Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Argan Naked Facial Oil

Argan is the last of the five naked facial oils for me to actually write about. It’s taken me this long to actually try it for myself at home as part of my everyday routine. I love how each of the naked oils is so unique and different and how Light Touch, Amazon Primer, Full of Grace and Banana Skin each have such different benefits for different skins with their incredibly diverse ingredients. With each one there’s so much to talk about and Argan definitely contains some of the best around.

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As the name suggests, Argan contains rich Argan Oil which has bountiful benefits for the skin. Argan Oil has traditionally been used as a treatment for skin conditions, including acne and eczema. It contains high levels of fatty acids including linoleic acid which is anti-inflammatory and therefore will soothe the skin, and oleic acid which will protect and condition skin as well as restore hydration. Because Argan Oil is full of vitamins and antioxidants also, it has massive replenishing and revitalising properties too.

Also for adding moisture to the skin, Argan contains a base of Cocoa and Shea Butters as well as Date Syrup. This sugary, sticky syrup actually works a lot like honey, in how protective it is, really locking moisture into the skin.

You may have heard of Rose Hip Oil being used in skincare products, or being used as the pure oil itself in place of a moisturiser. Rose Hip Oil has a long list of benefits so its no surprise it’s used so often. It contains many antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids and it’s also proven to help the formation of collagen in the skin, which may help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and hyper pigmentation, even out the skin tone and keep the skin’s elasticity.

An ingredient you might not see too often in skincare is Prickly Pear Oil. A prickly pear is a fruit from a certain type of cactus and the oil its seeds contain is thought to be one of the best natural ways to maintain skin’s youthfulness. It has the most powerful antioxidant compounds and the most effective vitamins all in very high concentration levels whilst being soothing and moisturising too.

Argan is actually part of the Rose Jam family and smells just like Rose Jam Shower Gel, Ro’s Argan Soap and the rest of the products in the scent family. A lot of people would say it’s a little too potent of a fragrance for a face moisturiser but it’s a scent I adore so I can’t say I share that same sentiment. I do however, find Argan to be a little more creamier, warmer and slightly less sweet than the standard Rose Jam smell, likely due to the format. Naturally this means that Argan contains Rose, Geranium and Lemon Oils for the aroma. Rose is well known for its soothing effects, Geranium has toning properties and Lemon gives the skin brightness. Argan lastly also contains Aloe Vera Extract to further soothe the skin.

I’m really enjoying using Argan each evening. I say evening as for me it’s a little too heavy to wear during the day, but it’s perfect as a night cream/oil. I’ve really noticed a visible difference in any redness that was beginning to appear on my face and although I’ve always been such a fan of Full of Grace, I think I may have found a new favourite! I’ll definitely be continuing to use Argan for a long while!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Date Syrup, Dried Dates, Organic Rose Hip Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Prickly Pear Oil, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

 

 

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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Banana Skin Naked Facial Oil

I’ve used Full of Grace Facial Serum for a long time now as my night-time moisturiser and it’s one of those products I don’t think I’ll ever stop using. Saying that, when Lush bought out four other naked facial oils obviously I had to try them all and so currently I’m using Banana Skin in it’s place.

Banana Skin is one of the more nourishing and hydrating bars out of the five and is full of ingredients to soften and moisturise thirsty skin. It’s base is made out of rich butters like Murumuru, Illipe and Cupuaçu. Cupuaçu has a fairly low melting point so it melts easily when it comes into contact with the warm skin, giving a generous amount of hydration. Cupuaçu Butter is also full of antioxidants, which help destroy the atoms, or groups of atoms commonly referred to as free radicals that occur as a result of normal human metabolism and exposure to sunlight, pollution and cigarette smoke. Free radicals are highly reactive and can start a damaging chain reaction in our cells, the results of which have been linked with ageing and various cancers. Banana Skin also features Mango Butter which is extracted from cold pressing the seeds of the fruits and is luxuriously soft. It’s also full of essential vitamins and minerals which benefit the skin greatly.

It would be odd if Lush created a product called Banana Skin without any banana in it right? This facial oil actually features banana in two different ingredients. Fresh Banana is added for its nourishing and conditioning effects on the skin and a tincture of banana peel which tones the skin. It’s also said to help with scarring and treating acne!

This yellow facial oil further contains Grapeseed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil and Jojoba Oil for their moisturising and emollient qualities. Grapeseed Oil and Jojoba Oil both have a high affinity with our skin cells, allowing for easy absorption. Grapeseed also possesses regenerative and restructuring qualities and is reputed to be very effective at reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scarring. Rich in vitamin A and minerals, apricots produce a velvety oil that softens and seals in moisture. Apricot Kernel Oil is full of unsaturated fats which is very beneficial for the skin.

Banana Skin is a fairly heavy moisturiser. Because it melts ever so easily, the consistency of the residue on your skin can feel quite thick, especially when you’ve over applied. I think for this particular serum bar I’m preferring to apply it to my hands first before applying the oils to my face. For this reason also I’m preferring to stick to using it at night only. Lush have included Tapioca Starch in this product to help absorb any excess oils and leave a more matte effect. It does allow for a smoother finish but unless you have dry skin then it still might be too much for you.

Scent wise, Banana Skin is gorgeous. Naturally it has a bananary element to it with sweet muskiness from Ambrette Seed Oil and Tonka Absolute and warmer notes from Sandalwood and Labdanum. It smells like rich banana pudding!

It’s bright yellow colour is actually completely natural, coming from the addition of Safflower Petal Extract!

In conclusion, I can see why Banana Skin is a great product, but it just doesn’t suit me so I  don’t think I’ll be buying it again.

Ingredients

Murumuru Butter, Organic Illipe Butter, Fresh Banana, Tapioca Starch, Organic Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Cupuaçu Butter, Mango Butter, Banana Peel Tincture, Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Ambrette Seed Oil, Tonka Absolute, Gardenia Extract, Safflower Petal Extract, Citral, Coumarin, Farnesol, Limon, Linalool, Perfume

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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Light Touch Naked Facial Oil

Light Touch is one of Lush’s solid moisturisers or ‘naked facial oils’. It’s designed to give a fairly light hydration and to promote a clear, balanced complexion. Each ingredient has been carefully chosen to calm, soothe and refresh the skin also, right down to the perfume.

As the name suggests, Light Touch is one of the less heavy facial oils in the range and it has base made up of Illipe Butter and Kokum Butter. Kokum Butter is a very stable and solid seed butter that is renowned in cosmetics for its ability to melt very fast when it comes into contact with the skin, yet remains hard otherwise. Similarly Illipe Butter has a high melting point, making it excellent in a face oil. This product also contains Shea Butter in a smaller quantity.

Light Touch further contains Safflower, Grapeseed, Meadowfoam and Jojoba Oils. Each one of these oils has a high affinity with the structure of our skin cells which means they are easily absorbed into the skin, along with other ingredients they may carry. This means they’re perfect for a lighter feel moisturiser that sinks in nicely without leaving you feeling too oily. These oils all have a high content of linoleic acid which helps to break down excess oils and is a known acne-fighter; they also all possess regenerative and antioxidant effects too.

Speaking of antioxidants, one of the main ingredients of this facial oil is mineral-rich Irish Moss Infusion. This bushy red seaweed is great at softening and soothing the skin whilst leaving it fresh from toxins. Blue Spirulina further contains many antioxidants, contains more protein than fish or cereals, and almost all the amino acids that are essential to human life, making it a renowned cosmetic ingredient, boosting skin radiance and good health. It’s also what gives the product its natural blue colour.

Witch Hazel is a popular product in skincare thanks to it being ideal to maintain clear and healthy looking skin by preventing bacterial growth and firming the skin by tightening the pores.

Light Touch’s earthy and floral fragrance comes from essential oils and ingredients that further soothe the skin – Olibanum Oil, Lavender Oil, Geranium Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil and Myrrh Resinoid. Both Lavender and Geranium Oils have balancing properties to help sort out any sebum production issues.

As someone with combination skin that’s sometimes on the oily side yet sometimes on the dry side, Light Touch really works for me because it effectively moisturises my skin without leaving any excess oils. Therefore, it’s also perfect for skins that are prone to oiliness, especially those that can get red and irritated. At the moment I’m using it both morning and night to hopefully try and get my skin rebalanced and calm and I’m loving it.

Ingredients

Illipe Butter, Kaolin, Kokum Butter, Irish Moss Infusion, Meadowfoam Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Safflower Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Silica, Perfume, Witch Hazel Extract, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Absolute, Olibanum Oil, Geranium Oil, Myrrh Resinoid, Blue Spirulina Extract, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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Imperialis Facial Moisturiser

Imperialis is a facial moisturiser designed for skin that can’t make up its mind. It’s full of balancing ingredients to help sort out the skin’s oil production. My own skin is what I’d call relatively ‘normal’ yet occasionally I find myself with dryer sections and sometimes an excess oil problem, so Imperialis is ultimately my favourite daytime moisturiser.

Imperialis is a relatively light cream that I find is really easily absorbed by the skin with a hydrating base made from Olive Oil and Cocoa and Shea Butters. Because Imperialis is a great moisturiser for all, it doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t leave any excess oils on the skin.

The remaining ingredients are mostly all infusions and extracts from many different plants, some of which have been used for centuries to restore and revive skin.

The first two ingredients in this face cream are Lavender Flower Infusion and Mullein Leaf Infusion. Lavender is arguably one of the best ingredients to help balance out sebum production of the skin and is also amazing at soothing irritation. Mullein is considered a weed and grows on uncultivated land and is included thanks to its soothing and toning action.

Orange Flower is included in both an absolute form, and distilled in water. I’d say it’s one of the main ingredients that lends it’s natural scent to the cream and is refreshing and mattifying for the skin.

Brunello lilies are one of many lily hybrids and belong to the same family as onion, leeks and garlic, which is why the plant has a similar antimicrobial quality to garlic. Lush take fresh Brunello Lily Petals, chop them very finely, strain them, and add the liquid to the product. Lilies are said to have astringent, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

Lastly, extracts from St John’s Wort, Sunflower Petals, Alkanet, Elderflower and Sweet Violet have been included for their soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory qualities too.

Honestly I’ve used so many moisturisers in the past and it wasn’t until I tried Imperialis that I stopped looking. It not only hydrates my skin perfectly but it doesn’t leave my face looking too oily and for someone who prefers a matte look, it’s great. I find that any redness or irritation is completely gone the next day after wearing it too. Although sometimes I still get the occasional day where my ‘combination’ skin is back in full force, it’s gotten so much better since I started wearing this gorgeous cream.

Check out and purchase Imperialis for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Lavender Flower Infusion, Mullein Leaf Infusion, Orange Flower Water, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stearic Acid, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Orange Flower Absolute, Brunello Lily Petals, St Johns Wort Extract, Elderflower Extract, Sweet Violet Extract, Sunflower Petal Extract, Alkanet Extract, DRF Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Amazon Primer Naked Facial Oil

Lush have recently released a whole range of naked skincare, including four brand new naked facial oils. I’ve been using Full Of Grace for a long time now and I had been hoping  for alternatives to try out! Well it seems my prayers have been answered and I couldn’t wait to try them all. Amazon Primer is designed to hydrate your skin but leave it matte and primed, allowing easier and more effective make-up application.

Amazon Primer contains many ingredients from the Amazon (hence the name). To moisturise, we have creamy Cupuaçu Butter from a project in Brazil where the fruits are actually collected along the banks of the Amazon river, protective Murumuru Butter and calming Andiroba Oil, also from the Amazon. You apply it by either warming it up in your fingers first and wiping the residue over your face, or like I do by smoothing the whole thing over your face as it is.

A starchy base of Arrowroot Powder keeps the skin matte and smooth and has been carefully chosen to give the best absorbency on the skin, and is what makes this product a good primer. Having used this with make up, I find it to be considerably better than Magical Moringa for the certain make up that I wear and actually suits Lush’s own Slapsticks rather well. It’s a lot more hydrating than Magical Moringa and although it does leave a somewhat dewy look behind, it does feel matte and allows your make up to go that little bit further.

The green colouring is completely naturally derived from Chlorophyllin and Gardenia Extract which also helps to counterbalance and neutralise any redness, as green and red are opposite on the colour wheel.

Amazon Primer furthermore contains a Lemongrass Infusion and an Alcoholic Tincture of Electric Daisies to tighten and tone, leaving behind clear and bright skin. Electric Daisies are tingling, have anaesthetic properties and are commonly used to ease toothaches. The compound responsible for these effects in the mouth is also responsible for relaxing the muscles of the face and therefore reducing the appearance of wrinkles when applied on the skin!

The fragrance is a little much for some people I’ve heard, but for me it’s just fine. A mix of Orange, Tonka and Rosewood give a woody citrus scent which you can definitely get used to! These three ingredients are from Brazil too.

I’ve been using Amazon Primer for a while now every morning in place of a moisturiser, even when I’m not wearing make-up. It’s effectively hydrating and a little really goes a long way so I believe I’ve found a new part of my skincare routine!

Check out Amazon Primer for yourself here!

Ingredients

Murumuru Butter, Arrowroot Powder, Lemongrass Infusion, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Cupuaçu Butter, Alcoholic Tincture of Electric Daisies, Rosewood Oil, Andiroba Oil, Tonka Absolute, Brazilian Orange Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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Full Of Grace Facial Serum

Quite literally full of grace, this facial serum is basically a deeply nourishing solid moisturiser with a lot of other benefits and uses! Currently it’s the only one of it’s kind in stores and I truly believe Full Of Grace to be a wonder product.

It’s base is made up of Murumuru and Cupuaçu Butters, both of which are high in oleic acid which is deeply moisturising and conditioning for the skin. Cupuaçu Butter is also an effective antioxidant, meaning it destroys the atoms of any toxins that might occur on your skin due to pollution, cigarette smoke etc.

Another potent antioxidant in this serum bar is Fresh Portobello Mushroom. Again with skin conditioning properties, the mushrooms are packed with vitamins which help defend and protect skin.

Full of Grace is also incredibly soothing because one of the main ingredients is Calamine Powder, which is mainly zinc oxide combined with a dash of iron oxide. Sounds kinda scary for your skin but actually it’s one of the most soothing ingredients around and is totally safe. Chamomile and Rose are also effectively calming and give the serum it’s light floral, herbal smell.

Because of all these beautifully repairing and restorative ingredients, along with the addition of nourishing Almond Oil, Full Of Grace is perfect for those with acne scars and wrinkles as it really helps to promote cell regeneration. I find that even though I don’t particularly suffer with either of these issues, my complexion is brightened and my skin feels so rejuvenated since I started using it.

I personally use Full of Grace every evening as my night cream because of how rich it is. I’m not particularly dry so it can leave me looking a little oily, which is why I’d rather not wear it in the day. A lot of people use theirs as a primer and another excellent use for it is to use it before you apply a face mask. Almond Oil is a great carrier oil which deeply penetrates the skin and therefore pulls the mask deeper into the skin. The massage you give yourself when applying also boosts circulation and gets the skin ready to clear out all the toxins!

MELT WARNING – be careful where you store it! I left mine in a place where it got too warm once and sadly it melted, so I now keep mine in a little pot incase it happens again!

Check out Full of Grace for yourself here.

Ingredients 

Murumuru Butter, Calamine Powder, Cupuaçu Butter, Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Organic Almond Oil, Perfume, Fresh Portobello Mushrooms, Chamomile Blue Oil, Rose Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Citral, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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Skin’s Shangri La Facial Moisturiser

With Tibetan origins, a Shangri-La is described as a paradise of complete bliss, delight and peace, especially one seen as an escape from ordinary life. This moisturiser definitely takes your skin to it’s happy place for a wholly rejuvenating experience.

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I first started using Skin’s Shangri La when I was looking for a night cream and it was excellent in that role. It’s a really rich moisturiser that’s perfect for someone with dry skin, mature skin, or skin that’s in need of some extra TLC.

The main ingredient is an odd one. It’s something called ‘Queen of Hungary Water’, which is a distilled product made up of rosemary and alcohol and is what ended up as the basis for the world’s first alcohol based perfume. The legend goes that this ‘tonic’ was made for Queen Elisabeth of Hungary (1305-1380), but there are some conflicting facts and legends about the exact date of invention, and even conflicts about whom the potion was originally made for.

For a youthful appearance, one was supposed to drink the tonic, rub it on the skin, inhale it and bathe in it. Rosemary is rich with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties whilst vodka is astringent and toning, minimising the appearance of pores. Lush included this interesting ingredient because this moisturiser is a step towards a healthy and youthful appearance.

Skin’s Shangri La is full of many antioxidants. Antioxidants are perfect for mature or damaged skin as they do a lot for the health and appearance of the skin, including reducing the signs of ageing. Fresh Wheatgrass is rich in nourishing vitamins and protein, great for promoting cell regeneration; Wheatgerm Oil to plump the skin and Almond Oil is another vitamin rich ingredient that is also incredibly hydrating .

We also have a great deal of moisturising ingredients such as the Almond Oil; conditioning Jojoba Oil, which is easily absorbed by the skin; highly nutritious Toothed Wrack Seaweed, which helps the skin to retain moisture; protective Beeswax and deeply conditioning Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil.

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Because it’s an incredibly rich cream, I’d personally prefer to use it in the evenings to rejuvenate my skin over night. Though dryer and mature skins could get away with using it as part of their morning routines. It’s also a great moisturiser to use during the Winter as it’s great for protecting the skin against the bitter cold!

After using, I not only feel intensely hydrated but incredibly soothed as well. Skin’s Shangri La also features Aloe Vera Gel and Evening Primrose Oils to help calm any irritation or redness.

This is one of Lush’s more scented moisturisers so for someone who dislikes too much of a smell for their face then perhaps this isn’t for you. Though saying that, it is a lovely scent of nutty vanillary goodness.

For more information on all of the beneficial ingredients Skin’s Shangri La boasts, check it out on the Lush UK website here!

Ingredients

Queen of Hungary Water, Fair Trade Almond Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fresh Wheatgrass Juice, Toothed Wrack Seaweed, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Organic Cold Pressed Evening Primrose Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil, Beeswax, Vanilla Absolute, Violet Leaf Absolute, Lanolin, Triethanolamine, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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