Despite my thrifty ways, there is something that I cannot live without – my Lush baths! I mean, have you seen my bathtub? A Lush bath is great way to relax – couple it with some nice candles and I am very happy. However, Lush isn’t the most budget friendly cosmetic brand. Every year I manage to save 50% on my favourites, keeping me stocked up for the next 12 months. Here’s how you can make mega savings, and help your Lush items to last longer.
Boxing Day Sales
Every year, Lush hold a sale on Boxing Day. The offers vary year to year, and Lush hold their cards to their chest on the specifics, but the last few years they have offered 50% off Christmas items and products made before October.
The sale is held both in store and online, so if braving the Boxing Day sales isn’t your thing, you can still get online and get some great deals. There are two downsides to ordering online: there is a small delivery charge and the site often goes offline as it cannot deal with demand.
Some Lush stores do not open on Boxing Day, and will be open on the day after. There is no way to know what will be in the store and on sale – last year I went to Cambridge where the shelves were actually empty, so we headed to Peterborough and found everything we needed.
There is usually a restriction on the number of bottles of Snow Fairy that you can buy – last year it was 6 per person. If you are planning on stocking up for the year then be sure to take someone else with you to double up.
Try alternatives to Lush
I love Lush, but there are some amazing alternatives out there including this gift set with bath bombs under £2 each. Or this cracker set where you get 9 bath bombs for just £6.
Be wary of Amazon
Have you seen the prices that Lush items retail for on Amazon? This one bath bomb is on sale for over £100! Be careful when you look at Amazon listings for Lush!
How to store your Lush items
Most items from Lush have a use by date – for some products, such as Snow Fairy will just lose their colour after the sell by date whilst others might even go mouldy (face masks in particular). Here’s how to keep your Lush items in tip top shape to use over the year:
1. Store them correctly – do not store your bath ballistics and melts in the bathroom. The moisture will get to them (even in a box or the paper the individual products come in) and whilst they can still be used, they won’t be as strong or look as pretty. Remember that they smell lovely – so anywhere that you store them will be smelling fresh.
2. Use them in date order – use the products that will reach their best before date first.
3. Remove soap from the packaging – the oils in the soap will seep into the paper, making it a wet mess. Try wrapping them in cellophane instead.
4. Store your face masks in the fridge – they contain fresh ingredients (you’ve seen how they’re on ice in the store) so remember to keep them in the fridge to make them last longer.
5. Cut up your products/only use half – this is a great way to make your Lush last longer. Most of the bath ballistics, bubble bars and melt can be cut in half (if not more) to make them last longer. You can also cut up your soaps to help them last longer.
Check gift sets
If the item you want isn’t in the sale because it was made after October then check out the gift sets. Many of them will contain popular products and I’ve managed to get Snow Fairy, Rub Rub Rub and Ocean Salt as part of larger gift sets.
Head to eBay
After Christmas, many people will be selling off their unwanted Christmas gifts – and for some crazy reason, some people don’t want Lush gift sets! If you haven’t checked out the Boxing Day Lush sale then be sure to check eBay in January for any unwanted gift sets.
Do you have any other money saving tips when it comes to buying and using Lush products?
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