I made an order from the Lush Retro section recently, when the limited edition range of Retro products was added. One of these was the Almond Kisses Moisturiser.
Normally, Lush release bath and shower products as part of Retro, so I was pleased to find a facial moisturiser as part of the range. Almond Kisses is scented with the same scent as Potion Lotion, which is also the same smell as the Ruby Red Slippers bubble bar. I love this scent ? in fact, I''d go as far as to say it is one of my favourite ever Lush scents ? and I knew straight away that I would want to try this moisturiser.
Lush skincare is not cheap, but prices can vary widely depending on the ingredients used in a particular product. A 45g black pot of this product costs 22.50, so it''s at the higher end of the scale, but nowhere near as pricey as Gorgeous which is nearly 40. The black pot can contribute to the offer whereby if you take five of them back to a Lush store, you can get a free fresh face mask.
Almond Kisses is suitable for vegans and is made with a base of almond oil and rose water. Almond oil is very luxurious and moisturising, and rose water calms and soothes the skin. Shea butter and cocoa butter are also included, to help moisturise the skin. The shea butter comes from a fair trade womens'' cooperative in Ghana, where the shea nuts are hand processed.
The product also contains rose absolute, carnation absolute and tangerine oil. The rose and carnation in particular are what gives this product the familiar scent of Potion, not forgetting the tangerine. It''s a luxurious, sophisticated floral scent and I''ve never smelled anything quite like it.
Inside the pot, the moisturiser is fairly thick, and off-white in colour. It smells amazing ? though I had expected nothing less. It has a smooth texture, and is easily applied to the skin. Despite the fairly strong scent, the product was very gentle and didn''t irritate my skin in the slightest.
The moisturiser sinks into my skin fairly well, but it is slightly greasy and leaves something of a shine. When using it at night, this isn''t a problem as I am going to sleep anyway. It is extremely moisturising and I wake up the next day with super-soft skin.
If I try to use it in the morning, however, it can make my face look a little shiny, and I feel it is too heavy to be used as a makeup base. In addition, if I use it twice a day, I find it can sometimes bring me out in spots as it can be too much.
This is a lovely moisturiser which smells delicious and is good for the skin. It is better for dry skin although all skin types could use it for an occasional or a night cream. Recommended.