A SCENTSATIONAL day is in prospect for visitors to the new Lush store in Glasgow's Buchanan Street tomorrow.
After a move across the road to a bigger site, the doors open to treats galore, from live product-making demonstrations and mini spa treatments to complementary skin and hair consultations.
The ethical values and green credentials of the fresh handmade cosmetics company shines through, according to manager Hailey Jenkins.
The shop has been fitted out with reclaimed wood and energy-saving LED lights. The stock includes a new reformulation of the self-preserving range, making the beauty goodies fresher than ever.
"We've got new soaps body conditioners, moisturisers, lots of different products," says Hailey.
The first 200 customers through the doors tomorrow will get a limited edition canvas bag and there are plenty of goodies on offer to carry home in it.
Lush bestsellers include The Comforter bubble bar, that adds a fruity foam with a whiff of cassis absolute and uplifting bergamot; and Dream Cream body lotion, a desert island must have with cooling and soothing ingredients including oat milk, rose water and chamomile blue oil to calm down hot and itchy skin.
A cosmetics grocery store, there won't be many who aren't familiar with the sweet-smelling waft that emanates from every Lush shop. More of a beauty delicatessen, think handmade, fresh merchandise made with an ecological message.
Products are suitable for vegetarians and those suitable for vegans are marked. Nothing is tested on animals, and packaging and preservatives are kept to a minimum.
"We have lots of bars in the shop so you can get a bespoke consultation," says Hailey. "Tomorrow we'll have different areas for massage, as well as Gorilla perfume."
Try the Sikkim Girls fragrance, inspired by folk tales of Himalayan girls so entrancing that they could seduce a man with just the subtle sway of their hips.
The perfume is sensual, heady and floral. Exquisite jasmine, tuberose and frangipani absolute create an intoxicating fragrance that whispers of the exotic women that inspired it.
Another new addition to the Glasgow store is the party room that can be used for everything from baby showers and hen parties to birthday celebrations.
Charity work is at the heart of Lush and the opening will benefit local organisation Dignity Matters.
"All of the shops in Glasgow have teamed up all day Saturday and Sunday and all money from the sales of our new Charity Pot lotion are going directly to Dignity Matters," says trainee manager Heather Clark, who will be on hand to meet customers with Hailey and fellow trainee manager Scott Leslie.
"It's relatively new, a Glasgow-based charity, and provides practical support for people facing extreme hardship. It's a charity we're eager to support."
l Lush, 78 Buchanan Street, Glasgow. Visit www.lush.co.uk