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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Goddess Bath Bomb

Goddess was invented by Jack Constantine after he saw the music video for ‘God Is A Woman’ by Ariana Grande. In her incredible video Ari is often seen bathing in beautiful milky purple, blue and grey waters. Jack wanted to recreate this in a bath bomb form, allowing us mere peasants to feel like Ariana aka a goddess in our own bathtubs. If you haven’t seen her video yet, go watch now. Seriously.

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Lush describes this bath bomb as having precious ingredients fit for a true goddess. This is probably in relation to the Oudh Oil that makes up a big portion of the scent. Oudh Oil is derived from an agarwood tree being infected with a certain type of mould. The tree reacts by producing a resin called Oudh. However it’s not that simple, as not all agarwood trees get affected by the mould and not all affected trees actually produce the resin. This complicated process means that Oudh is one of the most expensive oils in the world and is actually more expensive than gold by weight!

The design of this bath bomb is really quite special, it’s so unique and has quite a magical vibe which suits the concept and scent well. The pastel tones on the lower half of the bath bomb are a good reflection of the waters from the music video and the silvery shimmer makes Goddess even more beautiful.

While the main scent here is sweet and floral with the top ingredients being Jasmine Absolute, Osmanthus Absolute and Rose Oil, there’s a muskier note which adds a complex almost spiciness to the product from both Sandalwood and Oudh Oils. It gives an overall rich, elegant and seductive scent which is again, really unique and really well suited to this particular bath bomb.

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Once she got fizzing, I marvelled at how quick layers of cloudy white and deep purple waves dispersed over the water’s surface while a pastel lilaac colour overtook the bottom reminiscent of the music video. I honestly think Lush have done a great job of recreating Ariana’s beautiful bathwater.

Once the bomb had fully dissolved I was left with the opaque purple water from underneath which was filled with silver lustre which looked amazing itself. A lot of the time you can end up disappointed once a bath bomb has finished it’s ‘show’ but this was certainly not the case here. The water was also incredibly soft thanks to gorgeous nourishment from Cocoa and Shea Butters as well as rich Argan Oil.

Behind the Shea and the Argan are tales of women’s cooperatives in Ghana and Morocco where these ingredients are hand processed to be fairly traded for Lush, so it’s only right that a bath bomb named Goddess holds stories of strong women.

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A little negative is that sadly the smell doesn’t stay with you for too long, it’s practically non existent when you’re actually in the water and once you’re out it turns into a really subtle light fragrance on your skin. Personally I would have loved it if it had stayed as strong as it is to start with.

Overall I felt so strengthened and empowered after this experience, as if I was reborn into a better version of myself. Of course I listened to Ariana’s whole Sweetener album whilst I was bathing which definitely helped but it was truly one of the best baths I’ve had in a long time. Although currently Goddess only featured as an exclusive at the Lush 2018 Showcase, I am certain due to popularity that Lush won’t hesitate in releasing more in the future. Fingers crossed!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Jasmine Absolute, Osmanthus Absolute, Rose Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Oudh Oil, Cream of Tartar, Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Water, Cornstarch, Argan Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, DRF Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Maltodextrin, Laureth 4, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77007, Colour 77491, Colour 42090, Colour 19140, Colour 17200, Colour 45410

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Soap

Milky Bar Soap

Look at how adorable these little guys are!

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Yes, these are suitable for Vegans! They do contain milk, but it’s Soya Milk! With a soap base made from the usual Rapeseed and Coconut Oils, Soya Milk is one of the main ingredients and it makes this soap lovely and creamy. Soya Milk also contains lots of antioxidant Vitamin B and has soothing and calming properties. Milky Bar also contains extra Coconut Oil too, adding to the silky smooth lather and helping your skin feel ultra smooth.

I wouldn’t say this soap is amazingly moisturising, but it certainly isn’t drying either. It’s a nice balance in between and it’s perfect for helping sooth irritated hands and skin. Personally I’d prefer to use this particular soap as a hand soap only, but plenty do use it in the shower and I can see why.

You’d imagine that this soap smells like it sounds, something milky and powdery, and while you aren’t completely wrong, the main scent here is Brazilian Orange and Patchouli. This gives this soap a rather unique scent which is hard to describe, kinda like milky orange, which makes it sound gross but it’s not at all!

The scent is rather fresh and pleasant, almost like those candles that smell like fresh linen and whatnot, and it stays on your hands for a good while after.

Like most of Lush’s soaps, Milky Bar is a strong, solid soap that lasts a long time. A great thing about the individual pieces like those in the picture, is that they stand up nicely like cute lil milk bottles would, allowing them to dry faster after using. I think the individually made bars are much nicer than the chunks cut from the giant piece but that’s the same with nearly all the soaps on offer.

It’s not something I’d use often, though it is a nice soap, I do believe there are nicer, more exciting soaps to try and the bubble bar in the same scent, Milky Bath is a lot nicer in my opinion.

Here’s the link to the Lush UK website to check it out some more!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil, Soya Milk, Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Brazilian Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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