I was in London with my partner at the weekend to attend a toy convention that we go to every year, at the same time it was the opening of the biggest Lush store in the world, Lush Oxford Street. I really really wanted to attend as I have been following their Instagram for their new exclusive products, but obviously we had a super busy weekend planned.
On Sunday it was time to head home but we had a little time before needing to get to Victoria so we headed to Oxford Street to see if it was open but unfortunately it opened at 12pm and our coach back to Manchester was at 11am. We managed to get my sister to look after my little girl for a little longer and arranged a later coach time because how can you pass up visiting while your already there! as you may know from previous posts I am a huge Lush fan.
After lots of Costa finally the doors opened at 12pm, there was a little queue but the shop filled out quickly. Three whole stories of Lush goodness with 200 exclusive products, I was literally in heaven!
We had to rush around a little so we could definitely make the coach and spent a total of a hour and half around the different floors. The ground floor which was the entrance of the store consisted of skincare, haircare and makeup, the top floor had bath bombs, bubble bars, bath oils, fun and gift sets, and the basement had the lush spa, the perfume gallery also including fresh face masks, candles and perfumes.
Throughout the whole of the Lush store it was extremely well organised and brilliantly laid out in my opinion, I really loved the quirky features which ranged from modern and vintage my personal favourite being the copper piped sinks. The staff members were really welcoming which instantly made me feel at ease, they even took our suitcase in the back so we weren’t lugging a lot around whilst trying to look at all the products. This really made the experience 100 times better for us.
I literally almost went around sniffing EVERYTHING! I was in absolute awe with all the products. I really love that they have now decided to bring in new bottle and pot sizes, so now you can get small, medium, large and extra large, so you can get 1kg of your favourite shower gel! I seriously cannot express how excited I am that I can get 1kg of Comforter shower gel.. wow.
I already own quite a few makeup products, so it was really nice to see a bunch of new products in the store. One of the staff members showed me around the new products and talked through each of them, she was really informative and really friendly. Some of the new makeup line included eye brow products, eyeshadows, lipsticks and colour supplement.
As mentioned there was different floors that targeted certain products which was really good for those who only want certain things. The base floor included a perfume gallery which sounded really interesting, so we went to have a look.
Downstairs was instantly a lot more relaxing, we went into this dark entrance and given a pair of headphones which was playing music, the instructions were given to us before we left the room. Once we walked through the blacked out curtains we were greeted by a wall of screens, these we CCTV recordings of each of the rooms and what was happening in them, I must admit it was a little strange.
The next room had 3 smallish booths, SIKKIM GIRLS, The Voice Of Reason and Stayin’ Alive. We entered each of the booths, Sikkim Girls had the perfume vapour circling the room, we were instructed to put the headphones on and listen to the music whilst looking through the peep hole to a video. It was a strange experience, but with the music and scent in the room it made me feel quite relaxed. The second room was The Voice Of Reason, this room had a record player in again with the scent circling the room, the music played was quite jazzy reminding me of being in an old smoking bar as this is what the scent represents. The final booth was the Stayin’ Alive booth, we had afro wigs and accessories that we could put on and entered the disco booth where the Bee Gees were playing and we were able to snap a selfie to email to ourselves.
The next stage was for The Sun perfume, we walked into a beach styled room with a projected video on the wall, sandpits with deck chairs and a lovely beach hut styled seat. We had a sit down and a smell of the perfume, it made it feel really summery and instantly uplifted my mood.
The final room to me looked quite gallery like, there were three jugs with little glass bottles next to them on one side and then one jug and glass bottle on it’s own. The staff member talked through each bottle, they were three original perfumes with stories behind them which was really interesting to hear, we had the opportunity to test each out too. The bottle on it’s own was all three of these perfumes combined to make one, The Smell Of Freedom. Personally I wasn’t too keen on this, but I loved the whole experience of the perfume gallery, it was a really nice touch and definitely would recommend doing if your in the store.
I brought back a large bag full of Lush goodies and could definitely have spent a lot more time and bought a lot more exclusives. I shall also be reviewing the individual products I bought on a separate post. Overall, the experience was absolutely amazing the staff made it really enjoyable and a relaxed experience which definitely made a huge impact.
What exclusive are you wanting?