As the Australian Summer months slowly lead us into the dry, cold Autumn and Winter months, what better to remind us of the lazy days lounging around in our cozzies (as we call swimmers in Australia) soaking up the sun, or having a dip in the deep blue sea than Lush Cosmetics’ Beach Box?
What’s in the box?
Simply put, the Beach Box is “Bondi in a Box” (more so because mine was purchased from Lush Cosmetics in Bondi Junction heheh). Four out of the 5 products in the box feature mineral-rich ingredients harvested fresh from the deep blue! Starting with the Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub, Sea Spray hair mist, Seanik Shampoo Bar, Sea Vegetable soap and the one without any seaside related ingredients but packs a punch of soothing after-sun love is the Dream Cream hand & body lotion.
From my understanding, this is the first time that the Beach Box has hit Australian shelves which is so exciting because we are very rarely ‘up to date’ when it comes to getting the same product offerings as they do around the world.
Check out the cute packaging! This brown cardboard box is plastered with some little known facts about how polluted oceans affect our eco-system. The Lush girl at Bondi Junction was telling me how she was telling some kids how they can help reduce the plastic waste in our oceans by binning at least 3 pieces of rubbish whenever they visit the beach or park or wherever they go. It’s nice that companies like Lush have strong environmental ethics, and that they spread awareness without the need to intimidate others into adopting their values.
Ocean Salt face & body scrub (70g)
This scrub contains lanolin making it the only product that’s not vegan-friendly. The actual exfoliant in this scrub is a very coarse sea salt, which is why I would not recommend using this as a daily facial scrub.
The coconut and lime scent is rarely done right by a lot of cosmetics companies, but Lush Cosmetics hit the nail on the head when perfecting the scent for this scrub.
I will most likely be using this one as a body scrub more often than I would as a facial scrub, simply because the coarse sea salt might be a little too harsh on the face.
Dream Cream hand & body lotion (10g)
You’d be surprised how much use you could get out of just 10g of this hand and body lotion. The mini-sized tub makes carrying it around so much easier, I’ve already made plans to just re-use the tub by filling it up again once it’s done (reduce, reuse, recycle!).
As a hand cream though, it does end up a tad bit sticky so I’d avoid applying this as a hand cream if you don’t have the time to sit and let it absorb completely before resuming activities.
This lavender and chamomile are responsible for soothing and protecting sunburnt skin, and the oat milk makes for a great moisturising agent for itchy/irritated skin.
Sea Spray hair mist (50ml)
This texturising hair mist is the perfect size to throw into your handbag for quick and fast beach babe waves without even trying. It’s a seawater spray that gives you the vavavoom beach goddess hair volume, texture and hold.
I lightly spritz my hair 2-3 times on dry hair and work it through my hair for some extra volume. Some people have said that they preferred using this product on wet hair as they found it left their hair in a little bit of a mess when used on dry hair. I think it’s all about technique, but do give both methods a go and let me know which works best for you!
Seanik solid shampoo bar (55g)
This is a shampoo bar packed with mineral sea salt, jasmine, mimosa and orange blossom that left my hair nice and soft. You can even see the bits of Irish moss seaweed and Japanese nori on the bar itself, and it really brings the sea to your bathroom.
This solid shampoo bar, teamed with Lush’s Retread conditioner works so well for my hair. This one lathers up a lot more than the Godiva solid 2-in-1 but doesn’t smell as good.
However, the added lemon oil in this one gives my hair some shine, making it look heaps healthier than it has in the past.
Sea Vegetable soap (100g)
Lush did a good job with the scent of this soap because when you close your eyes, the blend of lime, lavender and seaweed will bring the seaside right to your bathroom!
It’s also encrusted with sea salt on the surface to make for a quick-easy scrubby soap. Did you know that sea salt exfoliants help stimulate blood flow which is one of the reasons why saltwater has been a key element in many a homeopathic remedy.
This soap kind of reminds me of the deodorant that Chris uses and isn’t really one of my favourites. I’ll leave Chris to finish this one while I lather up with my Honey I Washed The Kids shower gel :P.