Lush Sympathy for the Skin Body Lotion review, photos


The product: LUSH Sympathy for the Skin Hand and Body Lotion

In my Lush Halloween 2016 review on Tuesday, I mentioned that the brand’s soaps and bath bombs tended to be a little too stripping for my skin, as many of them contain SLS. But when I had requested “no soaps, please!” last month, Lush did something really surprising: instead of leaving their classic bar soaps out of the package, they sent an additional body moisturizer.

Sympathy for the Skin is one of Lush’s original products, and I quickly saw why it has been part of their brand since day one. I have never fallen for a Lush product the way I fell for this one, but… man. It’s gorgeous.


What it is: Sympathy for the Skin is a “creamy, banana custard body lotion for soft skin.” It smells of sweet, all-natural vanilla (as a custard should!), and it’s made with fresh organic bananas mashed up into it.

The ingredients that make it smell delicious are the same ones that make your skin oh-so-soft, and it also features organic, fair trade cocoa butter, brightening lemon oil, soothing vanilla pods and vanilla extract to minimize redness, and sandalwood oil to tone.

Basically, it’s a wonder-moisturizer, and it smells twice as good as it looks. It’s also cruelty-free and vegan, although it does contain parabens to keep those bananas in good condition!


Mmmm, custard…

How it performs: In short? Really well. Sympathy for the Skin smells absolutely delicious, and though it’s a very thin lotion, it’s extremely hydrating. It leaves my skin feeling nourished and buttery-soft to the touch, and is even hydrating enough to use as a hand cream.

It’s more nourishing than Lush’s Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion, with strong vanilla notes that make it smell more luxurious, too. And the scent sticks around – if I moisturize with this in the morning, my skin still smells cozy the next day when I wake up.


The verdict?

If you haven’t tried Sympathy for the Skin yet, DO. Apart from the pricey Gorgeous, it’s easily the best Lush product I have ever experienced. It makes Lush junkies make sense, and I can totally see why it’s been a mainstay of the brand’s lineup since they began.

With fair trade organic cocoa butter, a vanilla pod infusion, and fresh organic bananas, Sympathy for the Skin is lightweight, nourishing, and delicious. Just don’t eat it – it smells tasty, but trust me, it tastes gross.

Availability: $29.95 CAD/240g at Lush. Permanent.


Lush Sympathy for the Skin ingredients:

Vanilla Pod Infusion (Water, Vanilla Planifolia), Almond Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Organic Bananas, Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Sandalwood Oil, Lemon Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Limonene, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

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  • shireenplatt

    Oooo! This has been added into my list to purchase next month. Every November we drive to Nanaimo which is the closest city to where I live and there's a Lush store there so I can take a sniff and then pick this up. Great review, Rae!
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    • Ahh I can't imagine living that far away from cosmetic shops! Edmonton has three different Lush locations alone. :P

      Have fun in Nanimo, Shireen! I'd say that I hope you enjoy Sympathy for the Skin, but let's be real – I KNOW you will. It smells that good! ;)

  • cakedtothenines

    Ooh this moisturizer sounds lovely! I have their self preserving Dream Cream and don’t really like it all too much. This one sounds much better! It might be my next purchase :)

    • I feel the same way about Dream Cream – it's not my fave. I do like it as a hand cream, but this one is definitely better! ;)

  • I’m usually not a huge Lush fan as well yet this body lotion sounds really lovely, the scent in particular sounds right up my street! Great review!

  • I've tried it several times in the past, this is such a nice lotion! xx

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  • I have a Lush in my mall but it reeks so much even outside the store I never want to go in!
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    • Ugh, I feel that. It's been years since I stepped foot in a brick & mortar Lush – thank god for online shopping.

  • I love vanilla-scented products. And banana too, for that matter!
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    • Yay!! This one doesn't smell very banana at all, but I think you'll like it ;)

  • Oh wow this sounds amazing!! I'm surprised the banana doesn't overpower the vanilla since banana is such a forceful smell!
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