Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lush Face Wash Reviews

A couple of posts ago, I included a mini review at the end in praise of Lush's Coalface. Shortly after i realized that I've tried nearly all of Lush's face washes and it might be more comprehensive for readers if I shared my thoughts on all before they chose to invest in one or not. And i don't work for this company, nor am I associated with them in any way except that I'm a customer and they have some products I really like (and some I don't like and some I'm indifferent to).

I have what i would consider normal skin. It gets to be a bit drier in winter. So my reviews tend to be focused on how they feel and how they are used as they are not always best for mu skin type. I try to just describe them best i can and if it sounds like it's for you, even if I hate it, go ahead and try it.

Here's the review i wrote for Coalface:

This is a black bar of facial soap with little bits of scrubby inside. It's meant for oily skin which I do not have but it is still my favorite Lush cleanser. and I've tried all but like one so I feel I can safely say that this one is the best for me. I like it because it does lather a bit but isn't harsh. i rub it between my palms and then wash my face with my hands. i feel like you would benefit from the scrubby bits better if you rubbed the bar directly on your face. After washing with this, my face is clean with no residue and it removes all but the heaviest of eye makeup. a 3.5 oz bar costs $10.95 and lasts a million years. i don't even keep mine safe in one of those tins and it lasts forever. I've been using a tiny sample sliver everyday since mid September and I'm only half way through it.

Fresh Farmacy

This is another bar style facial soap. This soap is recommended for those with sensitive skin. It contains calamine for this and I'm guessing that is why it left a film all over my face. I don't know if sensitive skin likes a film but I do not. I didn't feel clean at all afterward, just kinda sticky. My makeup remained intact, including, get this, my foundation. I consider this one of the worst. $8.95 for 3.5 oz bar

Angels on Bare skin

This is a crumbly textured face wash. It's kind of a cool concept. you just pinch a tiny bit off, and rub it in your hand with a little water til you have a cool cleansing paste. this is their most popular face wash, recommended for normal/combination skin. It's usually recommended for anyone really, as a good place to start in Lush's skincare line. My only problem with it is it doesn't really feel like a cleanser to me. It doesn't remove makeup, for instance. But it is wonderfully exfolient because it is made with ground almonds. I would definitely use this as a scrub and it's gently enough to use everyday if you wish. $9.95 for 3.5 oz "lump"

Dark Angels

This is the newest one to the line up, meant to be a counterpart to Angels on Bare skin. It's another crumbly textured face wash and it meant for those with oily skin or a dull rough texture. This scrub is made of charcoal and black sugar and is an intense exfoliant. You really need rough/thick skin to with stand this. Again, it's not much of a face wash in my opinion, but I might use this as a scrub--no more than once a week. I definitely wouldn't recommend this for sensitive skin. $10.95 for a 3.5 oz "lump"


Another crumbly one! This is for oily, acne prone skin and much like the coalface, i like it despite that not being my skin type. This one is my second favorite. It's the only crumbly one to remove makeup and my skin really felt clean afterward. This one is also gently exfoliating with ground almonds and calming with the added chamomile. Coalface is still my favorite but I would use this again "in a pinch". Sorry, couldn't help the pun. $10.75 for 3.5 oz "lump".

Aqua Marina

Wrapped in seaweed, this looks like a sushi roll. The contents of the seaweed are a pink paste different form the other soaps. This one is for dry, aged skin. It also contains calamine so I had a similar problem as with the Fresh Farmacy. This really didn't do anything other than smell kinda funky and make a mess. But I saved the worst for last. $9.75 for a 3.5 oz roll

Ultra Bland

Should be called ultra traumatic. This is a cream cleanser for dry skin. Made of peanut oil. It looks like Crisco and was worse than rubbing Vaseline into my face. It's sticky, thick, and really really really hard to get off. This should never be used for anything other than a makeup remover. But i'd still take anyt hat I've tried from Clinique, Lancome, and Estee lauder over this because theirs don't leave a residue. I really hate this product, most of any Lush product i've tried. $14.95 for a 1.5 oz pot; $29.95 for a 3.5 oz pot!

I have never tried babyface, mask of magnanimity, or Ocean Salt which are also listed as face washes on Lush's website. I'll let you know if i do. One's a butter bar, one a mask, one a scrub, if you are interested.

Have you tried any of Lush's face washes? what did you think?


  1. I haven't tried any lush face washes but I'm very tempted to now! Yummmy! :) ♥

  2. I just Googled to find out about Lush (and other chemical-free) face washes, and found your blog. Good review - thanks! Sounds like your skin is like mine - a bit dry in Winter but normal/bit oily in Summer - so since it's Spring I'm going to try Coalface.

    I bought Ocean Salt once, but didn't think much of it. The grains of salt were massive - like the sea salt you grind up on your food! It just didn't feel as effective as the mushy paste ones.

  3. Thanks, your reviews were exactly what I was looking for

  4. I don't know how these face washes product can be popular! They are not working for me at all, it is not cleaning my face. It is even difficult to wash off. The small scrub particles always get into my eyes, and I don't think that is a good thing!

  5. Thanks to your blog I have just realised I am using the wrong lush product for my oily skin. I am going to try Herbalism now instead of Angels on bare skin. Thanks :)

  6. interesting blog. It would be great if you can provide more details about it. Thanks you

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