I am now in the busy, difficult, stressful part of the semester. If this is any indication as to my state of mind, the other day I drank an entire mug of hot water before realizing that I had forgotten to put the teabag in. Fourth year is no joke!
Between an endless stream of assignments, a massive stack of reading, and the impending doom of grad school applications, Canadian Thanksgiving in Toronto was a nice break – even though I worked for three out of the four days I was home. The one day that I wasn’t working, I had the opportunity to attend the LUSH Eaton Centre grand reopening with my best friend Cheyne.
We arrived early and, since I had been in the first hundred to RSVP, we each got a free gift. We got to choose between a shower gel and the Comforter Hand and Body Lotion, and we both went with the body lotion. LUSH describes it as smelling of blackcurrant and cypress, but to me it’s just straight up bubblegum. That is definitely not a scent I want all over my body, but I’m sure it will make one of my friends very happy.
There were also lots of little vegan treats on offer. I did not manage to snap a picture of the mini donut I had before stuffing it down my gullet, but it was just as yummy as this vanilla cupcake. Definitely a nice touch!
The physical space of the new Eaton Centre store is great. The old store was tiny, and though this one isn’t huge, it’s absolutely an upgrade. They’ve made the most out of the space.
Now is probably the time to note that I am not a huge LUSH fan. Their skincare is not my thing. I know it works for others, but it’s not for me. However, their bath and body products are pretty hard to resist, between the scents, packaging, and punny names. I also always love LUSH store spaces – they do such a great job of displaying all their products and decorating the inside of the stores.
They’re gearing up for Christmas already (one of the employees said Christmas starts in August for them)! LUSH Christmas packaging and products are always gorgeous. Maybe Santa will be kind to me this year…
The main event of the day was a chance for everyone to create their own Lord of Misrule bath bomb, which was what lured me to LUSH in the first place. The promise of a successful DIY project, supervised by professionals, was too much to resist!
LUSH bath bomb-maker extraordinaire Alison demonstrated the process, which is surprisingly simple when everything’s been premixed for you. As you can see from the photo, I was a bit far back, which made it slightly difficult to see what was going on in detail. That’s really my one criticism of the event; the bath bomb-making part was slightly disorganized, with people pushing to the front for their turn. Those in the back would have had an almost impossible time of seeing the demonstration.
Making this little guy involved filling up one half of the mold with the green mixture, then pressing the purple core of the bath bomb into it, packing more of the green around it, and securing the other half of the mold on top of everything. Alison advised that we let our bath bombs sit for 5-6 hours so that they would solidify properly; I left mine for nearly a week as I didn’t have a chance to use it before then.
Here is my freed Lord of Misrule bath bomb. Not bad! It has a few slight imperfections (that crack going around the centre being the main one), but I think for my first try it was a success.
Of course, you guys probably don’t just want to look at pretty pictures of the bath bomb sitting on my window sill. You want to see what magic my creation is capable of.
No surprises here considering it was a green bath bomb with a purple centre! It looked like that for awhile as the bomb fizzed and died. The final product?
Yeah, I was basically bathing in a tub of wine. Which is pretty badass, and which I approve of.
I am very grateful to the LUSH website for providing a description of the scent of the Lord of Misrule bath bomb for me, as I am hopeless at such endeavours. According to the official source, it “brings mischievous revelry to the tub with a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil”. Personally, my description was “It smells like LUSH”, and my roommate Katie’s was “Floral with a bit of licorice.” Clearly neither of us know what the hell we’re talking about. I liked the scent, for what it’s worth.
I had a really nice time at the LUSH Eaton Centre grand reopening – it was a fun event and they were super generous with the freebies (and food). While I personally don’t care for the body lotion, the bath bomb was awesome, and I really enjoyed the process of making it. I don’t think I’ll turn into a LUSH devotee anytime soon, but I will certainly be picking up another bath bomb – though this one will be made my someone else.
As a guest of LUSH Eaton Centre, I received the products featured in this post free of charge. This post is not sponsored and all opinions remain my own.
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