Worth Every Penny?: Lush's Sympathy for the Skin Body Lotion

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Since I'm of the multi-tasking kind, I have decided to start another mini-series called "Worth Every Penny?" in which I'll discuss some products that are a bit (or a lot) more expensive than I would like and (you guessed it) whether or not I think they're worth the money. To kick-off the series is a fairly well-known product--the Sympathy for the Skin moisturizer by Lush.

For those of you who don't know, Lush is basically a type of all-natural bath and body store where their products are handmade and contain very few artificial ingredients. I'm still fairly new to the brand myself, but my friend and I were walking around the store one day, smelling anything and everything within sight. (This is what a typical Lush store looks like--all their goodies are on display for you to pick up and sniff!) The store was having a raffle, so my friend and I entered, and lo and behold, I won a tub of their famed lotion!

That was about 6 months ago--I sort of just tossed it in with all my other stuff and basically forgot about it. But it's been pretty cold in NYC lately, and my normal moisturizer (St. Ives Whipped Silk) just wasn't cutting it. I pulled out Sympathy, applied some all over my body, and was seriously impressed. The lotion itself is not super thick, but it REALLY moisturizes. My scaly legs felt better than they had in weeks! I did have to wait a little bit longer than usual for it to completely absorb into my skin, but that wasn't a big deal especially considering how wonderful my skin felt. The product is supposed to be ideal for sensitive skin and has a reputation for curing eczema--unfortunately, since I have neither, I can't really comment on that. But it has the most delicious, vanillay, banana pudding-like scent (unsurprising, given vanilla pod infusion, almond oil, cocoa butter and bananas are the very first products listed in the ingredients) that frankly, had me smelling my arms all day.

And now, we get to the price tag, where a $23.95 is enough to shatter our banana-vanilla high and break our hearts. $24 for a lotion?! And it's not even a lot of product--that's $24 for 8.4 ounces. (Ahem--my old standby, the St. Ives Whipped Silk is $5 for 18 ounces. You just think about those numbers, Lush.) Can they REALLY charge almost $3 per ounce of body lotion??

Well, folks, they can and they do.

I guess their justification is that Sympathy is jam-packed full of good, and expensive things like sandalwood and lemon oil, along with the aforementioned ingredients.

Now, the number one reason I can think of for spending a lot of money on a product is that it lasts a long time--therefore you get a lot of use out of it, and really get your money's worth. With Sympathy for the Skin, that is completely NOT the case. I first opened this bad boy for use roughly 3 weeks ago, and this is what I have left.

I know it's hard to tell in the picture, but that's barely enough for my legs.

Bottom line: would I shell out $24 for this product?
Maybe for a very occasional (perhaps annual?) splurge in the dead of winter, but otherwise, probably not. I'm sad to see this luxurious little thing go, but my sorrow doesn't reach as deep as my wallet!

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