Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Tea Totaler Naked Cleansing Balm

Lush’s naked cleansing balms were previously only available in Lush’s naked stores in both Milan and Berlin, and were first shown in the UK at 2018’s Creative Showcase in Manchester! However, more recently Lush launched their range of naked skincare which included cleansers and facial oils in all stores across the UK and I am unbelievably happy to finally have them!

Although I’ve already tried Jade Roller which I got on really well with, I opted to try Tea Totaler next as it’s probably the one best suited for my own face, especially as I’m suffering with mild breakouts at the moment.

Tea Totaler is packed with cleansing, antibacterial ingredients for calm, clean and balanced skin. Tea Tree Oil is well known for its blemish clearing properties and has been scientifically proven to be super effective at fighting against bacteria. A generous helping of herbal ingredients, being Thyme, Sage, Lemongrass and Rosemary oils, purify the skin, help to rebalance sebum production and keep breakouts under control.

The cleanser’s base is made from Castor Oil and Safflower Oil, solidified with the help of Illipe Butter, Japan Wax and Sunflower Wax. Safflower Oil is considered as a great smoother and emollient for the skin and it probably has the highest percentage of unsaturated fats out of all the oils. It contains a high level of linoleic acid, which is a well known acne-fighter, and is also rich in vitamin E, a great antioxidant. Traditional uses of Castor Oil include the treatment of skin problems, burns, irritation and abrasions. This base also helps to lightly hydrate the skin during usage.

The only problem with having a base so rich in butters and oils is that it’s quick to melt when it gets warm. When you use it, you’re supposed to apply the whole thing by directly wiping it over your face and massaging in the oils it leaves behind, before washing off with a damp wash cloth. However, try not to leave the bar for too long on your face as it really melts quite quickly and you don’t want to waste any of this fantastic product!

When you’re wiping it off, as a bonus, adding water activates a toning phase, much like Jade Roller. Witch Hazel, Sea Salt and Spring Water furthermore help in the fight against spots and pimples but they also tighten skin for a more youthful and fresh appearance.

At first I was unsure about this product, I wasn’t really noticing any differences or changes but with continual use I’m finding my skin feels a lot tighter (but not dry!) and smoother, my breakouts have been majorly reduced and I look much more rejuvenated and refreshed, which I’m very pleased with!

Check out Tea Totaler and the rest of the new naked skincare range here at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Illipe Butter, Castor Oil, Safflower Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Spring Water, Sunflower Wax, Japan Wax, Lemongrass Oil, Rosemary Oil, Sage Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Thyme Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Hand Harvested Sea Salt, Citral, Limonene

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask

Brazened Honey is a great mask for a detox and for when you want to reawaken tired skin. It contains many ingredients designed to deeply cleanse, improve circulation and brighten the complexion.

This bright mustard coloured mask contains a multitude of Ayurvedic herbs and spices. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. A lot of the treatments are plant based, using herbs and spices.

Fresh Fennel is used for it’s antibacterial properties to cleanse the skin and is also very stimulating, getting the blood flowing to the skin, reawakening the complexion. Anti-inflammatory Ginger and soothing Clove Bud Oil are also effective stimulants.

Turmeric is added for it’s soothing and antioxidant qualities and Parsley, Coriander and Cardamom also feature to help purify the skin.

Other fantastic cleansing ingredients are Kaolin, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion and Fresh Lime Juice. Kaolin, which features in a lot of Lush’s fresh face masks makes up a majority of the base and draws out impurities. The infusion of the three botanicals is not only antiseptic but also help to balance the skin’s sebum production and refreshing Lime Juice brightens and eats away at any excess oils.

Brazened Honey also features Honey and Free-Range Eggs so sadly this product isn’t currently vegan. Honey is not only naturally anti-bacterial, it’s also incredibly moisturising, whilst protein rich Eggs contain lots of vitamin A which helps to maintain healthy skin by regulating sebum production.

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I love the feeling of my skin after using this face mask, it feels so smooth and polished due to it containing Ground Almond Shells to give a light exfoliation, but also because of the wonderful purifying ingredients. It really gives me a glow and is perfect for those sluggish mornings! Personally, I’m not a massive fan of the spicy, herbal scent but I can definitely look past if for the great benefits!

Take a look at Brazened Honey for yourself over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion, Fresh Organic Free Range Eggs, Honey, Glycerine, Fresh Fennel, Ground Almond Shells, Almond Oil, Bentone Gel, Fresh Ginger Root, Fresh Organic Parsley, Fresh Organic Coriander, Turmeric Powder, Ground Cardamom, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Oil, Vetivert Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Perfume

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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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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Assassin Shower Gel

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To be honest, I think this is one of my favourite ever shower gels. It’s so unexpectedly amazing in every way. I won one as part of competition in store and I received it and thought it smelled okay, but after using it time and time again, I fell in love. Much like a deadly assassin, this gel silently made its way into my all time favourite Lush products.

Lets start with the scent. It’s quite woody and mossy, yet still quite fresh and natural. A fab five of Oakmoss Absolute and Cypress, Pine, Lemon and Patchouli Oils. The Oakmoss is definitely the most pungent out of the five, adding an earthy tone which makes Assassin remind me of being in damp, overgrown forests as a child, exploring and camping in the woods.

The Pine and Cypress oils add a wooded, fresh, almost sweet scent to the earthiness of the Oakmoss, which compliments it well. It’s easy to make a comparison with the Grass family scent, yet Assassin seems a little sweeter. The Lemon and Patchouli are somewhat undetectable yet still add subtle base notes to the fragrance.

I was really pleased at how the clean-feeling scent stays with you through most of your day, I found myself still smelling my arms after my morning shower well into the evening. I find that it’s really great for grounding and focusing the mind away from life’s stresses and distractions.

Another wonderfully surprising feature is how moisturising Assassin is. One of it’s main ingredients happens to be Agar Agar Gel, and even after reading the ingredients list, I still didn’t expect it to be as softening as it is. Agar Agar is a jelly like substance derived from algae, which like seaweed, is extremely good to nourish and hydrate skin. My skin honestly felt beautiful after every use.

When I went to Spain in the summer of last year, Assassin was the shower gel I took with me; and like most of us fair-skinned British denizens, I got rather sunburnt because I clearly wasn’t wearing enough Sesame Suntan Lotion. Assassin Shower Gel contains Chicory and Rosemary infusions, both of which are really effective at soothing and calming any irritation or any redness, and boy did it help with my sunburn! I was really thankful it was the one I bought with me!

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Unfortunately Assassin was a limited edition Lush Kitchen product so the thought of never being able to experience a shower with it again is super upsetting. Fingers crossed that like with so many other discons and limited editions, Assassin makes a return to the website (or shelves?!) some day.

Ingredients

Water, Agar Agar Gel, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Chicory Infusion, Rosemary Infusion, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Cypress Oil, Pine Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Patchouli Oil, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Chlorophyllin, 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.

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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 and 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, then 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 and if you aren’t careful you can end up wasting a lot of the product).

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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.

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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