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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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

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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Face, Moisturisers

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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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

No Trouble (For Beards And Stubble) Naked Beard Oil

To my knowledge, this product was the first of it’s kind. Before the release of the Fathers Day 2018 range, Lush had never attempted a beard oil.

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Although this product is specifically a beard oil, there is no reason why it couldn’t be used as simply a facial oil for those without beards, and in this post I’ll be explaining how the different ingredients work on the hairs and also the skin.

No Trouble is made with a base of Illipe Butter which has been used for centuries to nourish and restore skin’s vitality, and guess what? It does the same for your hair too! The nuts of the illipe tree are 50% fat, which makes the butter they produce one of the most nourishing.

The next ingredient is mineral and vitamin rich Apricot Kernel Oil, obtained by cold pressing the stones of apricots which releases a velvety oil that softens and seals in moisture for both the skin and the hair. Along with moisturising Jojoba Oil and Olive Oil, No Trouble is perfect for giving you fabulously soft skin and a beard to match! With daily use the fears of a spiky beard are long gone.

Because of the Illipe base, this beard oil has no trouble melting against the skin’s temperature. To use you either melt it between your fingers and smooth the lovely oils over your skin or you glide the whole product straight on your face. Personally I think the latter works better as it allows you to use the right amount. Even doing this, the little bottle shaped product will surely last you half a year at least.

No Trouble (For Beards And Stubble) also has a really nice scent to it. It’s a mixture of Neroli, Sandalwood and Cedarwood so it’s a rather earthy and woody smell. I guess for a product that’s more targeted to the ∼male∼ population, it suits it very well. Sandalwood and Neroli are also known for their skin soothing effects and Cedarwood is great for sorting the excess sebum (oil) production out for both skin and hair.

I personally loved this product so much, I gifted it to all the males in my life and kept a couple for me too as I know, like a lot of seasonal exclusive products you never know whether they’ll come back the year after or not. I really hope this one does and actually I think it would be a great year-rounder, even if it’s just online.

Ingredients

Organic Illipe Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Perfume, Cedarwood Oil, Neroli Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Paprika Oleoresin, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Coumarin, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde

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Body, Massage Bars

Therapy¿ Massage Bar

One of Lush’s most famous massage bars, Therapy¿ is a gentle classic. With a lovely short list of purely natural and organic ingredients it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin.

To use a massage bar you simply glide it over the skin and the butters and oils melt with the body’s temperature and lay gently on the surface of the skin, then you simply massage it in (or preferably get someone else to do it for you!).

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With a base of aerated Cocoa and Shea butters, Therapy¿ is perfectly moisturising for your body, leaving your skin incredibly soft.

Did you know that one in four babies are born with an outie belly button? That’s where the design of Therapy¿ comes from. It features three little holes and one rounded lump on the top of it. The ingredients of Therapy¿ are perfect for helping reduce the appearance of stretch marks and a lot of new mum’s come in our store buying this massage bar for just that.

As already mentioned Cocoa and Shea Butters condition and soften the skin, Sweet Orange and Neroli Oils are great for their toning effects on the skin which helps improve it’s texture, and Lavender Oil is proven to be soothing and calming.

These essential oils combine into a sweet, floral scent which is cheerful and uplifting. Neroli has been proven to increase serotonin levels in the brain and Lavender is the perfect relaxant. Therapy not just for your skin but for your mind too!

Therapy¿ is a little less oily than some of Lush’s other massage bars, so she takes a little while longer to really get going but once she does, it’s a beautiful feeling. Once warmed up, this bar glides so smoothly over the skin leaving noticeable moisture and hydration which is then easily worked into the skin. On the top side you can use the extra little bump as a useful aid to a more sensual massage.

After use, you’re left with perfectly moisturised, soft and brighter skin. The scent also lasts for a long time and I can always smell it on my sheets or clothes after using it!

Like all of Lush’s products with a buttery base this massage bar does come with a melt warning, so make sure you aren’t storing yours somewhere where it’s going to get too warm!

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Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Organic Lavender Oil, Organic Neroli Oil, Citral, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool

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Face, Moisturisers

Skin Drink Facial Moisturiser

Thirsty skin? Give it a protecting drink!

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Skin Drink does exactly what it says on the tin, or rather pot, it quenches thirsty and dry skin.

The main ingredients are all expertly moisturising, meaning this cream is packed with nourishment. Sesame Oil is rich in vitamin E which helps the skin to stay soft and firm, it also contains a natural preservative called sesamol, helping keep this product free from oxidising and going off. Fresh Avocado and Almond Oil are both full of vitamins too, giving the skin the nourishment it needs and helping with cell regeneration. Cocoa Butter tops off the list with it’s perfect softening properties.

Skin Drink also contains both Aloe Vera Extract and Aloe Vera Gel, meaning this moisturiser is very effective at helping soothe any irritation and redness on the skin. Rose Petal Infusion is also soothing and calming but is also toning, which is good for reducing the size of pores.

The scent is a very subtle floral trio of Neroli, Evening Primrose and Rose, meaning it’s not too strong for anyone with sensitive noses. Evening Primrose is also a wonderful ingredient helping to protect and lock in the skin’s moisture.

The consistency of Skin Drink is quite thick and quite buttery as opposed to greasy or oily so it glides on smoothly and get to work straight away. Due to the high content of Sesame Oil, after it sinks in, it leaves an almost unnoticible protective layer on top of the skin which is perfect for combating the elements or for skin that gets easily damaged from wind or the cold.

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Check it out on the UK website here!

Ingredients

Water, Fair Trade Organic Sesame Oil, Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Fresh Avocado, Almond Oil, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Vera Extract, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Neroli Oil, Rose Absolute, Triethanolamine, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Face, Moisturisers

Gorgeous Facial Moisturiser

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The top dog of the moisturiser family. She’s expensive but she’s worth it. The creators didn’t hold back when creating Gorgeous, they added the best ingredients to create this beautiful face cream with no expense spared. Apparently, Lush co-founder Mark Constantine once met Princess Diana, and based his formula for this cream on her favourite moisturiser she had shown him!

This moisturiser is light, but highly effective. Freshly juiced Pineapple, Orange and Lemon juice mean this face cream is good for anyone with oily skin as fresh fruit tends to be enzymic, which means it helps break down the excess oils and dead skin cells and refine your pores, leaving you gorgeously matte. However, the addition of Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, nourishing Wheatgerm Oil and Orange Blossom Honey Water mean that Gorgeous doesn’t leave you feeling dry, just perfectly moisturised.

Avocado Oil, and also Evening Primrose Oil are a great combination to help reduce age spots and scarring. The oils from the cold-pressed avocados are full of vitamins and proteins meaning it’s the perfect restorative ingredient and the nutrient rich Evening Primrose Oil is good for soothing and calming any irritation and redness.

The smell is a tad strong, so for those who don’t like scented creams on their face then maybe that’s a con rather than a pro. But with all these lovely benefits, you could definitely look past it.

Anyone who comes into the store asking for something to help with acne scars, I will definitely show them Gorgeous. At £42.50 it’s a steep price to pay but I definitely think it’s worth it, and the countless customers that come back for it time and time again can’t be wrong either!

Buy it online here.

Ingredients

Orange Blossom Honey Water, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stearic Acid, Organic Cold Pressed Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Glycerine, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Organic Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil, Fresh Organic Orange Juice, Organic Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Orange Flower Absolute, Neroli Oil, Myrrh Resinoid, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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