Let’s talk Lush!
I encountered Lush for the very first time over two years ago. Lilly, Ellie and I were in Vancouver on a school trip when we passed an amazing smelling store with soaps on display. Now this may or may not come as a surprise, but I LOVE solid soap, especially when it also looks beautiful. Just seeing decorative soaps together makes my heart skip a beat. So of course I had to go in and smell the flowers (read: soaps). The girls were kind enough to indulge me and in we went. The store was Lush, of course, and I was mesmerised .
For some reason, I was the only one who didn’t end up buying something that day, but I’ve since made up for it and become a Lushie. (It hasn’t helped my bank account that the ladies working at my local Lush are the sweetest, quirkiest, most fun girls. They’re fabulous enablers. :D)
Which brings me to the product I want to talk about today! A while back I was having some break-outs on my face (as per usual), so I went to browse at Lush and lo and behold, I found this cleanser: Angels On Bare Skin.
As you can see, it contains lavender flowers (so cute!), which works exfoliating, as well as lavender oil which is supposed to soothe the skin. Lavender oil is said to have healing properties and is antiseptic and antibacterial. Another noticable ingredient is ground almonds which acts as an extra exfoliant.
A full list of ingredients:
The ingredients contain links which lead back to Lush pages explaining their uses and properties.
In use, it’s probably a little different from what you’re used to… You need to take a (pea-sized) bit of Angels On Bare Skin with clean(!) hands and add some water to the product in your hand (so not to the whole pot). Then when you have the product and the water in the palm of your hand, you have to mix it up until it becomes a paste.
I accidentally added a little too much water to my mixture which caused it to be a little too water-y and runny (as you can see). When you have your paste, you rub it on your skin. As I mentioned, the lavender flowers add a little extra texture and help exfoliate your face. When you’ve put on the paste, you can either take it off immediately after rubbing it on, or you can let it sink in a little while and take it off after a few minutes. Both ways work well, it just depends on what you prefer. But if you want to keep it on a little while, I definitely suggest adding less water than I did, because it’ll run down your face.
The reason it’s so important to keep water away from this product until you want to use it, is because otherwise it’ll grow mold (which I know sounds alarming!). Lush tries to use as little preservatives as possible to keep their products as natural as they can. But the flipside to this means that the products are less protected against bacteria.
We all know bacteria love water. Bacteria use moist places as their breeding ground, so if you add water to Angels On Bare Skin long before using it, you risk bacteria making the cleanser their home (which we clearly don’t want!) Same goes for touching the product with dirty hands: you’ll introduce bacteria to the whole pot. If you only add water at the last minute, bacteria don’t have the time to get up in your business.
The pot has further instructions and a use-by date (usually about 3-5 months after it was made), but if you follow the rules I pointed out above, you might be able to use your pot of Angels On Bare Skin for longer than 3 months. I know I did.
But if the cleaser starts smelling funny (or becomes moldy), you should definitely toss it.
All in all, I’ve been loving this product. It’s very gentle on the skin and cleanses well. After using it, my skin always feels fresh and it doesn’t make my face feel tight. It also makes my skin feel a little softer, which is a plus.
Using Angels can be a bit of a hassle (with the process you have to go through), but I feel it’s worth it. It’s a pleasant cleanser that’s soft on the skin, which was exactly what I needed.
It works well on dry skin, but if you have a greasier skintype, you should also be able to find a Lush cleanser that’s more suited to the needs of your skin.