It's a good week for beauty lovers. Lush, a "self-appointed cosmetic deli," opened doors in the Mall at Chestnut Hill this week, bringing their boatloads of fresh-made and fragrant skin, body, and face products to Route 9. This is the sixth Massachusetts location for the British brand, with a seventh location in South Shore Plaza in the works. Lush joins fellow Chestnut Hill newbies, Vineyard Vines, and LOFT, with a smattering of other retailers soon to follow. (We're looking at you, J.Crew.)
While some Bostonians may already be familiar with Lush -- or at least familiar with the sweet, sudsy smell that consistently wafts from its front door -- we know it can sometimes be intimidating for others to shop in a store that cuts wedges of soap from rounds that look suspiciously like provolone (it smells much better, we promise) and serves up its face creams from refrigerators, but we promise, it all comes with good fun and good purpose. The brand plays by a rather strict ethics code, stating: "LUSH products are 100% vegetarian, 80% vegan, 67% preservative-free, and 46% free of wasteful packaging with absolutely no animal testing being done on LUSH products or ingredients."
Pictured: Senik solid shampoo ($11.95), Pink bath bomb ($4.95), and Ocean salt face and body scrub ( $21.95 - $35.95).
Lush is open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun, noon- 6 p.m.; at the Mall at Chestnut Hill, second level, at 199 Boylston St. (617) 244-2957.