When it was time to plan my pamper day (as I dubbed my hen do) with a few friends, my sister and my mum, I wanted it to be a fun and relaxed day. Apart from a few friends who already knew each other, it was a how do you do kind of day for everyone else. I’d been looking around for places to get our nails done (which we did at The Wax Bar on Rose Street and they did an amazing job) before heading to Mimi’s Bakehouse for afternoon tea. To make sure everyone’s fully relaxed for the next day, I booked Lush Spa on Princes Street for the Beauty School party.
Lush is a brand that is making itself known in the organic beauty and skin product scene. Using only the freshest of ingredients prepared daily in their stores, all Lush products are vegetarian with the focus to turn the remaining 20% of their products vegan (currently 80% of their products are vegan). They are also a company strongly against animal testing and are fair trade while also keeping their focus on recycling and reusing packaging through their Black Pot Recycling Scheme (if you return 5 empty black pots with the sticker advising you of this, you can get a free face mask).
For the price of £25 per guest, everyone also gets £10 to spend on products in store on the night. We had our party after the store closed at 7, giving us exclusive shopping rights to whatever you fancy! With a focus on either facial skincare and led by wonderful party hosts, we were introduced to lovely products that I hadn’t considered before. We learned about skincare routines and techniques to practice on one another with products used by Lush Spa therapists.
As a wee treat to my family and friends who came to spend the day with me, I paid a little extra so everyone could take home a face mask and bath bomb to relax with which we were able to all get stuck into on the night. With everyone sporting different skin types, I thought it was best to choose a face mask that would suit us all. The lovely hosts took us through the process of creating our own Catastrophe cosmetic face mask.
Wholesome blueberries are used as they are rich in vitamins and minerals, including the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E that help to protect the skin from damage. These are mashed up wtih calamine and chamomile, rose, and almond oils to soothe and soften the skin.
While we took turns mixing in the mask ingredients, the importance of prepping our skin was explained to us, to allow the benefits of our fresh face mask to absorb into our skin. We were given a Full of Grace serum bar to massage a skin-feeding blend of oils mixed with Portobello mushrooms into our skin. The Portobello mushroom contains skin-protecting vitamins and minerals, whilst chamomile blue oil and calamine powder calm the skin and controls greasiness.
After gently massaging the essential oils into our face, we dipped our fingers into a tub of Ultrabland cleanser to clean our faces thoroughly of make up. Made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser removes all traces of dirt and makeup, without stripping away your skin’s natural defences. We had a moment of hilarity when those with make up on look around the face mask counter at each other with shocked expressions! Eventually, a good number of brave souls (not me!) applied the cleaser to their faces and got to work. Once our faces were clear of make up, this was wiped off with wet cotton pads and toner water was applied.
The face masks were then applied and everyone was free to roam around the shop and pick up items they wanted to purchase while the masks did its work. I ended up getting Full of Grace, Ultrabland, Eau Roma Water and Golden Handshake, a fun wee hot hand mask made with avocado, argan and castor oil as well as fresh cupuacu and murumuru butters to hydrate every nook and cranny.
I actually used Ultrabland and Eau Roma Water (containing rose water which helps calm and reduce redness, whilst lavender water balances and soften the skin) and Carol, our make up artist from GlamCandy, complimented my skin and told me to keep doing whatever I did to give my skin that radiant glow!
I actually missed the arm massages that the others enjoyed (silly me forgot to bring the gift card that had the credit on it. Luckily I brought it with me and only had to collect it from where we parked the car!), but came back to everyone fresh faced and pleased with the outcome of their face masks while packing in ingredients for the Big Blue bath bomb.
Made with arame seaweed (rich in vitamins and minerals including iodine, which helps to regulate the metabolism), sea salt (to soften the skin and remove dead skin cells) and lemon oil (to clear the mind), the bath bomb needs to overfilled on either side so it can then be packed tightly in their cylindrical plastic tubs so that you can mash the blue half to the white half.
Our finished Big Blues
Everyone left the store feeling pleased, fresh faced and excited to try out the organic and fresh products we made and bought from the store. I think it was safe to say that we had a great time! We were bringing home something we made ourselves and also having supported a great cause and preserving the environment in buying organic vegetarian/vegan products.
Thank you to our hosts on the night for a fantastic party!
For any enquiries, contact your local Lush shop. The Edinburgh Lush Spa can be found at 115 Princes St, EH2 3AA. You can drop in the store to ask about the parties available (for 7 guests or more), phone 0131 225 4688 or send them an e-mail.