Cosmetic Chaos

A couple years ago when I was in Tampa, Fla., I discovered the store LUSH. Unaware that this store was a chain store, I went nuts.

Immediately upon walking into the store, I was greeted by a worker who knew everything about every product in the store, and knew exactly what to offer me after asking a couple questions about my skin type and what problems I had with my skin.

She even demonstrated several different products on me, which was nice because you knew what you were buying.

I’m always drawn to all-natural products, and that is exactly what LUSH is.

They list every ingredient on the packaging they have and you can pronounce everything. LUSH is a company that started in the 1970s, and they strive for clean, fresh and organic products. I know a lot of companies boast “natural” and “organic,” but this company impressed me so much with the quality of the product I was buying, I was okay with spending a little bit more than I might at my local drug store.

The closest LUSH store to this area is located in Philadelphia, so if you happen to take a trip there, stop by. You will not be disappointed. The experience and knowledge that the staff have about cosmetics is impressive.

I have never EVER gone into a LUSH store without being greeted, and not overwhelmingly, as well as given a personalized consultation and what product might work for me.

The company does not do animal testing, which is a huge plus for me. They even offer their customers free products if they bring in five used LUSH containers.

This summer, LUSH set out to conquer frizz with some new products. After LUSH sent me some great frizz fighting and damage controlling products, I knew I had to share my experience with readers of the Sun-Gazette.

Sea Spray Hair Mist

My hair is thin, but kind of wavy, so when I went to the beach this summer, I brought this product to save me from the hassle of straightening my hair in the humidity.

It gave my hair not only texture, but body, and it was so easy to spray and then scrunch.

This sea spray brings out the natural curl and wave your hair might have, and smells natural, too. I still use this on days where I don’t feel like straightening my hair and it’s easy to leave in and let dry.

Retread Hair Conditioner

I have almost white hair, which means I bleach it to the max. I also take care of it and this Retread conditioner has become a staple in my hair routine.

It’s thick, but doesn’t leave a heavy residue and after two consecutive uses, I could already see a difference in my hair, reducing split ends and breakage. The only thing I can say about this is the smell kind of got to me.

It reminded me of grass, but it’s all natural so I wasn’t really worried about the smell. I am planning on purchasing this again because of the great results. It was a great conditioner after the abuse my hair takes in the summer with being out in the sun and swimming in dreaded chlorine pools.

Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze Hair Treatment

I love jasmine and I also get the dreaded poof in the summer, regardless if my hair is thin or not.

This product is something you put in your hair while dry, before you shower. Leave it in for a good ten minutes and then proceed with your normal activities. I did see that my hair was not as frizzy when battling the crazy weather this summer has given us.

LUSH products tend to be a little expensive, but they are totally worth it.

I have never had a LUSH product that I didn’t enjoy using, or want to buy again. I recommend their face masks.

They need to be refrigerated because they are made with fresh ingredients, but they are amazing! And if you aren’t quite sure where to start, just go to the store.

The employees are the most helpful employees of anywhere I’ve ever shopped. And the online store is easy to navigate and the customer reviews are very accurate.

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Wiegand is a reporter for the Sun-Gazette. Her column is published on the last Friday of each month. She may be contacted at