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Will I get bad karma if I don’t like Lush Karma Kream Hand and Body Lotion?

It’s not like I want to give it a bad review out of spite. Quite the opposite. The lotion has a few good things going for it. It just has more things going against it. Here’s what I mean:

Key Ingredients In Lush Karma Kream Hand And Body Lotion

Almond Oil

Don’t let the word oil scare you. Almond oil is one of the lightest, fastest-absorbing oils in skincare. It sinks in within seconds and leaves no greasy residue behind.

It’s very moisturising, too. It works by creating a film on the skin that traps moisture in and keeps skin hydrated for hours.


I’m sure you’ve heard of glycerin. It’s in 99% of your skincare products.

Ever wondered what it does there? It draws water from the air into your skin. Your skin then uses this extra moisture to stay hydrated, become softer and smoother and develop a dewy glow.

The only con? When there’s not enough moisture in the air, glycerin strips it from the deeper layers in the skin. This has the  opposite effect: it dries out skin!

Related: What’s Glycerin Doing In Your Skincare Products?

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The Karma Scent

Lush Karma Kream Hand and Body Lotion is infused with the iconic Karma scent. It’s a heady conception of patchouli laced with orange and sprinkled with spices.

Karma conjures the hip and bohemian crowds in 1960s London, and their indomitable free spirit. It’s not for the faint of hearts. If you like your dainty florals or sweet gourmands, you’ll find it unwearable. I find it divine.

My skin not so much. The oils that make it smell so good (think lavender and patchouli) can be irritating for your skin. I don’t fuss too much about perfumes but lotions like this are designed to stay on the skin for hours.

And let me tell you, this one lingers. Hours later, the smell is still as strong as when you’ve put it on. True, it doesn’t irritate my skin. I’m not sensitive. But I still think a fragrance this strong is too much for skin.

Related: 7 Natural Ingredients That Can Irritate Skin

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

My nose adores Lush Karma Kream Hand And Body Lotion. It’s so refreshing to use a cream that doesn’t smell like vanilla or strawberries for a change.

But my skin knows better. Fragrance is risky business. And that’s not the only complaint it has here.

No, my skin doesn’t like Lush Karma Kream Hand And Body Lotion because it’s not moisturising enough. Oh, it looks thick enough in the pot but when you scoop a little out, you realise how lightweight it really is.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It means it absorbs quickly. Plus, if you’ve got normal or oily skin, you don’t really need anything more than this.

But my skin’s as dry as the Sahara and thin lotions just wouldn’t do. I mean, you know you have a problem when the scent lasts way longer than the moisture…

Available at: $29.99 at Lush


Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Orange Flower Water, Almond Oil, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Patchouli Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Lavandin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Tincture of Benzoin, Cetearyl Alcohol *Cinnamal *Citral *Geraniol *Citronellol *Limonene *Linalool Perfume Methylparaben Propylparaben