“ Brand: Lush / Lotion inspired by Creme Anglaise / Type: Body Butter / Texture: Rich Cream / Texture: Cream / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
My favourite store, Lush, has a wide range of body lotions which I love to use as they are very effective and luxurious.
One of their newest lotions is Crème Anglaise. This is one lotion I would never have considered purchasing for myself because of its extremely high price tag. The lotion costs a whopping £26.25 for 225g - compare this with Dream Cream, for example, which costs just over £10 for the same amount. However, after Christmas 2010 I got a free 100g pot as I spent over a certain amount in the online sale, and I was glad of the chance to sample this.
Crème Anglaise is Lush's most decadent and luxurious lotion. It is made with an infusion of almonds and saffron which add a delicious scent and pale yellow colour to the product. The bulk of the lotion is made up of extra virgin coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter and almond oil, which provide effective moisturisation. Myrrh resin, sweet orange oil and vanilla absolute give a delicate warm fragrance to the cream. There are no animal-derived ingredients in the lotion, so it is entirely suitable for vegans.
The ingredients in this product scream 'luxury' and this is certainly the impression I get from the lotion itself. Though it comes in one of Lush's standard black pots (which should probably be encrusted with jewels given the price!) it conveys an impression of warmth, luxury and sensuality. The cream is pale yellow and has a delicious smell: a warm orange scent with a vanilla undertone. It's like nothing I've ever smelled before - well, except for the Glorious Mud body mask which has the same scent!
The cream is thinner than some of Lush's other creams but has a rich luxurious feel. Once applied, it sinks into the skin beautifully without a hint of greasiness. I have dry skin but I found this body lotion to be very effective at moisturising my skin. The moisturised feel lasted all day and I didn't need to apply too much.
The scent of this product also lasts on the skin. This didn't bother me as I love the smell, but be aware it will probably clash with any perfume you might be wearing. Of course, the scent is so lovely you may choose to wear it instead of perfume - it would, I believe, even work on a night out.
My pot has lasted over a year, though I have used it intermittently, so it is better value for money than the price would suggest though it is still very expensive. I love using this as I really feel I'm being pampered. I've used it on all sorts of occasions, including nights out in place of perfume, and before bed after a luxurious bath. It has the same scent as the limited edition Christmas bubble bar Three Gold Rings, so the two make ideal partners. My pot has a use-by date of December 2011 but although that date has passed it shows no signs of going off.
As I said, this isn't something I would just go out and buy myself as despite its high quality it is still pretty darn expensive for a body lotion. Still, I would be delighted to receive it as a gift and would consider buying it for myself as a special treat, for example as a birthday present to myself. I do recommend it, if you can stomach the expense!
I love body moisturisers and I love Lush but one thing that I really, really love is Lushes body moisturisers. I'd gone off the boil with buying products from Lush recently, mainly because I already own most of the shop. One product that I hadn't gone near before was Crème Anglaise and the reason for this was the price. But on a recent visit to the shop, loaded with my birthday money, I felt that it was time to get a bit of in my life.
What does the product do?
The product is essentially a light body butter has been specifically designed to moisturise and comfort the skin while soothing the senses and to leave you feel completely cared for and relaxed.
How does the product work?
The product contains both Shea butter and Cocoa butter which are two of nature's greatest moisturisers. They both nourish the skin and hydrate it down the deepest levels, leaving it feeling soft and supple. The inclusion of Glycerin means that extra moisture will be drawn into the skin which allows it to hold onto its elasticity and prevents in from aging prematurely. Coconut oil is included in order to hydrates the skin further and Almond oil is included for the same purpose. Obviously the inclusion of these ingredients means that this product is unsuitable for those that suffer from nut allergies.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be used in the same way as any other product of this type. It is to be applied to the body as often as required but it should not be used on the face. The cream can be applied to damp skin for even better results.
The product comes contained within the typical black plastic pots that you expect to see from Lush. It has a little bit of white writing on the pot, telling you that this is Lushes most luxurious creation. The packaging is convenient because you can easily access the cream and control the exact amount that you want to use so there will be no wastage. A spatula could be used if you wanted to be more hygienic and to avoid getting the cream under your nails. The product does come with a use by date but you usually have at least three months to use it all.
At I said in the beginning, this product doesn't come cheap and it is almost double the price of most of the other body moisturisers by Lush. I think this is due to the fact that Saffron has been added as this is an expensive ingredient. The cream will cost you around £25 for 225 grams which is why I had been put off buying the product before hand. You can purchase the cream from your local Lush store or from their online website.
The product comes highly fragranced and the aroma has been created using a combination of Vanilla Absolute, Sweet Orange Oil and Myrrh Resin. The fragrance of this product is slightly controversial. I am a big vanilla fan but when I first smelt this product on my skin in the Lush store, it was so strong, spicy and heavy that I couldn't wait to get it off my skin. The assistant however promised that this strong would fade and be replaced with a sweet creaminess, and she was right. This is fantastic news for me but not so good if you liked that spicy warmth because it doesn't hang around. The sweetness stays with you for hours and as it is quite evident, it may not mix with your perfume.
The product has a rich and very thick consistency that somehow manages to hold onto a bubbly texture at the time. It definitely feels just as luxurious as promised and it feels expensive. The product goes a long way and you don't need to use much in order to get the desired results. It takes a little while for the product to be absorbed into the skin and massaging because of the thickness. Once it has been absorbed, you can't feel any greasiness or stickiness on the skin and all that it left behind is a gorgeous sheen.
This cream does leave the skin feeling soft and smooth from the very first application and this seems to increase considerably when used consistently. When I use this cream everyday, my skin feels like silk and it looks really healthy and in a very good condition. The results are long lasting and I don't feel the need to apply any more cream on that day. It removes all feeling of tightness, signs of dryness and banishes the dull appearance of my skin. It even gets to work on my tricky dry spots such as my knees and elbows.
All in all, the two things that would put you off this cream are the price and the aroma. You can't argue with its ability to make your skin feel like silk and to leave it in a better condition but you will need to check that the aroma is for you before shelling out and remember to give the fragrance time to change. I will certainly continue to use this cream but I couldn't justify spending that amount of money on a Lush product again. That being sad, I would not be disappointed in the least if Crème Anglaise showed up in my Christmas stocking.
On my last visit to Lush as I was testing various products I decided to purchase 'Glorious Mud' body scrub and mask and a Ma Bar but I also asked for a sample of this wonderful smelling luxury cream called Crème Anglaise. This is a real luxury product at the rather exorbitant price of £25 for 225g.
Why on earth is this stuff so expensive?
This Creme Anglaise is made with some very expensive ingredients which include an infusion of saffron which is the world's most expensive spice. This is what gives the cream its gorgeous golden colour.
Saffron is the spice use in paella to give it the flavour and lovely yellow colour. It is harvested from the tiny inner stigmas of a crocus and it takes 150-175 handpicked stigmas to make just 1 g of this exclusive spice Harvesting takes place in just two weeks of the year.
Medicinally, saffron has a long history as part of traditional healing; modern medicine has also discovered saffron as having anticarcinogenic, and antioxidant properties .but whether this benefit is why saffron is in the Crème Anglaise I am not sure.
The sweet orange oil is used in aromatherapy it creates a feeling of happiness and warmth while it also eliminates toxins and stimulates the lymphatic system. It is also known to support collagen formation in the skin which is very important in a skin cream.
Sweet almond oil is good for all skin types, sweet almond oil eases itching, soreness and dryness. It has a pleasant, gentle fragrance and eases inflammation, rashes and muscle pain.
Vanilla essential oil is known for its calming and soothing qualities and even thought to reduce blood pressure. It is also a powerful ant oxidant so adding this to a skin product would help to prevent damage to skin cells caused by toxins and pollutants.
Shea Butter was considered a vary valuable cosmetic commodity in the time of Cleopatra. It has vitamin A and oleic acid which is an omega 9 monounsaturated fatty acid. Which sounds as tough it should be something avoided in foods but must feed your skin with goodness.
How was it for you?
I loved the smell as the vanilla and creaminess stayed on my skin for ages, it left my skin feeling really moisturised and it soaked straight in without feeling greasy. I kept on smelling my arm and enjoying the comforting vanillary and a mildly orange smell. I find it quite luxurious and creamy a bit like a creamy dessert. It is really lovely but I am afraid I won't be buying it at £25 as it is beyond my budget for a body/hand cream. Perhaps if the expensive saffron was removed it might be cheaper and I am not sure that the saffron does much for the smell. It will be interesting to see how long it lasts before people baulk at the price and they have to rethink the recipe. It is lovely but very, very expensive in my view. On the plus side because it is so expensive I have been using just small amounts and not lathering it on like my usual body moisturisers and it still does a good moisturising job. The texture is perfect as it is quite thick and the consistency of whipped cream but without being greasy.
This is a, really luxurious quality body and hand cream, but at a price that I, for one will not be paying. I love my sample and think it is an excellent moisturising cream with a fantastically lasting aroma. Be aware that if you are not keen on the smell then don't buy it as it does stay on your skin for the whole day after using it. I absolutely love this cream as it very moisturising without being greasy at all, it smells great and my skin feels so smooth and soft. The only reason I gave it only 4 stars is because of the price I just cannot justify spending £25 on skin cream despite the fact that it smells so delicious that i keep sniffing my arm just to enjoy the smell from time to time.
I trust this has been of some interest and use to you and thanks for reading.
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Creme Anglaise is one of Lush' newest products.
It is a body lotion.
It comes in the usual black pot - this one is 225g.
I'll mention the price, since it seems to be a sore point for some and I wouldn't want to make you pine for this wonderful lotion without knowing the price in advance - it costs £25.00. I'm well aware that that is really steep, but I think this product is worth it and I'll explain why later in the review.
This lotion, when you open the pot, is a creamy off-whitey sort of colour and is a thick sort of consistency. It smells overwhelmingly vanilla-ey and creamy and exactly like the kind of desert you'd eat too much of given half the chance ;-)
To use as a handcream - dip the tip of your pinky into the tub and that should be enough.
To use as a body lotion take a couple of fingerfuls and rub in to your skin - massage it in in circular motions for the best absorption and to help get the blood flowing.
This is an amazinly thick cream which you only have to use sparingly - a tub will last forever even if you're like me and constantly re-apply your lotion.
This leaves your skin very soft and moisturised and didn't cause my skin to flare up or itch like some lotions etc. can.
The scent is very strong - which I think is good as all scents will lose a bit of oomph after being applied - the extra strong scent means this lasts on your skin much longer than a lot of lotions would.
This is what I use with the rest of my Vanillary products instead of Vanilla Dee Lite now. I loved Vanilla Dee Lite but, although it's cheaper, it's just not as moisturising or as lovely smelling / long lasting as this is.
I suggest at least getting a sample from a Lush store to try before dismissing this as 'too expensive' (not that I'd complain if they lowered the price a little...)
This is the latest body lotion from Lush. It's a thick cream with a pale golden cream colour to look like creme anglaise which is the inspiration behind it.
It's scented with vanilla, saffron and orange oil with an almond and cocoa butter base, and smells like a delicious rich dessert. It's not quite custard, but I can smell the similarity. The saffron comes through strongly and I can detect a honey-like scent as well. It's much stronger than most Lush lotions I've tried and lasts on your skin for ages. It works as a perfume as well as a moisturiser, and I'm sure you could just apply it to your wrists/neck and use it solely as a perfume.
The lotion melts effortlessly into your skin. It's one of the best absorbed I've used, and doesn't leave your skin at all greasy; just smooth and soft. Due to this, I'm not sure if it would be moisturising enough for people with very dry skin.
The packaging is the standard Lush black screw lid tub which doesn't seem special enough for this considering it's marketed as a real luxury. It's in line with the Lush philosophy though, and it's the product I want to pay for rather than the package, so I'm not too bothered by this.
At £25 for 225g this is an expensive product. This will be due to the saffron it contains. In my opinion this is too much to pay for an everyday product, even one as good as this. I think it's worth the money, but I'd only use it on special occaisions and treat it more as an all over perfume than a moisturiser. Had this not been bought as a gift for me I don't think I'd have tried it.
Overall, this is a gorgeous product and I wish I could justify buying it on a regular basis. If you're happy paying £25 for a moisturiser, definitely give this a go, but unfortunately I don't think I'll be getting another tub. This gets 4 stars from me. Was it not for the price tag I'd give it 5.