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  • “Personally I'm a huge fan of the bath bombs, they look incredible and do the job.” in 8 reviews

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    • Qype User elvin1…
    • Manchester
    • 17 friends
    • 43 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Hand made fresh cosmetics which are not tested on animals. They invent and produce unusual products.

    The lush aromas waft down the street and greet you before you even see the shop. I simply adore the angels on bare skin face scrub. They make gorgeous presents.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Lush --- The minute you enter the store you feel very lush indeed! The smell is strong but so refreshing like walking into a forest with lot of wild berries and flowers.

    There is a certain amount of credibility and sincerity about Lush products and you know it the minute you see them. Unlike other herbal brands where you need to get convinced that they are natural, Lush products speak for themselves. The face masks look like they have just been home made and yes you need to keep them refrigerated. The bath bombs are big chunks of balls which gives you the best bath ever just at home (no need to go to a fancy spa and spend a fortune). I have used their soaps too and they last for quite a long time and leaves you feeling so refreshed and smelling divine.

    Its a great place to buy gifts for your mum or girl friends because they have plenty of gift packs with a variety of those beautiful smelling balls in them. The staff are extremely friendly and always talk you through each and every product (and not hard sell). Their pricing is very reasonable, one face mask costs you around 5 pounds, and most of the products are in that range (I would say definitely gives you your money's worth).

    Verdict: Gorgeous smelling, organic products and I am a fan! If you haven't tried yet then you are missing out!

  • 4.0 star rating
    First to Review

    To Lush or not to Lush?

    I have friends who religiously buy certain Lush products and others who can't step into the store without getting a headache. Personally, I fall firmly into the former camp with a small portion of my salary being spent on their brilliant bath bombs, soaps, moisturisers and occasional face-masks. As well as smelling absolutely divine, Lush are an ethical company that promote recycling and completely natural products that don't involve any animal testing.

    I'd give them five stars but this branch is so small that it's impossible to shop at weekends - without getting someone's handbag in your ribs!

  • 4.0 star rating

    I must be honest about Lush. This isn't about this particular store, but please keep with me.

    Before their recent rebrand, Lush was a fun place to go and let your nose free into the wilderness of smelliness. Weird sentence yes, but that's how Lush makes you feel. There was and continues to be far too many staff for such a small shop, but at least they're passionate about what they're selling and actually care about your opinion.

    But I don't like their new rebrand. It looks like a premium brand now which, technically, it always was but now they're trying to move beyond what I think many perceive as the 'hippy' look, which is sad because I always found it to be quite sweet. It's now quite a cold and dull place to be and that saddens me.

    But still if you want good quality bath / shower / cosmetic items, ethical, not tested on animals, then look no further. Not cheap of course but when you realise how much love and care goes into the products then it comes out seeming like a great deal.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Lush! The word hasn't quite had the same meaning since Gavin and Stacey came into the collective public consciousness, said in a Welsh accent and usually employed to describe a curry or a beverage. But long before we fell in love with the cross country couple and their friends, Lush was sometimes thought of as an if-wet alternative to The Body Shop due to its hippy vibe and natural products. This shouldn't be the case, because Lush stands apart.

    First of all, while the smell in The Body Shop instantly makes you hungry for a fruit salad or smoothie, Lush... is somewhat overpowering. You have to get used to it. I mean, those products smell STRONG. Nice, but strong. And remember, Lush is primarily a soap shop. It sells huge chunks of things, pink and glittery, glycerine and dotted with pieces of... something, jellified and wobbly. It can be confusing to a newcomer. But be aware, it's a veritable pick and mix of natural gorgeousness and you can simply ask the advice of the massively helpful assistants should you become confused.

    The staff. They're amazing. I wandered in once with the intention of treating myself to one of their moisturisers. They have pots of these for every skin type, no matter what your symptoms. I said I was combination with a tendency to dry out and very sensitive. No problem. The lovely lady presented me with one of their simple little black tubs (they all look the same, the packaging is as clear and crisp as you can get) and I have to say, to this day, I've never used a moisturiser more suited to my skin. I'd better hop in today and see if there are any special offers on... Another time, I collected a gift set for a friend who has a tendency towards bad hangovers. Again, staff helped me, and I walked away with a gorgeous little box full of invigorating shower gels and calming, headache-soothing bath foams.

    Personally I'm a huge fan of the bath bombs, they look incredible and do the job. If you're after something unusual they do solid shampoos, in a block, or a variety of exfoliants and potions. There's plenty in there specifically for the menfolk too. I love the location, a great little walk-in on my route home but it's as central as can be without being in the Arndale Centre itself. And with reusable bags with offers of free gifts if you come into the store again with them, its heart is in the right place. Get thee to Lush. Just try not to say it in a Welsh accent. Right next to The Body Shop though? Are they ASKING for trouble? See, I like Body Shop, but equally so, I do like Lush. But which is better? There's only one way to find out... FIGHT!!!

    (I've referenced Harry Hill before haven't I. Tut...)

  • 3.0 star rating

    This will never be the sort of shop that I will love, mainly because I am a big, manly man and therefore pretty soaps and bath bombs fail to stir me from my manly activities like head-butting trees and eating cars. Having said that, I can see why Lush would be popular, as it offers a very unique array of toiletries, all handmade from......stuff.

    It seems like a lot of people have pointed out the overpowering smell, and I think that's the most off-putting thing about it. It feels like someone's sticking the soap right up your nose, and that's not a nice sensation.

    The prices are alright, and I hear the products are gorgeous, but it's ultimately not for me. Now if you'll excuse me I have to go wrestle a bear.

  • 3.0 star rating

    "Hey, did someone order an instant headache?"

    That's always my first thought on walking past Lush, and is swiftly followed by a "No, but it's here anyway" when I enter. Don't get me wrong. I like the idea of Lush, and I like some of the stuff it sells. I just can't go there often, it smells soooo strong!

    Now we've talked about the strong aroma, let's talk about the bits and bobs creating that nice-but-cloying cloud. The bubble bars are a dream. On my return from Bestival last year, having spent too long without a shower, feeling basically inhuman, it was the Lush Comforter bubble bar that brought me back from the edge. At £3.95 it seems a little steep, but it's huge; my tip is to cut it in two and use it for two separate bathtime treats. Another favourite for bathtime lounging is the Cupcake chocolate and mint facemask. As well as yer bath and yer face, Lush can sort out your hair colour, with their Caca range. Tea Snob Friend swears by their Caca Rouge. However, if you're gonna be putting henna on your hair, please research it beforehand, as it can go all different types of wrong!

    One of my favourite things about Lush, and this branch in particular, is their readiness to give out free samples. I've always found that this branch has a great range of samples next to the till, and they're liberally sized, and liberally given. Another good thing about this particular branch is that the door is usually open, meaning there's as much fresh air in there as possible, helping to alleviate the headachey fug.

    At the end of the day, Lush is a great company doing a great job by shunning unethical products and trying their hardest to make everyone smell nice while keeping the earth healthy. So even if you do get a headache whenever you step in, you can't deny that Lush is, well, pretty lush.

  • 4.0 star rating

    This store is preferential over the Arndale Centre Lush as the door opens onto the street meaning that the smell is diluted slightly by fresh air. It still stinks though.

    The Lush product that I could not live without is the solid shampoo bar. I've tried a few different variations and they've all been brill. I usually use an industrial sized bottle of Tre Semme shampoo which is not really practical for carting about, so every time I go travelling I take my trusty shampoo bar. They are quite expensive at around £6 each but you only need a small amount to create a good lather, meaning that they last for a really long time. I've even converted my boyfriend, and he has his own manly-coloured shampoo bar too!

    I'm undecided about the staff in Lush. On one hand I admire them. I certainly couldn't stand in such a pongy shop all day. On the other hand I find them slightly irritating. I prefer reading the descriptions and smelling the products for myself without being told what would be best for me. However, this could be really useful for clueless boyfriends who don't know their bath ballistics from their body butters. I also like the way they often give you a free sample of something from behind the counter. They once gave me some kind of body scrub made from tar. It was black and scratchy but lefty my skin feeling smooth.

    For normal shower gels and shampoos I'd be more inclined to head next door to the Body Shop, but Lush is a really good place to buy presents as you don't even have to wrap them up. Oh, and Rob, I have a big car eating, bear wrestling, rugby playing man friend who swears by Lush's face scrub!

  • 3.0 star rating

    There was a time when Lush was pretty much ok by me. It seemed like an easy option to come and find presents for female friends' birthdays, or as a little stocking filler for my girlfriend or something like that. Girls like shower jelly flavoured in blackcurrent or chocolate or whatever, right?

    Unfortunately, nowadays when I get anywhere near a Lush store all I can think about is the totally overpowering fumes of all the bloody soap everywhere! I swear it even spills out on to Market Street.

    But it's kind of a necessary evil. As much as the smell offends me, I will still need to find some mango body butter, or mint facial scrub or whatever it is for someone's present and Lush is the ideal place to get these things. Oh well.

  • 3.0 star rating

    It always seems like the perfect present for my mum, a selection of twinkly soaps, powders and potions from Lush but it was only on my last return home that I noticed the wicker basket in the bathroom filled with crumbling bath bombs and gummy once-used bottles of body wash that I realised that it is actually a terrible present. Of course mum always receives the gifts enthusiastically, sniffing at the purpley gloop and fudgy slices of soap - "mmm...they smell really nice." She's my mum, the protector of my delicate feelings; of course she's not going to tell me that it smells like a van full of Domestos crashed into the Turkish delight factory.

    The thing is I don't even like being near Lush, it gives me a splitting headache (and reading the other yelps here I don't appear to be the only one affected by this). A friend of mine once worked at this branch of Lush and while she said it was a pretty nice place to scrape together the pennies I can't imagine a worse smelling environment. I honestly believe I would rather work in a hog-fat rendering plant or KFC, even. Speaking of pig-gristle and deep-fried battery hens, Lush is very nice and ethical and completely opposed to animal testing which is great and if you're into what they do here I would implore you to keep supporting them. Still, I'd question how ethical it really is to make me endure the wretchy flower stink every time I walk past here.

    • Qype User MissCa…
    • Manchester
    • 56 friends
    • 296 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Like many people, I adore Lush. I even love the fact that it's so smelly you can sniff out its wares from the end of the street. To me, that only adds to its charms.

    Of course, this could be down to the fact that for ridiculously eczema riddled people such as my good self, Lush is an absolute godsend. Filled to the brim with interesting smelling hypoallergenic goodies, it's the place to head to if you're got ridiculously sensitive skin, but are looking to indulge in a bit of pampering. I'm a massive fan of their wonderfully named bath bombs, and their 'Dream Cream' is genuinely one of the best products I've ever used on my skin. Take my word for it - one dab of this stuff is guaranteed to make your face as smooth as the proverbial baby's bottom!

    Another great thing about Lush is the helpfulness of their staff - they really do go the extra mile to ensure that you leave the store with a huge smile on your face, plenty of lovely samples, and the right product for you. And whilst you may have to pay that little bit extra for your face mask, it's always guaranteed to be better than any run of the mill gloop you can get from Superdrug. Plus, they're always sure to leave you smelling good enough to eat (or, at the very least, a damn good lick!)

    • Qype User kittyk…
    • Manchester
    • 66 friends
    • 114 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Lush is the best selling shop on the high street! It sells all manner of ethical and environmentally friendly pampering goods from home made soaps to bath bombs to shampoos. It has something for everyone and the prices are reasonable for what you get - I'd say more of a treat than a daily use though.

    They do gift sets so it makes a lovely present and even if you have sensitive skin like I do you should be OK with the goods at Lush as all the ingredients are listed on the wrapper.

    If you like a bit of pampering why not treat yourself!

    • Qype User jowadd…
    • Manchester
    • 14 friends
    • 156 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Lush is lush - plain and simple. You cant walk past without smelling thr wonderful aroma from the shop. All products are natural and if they arent pre packcaged, you can tell the sales assistant just how much or how little you like!
    It all looks good enough to eat, and is good for your skin!

    • Qype User Jenny_…
    • Manchester
    • 18 friends
    • 70 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    There's so much to say about Lush. They don't test their products on animals, nor do their suppliers. They're environmentally aware and strive to have a 'green helper' in each store. They recycle, they support charities and well they're just very nice people. But that's not really why I shop there. It's because their products are just so damn good.

    Who can resist chocolate scented soaps, vanilla massage bars and body butters made from cocoa butter, shea butter and almond oil? And they don't take themselves too seriously. With names like 'Mmm Melting Marshmallow Moment' and 'You've been Mangoed', everything's fun and lighthearted.

    Lush has a whole section dedicated to gifts where a selection of goodies are boxed neatly, wrapped and decorated with ribbon. Of course you can't keep them a secret for long as anyone who's bought from there will tell you. The fragrances are a dead giveaway.

    The best thing about Lush is that it's not too expensive. Soaps are just a few quid and you can buy a box of goodies for under a tenner. So you can treat yourself even if you're a bit strapped for cash.

    • Qype User mofgim…
    • Manchester
    • 60 friends
    • 248 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    You can smell Lush from roughly thirty-six miles away. You could be innocently walking around and suddenly... "What's that overpowering smell of cleanliness?"

    Chances are, it's Lush.

    Lush sells nice smelling stuff (although, with so many smelly things in one place, the shop itself feels more like an epicentre which you have to fight toward as opposed to gaily float into like Bisto kids) and it's all very ethical.

    Because Lush don't test on animals and that they are environmentally sound, this makes this shop the Noughties equivalent to The Body Shop.

    So imagine soaps, oils, gift boxes and the like, all tarted up in a hokey way but, it has to be said, in a reasonable price bracket.

    As a bloke, shops like this make be scoff and jibe... but if you're the kind of person who likes to pamper themselves without the weight of guilt, then really, this is a must visit place.

    • Qype User camiee…
    • Brighton
    • 55 friends
    • 72 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    Lush is a pretty good shop for those searching for something a little more natural to bathe and cleanse with on a daily basis, and of course, for those who have a bit more money to spend on their cosmetics than the average cost of a bottle of Herbal Essences. The range of products here is immense; there are solid hair shampoos, lip balms, bath bombs and even hair gel, and each product is hand-crafted with a cute little sticker on the back with a picture of the person who made it.

    However, for all its charms, Lush is one of those shops which you can smell a mile off. The smell is so intense that upon 5 minutes of entering I always start to feel a bit sick and almost always develop a headache. Despite this though, the staff are helpful, knowledgeable and genuinely enjoy working there, which is always a plus.

    • Qype User miki…
    • Manchester
    • 24 friends
    • 55 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    I would give give lush 5* standing on their heads the products alone sell theirselves they smell good enough to eat.

    BUT add a company with good ethics great staff and service and a sleek modern luck and you have a perfect business.

    If you use Lush products you dont need an airfreshener as they will do the trick.

    You will never get caught out stinking by the hot guy next door if you invest in their soaps bathbombs and the like as the scents follow you all day!

    • Qype User emmawo…
    • Stockport, Greater Manchester
    • 1 friend
    • 47 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Lush is a shop that sells hand made, natural beauty products including skin care, hair products and makeup. It is an excellent place to find gifts and their range of gift boxes provide easy readymade and wrapped gifts.

    You can smell the shop from some distance away and when you enter it you will find all the products laid out and ready to sample. The staff are very helpful and will advise you if you are not sure about anything.

    My favourite products are the massage bars and bath bombs. I also like the fact that all the products are vegetarian and many are also vegan (marked with vegan stickers).

    • Qype User jellyb…
    • Poole
    • 2 friends
    • 7 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    I'm a lush girl
    Love the products the staff are always so nice and even knew what massage bar I had just by smelling the tin!

    • Qype User han…
    • Manchester
    • 37 friends
    • 120 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    I love lush! the products are very cute and smells lovely. the company is very enviromental friendly too. the staffs are very friendly and helpful( some shops in Manchester, shop assistants are impolite), so i always feel comfortable to visit there. I do not know who don't like Lush. I like thier shampoo bar. it is like a soap bar. so when i go to gym, i bring it . it is small but you can use around 50 times. so it is easy to carry. thier massage bar is also nice smell and good for relax night.

    • Qype User Domino…
    • Manchester
    • 50 friends
    • 306 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    This is a great place to get a gift. They have all sorts of bits and bobs to put in the bath, i would recommend the bath bombs definetley!! If you want to smell absolutely gorgeous this is the place to come!! Prices are great too!

    • Qype User joolsv…
    • Manchester
    • 4 friends
    • 140 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    How shopping should be! Lush offers are huge array of cosmetics and personal hygiene products which are made only from natural ingredients. The staff in here really know their onions and they tend to know every product intimately (might have something to do with the great staff discount my friend told me about!). You can ask for advice and they are really helpful.

    The shop is a vibrant explosion of colours, fragrances and beautiful bouncy words. I love the descriptions of the products! My personal favourites are Caca Noir Henna (for shiny strong hair), Aqua Mirablilis ( Fabulous biscuity body scrub) and all of the face masks (especially the lettucy facial scrub one).

    At Christmas look out for Snow Fairy the limited edition shower gel. Also, the new tea tree oil tabs are a bargain facial steamer at 75p a go.

    • Qype User flo10h…
    • Manchester
    • 2 friends
    • 45 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    I love the products in here and enjoy the odd freebie and explanations from staff on how to use the products. I do sometimes feel I get trapped by the staff anmd its a full on sales pitch- the products can only do you good tho so no real harm done!

    • Qype User sarahf…
    • Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester
    • 3 friends
    • 131 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    I love this shop, love just mooching around taking in all the fantastic colours and smells, worth every penny for all their products. The staff are friendly and helpful and don't mind you being in there for hours while you make your mind up what your going to buy, as there is that much to choose from. You really can't go wrtong buying in here wether it be for yourself or a present for someone else

    • Qype User lisago…
    • Manchester
    • 14 friends
    • 149 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Lush is a good shop where they handmake their own soap, face cream and shampoo and everything else. You can see them making a facemask in front of you using completly fresh natural ingrendients. The only downside is the skincare for the face- it is ridicoulsly expensive, with one face cream at £30. Highly recommended.

    • Qype User annie_…
    • Stockport, Greater Manchester
    • 10 friends
    • 106 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    I could live here, love here and die here. It is just amazing. The smells. Even when u pile them on your windowsill in the bathroom u can smell them downstairs ( and YES, that is a good thing!!!!)

    • Qype User amanda…
    • Burnley, Lancashire
    • 2 friends
    • 46 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Whenever i come to manchester i always nip into lush and end up spending a fortune! I love all the products in this shop. They sell lots of wierd and wonderful bath products and a favourite of mine is the cherry bath bombs! If i don't come in here when i visit manchester i am cranky all day! :D because i don't get over to manchester much these days i like to stock up on all my bath bubbles! They do very nice lip gloss in here as well. I think all of the products in here are made form natural ingredients.

    • Qype User col…
    • Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
    • 3 friends
    • 60 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    What is it about this place that draws so many fans? The smell, it greets you from half a mile away, a mixture of sweets and herbs. the stock is fabulous and the products even better. ethically sourced and handmade. You can buy online from them too. there is a fragrance for every type of person and the skincare is a real godsend for people with sensitive skin. no animal testing here. super helpful staff

    • Qype User zoebuf…
    • Manchester
    • 1 friend
    • 111 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    i would really recommend lush! i think theyre products are amazing. i love that everything is natural. and the smell of the shop justdraws you in. i always get the lime and lemongrass bath bombs which make you smell literally lush. i am actually thinking of getting my sister and my best friend some pampering products from there for christmas! it is the ultimate place to grab yourself a pampering bargain! i love it.

    • Qype User macabl…
    • Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 10 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    lush is a shop that you can smell waaaay before you see it. Being in there for too long gives me headache. But the products they sell are 100% natural, handmade and have really cute names. They do smell pretty good (individually) and they cater for all skin types so whether you're sensitive, oily or dry lush will have a product to sort it out. They do nice gift sets too and the bath fizzers can be very entertaining.

    • Qype User lipglo…
    • Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 29 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    beautiful handmade face & body products, they smell good enough to eat. try the 'honey i washed the kids' range.

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