Does Lush’s Sleepy Body Lotion actually work?

LUSH Sleepy Lotion Tried and Tested

One Beauty Crew team member put the much-hyped lotion to the test

Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / December 11 2017

If you’ve been anywhere near the Internet in recent months, there’s a very good chance you’ve seen numerous people wax lyrical about Lush’s oatmeal and lavender-infused lotion, Sleepy.

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion

What’s so interesting about the testimonials surrounding the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion is that they go well beyond praising its ability for leaving skin feeling soft and smooth to the point where many have claimed it cured (or significantly reduced) their insomnia and chronic migraines.

“As someone with an incurable and not so common chronic illness, which results in chronic pain and insomnia because of the pain, Sleepy Body Lotion is the one product that can actually help me through the worst of my nights.”
Reddit user

With reviews like that, I wanted to try the body lotion for myself to see just what all the fuss was about.

Full disclosure: I am not an insomniac. In fact, I consider myself incredibly lucky to have the ability to fall asleep (and stay asleep) relatively quickly most nights. With that being said, I still wanted to give Sleepy a try to see if it helped relax me as much as others claim. 

It’s important to note that the lotion’s scent isn’t particularly subtle, but it’s also not an overbearing scent like so many lavender-enriched body creams have. Instead it has a rather sweet, albeit soothing fragrance that I feel most people would enjoy.

I first used the lotion, which is infused with oatmeal, lavender and organic cocoa butter, on a standard weeknight. Sure, I was tired, but not too tired that it meant I wouldn’t be able to watch at least one (or two…ok three) episodes of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth documentaries (don’t judge – they help me unwind).

To my complete and utter surprise, I was fast asleep before Mr. Attenborough could finish his intro on the inescapable hardships of life in the Sahara desert.  

Granted, it’s possible that there could be some psychological aspect at play with the almost-magical workings of the lotion acting as a placebo effect. To combat any of that, I used the lotion every night for the next two weeks and to my amazement (and to be honest, slight frustration that I haven’t been able to finish a single Netflix show since), I was fast asleep within 20 minutes post-application every single night.

It’s actually got to the point where the lotion is so effective that I delay applying it to my arms and chest until just before I’d like to fall asleep. I’m not calling it a magic cream, but sometimes it feels just like it.

If you want to try Lush’s Sleep Body Lotion, you can pick it up for yourself in-store or via Lush’s website for just $16.50 for 95g.

If a lavender-scented moisturiser doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then you might want to check out the bargain lotion Meghan Markle swears by, or trial the sleep-inducing abilities of this scent instead.

Have you tried Lush’s Sleepy Body Lotion yet? If so, we’d love you to share your experience with the cream in the comments below.

Image credit: Sevak Babakhani

Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.

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