Christmas Gift Guide 2018 | For your vegan friend who deserves a little extra self-care

Christmas Gift Guide 2018 | For your vegan friend who deserves a little extra self-care

Every year come Christmas time, you can bet that you’ll find at least one item from the LUSH Christmas collection on my personal wish list. That’s why I thought I’d kick off this year’s Christmas Gift Guide with my top picks from the Lush Christmas collection for 2018. Best bit? They’re all 100% vegan-friendly!

Whether you’re looking for an affordable gift for your mom, your sister, or your bestie, you can be sure that you’ll find something for everyone at LUSH. Their popular bath bombs, bath melts, and sweet-smelling soaps are great stocking stuffers, and they make for the perfect ‘to me, love me‘ gifts. Better yet, you can buy their entire Christmas collection online (along with some special online exclusives, too). To put it simply: you just can’t go wrong with LUSH! I’ve picked out a few of my favourite vegan-friendly finds from the LUSH Christmas collection 2018 for those who are struggling to get started – stepping into a LUSH store can be a tad overwhelming at the best of times after all! All those colours, aromas, and textures… oh my!

LUSH Christmas 2018

LUSH Christmas 2018

Once Upon A Time Body Lotion (from R150 for 100g)

As much as I adore LUSH’s traditional Christmassy scents (think warming Cardamom and sandalwood oils, a dash of cinnamon, or even a pinch of nutmeg), I often find them a little too cosy in the heat of our summery festive season, which is why I’m absolutely besotted with Once Upon A Time Body Lotion. This limited edition body lotion smells divine, thanks to the apple water, grapefruit oil, and Sicilian lemon oil. It also contains organic jojoba oil, which is ideal for moisturising thirsty skin after a day in the hot sun. (Psssst! Once Upon A Time also comes in LUSH’s popular ‘Naked’ form, making it the perfect pick for anyone who’s interested in cutting back on plastic waste).

LUSH Christmas 2018

LUSH Christmas 2018

Golden Pear soap (R125 each)

If you’re after a sumptuously-scented treat that will take pride of place on your bestie’s bathroom shelf, this gorgeous little soap is just pear-fect! (See what I did there? Too cheesy? Sorry!) It features deliciously warming ingredients like pear puree, cardamom oil, agave syrup, and Brazilian orange oil, and smells just like a fruity Christmas pud. Nourishing murumuru butter, organic cocoa butter, and coconut oil create a luxurious lather that leaves your skin super soft and sweet-smelling.

LUSH Christmas 2018

LUSH Christmas 2018

LUSH Christmas 2018

Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar (R79,50 each)

Oh, yeeesssssss. This luxurious bubble bar has fast become my ultimate bubble bar of all time (yes, even beating my go-to, The Comforter, to the top of my list of favourites). Apart from the warm and spicy scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ylang ylang  (or the mounds and mounds of frothy bubbles it creates), I love the size of this bubble bar the most – I cut mine up into quarters, which means that I ended up enjoying four sumptuous soaks for the price one! It’s the gift that keeps on giving, that’s for sure!

LUSH Christmas 2018

LUSH Christmas 2018

Shooting Stars Soap (R69,50 each)

Another refreshing, summer-friendly option for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, this stellar soap has had a little makeover and is even prettier than years gone by! One thing that hasn’t changed is it’s uplifting citrusy scent and it’s super-moisturising formula: it contains a bucket load of coconut oil, along with a dash of star fruit puree, lime oil, and Sicilian lemon oil. It’s so good! It comes in four colour ways (orange, as pictured above, or pink, purple, and green). I’ll take one in every shade, thanks!

LUSH Christmas 2018

Cheery Christmas Bath Bomb (R62,50)

I’m just a tad obsessed with LUSH’s incredible range of bright and beautiful bath bombs, and this pretty pink number is my latest discovery… and boy, is it a goodie! This is one of those glorious bath bombs that you simply can’t stop watching… it creates the most beautiful, intricate pattern on the surface of the water as it fizzes away. It’s another fruity scented treat, boasting fresh ingredients like Sicilian lemon oil and anti-microbial and anti-bacterial buchu oil (which oddly, smells a bit like blackcurrant!)

LUSH Christmas 2018

LUSH Christmas 2018

Festive Friends Fun (R165 for 350g)

This is my first time ‘playing’ around with any of LUSH’s ‘Fun’ mouldable soaps, and I totally get the appeal now! It contains 7 festive colours that you can mould, twist, and shape into any form your heart desires… whether you decide to build a snowman, Santa, or an elf, it’s up to you! Festive Friends can be used as a soap by gently rubbing it over your skin, or you can break off a bit and hold it under running water to create fluffy, fun bubbles. We even tried it as a shampoo on Beanie, and it worked a treat! Oh, and speaking of Beanie, he is utterly obsessed with Festive Friends. It’s a real winner for little ones and would make an excellent gift or stocking filler!

LUSH Christmas 2018

LUSH Christmas 2018

Snowman Bomb Bomb (R135)

Nope, you aren’t seeing double – this super-cute snowman is actually two glorious bath bombs in one, easily making it the best Christmas gift ever! These hand-rolled bath bombs contain tingly-fresh spearmint oil (again, the perfect cooling option for summer!) and can be stacked one on top of the other until you’re ready to use them. You can pop both into your bath at once for a super-indulgent soak, or use one at a time (which will you choose? Heads or tails?) to prolong the joy. And yes, this little guy is 100% vegan-friendly, from his top to his tingly toes! (You also get a Princess Bomb Bomb and a Santa Bomb Bomb).

LUSH Christmas 2018

LUSH Christmas 2018

Sleepy Shower Gel (R95 for 110g)

If you love LUSH’s Sleepy Body Lotion, you simply must get your hands on its limited edition counterpart, the Sleepy Shower Gel. Just like the lotion, it contains soothing oat milk and calming lavender oil to help you drift off after a long, hard day. It’s the perfect addition to your nighttime routine during the frantic festive season! I love using this on Beanie before his bedtime – it’s great for helping him to get into the right frame of mind ahead of sleep time!

LUSH Christmas 2018

WIN! WIN! WIN!

I’ve teamed up with LUSH South Africa to give one For The Beauty Of It reader the opportunity to WIN a gorgeous hamper filled with LUSH goodies.

HOW TO ENTER:

 

  1. Leave a comment below telling me which LUSH Christmas goodie you’d most like to try (you can visit LUSH’s website, here, to see the full collection).
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Giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday, 20 December 2018. Winner will be announced in this blog post. Open to South African residents only. Prize will be couriered to the winner by 15 January 2019. 

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