Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Angels On Bare Skin Fresh Cleanser

I used to use Angels On Bare Skin all the time. It was one of the first Lush skincare products I really got into and I loved how it made my skin feel! I’ve since moved on to Herbalism as I find that it’s better suited towards my skin but I still love to use AOBS on occasion.

Angels On Bare Skin is actually inspired by an ancient medieval skincare recipe that was to be used by anyone wishing to be carried off by a knight in shining armour. Essential oils like Rose and Lavender were actually banned by the church because their effects on the mind were considered the devils work! Eventually, they discovered they had wonderful benefits for the skin too and were much more accepted.

Like almost all of Lush’s fresh cleaners, Angels On Bare Skin has a fairly crumbly texture, which you need to add water to, to turn it into more of a paste. AOBS contains Ground Almonds which creates a soothing milk when water is added and offers a lovely and gentle scrub. After adding water, work it into your palms to create the paste, then massage over the face and body before gently washing away. This cleanser also contains Kaolin for cleansing and drawing out the impurities in the skin.

Angels On Bare Skin smells strongly of Lavender, in its raw and natural state. On the skin, Lavender is a fantastic ingredient with many benefits. It’s soothing, balancing and antiseptic, making it one of the best ingredients for a cleanser suitable for sensitive skins.

Along with the Lavender, AOBS contains Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil and Benzoin Resinoid which have been hand picked to further calm and benefit the skin. Rose is another fantastic ingredient that’s perfect for this cleanser thanks to its rejuvenating and toning properties too; it’s been used for centuries to heal wounds and scarring. Not just anti-inflammatory and protective but Benzoin Resinoid is also believed to stimulate the blood flow.

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I find AOBS is the ultimate in balancing and resetting my skin. If I’m ever using too many products on my skin (which lets face it, I often am) and chopping and changing my routine, I’ll always go back to Angels On Bare Skin for a nice clean slate to soothe and repair. I find it makes my skin feel much more refreshed and calm and any spots I may be living with soon disappear.

If you’ve never given this cleanser ago you might want to. Because it’s so gentle, anyone can try it! It might be the perfect one for you.

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Glycerine, Kaolin, Water, Lavender Oil, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Flowers, Limonene, Linalool

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Bûche De Noël Fresh Cleanser

What you might not know about Lush’s fresh cleansers, is that they come to us in store in giant wrapped logs, much like a Swiss roll, before being weighed and potted by staff. In the factory, manufacturers make the cleanser, spread it out onto sheets and roll it up, adding extra ingredients to the middle – such as Black Sugar in Dark Angels, or Lavender in Angels On Bare Skin.

Bûche De Noël is the French name for a Christmas or Yule log and is probably named after how the cleansers are made. Like a good Christmas dessert, this cleanser is full of indulgent festive ingredients for your face.

To use a fresh cleanser, you simply grab a pinch of the product and add some water to it in your hand, before working into a paste that you then use to wash your face with.

It’s a reasonably chunky texture with all the ingredients being blended together. Kaolin, Fresh Mandarin and Glycerine give the product it’s cleansing quality whilst Ground Almonds give a gentle exfoliation that feels really lovely. The Almonds also help to give the cleanser a milky consistency that’s nice and soothing.

Dried Cranberries and Brandy have also been added to give a nice festive touch, the latter, much like other types of alcohol, is astringent and good for shrinking pores.

Bûche De Noël smells like a delicious almond dessert, with Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil and Cedarwood Oil mixing with the other ingredients and giving a warming and moreish festive scent.

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I love the way my skin feels after using this limited edition cleanser, instantly softer due to Organic Cocoa Butter softening my gently exfoliated skin. It’s one of the products I always look forward to at Christmas and I really do hope they never get rid.

Make sure you get your hands on it before it goes as the Christmas season is almost over!

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Fresh Mandarin, Dried Cranberries, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Brandy, Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Linalool, Perfume, Nori Seaweed, Gold Leaf

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Aqua Marina Fresh Cleanser

Aqua Marina is one of Lush’s fresh cleansers. This creamy product is full of fresh ingredients straight from the sea and is designed to calm sensitive and irritated skin.

Unlike the other Fresh Cleansers on offer, Aqua Marina has a very different consistency, it’s more creamy and has the texture of a soft clay, however you do use it in the same way as the others, by taking a pinch and adding water until you get a paste.

With a base of Glycerine, Kaolin and Calamine Powder, Aqua Marina is really cleansing, but in a gentle way. Kaolin is perfect for absorbing excess oils and sebum on the skin and helps give the product it’s texture. As well as being an effective cleanser, Calamine is also excellently absorbent and is one of the best ingredients for soothing irritated, red and delicate skin.

As you can see, Aqua Marina literally has whole chunks of seaweed in it. Seaweed is a fantastic mineral-rich ingredient with many different uses. It’s not only calming for any inflammation and redness, but is also great at nourishing and softening the skin. Lush use two types of seaweed in this product, Irish Moss (in gel and powdered form) and Nori. Similar to seaweed, added Aloe Vera also soothes, softens and moisturises.

Although it’s relatively undetectable, Aqua Marina does have Fine Sea Salt mixed in to it, creating a really gentle and small exfoliant. Because of this be weary when putting it on freshly shaved faces or legs because it can sting!

This fresh cleanser has a very ‘oceanic’ scent shall we say, due to the seaweed and calamine content. Although Orange and Patchouli seem to be added to combat the slightly fishy smell, they don’t seem to do much work. Luckily, both these essential oils aren’t totally useless, they also add to the antiseptic and toning qualities of this cleanser.

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I think Aqua Marina is one of the best products to use if you’re dealing with red, puffy, itchy skin, or any irritation or rashes just because it’s so effective at calming the skin down and has benefits for both oily and dry skin types. Personally I find Aqua Marina to be greatly mattefying but can be a tad drying, so be sure to use a good moisturiser afterwards if you’re someone with dryer skin. I use some whenever I get rashes due to the change in weather/temperature and it works like a charm!

Check out Aqua Marina on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Calamine Powder, Kaolin, Irish Moss Gel, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Fine Sea Salt, Nori Seaweed, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil, Carrageenan Extract, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Perfume

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Dark Angels Fresh Cleanser

Angels On Bare Skin’s darker cousin, Dark Angels is the perfect cleanser for those who like a deeply cleansing and exfoliating scrub.

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Like all of Lush’s fresh cleansers, to use Dark Angels you just need to take a pinch of the product and add water, then mush it into your hands until it creates a paste and then use it to cleanse. Now I’m gonna say it’s best to use Dark Angels in the shower and in the shower only! All of Lush’s fresh cleansers can be messy but Dark Angels is for sure the most messy due to the fact that it’s literally jet black in colour and can stain light coloured carpets and towels.

Dark Angels is perfect for a deep cleanse and to remove blackheads and help prevent spots. It contains Rhassoul Mud which is cleansing and softening and also combats excess oils and sebum on the skin’s surface meaning this cleanser is great for anyone with oily and blemish prone skin.

Black Sugar and Powdered Charcoal are the scrub in this product. The different sized exfoliants are really effective at removing dirt and dead skin cells. Charcoal and Sugar are excellent natural alternatives to plastic microbeads which are incredibly damaging to the environment.

Avocado Oil and Vegetable Glycerine help to keep the skin nourished after all the scrubbing, meaning Dark Angels doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry and raw. Avocado Oil is also full of vitamins which help the skin cells regenerate giving you a fresh and bright complexion.

The earthy scent is a mixture of calming, meditative Sandalwood and Rosewood Oils. it’s a little strong for some people but you can look past that for how effective the product itself is. Sandalwood and Rosewood are also effective at calming and soothing as well as balancing the skin’s sebum production out.

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Dark Angels is here for you to look at on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Rhassoul Mud, Organic Avocado Oil, Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Black Sugar, Perfume, Linalool, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil

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Herbalism Fresh Cleanser

On the outside world, Herbalism is the study of botany and the use of plants intended for medicinal purposes. Inside a Lush store, Herbalism is a natural face and body cleanser.

Herbalism has been part of my daily routine for a while now. I originally started with Angels On Bare Skin in its place and as wonderful as that is, after trying Herbalism out, this is definitely the cleanser for me. If you’re hoping for bright and beautifully cleansed skin, then it could be for you too!

Like all of Lush’s fresh cleansers, to use Herbalism you just need to take a pinch of the product and add water, mush it into your hands until it creates a paste and then use it to cleanse. The only trouble I find with the fresh cleansers, especially Herbalism as it’s so crumbly, is that it tends to be somewhat messy. If you aren’t careful you can end up wasting a lot of the product. So it’s always better to start with a smallish amount and add more.

Herbalism is very cleansing due to the antiseptic qualities of the Nettle, Rosemary and Rice Vinegar. These ingredients are particularly useful in helping spot prone skin as they are also anti-inflammatory and they are perfect to help brighten the complexion. Another cleansing ingredient is a type of clay called Kaolin, which also acts as the product’s natural preservative, as it’s so absorbent, it removes water therefore not allowing the reproduction of harmful bacterias.

This cleanser also has a mild exfoliant in the form of Ground Almonds and Rice Bran, removing dead skin cells and paving the way for the brighter, smoother skin below. The almonds also create a soft milk when the water is added, which is what makes Herbalism feel really nice and gentle.

Chlorophyllin, Rose and Camomile help balance skin tone. The Chlorophyllin Lush use is extracted from Alfalfa plants which are rich in vitamins and minerals great for revitalising the skin. Chlorophyllin is also the reason Herbalism has such a strong green colour.

This cleanser is great for purifying and detoxing the skin with all these lovely aforementioned ingredients. Whilst Herbalism is the one for me, make sure you check out the others as there might be another more suited to your skin.

The strong herbal, earthy smell of herbalism can put people off, and honestly I wasn’t a massive fan when I first started using it, however I can definitely say I’ve got used to it!

Take a look at it on the Lush UK website here!

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Chlorophyllin Water; Nettle, Rosemary and Rice Vinegar Extract, Rice Bran, Gardenia Extract, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Sage Oil, Perfume

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