So far, all of my reviews have been positive except for one. I will spoil for you now and let you know that this is no exception! I promise that in the new year, I will be a bit more fearless and try out more products that I am unsure of whether I will like or not, rather than going for the safe options. 😝😂 (Of course, this does not affect how I conduct my reviews at all. I like what I like and I dislike what I dislike…everything that I think is relevant, I will write down. The best part of blogging is sharing the experience!)
But for now, this is my review of the LUSH Dream Cream. Enjoy!
Warning: This is a long post so please grab a hot beverage!
What is it?
It’s a vegan hand and body lotion that’s specifically designed for ultra sensitive skin. It claims to be soothing and cooling.
How much does it cost?
There are actually 3 different sizes however, I was only made aware of 2. I have purchased the 240g size at £13.95. There is also a smaller size at £6.95 for 100g and a bigger size at £22.95 for 450g. LUSH over the years have become much pricier that I’d say they’re more or less mid-market now.
From no other than your local LUSH store!
Who is it for?
People with sensitive skin! And those who care about clean formulas with no-frills and are simple to use.
What made you buy it?
If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or even just really dry, parched skin, it is a nightmare to look for a body cream or lotion that helps! We are always on the lookout for new body moisturisers to try out since it is actually difficult to find something that not only prevents your skin from drying out, but to heal the condition too. If that wasn’t enough, we can also be quite picky as either our skin is sensitive to certain products, or there is little to no improvement despite constant usage. In a sense, this was one of my last resorts, plus I have heard so many positive things already!
Can you talk me through the ingredients?
Oat Milk, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rose Water, Glycerine, Fair-trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Tincture of Benzoin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume.
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
Perhaps I need to start reading ingredient lists more and more, but this is definitely one of the cleanest and straightforward one that I’ve seen.
- Oat Milk: Oats are known to be a great treatment for eczema sufferers because of its calming qualities. However, oat baths are not the most convenient. Other than Aveeno, I don’t know any other brand that provides products with oat as their main ingredient.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: The really good kinda olive oil…the best one in fact as it’s unrefined and maintains all the good nutrients of olives. This ingredient is fantastic in our food, and on our skin and hair. An anti-oxidant, natural exfoliator and an effective moisturiser that doesn’t clog pores.
- Glycerine: Widely used across skincare, particularly body moisturisers. A self-preserving humectant that’s non-invasive and lightly scented.
- Fair-trade Organic Cocoa Butter: A natural moisturiser that melts at room temperature!
- Rose Water, Rose Absolute, Tea Tree Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil: These are some really calming and soothing ingredients with a great natural smell that’s not overwhelming.
Side Note: I have included links to some of the ingredients above, that are explained by LUSH themselves!
What do you have to say about it?
Firstly, I’ll start by saying that I’m slowly getting back into trying more and more LUSH products and have become much more open-minded. LUSH is not simply a brand that sells bath products and face masks but quite a huge variety now, including makeup and solid perfume! I first started using LUSH when I was 16/17 years old, and at the time, I really loved their face masks. However, as they are fresh face masks, I was getting concerned with not being able to use up the masks in due time (the expiry date is normally about a month later) as my interest (and collection) in skincare started to grow even more. I actually stopped using LUSH for a good few years. Not on purpose – I was just interested in trying other brands out. But here I am again.
I have heard about Dream Cream and its huge appeal a few years back, but for some reason, I never even went to swatch the product. Never mind this particular product, but I have never thought to try any bodycare products from LUSH. I remember that I tried a face moisturiser from them years ago (I believe its name was Celestial) and I found it too greasy. Thinking about it more now, maybe that experience unconsciously put me off LUSH moisturisers as a whole?
This year, I have been diving back into using LUSH products (I imagine that this is my 5th one) and honestly, I have been mostly happy with the experience. And I am telling you that Dream Cream is worth the hype and attention. I bought it when I was in sheer desperation for a product to save my skin; my horrible, embarrassing and ugly skin issue that seeks to survive even when I’ve been doing okay for a while.
I suffer from both eczema and psoriasis (though I think, mostly the latter), and there is no telling when I will get a flare-up. I am mostly clear now and in a comfortable state, but there are times where I will develop new patches after the initial itch cycle begins, or I’ll have old patches flare back up. It is beyond annoying but I have learnt to accept this about myself and to just deal with it ASAP. I might also add that I am terrible at body moisturising because I am lazy, so it is possible that it is partly my fault too!
I was developing an ugly patch on the back of my neck which is not helpful because you cannot see it. (That made me feel even more anxious.) It is important to note that each case/new patch of eczema or psoriasis can be a little different, and for this one in particular, all I could see was a red circle. It was honestly so red that you couldn’t not notice it! It was weird for me to get a patch there too that I wonder if dry shampoo had triggered it? [See: Why I Stopped Using Dry Shampoo]
Within a few days of usage, I felt a difference in my skin already. It was comfortable, and not so tight, hot and itchy. The worst (and ironic thing) to do is to stress when you are dealing with a flare-up but this helped to calm me – and my skin – down. The scent is a contributing factor to this as it smells hardly invasive; just homely and neutral. It smells of oats after all. 🙂
If your skin is very dry, or your patch is the thick, scaly, ugly kind then don’t expect that after one application, it will feel supple. This is just not achievable with any cream or lotion because you need to target all the layers underneath which takes time. You absolutely need to follow on with the applications, however I assure you that after a couple, the hydrating goodness finally reaches the various skin layers back up to the surface. The results can be astonishing at times, that I think the name Dream Cream is appropriate. I even took the cream with me on my 5 day Berlin trip and came back with basically no sign of a dry patch on my neck. (I asked my mum to check and she said it was all clear.) I couldn’t believe it.
The consistency is really lovely. It’s definitely not your typical body lotion that can be sticky or greasy, and it is certainly not those thick body creams that doctors prescribe, but in actual fact, are hard to rub in and take forever to sink in. This is something different and unique to LUSH only.
It is neither thick or thin. How can I describe it? It is like smooth, whipped cream. It feels as luscious as it looks; and it swipes like butter – the best kind.
Certainly, I found myself devouring this quite quickly. I found it quite hard to use this for the whole body – not because you can’t – but because I want to savour it for the parts that really need it. Otherwise, it could be an even pricier affair than imagined. For the record though, it hydrates and smooths the rest of my skin that’s ‘normal’. This feeling, this effect, makes me want to moisturise often.
Personally, as well as any dry, problematic patches, I like to apply the cream on my elbows, neck and shoulder line. Sometimes I apply it on my legs too which I later figured is a good place to test for a large surface area.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much but the next night, I noticed just how smooth my legs were. For once, I loved the way my legs looked and felt which is new to me as I normally dislike them and their porous appearance. Not this time. They looked the best I’ve ever seen them which is a huge deal to me. The cream sinks in beautifully and doesn’t stick to my clothing (which is normally what puts me off from body-moisturising).
If you have read everything carefully up till now, you will remember that I said I’m lazy at body moisturising. Well – guess what? I am a changed person now. Whilst I can’t profess that this has ‘cured’ my skin, it has definitely healed a lot of problems that I have been struggling with for months on end – or years – whichever way you look at it. Life-changing. And I can’t wait to see where else this cream takes me!
- Vegan, self-preserving and cruelty-free. Good for the environment, good for the skin, good for YOU.
- Non-invasive smell. Neutral and oaty scent. (Though dependent on the person using.)
- Really clean and productive ingredients list. Zero to minimal filler ingredients.
- Easily absorbed into the skin. Swipes like butter and applies like a dream.
- Really effective treatment cream for eczema, psoriasis and ultra-dry skin.
- Makes for a great all-purpose moisturiser whether as a hand cream or otherwise.
- Suitable for sensitive skin types (unless you are allergic to any of the ingredients – refer to these above).
- It is quite pricey. (However, compared to a lot of eczema/psoriasis-specific creams, this is a lot cheaper.)
- Depending on how much you use this (whole body or specific areas), it may not be cost-efficient. (However, results are really promising!!)
Overall Loving: 9/10
For a skin-treatment cream, it is perfect! For an all-over body cream, I still mainly use drugstore body lotion as it is more cost-efficient for me. This is definitely a cream you want to savour, but when you do – it is absolutely worth it.
I hope this product review was helpful, especially for dry skin, eczema and psoriasis sufferers! ☺️ Next, I would like to write about my experience in dealing with these conditions and how I try not to let it control my life. 🙈 Admittedly, it’s not a topic I openly talk about but I think it’s time…
Please let me know if you have any questions below! ⬇️
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