Makeup that is mindful of your health

I don’t often dedicate my entire column to one product or brand, but I recently came across a company that I think is worthy. I had walked past this boutique many times and finally decided to take a step into the world of LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. This store in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place occupies a very special niche in the beauty industry. LUSH products are not tested on animals, are vegetarian and 81 percent vegan.

Walking up, one can’t help but smell the store’s amazing aromas and notice its refreshing design; it is set up like a grocery. The products at LUSH are handmade. The line ranges from bath, shower, skin, hair and body, all of which are made with fresh fruits, vegetables, essential oils and, most importantly, little to no preservatives. On the back of every item is a photo sticker of the employee who handmade it. You will not find a product in store that is more than 6 months old.

A few of my favorites include:

Dream Cream ($25). Filled with the oats, rose water, chamomile, and olive oil, this cream is true to its name. Say goodbye to cracked, irritated, and dry skin.

Sex Bomb ($7). This mix of potent aphrodisiacs jasmine, clary sage and ylang-ylang will have your body rejuvenated in no time. Just drop it into your bath, and let the bomb explode.

Buffy Body Buffer ($12-$23). This amazing bar not only exfoliates dead skin cells with ground rice and almonds but it leaves skin moisturized with cocoa and Shea butter. No need to lather up with lotion after the shower.