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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Face, Face Masks, Jelly Face Masks

1000 Millihelens Jelly Face Mask

When Lush created their Jelly Masks, each one was dedicated to and named after five of Lush’s most powerful women and this one is named after one of Lush’s co-founders, Helen Ambrosen. The phrase also comes from an Ancient Greek poem, The Iliad, in which Helen Of Troy was said to have had ‘a face that launched a thousand ships’ so a millihelen (which would be enough to launch a single ship) has become a humorous measurement for beauty. 1000 millihelens makes up one whole Helen.

Incase you’ve not come across jelly face masks before, they’re an interesting concept and much like Lush’s shower jellies, each one is created with a base of Carrageenan Extract which gives the masks their squidgy texture. Carrageenan Extract comes from Irish moss seaweed and seaweed is expertly hydrating for the skin, meaning that each one of these unique masks has a fairly moisturising element.

1000 Millihelens is the one that’s been designed to be cleansing, detoxifying and brightening, perfect for anyone trying to prevent breakouts due to its highly antibacterial ingredients.

The two main components of this face mask are a Green Tea Infusion and Fresh Apple Juice. Green tea is thought to be very antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial for the skin and likewise apples are also rich in antioxidants to brighten and refresh the skin also. The malic acid contained in the fruit gently exfoliates the the skin’s top layers leaving it toned and glowing. The Green Tea, along with Chlorophyllin is what gives the product its green colour without the need for any colorants.

This jelly face mask further contains both Kaolin (or china clay) and Zeolite Clay, which are two natural clays that again detoxify the skin by drawing out the impurities, further paving the way for a clean and clear complexion.

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A couple of essential oils have been added to 1000 Millihelens which each have their own benefits as well as adding to the mask’s scent. Sicilian Lemon and Brazilian Orange Oils are also antiseptic and brightening for the skin, whilst Neroli Oil is toning and soothing. The scent of the mask is mostly dominated by the crisp appley scent with a herbal element from the unmistakable Green Tea Extract, though these essential oils somewhat add a slight fruity note of their own.

Lastly this face mask contains an ingredient that’s well known to those who have trouble fighting spots – Witch Hazel Extract. It’s a common ingredient in skincare because of its ideal ability to maintain clear and healthy skin. It is proven to be incredibly antiseptic, tightening and soothing.

Although they can be messy and annoying to use, I’m a big fan of the jelly face masks. Their self-preserving formula means they last a lot longer than the Fresh Face Masks and you don’t have to keep them in the fridge where they’re easily forgotten about. Also the seaweed content means they don’t really dry on the skin like other face masks can do, they remain the same soft texture all the while that they’re sat on your face.

1000 Millihelens always leaves me with noticeably brighter and softer skin and does wonders at keeping it clear. Check it out for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Green Tea Infusion, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Apple Juice, Zeolite Clay, Carrageenan Extract, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Neroli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Water, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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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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Body, Deodorant, Solid Deodorants

Aromaco Solid Deodorant

Right, here’s the thing. Naked, solid, natural deodorant is the way to go. Stop the roll-ons, stop the aerosols and go packaging free.

Roll-on deodorants are often packaged in plastic, and, because they are usually made up of a thicker outer layer and a thinner inner layer, they are hard to recycle. Recycling two types of plastic in one item is not yet a cost or carbon efficient process, meaning it would cost more to recycle a roll-on than it would to simply make another.

In terms of aerosols, yes they can be recycled. But it’s difficult to do so; to be recycled they must be completely clean, dry and empty, and more often than not they end up in landfill. Furthermore, the compressed gases used in aerosols have a harmful effect on CO2 emissions.

Naked, packaging free products like Aromaco are a far better option.

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Furthermore, sweat doesn’t actually smell. It’s the bacteria on the skin that smells. Most antiperspirants actually use ingredients that plug up your sweat pores, leading to bacteria getting trapped and decomposing, which is what makes the smell 10x worse.

Lush deodorants are designed so they don’t do this. They let your body do its thing, yet still keeping you fresh and dry.

Aromaco contains sodium bicarbonate which absorbs excess sweat and reduces the acidity of the skin to create an environment hostile to bacterial growth. It also contains astringent Witch Hazel (meaning it causes pore contraction, preventing excess sweat), and anti-bacterial chamomile vinegar which also has a cooling effect. Lastly, Patchouli Oil is added as the main scent, leaving you smelling sweet.

It applies exactly like you would use a roll on, you just grab the whole chunk and glide it up and down your armpit or wherever you should want it. It glides so easily because it’s so smooth!

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I find that Aromaco is the best of the best. It’s one of my ‘desert island’ products for sure! It has such a lovely cooling feeling and the patchouli makes your underarms smell fresh all day.

I honestly tell you it really works. I find it so much better than using antiperspirants and other generic deodorants, and because of the negative impact they have on the environment I don’t really see why you wouldn’t make the switch!

A word of warning though – there is a small adjustment period if you decide to make the switch to a natural deodorant. I had about a week where I was sweating more than usual and smelling bad, but actually, that’s a good thing as it means your body is sweating out all the toxins and bad stuff from your old deodorant. Once your body gets used to a gentler product, you’ll be absolutely fine.

It’s a good idea to keep your chunk of Aromaco either in the fridge or in a little pot, or at least wrapped up in greeseproof paper as it can dry out if left for too long. If that happens all you need to do it add a little bit of water to your pot and it should be as good as new.

Here‘s a really good article on why you should be using natural deodorants, and here you can check out Aromaco for yourself on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Witch Hazel Infusion, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate. Chamomile Vinegar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Patchouli Oil, Citral, Limonene, Perfume

 

 

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