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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Soap

Golden Pear Soap

This beauty was first released as part of the Christmas range last year, was really popular and was definitely one of the stand outs to me and a lot of people I know. Luckily for us, Lush realised this and bought Golden Pear back for a second year.

I’m not sure what it is about a sparkly gold coloured pear that’s just so festive but it really is! It looks great sat in a soap dish and is a nice way to decorate your bathroom for the holiday season! The clove embedded on top to represent the stalk is a nice little touch.

The best thing about this soap however, is the smell. It smells so beautiful and decadent. The inclusion of Pear Puree gives a lot to the scent, like a freshly baked pear it’s really indulgent and comforting especially with the addition of warming notes from Cardamom Oil and Sandalwood Oil. Furthermore, with the inclusion of Orange Oil, the scent is like warm fruit tarts covered in Christmas spices, it’s syrupy sweet and also richly fruity; I urge you to go to a Lush store near you and smell it for yourself. If you don’t love it then something is possibly wrong with you.

Unlike most of Lush’s soaps which begin with a base of rapeseed and coconut oils, Golden Pear’s main ingredients are Coconut Oil, Castor Oil and Cocoa Butter creating a creamy base that feels so luxurious and creates a beautifully thick and rich lather. Castor Oil is an antiseptic and conditioning oil easily absorbed by the skin whilst Cocoa Butter helps your skin lock in well needed moisture at this time of the year.

As well as being delicately cleansing, I really believe the Pear Puree adds to the decadent feel of this soap. Nourishing and repairing Almond Oil and Agave Nectar also feature for their moisturising and conditioning benefits.

Golden Pear is definitely one of Lush’s more moisturising soaps. The two halves of the pear are sandwiched together with a layer of rich Murumuru Butter which you can really feel as you rub the soap between your hands or across your body. I’m not a fan of the soaps that can leave you with that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling so it’s a real positive for me.

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All in all, I love Golden Pear Soap. It really makes a perfect gift for my friends and for myself and I hope that Lush bring it back every year!

Did you know currently online they’ve got Golden Pear in a bath bomb format as well as a body spray? I’m gagged! Stay tuned for posts on both!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Pear Puree, Perfume, Glycerine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Murumuru Butter, Almond Oil, Organic Agave Syrup, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Colour 77491, Fair Trade Whole Organic Clove

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Holey Night Bath Bomb

Holey Night Bath Bomb is a new product for this year’s Winter seasonal range and features a new bath bomb design and a new fragrance too! It’s a classic spherical shape with holes/craters on the surface allowing you to see the yellow core of the product. For those like me who suffer from Trypophobia (a fear of clusters of small holes) it’s a little off putting but I enjoyed using mine nonetheless.

I wouldn’t say there’s anything that screams Christmas or the holiday season about this product. I feel like it’s somewhat space-like in design and I’m pretty sure it’s inspired by a moon or an asteroid which makes me wonder whether it’s more suited to the year round range, despite the name. The fragrance it sports isn’t exactly festive either. It’s a combination of Lemon, Rose and Sandalwood and offers a woody, bright floral aroma.

The Sandalwood is arguably the main component of the scent, however the woodiness is brightened by both the Lemon and the Rose and creates quite a deep and complex, yet still gentle fragrance, at least to my nose anyway. I’m actually rather glad that the Lemon isn’t overpowering because frankly, I’m fed up with all the predominately citrusy scents Lush keep bringing out.

A nice thing about Holey Night is that if you’re really steady when you’re placing it in the water, you can actually get it to float and stay upright rather than spinning like most ballistics do. Obviously the first colour to paint the bathwater is the blue, but you’ll be surprised to find that the yellow isn’t actually very noticeable, it gives way fairly quickly to a hidden red colour which spills out the holes. Patterns of blue and red cover the surface before mixing to a final turquoise colour that radiated the uplifting and meditative scent.

After the bath bomb had fully dissolved I noticed that the water was extremely soft due to Holey Night containing Soya Milk Powder which makes it seem more creamy and smoother than other bombs – along with the Rose it’s perfect for soothing and calming irritated or red skin. As with most of Lush’s Christmas bath bombs, Holey Night is filled with glitter, however it wasn’t as noticeable on my skin as it was in the bath.

As soon as I jumped out my skin felt so soft and there was a hint of a more powdery version of the scent on my skin for the remainder of my evening.

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This is definitely an overlooked Bath Bomb from the range this year, it’s surprisingly indulgent and really creates amazing bath art! Definitely a must try before they’re out of stock, so get your hands on one soon! Check it out and order one for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soya Milk Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Water, Cream of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 42090:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140, Colour 42090, Colour 15850:1, Cl45410:1

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