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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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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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, Deodorant, Solid Deodorants

Aromaco Solid Deodorant

Right, here’s the thing. Naked, solid, natural deodorant is the way to go. Stop the roll-ons, stop the aerosols and go packaging free.

Roll-on deodorants are often packaged in plastic, and, because they are usually made up of a thicker outer layer and a thinner inner layer, they are hard to recycle. Recycling two types of plastic in one item is not yet a cost or carbon efficient process, meaning it would cost more to recycle a roll-on than it would to simply make another.

In terms of aerosols, yes they can be recycled. But it’s difficult to do so; to be recycled they must be completely clean, dry and empty, and more often than not they end up in landfill. Furthermore, the compressed gases used in aerosols have a harmful effect on CO2 emissions.

Naked, packaging free products like Aromaco are a far better option.

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Furthermore, sweat doesn’t actually smell. It’s the bacteria on the skin that smells. Most antiperspirants actually use ingredients that plug up your sweat pores, leading to bacteria getting trapped and decomposing, which is what makes the smell 10x worse.

Lush deodorants are designed so they don’t do this. They let your body do its thing, yet still keeping you fresh and dry.

Aromaco contains sodium bicarbonate which absorbs excess sweat and reduces the acidity of the skin to create an environment hostile to bacterial growth. It also contains astringent Witch Hazel (meaning it causes pore contraction, preventing excess sweat), and anti-bacterial chamomile vinegar which also has a cooling effect. Lastly, Patchouli Oil is added as the main scent, leaving you smelling sweet.

It applies exactly like you would use a roll on, you just grab the whole chunk and glide it up and down your armpit or wherever you should want it. It glides so easily because it’s so smooth!

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I find that Aromaco is the best of the best. It’s one of my ‘desert island’ products for sure! It has such a lovely cooling feeling and the patchouli makes your underarms smell fresh all day.

I honestly tell you it really works. I find it so much better than using antiperspirants and other generic deodorants, and because of the negative impact they have on the environment I don’t really see why you wouldn’t make the switch!

A word of warning though – there is a small adjustment period if you decide to make the switch to a natural deodorant. I had about a week where I was sweating more than usual and smelling bad, but actually, that’s a good thing as it means your body is sweating out all the toxins and bad stuff from your old deodorant. Once your body gets used to a gentler product, you’ll be absolutely fine.

It’s a good idea to keep your chunk of Aromaco either in the fridge or in a little pot, or at least wrapped up in greeseproof paper as it can dry out if left for too long. If that happens all you need to do it add a little bit of water to your pot and it should be as good as new.

Here‘s a really good article on why you should be using natural deodorants, and here you can check out Aromaco for yourself on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Witch Hazel Infusion, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate. Chamomile Vinegar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Patchouli Oil, Citral, Limonene, Perfume

 

 

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