LUSH makes a variety of facial cleansers. I love their take on facial care because they go packaging and preservative free! However, I have tried a good variety of LUSH facial cleansers, with little success. This saddens me, because I love LUSH as a company and I think their preservative free cleansers are amazing in concept, and in application for certain skin types.
This post is dedicated to LUSH facial cleansers so that if any of you at home are looking for your Holy Grail cleanser, you might find it with LUSH :)
The first cleanser I ever bought from LUSH was Fresh Farmacy. This is one of the two 'bar soap-like' cleansers that LUSH has. To use a bar soap cleanser by LUSH, you get a lather going in your hands by mixing the bar with warm water, then you apply the lather to your wet face. You can also rub the bar directly onto your wet face if you like, but I worry about bacterial growth from using it that way, personally. It smells like calamine, because it is primarily made up of it, alongside other great ingredients like tea tree oil, lavender oil and rose absolute. Fresh Farmacy is made for sensitive skin- the ingredients in this bar are meant to calm, soothe and clear up blemishes. It is marketed toward anyone who experiences red blotches, irritation or blemishes, as it is a super soothing, gentle cleanser that doesn't over-dry. At the time I was using this, I was experiencing very harsh break-outs, and this soothing cleanser wasn't enough to fight them. I decided to pick up a chunk of Coal Face.
Coal Face is meant for oily skin, as it is packed with charcoal to absorb excess sebum while exfoliating the skin at the same time. Coal Face also has rosewood and sandalwood oils which reduce redness and attack acne. It is advertised for those with blemish-prone, combination or oily skin. It smells like black licorice, as it has liquorice root in it! Apparently liquorice root is antibacterial, and helps clear up blemishes. I had high hopes for this cleanser, but it didn't clear up my skin. So I moved on..
|LUSH Fresh Farmacy cleanser -- for sensitive skin with blotches, irritation or blemishes|
|LUSH Coal Face cleanser -- for blemish-prone, combination or oily skin|
I bought some Herbalism next. LUSH has three types of facial cleansers: bars, rolls and liquids. Herbalism is one of four cleanser rolls. These cleanser rolls have a short shelf-life, lasting only 3 months, so if you do buy some, do not buy in bulk! Like the bar soaps, they're preservative free, but they also contain an enormous amount of natural ingredients making them prone to eventually go off. To use one of the roll cleansers, you take a pinch, mix it with a little water, and massage directly onto the face.
Herbalism is meant for oily and blemished skin. Made with rosemary, nettle and chamomile to calm the skin, as well as rice bran for exfoliation and kaolin clay for deep cleansing, this cleanser is meant to get acne sufferers clear and balanced skin. LUSH says that Herbalism is their most effective cleanser for oily faces.It also has sage oil for antibacterial properties. This cleanser is supposed to clear acne, but for me it did the opposite. While using it, I broke out HUGE. It was terrible. I called the LUSH telephone line and spoke with a consultant who said that the kaolin clay will bring any impurities to the surface, which would cause an initial 'purge', but I already was using clay facial masks once a week so I don't think that was to blame. I stopped using this cleanser and ended up throwing some of it away.
I didn't want to give up on LUSH cleansers yet, so I went and got a sample of Angels on Bare Skin. One of my sisters uses this cleanser religiously and quite likes it. This cleanser is advertised to work for all skin types! It has a kaolin clay base for deep cleansing, tons of ground almonds to gently exfoliate, and rose and lavender to soothe and balance combination skin. This facial cleanser smells yummy! The scent is a mix of almonds and lavender. I was quite pleased with this cleanser- out of all four that I tried, it was my favourite. However, I found the application to be very messy. I ended up using this in the shower, where it was much easier to apply without making a big mess.
|LUSH Herbalism cleanser -- for oily and blemished skin|
|LUSH Angels on Bare Skin cleanser -- for all skin types|
|LUSH Dark Angels cleanser -- for acne prone skin|
|LUSH Aqua Marina cleanser -- for irritated and sensitive skin|
Finally, there are two LUSH liquid/cream cleansers, Ultra Bland and 9-5. Ultrabland is a thick mixture of essential oils, honey and beeswax used to take off any makeup or dirt residue on the face. It leaves skin feeling soft and nourished, with soothing rosewater and iris flower extract. Ultrabland is suitable for all skin types as a cleanser and makeup remover, although to me it sounds much too heavy. 9-5 is made with almond oil, dove orchids and everlasting flower absolute to remove leftover makeup, dirt and grime at the end of a hard work day. It works for sensitive skin, as it is soft and gentle. This cleanser sounds nice to me, although it is a bit pricey for a liquid cleanser at $19.95 for 240g.
|LUSH 9-5 cleanser|
|LUSH Ultrabland cleanser|
Have any of you tried a LUSH cleanser? Tell me which are your favourites. If you want to try one or two LUSH cleansers for yourself, stop by a store- they'll give you a sample for FREE :)