Body Masks, Shower

Oat Body Mask

When I first saw this product, I originally assumed it was a scrub. I then saw the description which called it a ‘body mask’ and I was confused. The fact is, this is a solid (although soft) product, so I was definitely intrigued as to how these body masks work. With the scent, and the ingredients, it would seem like Oat is based on Oatifix Fresh Face Mask.

To use one of these products, Lush say to ‘simply mix to a paste with some water before smoothing it all over your chest, arms or wherever skin needs a little TLC. Whether it’s a solo pamper session or you’re sharing with someone special, put your feet up for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.’ Well that seems easy enough!

To avoid losing any product, I opted to mix up my body mask in an empty large black pot. So I crumbled it up and added some hot water, after stirring the mixture with a spoon I was left with something that resembled a wetter version of Oatifix. Trying to avoid as much mess as possible, I sat myself down in my empty bath whilst I applied it (and I’m really glad I did). I managed to make enough product to use over my entire torso, including my arms and as much of my back as I could reach, leaving a little left for my legs and feet too. I then chilled out for fifteen minutes.

This product contains many ingredients that really soothe and add moisture to the skin, just as Oatifix does too. Oats have been used for thousands of years as way to soothe and treat the skin topically and they also contain polysaccharides which become gelatinous when mixed with water and leave a protective film on the skin. Oat Body Mask contains oats in the form of a flour, which not only has these benefits, but also gently buffs the skin when you’re washing the product off. Oat further contains Kaolin and Gold Kaolin, which are clays that also gently exfoliate and draw out impurities.

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To hydrate the skin, Oat contains rich Olive Oil, which is full of beneficial antioxidants that maintain the skin’s health and natural elasticity. It’s also protective, retaining the added moisture into the skin.

The scent of Oat Body Mask is a mix of Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil and Benzoin Resinoid, the same as Oatifix. Whilst Vanilla is widely known as having soothing properties, both Sandalwood and Benzoin do too.

After easily washing the body mask off, I could already feel how much it had benefited my skin before I was even dry. It felt utterly baby soft, well nourished and the yummy comforting scent was lingering too. In conclusion, whilst I can’t say I massively enjoyed using a ‘body mask’, Oat definitely has some lovely benefits and if you’re in need of something to soothe and hydrate your body fast, it might be a great option. Sadly you can currently only purchase it at Lush Liverpool or in the naked stores.

Ingredients

Oat Flour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerine, Kaolin, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Cream of Tartar, Gold Clay, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Farnesol, Linalool, Perfume

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Angels On Bare Skin Fresh Cleanser

I used to use Angels On Bare Skin all the time. It was one of the first Lush skincare products I really got into and I loved how it made my skin feel! I’ve since moved on to Herbalism as I find that it’s better suited towards my skin but I still love to use AOBS on occasion.

Angels On Bare Skin is actually inspired by an ancient medieval skincare recipe that was to be used by anyone wishing to be carried off by a knight in shining armour. Essential oils like Rose and Lavender were actually banned by the church because their effects on the mind were considered the devils work! Eventually, they discovered they had wonderful benefits for the skin too and were much more accepted.

Like almost all of Lush’s fresh cleaners, Angels On Bare Skin has a fairly crumbly texture, which you need to add water to, to turn it into more of a paste. AOBS contains Ground Almonds which creates a soothing milk when water is added and offers a lovely and gentle scrub. After adding water, work it into your palms to create the paste, then massage over the face and body before gently washing away. This cleanser also contains Kaolin for cleansing and drawing out the impurities in the skin.

Angels On Bare Skin smells strongly of Lavender, in its raw and natural state. On the skin, Lavender is a fantastic ingredient with many benefits. It’s soothing, balancing and antiseptic, making it one of the best ingredients for a cleanser suitable for sensitive skins.

Along with the Lavender, AOBS contains Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil and Benzoin Resinoid which have been hand picked to further calm and benefit the skin. Rose is another fantastic ingredient that’s perfect for this cleanser thanks to its rejuvenating and toning properties too; it’s been used for centuries to heal wounds and scarring. Not just anti-inflammatory and protective but Benzoin Resinoid is also believed to stimulate the blood flow.

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I find AOBS is the ultimate in balancing and resetting my skin. If I’m ever using too many products on my skin (which lets face it, I often am) and chopping and changing my routine, I’ll always go back to Angels On Bare Skin for a nice clean slate to soothe and repair. I find it makes my skin feel much more refreshed and calm and any spots I may be living with soon disappear.

If you’ve never given this cleanser ago you might want to. Because it’s so gentle, anyone can try it! It might be the perfect one for you.

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Glycerine, Kaolin, Water, Lavender Oil, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Flowers, Limonene, Linalool

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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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Foot Care, Foot Masks

Volcano Foot Mask

Lush have a lot of overlooked products. Products that seem nice but you’d never really try or be interested in. One of these is called Volcano, and let me tell you, that once you use this product once, you’ll love it.

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I’m someone who is on my feet a lot and they are constantly hurting and feeling rough. So this product was a god send for me.

This foot mask is made up of a bundle of ingredients for intensely reviving your worn out feet. It’s a clay-like texture due to cleansing Kaolin, or China Clay being the main ingredient. We also have Limeflower and Cleaver Decoction which act as greatly soothing ingredients perfect for any irritation that might be on the skin.

Fresh Tomatoes or Potatoes might not be ingredients that you’d find in many of Lush’s products but here they work wonders. Ripe tomatoes contain many ingredients beneficial to the skin including a multitude of vitamins, which make them a useful cosmetic ingredient, particularly for the feet. The refreshing, cooling and deodorising action of fresh tomatoes makes them an ideal ingredient for Volcano. Potatoes are also great for their soothing effects. Another highly nutritious ingredient is Fresh Papaya which is rich in antioxidants and has restorative and rejuvenating effects on tired skin.

The Papaya and some other ingredients such as Lemon Oil and Cinnamon Leaf Oil are also cleansing and stimulating, getting the blood flowing back to the skin.

But perhaps the two most noticeable ingredients are Menthol Crystals and Pumice.

Menthol is the active component of mint. It has a pleasantly minty aroma and it is revitalising, stimulating, cooling and soothing for skin. It’s what gives Volcano it’s lovely tingly sensation when you’ve applied it. It’s also really effective in relieving muscle and joint pain.

Pumice is the cooled, hardened and ‘frothy’ part of volcanic lava and I’m guessing this is why this foot mask is called Volcano. It get’s its bubbly texture because when the lava solidifies, gas bubbles are sealed into the rock. It’s long been used as a powerful, natural exfoliant, especially for the feet as it’s perfect to remove hard and dry skin. When you’ve washed Volcano off, you can feel the exfoliant get to work, hopefully leaving you with perfectly polished feet.

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To use a foot mask you slather about a quarter of the tub over both feet, tie a towel or plastic bag around your feet and lay back for 20 minutes allowing the mask to do its job. When you’re ready just rinse it off in the shower or bath.

My feet feel absolutely wonderful whenever I use Volcano, so soft and smooth and free of any odour and aches. It’s the perfect pick me up and it’s surely something I’ll buy time and time again.

Ingredients

Kaolin, Pumice, Limeflower and Cleaver Decoction, Fresh Tomatoes, Fresh Papaya, Potatoes, Glycerine, Bentone Gel, Menthol Crystals, Lemon Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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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.

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. 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, 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. If you aren’t careful you can end up wasting a lot of the product. So it’s always better to start with a smallish amount and add more.

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 and gentle.

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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