Lavender loves: Lush soaps and bubble bars

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We are on a serious lavender kick here in the newsroom. After reading about lavender’s soothing properties, we now have a community lavender lotion bottle and lavender room spray to diffuse tense situations. (And even if the scent doesn’t actually make meeting our deadlines any easier, at least we smell good doing it.)
For handmade cosmetics and bath products — in any scent — Lush is where it’s at. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Sea vegetable soap: With lavender and lime to awaken your senses, and seaweed and sea salt to stimulate your skin. ($7.80, 3.5 oz.)
  • French kiss bubble bar: Shaped like a candy chocolate kiss, this bath bar is full of essential French oils, lavender, rosemary and thyme. And how sweet is the sprig of lavender in the center? Ah, I love the smell of springtime in Provence in the morning. ($8.75, 3.5 oz.)
  • Soak and float shampoo bar: I love the honesty of Lush in assessing the powerful fragrance that this little bar emits: “Freshly paved road” comes to mind, they say. OK, so it doesn’t smell good, per se, but the point is that this shampoo, with cade oil and lavender, works wonders for dandruff and itchy scalps. ($9.25, 1.9 oz.)
  • Natural therapy massage bar: Shea, cocoa butter, lavender, neroli oils and sweet orange melt into your skin with the natural heat of a massage. Recommended for pregnant bellies, or anyone who’s ever felt like a post-massage oil slick. This feels smooth and comfortable — not slippery. ($8.75, 2.2 oz.)
24 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-792-0901, lush.com
And, now, for some photo gallery fun. Scenes from Lush in Old Pasadena:
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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

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