Face, Face And Body Masks, Face Masks

Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask

Brazened Honey is a great mask for a detox and for when you want to reawaken tired skin. It contains many ingredients designed to deeply cleanse, improve circulation and brighten the complexion.

This bright mustard coloured mask contains a multitude of Ayurvedic herbs and spices. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. A lot of the treatments are plant based, using herbs and spices.

Fresh Fennel is used for it’s antibacterial properties to cleanse the skin and is also very stimulating, getting the blood flowing to the skin, reawakening the complexion. Anti-inflammatory Ginger and soothing Clove Bud Oil are also effective stimulants.

Turmeric is added for it’s soothing and antioxidant qualities and Parsley, Coriander and Cardamom also feature to help purify the skin.

Other fantastic cleansing ingredients are Kaolin, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion and Fresh Lime Juice. Kaolin, which features in a lot of Lush’s fresh face masks makes up a majority of the base and draws out impurities. The infusion of the three botanicals is not only antiseptic but also help to balance the skin’s sebum production and refreshing Lime Juice brightens and eats away at any excess oils.

Brazened Honey also features Honey and Free-Range Eggs so sadly this product isn’t currently vegan. Honey is not only naturally anti-bacterial, it’s also incredibly moisturising, whilst protein rich Eggs contain lots of vitamin A which helps to maintain healthy skin by regulating sebum production.

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I love the feeling of my skin after using this face mask, it feels so smooth and polished due to it containing Ground Almond Shells to give a light exfoliation, but also because of the wonderful purifying ingredients. It really gives me a glow and is perfect for those sluggish mornings! Personally, I’m not a massive fan of the spicy, herbal scent but I can definitely look past if for the great benefits!

Take a look at Brazened Honey for yourself over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion, Fresh Organic Free Range Eggs, Honey, Glycerine, Fresh Fennel, Ground Almond Shells, Almond Oil, Bentone Gel, Fresh Ginger Root, Fresh Organic Parsley, Fresh Organic Coriander, Turmeric Powder, Ground Cardamom, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Oil, Vetivert Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Perfume

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt

Arguably one of Lush’s most glittery products ever. Let me tell you that Lush staff around the world fear the return of Golden Egg at Easter time because of the extreme amount of golden glitter that will inevitably cover them when they restock them, touch them or even move too closely to them. I’m serious.

First coming out in 2014’s Easter range, it’s since come back each year.

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Golden Egg is half bath bomb, and half melt. The outer layer is a bath melt, and the inner section is a bath bomb.

It has the same sent as the very popular Honey I Washed The Kids soap, and like the soap, this product is also incredibly moisturising due to the high content of Cocoa Butter surrounding the ‘bomb’ part. unlike

Once placed in the water, aside from the layer of golden lustre escaping the product into the water, Golden Egg doesn’t do much for a while. The cocoa butter shell is really thick, so it takes a rather long time to melt, slowly giving off pale yellow streams into the water. As it continues to shrink, the bath bomb centre starts to fizz and the product starts spreading creamy white foam throughout the yellow.

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Cocoa Butter isn’t the only moisturising ingredient in this product, it also features nourishing Almond Oil and protective Olive Oil to deeply penetrate and condition the skin.

At the end of the show you’re left with a golden yellow bath that shimmers with the lustre, although Golden Egg looks as though it has a massive glitter content, it doesn’t actually seem much more than the likes of Intergalactic and other sparkly bombs, and because of the high oil presence, the glitter doesn’t really stick to you too much either.

As already mentioned, this bath bomb melt features the Honey I Washed The Kids scent which is a delicious, uplifting toffee scent reminding me of childhood fudgy sweets, sticky caramel and is heavenly. It really leaves your skin smelling delightful long after your bath.

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My skin always feels super soft and well moisturised after a bath with one of these Easter exclusives, I reckon it’ll be a very sad day if Lush ever decide to discontinue this product because it’s such a staple of the Easter range.

If you like Golden Egg that much then keep telling Lush to bring it back each year on social media, believe me, they do listen!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Citric Acid, Laureth 4, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Perfume, Brazilian Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Cornflour, Almond Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Amyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 77492, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005

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Face, Face Masks

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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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Flying Fox Shower Gel

Apparently the name Flying Fox originates from an argument Lush co-founders Mark and Mo Constantine had one day. He presented her with this jasmine scented new product and she screamed ‘I don’t give a flying f***’. Hilarious right? I’m debating asking Mark if it’s true or not but I don’t want to be fired.

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I love the scent of Jasmine. It’s definitely one of my favourite scents around. Lust Perfume is possibly in my top three (it’s a hard choice!) Lush perfumes so clearly I’m going to love a shower gel that smells basically the same! I picked up mine from the Lush Labs/Kitchen release earlier this year. It used to be widely available in stores but sadly, as with many other products, this one had to go.

The signature ‘Lust’ scent is a mix of Jasmine, Vanilla, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood. However, Flying Fox swaps out the Vanilla, Sandalwood and Rose for Cypress and Palmarosa Oils. Though because the Jasmine is so strong, both products smell almost exactly the same.

Jasmine is a strong aphrodisiac, with its rich, sweet smell being warming and seductive. I find that Flying Fox makes for a really luxurious and sensual shower, perfect for some pampering ‘me’ time.

Adding to the luxury is this shower gel’s texture. Full of different types of honey, it feels as though you are literally coating yourself in sticky sweet syrup, only to lather up really effectively after.

Honey is an excellent natural moisturiser, it’s extremely nourishing and has strong antibacterial properties, making it also an effective cleanser. It’s protective qualities also mean it’s superb for more delicate and sensitive skin too, after one shower with Flying Fox you come out feeling super soft!

The inclusion of an infusion made from Angelica, Burdock and Jasmine just make this gel even better. Chinese Angelica is well known for it’s toning properties and Burdock is antibacterial and soothing. And we’ve already mentioned the beautiful fragrance that Jasmine releases.

I can only hope and pray for Flying Fox to make a triumphant return to stores sometime soon.

Ingredients

Honey, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Angelica; Burdock Root and Jasmine Flower Infusion, Hungarian Honey, Greek Honey, English Honey, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cypress Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Benzyl, Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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