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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Foundation & Base, 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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Face, Face Masks

Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask

I’m one of those people who cannot survive without coffee. I have to have a cup as soon as I wake up otherwise I won’t make it through the morning, or rather everyone around me won’t. I love the taste, I love the smell, so it comes as no surprise that Cup O’ Coffee is one of my favourite products from Lush and my all-time favourite face mask.

As soon as you crack open the lid, you’re hit with a strong coffee aroma which can put you off if that’s not your cup of tea, or coffee rather. Coffee contains a high amount of caffeine, which is a stimulant to the brain, waking you up and giving you energy if you consume it. Likewise, it is also a stimulant for the skin. Cup O’ Coffee contains an infusion made from coffee beans which boosts circulation to the skin, reviving and brightening the complexion. Lush have also included Caffeine Powder to boost that effect.

Although Cup O’ Coffee is a mask, it contains Ground Coffee which acts as an effective exfoliant when you’re washing it off. It’s actually fairly scrubby on the skin which is perfect for deeply cleansing pores and removing dirt. Ground Coffee is one of the best eco-friendly alternatives to plastic microbeads. I will never understand why companies still continue to use highly damaging ingredients in their products when nature provides an alternative.

This mask actually has a fairly moist and sticky texture due to the addition of Agave Syrup. Like honey, this syrup is highly antibacterial and anti-inflammatory as well was being moisturising for the skin. This definitely makes the scrub a little less harsh and leaves the skin feeling soft and nourished once removed. Also added for their cleansing benefits are Kaolin, which draws out the impurities in the skin, and Bentone Gel which is great for absorbing excess sebum.

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Lastly a few other ingredients have been included mostly to enhance the mask’s scent, but each have their own individual properties too. Vanilla Absolute is soothing and antibacterial when applied to the skin. Vanilin, its main aromatic compound, is antioxidant and contributes to restoring skin’s brightness and softness. Coriander Oil and Vetivert Oil are warming and stimulating, contributing to the mask’s main benefits and lastly Roasted Cocoa Extract gives a rich aroma to the product whilst also being soothing.

I love the feeling after using this mask. My skin always feels so smooth and honestly looks noticeably brighter and healthier. Dull skin no more! Furthermore, I often get bored of products and I love changing up my routine but Cup O Coffee is definitely one of my desert island products that I doubt I’ll ever stop using. Do not stop making this product Lush!!

Ingredients

Organic Agave Syrup, Kaolin, Glycerine, Coffee Infusion, Talc, Ground Coffee, Bentone Gel, Perfume, Vetivert Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Roasted Cocoa Extract, Coriander Oil, Caffeine Powder, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool

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Face, Toner Waters, Toners

Breath Of Fresh Air Toner Water

Out of the three toner waters Lush do, Breath Of Fresh Air is arguably the most refreshing and hydrating. I love to use it at work during the summer to instantly cool and refresh my skin (when I’m not wearing make-up of course!).

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Breath Of Fresh Air’s main two ingredients are Spring Water and Fresh Sea Water. Lush’s Spring Water comes from underground lakes in Dorset. The water there is recognised internationally for its purity and high levels of sodium, which preserves elasticity of blood vessels. Spring Water is also full of vital minerals that benefit the skin. The Sea Water Lush use comes from the crystal clear waters in Studland Bay on the south coast of England and is also full of sodium and other minerals that the skin craves.

This toner water is chock full of soothing ingredients such as Aloe Vera Gel, which is excellent at calming redness and irritation, whilst softening the skin. Carrageenan Extract is derived from a type of seaweed and anything containing seaweed is great at hydrating and nourishing the skin.

In terms of scent, Breath Of Fresh Air has a fresh scent with floral and earthy notes and something very ‘oceanic’ about it. It contains essential oils from Rosemary and Patchouli along with Rose Absolute and Seaweed Absolute. Each one of these oils and absolutes have great soothing properties, with Rose and Rosemary being balancing and Seaweed Absolute being full of essential nutrients too.

Although Tea Tree Water is a staple in my skincare routine as my toner, during the summer I love to spritz Breath Of Fresh Air if I’m in need of a little pick me up on a hot day. On the side of the bottle it suggests taking it on long haul flights to combat cabin pressure skin, which sounds like a great use though I’ve not tried it myself.

You can find out more about this toner water here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Spring Water, Fresh Sea Water, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Perfume, Carrageenan Extract, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Limonene, Linalool, Methylparaben

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Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Sleepy Face Naked Cleansing Balm

Out of all the naked cleansing balms Lush released earlier this year, Sleepy Face was probably the one I wasn’t that excited about trying as it’s mainly designed for people with more sensitive skin in mind and to calm and soothe. My skin isn’t particular sensitive, nor does it get easily irritated so Sleepy Face isn’t something I’d usually go for, but nevertheless, I’ll give anything a go once.

Sleepy Face was designed around Lush’s best selling body lotion, Sleepy. It contains many of the same ingredients such as Illipe Butter, Lavender, Almond Oil and Oat Milk to name a few and therefore has the same incredibly soothing and calming effects as its predecessor.

Sleepy Face has a base comprised of three luxurious butters: Cocoa, Shea and Illipe. These gorgeously hydrating butters all have slightly different melting points which gives the cleanser a richly oily texture when in use, but allows it to retain its pretty solid shape. Each cleansing balm melts with the skin’s temperature so there’s no need to add water to get them going.

The pink colour of this product is completely natural, thanks to a herb called Alkanet, which has been extracted in organic Jojoba Oil. Alkanet itself has both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties whilst the Jojoba Oil sinks deep into the skin to add hydration and helps to balance out the skin’s sebum production.

Lavender is also incredibly balancing for the skin and is a wonderful ingredient to help soothe redness and irritation. It also has a soothing effect for the mind, which is why you see it feature in so many of Lush’s more ‘relaxing’ products, including Sleepy Body Lotion, which helps to promote a peaceful sleep.

Oat Milk is another ingredient used for its impressive soothing and calming effects. Oats have been used for thousands of years as a way to soothe and gently treat the skin topically. The milk they produce is rich and nourishing with highly protective qualities.

Lastly, Sleepy Face contains Almond Oil which is moisturising and packed with vitamin E to maintain healthy and glowing skin.

Oddly enough, Sleepy Face kinda smells like a rich dark chocolate with a hint of floral Lavender. It’s probably the Cocoa Butter along with the Oat Milk that give it this creamy aroma that I’m actually really loving.

On the skin it feels gentle, yet super nourishing. You use a cleansing balm by swiping it over your face until enough of the residue is covering your skin, massage it in and wipe off with a damp face cloth or cotton pad. The oils it leaves behind really do sink in easily and it left my skin feeling fairly hydrated and cleansed.

Although I’d probably not go for Sleepy Face again once mine has run out, I can appreciate why some people are raving over it because of how gentle and effective it is. I’ve actually noticed a spot on my cheek has reduced in size over the past few days since I’ve started using it, so that’s a fab bonus. I can also imagine it would be great in the summer to soothe red and sunburnt skin so if I really catch the sun one day, maybe I’ll give it another go!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Organic Shea Butter, Organic Illipe Butter, Alkanet Extracted in Organic Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Oat Milk, Lavender Oil, Lavender Absolute, Coumarin, Linalool

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Face, Moisturisers

Imperialis Facial Moisturiser

Imperialis is a facial moisturiser designed for skin that can’t make up its mind. It’s full of balancing ingredients to help sort out the skin’s oil production. My own skin is what I’d call relatively ‘normal’ yet occasionally I find myself with dryer sections and sometimes an excess oil problem, so Imperialis is ultimately my favourite daytime moisturiser.

Imperialis is a relatively light cream that I find is really easily absorbed by the skin with a hydrating base made from Olive Oil and Cocoa and Shea Butters. Because Imperialis is a great moisturiser for all, it doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t leave any excess oils on the skin.

The remaining ingredients are mostly all infusions and extracts from many different plants, some of which have been used for centuries to restore and revive skin.

The first two ingredients in this face cream are Lavender Flower Infusion and Mullein Leaf Infusion. Lavender is arguably one of the best ingredients to help balance out sebum production of the skin and is also amazing at soothing irritation. Mullein is considered a weed and grows on uncultivated land and is included thanks to its soothing and toning action.

Orange Flower is included in both an absolute form, and distilled in water. I’d say it’s one of the main ingredients that lends it’s natural scent to the cream and is refreshing and mattifying for the skin.

Brunello lilies are one of many lily hybrids and belong to the same family as onion, leeks and garlic, which is why the plant has a similar antimicrobial quality to garlic. Lush take fresh Brunello Lily Petals, chop them very finely, strain them, and add the liquid to the product. Lilies are said to have astringent, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

Lastly, extracts from St John’s Wort, Sunflower Petals, Alkanet, Elderflower and Sweet Violet have been included for their soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory qualities too.

Honestly I’ve used so many moisturisers in the past and it wasn’t until I tried Imperialis that I stopped looking. It not only hydrates my skin perfectly but it doesn’t leave my face looking too oily and for someone who prefers a matte look, it’s great. I find that any redness or irritation is completely gone the next day after wearing it too. Although sometimes I still get the occasional day where my ‘combination’ skin is back in full force, it’s gotten so much better since I started wearing this gorgeous cream.

Check out and purchase Imperialis for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Lavender Flower Infusion, Mullein Leaf Infusion, Orange Flower Water, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stearic Acid, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Orange Flower Absolute, Brunello Lily Petals, St Johns Wort Extract, Elderflower Extract, Sweet Violet Extract, Sunflower Petal Extract, Alkanet Extract, DRF Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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