If you read my reviews regularly, you''ll know that I am a huge fan of the store Lush. I am trying to sample every product they make, including some of their less than obvious items!
As well as bath products and soap, Lush make a lot of skincare products including cleansers, toners and moisturisers. These can vary in price quite widely, depending on the ingredients. This moisturiser costs GBP11.75 for a 45g tub, which makes it one of the cheapest products. I find that Lush moisturisers last absolutely ages, with only a tiny amount needed for each use, so I was happy to pay this and after using all of the product, I feel it was worth the price.
As the name suggests, Cosmetic Lad is primarily aimed at men. Recognising that men often shave every day, it contains chickweed, which is said to contain antihistamine and be calming. Honey is antiseptic, while lavender water helps to soothe the skin. Linseed mucilage helps to keep the skin soft, while fresh wheatgrass acts as an antioxidant. Aloe vera is a soothing ingredient which can help to soothe the skin, while African marigold helps to reduce redness and regenerate the skin. As well as a moisturiser, the cream can be used as a shaving cream.
Obviously, as a woman, I don''t shave my face! However, the soothing, gentle ingredients in the cream can help all skin, particularly sensitive skin like mine. It is also a fairly light cream, so I hoped it would be good for my slightly oily skin.
As it contains honey, the moisturiser is not suitable for vegans. However, like all Lush products it is suitable for vegetarians.
It also contains tangerine and sandalwood essential oils. This means that the moisturiser smells amazing, fruity but slightly spicy. I thought it smelled a bit like a chocolate orange. It is white in colour and has a pleasant feel and texture, not too thick and not too thin.
On application, the moisturiser sinks in really well, and proves a good base for makeup. It doesn''t leave my skin feeling oily or greasy. If I use it for too many days in a row it can feel a little heavy, but it''s good for the winter, and on the plus side it effectively deals with any dry patches I might have. It keeps my skin feeling soft and smooth, and doesn''t cause spots or anything like that; it doesn''t massively help reduce shine on my skin, however.
In conclusion, this isn''t a perfect moisturiser but it is a very good one: effective, gentle and good value. Not just for men!
If you've ever walked past a Lush store and have been put off by the feminine smell that is often quite overpowering you may be shocked to find out that they also do a couple of men-only products. Their main male beauty product comes under the name of 'Cosmetic Lad' which is a moisturiser for the male population.
I had only became aware of this product when I was scouring the Lush website looking for a birthday gift box from Lush for my girlfriend and for some reason this popped up. It currently retails at £11.50 for a 50g pot. Some of the ingredients included in the product are; almond oil, aloe vera, lavender honey water, cocoa butter, fresh wheatgrass juice, shea butter, tangerine oil, african marigold oil and a whole lot more. So plenty of natural and good ingredients that Lush is widely known for.
The product itself is a cold fresh thick paste which you can apply evenly on your face. It gives off a nice fresh smell although I wouldn't say it isn't a feminine smell it's not overly masculine either, I get the scent of vanilla with a slight fruity smell. I have to say though that it isn't as nice to apply compared to some of the more expensive brands that I have used in the past. It does have a 'cold and sticky' feel to it when it is first applied so takes a while for it to settle in onto the skin and feel more natural.
However, saying that, for what it is, is does do a pretty excellent job keeping my skin fresh all day. The smell is long lasting too, even after several hours of applying I can still smell the product on my skin and it is a nice natural smell too. The 50g pot is quite a small size so in my opinion it doesn't last too long but it depends how generous you want to use it. I often use it as an aftershave balm too which helps soothe my irritated skin.
Overall, it is one of my favourite products from Lush, although they are very limited in the kind of things they do for their male customers this is defintly a good purchase.
I use this and I am a woman, 100% woman. Lush aim this moisturiser at the guys, hell no, this is for us girls too!
The great thing about this cream is that it smells like a cross between chocolate and orange, think Terry's chocolate orange, yummy! I have combination skin that's prone to redness and irritation. This soothing cream is perfect for my skin type. It's mild, it's gentle and it smells amazing. What more could you ask for?
The moisturiser is to be applied after cleansing. Simply add a small amount to the centre of your face and work outwards until your face has all been covered in the amazing stuff. The cream soaks into the face STRAIGHT AWAY and it's fast absorbing so it doesn't "sit" on top of the skin. It helps prevents spots and it doesn't clog the pores, this is due to it's mild formula and calming ingredients. It also makes a great make-up base.
It can also be used on the hair as a hair cream. I have found that it shapes my eyebrows really well - try it!
One pot lasts ages as you only need a small amount of it at a time and the cream lasts for fourteen months, which is a good amount of time to use it up. I've had my pot for a month and i'd say that i've used around a sixth of the pot so far.
One last tip - This stuff is an AMAZING base for mineral foundation - Trust me!
How did I live without it?
Cosmetic Lad by lush is something that I never buy for myself but I always receive some from my sister for Christmas and my birthday. I have a feeling it is because she is addicted to lush herself and it saves her from having to think of something different to buy. I'm not complaining though because I actually quite like it and probably wouldn't buy it for myself because lush as a store scares me slightly and I hate having to go in the shop.
Cosmetic lad is actually a multi-use product and it can be used as a moisturiser, an after sun cream, hair cream and as an aftershave balm.
It contains so many natural ingredients that I won't bother to list them all but its main ingredients are lavender honey water, linseed, wheatgrass and aloe vera. These ingredients are supposed to soothe, calm and inject antioxidents in to the skin.
The cream is really thick and rich feeling and not a lightweight lotion so only a small amount of the cream is needed. If you add to much then it will leave your skin looking and feeling a little greasy as it is so heavy. It is good at taking the heat from my skin after shaving and it does leave it feeling much more soothed. As an after sun it does the same thing and takes the heat from the skin but I find that if you are going to use it like this then it pays to keep it in the fridge as this makes it even better for cooling and soothing the skin. Even though it is excellent as an after sun it is too small to really use it as this on your whole body so I just use it on my face.
Even though it is probably most used as a moisturiser I really do find it too rich for my skin in summer so I only use it in winter when my skin is feeling a little tender and dry. The rich formulation does help to smooth any dry patches and it is especially good for when the weather is wet and windy. In summer though when the weather is warm the cream is too rich and you can actually feel it sitting on the top of the skin and doesn't feel as if it absorbs well enough.
One of the best things about cosmetic lad is the smell. It has a citrus smell to it but don't worry that it is going to be too fruity and feminine because it isn't. It is quite a subtle smell but I find that it compliments most of my aftershaves the majority of which are the fresh kind.
Cosmetic lad costs £10.95 for a 45 gram pot which is quite expensive but it does last for a very long time as so little is needed and because it has a variety of uses then I think it is worth the money.
I love Lush and their amazing range of bath and beauty products. I'm making my way through their facial skin care range to try and see what works best for my fussy skin. I vary from combination to oily/blemished and sensitive, so it's hard work finding a cleansing routine that fits my needs and the weather conditions! This Cosmetic Lad facial moisturiser is available exclusively from Lush and can be purchased in their high street stores, via mail order and online at www.lush.co.uk. This moisturiser costs £10.95 for a 45g tub.
Product description: "Skincare for the boys. This cream is good for every bit of a man's head. It softens the skin, soothes it after shaving or sun and also keeps the scalp in condition and controls wayward hair. Helps to keep the complexion clear and makes it al smell deliciously fruity. What every other fella is using."
Lush Cosmetic Lad comes in the simple yet stylish black and white Lush packaging. I always make sure to save my empty Lush black pots when I've finished using the product, as they have a deal that allows you to exchange 5 empty tubs for a free fresh face mask of your choice. Just clean out the empty pots and make sure there's no leftover bits still inside. This scheme is used to promote re-using of packaging and it gives you a nice little treat for free as well. The offer only applies to the black screw-top tubs, as the clear plastic bottles can be recycled as usual at most recycling centres.
I like that the moisturiser comes in this simple screw-top plastic pot, as it makes it very easy to use the product. I can simply scoop out the moisturiser onto my fingertips and then apply directly to my face. This makes it easier to get just the right amount for each use and there are no fiddly lids or pumps that can get clogged up or cause excess wastage.
The moisturiser itself has a plain white colour and although it looks pretty bog standard it has a delicious scent that really makes it stand out, and is a pleasure to use. I enjoy the process of putting this moisturiser onto my face as the scent comes across really clearly and makes my daily skincare routine a bit nicer. It has a fresh, uplifting fragrance thanks to the tangerine oil and this is a nice change from other facial moisturisers I've tried in the past that have a more floral or clinical / medicinal smell to them.
Cosmetic Lad has a lovely texture to it that I believe would suit most skin types. It is lightweight, but also rich and nourishing. It glides over my skin and spreads easily when I'm applying it to my face. It sinks in quickly and I can always feel the benefit after using it. With my skin type I tend to get oily breakouts throughout the day, and I found that if I applied this moisturiser in the morning before putting on my make-up then my skin would get very shiny as the day wore on. For me personally, I prefer to use this cream in the evenings before I go to bed, as this allows my skin the chance to get all the goodness from the moisturiser and it can still breathe without being covered up with make-up! In the mornings my skin feels nice and fresh and I have a nice smooth, oil-free base which I can then apply my make-up over.
The opinion from my own "cosmetic lad" (i.e. my other half) is that the moisturiser works well on his skin and he likes the natural ingredients but just can't be bothered to dedicate the time to a proper skincare routine (lazy man!). He particularly liked that the scent of Cosmetic Lad goes really well with his favourite shaving cream, Lush's Prince, which has a similar fragrance with strong notes of orange blossom. I gave up trying to encourage him to use moisturiser more regularly and decided that I may as well keep this one for myself as I'll enjoy using it and get the good results :)
My skin feels in better condition after I've been using this moisturiser and I would happily recommend it to others. It provides moisture and hydrates the skin without overloading it, and keeps my face feeling soft and smooth. Well worth a try, whether you're a lad or a lady!
Ingredients: Lavender Honey Water, Linseed Mucilage, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Chickweed; Chamomile and Marigold Petal Extract; Organic Cold Pressed Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Fresh Wheatgrass Juice, Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, African Marigold Oil, Tangerine Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Triethanolamine, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
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I was recently handed a sample tin of 'Cosmetic Lad', I certainly wouldn't have purchased it myself but when things are free why not give them a try :)
A pleasant light fragrance, the absolute opposite of what I would expect from a Lush product. It smells pretty much how you'd expect a face cream to smell.
The consistency is also as you'd expect for a ladies face cream.
When to use
It is suggested to use the product after shaving, but I found the cream to be far to greasy for morning use. It certainly moisturises which is helpful after a shave, but it does seem to stay on the skin and appear quite greasy. You'll also feel it on your hands, even after washing my hands I could feel it.
Personally I would suggest if you're the kind of man that likes to moisturise morning and night then use this one at night.
Current price is £10.10 for 45g. You can certainly pick up cheaper face products for men and this is probably superior to many of the over-fragranced things you'll find in the supermarket. That said I think I'd rather spend a little more and have something that actually absorbs into my skin a little better.
What's in it?
Lavender, Aloe Vera, Chickweed and Chamomile amongst other things. No indication of the quantities of each.
Would I buy?
Well, no. As I mentioned I think I'd rather spend a little more for a much better product, I just couldn't use this on a daily basis due to it's greasy consistency and lack of absorption. I don't suffer from greasy skin at all but when using this it makes me look as if I do. Possibly somebody with very dry skin would find this beneficial.
I suffered from Acne as a teenager and have got a few faint scars from the terrible breakouts that I had for many years. Since my late twenties my skin develop into a combination skin, with oily and dry patches over my face. I tied so many products, to which a lot of them did not work for my skin, until in the last 3 months I found it. (The Lush Cosmetic Lad)
I don't know where to begin with this product because it is that special. First, Cosmetic Lad smells so tantalizingly edible, when you smell it your senses become overloaded with a feeling that you could eat it. Often friends have commented on my aftershave. When I tell them it is moisturiser I get the laughs and jokes, but us blokes have got to look after are skin these days, what with pollution, alcohol and processed foods.
So, the consistency is light. creamy and indulgent, absorbs instantaneously with a soothing calming feeling. Just over a week applying it once a day my skin felt more flexibility and hydrated. My skin seemed to sponge it all up, without leaving any kind of residue behind like other products I had tried in the past. Since using this product, my oily combination skin has metamorphosized into a balanced skin type. It really has been that good for my skin.
I buy most of my products from lush, because they have a good work ethic for a company, plus being vegetarian none of there products contain any animal products what so ever. I feel safe and assured that I'm getting natural fresh good quality ingredients, with the finest essential oils and minimal preservatives.
I wish with my knowledge I could of come up with this product being an Alternative Therapist including Aromatherapy and Herbalism. They have got the right balance of nature that has helped my problem skin, so I would just like to share with you some of the main ingredients so you know why the benefits from this product are just so...
Sandle wood is well known for it's benefit for acne and problem skin. Almond oil acts as a very good cleanser for all skin types and often can be used by it's self just as a daily cleanser. The Shea butter gives skin flexibility with moisturising and protecting properties. Then we come to the Wheatgrass, that is extremely well known to sooth burns, chilblains and rashes. The Lavender oil is my favourite oil, it can balance the production of oil in the skin, helps with imperfections and there is some evidence that it can reduce scars. Camomile is rejuvenating to the skin and finally Aloe Vera contains loads of vitamins, minerals and amino acids plus it is an effective anti microbial and contains anti inflammatory properties. That was not even half the ingredients, I just wanted to show the key constituents. To give an idea to you of how good this cream is and why it works so well, because of all the ingredients from nature.
The Lush Cosmetic Lad is so versatile it can even be used for an after sun, shave balm and anywhere where you have got problem or sensitive skin. Comes in a nice little pot, with the usual Lush packaging, yes it is a little over priced at at £10.00, but your buying a good quality, natural effective moisturiser, from a company you can trust.
I have awkward skin. Most moisturisers leave it feeling heavy and greasy, so I've often done without, but felt conscious that I might regret neglecting my skin as I get older. So I was really pleased when I found this beauty of a moisturiser
At £10.10 for a 45g pot it's not very cheap, but then.. There are some moisturisers out there that are MUCH more expensive than this gem.
I had tried other Lush moisturisers as part of a deal they did earlier last year and didn't get on with them. Not one to be put off easily I popped into my local Lush and asked the advice of one of the Sales Assistants. She used Cosmetic Lad herself and recommended it to me as she also had skin that suffered at the mercy of hormones like I do. She gave me a fairly hefty sized sample to take home and try. I've not looked back since.
I find Cosmetic Lad is perfect just as it is in winter. It soaks in quickly leaving my skin supple and not feeling heavy. It smells to me of cookies and I have to resit the temptation to eat it!
In summer however, I do find it too heavy. To get round this, I mix it up with a little bit of Lush's 'Greased Lightening'. This makes it a little more runny and lighter, and also the tea tree oil in the Greased Lightening helps to control the oils in my skin.
You can also take the pot back when you collect 5 to get a free face mask. However it might take you quite a long time to get through this as a little seems to go quite a long way
I tried this moisturiser out as one of the sales ladies at Lush recommended it to me because I told her that the celestial moisturiser is a bit too rich and feels a tiny bit too oily for my skin. I suffer from dry skin but I think the celestial would work better in winter because then I would need something super hydrating. So for now, she suggested I try this one called cosmetic lad. I thought it was a bit odd for her to suggest as it had the word lad in it which I assumed was especially formulated for men. She told me that it was actually a printing error and was meant to say lab not lad but then Lush thought they would keep it this way as it might persuade some men to try this (because we all know they're less likely to try stuff if it doesn't have something "manly" mentioned in its name or description.
I was a bit unsure of how this stuff would react with my skin so she suggested I try a sample first and see how I like it. This retails for £9.87 so I didn't want to end up wasting my money if I didn't like it. (I also had the sample of celestial and just as well as at this time of year I didn't really get on with it.)
This moisturiser smells of sweet orange and some other sweet ingredients, it's a light feeling texture and goes on smoothly. The ingredients of this moisturiser according to the Lush website are: Lavender Honey Water (Lavandula augustifolia), Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Chickweed; Chamomile and Marigold Petal Extract (Stellaria media; Anthemis nobilis and Calendula officinalis), Cold Pressed Organic Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Fresh Wheatgrass Mucilage (Triticum Aestivum vulgare), Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), African Marigold Oil (Tagetes erecta), Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro and Santalum spicatum), Triethanolamine, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
* Occurs naturally in Essential Oils.
It smells very nice and applies smoothly so I thought I would try it for the day without any other make up on to see how it reacts with my skin and if I like it, I would see how it holds up with make up on (as my other didn't do too well with make up over it and caused my foundation to cake and crease).
So for the first 15 minutes I thought everything was going great, it didn't feel sticky, oily or irritating in any way and so far so good... until I decided to go outside. The weirdest thing happened when I was walking outside. I'm not sure what caused this to happen; it could have been the weather or humidity but I noticed that when I was walking outside that there was a fine film of tiny droplets of what felt like water on my face. So I blotted it off with a Kleenex and thought nothing more if it... until about 5 to 10 minutes later the same happened again. These tiny droplets kept reappearing all throughout the day and I don't know what I could have done to stop it. I don't even know what was in this product to cause this to happen in the first place. All I knew is that I never had this with any other moisturiser I've ever used before. My other Lush moisturiser was too oily and I understood that, so wiping the oil off and waiting until winter to try it again seemed the sensible solution to the celestial moisturiser... but this one has me puzzled and really not knowing what I'll do about it.
Perhaps it just wasn't to be and the girl at Lush couldn't tell me why this was happening as she said it has never happened to her or anyone else she knows who uses it... oh well. If the boys get on with this one I'll just leave it for them to use because I don't think this film of droplets on my face is a good look for me.
Scrummy tangerine scent, lovely light milky texture! It's a great product because it can be used on both face and hair. It is a good moisturiser for anyone (male or female) with an oily t-zone - really clears up the greasiness! But more than that I would say it's good for blokes prone to shaving rashes - my husband occasionally gets redness on his top lip which can be painful, but a daily rub of this on it and it soon cleared up! Only trouble is if your man is skincare-phobic and only uses it to soothe his skin after the odd irritation it ends up sitting there being wasted...the only solution, I suppose, is to use it up yourself, sigh!
~Overview, ingredients, pricing and availability~
Cosmetic Lad is a multi-functional product from those lovely people at Lush. It's displayed with the moisturisers, but is actually a moisturiser, after-sun, shaving balm and hair cream all in one pot!
Priced at £9.74 it originally may seem a bit pricey, but when you consider all the things it can be used for, it's a bargain!
Available from Lush stores and via the website lush.co.uk.
Ingredients as per the Lush website:
Lavender Honey Water, Linseed Mucilage, Organic Aloe Vera, Chickweed, Chamomile & Marigold Petal Extract, Cold Pressed Organic Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Fresh Wheatgrass Mucilage, Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, African Marigold Oil, Tangerine Oil , Sandalwood Oil, Triethanolamine, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
~So what do Lush say about this product?~
"What a relief it is that men are starting to regard moisturiser as something that will keep their skin in shape, not an evil potion which will turn them into girls. Including the ones who steal stuff from the women in their household, we reckon that there are millions of men who use our stuff. For the other millions who haven't yet got the plot, this is the product to convert them. It's a calming, nutritious moisturiser which is wonderful for after shaving; it also works as aftersun cream and hair cream. If they resist, wait until they are asleep and rub it all over their faces."
This is a cream moisturiser and comes in a small black tub. It's very white in appearance with a medium texture. It smells absolutely delicious - there's a hint of chocolate to it which is probably the cocoa butter.
~How to use & How long it lasts~
Very simple to use, you just rub it into your face!
I originally bought this for my boyfriend but ended up getting a tub for myself. It doesn't last very long, usually about 2 months in my experience and then it's time to buy another pot!
~Does it work, would I recommend it~
I haven't tried it as anything other than a moisturiser, so can only comment on that, but it definitely does the job. It is a nice light cream which sinks easily into the skin. It is very calming and great for sensitive or irritated skin - I think it would work very well as an aftersun. My skin tends to get red and sore but cosmetic lad always seems to sort it out. I would certainly recommend this, it is one of the best moisturisers I have used.
This is Lush for boys!! This is a multi product because most guys out there don't like to have anything like this in their bathroom, so get them this, tell them it is for their hair (no really you can use it on hair, it's quite thick so sort of like a putty!) and if they want they can put it on their face too! They will be converted before you know it!! It can also be used as a balm to put on after they have had a shave, or they can use it as an after sun, it is so versatile. It took my other half about 2 weeks to admit he was actually putting it on his face, not just using it after he shaved to stop the singing!! He still puts it on in secret and I only know when he needs more as the pot is left conveniently where I may find it!! I would recommend this because it does a lot and your guy won't feel that bad about using a multi purpose product, just as long as it doesn't lead to him nicking the rest of your Lush stuff! That would be unforgivable!!
This is a lovely thick moisturiser, which has a gorgeous vanilla smell. It works really well on dry skin, but is also non-greasy and is great for combination skin too. It's ideal to use as a face cream, but also good as a hand-cream. Don't be put off if you're not a lad - the best thing about it is that it's cheaper than the other Lush 'women's' moisturisers. The only disadvantage is that my husband steals it!
This is a multi-function moisturiser available from Lush.It is a wholly natural product made from such things as sandalwood oil,tangerine oil and cocoa butter (amongst other things!);and smells of chocolate oranges!It can be used as hair cream,after-sun or an after-shave balm (which is what I use it for!)The product is made fresh and is only likely to be a couple of weeks old by the time it is bought,it's best before is about a year. It is a very nice product to use,it goes on smoothly,and it makes the skin very smooth.Any soreness from the shaving seems to disappear after a couple of minutes,this is probably due to things like the Aloe Vera gel. This is supposed to be aimed at lads,but I have heard a few reports of women using it too.If like me you suffer from dry skin in this weather,are sore after shaving or sunburn easily then this is the cream for you! The only disadvantages I can see with this is that it is quite expensive (£5.75 for 50grams), but you get what you pay for.The amount you get seems to last quite a long time (for me it was quite a few months!),since that a little seems to go a long way. This product is available from the Lush website,from their shops (number increasing all the time;especially in London!),or by mail order/phone.