The Nicole Code in South Africa Part 1. Lush Cosmetics.

Hi everyone! To make up for the lack of posts, this is going to be a two part series of my South African beauty adventures! First of all, can we just look at my picture and all note that Cape Town certainly agrees with me? I had the best time there.





I’ve been to South Africa once before, but I was pregnant and very very sick, so I didn’t leave the hotel room the whole time. I had NO IDEA that South Africa had basically all the big international brands. Amazing really. Best of all, I stumbled upon a Lush Cosmetics store which I was super excited about. Why?


1) The stores are so beautiful and smell so yum.

2) I love the company’s whole organic spiel, and I am forever a sucker for organic skincare products #oursbyjuliada #neverforget.

3) I like their ‘Ultrabland’ cleanser and ran out of it ages ago.

4) I really wanted to try their ‘Coalface’ soap.

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I was a believer in organic/natural products for the body- never for the face. One of my many failed experiments included using nothing but black soap and shea butter on my face. You know those people who tell you to take it ‘back to basics’ and ‘nature knows best’ and ‘all this harsh chemicals on your face are probably making your skin worse’- DON’T LISTEN TO THEM IT’S A TRAP! My skin deteriorated into the worst it has ever been. Shea butter on acne, oily skin is a massive no.



So imagine my surprise when I started seeing Lush Cosmetics Ultrabland cleanser crop up on pretty much all my favourite beauty blogs. According to the Lush website, Ultrabland is a beautifully simple emulsion of essential oils, rosewater, honey and beeswax without stripping away your skin’s naturally defenses. The packaging is awesome, and I love that it has the name of the person who actually made the product and when. Completely adorbs.



(And her name is Nicky! HILARIOUS!)


I really like this cleanser actually so I was happy to be able to buy another pot. I use it as my First Cleanse to bust through all my makeup, it even takes waterproof eye makeup off. It’s still a bit weird to me massaging an oil based cleanser into my skin, but it leaves my face clean and SO SOFT. Best of all, it doesn’t leave an icky residue if you use a flannel to take it off.



Sadly the Coalface soap was unavailable, so I did a quick scan of the soap section and through in the Sandstone soap.



I love exfoliating soaps. So to come across one that smells so delicious and as well? SOLD. I’ve been using it for a few days now. It is scrubby- it actually has sand in it, but it is not harsh at all! I also LOVE the citrus-y scent, and it leaves my skin feeling buffed and smooth and ready for the beach! Its definitely worth a repurchase.

And that’s it. Have you tried any of these products or anything from Lush Cosmetics?


Let Me Know,


  • ari odogwu
    Posted at 15:24h, 09 February Reply

    Ah Nicole, e go berra for you. We are indeed kindred spirits.

    My first foray into Lush cosmetics or products happened to be a day I was bored and figured I’d walk into their stores.. about a month ago. I have lived in obodo oyibo for donkeys’ years and I always shunned going into Lush stores coz I felt, all this perfume and fragrance that wafts from their shops have to be bad for you or even the Preservatives, additives, colourants, blah blah blah came to mind. So I thought, yeah, they’re harmful. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

    After much admiration on what they had to offer, my preconception of their brand came a-tumbling. Their products are ethically sourced, hand made and natural. In fact, they encourage that if you’re not happy with the products you purchased that they were more than willing to exchange or even offer you a refund. Their customer service was out of this world too.

    Anyways, I ended up with KALAMAZOO beard and facial wash. I have no beard but it doesn’t marra. It has enzymic fresh pineapple to cleanse, tone and brighten the skin, whilst almond and organic jojoba oils will leave you feeling like a million dollars. And oh.. my product was made by Figiel. Brilliant!!

    • Nicole
      Posted at 19:24h, 09 February Reply

      Hi Ari! Our hearts beat as ONE clearly! Going to look up the Kalamazoo and beg one of my beauty mules to bring some more Lush products back for me. I LOVE that store xx

  • Passer by
    Posted at 00:05h, 11 February Reply

    Hey Nicole (my daughter’s name-y)

    Your blog is amazing and I love your personality. You sound like a really cool Chick. I ain’t even on IG but I stalk your page for updates on beauty tips. I started the hot water cleanse every night and Benonite clay twice a week, and I must say my face looks and feels better. Now the next step for me is lose the remaining 20lbs before my daughter turns 1 lol! I admire that you are a yummy mummy and encourage ladies to look their best and feel good. Thanks for creating this blog….I’m rattling on now lol. But yea, thanks again.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 10:52h, 11 February Reply

      Hi Mama Nicole!

      Thank you so much for saying that! I get so excited when people actually try any of my tips so yayyyy, I’m so pleased to hear that!

      I’m sure you look amazing anyways, but I am finally doing a post on my diet next week in case you are interested, those last 15 pounds are the worst. It took me MONTHS to be able to shift them but the devil will forever be a liar lol.

      Thanks again Mama Nicks xx

  • cec
    Posted at 19:46h, 12 February Reply

    I’m just here imagining how delicious the Lush products must smell going by Nicole and Ari’s descriptions!

    • Nicole
      Posted at 09:57h, 13 February Reply

      Walking into the store is INTOXICATING. I dare anyone to walk in there without at least trying a sample of their products. It is such a gorgeous store I almost can’t take it xx

  • Bee
    Posted at 19:28h, 18 February Reply

    I looveeee LUSH. I would initially just walk past the store but one day I popped into the one next to SpaceNK on Oxford Street and I have not looked back.
    I got Angels on Bare Skin and Mask of Magnamity which I repurchase over and over. Will try Kalamazoo as well (too many balm cleansers have kept me away from Ultrabland but its on the list)…sigh

    • Nicole
      Posted at 12:20h, 19 February Reply

      Hi Bee!
      Was soooo tempted to try Angels On Bare Skin actually. LUSH is it! Love love that store.

      p.s- Ultrabland is definitely worth a purchase! xx

  • Adesile
    Posted at 19:40h, 28 February Reply

    Hi Nicole,

    So so happy you are a lush Dan, I am one of their biggest fans. While I was still in England I use their cleansers ranging from dark angels, herbalism ….my best product I just got from my last trip is the grease lighting spot treatment mehn I can swear this product works so well on my ance and pimples puts it down immediately.

    Their bath bomb is AMAZING……so much products with lush, like I will tell anyone first things first know your skin type and what works for you.

    I have a career job running and also running a course beauty and spa therapy at opral Benson am almost done. Btw turmeric and ACV is my baby. I do collagen mask once in two weeks.

    My best essential oil is tea tree……the good thing about my facial journey is that I take loads of pictures to asses my face.

    If you want to see my pictures I can personal send to you.

    I love your blog So real and nice.

    Keep it up

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 15:41h, 18 March Reply

    Hi, where can I get these products in the California..I typically need them in my life…my skin is not happy

    • Nicole
      Posted at 18:58h, 18 March Reply

      Hi Rebecca! I’ve just checked online and yayyyyyy there are a few Lush stores in California! So you should be able to get the stuff xx

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