Shangri-La (noun): a remote, beautiful place where life approaches perfection*
With a name like LUSH Skin's Shangri-La, one can't help but imagine a product that will take your skin to a enlightened, harmonious state. And indeed, it does. LUSH Skin's Shangri-La was an unlikely fit for me, since this moisturizer is marketed for 'mature faces.' (For the record, I'm in my twenties and have combination skin). However, after sampling nearly all of LUSH's facial moisturizers, I found this to be the best fit. LUSH Skin's Shangri-La left my face feeling so comfortable and well rested that I knew it was the one.
Skin's Shangri-La is LUSH's richest moisturizer and boasts an ingredient list that includes Queen of Hungary water (a decoction of rosemary and vodka), Sweet Almond oil, Jojoba oil, and Aloe. (I've included to complete ingredient list below so you can check out all the good stuff.) While it does contain richer ingredients, it did not break out my acne-prone skin. The reason is that oils like sweet almond and jojoba are typically skin friendly and non-pore clogging, just like your natural oils. If anything, proper (and even rich) moisturization after a good cleanse can stop excess oil formation since the skin senses that it already has been adequately protected. It may seem paradoxical, but it works for me! LUSH Skin's Shangri-La also has a comforting smell, which to me resembles light cocoa butter and vanilla. When I apply LUSH Skin's Shangri-La, my skin gets a slightly warm sensation, as if it's being wrapped in a comforting blanket. The consistency of the cream is quite rich, and very little is required for each application. One tub should last a long time. Because LUSH Skin's Shangri-La is a richer cream, I prefer to use it as a night cream or as a day cream during the winter.
Overall, LUSH Skin's Shangri-La facial moisturizer ($49.95 for 1.5oz.) deserves a utopian name. It took me a long time to find my fit, but my skin couldn't be happier. All in all, the moral of this story is that it's worth taking the time to find a good skincare fit. The sales associates at LUSH are friendly and knowledgeable about their skincare line and will usually provide a sample (or two) of the moisturizer you're interested in. It's worth a try and you might be surprised at what you find! Thanks for reading! Have you tried any LUSH moisturizers? Do you have a favorite? Do you typically sample face creams before purchase?
P.S. The pretty paper cutout was a gift from a coworker from China!
Ingredient List: Queen of Hungary's Water (Aqua, Vodka & Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare Extract, Fucus Gardneri Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Lanolin, Triethanolamine, Beeswax, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Viola Odorata Leaf Extract, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
*from Merriam Webster online www.merriam-webster.com
**Disclosure: This post contains product(s) sent to Cute and Mundane for consideration by PR. The ideas and opinions in this post are genuine and my own