Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Lush Dream Cream


It's not exactly a secret I have issues with the scent of many (most?) Lush products. Dream Cream isn't different in this regard and is probably one of the worst, scent-wise, but it performs so wonderfully I must talk about it.

Dream Cream is more of a lotion than a cream in the texture department, and absorbs quickly enough. It moisturizers with the best of them- just as good as my favorite L'Occitane shea butter cream, only much lighter. I didn't expect it to have a lingering effect, but it does and keeps skin calm and soft all day. It even helps tremendously with the horrible winter itch.

The scent, however, is horrible. It smells like a household detergent, and not an expensive one. I don't know which of the many essential oils in the ingredient list is responsible for the stench, but I can only describe this as a demented lavender. And it's strong enough that I have to wait at least 20-30 minutes before I can wear perfume. And even then, I'd recommend going with a green or herbal fragrance, preferably a masculine (Coriolan is a good choice here). I don't want to think about Dream Cream mixing with anything vanilla.

I've been using Dream Cream since last summer and lately have been finding myself reaching for it several times a week. I'll have to replenish soon, but the Lush website says it's out of stock at the moment. If you've seen the cream at your local Lush store please say so in a comment.

Lush Dream Cream ($22.55) should be available at Lush boutiques and normally it's online. Mine was a gift from my sister who shares my opinions about the high performance and stinkiness.

9 comments:

  1. ha! i love the "demented lavender" description. i have an aversion to anything lavender, even in high-end scents and the plant itself, so i can imagine this perfectly. too bad, it sounds nice otherwise!

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  2. I agree that Dream Cream is a marvelously good product, but the smell kept me from repurchasing. A problem I have had with all thier products except the I Love Juicy shampoo. Have you tried either Weleda Skin Food or the Shi Kai Borage Dry Skin Therapy? Both work really well and neither has a smell that (for me) interferes with anything.
    (The borage lotion in particular has a thin, non-sticky, fast absorbing texture that does well on the winter scales. Tall green box, Whole Foods)

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  3. I agree that Lush products don't tend to smell that great. I love the way many of them perform but the smell keeps me away, as I know I can find something else that performs just as well and doesn't stink something awful.

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  4. hey gaia,
    i also agree--dream cream and the other one, skin something (i bought it in montreal; not sure if it is available in the us) stink. very herbal-yoga-class crazy stink. but! they do work, as you say.

    dream cream is definitely available at the broadway and prince st. store, if you can brave the soho crowds!

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  5. See, now I know I'm weird. I think the scent is fine, and for me it disappears pretty quickly anyway. And it's a miracle for this skin!

    I've tried SkinFood by Waleda, which is nice on the hands/cuticles, but leaves more of a greasy feel for a minute or two.

    Good to know that the Dream Cream is stinky to so many people. It's so a non-issue for me, I'd have never guessed! Live and learn...

    *jen

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  6. I use Dream Cream and love it! The smell really doesn't bother me, although I haven't tried it in the summer. I also use their lemon-scented cuticle cream, which may mask the lavender scent. I have Lotion Potion, too, which has a very strong carnation scent. I thought I could handle it, but there are some days when it's a scrubber!

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  7. I have Dream Cream, and though I admit the smell does nothing for me, it doesn't last long on me so I don't mind it too much. It works on my 'leg-druff', so I'm happy.
    But Lush do have a few products I can't stand because of the smell. Handy Gurugu handcream is one. It's a bit too hippy-patchouli for me, though it's a good handcream. And unfortunately, that scent DOES linger, overpowering any pefume I'm wearing.
    But then, I do like their Big shampoo. It has a nice ocean/cognac/salt scent, which lasts on my hair, and I love it.
    I guess with Lush, it's a bit hit and miss, eh?

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  8. I just started using dream cream…the sent isn’t a favorite but it seams far stronger if I sniff it in the jar than once applied, right now I'm desperate suffering from terrible psoriasis, I tried a sample on my crusty elbows in the store and so far I am pleased, hoping the product works as well as the store clerk’s sales pitch :)

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  9. I LOVE THE SMELL, ITS ONE OF MY FAVES, I WISH I COULD FIND A FRAGRANCE OIL FOR IT

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