Body, Body Lotions

Little Pot Of Energy Naked Body Lotion

At the moment, Lush really are paving the way for packaging free cosmetics. Nearly every product you can think of, whether it’s shampoo or moisturiser, has a naked and packaging free alternative. Although you could argue that their massage bars are technically naked body moisturisers, Little Pot Of Energy is currently the only ‘naked body lotion’ you can find in all stores.

I love how Lush design their naked lotions to look like their pots. It not only makes the product look cute but allows for an easy grip when you’re stroking it over you body. Essentially, Little Pot Of Energy works in the same way as a massage bar, melting against the heat of the skin and leaving behind a layer of hydration ready to be massaged in.

Little Pot Of Energy contains a mixture between Cocoa and Shea Butters as it’s moisturising base. Both butters are well known in the cosmetics industry for their abilities to really hydrate the skin and as great emulsifiers in naked products. Two waxes from vegetable sources have also been included in the product’s base to help it retain it’s shape, whilst also having their own protective and skin-softening benefits. Lush have further included rich Almond Oil which is full of vitamins essential for maintaining and repairing healthy skin. Almond Oil is one of the best moisturising oils you’ll find, perfect for a body moisturiser.

If you read this blog a lot, you’ll know I’m not a massive lover of citrusy or orangey scents. And considering this product literally smells like orange-flavoured sweets, I can’t say I’m its biggest fan. Little Pot Of Energy contains Grapefruit Oil as well as Orange Puree and Pink Grapefruit Puree for an uplifting, energising scent, it’s called the way it is for a reason! Lush have chosen specifically Pink Grapefruit because it’s sweeter than the standard yellow variety, otherwise I would probably think the scent would be too sharp. The high vitamin C content of both oranges and grapefruits works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten.

The zesty refreshing scent is easily transferred onto the skin after using the product where it’ll stay for a good few hours. I find it to be really quite potent as it’s almost like wearing a whole perfume so I apply it sparingly. Although the scent might not appeal to me, how it makes my skin feel really does. It melts so easily onto the body and really leaves skin softer and well nourished, I can use this in the morning and well into the evening I’ll still be noticing how smooth my skin feels, which is really quite something.

In conclusion, whilst I don’t think I’ll be opting for Little Pot Of Energy again, I think it’s a great body lotion option for someone who wants to go naked, but doesn’t like the typical massage bar shape. Of course, if you’re a citrus fan that is!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Orange Puree, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Grapefruit Oil, Perfume, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140:1

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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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Base & Coverage, Make Up

Slapstick Solid Foundation

A while ago, Lush really started expanding their somewhat dated make-up range. The first thing to come out of this was their innovative solid foundations, called Slapsticks. I remember seeing these for the first time and honestly being in awe of them. There’s a whopping forty shades, separated into three undertones depending whether you are cool, warm or neutral. They’re also vegan, cruelty free (of course) and also zero-waste and naked, save for the black wax you use to hold the product and the cardboard packaging it comes in! How cool is that?!

Each Slapstick is an enriching, highly buildable blend of gentle ingredients and pigment to give a medium coverage and to make your complexion glow. They’re composed of 14% pigment and 45% Indonesian Coconut Oil. The Coconut Oil base means that the Slapsticks feel so soft and make for an easy application, as well as keeping your skin hydrated underneath. Jojoba Oil allows the product to sink into the skin nicely and blends beautifully with a quadruple threat of Candelilla, Sunflower, Rose and Orange Peel Waxes to help the colour and pigment last. Each solid foundation also contains rich Argan Oil and Oat Kernel Oil to rejuvenate, lock in moisture and really nourish the skin.

All these ingredients are super gentle even for sensitive skins and frankly I’ve never felt a more nourishing foundation. I’ve seen a couple of reviews where people have said that the Slapsticks aren’t good for people with oily skin as it leaves them feeling too greasy. Personally I’ve not had that issue but I don’t have oily skin, my suggestion would be to perhaps try one in store and see how you feel first.

Although they’re foundation, I’d argue that with just one layer, the Slapsticks feel a lot more like BB Cream than anything else, which is perfect for me as that’s what I’ve been using before. The great thing is, if you want more coverage, you can continue to apply layers until you’ve got the desired outcome, without it feeling cakey or too heavy, even with all the oils it contains. I apply mine straight on my face in smallish sections and then blend in with a general buffing brush, though you can use your fingertips or a sponge to suit your needs. It leaves a fairly dewy finish but you can easily mattify with the help of a powder.

As I mentioned already, there are 40 different shades, making the range one of the most inclusive out there. There are four families of the Slapstick shades: dark, medium dark, medium-light and light and within each family are 10 different shades numbered from the darkest shade (40) to the lightest (1). Each shade then has either the letter N, C or W to indicate your skin’s undertone, standing for warm, cool and neutral. The best way to find out your undertone is to look at the underside of your wrist. If the veins there are mostly blue or purple, you’ll lean towards cooler hues, while greens indicate a warmer tone. An even mix of both suggests you’re a neutral.

If you really aren’t sure and you’re definitely interested you can pop into one of the stores that currently carries the range such as Oxford Street or Liverpool Spa and a staff member there will be happy to help you match your shade. I currently use 8N as my skin is relatively light with neutral undertones, though when I’m slightly more tan I’ll use 9W or a mixture of both for a more sun-kissed finish.

I’m super impressed with my (now second) Slapstick. I had a few issues at first with it melting slightly in the hotter temperatures and applying way too much when I was getting used to it but now I use it almost every day (or at least whenever I wear make-up). The best thing about it is just how versatile it is, you can use it to contour, to conceal or for total coverage and obviously all this comes at no cost to the environment as even the wax seal is biodegradable. You can find and purchase the range here at the Lush UK website, I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Ingredients (Slapstick)

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Candelilla Wax, Glycerine, Organic Jojoba Oil, Silica, Sunflower Wax, Oat Kernel Oil, Orange Peel Wax, Rose Wax, Argan Oil, Talc, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Cetearyl Alcohol, CI77492, CI77491, C177499, Black Wax

Ingredients (Wax Seal)

Black Wax, Perfume, Rose Absolute, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellal, Geraniol, Linalool

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Snow Fairy Naked Body Conditioner

As always, Lush are constantly trying to reduce plastic by developing their innovative ideas. Christmas 2017 saw the first release of Naked Body Conditioners alongside their potted counterparts to give people the choice to use a pot or not. I think it’s so cute how they’ve designed them to look like the pots.

A body conditioner is basically an in-shower moisturiser. And where you’d apply a scoop of the liquid variety, with this version, you pick up the whole thing and apply much like you would a massage bar, rubbing it all over and massaging the product in.

At first glance, the hot pink colour of Snow Fairy Naked Body Conditioner is a lot darker than the potted version‘s more light bubblegum pink colour. Nevertheless, they are basically the same product, the solid version simply has extra ingredients to keep it solid.

The amount of Cocoa Butter in this version is significantly more, and Lush have added two waxes from vegetable sources, Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax, to help solidify the product along with two extra butters – Illipe and Shea. The addition of these ingredients of course changes how the product feels on your skin, I’d say that this version seems a lot more oily and thicker once it’s on your skin and therefore I believe it to be the more moisturising of the two, but because of this it can take longer to sink in.

Furthermore, because of the extra waxes, it does seem to leave your skin feeling more protected and nourished than the potted version but just make sure you really are rubbing it all in otherwise you might be left with a pinky hue to your skin!

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Weirdly, the scent of this version doesn’t seem as sweet and I’m not entirely sure I can figure out why, but I imagine it to be because of the extra ingredients masking the sweet synthetic musk that makes up the Snow Fairy scent. Moreover, the scent actually lasts longer on your skin with the non-naked version.

In conclusion, its hard to decide which version I prefer but I might have to side with the naked. I really love a body conditioner and I love the oily rich, but not greasy effect they leave you skin with and I find this version gives slightly more of that.

If you’re not going naked this Christmas, make sure you’re holding on to your black pots to bring back to a local Lush to be recycled and reused! Hold on to five and you’ll be able to get a free Fresh Face Mask as a thank you!

Check out this naked body conditioner here!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cherry Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Perfume, Carnauba Wax, Organic Illipe Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Avocado Butter, Mango Butter, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Lauryl Betaine, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 45380:3

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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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