When I first saw this gift set available online, a mixture of two reactions festered in my mind. Firstly, there was an overwhelming sense of excitement at how beautiful the gift set was - I'll go as far as to say that it has since cemented itself as my all time favourite Lush gift set. However, my other immediate reaction was centred on the thought that it was a rather expensive investment, and given how much I had spent on their Christmas products already, I didn't know whether or not I would be able to actually afford to buy it.
At £119.95, this is one of Lush's most expensive sets, and aside from two exclusive items, every other product in here is available to buy at any time of the year. For this reason, I can see this being something that not many people are going to rush out and buy straight away - aside from those mad people such as myself who have too much money to spend!
So why 29, you may ask? For those unfamiliar with Lush's history, the company first started in Poole, England, in a small family-run shop situated at number 29 on the High Street. No matter how much the company expands, they always remember and celebrate their roots - this year being the year they do so with this wonderful collection of some of their biggest and most popular sellers to date.
Included in this box is:
Honey I Washed The Kids Soap (non-vegan)
Whoosh Shower Jelly (non-vegan)
Ultrabland Facial Cleanser (non-vegan)
D'Fluff Shaving Lotion (non-vegan)
American Cream Conditioner (non-vegan)
The latter two products are not available to buy anywhere else - a rather cheeky move on Lush's part as they know people like myself will invest in the whole package, just to try out the rare products. Having said that, this box set is a really lovely collection - there's something for everyone here. Whether you're a bath or shower lover, or simply enjoy pampering yourself with lotions and scrubs, there's guaranteed to be something here for you.
If the collection of goodies is not enough to entice you, the box in itself is a marvel to look at. The exterior shell is made of sturdy cardboard which doesn't make it as strong as I would have liked, but it's still pretty robust. There are two latches at the front which allow you to lock the box in place and there's a handle which is supposed to help replicate the 'old-fashioned briefcase' look. While I wouldn't trust this latter part to be strong enough to hold a heavy load by itself, it does add a nice touch to the overall design.
Inside, there are two layers - the top of which you can remove by lifting it up. While the products have been stored in compartments, these can be removed once the gift set has been used up, and gives you a rather large storage container to recycle in whatever manner you choose. This would be perfect for anyone who has a lot of jewellery or make up as you could keep so many things in this box.
Overall, this whole set is stunning and easily my favourite gift set from Lush. With enough products to keep you happy for at least 6 months of the year, this is well worth the money - with the box being a must-have for all Lush collectors. I am so glad I invested in this as I cannot stop marvelling at it's beauty, although I would like to see the bubble stone and limited edition soap make an appearance in the Kitchen so I can appreciate it on more than one occasion.
2014 Price: £119.95.