Body Masks, Shower

Oat Body Mask

When I first saw this product, I originally assumed it was a scrub. I then saw the description which called it a ‘body mask’ and I was confused. The fact is, this is a solid (although soft) product, so I was definitely intrigued as to how these body masks work. With the scent, and the ingredients, it would seem like Oat is based on Oatifix Fresh Face Mask.

To use one of these products, Lush say to ‘simply mix to a paste with some water before smoothing it all over your chest, arms or wherever skin needs a little TLC. Whether it’s a solo pamper session or you’re sharing with someone special, put your feet up for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.’ Well that seems easy enough!

To avoid losing any product, I opted to mix up my body mask in an empty large black pot. So I crumbled it up and added some hot water, after stirring the mixture with a spoon I was left with something that resembled a wetter version of Oatifix. Trying to avoid as much mess as possible, I sat myself down in my empty bath whilst I applied it (and I’m really glad I did). I managed to make enough product to use over my entire torso, including my arms and as much of my back as I could reach, leaving a little left for my legs and feet too. I then chilled out for fifteen minutes.

This product contains many ingredients that really soothe and add moisture to the skin, just as Oatifix does too. Oats have been used for thousands of years as way to soothe and treat the skin topically and they also contain polysaccharides which become gelatinous when mixed with water and leave a protective film on the skin. Oat Body Mask contains oats in the form of a flour, which not only has these benefits, but also gently buffs the skin when you’re washing the product off. Oat further contains Kaolin and Gold Kaolin, which are clays that also gently exfoliate and draw out impurities.

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To hydrate the skin, Oat contains rich Olive Oil, which is full of beneficial antioxidants that maintain the skin’s health and natural elasticity. It’s also protective, retaining the added moisture into the skin.

The scent of Oat Body Mask is a mix of Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil and Benzoin Resinoid, the same as Oatifix. Whilst Vanilla is widely known as having soothing properties, both Sandalwood and Benzoin do too.

After easily washing the body mask off, I could already feel how much it had benefited my skin before I was even dry. It felt utterly baby soft, well nourished and the yummy comforting scent was lingering too. In conclusion, whilst I can’t say I massively enjoyed using a ‘body mask’, Oat definitely has some lovely benefits and if you’re in need of something to soothe and hydrate your body fast, it might be a great option. Sadly you can currently only purchase it at Lush Liverpool or in the naked stores.

Ingredients

Oat Flour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerine, Kaolin, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Cream of Tartar, Gold Clay, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Farnesol, Linalool, Perfume

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Body Masks, Face, Face Masks

Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask

I’m one of those people who cannot survive without coffee. I have to have a cup as soon as I wake up otherwise I won’t make it through the morning, or rather everyone around me won’t. I love the taste, I love the smell, so it comes as no surprise that Cup O’ Coffee is one of my favourite products from Lush and my all-time favourite face mask.

As soon as you crack open the lid, you’re hit with a strong coffee aroma which can put you off if that’s not your cup of tea, or coffee rather. Coffee contains a high amount of caffeine, which is a stimulant to the brain, waking you up and giving you energy if you consume it. Likewise, it is also a stimulant for the skin. Cup O’ Coffee contains an infusion made from coffee beans which boosts circulation to the skin, reviving and brightening the complexion. Lush have also included Caffeine Powder to boost that effect.

Although Cup O’ Coffee is a mask, it contains Ground Coffee which acts as an effective exfoliant when you’re washing it off. It’s actually fairly scrubby on the skin which is perfect for deeply cleansing pores and removing dirt. Ground Coffee is one of the best eco-friendly alternatives to plastic microbeads. I will never understand why companies still continue to use highly damaging ingredients in their products when nature provides an alternative.

This mask actually has a fairly moist and sticky texture due to the addition of Agave Syrup. Like honey, this syrup is highly antibacterial and anti-inflammatory as well was being moisturising for the skin. This definitely makes the scrub a little less harsh and leaves the skin feeling soft and nourished once removed. Also added for their cleansing benefits are Kaolin, which draws out the impurities in the skin, and Bentone Gel which is great for absorbing excess sebum.

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Lastly a few other ingredients have been included mostly to enhance the mask’s scent, but each have their own individual properties too. Vanilla Absolute is soothing and antibacterial when applied to the skin. Vanilin, its main aromatic compound, is antioxidant and contributes to restoring skin’s brightness and softness. Coriander Oil and Vetivert Oil are warming and stimulating, contributing to the mask’s main benefits and lastly Roasted Cocoa Extract gives a rich aroma to the product whilst also being soothing.

I love the feeling after using this mask. My skin always feels so smooth and honestly looks noticeably brighter and healthier. Dull skin no more! Furthermore, I often get bored of products and I love changing up my routine but Cup O Coffee is definitely one of my desert island products that I doubt I’ll ever stop using. Do not stop making this product Lush!!

Ingredients

Organic Agave Syrup, Kaolin, Glycerine, Coffee Infusion, Talc, Ground Coffee, Bentone Gel, Perfume, Vetivert Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Roasted Cocoa Extract, Coriander Oil, Caffeine Powder, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool

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Mask of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask

Mask of Magnaminty is one of Lush’s best sellers. It’s a minty, multi purpose mask that has been around for a long while and people come back for it time and time again.

Mask of Magnaminty is a mask that you can use all over your body and not just your face. Now I don’t see why you couldn’t use all masks over your body too, but this one is specifically made for both.

Like all face (and body) masks you apply Mask of Magnaminty to the desired area and leave on for ten to fifteen minutes, before washing off with warm water.

Mineral-rich Bentone Gel and Kaolin form the mask’s base. Both of these clay based ingredients are great at absorbing any excess oils and sebum on the skin, however this doesn’t mean that Mask of Mag is drying. The addition of lots of antibacterial honey makes this mask rather hydrating as well.

Ground Aduki Beans and Evening Primrose Seeds make up the mask’s effective exfoliant. It’s great for polishing the skin and clearing dead skin cells when removing the mask, but because it’s such a gentle scrub, it’s perfect for anyone troubling with irritation after a stronger exfoliation.

The minty scent comes from Peppermint Oil, which has been added to stimulate blood cells under the surface of the skin, leaving your skin looking healthier and refreshed. It also gives Mask of Mag a lovely cooling, tingling feeling when it’s on.

This product also contains Chlorophyllin, which helps balance the skin’s sebum production and is what gives Mask of Magnaminty it’s fresh green colour.

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I agree with the many who love Mask of Magnaminty. It’s so refreshing for my skin and it feels a lot more rejuvenated afterwards. I use it whenever I get breakouts, especially on my chest because of the great spot fighting qualities it has!

You can check out Mask of Magnaminty for yourself on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Bentone Gel, Kaolin, Honey, Talc, Organic Ground Aduki Beans, Glycerine, Evening Primrose Seeds, Peppermint Oil, Tagetes Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Limonene, Perfume, Chlorophyllin, Methylparaben


SELF PRESERVING ALERT

Lush also make this product in a self preserving variety, which means it helps keep itself clean and fresh without the help of synthetic preservatives.

The original formula contains something called Methylparaben, which is a safe synthetic preservative. The use of parabens have been very controversial in recent years because of a 2004 study which found traces of parabens in breast cancer tumours. This formed the basis of a theory that parabens, which can weakly mimic the hormone oestrogen, can disrupt hormones and increase the risk of breast cancer. However, further studies have found no evidence to support this. In spite of believing them to be safe, Lush use a much less quantity than what the EU regulations even permits. Read a fantastic article about all this here.

Nonetheless, Lush created a self preserving version of Mask of Magnaminty to ensure customers happiness and for those still unsure on their stance.

In this version, more Honey has been added to act as the preservative because it’s naturally antibacterial. The extra honey in this formula gives the mask a more luxurious, thicker texture than its preserved counterpart – meaning it does not dry on your skin in the same way as the preserved version. Though really, it’s all down to personal preference.

Self Preserved Version Ingredients

Honey, Kaolin, Bentone Gel, Talc, Glycerine, Organic Ground Aduki Beans, Evening Primrose Seeds, Peppermint Oil, Tagetes Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Limonene, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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