I was attracted to Lush's coalface cleanser because of the charcoal featured in its ingredients list (charcoal is wonderful at detoxifying). My skin was going through a blemished phase at the time and I had been on the lookout for something purifying and scrubby that wouldn't leave my skin dry as a desert!
One of the great things about this cleanser is that you can really tailor the amount that you buy at one time to suit you. The staff at Lush are happy to cut your purchase into smaller chunks (this is what I did as it made it a lot easier to both use and store), so no worries about overspending.
To use this product you should take a slice in your hands and run it briefly under running water. I then rubbed my hands together to create a lather, which I used to wash my face and neck. It's best to pop the product to one side when you are working with the lather.
The exfoliant in Coalface is relatively coarse, which I liked. There wasn't any strong smell to the product, but I could detect a faint scent of licorice which was very pleasant.
Once I'd washed the product off my face my skin looked generally brighter and I could feel that a lot of the dry, dead skin had been removed, though thankfully without leaving any redness or irritation behind.
I wouldn't recommend using Coalface to remove makeup, but rather as a secondary wash once you have used your regular cleanser. You can also use this soap on your body, which makes it very versatile.
The lather which it creates is dark like the product itself, so you have to be a bit careful not to make too much of a mess over the sink, or to get it on your clothes. On the times that I did get the product on the sink, however, I didn't have any issue removing it.
Coalface creates a creamy lather without you having to put too much effort in and without using too much of the product up. Because of this, I found that my chunk of Coalface lasted for a really long time, making it even better value for my money.
Although I no longer suffer from blemishes, I still keep a chunk of Coalface in the cupboard for any time when I want to give my bare skin a good, deep clean.
I have problem skin, and while I use a scrub every other day from St Ives, I was wanting to find something that would work for the rest of the week. I loved the Lush Sea Salt scrub, so I went in to have a look at their other cleansers. The one that I liked the sound of was the Coalface This soap is designed for oilier skin, and this soap has liquorice for softening and charcoal which absorbs grease and helps to gently exfoliate the skin. The liquorice also has slightly antibacterial properties, so is ideal to help with breakouts. There isn't much of a smell to this soap, the liquorice isn't overpowering and the slightly medicinal smell doesn't linger.
I liked the sound of this, particularly the charcoal that is included, as my skin is very oily, and I wanted a product that would help control this. Rather than pay the £4.70 for 100g of soap, I asked if it would be ok if I could have a small sample to see if this suited my skin. I was given, what I estimate to be, a 25g lump of the soap, which surprised me, I was expecting a tiny sliver.
The soap is a dark charcoal, almost black colour. It has small bits of charcoal through it, which helps to gentry exfoliate the skin. To use this, I wet my face, and then rub the soap in my hands to create a lather, which I then use to wash my face. Occasionally, around my chin, I would use the soap bar to gently exfoliate my problem areas, as I find that the exfoliant does get slightly lost in the lather of the soap. This soap does leave my skin feeling very clean and soft, although I would recommend a very good moisturiser, as it dries out your skin slightly.
I will definitely buy this again, I've always shied away from soaps for cleansing my skin, but this isn't an ordinary soap and when my sample is used, I will definitely buy more of this. As I've had my sample a month and using it every other day, and still have some left, it works out as a very cheap cleanser that works.
The ingredients in this soap are:
Liquorice Root Decoction, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Water, Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Powdered Charcoal, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, *Geraniol, *Linalool, Silver Edible Lustre (taken from Lush's website)
https://www.lush.co.uk/product/89/Coalface-Cleanser for further information or to buy the 100g soap
As a 21 year old Female, I am incredibly annoyed that I still get spots. I know that there's people that are older than me, and still get spots, but as it's usually associated with being a teenager, it can still be annoying. Luckily for me, the worst of my spots were over by the time I was around 17, but I still get the occasional outbreak if I'm not careful.
When I was younger, I was prescribed with all sorts of acne treatments by my GP, including Antibiotics, and a horrible chemical smelling ointment, which actually made my skin worse, and also made my eyes sting with the fumes. I've loved Lush products for a few years now, so I decided to pay them a visit, and see what they can do for me. After telling them what I was looking for, I was recommended Coal Face, and I took some home to try.
Lush opened their first shop in Poole, Dorset, in 1994, and were originally called Cosmetic House Limited. Since then, Lush have opened 830 shops in 51 countries, and are continuing to grow. The company does not purchase ingredients from Companies that test on Animals, they use the bare minimum amounts of preservatives and packaging, and all of their products are suitable for use by Vegetarians.
Coal Face comes as a bar of soap, and it doesn't immediately look like something that you want to put on your face, seeing as it's a black bar of soap. I'd say that the dominating smell of the product is liquorice, so it's a fairly sweet but tangy smell.
WHAT'S IT MADE OF?
The main ingredients of this product are Liquorice and Coal, which sounds like a strange combination to be rubbing on your face, but there are very good reasons for it. The Liquorice softens the skin, while the coal soaks up any grease lurking about, as well as gently exfoliating. These two natural ingredients work well together to give you soft and clear skin.
A full list of ingredients in this product:
Liquorice Root Decoction,
Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil,
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,
Silver Edible Lustre
The * indicates that these ingredients occur naturally in essential oils.
When you first buy a block of this product, it can be quite difficult to lather into your hands, due to the shape of it. I find that if I just rub the bar on my hand with some warm water, I can get it to lather up fairly easily. But it's a lot easier to use when the bar is smaller, when you can just rub it between your hands like a normal bar of soap.
The lather doesn't come out black, like the soap, but it comes out a pale grey, and it's very easy to rub into your face. If you have long hair, especially with a fringe, I recommend using a headband to push it back, as the lather can go everywhere. In order to get good coverage of your whole face and forehead, it's best to push hair out of the way anyway, so you don't need to worry about getting the product in your hair.
After using this product for a few years now, I can say that it has definitely helped keep my skin clear. However, I've also noticed that it doesn't keep spots away if I'm not eating a healthy diet, and drinking lots of water. Combined with drinking plenty of water, this product has done wonders for my skin; it's helped to keep my skin soft and smooth, and even reduced redness of spots when used every day.
I would say that the main ingredients have done as they've been described. My skin feels a lot less oily since I've been using this, so I've discovered that Coal is a great spot fighter! The Liqourice helps to keep my skin soft, so I can definitely see the benefits of it.
I love this product, but as with most things, there are some downsides. The first one I've already mentioned, the fact that it's quite difficult to lather when the bar is big. But this is only a small inconvenience, since you can get around that.
The second is that the product can make quite a mess on your sink, or the edge of bath, or wherever you normally keep your soap. I'd recommend using a soap dish to store this, as once it's wet, it leaves grey coloured lather everywhere.
The final disadvantage, and the most important one, is this product can dry your skin out. Not surprising, since Coal is very dry, which is the reason it's good for oily skin in the first place. As long as I moisturise after every time I use this, I find that It's not a problem. Moisturising is part of my skin care routine anyway, so this hasn't been a huge problem for me. If you're prone to very dry skin, then you might want to avoid this product, and try Lush's Fresh Pharmacy, which does a similar job, but doesn't contain Coal.
I always thought that Lush was too expensive for me, and some of their products can be pricey. This product is £4.70 for 100g, and this lasts for a very long time. It's well worth this price, since you get a lot of benefits out of it. I'm sure if you wanted a smaller amount, or you wanted a free sample to try, the Staff at Lush would be happy to oblige.
Overall, I think this product is fantastic value for money, it's helped keep my skin soft and clear, and stops me from having to worry about the dreaded spot outbreaks.
LUSH COALFACE CLEANSER
For anyone who has read my other reviews you will already know I am an ardent Lush fan. I have always suffered from problem skin be it spots on my face, allergies to chemicals in washes, wipes and creams, you name it it has happened to me over the years. As such I am always on the lookout for the "perfect" product. I recently found out that Lush will give you free trials of products and as such I have been working through around a quarter of the shops products and so far found some exceptional products that have become staples of my beauty routine, this product is one of them.
Coalface is marketed as a cleaner, however it is one of Lush's products that is suitable for several uses.
This product looks like a jet black bar of soap, the full sized bar in store looks like a large black flower, which I think is a shame they have not added a little colour to the centre of the flower to just make it look a little bit more like the mould design. The product can be cut down to any size you require, the smallest amount being 100g.
As with all Lush products the names have been designed around the product, this is one of the easiest to see why it acquired it's namesake. The product is made with coal, is jet black and when you use the product the coal actually turns your skin black. It is also primarily a facial cleaner soap. Coalface can be used as a body soap as well as a facial cleaner.
Coalface is a facial cleaner that has been designed for oily/combination skin, Lush states that the main ingredients for this product are liquorice for softening the skin and charcoal, which absorbs grease and gently exfoliates the skin.
The product is very simple to use, you simply dampen your hands and the bar of soap and work up a small lather in your hands then gently massage into your skin. There are some small particles in the soap that transfer to you hands and skin when you lather up, in turn these give a very gentle exfoliation to the skin as you massage.
I really love this soap, it has a lovely lather to it and my pores are definitely benefiting from the gentle exfoliation. I have seen a lot of improvement in my skin since I started using it, particularly on my chin, forehead and nose.
The only issue I have with the soap is that black can drip off my hands when lathering up the soap and drip onto out sink which is white. It does mean that I have to wipe down the sink every time I use it but this does not take long and it does not stain.
I have also used the soap on my arms which now and again get a few spots on them and it has worked well there as well. There is not much of a scent to the soap but I think really because it is a facial cleaner this is a good thing, to much added perfume could cause irritation.
£4.70 for 100g
£11.75 for 200g
£23.50 for 500g
Although sizes are not cut perfectly, it is a little like the cheese counter you get a few grams either side so the price is just a guide.
They are cut to size requested, a minimum of 100 grams.
Liquorice Root Decoction, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Water, Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Powdered Charcoal, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, *Geraniol, *Linalool, Silver Edible Lustre
I have been using this particular product for 3 weeks now and have seen a really big improvement in my skin. For the first few days it did feel a little dry, however it seems to have levelled out and is now fine. This product is not hydrating so does need following up immediately with a moisturiser, however I do think the coal is helping my face remain matified a little during the day.
I would have no issues recommending this product, although there are a few nasties in the ingredients I have had no issues with this product and my skin is sensitive. However I would advise anyone with overly sensitive skin to trial with a little caution.
I would not hesitate in giving this product 5 stars.
Anyone who has read any of my previous reviews on Lush will know how much I love the store and the products they sell, so I'll skip all that and get right to the product review.
This cleanser from Lush comes in solid form (strange I know) and is black in colour. This can be a little off putting if like me you enjoy all the brightly coloured products from Lush more, but this product is really effective in cleansing your skin. Its black because it is infused with liqourice which softens the skin, and also coal which apparently soaks up any grease and oil from the skin too. Its worth noting here that this cleanser is described as to be used for greasy oily skins, I have combination skin, if not leaning towards the dry side of things more and I find this cleanser works a treat for my skin. As always with lush this product included other lovely natural ingredients such as rapeseed oil, coconut oil, and sandalwood and rosewood oil among many others. It does really have a very strong smell, it does have an aroma which is hard to describe, but it doesnt stay on your skin which is nice. To use I normally tend to slice a little bit off from the block, work this in the hands with a bit of water and then apply to my face by gently rubbing it over my skin, then I rinse it off with warm water. You can apply the block straight to your face however I have found that it tends to last a lot longer if you keep it dry and out of water. When it gets wet it tends to soften and dissolve, so if you keep it dry you will get a lot more uses out of it for your money.
I find that this cleanser leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft, and it definitely soaks up any excess oils from my face without drying it out which is perfect. You can buy this from Lush (and only Lush) for roughly £4.70 for 100g, which might seem a bit pricey but if you keep it dry like I said then this can last you up to a year depending on how often you use it. You also have the added confidence that you are only putting nice things on your face rather than a load of harsh chemicals like you normally find in liquid facial products and cleansers from other brands.
Overall I would definitely recommend you give it a dry, especially if your skin is prone to a but of oilyness!
I have shopped at Lush for many years. I have used many of their wonderful natural products.
This is a solid facial cleanser designed for spot prone/ oily skin.
The soap is black in colour. It looks a little strange for a soap but it smells wonderful. It has a pleasant scent to it that smells a little like liquorice (I think i've spelt that correct!) and there's also charcoal in there too. The soap is sold via weight, i.e 100g, however I always seem to reach around the 150g mark. I chop the soap up into five or six smaller pieces. I keep the piece I am using inside a soap container as the soap can become a little mushy when it's been exposed to water for long periods of time.
The soap is easy to wash with. It lathers up really well and it doesn't give off a black lather. Small pieces of charcoal are visible but these act as an exfoliant. The lather is rich and creamy. It's easy to wash off as it rinses away without leaving any residue on the skin. After use my skin feels soft, smooth and cleansed. The soap also helps to reduce excess oil on the skin without drying your skin out. Plus the soap lasts FOREVER as you only need a small amount of it each time that you use it. It's great for the guys too as it already looks pretty masculine!
It leaves your skin smelling great too.
I would recommend this soap. It's quick and easy to use and it's great value too at under £5 a chunk (100g)
Lush, to anyone unlucky enough to not have come across this amazing store, sells 100% vegetarian products, many are vegan, all are cruelty free and 100% amazing. They have many stores and online shops. They do loads of charity work and sell charity products and are big on environmentally friendly products as well as 'naked' products.
Solid Facial Cleanser
Coal Face is an amazingly innovative solid, yes, solid face cleanser (not your old fashion drying soap bar). It is a black colour and could be mistaken for a bar of soap but its more like a slice of cake (for your skin anyway). Being solid it keeps packaging to a minimum, saving the environment. I have used many of the cleansers from Lush and found the solid cleansers (Coal Face and Fresh Farmacy) last almost a year for one slice! Just make sure you don't leave them against a hot tap/pipe or on a wet shower/bath floor as it will melt, obviously! The drier you can keep it the longer it will last. You can get any size cut, depending on your budget or the staff will cut them to fit in the handy metal storage tins lush sell or give away with certain multi-buys. It averages out so 100g costs £4.50 but honestly this lasts for around 1 year as a little really does go a long way.
This cleanser is designed for oily skin; using liquorice infusion for softening and charcoal which absorbs grease and gently exfoliates the skin. I have normal skin and it felt a bit too stripped using this product, so definitely keep this for oily skin, NEVER on sensitive, normal or dry skin.
I can't comment too much as I'm not the skin type its designed for (silly me) but I love hw long the product lasts, the fact that its naked and packaging free, the cost is fair too. It does what it sets out to do.
I've been a fan of Coalface for around 2 years now and it was probably one of the first Lush products that I tried. For anyone who doesn't know what it is, Lush have labelled it as a 'cleansing bar' - basically a soap. The cleansing bar comes in a simple, chunky, block-like shape which reminds me a little of a miniature brick. Lush do hand make there products so the shape and texture is not always excactly the same. The bar is black in colour (resembles a chunk of coal) and weighs 100 grams. Packaging is pretty non existent, it just comes in the usual yellow Lush bag with a sticker on the front with the product name. The bag can be recycled and the ingredients in the bar is a hundred percent natural, so this is a totally guilt free product.
Per 100g bar will set you back £4.50, which compared to similar Lush products isn't too expensive and I don't mind paying this price because I like it so much, however it's definetly a 'treat' kind of purchase rather than been a regular on my shopping list. The price has increased by just over a pound since I first started buying it which is kind of a let down but nevermind! The bar is really good value in my opinion. and it can be cut up into slices to make it last that bit longer. The smell makes it a nice product to use as well. It smells like liquorice which is quite strong but not overpowering. It is not really the most pleasant smelling Lush soap I have tried but then again I am not very fond of liquorice so i'm sure anyone who's a fan of liquorice will love it.
Using it is simple. I simply rub the soap onto my skin while in the bath. I usually rub it into my body quite harshly to make sure it's exfoliating to the best of its abilities, and i'm more gentle when using it on my face. I also rub it onto my nose lol, this is to get rid of blackheads (which it does after a few uses). The soap is suprisingly pleasent to use, the texture isn't too harsh and the bits that are that bit more rough aren't painful to use at all although you can definetly feel them. I've used this on spots before and have not had any results so it's probably not the best Lush product to buy to clear spots up. This is a really moisturising soap, and it makes my skin soft and fresh feeling and gets rid of dead skin really well, leaving my skin (especially my face) feeling like silk. It does not make my face sore or red and although it does leave my face feeling a little dry after use (once i've used a towel to get dry with), it is not unpleasant and it definetly works well at exfoliating.
I used this during my holiday in Italy, we were on a school trip and had to be up and washed in time. At the time i had conjested skin which was oily and got spots regularly. I found that exfoliating regularly helped keep it in check. So when i came across this i thought i would give it a try.
It comes in a bar form, and can be cut up as needed. It is black in appearance, and has little grains embedded within it.
I took a small amount with me to Italy for the week, and lathered the bar up in my hands, it made a smooth lather that i rubbed into my skin. It has little bits in it for exfoliation. At first i thought this would hurt my skin, but as i used it i found it refreshing. I could feel it exfoliating and afterwards my skin felt soft and smooth.I did expect my skin to be a bit sore, because i felt there was quite alot of particles in it, but that wasn't the case, I found that i had many less spots than usual, and it was just the right amount of exfoliation.
It felt like it had taken a new layer of skin and revealed a fresh layer, without the pain of course!
However i would say make sure it is washed off your face properly, if you forget, you may look like you have soot, as the soap is a charcoal colour. I would probably use it to wash your face in the shower, that wy you can make sure it's completely washed off.
It didnt have a smell really, just a light, quite pleasant smell licourice, and being black in colour, it made it quite unisex.
The smell could be for women, but was masculine enough for a guy to quite happily smell of it. Guys could use it without having to buy ladies exfoliators, it could be popped into a guys travel bag no problem.
The unisex nature of the soap makes it perfect for teenage boys, who may be experiencing some problems with acne and the like. They can improve their skin without getting teased etc.
It contains coal, and is good for oily skin, as the coal absorbs excess oil and sebum which is another reason i gave it a try. The oily feeling of my skin made me get spots, so i thought if i could get the oil under control i could control the spots. It worked!
Being from Lush its not the cheapest product you can buy that exfoiates but it is made with natural products and i still think is worth the money, as you only have to use a tiny amount as it lathers up really well. If you have any allergies, i would suggest looking up the ingredients of this product to ensure theres nothing in it. Lush list all the ingredients in their products which is another plus. Lush don't use palm oil in their soaps, and find more sustainable ways to make soap products etc.
I would reccomend buying this product. Although its a bit pricey you can buy a small weighed amount and try it out. The bars last a long time and so its worth a try to see if it works for you.
Coalface is a facial cleansing bar made by Lush. It's a soap-bar, actually. But, for the face. So, ignore all those things your mother told you about not cleansing your face with soap - because this one is meant for the task!
Coalface comes in large, black chunks that look quite a lot like coal or very big pieces of liquorish. It has a lovely, charcoal-y sort of smell which I really like and means it would be good for guys who don't want to smell floral and girly but still want to cleanse.
To use, you simply do what you would with any other bar of soap. Wet your face then rub it on. Well, that's the easiest way. However, it's sometimes more effective to put some water in the palm of your hand and rub the bar into the water to create a paste/slush then to massage that onto your face. It works either way, but using it directly onto your face doesn't seem to rub off as much of the cleanser.
You then just rinse off. The great thing about this is that it's similar to Dark Angels but it has a few key differences ;
It doesn't stain your face/take as much washing to get off.
It can be used daily more easily.
It seems to last longer.
This does a great job of taking away all the dirt and grease from a long day and leaves skin feeling really clean but not tight or sore. It's fantastic to use on it's own or as part of a complex skincare routine - it's not drying so you shouldn't NEED a moisturiser with it, but it's still nice to use one.
It costs £4.15 for 100g and you can choose the size of chunk you want. It's pretty cheap, if you compare it to the average cleanser - especially considering it's effectiveness.
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, its me again with more lush! Muahahaha! On a more serious note we all need a bit of scrubbing in our life. A cleansed face equals a cleansed aura, well it dosent but lets pretend :). Now the little diamond i am going to be telling you about today is mrs coal face, she can also be used to make your face black and you can pretend your a miner. Hi ho! The best thing about lush is the products in there are all so fun, different and interesting. I mean where else when you get a black lump that looks like coal, or a squidy lump that stinks of fish eh?! Well the second one isent too nice, but the first is, so here we gooooo.
Application : Right now this is super easy to use, as its already naked ( whistles ) all you need to do is wet your face with warm water and then rub it all over, firmly on places like your nose to help get those blackheads out and softer on sensitive or spotty areas, as you dont want to aggravate or make your spots bleed. There are some bits that are smooth on the bar and some bits that are scrubby ( thats the charcoal ) , the scrubby bits are perfect for decongesting your face and pores and getting rid of dead skin cells, however the scrubbier bits tend to go quicker that the smooth bits, which is a bit annoying, but it still works well even without the scrubby action. The liquorice root decoction is also antibacterial which is great for keeping your skin spot free and cleaning up existing spots and its also moisturising too. Now i find it helps to bring my blackheads slightly more too the surface, so after a steam of the face they can just be popped out. The bar also absorbs excess sebum in the skin, so my face looks less shiny in the day. I mean no matter how pretty you are a shiny face is not a good look. Have you seen the shine from katie prices forehead? She could be a lighthouse its that shiny. Afterwards my skin is slightly dry but thats a normal occurence for me and i just follow up with a good moisturiser.
Colour : Well seeing as coal and liquorice is black, i think we can guess its black. Its fully black all over. Make sure you leave it on a dish or it will make your bath / sink black, it does wash off but its better to save yourself the work. I mean then you have more time for tv! I mean work :D.
Smell : Its an alright smell, but i know many people wont be too keen on it, it does smell of liquorice but its not too overpowering, i can bear it and im not a liquorice lover. So anyone who loves liquorice will love it!
Price and avaliabilty : Its only avaliable from lush but that was obvious. So you can go the store and be bullied ... i mean helped by there pushy ... i mean friendly staff. You may be able to tell, i dont like the staff or go online www.lush.co.uk. The site is very simple to navigate and tells you about the ingredients included in all the products which is a lovely touch.
It costs £4.15 for 100g at the moment. Be warned i said at the moment, lush seem to love changing there prices 24/7. Also they cut the products themselves and they rarely way 100g so dont pick up a large chunk and think wow all of this for £4 because it will probably be like £8, so make sure you read the wrapper or get them too cut it for you!!
Ingredients : Liquorice Root Decoction (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera), Water (Aqua), Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Powdered Charcoal, Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora), Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate, *Geraniol, *Linalool, Silver Edible Lustre
Now a nice thing about lush is you can understand the ingredients as funnily enough i dont actually know what coememahfjdidfndhfh 325654335778094 is do you? There are loads of lovely things like real liquorice, not just a flavouring or colouring or a poor extract and coconut oil which is great for the skin and lots of nice oils like sandalwood and rosewood, which really make you feel like your pampering yourself with a luxury good.
Overall : I would definetly recommend this, its scrubby, oil balancing and keeps your skin generally less shiny. It also helps to get rid of blackheads. It dosent really help my spots, but then again i only get spots around my jawline which are hormonal. I wouldent use it too take off makeup as i find it dosent do it very well and my foundation just goes all over the bar, so i have to keep rinsing it, which makes it shrink quicker. I use this in the morning and then another non lush cleanser at night. Also make sure you wash it all off, you often think you have but then when you look closer you will see some in your hair line and in the creases of your nose, a muslin cloth gets it off perfectly, but rinse the excess off first or your cloth will be black.
So for clean, fresh and decongested skin give this a whirl.
Have fun xx
Coalface is a completely unique facewash. It is aimed at oily, spotty skin, is unisex, is a bar of soap and obviously...it's black!
This product is easy to use as you simply lather the bar between you hands and then rub into you face using circular motions before rinsing away. This means you can easily incorporate it into your morning shower routine!
This product has a lovely liquiorice fragrance - a bonus which makes it appeal to guys. The lather is pretty creamy which means you can really massage it into your skin. Coalface is also boasted by a layer of charcoal powder which mean that you will (if you use that end of the bar) experience a moderate exfoliation. Don't worry about the charcaol staining anything - it rinses away cleanly, taking away excess oil with it! Afterwards, I found that that my skin felt tightened and toned, although when I used it in colder months when my skin was a little drier it did begin to feel a little uncomfortable. However, I am pleased to say that when I use coalface, any spots I have clear up a lot quicker than they usually would, so I'd definitely recommend this for evening out your complexion!
Lush is proud to invent and produce unique cosmetics with consideration to animal rights and environmental concerns. Coalface is both animal friendly and as a solid product is packaging-free!
As Coalface is sold by weight, a decent size block may cost you upwards of £6, but the length of time it lasts for (just make sure it is kept out of water otherwise itt will quickly disintergrate!) makes for great value.
Besides, many lush stores will be happy to give you a free sample to try so you can be certain before you make the investment!
As a sufferer of mild acne for most of my life, (the last 15 years) i have tried too many cleansers to mention. In my quest to find 'the one' i thought i would give Lush a try to see what they had to offer. After speaking to one of the sales staff and telling her that i have sensitive, combination skin prone to breakouts she suggested i try Coalface soap.
This black soap, with tiny silver flecks retails at £4.04 per 100g is made with charcoal and liquorice extracts and also contains (amongst other ingrediants) sandalwood and rosewood oil. It has a strange smell, not unpleasant but not appealing either and contains powdered charcoal that is meant to act as an exfoliant. I bought approx 100g and have cut off a quarter to use instead of using the whole block at once and letting it go mushy on the soap dish.
It seems to take some lathering to produce a decent enough amount of foam to cleanse your whole face with, and as it does contain that blooming dreaded Sodium lauryl sulfate i thought it would lather more, however the soap does seem to last a long time. Upon application it feels creamy and soft on the face even if it is an awful grey colour, and when i first started using it i could feel the charcoal exfoiliating my skin gently. As i have worn down the chunk i cut off there doesn't seem to be any charcoal in the middle and it no longer exfoliates.
As a facial cleanser it works really well, and when using toner afterwoods there isn't a trace of make-up left behind. It leaves my skin feeling soft, and doesn't dry it out like most do i just wish that it was still exfoiliating as well. And on the whole after two weeks of use my skin does seem to be clearer and less blemish prone whilst left feeling lightly hydrated which isn't something i expected from a soap designed to help eradicate spots.
On the whole a great cleanser if you have combination skin prone to breakouts, i just wish that the powdered charcoal was evenly distributed throughout the soap, but i guess that's what you get with handmade products so i can live with that and it's not going to be like that with every bar.
Available from Lush shops nationwide or from www.lush.co.uk
Price: £4.04 for 100g
For: Soothing exfoliation and cleansing for combination and oily skins
Lush don't like to use packaging, or use as little as possible, so the cleansing bar comes wrapped in paper secured with a sticker which tells you about the product. Whilst this is eco-friendly etc. it's not exactly convenient.
It's a black, almost glittery looking block, which can be different shapes and sizes as it's cut from a larger block. It smells really strongly of liquorice, which is surprisingly nice even though I can't stand liquorice!
Lathering it up you get a thick grey lather which makes a real mess of your sink. It feels soft and smooth on the skin, and it gives a real deep clean feeling. It doesn't really feel exfoliating, you can't feel any grains in it or anything, but it does leave the skin feeling really smooth so you can tell the exfoliation action works.
It leaves skin feeling smooth and clean, but I find it feels really tight and in desperate need of moisturiser. With regular use it really dehydrated my skin and made it feel quite sore and irritated. Whilst it does make skin less oily and definitely helps soothe away spots and blemishes, it is simply too damaging to my skin to be worth it.
All in all I didn't think much to this cleanser.
Thumbs down from me.
It has been some time since I have reviewed anything from Lush and, following my birthday Lush extravaganza at the start of 2009 (see reviews 'I am H-A-P-P-Y; This little piggy went oooooooh; and Giving it lip), I have become quite the addict. I thought it was about time I got around to sharing some of my experiences of them with you. I'm kicking off with one of my favorite products from the whole Lush range; coalface soap.
I made my first purchase of coalface soap during a particularly low lunchtime in June of this year. It was one of those awful days at work, the kind where you just feel miserable; like you are wading through mud. Try as you might, you get nowhere. I was also suffering from a bit of a body image low. Those of you that know me will know that I spend a huge proportion of my life dancing and am generally used to a lot of exercise. Well, I'd been kept away from it due to a variety of other commitments and was feeling all blobby and unfit and full of self-loathing. I needed a pick-up big time.
I have the fortune/mis-fortune of working very close to a Lush store. This is something I have mixed feelings about. I LOVE it because I love their stuff and it's great to be able to pick things up as soon as I am running low. I also HATE it because it is an awfully expensive temptation that is just too easy.
This particular day, however, it was just what I needed. Nothing can make you feel happier in your own skin than a nice bit of Lush pampering. I sleepwalked over there in my haze of sadness during my lunch break. I skipped out 15 minutes later (and £40 lighter) a changed person. Of my many purchases, coalface was one. My lifeless skin felt a bit neglected and was in serious need of some TLC.
As I mentioned above, I have written several reviews of Lush products, and I have included in each review some information about the company, Lush. You will notice if you read more than one, the same information about Lush itself is provided. The actual review, however, is not the same and is specific to the product in question. The company information is included for those readers who choose to only read one of my Lush product reviews.
WHAT IS IT?
Coalface is a liquorish and charcoal cleansing bar designed for use on your face. (If you are wondering about the significance of the title of this review, diamonds and charcoal are made up of the same molecules. Charcoal is a girl's best friend didn't quite have the same ring.)
It is a black (yes, really) soap of which the top sparkles (diamond-like!) with a black glittery substance whilst the remaining five sides are smooth and matt. The soap actually contains ground up charcoal (perhaps this is what causes the sparkle) which Lush claim is extremely good for the skin. Apparently this helps to soak up excess sebum from the skin's surface and exfoliates the skin.
The bar also contains liquorish root which is mostly responsible for the soap's adorable scent. According to Lush this gives the soap a softening effect on the skin. Rosewood and Sandalwood essential oils are the other magic ingredients. These of course contribute to the scent, but also make the soap feel really smooth and nourishing on the skin and give it a really luxurious feel. Apparently they also have the ability to help skin cells regenerate and slow the appearance of wrinkles! It would not be possible for this soap to sound any more perfect if it tried.
Lush are a cosmetics company which specialises in making 'fresh' and 'handmade' cosmetics. They are an environmental and ethically aware company, and promote these ideals through their products, packaging, and manufacturing processes. They use minimum packaging, source their ingredients ethically, use natural ingredients and essential oils, encourage recycling, are against animal testing, do not use animal fat in their products and every product they make is vegetarian (indeed many of their products are vegan including this beautiful soap)...the list of goodness goes on. They are indeed a 'good' company, and their prices reflect these ideals which, as we know, always cost more.
In addition to being such a lovely company, their products are also rather lovely. The aroma of the shop is so strong that you can tell when one is near before you even catch sight of it. I often find myself in a Lush shop purely to enjoy the smells and a look at all the pretty slices of soap and solid bubble bath. Like many of the girlies out there, I'd shop in here for all my cosmetics if I could.
This soap costs around £4.00 per 100 grams and the piece I purchased (which was around the size of what you would picture if you imagined a bar of soap!) cost just under £7.00. This is an absolute bargain (especially by Lush standards) and it lasts, and lasts and lasts!
The Lush packaging is very simple. As mentioned above, the company intentionally use as little packaging as possible as it is party of their environmental ethic. Like many of the Lush products, this is a solid product and the packaging required is therefore minimal. My soap is wrapped simply in a sheet of paper. The piece I select is pre-wrapped and has a sticker sealing the paper which tells me the name of the product, the weight, the cost per gram and the total cost of my chosen block. It also very briefly describes the product and how it should be used.
The soap itself is cut from a large 'wheel' of soap, and if you prefer you can have a piece cut to your specification of size, thus allowing you to control how much you want to spend (a large chunk of any of the soaps can work out to be pricey!!). Mine is shaped like a lovely wedge and once wrapped, looks a little like a chunk of cheese. The whole experience of selecting the soap followed by the cutting measuring and wrapping of the soap is not that different actually to buying cheese from a deli counter.
As I mentioned above, the scent of the soap is mostly made up of the liquorish root with Rosewood and Sandalwood. It smells very 'clean'. The scent is in no way overpowering and is definitely one of the lighter scented products in the whole Lush range. Given that it is a facial product, this suits me just fine. I find strong scents quite off-putting if I am putting them on my face, and also find it can cause my skin to react or prevent the product from working so well.
This smell is just perfect.
The soap lathers up incredibly well and despite the darkness of the soap itself, it creates lots of soft white bubbles. It doesn't go soft or squashy or disintegrate (a problem I have found with some of the softer of the Lush soaps) but holds its shape very nicely. It also (again rather surprisingly) doesn't make a horrible mess of your sink and leaves very little scud in the soap dish.
When applied, the soap feels soft and nourishing on your face and you can feel the little sparkles of charcoal giving your face a gentle yet thorough exfoliate. Washing with it is a pleasure.
Wash it off and ta-da! Perfect skin! The effect is amazing. I look younger in one wash. My skin is bright. It looks happy and the feeling rubs off on me. Suddenly I am happy too. I feel my bad-body-blues slipping away. I barely need make-up with skin like this (except by beloved mascara and eyeliner of course, I can't EVER cope with them, no matter how good my skin looks!!!).
Another lovely thing: This is a bar cleanser and so makes it ideal for traveling. My piece fits very well into one of the tins that Lush also sell (the massage bar one to be precise, although I guess when you buy the soap you could get them to cut it to whatever size and shape best suits your tin of choice). How lovely for keeping space and weight down in your luggage! A little tin is nothing compared to big bottles of cleanser and cotton wool or liquid face wash. Just when I thought it couldn't be more perfect! Its portability has meant that wherever I am it is always with me, and I haven't yet had a day without it.
It is no exaggeration to say that this product has entirely transformed my face. Gone is the dull complexion. Gone is the blotchiness that I am so often plagued with. Gone, even, are the fine lines that were beginning to creep in around my eyes and mouth. My skin looks brighter, clearer, shinier, and younger, and it feels softer, tighter, smoother and just plain nicer.
This effect was noticeable the very first time I used the soap back in June, and oh my goodness does this soap last! I have used this soap every single day since I bought it (sometimes twice a day) and am still using that same bar today (Mid October). I can honestly say my skin has never looked better.
So would I get it again? I already have! My next bar is on standby for when the final shards of my original bar eventually disintegrate; could be a few weeks yet though!
Thanks for reading
© BondgirlK8 - October 2009