Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask

As the name suggests, this Fresh Face Mask is very much Rose based. Roses aren’t just beautiful flowers, the oil that the petals produce has numerous benefits for the skin.

Rosy Cheeks is quite a simple face mask. A blend of Rose, Calamine and Kaolin are basically the only ingredients meaning this mask is perfect for sensitive skins.

Kaolin, or China clay, is a naturally occurring porous soft clay rich in the mineral, kaolinite. Its ability to absorb moisture into itself means it is an excellent ingredient to support product formulas that are self-preserving, by hiding water within itself away from bacteria, yeasts or molds. It also absorbs the impurities from the skin making it an effective cleanser.

Calamine powder is mainly zinc oxide, a white powder, with a dash of iron oxide, combining to produce a pretty, light pink powder. It is a very gentle ingredient on the skin and has great cleansing and PH balancing qualities. However, it’s main benefit is that it’s incredibly (and gently) soothing and calming for the skin.

The main feature is of course the Rose. Rosy Cheeks contains Turkish rose in three forms. An oil, an infusion and in a clay. Roses are the Queen of Soothing and this is why this particular mask is perfect for anyone suffering with any irritation, any redness, sunburn or any sort of inflammation.

The scent of rose is used by aromatherapists to lift the mood and restore balance, Rosy Cheeks is gorgeously scented with a strong and almost powdery rose scent.

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Because of it’s really smooth clay-like texture it’s easily applied to the face and immediately starts the soothing action, especially when it’s taken directly from the fridge where it’s supposed to be stored. A great thing about Rosy Cheeks is that unlike most of Lush’s other masks, it doesn’t dry out that much or become flaky at all.

I really love this mask, it makes my skin feel so good after and is beautifully mattefying once washed off. It’s great for use in the summer to help with sunburn or when you’re feeling flushed.

Check it out on the website here.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Kaolin, Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Calamine Powder, Rose Clay, Rose Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Perfume

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

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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Body, Deodorant, Deodorant Powders

The Guv’ner Deodorant Powder

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As already spoken about on this blog, aerosol deodorants are a big no no for the environment. Sorry. Read my post on Aromaco Solid Deodorant about why.

I know some people are cautious when attempting to make the switch to natural deodorants. I was too. You’re probably heard that there’s a period during the change where you sweat and smell more and it’s gross. Well, that’s kinda true but with the right precautions and keeping at it, you’ll be fine in no time.

Sweat doesn’t smell. It’s the bacteria on the skin that smells. Most antiperspirants actually use ingredients that plug up your sweat pores, leading to bacteria getting trapped and decomposing, which is what makes the smell ten times worse.

All of Lush’s deodorants are designed so they don’t do this, and actually once your body is used to it, you can go for a lot longer without building up that horrible B.O. smell. One of these natural deodorants is The Guv’ner. This is a powdered form of deodorant which makes it super absorbent for excess sweat and moisture.

The main ingredients are Sodium Bicarbonate, Lycopodium Powder, Magnesium Trisilicate, Powdered Charcoal and Calamine Powder and then powered forms of Sage, Lavender and Patchouli in lesser quantities. All of which are great at absorbing moisture. You can place a wet hand in Lycopodium Powder and it will instantly dry. This shows how effective it is at absorbing moisture and therefore sweat, which means body odour producing bacteria can’t grow.

Calamine Powder is incredible calming for delicate skin too which is great for those who choose to shave their underarms. Sage and Lavender Powders are also a great addition for their antibacterial qualities.

All these ingredients with the addition of Rose and Vetivert give The Guv’ner a herbal, earthy scent which would definitely cover up the worst of smells.

To use you simply apply the deodorant to the palm of your hands and rub under the arms after showering or simply when you want to feel dry and refreshed after a long day. Whilst The Greeench is more effective on lighter coloured clothes, the dark colour of The Guv’ner mean it’s great for darker clothes.

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Personally I prefer to use a solid deodorant like Aromaco or Sunflower after my shower or bath and keep a powder for use on the go or for when I’ve worked up a sweat on a hot day.

Ingredients 

Sodium Bicarbonate, Lycopodium Powder, Magnesium Trisilicate, Powdered Charcoal, Calamine Powder, Powdered Sage, Lavender Powder, Perfume, Patchouli Powder, Rose Absolute, Vetivert Oil, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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