“ Brand: Lush / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Lush - 'Buche De Noel' Facial cleanser
This was brought out specially for Christmas last year 2012 and it is very similar to my favourite Lush facial cleansers 'Angels on Bare skin' in that the exfoliating ingredient is ground almonds. Some time back 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 and since then have used either one or other regularly and find that my skin on my face is far more balanced than before.
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 but I was tempted by this one when I saw it and initially asked for a sample but after trying it I bought a pot then when they had the half price sale after Christmas I bought another because I had given away quite a bit of mine to various family member in small sample pots so my original pot was getting low.
WHAT LUSH SAY
"Yule love the effects of this.
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Feed your face this Christmas with this lovely gentle winter face cleanser.
We think skin needs a little bit of extra looking after in the long cold months of winter, so we're happy to include this cleanser in our Christmas range. We've packed it full of things to help your skin survive the cold and wind."
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 'Buche de Noel' is similar looking in texture to other Lush face cleansers. 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. 'Buche de Noel' 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 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 cleanser like the other fresh facial cleansers is preservative free and Vegan friendly and is full of quality natural ingredients. I love the smell of this too as the almond scent combines with the orange and cranberry and creates a lovely festive Christmassy smell.
HOW THEY MAKE IT
"Buche De Noel is made by taking fresh satsumas and blending them with dried cranberries, vegetable glycerine, brandy, almond essential oil, vetivert oil and cedarwood oil. When that's all whizzed up, we mix it with grated cocoa butter, ground almonds and kaolin until it becomes a thick paste. We then shape and roll it and finally cover it in a sheet of nori seaweed and pop on a little Christmas decoration."
HOW DOES IT HELP MY SKIN?
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 full of lovely natural almond oil which is so good for the skin.
The fruit and the essential oils great for cleaning the face skin and also help balance the oil or sebum production.
The cocoa butter helps replace any lost moisture and leaves my face feeling clean but not tight at all more soft and supple.
The ground almonds and kaolin will gently exfoliate then absorb grease. Exfolaiting helps to clear away dead, dry skin and leaves my face feeling and looking fresher and brighter.
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 vetivert oil and cedarwood oil.
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 a product that I buy in some form or other if not this actual one as sadly after I finish my next pot I will have to wait till Christmas again. 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 and fresh festive aroma which I love and smells like you could eat itl. I do often just open the pot and have a sniff as it is amazingly fresh and appealing and reminds me of Christmas.
HOW TO USE THIS
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 'Buche de Noel' 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 have been using this instead of 'Angels' at least three times a week since I bought it in November and I have never had any problems at all with any sensitive skin.
Would I buy this again? Well yes and I have twice. I wish Lush had kept it as a regular after Christmas but they did keep their other cleanser which I also bought and love 'Let the Goodtimes roll" so I guess they can't keep all their lovely products! This does such a wonderful job of gently exfoliating and cleansing my face without leaving it dry at all. A pot of this has lasted 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 find it suits my skin perfectly. This however has made a great change and does a very similar jb so if they bbring it out next year I will but it again.
I think if you have not tried any of Lush's fresh face cleansers then sadly you have missed this one for at least a ear but do try 'Angels' which is very similar to this one .If 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 " Treat yourself this Christmas to a deliciously fruity,boozy concoction to nourish and cleanse the skin. Yule be glad you did.' It has helped me even out my skin tone, reduces redness and improves the health and appearance of my skin. I have been very happy to use this 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. Look out forit coming back again next Yule tide.
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