Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Argan Naked Facial Oil

Argan is the last of the five naked facial oils for me to actually write about. It’s taken me this long to actually try it for myself at home as part of my everyday routine. I love how each of the naked oils is so unique and different and how Light Touch, Amazon Primer, Full of Grace and Banana Skin each have such different benefits for different skins with their incredibly diverse ingredients. With each one there’s so much to talk about and Argan definitely contains some of the best around.

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As the name suggests, Argan contains rich Argan Oil which has bountiful benefits for the skin. Argan Oil has traditionally been used as a treatment for skin conditions, including acne and eczema. It contains high levels of fatty acids including linoleic acid which is anti-inflammatory and therefore will soothe the skin, and oleic acid which will protect and condition skin as well as restore hydration. Because Argan Oil is full of vitamins and antioxidants also, it has massive replenishing and revitalising properties too.

Also for adding moisture to the skin, Argan contains a base of Cocoa and Shea Butters as well as Date Syrup. This sugary, sticky syrup actually works a lot like honey, in how protective it is, really locking moisture into the skin.

You may have heard of Rose Hip Oil being used in skincare products, or being used as the pure oil itself in place of a moisturiser. Rose Hip Oil has a long list of benefits so its no surprise it’s used so often. It contains many antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids and it’s also proven to help the formation of collagen in the skin, which may help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and hyper pigmentation, even out the skin tone and keep the skin’s elasticity.

An ingredient you might not see too often in skincare is Prickly Pear Oil. A prickly pear is a fruit from a certain type of cactus and the oil its seeds contain is thought to be one of the best natural ways to maintain skin’s youthfulness. It has the most powerful antioxidant compounds and the most effective vitamins all in very high concentration levels whilst being soothing and moisturising too.

Argan is actually part of the Rose Jam family and smells just like Rose Jam Shower Gel, Ro’s Argan Soap and the rest of the products in the scent family. A lot of people would say it’s a little too potent of a fragrance for a face moisturiser but it’s a scent I adore so I can’t say I share that same sentiment. I do however, find Argan to be a little more creamier, warmer and slightly less sweet than the standard Rose Jam smell, likely due to the format. Naturally this means that Argan contains Rose, Geranium and Lemon Oils for the aroma. Rose is well known for its soothing effects, Geranium has toning properties and Lemon gives the skin brightness. Argan lastly also contains Aloe Vera Extract to further soothe the skin.

I’m really enjoying using Argan each evening. I say evening as for me it’s a little too heavy to wear during the day, but it’s perfect as a night cream/oil. I’ve really noticed a visible difference in any redness that was beginning to appear on my face and although I’ve always been such a fan of Full of Grace, I think I may have found a new favourite! I’ll definitely be continuing to use Argan for a long while!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Date Syrup, Dried Dates, Organic Rose Hip Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Prickly Pear Oil, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

 

 

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Hair, Shampoo, Shampoo Bars

Dear John Coffee Shampoo Bar

As someone who uses stimulating shampoos and hair products such as New, Wasabi Shan Kui and Roots, I’ve often wondered why Lush don’t have a coffee-based shampoo bar as apparently caffeine is one of the best ingredients to promote hair growth and you so often see it used by other brands in their products. Cue the arrival of Dear John, a limited edition coffee-based shampoo bar.

The Dear John scent is an excellent fragrance to choose for a coffee shampoo as Lush actually describe it as having notes of coffee itself, without actually containing the ingredient; it’s actually Cedarwood, Clove, Vetivert and Coriander that make up the scent.

Why coffee is so often used in hair products is because of its caffeine content. It’s widely known that caffeine is an effective stimulant on the brain, but it has the same effect on the hair follicles too, increasing the blood flow to the area and encouraging hair growth. Caffeine also blocks the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a key player in causing male-pattern baldness. Lush have added both Caffeine Powder as well as Ground Coffee to this shampoo bar. The coffee grains actually act as an exfoliant on the scalp, removing buildup on the scalp and dead skin cells. Plus, every time you scrub away the dead skin, new cells will push out thicker, stronger hair.

As well as the coffee, the ingredients of the actual Dear John scent also have great effects on the hair. Cedarwood is antiseptic and balancing, helping control oil production whilst Coriander, Clove and Vetivert are all known to have stimulating effects too, boosting the overall desired effect of the product.

Other than its stimulating effects, Dear John is actually a great shampoo for adding shine  to the hair too. Coffee is more acidic than the hair’s natural oils which encourages the hair cuticles to remain flat, thereby reflecting more light than usual. Dear John also contains Molasses, which is very similar to honey in the way it helps to retain moisture into the hair and gives it a gorgeous glow and shine.  Lastly, Dear John Coffee Shampoo Bar contains Aloe Vera Extract, which is soothing and calming. Perfect for any irritation you may be coping with on your scalp.

After using this shampoo bar in the shower, I’ve definitely noticed it’s slightly more hydrating than New Shampoo Bar and smells so good when it’s in use. The ground coffee can take a while to totally wash out but it’s not hugely annoying. I notice my hair is a lot more sleek and shiny each time I wash with it. Sadly I can’t really say if it’s really helping with my hair growth as I’m using so many products that all have that same benefit, so it’s too difficult to say. I am loving using it though, that’s for sure.

Ingredients

Sodium Coco Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Clove Infusion, Perfume, Ground Coffee, Cocoa Powder, Whole Coffee Beans, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Molasses, Aloe Vera Extract, Caffeine Powder, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Wake Up Call Shower Bomb

Lush’s new massive spa store in Liverpool features a great deal of exclusive products from perfumes to shower jellies and there’s a lot of exciting things on offer. When I went I told myself that although I was staying away from buying any bath products, I’d allow myself one shower bomb out of the ten exclusives. Being a lover of coffee, I just had to go for Wake Up Call.

Designed to look like a coffee capsule, Wake Up Call is perfect for sluggish mornings with its sweet coffee scent. Coffee doesn’t just give you energy when it’s consumed, but the aroma also has stimulating effects for the brain. The addition of Cocoa Powder means that the shower bomb’s fragrance is more like a mocha or a sweet coffee, with spicy and woody notes from Labdanum Resinoid, Guaiacwood Oil and Black Pepper Oil.

Once I got in the shower and held the little bomb under the water, I was slightly underwhelmed by the amount of foam it produced. As you can see in the picture it wasn’t actually that foamy at all and I actually had to crush it somewhat in my hands to really get it going, meaning sadly I lost some down the plughole. The lather that did reach my body however, had a beautifully soft texture. Most shower bombs contain Sodium Alginate derived from seaweed and Potato Starch, which is what makes them feel so silky. Wake Up Call goes a step further by including soothing Aloe Vera Extract too.

Alongside the Aloe Vera, the Cocoa Powder is also soothing, as well as having softening properties thanks to the residue cocoa butter it contains. Furthermore, warming Black Pepper Oil and the Ground Coffee itself both leave the skin looking brighter and healthier. Both the Cocoa Powder and the Ground Coffee give a gentle exfoliation too.

Although I love the scent of the shower bomb itself, it got lost slightly when I was using it which was a big disappointment, an even bigger disappointment being that I couldn’t detect any lingering smell at all on my skin once I was dry which was a real shame. It did however leave my skin feeling soft and looking bright, which I guess somewhat makes up for the lack of fragrance.

In conclusion, I was really excited to try this product but I felt somewhat let down. Considering the shower bombs are meant to give you a real sense of luxury in the shower, I was expecting more. If the scent had just lasted a little longer I would have been much happier! Lets hope the next one I try is a little better!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Cocoa Powder, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Perfume, Black Pepper Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Guaiacwood Oil, Ground Coffee, Aloe Vera Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene

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Face, Toner Waters, Toners

Breath Of Fresh Air Toner Water

Out of the three toner waters Lush do, Breath Of Fresh Air is arguably the most refreshing and hydrating. I love to use it at work during the summer to instantly cool and refresh my skin (when I’m not wearing make-up of course!).

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Breath Of Fresh Air’s main two ingredients are Spring Water and Fresh Sea Water. Lush’s Spring Water comes from underground lakes in Dorset. The water there is recognised internationally for its purity and high levels of sodium, which preserves elasticity of blood vessels. Spring Water is also full of vital minerals that benefit the skin. The Sea Water Lush use comes from the crystal clear waters in Studland Bay on the south coast of England and is also full of sodium and other minerals that the skin craves.

This toner water is chock full of soothing ingredients such as Aloe Vera Gel, which is excellent at calming redness and irritation, whilst softening the skin. Carrageenan Extract is derived from a type of seaweed and anything containing seaweed is great at hydrating and nourishing the skin.

In terms of scent, Breath Of Fresh Air has a fresh scent with floral and earthy notes and something very ‘oceanic’ about it. It contains essential oils from Rosemary and Patchouli along with Rose Absolute and Seaweed Absolute. Each one of these oils and absolutes have great soothing properties, with Rose and Rosemary being balancing and Seaweed Absolute being full of essential nutrients too.

Although Tea Tree Water is a staple in my skincare routine as my toner, during the summer I love to spritz Breath Of Fresh Air if I’m in need of a little pick me up on a hot day. On the side of the bottle it suggests taking it on long haul flights to combat cabin pressure skin, which sounds like a great use though I’ve not tried it myself.

You can find out more about this toner water here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Spring Water, Fresh Sea Water, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Perfume, Carrageenan Extract, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Limonene, Linalool, Methylparaben

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Face, Moisturisers

Skin Drink Facial Moisturiser

Thirsty skin? Give it a protecting drink!

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Skin Drink does exactly what it says on the tin, or rather pot, it quenches thirsty and dry skin.

The main ingredients are all expertly moisturising, meaning this cream is packed with nourishment. Sesame Oil is rich in vitamin E which helps the skin to stay soft and firm, it also contains a natural preservative called sesamol, helping keep this product free from oxidising and going off. Fresh Avocado and Almond Oil are both full of vitamins too, giving the skin the nourishment it needs and helping with cell regeneration. Cocoa Butter tops off the list with it’s perfect softening properties.

Skin Drink also contains both Aloe Vera Extract and Aloe Vera Gel, meaning this moisturiser is very effective at helping soothe any irritation and redness on the skin. Rose Petal Infusion is also soothing and calming but is also toning, which is good for reducing the size of pores.

The scent is a very subtle floral trio of Neroli, Evening Primrose and Rose, meaning it’s not too strong for anyone with sensitive noses. Evening Primrose is also a wonderful ingredient helping to protect and lock in the skin’s moisture.

The consistency of Skin Drink is quite thick and quite buttery as opposed to greasy or oily so it glides on smoothly and get to work straight away. Due to the high content of Sesame Oil, after it sinks in, it leaves an almost unnoticible protective layer on top of the skin which is perfect for combating the elements or for skin that gets easily damaged from wind or the cold.

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Check it out on the UK website here!

Ingredients

Water, Fair Trade Organic Sesame Oil, Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Fresh Avocado, Almond Oil, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Vera Extract, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Neroli Oil, Rose Absolute, Triethanolamine, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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