I had heard about this amazing product from Lush even before trying it. At the time I came upon various posts regarding Gumback, the product was in discontinued status and was in high demand for a second wave of production. A few months later I saw it re-offered online (yayyy, Lush really listens to their fans) and jumped on the Gumback Express and boy was I glad I did! It is a great product- a treasure-find of an exfoliator! It does a good job without being too abrasive and I love the scent (a sweet mild almond and banana)… Moisturizing with a nice texture! Smells good enough to drink ;)! I finished my Gumback tub just yesterday =(. This is definitely worthy of a re-purchase and I hope Lush will continue to offer it permanently!
I first tried an Origins product years ago; I believe it was a small bottle of milky makeup remover. It was okay but didn’t leave a huge impression on me. A few years later I was dorming at college and found out that one of my suitemates was an Origins fanatic. Had I liked her personality more, I would have given Origins more of a chance back then (sad to say but true). A few years ago, I bought a big pump bottle of their A Perfect World serum with White Tea along with a couple of eyeshadows and a lipstick. I liked all of them just fine but somehow I still wasn’t in love with their products. A few months ago I re-visited that same Origins store at Grand Central Terminal and fell in love with their Checks & Balances frothy face wash, Modern Friction exfoliator/gentle dermabrasion, Clear Improvement charcoal mask to clear pores, and GinZing eye cream to brighten and depuff. One word of warning, Modern Friction can irritate your eyes so be very careful when you use it. I haven’t used GinZing as consistently as I should so I can’t accurately review this product yet. I do love all four thus far. I have not purchased anything from their current makeup line so I cannot comment at this time. The only thing I tested was a tinted moisturizer and a peachy pink blush (which I liked both but didn’t buy since I don’t need to replenish any cosmetics just yet). Origins can be generous with samples so if you are interested in trying any of their products, I would ask for a sample before committing to a full size product (which is what I did before buying two of my full-sizes). I would really love to go back to the GCT store for a free facial. I think it would be a lot of fun to try more of their other products. Another thing I love about Origins is they do offer some of their popular skincare staples in travel sizes. Their logo is so pretty too! I always notice the little things.
I can’t believe I haven’t done a review on Porridge. It was one of the first Lush soaps I tried. I love the honey sweetness but there’s also a slight sourness to the scent which I don’t especially like. In use, the scent of the soap is more agreeable to me; there’s a consistent sweetness. It’s a great exfoliator, not too abrasive, but gradually loses its exfoliating granules with each swipe. Even though Sandstone Soap (awesome candied lemon scent) is a bit rougher on my skin; it’s still my favorite scent-wise.