Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Gritti Politti Naked Cleansing Balm

Apparently this naked cleansing balm is named after the British band Scritti Politti but I’m sorry to say I have no idea who they are…

Gritti Politti is one of five new cleansing balms that debuted as part of a whole Naked Skincare launch and is the only one to feature an exfoliant. It contains Ground Coconut Shell to gently scrub away at dead skin and cleanse your pores! I know some people have said they’d rather it be a little more abrasive but for me it’s absolutely perfect and I’m currently using it every other night to cleanse my face.

To use this cleanser you can either melt it between your fingers and then massage it in your skin or swipe the bar as a whole over your face. I personally prefer to do the latter as I find it doesn’t really feel very exfoliating at all if you do the former. You simply then just wipe clean with a damp face cloth!

The actual bar itself is made from two types of butter as well as Coconut Oil. Cupuaçu Butter is a soft and nourishing emollient which protects and moisturises the skin, as well as being full of antioxidants. A new ingredient for Lush is Kokum Butter, which is also highly moisturising. Because of both of these butters’ ability to melt very quickly upon contact with the skin, Gritti Politti leaves behind a greatly nourishing residue that will make your face feel superbly soft and hydrated. However, it does mean that you have to be careful not to store it anywhere where it’ll get too warm, else it’ll melt!

Because of the high oil content, like all of the naked cleansing balms, Gritti Politti is great at removing make up.

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This cleansing balm has a beautiful buttery coconut scent to it due to all the ingredients I’ve already spoken about but Lush have also added couple more to enhance the sweet and natural fragrance. It incorporates Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Vetivert Oil which all have extra benefits for the skin as a bonus. Rosewood is antiseptic and balancing, whereas the three others are soothing and protective.

I’ve loved all the cleansing balms so far and Gritti is no exception. I adore how soft and nourished my skin feels each time I use it and it also makes my face feel adequately clean too. It’s so gentle and would make the perfect exfoliator for someone with dry and sensitive skin. It’s for sure something I’m going to continue to purchase and use!

You can check it out for yourself here over at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Cupuaçu Butter, Kokum Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Ground Coconut Shell, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Linalool, Perfume

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Cloak Of Invisibility Bath Oil

When I’m looking for a product to accompany me into my bath, I rarely ever give the range of bath oils a chance. I’ve used a few in my time, but apart from my indisputable favourite Furze, none of them really spark joy to me. I love bath bombs and bubble bars because of the element of fun, something I kinda feel the bath oils lack. Nevertheless, I opted for one I hadn’t tried before for my bath tonight, mostly because it smells similar to one of my favourite perfumes. I chose Cloak Of Invisibility.

The idea behind this one is that it’s meant to make you feel invisible from all your worries, so you can have a relaxing bath in peace, and with a strong scent of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Rosewood, it allows you to have just that.

With the first two scent ingredients being Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, Cloak Of Invisibility is very similar to the heady scent of Lust Perfume. If you don’t know the perfume, Lust is mainly about the sexy and intoxicating scent of the Jasmine mixed with sweet and floral Ylang Ylang. In this bath oil, it’s somewhat subdued, perhaps dampened by the surrounding butters, and the addition of the Rosewood adds a resinous note that distinctly differs it from Lust. It’s much more subtle and floral, so if you prefer that side to the perfume then this might be a nice option for you.

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As a bath oil, it’s designed to melt in your warm bath water, imbuing it with the moisturising and hydrating benefits of the butters and oils that they’re made from. Cloak Of Invisibility is one of the more solid bath oils in the range and is predominately Cocoa Butter, with smaller amounts of Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Almond Oil too. Almond Oil is a wonder ingredient, as it’s packed with vitamin E with nourishes and deeply conditions the skin.

Once I had popped mine in the bath, it unfortunately sank to the bottom where it sat, slowly softening in the water. They’re usually known to float and I’m gutted not to get any better photos of my own, so I stole this one below from Lush!

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Bath oils take around ten minutes to fully melt and once this one had, it gave the water a slight orange hint that was moderately filled with glistening golden lustre. I was pleased to realise that the scent was staying with me throughout my soak, helping me relax and sink in to my meditative bath. Once I was out, my skin was gorgeously moisturised, yet not oily, and the scent remained in a subtler version on my skin for a good while after!

Check out this bath oil for yourself here over at Lush UK!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Laureth 4, Cream Of Tartar, Perfume, Organic Shea Butter, Jasmine Absolute, Rosewood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 14700, Colour 77491

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Cleansers, Face, Facial Soaps

Coalface Facial Soap

Originally Coalface was a one-off limited edition that wasn’t even for public release. One of Lush’s co-founders made this facial soap for a film company when they relaunched the film ‘Annie Hall’ because the character of Annie used to wash her face with black soap for her complexion. However Lush liked it so much they decided to keep it!

Being a facial soap, it’s a lot gentler than soap for your hands and body so don’t worry about it being too strong for your face as it’s actually really soothing!

It’s main ingredient is Liquorice Root Decoction, which is mixed into the base of Coconut and Rapeseed Oils. Topically, it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturising, cleansing gently and effectively. It has been used for years by herbalists to aid wound healing.

The liquorice also makes up a big potion of Coalface’s scent with other notes coming from Charcoal, Rosewood and Sandalwood. I actually don’t mind the smell, but some people are really put off by it, though it’s not really a product that’s designed for its fragrance, and you can definitely look past it for its benefits.

Powdered Charcoal gives Coalface a slightly gritty texture, designed to deeply exfoliate your skin. It’s also super absorbent, helping clear excess oils and sebum.

Furthermore, earthy smelling Sandalwood Oil adds to the soothing properties of this facial soap, whilst antiseptic Rosewood Oil helps to combat breakouts.

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To use you simply lather it up in your hands before massaging over the skin and rinsing away.

Personally, I love Coalface and currently use it every morning to clear my skin from blackheads and excess oils built up overnight. I can understand it can be hard to tell if something like this is going to work for you and your skin, but remember at Lush we’ll always give a good consultation in store, offer you a sample and even allow you to bring back a purchase for a full refund or exchange if it’s really not working for you!

And as always, send me a message if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help!

Ingredients

Liquorice Root Decoction, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil, Water, Perfume, Linalool, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil, Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Geraniol, Colour 77491

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