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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Body, Massage Bars

Hunny Bear Massage Bar

This bear shaped massage bar was initially released for Mothers Day last year and had the slightly different name of Honey Bear. This year, it was veganised, removing the honey it once contained and replacing it with Agave Syrup. To mark the difference, Lush also changed it’s name to Hunny Bear.

Agave Syrup comes from several species of plant, but most commonly blue agave and the blue agave plant is known as the Mexican tree of life and abundance. Like honey, the Aztecs used the agave nectar as a dressing for wounds because of its anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Also like honey, Agave Syrup is hydrating for the skin.

Although massage bars are designed for use in massage, people often use them simply as body moisturisers and because it’s very difficult to convince my partner to give me a massage, this is generally how I use them too. Containing Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil, along with the Agave Syrup, Hunny Bear has everything you need to ensure soft and deeply moisturised skin.

In terms of scent, Hunny Bear has a warming, sweet fragrance that reminds me of baked caramel sponge and sticky toffee pudding. It contains Clove Leaf Oil, which has a spicy aroma, mixed with sweet Tonka and Vanilla Absolutes. It also features background notes of Vetivert Oil, which naturally has a smokey and grounding smell. I notice the earthiness of the Vetivert a lot more when I’ve just applied it to the skin interestingly, however after time it develops into the more well-rounded sweeter scent. Both Vetivert and Clove Leaf Oils are noted as having stimulating and warming effects on the skin, helping with muscular aches and pains.

I’m glad I got the chance to post about this product with it being back this year and it’s nice to see it being suitable for vegans! It just goes to show how easy it is to replace honey in a product and I’m sure we’ll see other products follow suit soon.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Perfume, Clove Leaf Oil, Tonka Absolute, Brazilian Vetivert Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Organic Agave Syrup, Vegan Dark Chocolate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77499

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Soap

Strawberry Whip Soap

Strawberry Whip was a new product for Valentine’s Day and isn’t it super cute? Lush were all about a ‘fruits of love’ theme for their 2019 Valentine’s Range and this soap definitely fits that brief!

This particular soap is interesting, because it’s actually three soaps in one! The red and green parts actually have separate formulas, although both use the same base of Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter and Castor Oil, the red part is the only part that actually contains strawberries! Then there’s a softer ‘whipped’ soap mix inside the red part, which you can see in my photos!

The whipped soap has the addition of Aquafaba whipped up into a cream. Aquafaba is the name for chickpea water, which shares a lot of properties with egg whites allowing it to be whipped in the same way. It further contains Cream Of Tartar and Xanthan Gum to stabilise, add thickness and keep shape, Silken Tofu to add moisture and seaweed based Agar Agar Gel for softness. The inclusion of this whipped part is definitely what makes Strawberry Whip a lot more moisturising and nourishing for the skin than a lot of other soaps.

Like I said, the red part contains actual Fresh Strawberries which are full of antioxidants which help improve the condition of skin. The Strawberries add a slight touch to the scent but the fruit on its own doesn’t have a particular strong aroma, so Lush help boost and recreate it by using other essential oils and ingredients.

It’s a trio of Benzoin Resinoid, Jasmine Absolute and Geranium Oil that help strengthen the strawberry scent and the result is a fragrance that’s floral, yet sweet and almost vanilla like, which mimics a true strawberry scent enough that you’ll definitely buy it, although it’s like strawberries mixed with roses. It’s the Jasmine and rose-like Geranium that add the floral notes to this product, whereas Benzoin Resinoid is easily what gives the more vanilla-esque sweeter notes. I really like the scent and it leaves my hands smelling great each time I use it.

I really love using my Strawberry Whip! It’s a great new soap and would do well if it stayed as a year round product I reckon! I really love the hidden whipped centre so let’s hope we see more of that in the future!

Oh, and although it was released for Valentine’s Day, it just so happens to be staying in stock up until the summer! So there’s still time to get one if you’re interested!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fresh Strawberry, Perfume, Aquafaba, Benzoin Resinoid, Geranium Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Silken Tofu, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Agar Agar Gel, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Citronellol, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 19140, Colour 42090.

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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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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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