I was recently in Toronto, so I had to reunite with LUSH cosmetics. Even though the brand known for fresh, handmade bath and body products is based out of the UK, Canadians are so LUSH-pro you would think the headquarters were here. In fact, when I lived in Toronto years ago, I only used LUSH, including LUSH Cosmetic Lad, a moisturizer for men.

You either love or hate LUSH, and I am somewhere in the middle. Walk into a LUSH store and the aromas will sometimes have you stagger. The brand uses fresh ingredients, oils, fruits and vegetables and really do have a hardcore, loyal following. The brand is also super-eco friendly (products come in biodegradable packaging, and they have gifts if you return empty jars to the store). LUSH Cosmetic Lad ($21.95) is one of the more popular items they carry for men (it must be, considering it's been on the shelf for more than 15 years now). I was hooked on Cosmetic Lad for two reasons: it did a great number for my face and I discovered one morning that it was also a great grooming cream for my hair. Two in one!

The very first ingredient is lavender honey water, two ingredients that double up to make your skin super soft. Honey, as you know, has been known to correct skin disorders, and it's a great moisturizer in general, considering it's a natural humectant, having the ability to attract moisture and absorb it. It's also known to diminish wrinkles. Aloe vera only helps. There's another ingredient here I have to give props to: chickweed extract. It's not super common in some of the products I've loved, and I'm wondering why. It's been known to be a mild astringent and treat irritated skin. It's also a great source of minerals. There's also some chamomile (reduces redness), cocoa butter, wheatgrass and tangerine oil. Sure, there's some paragons but the natural ingredients definitely dominate in LUSH Cosmetic Lad.

Lush Cosmetic Lad, when applied, is creamy and feels joyful on your face with a subtle, sweet, fruity scent, but more almond than anything else. My only warning is that it's a tad greasy if you apply a heavy load, but some guys seem to like that.


Lavender  Water (Lavendula hybrida, Mel,Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Chickweed Extract (Stellaria media),Chamomile Extract (Anthemis nobilis), Marigold Petal (Calendula officinalis) Extract, Cold Pressed Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Fresh Wheatgrass Mucilage (Triticum vulgare),Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), African Marigold Oil (Tagetes erecta), Tangerine Oil (Citrus Tangerina),Sandalwood Oil (Santalum album), Triethanolamine,*Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.