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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Cleansers, Face

Jade Roller Naked Cleansing Balm

This little cleanser debuted in the UK at the 2018 Creative Showcase where they also debuted many other cleansing balms like it. It then become available as part of the next month’s Lush Labs release where I quickly snapped one up.

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A Jade Roller is a centuries old Chinese skincare tool which is made out of solid jade stone and shaped like a paint roller. The roller is said to help eliminate puffiness as it massages the lymphatic system and the cool and smooth surface helps to reduce muscular aches and redness with the right amount of pressure by improving circulation.

In their version, Lush have created a naked cleanser that tries to mimic the same outcome as when using the real thing.

The product is embedded with Mung Beans on one side to give a gentle massage as you apply it. To use you simply rub the product over your face and then massage in the remaining residue left afterwards. Whilst it does feel nice with the beans, I found that the product sadly melts too quickly with the skin’s temperature preventing you from using it for long enough each time to really feel the massage.

The product is mainly Murumuru and Shea Butters, and something called Marula Oil which is renowned for it’s elasticity boosting effects on the skin. Also in there we have astringent Hazelnut Oil and nourishing Rice Bran Wax making up the soft, luxurious base.

Once the product is applied you then wipe it off with a damp face cloth. As you wipe, the water reacts with antibacterial, soothing Chamomile Vinegar and calming Rose Water, entering a toning phase which tightens pores and soothes red and flushed skin, meaning Jade Roller is actually a lovely two in one product! The toning effects are also boosted by Geranium and Eucalyptus Oils.

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As an actual cleanser, I do think this product is quite effective, because it’s mainly oil based it’s really good for taking off basic make up and removing any excess grime. The pepperminty herbal smell is also really great to help wake you up on a dreary morning.

So far, I’ve not seen much of a massive difference in terms of my complexion, perhaps my eyes aren’t as puffy but I couldn’t say if this was due to me using Jade Roller or not. Although I do think this product would be a lot more effective if its base wasn’t so quick to melt on the skin, I would probably purchase it again, and I’m hoping that the range of cleansing balms become available in the future as I think they are great new skincare products for Lush.

Ingredients

Murumuru Butter, Organic Mung Beans, Marula Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Rice Bran Wax, Chamomile Vinegar, Rose Water, Peppermint Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Geranium Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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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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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

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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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

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.

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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 and 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, then 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 and if you aren’t careful you can end up wasting a lot of the product).

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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.

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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Face, Toner Waters, Toners

Tea Tree Water Toner Water

Using a toner should be an important step in your daily routine, applying it between cleansing and moisturising. Toners add an extra cleansing step, removing traces of dirt and cleanser left behind, while typically restoring your skin’s PH balance and closing pores left open by cleansing – thus adding a layer of protection by not allowing any impurities to get in.

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A triple threat of Tea Tree Water, Grapefruit Water and Juniperberry Water, Tea Tree Water Toner is the perfect toner for someone with oily or blemish prone skin.

Tea Tree has been scientifically proven to be antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial AND antifungal so it’s perfect for clearing breakouts and spots.

Grapefruit is cleansing and enzymic, meaning it helps remove excess oils, and it’s also astringent – which means it helps the skin’s pores contract and close.

Juniperberry tops off the concoction by balancing out the skin’s sebum production and PH balance.

I use my toner twice a day, morning and night. Just lightly spritz some onto a cotton pad and wipe over the face, simple as! I even spray it on my chest and shoulders when I get the occasional spot there! It also makes for a lovely and refreshing cooling spray on a hot summer’s day. There’s a large size, and a smaller size that’s perfect for fitting into a handbag.

Check it out on the Lush website here.

Ingredients

Tea Tree Water, Grapefruit Water, Juniperberry Water, Limonene, Perfume, Methylparaben

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