift set that I received last year and it seemed more like a gel than a cream consistency? Less sparkly and artificially pink for sure!

    The unicorn horn looks super cute though, but I'm debating whether or not to pick it up or to fall back on the classics and just go for the Sex Bomb.
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    • Huh, that's so strange, Sachie! Can I ask if you bought this year's The Kiss? I know it's been reformulated since last year, so I'd be curious to hear if the original was salty as well!

      They definitely changed the Prince Charming from a gel to a shower cream, which I'm not really feeling. I love Lush's shower gel formula (I have Rose Jam in my shower right now, whose scent is growing on me!), but the shower creams… not so much.

      I say go for both ;) You can't beat the novelty of having a pastel unicorn horn in your bath!

  • Loved the look of the scrub, but salty? How weird and definitely a deal breaker! My regular mint scrub is all sugar. My lips are constantly flaking and a washcloth is the best way for me to exfoliate, but if they've been prepped with a balm for a while the Lush scrub is okay at getting most of the flakes. Glad I didn't run out and buy this one based on looks alone!
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    • Salty! I'm used to sugar scrubs that are, you know, made of sugar, so it was definitely a dealbreaker for me, too! >.< I think they added it to give the scrub a finer grit, but it is a weeeeird change to make.

  • esharp1978

    None of these are me per se. I'm having a Dexter moment for the shower gel, though.
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    • Ahaha Erin. I totally feel you on that!!! My first response to seeing this shower gel running into my water was "oh my god, did I cut myself???" (Thankfully, I had not; my shower was simply crying the sad tears of artificial dyes and broken dreams.)