It’s time for another LUSH Cosmetics limited edition range, and this time we welcome the LUSH Father’s Day collection. I thought it would be insightful to get a realistic view and opinion of the range so that if you’re thinking of purchasing something for your father you can be more confident in your choices (and so you can stop asking your Mum for gift inspiration). I enjoy bringing my family into the mix here on The Beauty & the Geek. My partner Sam has been a guest reviewer on my blog before (read his ideas on the men’s Bellobox here), but it’s time for me to introduce my Dad to the blogosphere. I’ve asked him to trial and review the LUSH Father’s Day range, a challenge he graciously (and very surprisingly) accepted.
Now, a disclaimer. My Dad is certainly not your average Dad. He’s a middle-aged hardcore wog who has been a tough working man his whole life. He has never really put much thought into taking care of his skin, nor is he one for a long relaxing bath. Which is why this project sort of scared me, but I really didn’t want to review the collection from my point of view considering this is for fathers, so this was the only option I had. While I took down notes in his own words of what he thought of the products, I have had to paraphrase his views so I don’t come across as a blunt ‘middle-aged hardcore wog’. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it just wouldn’t make for an interesting and engaging post, especially from a man of little words. But rest assured, the opinion he had is definitely being communicated through my words, as hard as it was to do!
Super Dad Bath Bomb ($6.95)
I don’t have baths, so I am not sure I will use this. I like my bathing short and simple, an ‘in and out’ process. So instead, I will just comment on the smell and novelty of this bath bomb. I like the super hero theme to this. The smell is interesting, not something like anything I already have. It’s not a typically masculine scent, but it is fresh. I think this bath bomb would give off bright colours in your bath. For men who like to bath, I think they’d like this.
Modfather Bubble Bar ($7.95)
Again, because I don’t take baths I will just comment on the smell and novelty of this. The idea is that it is a reusable bubble bath bar. I am not familiar with the concept of a bubble bath bar, nor one that is reusable so while I am not going to use this I was still intrigued with the way you are meant to use the bubble bath bar (Felicia: sorry guys, I tried to get him to take a bath with these items but with no success). This one has a really nice citrus scent but it’s sweet. It’s probably the least ‘masculine’ scent from the range, but still not too feminine to deter men from using it.
Dirty Styling Cream ($19.95)
I don’t do my hair often, so rarely will I use a hair styling product but I do know lots of other fathers (and men) who do use them more frequently and I think they would like to use this. I really like how the texture of this means it is not sticky or oily when you put it in your hair, and it has a nice smell to it so it doesn’t smell like your usual men’s hair product. I like how it doesn’t look so shiny in my hair either. I noticed I still had a little bit of it in my hair after washing it once, so it might need a better clean then the one I gave it.
Dirty Shaving Cream ($14.95/100g; $23.95/225g)
I was happy to try this shaving cream. Felicia bought me the Five O’clock Whistle shaving smoothie for Christmas and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t think I would use it all up, but I did. So another shaving cream from LUSH is welcomed. The Dirty shaving cream has a different texture though, it’s more creamy then the other one. I think I preferred the smell of the Five O’clock one because the coffee in it masks the strong lavender scent, and I do really love coffee (Felicia: no joke, he has about five cups a day). But otherwise, it worked just as nicely. With these shaving products it’s important to keep rinsing out your razor well to avoid clogging.
Smuggler’s Soul Multipurpose Cream ($29.95)
I don’t really moisturise or take that good care of my skin, so the products in my bathroom cupboard are limited. For a man, it’s good when a personal care item can serve multiple purposes because it makes everything a bit more simple and men like simplicity. This one can be used on all skin surfaces, and even as a shaving cream as well. I really like the smell of this so I think I will use it for shaving as well. I like this product for a cream even after shaving because it feels soothing and once rubbed in doesn’t feel like there is anything on your skin. Again, important for a man like me who doesn’t like the feeling of using creams on their skin. But this product had my favourite smell from the range I tried. I like the smell of timber so anything with sandalwood in it appeals to me.
Overall, I really don’t mind the grooming products. The smells are nice and they each don’t leave any residue when you use them. My favourite scent is the Smuggler’s Soul, but my favourite product is the shaving cream. I never thought LUSH would be a contender for shaving creams but after trying two from the range now, I am impressed. However, I am not too fussed on the bath products because I don’t take any baths so will probably pass these back to Felicia. I think however for fathers and generally any man who likes to groom himself and relax in long baths, they will enjoy the whole LUSH Father’s Day range.
I hope you guys have enjoyed reading a review on the LUSH Father’s Day collection from a father’s perspective, and that it gave you some gift inspiration for your own father. Did you enjoy my Dad being featured on my blog as a guest reviewer? I’d love to hear some feedback, as I must say it was quite a challenge for me to compose this post with his words!
*These products were sent for editorial consideration without an obligation to post. The generosity of the providing party has not influenced the views and materials presented. As always The Beauty & the Geek AU is no expert and opinions expressed should not be substituted for professional advice
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