I recently purchased this Angels On Bare Skin facial cleanser by LUSH after hearing good reviews about it. This is one of the few facial cleansers that LUSH sell and this is their most popular one of them all as it is known to be a great general cleanser.
I have a pretty oily T zone so I just wanted a facial cleanser. I was pretty sceptical at first to buy any face products from LUSH because I had always thought of their company as one which just sells body, bath and shower products. It looks like clay when you first look at it, you're able to break bits off easily as it is made of a play dough type of consistency. You are supposed to take a small amount then put it in the palm of your hand with a little warm water and just keep crushing it until it gets really smooth. The ingredients include a few different things but one thing I noticed straight away is that it has crushed almonds in it, it also has lavender oil and rose oil. The crushed almonds do a great job of exfoliating your skin. The lavender is supposed to be soothing for your skin. I feel really clean and refreshed after using this facial cleanser.
I have been using this for a while now and at first thought it was alright and kind of average to be honest. Then I realised during the day my face isn't as oily as it used to.
Angels on bare skin is a natural facial cleanser from Lush. It's a solid cleanser, although I would describe it as squishy and not solid. It's easy to break off a small piece and put it to good use. The cleanser mixes with warm water to form a paste which you then use to wash your face with. The cleanser doesn't foam, it just gently exfoliates your skin and cleanses it at the same time. It doesn't remove make-up so you will need to use a make-up remover beforehand. The scent is what I would describe as quite herbal and you will find pieces of real Lavender mixed in with your cleanser too! Lavender is great for calming down problematic skin and this cleanser works wonders for my blemish prone skin. It's great for acne prone skin, which I suffer from.
Since using this cleanser my skin has looked really clear and healthy. I still get the occasional blemish but it's definitely a lot clearer compared to before when I was using just a standard cleanser from Avon. Plus it lasts ages too as you only need the smallest amount to wash your whole face with. A little goes a long way so it's good value. At nearly £7 a pot it may seem a little expensive to some but it's cheaper than more premium brands and it's 100% natural and free from animal testing. I would say it's worth the money.
The cleanser can be used all year round, although it's perfect for use during the summer when your skin can become more oily than usual. The cleanser absorbs excess oils from your skin without stripping it. It's not over drying but it does definitely help with oil control. It's great teamed up with Lush's Vanishing Cream moisturiser.
I would recommend this cleanser. It's great!
The angels on bare skin is a cleansing scrub product that comes in a tub container the weight I bought was 100g for around £6.50. I wanted something that would really clean the skin on my face and the woman at Lush told me this was the best product for me that would suit my needs. The cleansing scrub promotes the removal of dry skin and cleansing. I personally loved this scrub for my dry skin.
The product it self smells like lavender and has small amounts of lavender in the scrub mix. The scrub is a sandy golden brown colour and has a really rough sand and gritty crumbly texture to it and this I found really helped to get down into my skin and clean out my pours and removed dead skin cells visibly on my face. Once you mix the product with water it becomes more of a soft watery consistency which is then much easier to apply to the face.
I found this product a treat, it left the skin on my face in much better condition, it does exactly what it says on the tin by clearing up and helping dry skin on the facial area. It wasn't to rough on the face and didn't leave my skin red and sore to the touch like other facial scrub products have done in the past which I really admired and the smell was so beautiful and sweet, the lavander wasn't to strong and didn't cause any irritation to my facial area. It's also so easy to remove from your face.
This product is now a staple in my bathroom. Like many other people, I didn't want to be putting so many manufactured chemicals on my skin while I was supposed to be cleaning it!
It's very straight forward to use, just pinch a small piece off the lump, mix it with water & use as a scrub on your face. I have slightly sensitive skin and this is absolutely fine for me to use daily, I've never had a reaction to it.
Even though there's lavender & rose oils in it, these aren't overwhelming, so it's fairly neutral to smell.
On the negative side, I can see that a first time user might be put off by the appearance of it, as it's basically a beige mush with bits in!
It's also not cheap, but then, neither are the top range cleansers from the various beauty houses. Plus it does last several months.
Overall, this is a good gentle cleanser.
I absolutely love Lush products, and have been a fan for many years and love trying their products. One of the earliest products I tried was Angels on Bare Skin and I haved loved it ever since. Angels on Bare skin is a fresh facial cleanser and costs £6.25 for 100g and can be brought either in Lush shops or on their website.
Angels on Bare Skin is supposed to "evens out skin tone, reduces redness and improves the health and appearance of your skin - giving a natural healthy glow". It is a pale stone colour and has lavender flowers and seeds on top and has a lovely mild smell. Amongst its ingredients contains lavender oil and rose absolute and ground almonds. A full list of ingredients can be be found on the Lush website.
To use you break off a small piece and lather with water which makes it turn into a very thin paste type liquid before applying to the face and rinsing off. As you only need a small amount a pot lasts quite a long time and is excellent value and so easy to use. It comes in a black pot with screw top lid.
It makes my skin beautiful clean and soft. I am prone to red near my nose and it does calm this done quite nicely. My skin always looks fresh and radiant after I have used this.
I love that this is a more natural cleanser based on an ancient recipe and would highly recommend Angels on Bare Skin it really does make my skin feel lovely.
Over the years there have been many Lush products in and out of my bathroom, one of these is the 'Angels on Bare Skin' cleanser. I have quite an uneven skin tone and am quite acne-prone so thought I would see if this cleanser could help get my face into a better looking condition.
The cleanser cost £6.25 for a 100g. This comes in a black pot, which if returned to Lush with 4 other black pots will get you a free fresh face mask. To me, this is quite an expensive price to pay for a cleanser, but knowing that it's meant to last a while I decided to bite the bullet and try it, with high hopes it would be worth the price tag.
The cleanser contains an array of natural ingredients, all supposed to give the cleanser certain properties. Kaolin to cleanse and absorb grease, vegetable glycerine to soften and moisturise, and a mixture of essential oils to tone and balance the skin.
The cleanser has a smell I can only describe as odd. It's quite herbal, but has a hint of lavender in there which is nice, it's not a scent I would choose to wear but as far as cleansers go it's fine. The cleanser comes in a semi-solid form, it's a shade of beige and has small flecks throughout it which I believe are the small pieces of lavender you can smell.
To use the cleanser you need to pick a piece off of it, about a pinch, and mix it with a little water on your palm. You don't need much water, just enough to form a paste that you can rub over your face. Be careful not to add too much or you'll end up with a mixture that is too thin and difficult to apply. You simply then rub your cleanser paste over your face. There will be some texture to the paste as it contains ground almonds to help gently exfoliate. The cleanser feels quite nice on your face, it's surprisingly light and gently exfoliates as you rub it in. I used to rub it in well then leave it for a few seconds and rinse thoroughly with fresh water.
Immediately after rinsing the product off my face felt very soft, much softer than with other cleanser, which I think it down to the exfoliation part. The main problem I had is that over a period of regular use the product started to dry my skin out. This wasn't something I was expecting, as it's supposed to do the opposite, however I'm going to put that down to my bizarre skin type.
I found that my skin tone did look a little better when using the cleanser, fresher and more awake, however if I didn't use the cleanser for a few days, and when I eventually ran out the effects disappeared quickly. It also didn't really help to prevent or get rid of the spots I'm very prone to, although it didn't make them worse either. The tub did last me several months with daily use, which was quite impressive and explains the price tag, however it's not a product I've continued to use as I don't think it suited my acne prone combination skin. I would recommend requesting a sample from Lush to see if the product suts you before you splash out on a tub as it's lasts a long time!
The product is made of entirely natural ingredients, and it suitable for vegans. It contains:
Ground Almonds, Glycerine, Kaolin, Water, Lavender Oil, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Flowers, *Limonene, *Linalool
(*occurs naturally in essential oils) and is only available from Lush.
After some time with unpredictable skin I have now finally got skin which does not have hardly any break outs and does not give me any problems like it used to. I have tried many of the lush products and like how they try and go for all natural although they do use some preservatives which I avoid. While I was in a Lush store I was buying a few things and the staff member asked if I would like a sample of the angels on bare skin cleanser as she explained that it was one of the most gentle cleansers that they made. I have found that Lush are good for giving a sample of their products which I like as if you know that they work and do not react with your skin type you will most likely go back and purchase the product.
This cleanser is meant to be one of the most gentle on the skin making it perfect for anyone with redness or sensitive skin who do not want to use products that will react with the skin.
This cleanser contains a very limited number of ingredients which I am very impressed with and there are chemical ingredients. The ingredients are;
Ground Almonds, Glycerine, Kaolin, Water, Lavender Oil, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Flowers, Limonene, Linalool.
Each ingredient has its own job to do. The ground almonds provide a very gentle exfoliating action, the glycerine helps to soften skin, kaolin is a soft clay which helps to exfoliate and cleanse. Lavender oil is antiseptic, antibacterial and is very calming on the skin, rose absolute helps to calm skin irritations, chamomile blue oil is very calming and is also antiseptic and helps to calm the skin. Tagetes oil is anti fungal and antimicrobial helping keep skin clear, benzoin resinoid is a natural preservative derived from the styraceae tree, lavender flowers add a lavender scent and add a natural exfoliating action, limonene is a natural fragrance which is added to the cleanser and linalool is a natural fragrance from ho wood oil.
I have used this cleanser for a week now and it is very gentle. Just put a little in the palm of your hand and mix with water. Instantly it turns to a milk consistency, rub it on your face and thats it, cleansed and very gentle on your skin. At £6.25 for 100g I think it is very good value as you are not rubbing chemicals on your face. Everything is natural and it works. A good cleanser to keep your skin clean and clear.
My skin is prone to blemishes and to getting oily. I wear a lot of make up to cover this up but this also means that I need to ensure that I cleanse my skin properly so that the make up doesn't cause me to develop more blemishes. I love natural cleansers and I love Lush so I thought I'd give Angels on Bare Skin cleanser.
What does the product do?
This cleanser promises to even out the skin tone, reduce the redness of your skin and also to improve the health and appearance leaving your complexion with a natural and healthy glow. It claims that it will cleanse and purify the skin in a way that is so natural that it will apparently be "as gentle and beautiful as being kissed by angels."
How does it work?
Ground almonds have been included and this ingredients turns into almond milk when mixed with water. The almond milk then helps to tone and brighten the skin leaving it looking healthier and in a better condition. Glycerin is included to hydrate the skin while Kaolin is included to absorb the excess oils and impurities from the skin. The product also contains some essential oils to balance and tone the skin, as well as Lavender and Chamomile Oil to soothe and calm the skin. Lavender flowers are also rolled into the mixture too.
How do you use the product?
You need to take a small amount of the product from the tub and place it in the palm of your hand. Then you need to mix it with a little bit of water to form a paste in your hand. You then need to massage the paste into the skin for a few moments, carefully avoiding the eye area, and then rinse the product away. You then need to follow it up with a good moisturiser.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a black plastic tub which is common to the Lush chain. It has some information about the product stuck on the tub and a black lid which pulls on and off. The packaging allows you to easily control the amount of the product that you want to use so there will be no wastage. The cleanser will cost you around £6 for 100 grams and it can be bought from most Lush stores and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product has quite a fresh and clean aroma. The over riding fragrance is quite herbal and you can smell the lavender quite strongly so it is relaxing to use. Making the cleanser into a paste is both time consuming and difficult. I've found this cleanser is harder to mix than others than I've used because it has quite a crumbly consistency. The paste is more of a milky water with lumps and bits in it. This means that it gets quite messy to use. The paste is easy to apply to the skin but I do find some bit gets stuck in my hairline and around the skin. You can feel some gritty bits in it so it does exfoliate the skin a little bit. It feels completely comfortable on my skin and it doesn't irritate my skin or make it feel uncomfortable.
The product is best removed using a damp flannel and then rinsing off the excess with warm water. Once the product has been removed my skin does look fresh and feels clean. It doesn't feel particularly soft and I do experience a little bit of dryness and tightness after using it. It does clean my skin but it doesn't completely remove my make up because I can still see some on the towel once I have dried my face. It didn't cause my skin to develop any blemishes but I don't really like how it makes my skin feel.
All in all, this cleanser is quite time consuming and difficult to use. It has a lovely lavender aroma and it feels gentle on the skin. It cleanses the face quite well but doesn't remove all of my make up. It leaves my skin feeling quite fresh but it also quite drying on my skin. For me, this one has as many negatives as positives and it's not really something that I enjoy using.
A few months back I tried my first Fresh Face Cleanser from Lush and absolutely loved it. I decided I couldn't do without it but at the same time was intrigued to try some of the others available from the store. So, when the time came to replace my 'Let The Good Times Roll' cleanser, I decided to opt for a different one. When it came to picking my regular fresh face mask from Lush I simply picked one up at random every time I needed to repurchase and decided which one worked best for me once I'd tried them all, a method I decided to put into action when deciding which face cleanser I would be sticking to.
So I ended up buying 'Angels On Bare Skin' costing £6.25 for the 100g tub. For what is basically a face wash this may seem like an excessive price although trust me, it's worth it. The pot this cleanser comes in also counts towards one of the five empty pots you can take back to a Lush store to get a free fresh face mask too!
This cleanser uses 100% natural ingredients with no preservatives making it kind and gentle to your skin, great for someone like me who has extremely sensitive skin. This is another one of Lush's vegan products and comes in a recycled and recyclable black plastic pot. Not only is this an effective product but it's an all-around do-gooder as well.
The pot this cleanser comes in contains all the information you'd need along with the Lush logo. The product description on the lid reads 'evens out skin tone, reduces redness and improves the health and appearance of your skin, giving a natural healthy glow'. Providing it lived up to its claims then this sounded perfect. I do have a very uneven skin tone. Whilst I'm extremely pale I do just have red blotchy bits everywhere on my face and, as a result, go through a fair bit of concealer and foundation. I was interested to see if this would even out my skin tone and indeed give me that 'natural healthy glow' I usually get out of a bottle (UNE's Healthy Glow Enhancer if you were wondering)!
Unscrewing the lid reveals this cleanser it's all its unusual looking glory. It's quite a dull, pale brown colour with these tiny, dark brown lavender flowers in it. It doesn't look all that appealing and if you didn't already know I don't think you'd guess in a million years this was for your face. It has a rather strange scent to it as well. It has quite a sweet lavender scent to it but also smells quite herbal like. My Sister reckons it smells 'a bit like weed' (the drug, not dandelions) but I can't claim to know much about that! The smell isn't unpleasant as such, just very peculiar.
To use the cleanser you simply pinch off a pea sized amount and mix with water in the palm of your hand before rubbing onto your face. Pinching off a piece is easily done as it's not completely solid. It has a consistency similar to cookie dough, it sticks together enough for you to get it out in one big piece if you wanted to but smaller amounts can also easily be removed.
I tend to just stick the palm of my hand, with the cleanser in it, under a lightly running tap for about ten seconds. I then just take both my palms and rub them together and am left with a pale brown creamy paste complete with lumps (ground almonds) and lavender flowers. It's then just a case of rubbing my hands over my face and giving it a good scrub.
The ground almonds work really well at exfoliating the skin something I was delighted to find. Having such sensitive skin it's very rare I get to give my face a good exfoliation as those types of facial products tend to react with and irritate my skin. I still like to exfoliate my face along with the rest of my body though so finding something gentle which will allow me to do just that is a lovely discovery.
Rinsing off the cleanser is easily done with clean water and it leaves no residue behind whatsoever. My skin is just left feeling fresh, cleansed and clean. This does a decent job at removing make-up as well as everyday dirt and grime from the face but I usually find myself getting rid of those stubborn bits of eyeliner and mascara with a toner afterwards.
As well as feeling clean my face also feels soft and supple after cleansing with this product. I still end up putting a little night cream on before bed when I've used this at night time although I think that's more because I just love my night cream so much rather than feeling the need to add extra hydration and moisture to my face. When I use this in the morning, however, I survive the day perfectly well without applying my day cream and don't feel any worse off for it despite how dry my skin has become during these cold months.
As for evening out skin tone, wow! This is fantastic. I can hardly believe it's the same skin I'm seeing in the mirror after using this as it was before using this. My once bright red chin, nose and blotchy red cheeks are instead these white, glowing healthy looking facial features. My glow isn't just natural looking, it is natural! It completely takes out any aggressive redness in spots and blemishes too although doesn't really do anything to get rid of them. But when they're screaming red then they're not particularly noticeable anyway. There have a number of occasions I've used this in the morning and just looked so fresh faced and healthy that I've taken the day on with no make-up just so everyone can see how wonderful my skin looks without it.
The problem is, however, that these results are short term ones. Should I skip using this for a day or two then that horrid red, blotchy, uneven skin comes straight back to the usual areas. Fortunately the pea sized blob required for this cleanser to be effective means a 100g pot lasts a good three months with daily use so using it every day doesn't completely break the bank. If uneven skin tone is something you're struggling with, if you're looking for a natural face scrub or you're just looking for a product which won't irritate your sensitive skin then Angels On Bare Skin is probably just what you're in need of and I couldn't recommend it more highly.
If you've ever felt the desire to wash your face in a cool running stream with ingredients from a medieval potion in an enchanted forest from the land of yore, then Lush's Angels on Bare Skin is definately for you.
The black tub is basic but, as with lots of Lush yummies, you get the feeling that something that smells and feels wonderful is going to do you good. Angels on Bare Skin may look like a dry porridge with bits of almond in it, but the beautiful smell of lavender more than makes up for its' strange appearance. Having said that, if you like your beauty products to look like they are made from the natural materials of planet Earth, then you'll be impressed by this organic looking compound.
For use morning and evening, simply pinch a pea sized amount of Angels on Bare Skin out of the pot and mix it with some warm water to make a creamy lavender smelling paste. Then, as you apply it to your slightly wet face you can feel the calm of the almond milk, the exfoiliating action of the almond kernels and the serene smell of the lavender all doing its' magical work to make your skin soft and ravishing.
During this moment of indulgent 'me' time I often like to imagine I am indeed kneeling in a long flowing dress at that cool running stream within an enchanted forest, rubbing this age old natural cleanser into my sweet little face a la Maid Marion. I highly recommend Angels on Bare Skin to bring about a radiant glow to any damsell's cheeks.
Lush's skin care range is very extensive and there is something for everyone no matter the skin type. In my time as a Lush customer, I have tried pretty much everything.
After I had my daughter, my skin took on an oily look. Having never suffered from oily skin before, I knew it was something I wanted to sort out so I took a trip to my local Lush and asked them for their opinion. without any hestitation I was recommend Angel's On Bare Skin. It comes in a 100g black pot which if you wash out when finished with it and have five black pots altogether you can return them to Lush for a free Fresh Face Mask. The black pot has the Lush label on it, the name of the product and how to use it. It costs £6.25 for a pot which some people may see as alot of money but this stuff is absolutely worth every penny.
The product is a solid product - in the same was as Herbalism and to use it you have to pinch a little bit out of the pot and then mix with water and gently apply to your face and then rinse with warm water. The product is a beige/grey colour in appearance and has little bits of ground almond running through it. Ingredients wise the product uses Almond milk as it has been said throughtout the centuries that it is a toning and brightening ingredient. It is then mixed wth kaolin, to absorb grease and gently cleanse, vegetable glycerine to soften and moisturise the skin and a blend of essential oils, chosen for their abilities to balance and tone the skin. The final ingreident is a sprinkle of lavender flowers. Angels on Bare Skin is made from 100 percent natural ingredients.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the pot was the lovely smell of lavender drifting out of it. It is a nice balance - it isn't too strong but not so subtle you cannot notice it. It was easy to mix with the water - do not use too much water when mixing as it will go too runny, it needs to be a paste consistancy. I applied it to my skin in a gentle circular motion, making sure I covered my face with it. I left it for a couple of minutes to absorb into my skin and then gently removed it with warm water. My skin instantly felt better. The oilyness of my skin had disappeared and my skin was left feeling soft and smooth. I continued to use Angels on Bare Skin for the few weeks my skin was in an oily state and each time it absorbed the moisture from my skin and left it feeling lovely and light. Not heavy like skin tends to when it is oily. I should also say that Angels On Bare Skin is also great for spots and taking the redness down. I occassionally swtich to Angel's On Bare Skin now when I have spots to take them down and it works very well.
I find this to be an excellent cleanser and it really worked for my skin. Highly recommened.
Lush - 'Angels on Bare Skin' Fresh cleanser
This is my favourite of Lush's fresh cleansers and one I buy regularly. When I was lucky enough to attend a Lush event where we made our own fresh face mask and then we were treated to a free facial in the store I had the chance to try many other cleansers but this remains my firm favourite.
I usually choose Lush products for ancient dry and lined skin as I am getting to that stage and so when I was in Lush asking advice on which cleanser to buy over a year ago I was advised that this one would be best for me and I haven't looked back.
This fresh cleanser is an oaty caramel colour and looks like either finely ground oatmeal or ground almonds which are not surprising as it is mainly ground almonds in the mix. This 'Angels on Bare Skin' is similar looking in texture to both 'Herbalism' and ' Dark Angels' in texture. They all have that crumbly slightly sandy look while they are all very different colours and they are all soft feeling and slightly damp rather than dry and crumbly. 'Angels on Bare Skin' is designed for those of us with dry skin as a gentle exfoliator and cleanser as it contains lots of really great skin feeding ingredients.
This usually costs £5.95 for a pot containing and the usual thing applies if you buy this in the black pot, if you wash it and return five of them you can choose a free fresh mask or hair mask which I think is a great incentive to encourage people not to just throw these pots away.
As I said this fresh cleanser is designed for those with normal or dry skin but can really be used by anyone as it is suitable for all skin types. This is Lush's best selling cleanser globally and it is the number 1 product sold in Lush's Japanese stores.
This cleanser like the other fresh facial cleansers is preservative free and is based on a medieval recipe and is full of quality natural ingredients. I love the smell of this too as the almond scent combines with the rose absolute and lavender and creates a lovely fresh but clean and unique scent. The new 'Putty in my Hands' hand cleanser has the same sort of smell and it is almost impossible to describe and possibly not to everyone's taste but I love it.
My skin tends to be a bit sensitive and so I try not to treat it too harshly and this is just perfect. It exfoliates with gentle ground almonds which do not dry the skin as they are ful of lovely natural almond oil which is so good for the skin.
Lavender and rose absolute essential oil are both great for the skin as they are healing and calming and also smell gorgeous too.
Glycerine helps to soften the skin to make it ready to absorb the gentle oils in the almonds as well as all the essential oils like lavender, rose absolute, chamomile blue oil and others. The rose absolute oil, lavender oil and chamomile blue oil also all help to calm any skin sensitivity or soreness. The kaolin helps gets rid of excess oil on the skin's surface. These ingredients all help the facial skin balance so that if you have a combination skin this is perfect. It will enable the dry areas to absorb the beneficial oils and reduce the oil on the greasier areas.
Although this looks pretty ordinary and not in the least exciting it is one product that I buy regularly from Lush as it does such a great job. It is not a harsh scrub at all it is actually quite a gentle exfoliant but even so do not rub your face while using this, just gently massage this over the oily parts of your face.
This cleanser has an unusual but actually to me rather lovely smell. I do often just open the pot and have a sniff as it is amazingly fresh and appealing in a strange earthy yet floral sort of aroma.
The idea is that you take a small amount, just a bit bigger than a pea and put this in one hand. Add a little water and with a finger rub this into the palm of your hand until you have a softish paste . This wet soft paste is what you use to cleanse your face. I very gently, using just a little water rub this into my face in a circular and upward motion. You don't need to rub hard just really gently massage your face with this and then rinse it off with warm, not hot water.
Once you have cleaned all the 'Angels on Bare Skin' off your face you then pat your face dry. Once dry you need to finish the cleaning process off by applying a gentle toner so that you close the pores and stop any dirt getting in. You can then apply whatever moisturiser you think your face needs; finishing off with makeup if you want to apply some.
I find this does an excellent job of gently cleansing and exfoliating my entire face leaving it feeling soft and really lovely. I use this at least three times a week and have done for some years now and I have never had any problems at all with any sensitive skin.
Would I buy this again? Well yes and I have often. It is one of my Lush regular purchases as it does such a wonderful job of gently exfoliating and cleansing my face without leaving it dry at all. A pot of this lasts me about three months as I use it at least three times a week and I do also use it on my neck too.
I think I will always buy 'Angels on Bare Skin' as it smells lovely and I findit suits my skin perfectly. I will use others every now and then to give my face a bit of a change but this is one I will return to and I hope Lush never stop making this one.
I think if you have not tried any of Lush's fresh face cleansers then this is the one I would try first unless you suffer from very greasy skin or from large open pores then I might try the 'Dark Angels' or 'Herbalism' instead. I suggest if you are intrigued by this then pop down to Lush as they have very knowledgeable staff who can advise on good skin care. Sometimes people with greasy and spot prone skin try so hard to almost dry out their skin with chemically based products and this often does more harm than good. Your skin needs some oil and what you need to do is help it balance its sebum/oil production. This one however works for all skin types and is especially good for those with dry skin or sensitive skin as it really does help balance my skin and I have not had any mini spot breakouts since using this and I did occasionally get them before.
On the pot Lush says this " Evens out skin tone, reduces redness and improves the health and appearance of your skin giving a natural healthy glow." I am very happy to use regularly as it does an excellent job, smells nice and leaves my face feeling lovely.
It is worth a try as it contains nothing nasty and might be the 'magic' cleanser you need. This is a good cleanser full of nice natural stuff with a lovely aroma that I certainly recommend trying.
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I know that LUSH isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I personally really enjoy their products. I definitely prefer natural products as I'm a bit wary about some of the harsh chemicals that are in a lot of body/skin care products. I have been using LUSH for years - they have a lot of really great products but Angels On Bare Skin is definitely one of my favourites! I can see why it's one of LUSH's best selling products.
I have quite oily skin and had been looking for something to combat it for a while. I was looking at reviews on the LUSH website and a lot of people said AOBS was good for oily/combo skin, and being LUSH, the ingredients were all natural. It appealed to me from the start.
It's a little different to ordinary cleansers as it's a solid that you add water to and make a paste. I wasn't sure of this to begin with, but now I really like it as you can change the consistency as your skin changes - you can have it chunkier and more exfoliating or thinner and milkier. Even though it's classed as a cleanser, I think it can double up as a lovely scrub if you only add a few splashes of water. It definitely has exfoliating effects.
AOBS contains, among other things, ground almonds that turn to almond milk when you add water which tones and brightens skin, kaolin (a soft clay) to absorb oil and cleanse, glycerine (don't worry - it's vegetable derived so is fine for vegans) to soften and moisturise and a few lavender flowers for good measure. By making this a solid cleanser instead of a liquid one, LUSH have taken away the need to add preservatives which can upset your skin.
I usually use this in the shower as it is a bit messy! I just scoop up a small amount of product (about the size of a small grape) as a little goes a long way, add some warm water and rub all over my face in circular motions. It's amazing how well AOBS works - all the oil on my face is instantly absorbed and my face is left feeling so clean and baby soft. My skin never feels tight or dry after using this. I find the scent quite strong but definitely not unpleasant, however I thought I'd throw this out there as I know some people are sensitive to scents.
It definitely takes a little bit of getting used to and mixing it with water can be a little tricky and more time-consuming than a traditional cleanser, but persevere with it as it leaves your skin feeling heavenly soft and clean. I'd recommend it for those who are looking for something to combat oily skin, but if you have sensitive or dry skin I'd recommend you to use it very 'watered down' so it's more of a cleansing milk as to not irritate your skin as it is quite exfoliating for a cleanser.
Angels On Bare Skin is £5.95 for a 100g pot and can be brought from LUSH stores or on their website.
The Angels on Bare Skin cleanser is well known for those living in the world of Lush and I have now been using the product for 2 weeks everyday and my skin is so improved! Now it may not look like Angels from the weird lump shown in pictures but do not let looks be deceiving!
The Lush Angels on Bare Skin is a solid cleanser that turns to milk when added to water. It is sold in Lush in 100g lots for £5.95. It is made a one one length of cleanser - rolled up and cut into 100 g sections. This is then popped into the Lush black pots. The pot has white writing on it stating the name, ingredients and directions of use.
All the ingredients in the Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser are natural, there are no chemicals to attack and damage your skin. The ground Almonds turn to milk when water is added and also serve as a slight exfoliant. The Kaolin absorbs grease and works as the cleanser and the Rose, Lavender and Chamomile mositurise and tone and the lavendar flowers are added as the cleanser is rolled up. I was drawn to the product for the most part for the 100% natural ingredients, then I saw other review who on the whole were raving about it! You can smell the lavender and the Almonds, but these fragrances do not stay on your skin, which in the case of my face I do prefer it not to smell of cleanser.
Directions of Use:-
From Lush.co.uk "Put it in the palm of your hand, add a little water and mix to a paste or milk texture - then apply to face, work over the face then rinse off with warm water". I found I needed a piece roughly the size of a sprout (that's the only thing I could liken it to size wise). By using this amount I got a mixture of the milk cleanser and left a little cleanser in its solid form which worked as a exfoliater. It's a very different type of cleanser as it is solid. It's tricky to get the knack of it without getting in a complete mess. It can vary on how well it turns into the milk I have found. Sometimes it transforms with a little mixing and other times it takes a while. It rinses off easily though, and as mentioned when you have the knack of mixing it its a lovely product.
When I started using the Angels on Bare Skin I was being plagued with spots all over my face, and was trying many products to help. I found that the Freederm range helped to clear the spots up but was too harsh for my skin over a long period of time, and so had also tried the steamer tabs from Lush. These also really cleansed my skin, but it was too much to do every night. After using the Angels On Bare Skin Cleanser, hand on heart I have not had one more spot, and unlike the Freederm, I hasn't solved this issue with drying the skin out and causing redness.
The cleanser will take off all your makeup - I use eye makeup remover for my eyes - and if you use a toner afterwards, I have found that there was no residue of makeup or dirt left at all! Your skin feels cleansed, dewy and mositurised. It actually feels like your skin has been kissed by angels - no joke! It soothes and reduces redness, evens skin-tone and even's out your skins complexion! I only need a very light moisturiser after using this and my skin is improved beyond words! I cannot thank Lush enough!
Everyone who reads my reviews will know by now what a huge fan I am of Lush products, in fact of the whole company as well as their wonderful array of gorgeous smelling products, I love their morals and ethics in general.
Lush's beliefs are at the heart of everything they do, they only use the best of fresh ingredients and the finest of essential oils buying only from other companies that do not commission animal testing, they make highly effective products from soap to perfume all which are invented by themselves and individually handmade using safe synthetics with the bare minimal recycled packaging or none at all in most cases selling their products naked, this encourages recycling and helps to protect our planet.
All the morals of only using fresh natural and safe products combined with a determination to make a difference to change the way we use and buy products in the way they are produced and packaged, products that cater for every need and are mostly unisex and are safe and gentle enough to use on children, their determination and strict rules on animal testing and recycling make them a company in which I trust and adore in all that they do and stand for, to add the shop's staff knowledge and expertise on all the products they sell makes Lush a company I will always go back to...
Angels on Bare skin is a product I absolutely love, I have used this product for a number of years now so I think I am able to review the product thoroughly, honestly and balanced with extensive experience, I think those reading this will have guessed which direction I am going with this product as I have already stated how much I love it, however I assure you that I didn't instantly warm to this product the first time I tried it, if I am totally honest I was not at all keen at first and it took me a month or so of trial and error to really get to grips with it and slowly I learnt to love it as the essential 'must have' facial product I regard it as today.
ANGELS ON BARE SKIN
PRICED at £5.95 For an 100g Pot
Angels on bare skin is one of lush's best sellers which says a lot rally and it is easy to see why after prolonged use, I have a suspicion that it is a best seller partly to do with this being a preservative free product and a dual effect cleanser and exfoliator that smells wonderful and is suitable for all skin types and also for vegans.
Originally named Miriam, a name taken from the bible that over time in the early days turned into Angels on bare skin during production, it is basically a solid that transforms into a cleansing milk when warm water is added, by taking the water content out of this product Lush have removed the need to add preservatives which means that Angels on bare skin is 100% naturally produced and contains no nasties and only the safest of ingredients combined with essential oils to make an effective cleanser that is kind to the skin and does not upset the skins naturally occurring delicate balance of oils.
It is made by rolling Kaolin just like you would roll dough using a rolling pin, mixing all the essential oils and ingredients together to form a slab and is rolled flat, then it is sprinkled generously with Lavender flowers and finally folded and rolled together just like you would a Swiss roll! This is then cut into 100g portions and potted into recycled plastic pots, the date the product was made, where and whom made it is placed on the product using a sticker that is also recycled allowing the buyer to see that it is fresh.
The Lush description of this product is...
" As gentle and beautiful as being kissed by angels, made from 100% natural ingredients because when nature is this good you don't want to mess with her balance!"
Chamomile Blue Oil
Ancient Egyptians used and valued the almond for centuries for its skin polishing purposes, its exfoliating and softening effect, this ingredient aides the skins tone and colour, the almond is a fruit and is part of the plum family and the nuts are coarsely ground down to a soft floury texture to be used as a raw natural ingredient.
A clear liquid that completely dissolves in water, it occurs widely in nature, the vegetable oil involved in Lush glycerine is rapeseed oil grown in the UK, glycerine is a traditional cosmetic material that has been widely used for many years because it is so safe and effective, it is very mild and will not irritate in any way and Lush makes sure the glycerine they use is palm-free.
Also knows as soft clay, it is a naturally occurring soft clay first discovered in the Kao-ling mountains in China, It is a white hydrated aluminium silicate mined from mountains and gathered from tropical riverbeds, Kaolin is used in intestinal medicines for its ability to absorb water, Kaolin cleanses and exfoliates dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and also adds absorbency and texture as an ingredient.
Is obtained from the flowering tops of the lavender plant by steam distillation, this oil is often used by aromatherapists to calm the mind, aid a restful sleep and for relaxing purposes, Lavender oil has a fantastic anti-bacterial and deodorising property and may also be beneficial in helping repair damaged skin and encourage healing.
Comes from the flower petals of the Damask rose plant and is obtained by solvent extraction, the Damask rose is grown in Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia, India and China, it is a very popular oil in perfumery and aromatherapy and is thought to have a balancing effect on emotions, the scent of rose is considered an aphrodisiac and an ancient symbol of love and innocence, it is a great ingredient for moisturising products and an excellent choice for mature, rough or irritated skins as it helps improve the skins appearance and also perfumes the skin.
Chamomile Blue Oil-
Is sourced from a sweetly scented annual blennial which has delicate leaves and daisy like flowers, the oil is extracted from the fully opened flowers by steam distillation and is a striking blue colour, Chamomile is one of the most gentlest essential oils, it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, used to treat bruises, allergies, and stress and is very beneficial to those with sensitive skins. It also may help to balance hormone fluctuations, a popular soothing oil widely referred to as the oil for everything.
Comes from a plant belonging to the same family as the Dahlia and the Daisy, the oil comes from the tiny pale white and yellow flowers, it is a popular ingredient in perfumery, this oil has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties making it useful for products containing no preservatives.
Comes from a tree belonging to the styraceae plant family and extracted from tender evergreen trees of at least 25 feet in height and found in the rich woodland and swamps of Sumatra, Thailand, and Java, the collected hardened gum is stored in pieces then pressed, refined and extracted to produce resiniod used in perfumery, benzoic's two main chemical constitutions are coniferyl innamate (an ester) and sumaresionoic acid, esters are said to have powerful relaxing properties on the skin and benzoic is commonly used to calm irritated, cracked, sore and very dry skin conditions, it has many beneficial components and has been used for many years in various products from incense and oil to shampoo and perfume.
Cultivated from Provence in France, the flowers are picked as they begin to open and they are strongly scented violet coloured flowers that are used fresh, dried or distilled, used fresh as an ingredient for the skin it acts as a natural exfoliant removing dirt and dead skin.
Is basically a naturally sourced freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Is a colourless liquid with a sweet odour, it occurs naturally in many essential oils including Lavender, Rose Absolute, and Chamomile which are all listed as ingredients in this product, some people have allergic reactions to specific fragrance materials and companies are required by law to list them enabling consumers to identify which products they can use safely. Commonly used in floral fragrances.
Angels on Bare skin looks very much like a khaki coloured couscous with lavender petals sprinkled amongst it, it feels cool, slightly moist and doughy to touch and is very easily broken up into small chunks, it has a very prominent lavender scent that fills the room but at the same time is not too over powering, once added to water the solid form transforms into an almond milk and the scent of lavender is lessened when wet, it becomes runny with a few solid but soft lumps depending on how much is used and feels just like it would had you just been making a model clay pot, it turns a pale grey mauve colour and feels very smooth.
==HOW TO USE ANGELS ON BARE SKIN==
To use this product is easy so it seems, you dampen the face with warm water then place a pea sized amount of product into the palm of the hand, add some water to create a milky paste then smooth across the face gently massaging using the fingertips.
As I said earlier I did not warm to this product straight away and I struggled for the first few weeks to use angels on bare skin, this is because it felt odd and rather uncomfortable to get the hang of, as well as a tad messy, I seemed to waste a lot of the product and I found it quite time consuming to use, I felt I was doing something wrong and became frustrated at not being able to get the consistency right to get the best out of it so it did the job I wanted and expected it to do, however I did instantly love the lavender scent and the added lavender flowers integrated into the product looked lovely.
I am not entirely sure if my initial issues using Angels on bare skin was down to me never using anything like it ever before and it being completely different to anything I had ever used before and comparing to the usual products on the market I was definitely not used to using a 'naked' product, I wondered if I was using it correctly as I realised their must be a knack to using this product for the desired benefits but the truth is as I found out through a couple of weeks trial an error that there is no right or wrong way to using this product, it is hugely dependant on the user and what effects the user requires at each cleanse.
Through perseverance I gave this product a chance to impress as I continued to use it, I didn't want to waste the whole pot, I was new to using raw products and because I bought this via the online store I only had the product write up to refer to at the time, which I learnt was quite inaccurate, it recommended to use a 'pea sized amount' of product and this was no where near enough of the product even when added to water to do the job it promised or even be enough to use on the whole of the face and neck, using the recommended amount I didn't feel I was getting a good cleanse or exfoliate or even a quick wash to be honest, there was no difference and my face did not 'feel' like I had just cleansed, I could smell the scent but that was about the extent of it.
I found with a method of trial and error experimentation on applying Angels on bare skin I had found what worked for me personally with surprising results and grew to love this product the more I discovered how versatile and beneficial it was, I found that the design of the product put me in control of what I wanted to use it for, if I want a quick light cleanse I use the pea sized amount and spread it out across just the face before rinsing, this method also worked for removing surface make up and before moisturiser or primer application, for a deeper cleanse I use warmer water and more product allowing the steam from the bowl of run water to help open and clean the pores and gently massage the product across the skin in small circular movements, and to exfoliate I decide if to do a light scrub or a more heavy scrub and adjust the amount of product accordingly, the Lavender flowers are visible enough to control how much is added to each use and I can also adjust the benefits of the product by how long I leave it on my skin and how long I massage it in.
== DOES IT WORK ? ==
As a facial product it is versatile enough to be used as a cleanser and an exfoliator where you chose the thickness and texture to adapt it to suit your own personal requirements, I have adapted this product to suit my skin and lifestyle accordingly and I use it on a daily basis as a general cleanser and three to four times a week as a deep exfoliator, when using this product the scent is the most noticeable effect and I have found it is relaxing and soothing to use, it uses just the right amount of scent which lingers both on the skin and in the room used in.
I have found this to be an effective cleanser and moisturiser that does its job pleasantly, it always leaves my skin feeling clean and baby soft and the longer I used this the more I noticed the difference to my eczema prone dry skin, this became more prominent when I had once run out of Angels on bare skin and used an alternative product instead for a week my skin definitely missed this product and I noticed just how beneficial using an all natural product like this was for my skin, it has worked miles better than the more expensive chemical laden products I have tried in the past, it no longer feels odd or uncomfortable as I am now used to it and I now love the way it feels when using it on my face and the way my skin feels after.
It leaves no residue and after a good cleanse or exfoliate it leaves a slight tightening effect on my skin which feels really refreshing, I have also noticed a vast reduction in the size of my pores since using this ingenious natural product, the name makes more sense to me now and I can see why Lush chose to call this product the name they did, it feels luxurious and pampering.
== FINAL THOUGHTS==
This is a perfect everyday product and because unfortunately our skin is never exactly the same every single day this is a unique adaptable product that can be adjusted and adapted to suit the daily changes in the balance of your skin, I totally love how I can control the effect I want from this and its ability as a multi -use beneficial and effective facial product, it's a huge bonus knowing that it contains no nasty chemicals or harmful additives, it definitely was not love at first sight with Angels on bare skin but was something I learnt to love as I learnt to use it to suit myself.
I think that Angels on bare skin is excellent value for money considering I only have to re purchase every 10 to 12 weeks, and sometimes even longer, for daily use of a 100g pot costing under £6 this is amazing affordable value for a product of this standard, I am extremely pleased and happy with this product that I now consider an essential part of my daily routine and one that I now would never be without.
I highly recommend this product for anyone to use both young and aged, male and female, I would urge that if like me you find you are not impressed after the first few uses to further persevere and trust in the product, find your feet with it and experiment with varying amounts and techniques and you will not be let down, I am very glad I gave this product the chance it deserved and is one of my favourite best buys.
I rate Angels on bare skin a flawless full house of 5 out of 5
Thank You for reading J
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