Lush ‘Sleepy’ Review – Is it Really Magic?

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Well over a month ago I was in Lush and picked up one of their ‘Sleepy’ creams after seeing newspapers, magazines, you name it, raving about how incredible it was. There were reviews floating around from people claiming it cured their insomnia.

Now I wouldn’t say I’m someone who sleeps well, but I also haven’t been diagnosed with insomnia and I personally don’t think that I have insomnia. Typically it does take me a long time to get to sleep (at the moment it’s taking me much longer than usual – around 3 hours), and my sleep tends to be broken throughout the night. So when I saw that this has been raved about as a miracle cream and potentially a cure for insomnia, I thought why not grab myself some.

The product is as follows:

  • ‘Sleepy’ Body Lotion – £7.95 for 95g or £13.95 for 215g

I bought the smaller tub as I wasn’t sure if it would work and didn’t want to spend £14 on something that I may never pick up and use again. Additionally, I’m not the biggest fan of lavender, plus strong smells give me migraines, so I was concerned that perhaps I wouldn’t like it and wouldn’t use it.

Packaging and Claims


This product comes in the traditional Lush packaging with white text. On the lid it reads ‘Dip into a dream painted in brushstrokes of gentle oatmeal infusion and lavender flower’.

On the back (or side considering the pot is round and technically doesn’t have a back) it details how to use the product, its claims, and the ingredients.

Under ‘how to use’ it says:

‘Before you pop on your pjs and slip under the sheets, dip into the dreamy lotion and smooth it over your entire body’

Furthermore, the claims (called ‘what’s inside counts’ on the pot) states:

‘Comfortingly sweet tonka absolute gently blurs with lavender flower to hush your thoughts ready for a peaceful night’s sleep’

Scent & Formula

The scent is definitely lavender, but I think the tonka helps it not be overpowering. As someone who isn’t the greatest lavender fan, I surprisingly quite like the smell of this cream (thankfully). However, this is a cream where you continue to smell it the whole time that it is on your skin, the scent doesn’t fade.

Whilst I might like the scent, I really am not the biggest fan of the formula of the cream. For some reason when picking it up, I didn’t consider the consistency of the cream as I was so focused on whether the cream would work and whether I would like the scent. I find the cream to be super heavy, and greasy, which isn’t for me. When using it, I don’t tend to put a lot on as I find that a little goes a long way, and I don’t like the heavy feeling on my skin.

The directions say to ‘smooth it over your entire body’, I haven’t done that so far as I don’t think that it’s necessary. I tend to put the product on my face, neck, chest, and wrists. However, I have found that the product makes me breakout (I think this is because of how heavy it is), so I’ve been trying to avoid areas where I get most of my breakouts, or where I’ve noticed breakouts since using the cream (such as my chin and chest).


Okay, this is the bit I’m sure you’ve been waiting for: my results.

Firstly, I think my results are quite mixed. I do think that this did make me sleep better, once I was asleep. I definitely noticed less waking up throughout the night when I used the cream to begin with. Additionally, it cut down the amount of time it takes for me to get to sleep, but this is only by a small amount. If I’m being completely honest, I do think that some of this is a placebo. I find the smell is relaxing, and that I believe is what is helping me get to sleep faster. However, if I’m particularly stressed (which at the moment seems to be all of the time), the cream doesn’t really doesn’t help at all. Also I find that the cream rubs off on my pillows/quilt.

Overall, I do think that the cream worked when I first started using it, however with continuous use I’ve noticed that it isn’t working as well as it first did. I think this could be because the product is a placebo, but also it could be because I am not very good at sticking to using it every night, or a mix of both. I think the fact that when buying it I knew the raving reviews and I knew that the cream is supposed to help with sleeping, it made the product work better (if that makes sense). Then again, it may be because I’m a lot more stressed now than when I first bought it, and that may be effecting how well it works. What I’m trying to say is that my results are very mixed, and it’s hard for me to say whether this product works or not. For me personally, it doesn’t work 100% of the time and a level of relaxation is needed prior to sleeping in order for the product to work; if you’re feeling very stressed and restless, then it may not work as well as when you aren’t. I think that there are a lot of factors that come into play in order for the product to work, or not work, and if you’re expecting for this product to put you to sleep despite your stresses, that may not be the case.

I think for me, this product doesn’t work as well as I would have hoped, but perhaps if I got into a routine of using it then it may work better. Personally, I am put off by the formula of this product more so than the results, I just find it too heavy and greasy for me, and I don’t like that it breaks me out. I definitely think that if the product were lighter, I would be more inclined to use it, but in its current form it’s just not something that I find myself reaching for often.

Obviously we are all different and this product may work better for you. If you think it is something that you would like to try then you can buy it, and find out more information on the Lush website here.

This brings us to the end of this review, I really hope that you enjoyed it! If you did then please give it a like. I would also absolutely love to hear what you think about this product so leave a comment below if you have any thoughts. Furthermore, if you think that my content is something that you would enjoy then be sure to subscribe so you stay up to date with when I’m posting, I post at least twice a week!


Charlotte (Multibendystraw)

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Well if you don’t try you don’t know hey! I have a pillow spray, it smells great but I’m not sure if it’s all in my head, convincing myself I’m relaxing or if it’s the actual spray! I must however pop into Lush, your post has reminded me to go and have a browse x

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    1. multibendybeauty says:

      I really want to try the pillow spray but was put off by the price! I think it would be a good plan for me though, as then I wouldn’t have the problem of not liking the heaviness of the cream. I forgot they did the spray, looks like we’ve reminded eachother of a product! X


  2. Julia - The Honey House says:

    I am obsessed with this I have been using it for a little over a month and I love this. It definitely helps me sleep and it’s got a light airy scent. Love it.

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    1. multibendybeauty says:

      So glad that it works for you! I wish it didn’t feel so heavy on my skin. I really love the smell! X

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      1. Julia - The Honey House says:

        I only really use it on my hands and feet lol I’m hoping it lasts a long time!

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      2. multibendybeauty says:

        Maybe that’s the way to go! I don’t have any problems when I use it on my wrists/hands so might start just using it there to see if that helps without it being heavy

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      3. Julia - The Honey House says:

        I definitely recommend it as a hand cream before bed. Leaves them nice and soft the next day! 🙂

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      4. multibendybeauty says:

        I’ll definitely give that a try! ❤

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  3. Rachel Said says:

    Fantastic review, as always x

    Liked by 1 person

    1. multibendybeauty says:

      Awh thank you so much! ? x


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  7. Renae says:

    Saw the title and had to read this, as I have trouble sleeping, too. Nice post!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. multibendybeauty says:

      Awh thank you so much, glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

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