Fragrant, fun times at the Lush Trafford Centre store opening

A sign outside the new Lush store saying that it is closed for a private party.

Folks, it’s been a turbulent time and no mistake. In the last three weeks I’ve moved into a new home and started a new job. These are very positive changes in my life at the moment and both are very welcome new beginnings. I have been struggling quite a bit with energy levels, but was nevertheless super duper pleased to be invited to the opening of Lush’s new Trafford Centre store here in Manchester.

The front of the new Lush store in the Trafford Centre

Friends, I am 36 years old, but I am still thrilled to be part of an event that is basically a children’s birthday party BUT FOR GROWN-UPS. It was quite lovely to be greeted with a cocktail packed with the same fresh fruit Lush use in their products, and very exciting to see the great format of the new store.

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The ever-enthusiastic Lush staff was demonstrating many of the products, including the brand new jelly-infused bath bomb, which creates a moisturising layer of delightful goo atop your bath waters.

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I obsessed primarily over the face mask display, which (as can be seen above), really works to highlight all the fresh ingredients in each, and I couldn’t resist buying a pot of Catastrophe Cosmetic to soothe my oily middle-aged mug.

Possibly my giddiest moment was when I was invited to make my own bath bomb with my own two amateur hands. Squee! The two professional bath bomb creators were very generous in their assessment of my efforts, though I suspect they were being overly kind. We also watched as they created a big batch of the Don’t Look At Me face mask, which was a little bit mesmerising to behold.

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I also lingered awhile at the cosmetics counter, having never really explored the Lush make-up brand in much detail before now. I was (pretty effortlessly tbh) persuaded to buy the lovely Feeling Younger highlighter which, at £12, isn’t super cheap, but it’s a positively dreamy product and you do get a lot for your pound.

The Lush folks were wonderfully fun and friendly, and talked me through a whole lot of new and existing products.

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It’d been an age since I’d checked out the previous store at the Trafford Centre and my memory of it was rather dim, but I can believe them when they tell me the new one is a vast improvement. The space hosts plenty of fun features and sinks to demo their products; I think this is particularly useful when you’re wondering exactly how a jelly-infused bath bomb is going to manifest next time you indulge in a soak in the tub. It’s a great way for them to showcase innovative new products, and I liked it. Thumbs up.

And finally, I was double pleased to see that they’ve borne environmental concerns in mind during the build, as their press release says,

“All plasterboard, paint and internal materials are SKA rated and no products used have ingredients tested on animals. Every effort has been made throughout the design and build process to eliminate wastage and recycle materials where possible.

All wood used in construction is FSC certified. Reclaimed wood and vintage buys have been used in much of the furniture and any not in reclaimed are also FSC certified. An LED lighting scheme and Zero VOC Eco label paint is used throughout the shop.”

I must admit that when I received the invitation to the opening, I was crossing my chubby fingers tightly and hoping for a Manchester spa, but sadly it isn’t yet to be. But let’s hope Lush hears my prayer; you never know what the future holds. For now I will delight in all my wonderful new goodies. Thanks Lush!


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Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Oooh. These all look amazing. I’ve not really had access to a bath for a while but I will do soon and I will have to indulge in some lush goodies. It looks like a wonderful party!

    1. Me neither! Our bath is suffering a few cracks and the outlook isn’t great… We’ve booked the plumber’s time for October, when we’ll be in Copenhagen for a few days. I’ll have a huge bath bomb collection by then! O_O

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