Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Gritti Politti Naked Cleansing Balm

Apparently this naked cleansing balm is named after the British band Scritti Politti but I’m sorry to say I have no idea who they are…

Gritti Politti is one of five new cleansing balms that debuted as part of a whole Naked Skincare launch and is the only one to feature an exfoliant. It contains Ground Coconut Shell to gently scrub away at dead skin and cleanse your pores! I know some people have said they’d rather it be a little more abrasive but for me it’s absolutely perfect and I’m currently using it every other night to cleanse my face.

To use this cleanser you can either melt it between your fingers and then massage it in your skin or swipe the bar as a whole over your face. I personally prefer to do the latter as I find it doesn’t really feel very exfoliating at all if you do the former. You simply then just wipe clean with a damp face cloth!

The actual bar itself is made from two types of butter as well as Coconut Oil. Cupuaçu Butter is a soft and nourishing emollient which protects and moisturises the skin, as well as being full of antioxidants. A new ingredient for Lush is Kokum Butter, which is also highly moisturising. Because of both of these butters’ ability to melt very quickly upon contact with the skin, Gritti Politti leaves behind a greatly nourishing residue that will make your face feel superbly soft and hydrated. However, it does mean that you have to be careful not to store it anywhere where it’ll get too warm, else it’ll melt!

Because of the high oil content, like all of the naked cleansing balms, Gritti Politti is great at removing make up.

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This cleansing balm has a beautiful buttery coconut scent to it due to all the ingredients I’ve already spoken about but Lush have also added couple more to enhance the sweet and natural fragrance. It incorporates Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Vetivert Oil which all have extra benefits for the skin as a bonus. Rosewood is antiseptic and balancing, whereas the three others are soothing and protective.

I’ve loved all the cleansing balms so far and Gritti is no exception. I adore how soft and nourished my skin feels each time I use it and it also makes my face feel adequately clean too. It’s so gentle and would make the perfect exfoliator for someone with dry and sensitive skin. It’s for sure something I’m going to continue to purchase and use!

You can check it out for yourself here over at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Cupuaçu Butter, Kokum Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Ground Coconut Shell, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Linalool, Perfume

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Cleansers, Face

7 To 3 Cleansing Wipe

When I first saw the prototype for these unique wipes at the 2018 Showcase, I was bowled over by them in all honesty. Lush really are paving the way to a future where packaging and cosmetic waste is a thing of the past. These alternatives to make-up wipes are reusable, biodegradable and packaging free and I’m gagged that Lush have managed to create such an innovative product.

Now I’m not gonna lie, the wipes themselves look a little like slices of turkey, or some other deli meat, but don’t let it put you off! They’re actually made from a base of Carrageenan Extract, which is a mucilage extracted from Irish moss seaweed which is dried and powdered. Because of the hydrating and soothing seaweed base, these little wipes are excellent for sensitive skins.

The name 7 to 3 comes from the fact that 7-3 is the Lush manufacturing hours, and the product incorporates the same ingredients as the 9 to 5 liquid cleanser: Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil and Fresh Dove Orchid. Clarifying Dove Orchid is known for gently cleansing and purifying the skin, removing toxins and fighting spots. It’s also a great ingredient to use for its soothing qualities, along with Everlasting Flower. Ylang Ylang is toning and balancing, restoring the skin’s natural pH balance for a clear and healthy complexion. To further help the cleansing action, 7 to 3 contains finely ground Cannellini Beans and Talc which act as gentle and mild exfoliators.

Most people use facial wipes for convenience and their quick and easy use, but Lush’s version does take a little more time and effort, and you also do need water. You start by wetting your face and also approximately half of the wipe, which you then glide over your skin, working it into the eyes and into places where make up is heavy. Put the wipe down and continue to massage the creamy residue into the face before rinsing clean. I know that it’s not exactly the same as using wipes and believe me, Lush have had a lot of feedback about it BUT here’s something to think about. Facial wipes make up 93% of material found in sewer blockages. That’s a whopping amount and the majority of those are not biodegradable as they contain synthetics and plastics. Personally, I’d rather put a little more effort into cleansing my face than contribute to ruining the environment, but that’s just me.

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From using them myself since the UK launch, it’s true that if you’re wearing heavy lipstick, waterproof eyeliner, or the like then you’re going to need a little more help to get rid of it. But neither make up wipes, nor 7 to 3 are designed to tackle heavy make up anyway. I’ve found that it’s perfectly capable of taking off your everyday light make up and is a great first step in a two-part cleansing routine.

The wipes are supposed to last for about a weeks worth of uses, and you can definitely make that happen by not getting them too wet with each use, and letting them dry out after.

Whilst I think that these incredibly unique wipes are an excellent invention, I’m probably going to stick to my Ultrabland as a make-up remover but I’ve never been a user of wipes anyway. However, if you are someone who uses make-up wipes regularly, then please give a thought to the environment and opt for a switch.

You can check out 7 to 3 here over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Fresh Dove Orchid Infusion, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Propylene Glycol, Ground Cannellini Beans, Carrageenan Extract, Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Perfume

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Cleansers, Face

Kalamazoo Beard And Facial Wash

Kalamazoo is a pretty popular item and makes a great product to get those with beards starting their Lush journey. Although it’s a beard wash, that doesn’t mean you have to have one to be able to use it, it’s also a lovely and creamy facial wash. The word Kalamazoo comes from the city of the same name in Michigan. The name Kalamazoo, which sounds unusual to English-speaking ears, has become a metaphor for exotic, far away places, much like Timbuktu.

Speaking of the exotic, Kalamazoo contains Fresh Pineapple Juice which is naturally rich in vitamins and enzymes which deeply cleanse the skin (and hair) by breaking down surface skin cells leaving it looking bright and fresh. Kalamazoo also contains Lime Oil and Orange Oil to add to the cleansing effects and these three ingredients are mainly what gives the product its fruity scent.

However, the main benefit of using Kalamazoo is how soft it makes your skin and beard (if you have one!) afterwards. Almond Oil is used for its conditioning effect on the skin and hair. It is moisturising and packed with vitamin E, giving the skin a gorgeous glow. Rich in vitamin A and minerals, apricot kernels produce a velvety oil that softens and seals in moisture. Jojoba Oil is an excellent moisturiser and due to it’s similarity with our own sebum, it is more readily absorbed by the top layer of the skin and helps to balance sebum production. It also conditions the hair by lightly coating it, adding shine and manageability. Lastly, Cupuaçu Butter is full of beneficial fatty acids, deeply hydrating the skin.

To use you simply scoop some of the thick lotion out the pot and massage it onto your face and into your beard before washing off with warm water. I find that although it can be a little much for sensitive skin, especially after shaving, it does deeply lock moisture into facial hair and everyone says there’s a big difference after using Kalamazoo! My boyfriend’s been using it for a while now and it’s really helped to soften his beard, much to my happiness!

Check out Kalamazoo for yourself here.

Ingredients

Water, Stearic Acid, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Organic Jojoba Oil, Perfume, Cupuaçu Butter, Lime Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Olibanum Oil, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Methylparaben

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Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Tea Totaler Naked Cleansing Balm

Lush’s naked cleansing balms were previously only available in Lush’s naked stores in both Milan and Berlin, and were first shown in the UK at 2018’s Creative Showcase in Manchester! However, more recently Lush launched their range of naked skincare which included cleansers and facial oils in all stores across the UK and I am unbelievably happy to finally have them!

Although I’ve already tried Jade Roller which I got on really well with, I opted to try Tea Totaler next as it’s probably the one best suited for my own face, especially as I’m suffering with mild breakouts at the moment.

Tea Totaler is packed with cleansing, antibacterial ingredients for calm, clean and balanced skin. Tea Tree Oil is well known for its blemish clearing properties and has been scientifically proven to be super effective at fighting against bacteria. A generous helping of herbal ingredients, being Thyme, Sage, Lemongrass and Rosemary oils, purify the skin, help to rebalance sebum production and keep breakouts under control.

The cleanser’s base is made from Castor Oil and Safflower Oil, solidified with the help of Illipe Butter, Japan Wax and Sunflower Wax. Safflower Oil is considered as a great smoother and emollient for the skin and it probably has the highest percentage of unsaturated fats out of all the oils. It contains a high level of linoleic acid, which is a well known acne-fighter, and is also rich in vitamin E, a great antioxidant. Traditional uses of Castor Oil include the treatment of skin problems, burns, irritation and abrasions. This base also helps to lightly hydrate the skin during usage.

The only problem with having a base so rich in butters and oils is that it’s quick to melt when it gets warm. When you use it, you’re supposed to apply the whole thing by directly wiping it over your face and massaging in the oils it leaves behind, before washing off with a damp wash cloth. However, try not to leave the bar for too long on your face as it really melts quite quickly and you don’t want to waste any of this fantastic product!

When you’re wiping it off, as a bonus, adding water activates a toning phase, much like Jade Roller. Witch Hazel, Sea Salt and Spring Water furthermore help in the fight against spots and pimples but they also tighten skin for a more youthful and fresh appearance.

At first I was unsure about this product, I wasn’t really noticing any differences or changes but with continual use I’m finding my skin feels a lot tighter (but not dry!) and smoother, my breakouts have been majorly reduced and I look much more rejuvenated and refreshed, which I’m very pleased with!

Check out Tea Totaler and the rest of the new naked skincare range here at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Illipe Butter, Castor Oil, Safflower Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Spring Water, Sunflower Wax, Japan Wax, Lemongrass Oil, Rosemary Oil, Sage Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Thyme Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Hand Harvested Sea Salt, Citral, Limonene

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Cleansers, Face

Ultrabland Facial Cleanser

When it comes to the most popular and most well known Lush products, Ultrabland is definitely up there and is generally sold and known as an effective make up remover. Ignore the word ‘bland’ because this product definitely isn’t!

Ultrabland is based on an Ancient Greek formula for a cold cream. A cold cream is an emulsion of water and certain fats, usually including beeswax, designed to smooth skin and remove makeup. Although formulas for cold creams have massively changed since Ancient Greek times, the base is substantially the same – grease and water.

Lush’s version combines highly nourishing and hydrating ingredients to create an ever so gentle, yet amazingly effective cleanser that removes all traces of dirt and make up. Make up stays on because it’s generally made from oils and waxes, therefore to effectively remove it, you also need to use oils and waxes. Beeswax is such a gentle ingredient and is perfect for those with sensitive skins as it doesn’t strip any of your skin’s natural defences. It also has the same deeply moisturising qualities as Honey and creates a protective, waterproof barrier on the skin. Ultrabland also contains vitamin rich and highly nourishing Almond Oil to soften and hydrate!

Because of the high oil content, it’s not good to wash it off with water. To use, you just need to grab a smallish scoop of the product in your fingers and smooth over your face, paying attention to the contours and gently massaging the product all over. Be extra careful when rubbing it around your eye area and over your lashes. Then either grab a damp (but not wet) flannel or washcloth and glide over your face to remove the residue, and you can also use damp cotton pads to help with the removal. I often find that I don’t feel the need to moisturise whenever I’ve used a lot of Ultrabland, but feel free to if needed.

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This cleanser also contains super soothing Rose Water, Tincture of Benzoin and Iris Extract to help with any redness or irritation. It’s not only a fabulous make-up remover, it’s also a fabulously simple product to use when you need to bring your skin back to balance and calm breakouts. The pot even says when you’re dealing with really problematic skin, just use this for a month and it’ll sort you right out!

Personally I love Ultrabland, it’s my go-to make up removal method and even when I wear a lot, it really does the job quickly and without the need to spend ages scrubbing my face! Plus, it just feels so nice on my skin, I doubt I’ll ever stop using it!

Check out Ultrabland for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Almond Oil, Rose Water, Beeswax, Honey, Fresh Iris Extract, Glycerine, Rose Absolute, Tincture of Benzoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Cleansers, Face, Facial Soaps

Coalface Facial Soap

Originally Coalface was a one-off limited edition that wasn’t even for public release. One of Lush’s co-founders made this facial soap for a film company when they relaunched the film ‘Annie Hall’ because the character of Annie used to wash her face with black soap for her complexion. However Lush liked it so much they decided to keep it!

Being a facial soap, it’s a lot gentler than soap for your hands and body so don’t worry about it being too strong for your face as it’s actually really soothing!

It’s main ingredient is Liquorice Root Decoction, which is mixed into the base of Coconut and Rapeseed Oils. Topically, it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturising, cleansing gently and effectively. It has been used for years by herbalists to aid wound healing.

The liquorice also makes up a big potion of Coalface’s scent with other notes coming from Charcoal, Rosewood and Sandalwood. I actually don’t mind the smell, but some people are really put off by it, though it’s not really a product that’s designed for its fragrance, and you can definitely look past it for its benefits.

Powdered Charcoal gives Coalface a slightly gritty texture, designed to deeply exfoliate your skin. It’s also super absorbent, helping clear excess oils and sebum.

Furthermore, earthy smelling Sandalwood Oil adds to the soothing properties of this facial soap, whilst antiseptic Rosewood Oil helps to combat breakouts.

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To use you simply lather it up in your hands before massaging over the skin and rinsing away.

Personally, I love Coalface and currently use it every morning to clear my skin from blackheads and excess oils built up overnight. I can understand it can be hard to tell if something like this is going to work for you and your skin, but remember at Lush we’ll always give a good consultation in store, offer you a sample and even allow you to bring back a purchase for a full refund or exchange if it’s really not working for you!

And as always, send me a message if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help!

Ingredients

Liquorice Root Decoction, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil, Water, Perfume, Linalool, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil, Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Geraniol, Colour 77491

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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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