Lush Product Review – ‘Charity Pot’ Hand & Body Lotion

Last week I wrote an overview of some new ‘Lush’ products I had purchased. You can read my overview, and more about the company and its ‘cruelty free’ and natural ethos, here.

I mentioned that I would follow up with reviews of the individual products. I have now sampled all of them, so I will begin with a review of the ‘Charity Pot’, as pictured below, on the right (the tub of cream with the hedgehog lid).


I chose this product after speaking with a shop assistant. After searching their website, I had initially thought of buying the Lush ‘Lemony Flutter’ cuticle butter. I had thought that it may be able to double up as a hand / body lotion, and was keen to try it especially because of the lemony, citrusy scent which I personally like. However, when I asked about this in the shop, the lady told me that because of the texture and consistency (it was quite thick and a bit coarser than a body cream or lotion would be), it probably wouldn’t be suitable to be used in that way. She did allow me to try it and showed me how to rub it into the cuticles, but thankfully I had asked about it before just buying it as it wasn’t really suitable for what I was looking for.

I asked about hand and body lotions or creams and in particular something that would be helpful for eczema. She said that the most suitable product was the ‘Dream Cream’, particular beneficial in treating eczema due to the oatmeal content. Another cream was the ‘Charity Pot’. I tried both of the creams, and chose the Charity Pot over the Dream Cream for a couple of reasons. Firstly it really appealed to me because of its scent, which is quite light, bright, sweet and soothing, and it felt a bit softer when applied. The Dream Cream, although lovely on the skin, did not have much of a scent or at least not one that particularly appealed to my personal tastes. The other motivating factor was the price. The Dream Cream was sold in a medium and large size at the price of £6.95 (100g) and £13.50 (240g) respectively. This seemed a little on the pricey side for me, so I opted for the Charity Pot.

Here’s what Lush says on its website about its rather appealing charity pot:

“Charity Pot is a hand and body lotion with a difference. 100% of the proceeds (minus sales tax, which goes to the government) are donated to independent, grassroots charities that support human rights, animal welfare and environmental protection. At the same time, you enjoy softer, hydrated skin (it’s a win win!)”.

Being a Charity Pot there is the additional option of buying a smaller sized tub of 45g, selling at £3.50, so this is what I decided to go for. There is also an even smaller 10g trial size tub which sells at just £1.00.

So, what did I think?

I must say, I’m a big fan of this little Charity Pot for the reasons explored above. However, I did find a couple of downsides. I’ll start first by sharing what I liked about the Charity Pot, and then explain what I didn’t like so much.

First of all, for a Lush product, I think the price is great and I like the additional option of a smaller tub size, especially if you are trying something out for the first time and want to test whether you like it or your whether it agrees with your skin or not (however, Lush also offers smaller free samples if you ask), or if you are buying it for a friend to try.

The cream is lovely, light, gentle with a nice fragrance and is easily absorbed by the skin. It smells lovely, and is soothing and I felt that it was helping my skin to settle, heal and repair itself as well as relieving itchiness and dryness.

In terms of ingredients, the Charity Pot contains 22 ingredients, including Fairtrade shea butter to nourish and hydrate the skin, rosewood oil which has antiseptic properties, moringa oil and ylang ylang oil. I will include a full list of ingredients at the end of this post.

Overall it felt lovely to apply this cream to my skin, and I did notice a significant improvement in the skin on my hands which had been quite aggravated previously. However, the skin on one of my fingers later became a bit ‘flared’ up but I can’t necessarily conclude that this was because of the product. I did use it on my face as well, and it has been gentle and soothing and hasn’t caused me any problems there.

Another positive thing is the little tubs that this cream comes in are very sturdy, in a nice mat black with a screw top lid. I can already see a use for mine for storing jewellery in.

Which leads me to the main downside….I don’t have to wait long to be able to use it for another purpose. Although I need to hydrate my skin very regularly due to having eczema, this is not the main reason that it hasn’t lasted long – the cream tends to evaporate quite quickly even in a tub with a screw top lid. I don’t think there’s any real way of getting around this, and I would say for me this was the biggest downside. I bought the Charity Pot last Friday, and it is Thursday now. I have literally the tiniest drop left which won’t last me beyond tonight or tomorrow morning, which is a real shame. However, I am glad that I bought a smaller size tub, and for £3.50 I can’t really complain as these days this is the average price for a sandwich or a coffee in some places, so all in all I am quite pleased.

Would I buy the Charity Pot again?

Yes! Definitely. I love it, it smells lovely and is soft and kind on the skin and feels great when applied. I would probably still go for the small size and remind myself that although it doesn’t last that long, it is a happy experience for my skin, I have a cute little recyclable tub at the end of it that I can use for storing small craft items or jewellery, and most of all, the money from the sale of Charity Pots goes to a good cause.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this review. If you have any thoughts you’d like to share on Lush or other cruelty free products, please comment below. And as promised, here’s a list of the ingredients, and a link to the website

List of ingredients



Daily Photo #14 ~ Catching the Thermals!

I took this photograph a couple of months ago while watching some seagulls at the beach. There were pockets where the combination of air temperature and wind direction caused thermals so the birds could simply be buoyed up, suspended in air, almost as if ‘riding the surf’ in the sky. It was fascinating! I had never seen anything like it before with so many birds (this is just a snapshot)….they stood on the ground waiting in a large group, and just at the right moment they embraced their place in the thermal and literally floated on air! I don’t know for how long I watched them, but they did this for a LONG time, and it was like watching children at play! This picture barely captures the delight of these birds at play, but I hope you find some enjoyment and inspiration from it nonetheless! x



A Bowl Full of Strawberries & A Little Catch Up Between Friends…

Hi friends,

Sorry that it has been a few days since my last blog post. Life as it happens to be has had me pretty busy with work these past few days, but in a good way. The only thing with that is that it has meant getting home a bit later, and then tending to the beautiful things of everyday life like making dinner, washing dishes, relaxation and so forth. Plus, we’ve had a couple of lovely sunny days, which is a real gift here as we also get a lot of intermittent rain, so after work I like to make use of the time to walk along the riverside not too far from my home, if I can.

To be honest, you haven’t really missed much since my last post on Saturday. Well, in fact, on Saturday I spend a fair amount of time researching a particular ‘personality type’/disorder if you could call it that, with regards to somebody at work who has just moved to a different department. This person has left a lot of confusion, pain and hurt behind her, and it has been hard for a lot of people to get their heads around it all, but doing some research into this condition has helped me understand things a bit better and to approach even hurtful people with greater compassion while maintaining boundaries. I’ve actually had some good opportunities to encourage some of the others who have opened up to me about their hurts at the hands of this person, so I am blessed to be able to be an encourager and a source of comfort in this situation as and when I can…and what a learning curve it has been for me too, and continues to be!!

It has got me thinking a lot about that little reflective question as to whether people see you as a blessing wherever you go, or whenever you go, or in other words, are they glad (or sad) when you leave them alone?

On Sunday I had more time to rest and reflect and pray about these things, and spend time with God, for after all, how can an empty vessel pour love and light into anyone else’s life? I first need to be filled with the goodness of God before I can even attempt to reach out to others….if I abide in Christ, then it becomes a natural overflow….but it’s not always easy to get ourselves to that place of being still before Him.

Other than that, work has been pretty busy. I am feeling quite proud of myself today actually as I managed to come home from work, attend to some household chores, spend some time relaxing, and then I did a 1 and a half to 2 hour workout. For me, this is pretty good, as I’ve not always been drawn to exercise! However, despite starting exercising more regularly to be more healthy, tone up and maintain a healthy weight, I realise that once I start I enjoy it so much that I want to keep going….I guess that must be ‘endorphins’! the ‘happy hormone’! There is so much to explore in thinking about that, which I may get to in a future blog post if you are interested. But for someone with depression and anxiety, the natural ‘high’ that something so beneficial as exercise produces is definitely one of life’s free gifts.

In addition to exercise, another thing that doesn’t come naturally to me is the consumption of fruit! I’m a little bit ‘fruit phobic’, or at least I feel a bit squeamish about the texture and taste of many fruits as well as nervous in the anticipation of eating fruit. I could happily eat almost (almost) any type of vegetable, but not so with fruits. So I did have another ‘mini victory’ in consuming this entire bowl of beautiful shiny red strawberries (although mostly in the form of a fruit smoothie).

So before I ramble on any further, here is a picture of said strawberries for your to enjoy. My eyes are tired, and I am very close to drifting into a slumber. I do hope you haven’t minded our rather informal ‘catch up’, but I have very much enjoyed this intimate little gathering. Even though we may not have met, it is a special thing to connect with you all, so thank you for that. And enjoy some shimmery summer strawberries! Until next time… Much love. 🙂 xx