“ Brand: Lush / Type: Face Mask / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Lush Cosmetic Warrior Face Mask
I think I have now tried all of the fresh face mask s made by Lush currently except for this one. I have never bought it before because it is created with ingredients designed to combat spots and deal with greasy spot prone skin. At my age I am well passed this problem although I do get the occasional spot even now. Despite getting the odd spot I have always thought that other face masks would be more appropriate for my skin and have not picked this one up.
My daughter has been staying with us this week and so we went into Lush to choose a face mask each. I had previously picked up the 'Cupcake' one for her which she left behind and I did use a few times. There was still half a tub left so she thought she would try a different one. The lovely young lady in Lush suggested this which has garlic as one of its main ingredients. We were not too sure as garlic isn't really something you want to smell of but we sniffed it and the garlic was not pungently obvious so she picked it up as her choice.
LUSH FRESH FACE MASKS
In the shop the various facemasks are in big stainless steel bowls on ice and presented with fresh items that are in the actual facemask as garnish; so this one usually has some garlic cloves on it as garnish. The face packs are made fresh and sent to each shop weekly from the factory in Dorset .
As these are made with fresh ingredients they have a limited life and must be stored in the fridge. I have once had two face packs as I was given one in the shop and because we were just about to go on holiday I stuck it in the freezer. We were away about four weeks and when I returned I retrieved my face pack and it was absolutely fine, it lasted another six weeks in the fridge and smelled great and I used it once a week for the six weeks. So don't worry too much about the keeping aspect as they do last a fair time if kept in the fridge and used with clean fingers or a spoon to get the stuff out.
One of the best parts about these face masks is that you can get them FREE providing you bring back five clean empty Lush black pots or their solid perfume cases. I think this is such a wonderful way to encourage recycling as everyone benefits.
The face masks all come in a small back recyclable pot and you get 75g in the pot. The cost if you buy it is £5.95 which is quite expensive but I don't think I have bought one for quite a while as I have had free ones through bringing back my black pots. Also you get at least six uses from each pot so really it is good value in the end.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GARLIC ON MY FACE?
This face mask as I said is aimed at younger skins with a tendency to break outs but in the interests of reviewing I did try it before my daughter took it back to London with her. There is nothing in the face mask that was going to cause my face a problem so I didn't worry about using it at all. It is a really fairly grungy grey- beige and unattractive colour with a clean tea tree smell. The main beneficial ingredients in this one are fresh naturally antiseptic garlic and tea tree essential oil combined with deep cleansing kaolin and antibacterial honey all intended to cleanse the skin and help dry out any spots.The Kaolin does help to absorb grease and give a deep cleanse. So it can actually be used by anyone as it is not a harsh astringent type de greaser at all.
WHAT IS IT LIKE?
The actual face mask is very thick rather like a paste, thick oatmeal not porridge more like ground oatmeal or baby food in looks. It is not at all runny. In fact if you have had it for a while it can become a little thicker and drier so I find as I am spreading it on my face I add a bit of water to smooth it on more easily. I found when I used this as it was very fresh it smoothed on easily with no added water.
The smell is not the best but it is not offensive at all as the predominant smell is tea tree. The garlic isn't obvious at all really. I can't say I'd like a bath product or scented candle smelling of this but it is clean and sort of medicinal smelling and in no way unpleasant.
It feels smooth with no slight gritty texture that I find in some of the fresh face masks so this is not exfoliating at all.
I have been taught by the Lush team exactly how to use my fresh face masks as I had a special face mask making facial in their shop, in fact I went twice it was so good.
Firstly you need to cleanse your face using whatever cleanser suits your face type. I like'9 to 5 from Lush but what ever you normally use will do.
The next stage is one I was advised to add by the girl in the Lush shop one day and that is to give my face a feed with a serum and the one I use is a great little bar of serum called 'Full of Grace'. This ensures that your face doesn't get too dried out and feeds it while you are having the facemask. Now if you are a younger person using this mask to clean up a greasy skin I'd leave this bit out.
Then open the pot of facemask and spread it all over your face except around the eyes. As I said I find sometimes the face mask can become a bit thick when it has been kept a while so I help it by wetting my hands to smooth it on.
According to Lush you shouldn't let it go completely dry and crusty before washing it off but I leave mine until dry as I usually get in the bath and lie there. If it does get dry then it doesn't matter as I can use lots of water to gently wash it off.
I then get out of the bath and dry myself patting my face dry before I reach for the toner to close those pores and then of course moisturise as for night or day depending on when you use it.
WHATDOES IT FEEL LIKE?
Because the mask is kept in the fridge it always feels refreshing and cold as I apply the mask and I don't paste it on very thickly as there is no need. As I apply this the smell is quite clinical and I only put this one on my T zone which does have a tendency to slight greasiness. I spread it fairly thinly as I don't feel it needs to be caked on in order to do its job. I left mine on for about five minutes.
As I lay in the bath I could smell the tea tree and the clean rather medicinal aroma but nothing nasty at all. I could also feel the cooling of the facemask as it had come from the fridge as it started todry a bit on my face. I love this part as really relax and lie back and feel it is doing its job of deep cleansing my T zone. I gently wash the mask off while in the bath and then I do have to clean the bath afterwards but it doesn't go all down my neck as it would doing over a sink. I found my skin felt very clean and quite fresh too. My skin just looks fresher and I feel like I have had a deep clean too. I am past the age when I suffer from spots but I do think that the garlic and tea tree combined with the kaolin helped to clean my pores and they look less big and open.
I know this is not really a face mask aimed at older skin but the lovely girl in Lush said she sometimes uses this on the odd spot and leaves it on overnight as the antibacterial ingredients and the kaolin dry out and clean up the spot without leaving a scab or any nasty redness.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
Yes I love the fact that this is naturally antibacterial as so often products for spot prone skin are so harsh and actually unbalance the skin's own grease production as it feels it has to make more because of all the drying. My daughter said it made her skin feel fresh and not at al tight and dry so she was very pleased. She liked the smell of the chocolate one better but this made her face feel really nice after using it so she said she will certainly continue to use it alternating it with the chocolate one. I am especially happy as it was free although it does cost £5.95 if you don't have five pots to hand back. This is still quite good value as easily get six uses from this little pot as you don't need to cake it on thickly and it goes on really smoothly.
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I am a relative newcomer to the world of Lush, but I have been trying the products as my sensitive skin seemed to be getting worse the more and more beauty products I tried, a friend suggested trying Lush as they are made of natural ingredients that has helped her troubled skin.
The Lush Cosmetic Warrior claimed to soothe spot prone skin so I thought I would give it a try as I had been given a free sample. Lush state that while it is "easy to over react when you have spots or acne and attack the face with harsh products. But this sort of skin needs gentle handling". Which is exactly what I had been doing so this 'gentle handling' sounded just the ticket. When I had ventured into the shop after some Tea Tree Toner Tabs the lovely shop assistant had recommended the Cosmetic Warrior Face Mask as a follow up and had kindly given me a free sample. If you were to buy the mask it costs £5.75 for 75g so it's not cheap. The fresh face masks come in the regimented black plastic pots with white writing. These pots are basic and are there to do the job. Although basic they are a nice addition to any bathroom and do not look cheap or tacky. Each Pot has a sticker on of who made the product, when it was made and the use by date. The shop assistant instructed to smooth onto my skin and leave for 5-10 minutes then wash away with warm water. Easy enough!
The first thing that strikes you about the mask is the smell. It's an unusual smell, as you expect most face masks to smell fresh and fruity etc, but this doesn't. It simply smells of the ingredients and I have noticed a few reviews commenting on how awful it is. I agree it is not the best fragrance but I didn't find it too strong or off putting, but it is distinctive. You can defiantly smell the tea tree and garlic, but the tea tree smell is quite nice so the smell really didn't faze me, and it didn't stay on my skin once the mask had been washed off.
The ingredients of the mask are:-
Fresh White Grapes - to cool the skin
Tea Tree Oil - Both are antiseptic
Fresh Free Range Eggs - tighten skin
Honey - moisturising
Now the Eggs and Garlic ingredients sounded too weird and wonderful first of all but Lush explains how their properties help the skin and the plethora of fresh natural ingredients make a mean mask. (As the ingredients are fresh the mask needs to be kept in the fridge and has a month before the use by date is up
Whilst in the bath I smoothed the mask over my skin. The mask is very thick so it does take some smoothing out, but it doesn't drag or pull your skin when you apply. The mask has lumps of grape in it which at first look can be a bit disconcerting but once you realise what they are it just shows that the mask is handmade with fresh ingredients! It is a very light grey / cream colour. The mask is cooling (partly as it had just come out of the fridge) and once applied to the face didn't sting like masks I have used before. It sits on the skin working its magic while your skin feels plumped up underneath. After about 7 minutes the mask started to dry out and get a little tight on my skin. Lush had said to not allow the mask to fully dry so at this point I washed it off.
As it very thick and cakey it takes some washing off when your finished and I have found the best way is to use a flannel in warm water. I tend to put the warm flannel on my face for a couple of minutes and then dab the mask off carefully. Once the mask is removed my skin felt amazing. It felt squeaky clean and my pores looked clean and tightened, and a spot that had been brewing on my nose looked smaller and less angry. My skin felt plumper and softened. Although the mask is moisturising as well, you do need some moisturiser afterwards. After a few hours my skin felt like it needed just a little extra help so I applied my usual moisturiser.
The next morning I woke expecting my skin to look perhaps a little better but I wasn't expecting a miracle! But I near enough got one! My skin still looked as good as it had when I had first taken off the mask. My skin was soft and smooth. My spots looked less red and smaller and my enlarged pores looked tightened and clean. My forehead did feel a little dry but some of my usual mosturiser solved that. I was particularly impressed with how clean my pores looked and how my current spots had been reduced! I have used my sample pot now, but I managed to get 2 full masks and a little left over out of the pot, which I applied 3 days apart. My skin looked great! I have to be honest and say it didn't really reduce my spots after the 2 masks but I think with prolonged use it could help keep some at bay!
The natural approach seems to be helping my skin and its condition has improved 100%. I will be continuing to use Lush from now on!
After using all my free sample I ordered a full pot online as I had been so impressed with its results, (It was £5.75 for 75g). When I recieved the pot (just 2 day after ordering) I was a little dissapointed as the 75g didn't look much at all. But as I had been so pleased with my free sample it didn't put me off. Lush state that the mask will last around 3 uses, but I have got 6 uses out of the pot already and theres still a third left!
I do use a generous amount on the more troubled areas of the skin, but on my cheeks etc that are OK, I apply a layer roughly 2 cm thick. This seems to be enough and the mask still doesn't start to try for at least 6-7 minutes. Which as that point I rehydrate it with a warm wet flannel just dabbed against the mask. Lush recommend not to allow the mask to dry which is why i apply a little water at this point. On my chin and forehead I have both dry and greasy patches and spots so here I apply a very generous layer which is that thick even after 10 minutes there's no sign of it setting.
I just wanted to update the review as I had felt the mask was expensive for just 3 uses and as I have mentioned mine lasts much much longer and if you look at the cost against how long mine lasts the Lush Cosmetic Warrior is better value for money than most cheaper brands!
As for its results over a prolonged use! My forehead and nose are clearing up and I am noticing it is better the morning after I use the mask. I am still getting the same amount of spots on my chin (I have been told these are possible hormonal so if this is correct no wonder product is going to stop them), but if I use the mask when they are developing the next morning they are smaller and less angry and red!
Just on a final note, I have to say I have really got used to that distinctive aroma the mask is renown for. Its actually growing on me, so don't let that put you off trying it. Yes it is an odd aroma, and be sure to wash the mask off thoroughly otherwise it will linger on your skin, but it reassuring to know, harsh chemicals haven't been added just to make it more appealing to the senses!
This is a decent face mask for spotty skin/ troublesome skin but it stinks!
The mask is a beige colour and it is made with kaolin and garlic. Kaolin is supposed to draw out impurities from your skin and garlic is said to be good for you. The mask smells AWFUL. I didn't expect the garlic to smell so strong but sadly it does and this actually ruins the mask. It's not a pleasant experience due to the smell. If Lush were to reduce the garlic in this and make it smell better I think I would be using it more. I don't buy it that often due to the fact that it smells so strong and overpowering.
The mask is good for the skin though. It dries quickly. You only need to leave it on for five or ten minutes for it to do it's job. It washes off easily, although you may need to use damp cotton wool on some areas. After use my skin feels a lot cleaner and it certainly LOOKS a lot better. However, it doesn't seem to brighten up my skin all that well and the horrible scent tends to linger, following you around all day. I wouldn't mind if it smelt nice but it stinks!
I would recommend this mask to people with no sense of smell! Nah, I would recommend it to people who can see themselves seeing past the smell and seeing the mask for what it is. It's a decent mask for spotty skin as it did help to reduce the number of spots that I had.
Not bad. An average face mask. Just make it smell better Lush!
What Is Cosmetic Warrior?
Cosmetic Warrior is a fresh face mask which is manufactured and sold by Lush. The face mask is hand made and is full of goodness - there are no additives at all. It contains completely natural, vegan friendly and cruelty free ingredients, some of which are tea tree oil, fresh garlic, honey and eggs. I love that it contains tea tree oil as this is an antiseptic, essential oil which is great for any skin type and has been proven to be effective against bacteria, viruses and fungal infections. The fact that the face mask contains garlic is quite unusual, but as garlic is a natural antiseptic, it will help cleanse your pores and kill bacteria. The honey in the mask acts as a moisturizer and leaves skin soft. As well as the ingredients listed above, the face mask also, bizzarely enough, contains grapes, kaolin and cornstarch, which ensure that the mixture is nice and smooth, goes on easily and does not drag or pull. This particular face mask is aimed at acne prone skin, and Lush claim that the mixture fights the causes of spots and spots themselves without harming the skin. They also state that the mask cleanses and calms skin down.
Price and Availability
This isn't excactly cheap at £5.50 for a 75 gram pot so it is not a product that I buy alot of. I usually only buy it when I feel that i'm about to break out in spots, or when I feel my skin needs to be thoroughly cleansed. Unfortunetly there are no smaller pots available which I would of preferred as it would be cheaper and also i'd be able to use the whole pot in one go so wouldn't have to worry about the expiration date.
Value for Money
As this is a fresh face mask, the use by date is only 20 days from the date it is made. It is also necessary to pop this product into the fridge as soon as you get it to avoid it going off, as it contains all natural ingredients and like I said before it is completely free of any additives - including preservatives, and if left at room temperature it will quickly go off. I do think it is a bit of a shame that the use by date isn't very long, and it is something to bare in mind when purchasing this - will you use it all up before the use by date? If not, then I wouldn't waste your money, as it isn't exactly the cheapest face mask available, however I do usually get through my tub of this well before the use by date as the tub isn't huge and I usually use mine twice a week, with one tub lasting for around 3 weeks (6 uses) before it runs out, however I do use generous amounts so it could definetly be used more often if you use smaller amounts. I think that although 75 grams doesn't sound like much, it is actually quite a generous amount which goes a long way when used carefully.
The Cosmetic Warrior face mask packaging varies. If buying online, it comes in a little black plastic Lush pot. If buying in store, it usually comes in a clear pot. I mainly buy mine online so the packaging i've got with mine has always been the black pot. The pot is instantly recogniseable as a Lush face mask pot. I'd definetly say that the packaging is very unisex as it is so basic. The circular pot is made out of sturdy plastic and once you've used your face mask can be recycled. The pot has a screw-on lid which is easy to use. It's quick and easy to get off and it also goes back on nicely, keeping it sealed shut tightly. This may seem an odd thing to mention but with fresh face masks it is really important to keep them as fresh as possible for as long as possible so putting the lid on tightly and properly is a must. The lid has the Lush logo, a brief product description which reads "A superhero facemask to combat spots, cleanse dirt and calm and soothe all troubled skins." and a brief rundown of the main ingredients, explaining what each does. There are also brief instructions on how to use the product. On the pot itself it has the product name and on the bottom of the pot it has a list of ingredients which is suprisingly brief. It also has a yellow sticker on the bottom which has the name of the person who made it (the name of the person varies on each tub, mine was made by Theo) and there is a cartoon picture of him smiling. It is a very cute addition to the product and reminds me that Lush products are all made by hand to an extent. The packaging overall is basic but it's not ugly or boring - it's minimalistic but makes it clear what the product is and what it does.
Smell and Texture
This smells extremely strange. I'd best describe it as a mixture of what a tip full of rotting food smells like mixed with waterred down garlic sauce mixed with tea tree oil with a sweaty smelling undertone. It really made me feel ill the first time I smelt it as it was so strong and unusual smelling, but i've come to quite like the oniony/garlic smell and even if you don't like the smell, you can just stick cotton wool up your nose while you use the mask lol - trust me, despite how weird this smells it is really effective. I would be aware though if you prefer sweet smelling face masks that this is definetly not for you. I definetly think this is one that men will prefer as it has a strong, more masculine scent to it than the other Lush face masks do. The texture of the face mask is really smoothe, it reminds me physically of humous but it's much smoother. It has quite an unpleasant 'sticky' feel to it which is quite sludgy and thick feeling. It reminds me a bit of the texture of porridge but it is no where near as lumpy - it's got the same amount thickness. There are some very slight slimy, lumpy bits in it, but only a few. On closer inspection I discovered the lumpy bits were the remainders of the grapes (mainly the skin) that the mask contains. Despite how thick and 'wet' the mask feels when it's in the tub, once it's on my face is actually feels really lightweight and pleasant.
How To Use and My Experience
Using the face mask is simple, and I use it like I would with any other face mask. I usually apply this in the bath so that I can wash it off thoroughly once i'm done due to the smellAfter using it I make sure that it is thoroughly rinsed off and I then usually use a bath ballistic and wash my face in the water so that it smells a bit nicer. I do sometimes (but rarely) use it after cleansing and toning and I make sure there is no makeup at all on my face so that the mask can act as effeciently as possible. then tie my hair up to ensure that none of the product gets into my hair. I would definetly reccomend tying your hair back even if your hair isn't too long, as because of the smell and sticky texture, you will definetly need to wash your hair afterwards if you get any of the mask in it. Obviously this doesn't really matter if you're in the bath anyway but I am always careful because i'm so self concious of the strong smell. Once i'm makeup free and have my hair tied back, I splash my face with water and then get a generous (but not too generous!) amount of the face mask out with my fingers, a spatula or loofah and rub it slowly onto my face carefully avoiding my eyes. As the product comes in a tub, there is not the option of using a pump mechanism for minimal mess, which I think is a let down, as I either have to dig my fingers into it or faff about with a spatula. The application of this mask is easy as it is so smoothe and the thickness of it means that it has no problem sticking to my face. It really does glide on, although the odd slimey bit of grape skin does appear at times. It's easy to spread about because of the texture so therefor I get more use out of it as a little goes a long way. As I mentioned before, it is important to keep this in the fridge, which means when I apply it, it's really cold and refreshing. I usually only use this when I have spots (due to the purpose of the mask), and it doesn't make them burn, sting or hurt at all. I usually leave this mask on for around 10 minutes. This is not as long as I leave my other masks on for, but the smell isn't very nice even though i'm used to it so I don't particullary enjoy laying there with the mask on - it's not a pleasant or relaxing smell. After 10 minutes the mask is usually like clay, and it makes my skin feel very tight - to the point where it feels like my face has a vaccum attatched to it. I wasn't keen on this at first, as it felt a bit too harsh, however i've grown to like it as I can actually feel the mask working.
My skin always feels wonderful and looks amazing after i've used this mask. It makes my skin look glowing! It reduces the redness of spots and calms sore or irritated pores, dries up spots and leaves my skin smoothe and hydrated. The timeline it takes to remove the spots is amazing - they're usually gone within a day of using the mask. It doesn't do a great job at removing blackheads and doesn't noticeably remove them, but it does definetly reduce the appearence of them, making them less noticeable. I've also noticed that my skin tone seems more balanced for a day or so after i've used this and it also prolongs break outs - I usually get a break out of spots near the corner of my mouth maybe twice a month, but on the months that I use this it is usually 3-4 months before I break out in spots again.
I'd definetly reccomend this face mask. It is quite expensive but it effeciently clears up spots and minimizes the appearence of any imperfections such as blackheads, acne and redness.
I regularly shop at Lush, as generally I have found their products work well on my sensitive skin. I was feeling very tired, run down, and was getting very stressed at work. This very much showed in my skin, which was looking horrendously spotty and clogged up. I was hoping Lush would have some products that could target my spots without drying out my cheeks or irritating my sensitive skin.
The assistant recommended Cosmetic Warrior, which is a Fresh Face Mask. The look on my face when she proudly informed me it contained raw garlic and free range eggs must have been priceless! As much as I hate being spotty, I don't particularly want my face to stink of garlic! The mask also contains grapes, honey, tea tree oil, and kaolin, which are slightly more appealing ingredients. I was extremely sceptical about trying this product, and so the assistant put some on the back of my hand, and then let me wander round the shop having a browse for 10 minutes while the mask cleansed my hand! She then washed it off, and I had to reluctantly admit I couldn't smell any trace of garlic on my skin! She was raving about how fabulous the mask was, and how it had transformed her skin- which incidentally, was clear, glowing, and perfect- and so I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt and give Cosmetic Warrior a try.
Unfortunately when I got home and came to use this mask, the smell when I removed the lid was much more intense than I had found it in the shop. Anyone who has been in a Lush store will understand how the combination of smells from a vast selection of "naked" products can make it a tad difficult to smell individual products in the store. Being completely honest, the smell was absolutely vile. I love garlic bread as much as anyone, but raw garlic has a much more putrid smell, and even just typing this now is making me feel sick with the memory of using it!
I applied the mask to my face with clean hands, and the scent was so strong and so horrendous it immediately made me gag. As tempted as I was to wash it off straight away, the fact I had just paid £4.95 for a 75g pot of this, which still had a good four to five applications left, along with my desperate desire to clear my skin from these horrid spots, gave me gritted determination to see this through! I would recommend that as well as avoiding the eye area when applying this, to also avoid the area directly under your nose! It felt like ten of the longest minutes of my life, but the sense of relief when I had finally survived those ten minutes was immense. However, it was unfortunately short lived, as when I then tried to wash it off, I found it very difficult to remove- really not what I wanted when the smell was so foul I just wanted it gone!
With a lot of patience and peserverance, I finally managed to remove all of the mask with warm water. The mask has a clay-like texture, which meant it clung on tightly to my skin and really did put up a bit of battle!
After I patted my skin with a towel and inspected my face in the middle, I could immediately see my skin looked and felt softer, and my spots looked calmer. The mask definitely sped up the healing process, and I didn't develop any fresh spots after using this mask. Given how impressive the results were, this mask really is a wonder. However I find the stench so hard to tolerate that my skin will have to be in a real state with major breakouts before I would consider buying this again.
I fully understand that Lush use natural ingredients for their properties on the skin, and are against using perfumes or chemicals, but in this case the smell of this combination of natural products is just unbearable. This mask had a fantastic effect on my skin, but I want a face mask that will help me relax and unwind at the end of a stressful day. The smell of this mask was far from relaxing and the product is very much a chore to use.
As with all of Lush's Fresh Face Masks, you need to keep Cosmetic Warrior in the fridge. This is super important, as there are no preservatives in it, and if it is not kept chilled at all times then it is likely to grow a horrible layer of mould! As with many Lush products, Cosmetic Warrior will have a use by date- this is usally within three to four weeks of purchasing, so you do need to use this once or twice a week in order to use it up before it goes bad.
If you are up to the challenge of using this mask approximately six times in a three week period and can tolerate the smell, then I think Cosmetic Warrior would be great value for money. At around £1 per use, this compares favourably to individual sachet masks you can buy in Boots or Superdrug. However, I would strongly recommend you smell this before buying it, as if you can't tolerate the smell then this would be a waste of your money!
In summary, I very much have a love-hate relationship with Lush's Cosmetic Warrior face mask. It does amazing things for my skin- it is fabulous and calming, and amazingly effective at reducing & preventing breakouts, but the smell is truly foul!
If I was rating this mask purely on performance, then it would get five stars as it is fantastic for clearing up spotty skin. However, if I was rating the product on how pleasurable the product was to use, it would definitely get minus points! Therefore on balance I am going to meet somewhere in the middle and give Cosmetic Warrior three stars.
I have oily skin that's prone to clogged pores and although I usually use cupcake to combat it, last time I was in Lush one of the helpful staff suggested I give this a try.
Cosmetic Warrior comes in a black screw topped pot containing enough product for about 5 applications and costs £6.45 online (it's a little cheaper in the store though). Since it's made with fresh products including grapes and free range eggs and contains no preservatives it needs to be kept in the fridge and used within 3 weeks. Once it's used up, wash the tub and save it as you can trade 5 in at any of the stores for a free face mask.
The mask is a thick off white paste and smells strongly of the garlic and tea tree oil it contains. To use, simply apply to your face, avoiding the eye area and wait for 10 minutes before removing. The garlic smell isn't as strong once it's on your face as it is in the pot, although I found it mixed with the honey to produce an overwhelming sickly honey scent. It reminded me a lot of Flying Fox shower gel which I really don't like the smell of.
After 10 minutes I found this has hardened somewhat. Before removing I first like to massage it into my skin, and I found I needed to add water to make it soft enough. I then use warm water to remove it, with cotton pads to deal with any stubborn bits. This particular mask was quite difficult to remove. Others have been easy to wash off but this took a lot of effort. I probably spent more time removing it than it was on my face for.
The first time I used this mask it made my skin flare up a bit as it drew the dirt out of my pores. After repeated use though my skin felt cleaner and more toned, and more pores were smaller than before. It did a very good job of clensing and soothing my skin although I think I'd only get this occaisionally if my skin was particularly bad as I'd rather use one with a better smell.
I am a huge fan of lush particulalry their face masks, but I always spend ages trying to pick the one I want to go home with!!
I have tried most of the lush face mask range and this is definatly one of my favourite. the avacado is very fresh and leaves your skin feeling great, you feel the effects immediatly.
You dont need to wait for a break out of spots to use this one I find its a great one if your skin is tired and needs a bit of TLC to revive it to its natural glow.
Because it contains natural and food ingredients it is important to keep this product in the fridge, it has a use before date of two weeks but I find you can use the products for a further two weeks after this and they are just as good.
You use the product straight from the fridge so it will be a tat cold when you first put it on, apply all round the face and aviod your eyes, switch off the lights and relax for 10 minutes, you will feel the freshness straight away, when you take it off with warm water your skin feels fresh and light.
Remember keep your tubs and once you have collected 5 take them back to lush and you get a free facemask!! well worth it.
A brief description of Lush fresh face masks (FFM). They have been very carefully formulated to have no preservatives in and no artificial ingredients at all. Because of this you are recommended to keep them in the fridge, like food. They also have a pretty short use by date. (Two weeks.) However, I've kept mine out of the fridge and long past the use by date and it was fine. Probably wasn't as effective as it could have been, but that's not Lush's fault. Bottom line, if it looks and smells alright, it's fine. If you want to preserve yours to use say, every month you can just pop it in the freezer. Lush say you'll get a couple of uses out of each pot, but even plastering it thickly over my whole face I get at least four uses, and many more usually.
Price and packaging:
These are £4.95 in the shops, or £6.45 to buy online as of January 2010. They're more expensive online beccause they send them first class in insulated parcels, to keep them fresh. The packaging is the standard Lush black pot, these are very durable, very portable and recyclable. Although, if you take five pots (washed out, and ideally with the labels off) back to a Lush shop they'll give you a free FFM (you choose which one), which is pretty good.
Smell and appearance:
The smell of this is strong. Very strong. It is garlic and tea tree oil mixed together, and the two are quite potent. If you don't like either of those I'd advise you to get something else. However, I love garlic and don't mind tea tree, so I was fine. As to appearance, it is a fairly creamy white colour, not surprising as the main ingredient is kaolin. This is a clay that is excellent for drawing out dirt from your face.
How to use and my opinion:
First take your makeup off, and it's really best if you wash your whole face too. This means the mask can get down to the skin, rather than sitting in the dirt on your face. Plaster it all over your face, avoiding the sensitive eye area, leave for five-ten minutes, then wash off. Massage it around your face a bit to get off the dead skin cells, then go over your face with some toner on a bit of cotton wool, then moisturise. After this your skin will be all pretty and lovely. (This applies to pretty much all face masks.)
I like this mask a lot. My skin was definitely calmer and less oily after I'd used it, the smell is bearable for me, and it lasted a long time. And, not only do they have fresh eggs in it, they are free-range eggs! So no poor battery hen laid my facemask ingredients. This is part of why I love Lush so much, they show you can make very good-quality, effective skincare and still have good ethics.
money well spent
I popped into my local lush after I had been suffering from skin breakouts not your usual spots the huge almost bruises under the skin I asked for their advice and they recommended the cosmetic warrior face mask the lady also advised me to try and drink some more water and advised I use it twice a week.
It is stored in the fridge to keep it fresh mine had a use by of 3 weeks the only annoying thing is remembering to get it out of the fridge before you go up for a bath. Once it touches the skin you immediately get a lovely cooling feeling which is great on sore skin as its so cool. Simply cleanse your sking first then apply and leave for 5 - 10 minutes before wiping off with warm water.
During the first week I applied it at least every other day and I can honestly say it worked wonders within a week my skin was not perfect but the inflammation had dramatically reduced and no new spots were appearing and had the confidence to go out the door without make up on without feeling like a hormone struck teenager!
The wording on the tub says' a superhero facemask to combat spots, cleanse dirt and calm and soothe all troubled skins' I would say it does exactly what it says on the tin and without a doubt I would purchase this again.
You can smell the tea tree & I think the grapes other ingredients include honey and free range egg along with garlic and kaolin(which i've not heard of). People have said the smell is horrid but though I wouldn't choose to wear it as a scent it certainly wouldn't put me off buying it I don't actually mind the smell of it!
I think this product was £4.65 you get 75g and I would say it is most definitely worth every penny got to work straight away :) I have used it about 6 times now and would estimate I have about 4 applications left but maybe I've been stingy whilst applying!
I have long been a fan of garlic as a spot treatment,but it really does pong!
So,after years of making my own garlic face masks/spot treatments,I decided to try this one by Lush.
It's a sort of off white colour and really thick.
In the shop I could barely smell the garlic.
I got home,let it cool in the fridge for a day then used it the next night.
To use ; you use your fingers to apply all over your face,taking care as usual aroung the eye and mouth areas.
I couldn't smell it at first and sat for the full 10 minutes with it on my face perfectly contented (although my boyfriend noticed a smell?)
However,when it came time to remove...
I went through to the bathroom and started rubbing it off with wet hands and a facecloth.
I almost threw up. The smell became almost unbareable as I was removing it - the garliccy sort of smell,but worse than just plain garlic - it was distusting and I felt sick for about an hour afterwards.
The good news? My skin has never reacted so well to a facemask EVER! It was glowing,soft,exfoliated and just generally looked brilliant.
Is it worth putting up with the smell and risk of vomiting?
For skin like that?
Damned right it is!
Unfortunately I suffer from bad skin and having tried so many different products I still struggle to find something which helps my unruley skin. I'm a big fan a lush products so whilst I was looking around my local store I came across this Lush Face Mask - Warrior which was advertised as helping bad skin and cleaning your pores. I purchased a small pot of the face mask for approximately £5.95, in which you get 5 uses and 75g of the face mask. The product was advertised ass being able to combat spots, cleanse dirt and calm and soothe all troubled skins. As any Lush fan will know, all Lush products are handmade with fresh products and this one is no different. The ingredients are antiseptic fresh garlic and tea tree essential oil re-enforced by deep cleansing Kaolin and fresh grapes, aided by softening honey and free range eggs.
As the products is made completely from fresh products you must keep the pot in your fridge to keep it chilled. One disadvantage of the product is that the ingredients go off quickly, therefore the use by date is normally about 4 -5 weeks from when you purchase it. However, they recommend using the item about 3 times a week to get the most from the product, therefore it is unlikely that it will go off before you use the entire pot.
In order to use the product you simply smear it all over your face in a thin layer, leave it for approximately 10 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. This is easy to do as the mask is easy to rub on, dispite its lumpy texture. The mask dries onto your face and when I washed it off my skin did feel very soft and clean. After using the entire pot of this face mask, my skin did feel soft but unfortunately it didn't seem to clear up by bad skin. However, it certainly didn't worsen it either.
You can purchase this item from any of the Lush highstreet stores (you're likely to smell it before you see it!) or at www.lush.com
If you keep the black pots which the product comes in, once you've got 5 take them back to your local Lush store and they will give you a free face mask pot. This is good as the face masks are the cheapest around so this provides a good incentive for buying this item.
I bought this mask to use on my acne prone skin. So far I've been very pleased with the results.
Advantages: Very good at keeping spots under control. I can get rather large cystic spots which wilt away under this mask when normally they will have flared up and persisted for at least a week! It also seems to reduce the amount of inflammation in the pores.
No adverse reactions to it so far...except in the smell! Unlike Mask of magnaminty which is the other fresh Lush mask I've tried, Cosmetic warrior does not irritate the skin in the slightest. It does not produce the tingling effect on the skin that some people associate with deep cleansing of the pores, but is probably just an effect of the mint. Suffice to say I've not had any ugly spots since I started using this mask, but it must be said my skin has cleared up quite well since starting on antibiotics, so hard to say which one has had the greater effect. I like to use this as a 'rescue' mask when I feel my pores start to clog up. The other day I had a few spots over two or three days, always a prelude to a bout of acne. Used this mask and left it on for an hour. Next day, no new spots.
Disadvantages: as everyone has remarked, this mask is not the most pleasant smell experience. I personally don't find it as bad as some, but it does feel like I've put gooey garlic bread on my face for an hour!
Overall, this mask has worked well for me, but I do have to keep reminding myself of its anti-spot effects to get through the sharp garlic fumes.
I've been suffering with my skin lately, If I haven't got spots, I've got dry skin, I just can't seem to win. I feel like I' having the skin I should have had at 14, at 24! It's certainly not a good look.
As I'm a big fan of Lush products, I decide to try there for a miracle cure for my poorly skin. I told the girl in the shop that I needed something to help with my three huge spots, but needed to ensure it wouldn't dry my skin out at the same time. A lot of spot products dry the skin out as they reduce the oil levels in your skin, and as it isn't the oil in my skin causing spots, I didn't want this to happen. I think my bad skin is due to lack of sleep, extremely bad diet and the horrible little heater we're using at work at the moment to stops us freezing to death.
Anyway the Lush sales assistant recommended I try Cosmetic Warrior from the Lush Fresh range. The blurb about this states: -
"A superhero face mask to combat spots, cleanse dirt, and sooth all troubled skin. Antiseptic fresh garlic, tea tree essential oil, reinforced with deep cleansing kaolin and fresh grapes, are aided by softening honey and free range eggs"
As with the entire Lush range the packaging is plain, simple and brief. Cosmetic Warrior comes in a small black plastic pot, with a twist on lid. In store it's kept in the deli style ice box with the other fresh products. There will be a open container with a spoon to allow you to have a look and a smell if necessary, but you'll be able to pick up a pre packed tub from the ice. The products in this Lush range usually last for about a month after purchasing, you'll need to keep checking the use by date on the bottom of your pot though.
The fresh range from Lush need to be stored in the fridge once you get them home. This stops the fresh products that are used, from going off. Good I guess considering this one contains eggs! I quite like the idea these products are kept in the fridge, as when you use them they're chilled and refreshing on your face.
This cost me £6.31 which I don't think is very cheap, especially considering the tub is only 100g. I was assured in the shop that I would get plenty of uses out of it, and it would be fine to use for a month.
I knew what this looked and smelt like from playing about with the spoon in store, but I didn't have time to take it into consideration really until I got home.
This looks like a standard, thought lumpy clay type of mask. It's a pale grey / cream colour. It has lumpy specks of green and brown, which don?t look massively enticing; it's certainly not one of those Lush products that look good enough to eat!
This is pretty simple to use. I'd suggest washing your face initially with your usual cleanser, and dry it with a towel. Spoon some of the product out of the pot with your fingers, and apply to your face. The consistency of this is quite thick, but is reasonably easy to apply. My biggest problem being the fact it gets stuck under my acrylic nails! Since using it for the first time I have discovered it's much easier to use a spatula of some kind to get it out of the pot and actually onto your hand or finger. It works better for me. The mask is easy applied to your skin, avoiding the eye and mouth area with your fingers. I don't tend to apply a thick covering, mainly because I absolutely detest removing face masks. It spoils my experience, whatever the result if I have to spend ages getting it off and washing out sponges and picking bits off my clothes.
I spread quite a thin layer over my face. The texture is very clay like, with the odd lumpy bit. I had a piece of grape skin stuck to the side of my nose!
Lush recommend that you leave this on your skin for 5 - 10 minutes, but as I didn't read the packaging when I initially used it, I ended up leaving mine on for about 20 minutes. I had no adverse reaction to the extended time period, so I'd say leave it on for as long as you see apt.
The downside to this product is the smell, it's not very pleasant. The most evident scent being that of Tea Tree. Previous reviews on here say that the garlic scene is very strong, but in my opinion it's not. It's quite likely that Lush have reduced the amount of garlic used, or somehow have tried to disguise it more. Overall this doesn't have a nice smell, it's not one of your typical Lush products. The smell is apparent throughout your use, it doesn't fade away immensely, so you're stuck with a bit of an iffy smell floating round your nostrils.
My big recommendation to Lush for this product would be to add a few drops of vanilla essence or some other pleasant smelling oil to make it a much more pleasurable experience.
After having this on your face for about ten minutes it dried out, and went very smooth and chalky. It was hard to see on my skin. It was easy to remove with a warm, wet sponge. It didn't get all over and didn't take forever to wash off.
So did it do anything amazing?
It worked yes, it dramatically reduced the soreness of my spotty patch of skin after one application. It looked less red, and the rest of my face felt very smooth and moisturised. I have used this another twice and my skin is much better. My spots are now on the way out, and they certainly don't have any heads on them anymore. My forehead feels really soft and smooth and my whole face actually feels nice. The main this is, my skin doesn't feel dried out, which although the Lush sales person said it wouldn't, after finding out Cosmetic Warrior had Tea Tree in, I thought it would. I'm glad to say I was wrong.
I think I probably have about 2 decent applications left in my pot, therefore I've had 5 uses of this from the pot, working out at about £1.25 per use. When you look at it broken down like that, it doesn't seem as bad as my original thought, considering you'll pay about 99p for a standard packet of face mask, and as it's Lush and full of natural products, you expect to pay a little more than average.
I recently tried (and reviewed) the Lush Cupcake face mask. It was good but I found it began to dry out my already dry skin, so I went in search of something more suitable for my skin type - I found Cosmetic Warrior.
Now, this face mask is not the most appealing when you read the ingredients and give it a sniff, however I have used it a few times now and it really does work wonders; my skin has not been this good for ages!
Usually garlic makes your breath a bit smelly, but now it also makes your whole face smelly!
The face mask comes in a little black tub, I purchased mine from mail order, I believe it may come in different packaging if you buy in store, as they decant your mask from a big tub, I think it comes in a clear tub when you buy in store.
This is a very gooey mask, its thick and gloopy and I just love applying it!
The mask is a light beige kind of colour and has bits in it (garlic I believe!) and the smell is to put it plainly absolutely gross!
I could not work out what the scent was to start with as I had a bit of a stuffy nose, but when I used it today I could really smell the garlic, it's not the nicest smell to have on your face for 15 minutes!
I found this very easy to apply, just spread it over your face with your fingers, cover your whole face avoiding the eyes and hey presto, you're on your way to gorgeous soft skin.
I leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, it does not go hard like most masks, but it does set a little bit.
Where as the mask is sticky when you apply it, when you remove it, it becomes sort of doughy.
I find the easiest way to remove the mask is to rub 2 or 3 fingers in a circular motion and the mask will clump together and flake away- it is best to do this over a sink as the bits go everywhere.
Lush say it should be removed with warm water, but I find that just makes loads of sticky mess and takes ages. I rub it off and then use warm water to get rid of any excess.
I have used this 6 times now and my skin is very clear and soft, I usually have very dry skin and it often gets sore and itchy, but since using this my skin is verging of perfect!
Lush sell Cosmetic Warrior as a mask that helps spots and it is meant to calm troubled skin, it certainly does what it says on the tin, I am really pleased.
The only downsides to this product is the smell. Unfortunately the scent of garlic is not very attractive, but it is worth it for the excellent results.
This mask also contains raw eggs so needs to be kept in the fridge. Lush do advise that all their fresh face masks be kept in the fridge, however there have been many times when I have forgotten this with the Cupcake and it has always been fine, however with this one I am not going to risk it, it smells bad enough without bad eggs being added to the stink!
Fresh face masks also have a short shelf life of around 3 weeks from the date it was made. I find each tub can last 4-6 uses, so I find using twice to three times a week is both good for my skin and ensures that the product is used within its shelf life.
A pot of Fresh face mask is 75g and costs £6.50 via mail order and I believe it is £4.95 if you buy in a Lush store. The reason it is more expensive from mail order, is that it has to be sent quickly due to the limited shelf life, so the extra money covers the extra postage.
I am really pleased with this product and whilst I am sure I will try other masks too (because I have a huge Lush addiction) I know that I can count on this product to make my skin radiant. I noticed an improvement in my skin within 2 uses, so it is fast acting and worth every penny.
Initially I thought that the face masks were quite expensive; however I have often paid 99p for a single use sachet of face masks full of chemicals, so this is better for me and actually works out to be around the same price as buying the sachets.
An added bonus is that if you collect 5 empty tubs ( this includes the tubs from other products such as moisturisers) and return them to Lush for re-use they will reward you with a free pot of a face mask of your choice - can't be bad eh!
The ingredients that make this bad smelling but wondrous product are....
Fresh Green Grapes (Vitis vinifera)
Fresh Free Range Eggs
Cornflour (Zea mays)
Fresh Garlic (Allium sativum)
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
I am a confirmed lush addict, but I normally buy their bath products and haven't tried many of their other products. As I've currently got some cosmetic warrior smeared over my face I thought it might be a good time to review it!
Last week I had an outbreak of spots on my chin. Nothing was clearing them up and it was driving me mad. They were the sort of spots that are red and angry-looking and actually hurt! While I was in Lush I spotted the fresh face masks and quite fancied the idea of trying one.
Lush fresh face masks are different from your standard face mask. They are handmade with fresh, natural ingredients. They contain no preservatives which means that you have to keep them in the fridge and in the stores they are kept on ice. The fact that they don't contain any preservatives means that they have a shorter shelf life than most cosmetics, even when kept in the fridge, so they normally last about 3 weeks. They all have a best before date on them. When I bought mine, the sales assistant said they'd had a fresh delivery of them that morning so they all had quite a long shelf life on them. If you are thinking about buying one of the fresh face masks I really would recommend that you check the best before date first as if it's only a few days away you might not be able to use it up in time!
I wasn't sure which face mask to go for so I asked the sales assistant for some help. She suggested the cosmetic warrior as she said that she uses this one herself and that it's very good for oily and spotty skin - just the sort of mask I needed. Before holding it out to me to sniff, she warned me that it wasn't the nicest smelling one but promised me that it really does work. I smelt it and I really wasn't very impressed - it stank of garlic and I couldn't imagine putting it on my face! I decided to give it a try though as I thought what cosmetics company would make something that stinky if it didn't work? They'd have to be fairly confident in the effectiveness of their product to try to sell something that didn't smell nice, as smell is such a factor when we are deciding on cosmetics to buy.
I got the mask home and dutifully stuck it in the fridge. That evening, after washing my face I went and got it out of the fridge. I smoothed the mask onto my skin. Because it had been in the fridge, the mask itself was lovely and cool so it felt really soothing on my inflamed, angry skin. The instructions say to leave it on for 5-10 minutes. I ended up leaving it on for about 15 before washing it off but this didn't seem to matter.
The texture of this mask isn't like your traditional face mask as in it doesn't harden and dry while it's on. It starts to solidify a bit but the texture remains quite creamy. As it remains you can feel it tightening a little bit but it doesn't go completely hard and crack.
When I first started putting it on I thought the smell was too garlicky and I was dreading keeping it on for 10 minutes. My nose got used to it quite quickly though and I made sure that I didn't put it on the skin just under my nostrils. As time went on while I was wearing it I think it started to smell more of tea tree oil than the garlic anyway so the scent wasn't as unpleasant as I had originally thought it would be.
When I washed the mask off, my spots looked much less red and angry. The next morning they had gone down even more. What I really loved about this mask though is that it didn't dry my skin out at all. It soothed and calmed the spots without making the rest of my skin dry and flaky. This is a really good thing for me as lots of masks designed for blemished skin tend to dry my skin out or sting it and this one didn't at all.
I've used this a couple more times since and all of the spots have disappeared. I can't guarantee that this is due to the mask alone as I have been keeping up a good cleanse, tone and moisturise skincare routine as well but it definitely helped to calm my skin down and clear it up. It also helped to make my skin less oily the next day which was good!
The ingredients in this mask are: Kaolin, fresh green grapes, fresh free range eggs, honey, cornflour, glycerine, fresh garlic, tea tree oil, limonene and perfume. I don't know loads about all of these ingredients but I think most people know the good reputation that tea tree oil has for helping with spots. I know that garlic is good at killing bacteria which is helpful for blemished skin. I know that honey is anti-bacterial as well. Kaolin is in lots of facemasks and is a natural clay which is good for helping to draw oils and dirt out of the pores. When I read this ingredients list I thought the product sounded like it was well designed for my skintype and I liked the fact that there weren't loads of chemicals in there but instead I had heard of all of the ingredients.
You can buy this mask from any lush store. If you are intending to buy it I would recommend that you visit lush as your last shop before going home so that it isn't out of the fridge for too long. I think it cost £4.95 and I think it is definitely worth the price as you get 75g of it in a black pot which means you should get 4 or 5 applications out of it. Also, lush have a scheme where if you take back 5 of the empty black pots (which hold moisturisers etc as well as face masks) then they will give you a fresh face mask free. This is definitely worth bearing in mind if you shop there regularly. It costs a bit more if you order this mask online, I assume that this is because they have to post it differently from most things to keep it chilled, on the website it does say that it will be mailed separately from other products you've ordered. Online it costs £6.45.
I would definitely recommend this mask to anyone who gets those types of spots that are quite angry looking and sore as it really helps to calm your skin down but also seems to help to prevent those types of spots from appearing. I don't think it will be something I buy all of the time as that would get quite expensive but if I feel that my skin needs it again I wouldn't hesitate to purchase it, despite the smell!