Cleansers, Face

7 To 3 Cleansing Wipe

When I first saw the prototype for these unique wipes at the 2018 Showcase, I was bowled over by them in all honesty. Lush really are paving the way to a future where packaging and cosmetic waste is a thing of the past. These alternatives to make-up wipes are reusable, biodegradable and packaging free and I’m gagged that Lush have managed to create such an innovative product.

Now I’m not gonna lie, the wipes themselves look a little like slices of turkey, or some other deli meat, but don’t let it put you off! They’re actually made from a base of Carrageenan Extract, which is a mucilage extracted from Irish moss seaweed which is dried and powdered. Because of the hydrating and soothing seaweed base, these little wipes are excellent for sensitive skins.

The name 7 to 3 comes from the fact that 7-3 is the Lush manufacturing hours, and the product incorporates the same ingredients as the 9 to 5 liquid cleanser: Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil and Fresh Dove Orchid. Clarifying Dove Orchid is known for gently cleansing and purifying the skin, removing toxins and fighting spots. It’s also a great ingredient to use for its soothing qualities, along with Everlasting Flower. Ylang Ylang is toning and balancing, restoring the skin’s natural pH balance for a clear and healthy complexion. To further help the cleansing action, 7 to 3 contains finely ground Cannellini Beans and Talc which act as gentle and mild exfoliators.

Most people use facial wipes for convenience and their quick and easy use, but Lush’s version does take a little more time and effort, and you also do need water. You start by wetting your face and also approximately half of the wipe, which you then glide over your skin, working it into the eyes and into places where make up is heavy. Put the wipe down and continue to massage the creamy residue into the face before rinsing clean. I know that it’s not exactly the same as using wipes and believe me, Lush have had a lot of feedback about it BUT here’s something to think about. Facial wipes make up 93% of material found in sewer blockages. That’s a whopping amount and the majority of those are not biodegradable as they contain synthetics and plastics. Personally, I’d rather put a little more effort into cleansing my face than contribute to ruining the environment, but that’s just me.

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From using them myself since the UK launch, it’s true that if you’re wearing heavy lipstick, waterproof eyeliner, or the like then you’re going to need a little more help to get rid of it. But neither make up wipes, nor 7 to 3 are designed to tackle heavy make up anyway. I’ve found that it’s perfectly capable of taking off your everyday light make up and is a great first step in a two-part cleansing routine.

The wipes are supposed to last for about a weeks worth of uses, and you can definitely make that happen by not getting them too wet with each use, and letting them dry out after.

Whilst I think that these incredibly unique wipes are an excellent invention, I’m probably going to stick to my Ultrabland as a make-up remover but I’ve never been a user of wipes anyway. However, if you are someone who uses make-up wipes regularly, then please give a thought to the environment and opt for a switch.

You can check out 7 to 3 here over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Fresh Dove Orchid Infusion, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Propylene Glycol, Ground Cannellini Beans, Carrageenan Extract, Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Perfume

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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Amazon Primer Naked Facial Oil

Lush have recently released a whole range of naked skincare, including four brand new naked facial oils. I’ve been using Full Of Grace for a long time now and I had been hoping  for alternatives to try out! Well it seems my prayers have been answered and I couldn’t wait to try them all. Amazon Primer is designed to hydrate your skin but leave it matte and primed, allowing easier and more effective make-up application.

Amazon Primer contains many ingredients from the Amazon (hence the name). To moisturise, we have creamy Cupuaçu Butter from a project in Brazil where the fruits are actually collected along the banks of the Amazon river, protective Murumuru Butter and calming Andiroba Oil, also from the Amazon. You apply it by either warming it up in your fingers first and wiping the residue over your face, or like I do by smoothing the whole thing over your face as it is.

A starchy base of Arrowroot Powder keeps the skin matte and smooth and has been carefully chosen to give the best absorbency on the skin, and is what makes this product a good primer. Having used this with make up, I find it to be considerably better than Magical Moringa for the certain make up that I wear and actually suits Lush’s own Slapsticks rather well. It’s a lot more hydrating than Magical Moringa and although it does leave a somewhat dewy look behind, it does feel matte and allows your make up to go that little bit further.

The green colouring is completely naturally derived from Chlorophyllin and Gardenia Extract which also helps to counterbalance and neutralise any redness, as green and red are opposite on the colour wheel.

Amazon Primer furthermore contains a Lemongrass Infusion and an Alcoholic Tincture of Electric Daisies to tighten and tone, leaving behind clear and bright skin. Electric Daisies are tingling, have anaesthetic properties and are commonly used to ease toothaches. The compound responsible for these effects in the mouth is also responsible for relaxing the muscles of the face and therefore reducing the appearance of wrinkles when applied on the skin!

The fragrance is a little much for some people I’ve heard, but for me it’s just fine. A mix of Orange, Tonka and Rosewood give a woody citrus scent which you can definitely get used to! These three ingredients are from Brazil too.

I’ve been using Amazon Primer for a while now every morning in place of a moisturiser, even when I’m not wearing make-up. It’s effectively hydrating and a little really goes a long way so I believe I’ve found a new part of my skincare routine!

Check out Amazon Primer for yourself here!

Ingredients

Murumuru Butter, Arrowroot Powder, Lemongrass Infusion, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Cupuaçu Butter, Alcoholic Tincture of Electric Daisies, Rosewood Oil, Andiroba Oil, Tonka Absolute, Brazilian Orange Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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Cleansers, Face

Kalamazoo Beard And Facial Wash

Kalamazoo is a pretty popular item and makes a great product to get those with beards starting their Lush journey. Although it’s a beard wash, that doesn’t mean you have to have one to be able to use it, it’s also a lovely and creamy facial wash. The word Kalamazoo comes from the city of the same name in Michigan. The name Kalamazoo, which sounds unusual to English-speaking ears, has become a metaphor for exotic, far away places, much like Timbuktu.

Speaking of the exotic, Kalamazoo contains Fresh Pineapple Juice which is naturally rich in vitamins and enzymes which deeply cleanse the skin (and hair) by breaking down surface skin cells leaving it looking bright and fresh. Kalamazoo also contains Lime Oil and Orange Oil to add to the cleansing effects and these three ingredients are mainly what gives the product its fruity scent.

However, the main benefit of using Kalamazoo is how soft it makes your skin and beard (if you have one!) afterwards. Almond Oil is used for its conditioning effect on the skin and hair. It is moisturising and packed with vitamin E, giving the skin a gorgeous glow. Rich in vitamin A and minerals, apricot kernels produce a velvety oil that softens and seals in moisture. Jojoba Oil is an excellent moisturiser and due to it’s similarity with our own sebum, it is more readily absorbed by the top layer of the skin and helps to balance sebum production. It also conditions the hair by lightly coating it, adding shine and manageability. Lastly, Cupuaçu Butter is full of beneficial fatty acids, deeply hydrating the skin.

To use you simply scoop some of the thick lotion out the pot and massage it onto your face and into your beard before washing off with warm water. I find that although it can be a little much for sensitive skin, especially after shaving, it does deeply lock moisture into facial hair and everyone says there’s a big difference after using Kalamazoo! My boyfriend’s been using it for a while now and it’s really helped to soften his beard, much to my happiness!

Check out Kalamazoo for yourself here.

Ingredients

Water, Stearic Acid, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Organic Jojoba Oil, Perfume, Cupuaçu Butter, Lime Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Olibanum Oil, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Methylparaben

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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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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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Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Jade Roller Naked Cleansing Balm

This little cleanser debuted in the UK at the 2018 Creative Showcase where they also debuted many other cleansing balms like it. It then become available as part of the next month’s Lush Labs release where I quickly snapped one up.

A Jade Roller is a centuries old Chinese skincare tool which is made out of solid jade stone and shaped like a paint roller. The roller is said to help eliminate puffiness as it massages the lymphatic system and the cool and smooth surface helps to reduce muscular aches and redness with the right amount of pressure by improving circulation.

In their version, Lush have created a naked cleanser that tries to mimic the same outcome as when using the real thing.

The product is embedded with Mung Beans on one side to give a gentle massage as you apply it. To use you simply rub the product over your face and then massage in the remaining residue left afterwards. Whilst it does feel nice with the beans, I found that the product sadly melts too quickly with the skin’s temperature preventing you from using it for long enough each time to really feel the massage.

The product is mainly Murumuru and Shea Butters, and something called Marula Oil which is renowned for it’s elasticity boosting effects on the skin. Also in there we have astringent Hazelnut Oil and nourishing Rice Bran Wax making up the soft, luxurious base.

Once the product is applied you then wipe it off with a damp face cloth. As you wipe, the water reacts with antibacterial, soothing Chamomile Vinegar and calming Rose Water, entering a toning phase which tightens pores and soothes red and flushed skin, meaning Jade Roller is actually a lovely two in one product! The toning effects are also boosted by Geranium and Eucalyptus Oils.

As an actual cleanser, I do think this product is quite effective, because it’s mainly oil based it’s really good for taking off basic make up and removing any excess grime. The pepperminty herbal smell is also really great to help wake you up on a dreary morning.

So far, I’ve not seen much of a massive difference in terms of my complexion, perhaps my eyes aren’t as puffy but I couldn’t say if this was due to me using Jade Roller or not. Although I do think this product would be a lot more effective if its base wasn’t so quick to melt on the skin, I would probably purchase it again, and I’m hoping that the range of cleansing balms become available in the future as I think they are great new skincare products for Lush.

Ingredients

Murumuru Butter, Organic Mung Beans, Marula Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Rice Bran Wax, Chamomile Vinegar, Rose Water, Peppermint Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Geranium Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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