“ Brand: Lush / Type: Cleansing Gel / Subcategory: Cleanser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, „
I have recently started to use more of Lush products after finding that they try to avoid using chemical ingredients and preservatives. After trying the herbalism cleanser and being very impressed with my clear skin I thought I would try something different. I looked in the Lush store and found the dark angels cleanser. Although it looks scary as it is just a jet black looking mud it is very effective and cleans my skin very well.
When I looked through the ingredients I was very impressed as there were no parabens which is the case with all of the Lush cleansers. There was one ingredient which I did not recognise which was the sodium lauroyl sarcosinate but after some research I discovered that this ingredient is derived for palm oil.
The dark angels cleanser is described as a cleanser and scrub combined and is recommended for people who really want to make sure that they have the cleanest skin possible.
The ingredients are
Rhassoul Mud, Organic Cold Pressed Avocado Oil, Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal, Black Sugar, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Perfume, *Linalool, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil
Each ingredient has a purpose. The rhassoul mud is good for cleansing the skin and degreasing. The avocado oil is used because it is full of fatty acids and vitamins, glycerine for its moisturising properties, powdered charcoal for its oil absorbing properties and black sugar to stimulate and exfoliate the skin. Sandalwood is a natural astringent and antiseptic and rosewood oil is a natural antiseptic and bactericidal.
I have found the cleanser very easy to use but because it is black and can sometimes get a bit messy it may be best to use it in the shower. Just place a very small amount of the cleanser in your hand, add a little bit of water and that's it. Rub it on your face and your face feels instantly clean. The sugar acts as an exfoliator which you can feel working. My skin feels very clean after I use it and it has a very nice fresh smell. I do have skin which can be prone to a few break outs but since I have started using Lush cleansers I have not had this problem. I did use the herbalism cleanser before this and it suited my skin well also.
A great cleanser which uses natural ingredients without any preservatives. Definitely worth a try as it is a great price for what you get.
As many of you may know, I am trying to work my way through all of Lush's products. They are most famous for their range of soaps and bath products, but they also produce an extensive skincare range.
Among their exclusive range of products are a number of 'solid' cleansers. While not 'solid' in the obvious sense - they are squidgy, come in black pots and are displayed in-store in roll form - they are certainly not liquid and this factor means that they are made with far fewer preservatives than liquid cleansers. I've tried a few of Lush's solid cleansers, including Aqua Marina and Herbalism, and really like them - they cleanse and care for my skin effectively without irritating my sensitive skin. The most recent cleanser I have tried from the range is Dark Angels.
Dark Angels was invented as an alternative to the bestselling Angels on Bare Skin (which I still haven't tried yet) for those with oilier skins. I have combination skin with an oily T-zone, which is worse in the summer, so I bought a pot for use in the warmer months. Used once a day, in the morning (I use a different cleanser and toner in the evening to remove makeup), it lasted me for three months which is similar to Lush's other cleansers. It cost £6.25, which I feel is reasonable for a product of this nature and quality. In addition, the black pot can be put towards the 'bring back 5 pots and get a free Fresh Face Mask' offer which Lush have been running for years.
I don't normally copy lists of ingredients into my reviews, but this one is so short that I might as well: Rhassoul Mud, Organic Cold Pressed Avocado Oil, Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal, Black Sugar, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Perfume, Linalool, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil.
Rhassoul mud comes from Morocco and is known to be good for the skin, helping to condition and reduce oiliness. I've tried it in the past in a number of Lush products and have been impressed with it. Charcoal - made from trees - is very absorbent and this also helps to reduce oiliness. Black sugar acts as a natural exfoliant, helping to remove dead skin cells.
To counteract the possible harsh exfoliating and oil-absorbing effects of these ingredients, the cleanser contains avocado oil and vegetable glycerine which help to soften and moisturise the skin. It also contains sandalwood and rosewood oils, which contribute to the fragrance and are cooling and antiseptic. The cleanser is suitable for vegans.
The black tub is very secure: it has a screw-top lid which is easy to remove when needed but doesn't come off by itself. This is just as well as the cleanser is black! It has the squidgy texture of Herbalism but is a bit grittier. I really love the smell of the product, although it isn't for everyone: it has an aniseed-liquorice style scent which I find refreshing and uplifting.
The scrub can be messy, so I always use it in the shower so that I can rinse my face fully (and the bathtub too!). Using my finger I scoop a piece of cleanser out - about the size of a hazelnut - and using a little water I work it into a paste in the palm of my hand. I then apply it to my face, smoothing and rubbing it over my skin, concentrating on my T-zone and being gentler on my cheeks and around my mouth and eyes. I then rinse off the cleanser.
After use, my skin feels thoroughly cleansed and refreshed. It is slightly tight but an application of moisturiser solves this problem. I then apply my makeup as normal.
I've nearly finished using the cleanser now, and I've been very impressed with it. My skin is generally clear, bright and radiant. It is also smooth, with no patches of dry skin. Some people might find that the cleanser is too harsh to use every day, but personally I've been fine with this, although as the weather gets colder I find that it is slightly drying and as soon as it is finished I will be buying a more gentle cleanser.
I've noticed a reduction in blackheads and open pores on my nose - it's not a massive difference, but it's a definite improvement. I've also noticed that my T-zone is less oily - in general I need to apply less face powder than usual, and have to use my oil-absorbing tissues more rarely.
Do I recommend this cleanser? Absolutely, if you have combination or oily skin. If your skin is dry or less oily you may still like this cleanser, but might prefer to use it once or twice a week. Personally, I will definitely be buying Dark Angels next summer when the weather gets warmer and my skin begins to get more oily.
Lush - 'Dark Angels' Fresh cleanser
This is probably not a product I would have ever bought from Lush but I was lucky enough to attend a Lush event where we made our own fresh face mask and then we were treated to a free facial in the store. This gave us the opportunity to try products that we hadn't tried before and use them in the correct way. This is one I had the chance to try not on the day but I was very cheeky and asked for an extra sample of a cleanser as I really fancied trying this.
I usually choose Lush products for ancient dry and lined skin as I am getting to that stage but I thought that I would like to try this as I know that charcoal is very good at closing pores. I know this as I have an 'Origins' face mask that is charcoal and I was told that this was good for dealing with open pores. My usual fresh cleanser from Lush is '"Angels on Bare Skin" fresh cleanser but i was very excited at the chance to try all the others. As I attended two of these Lush facial sessions I had a really good chance to try all of them asking for only two at each visit.
I would like to add that I didn't try this in my facial in the shop but they gave us a very generous sample of all the products they used on our faces to take home and as I asked for this as an extra I have a small pot of this at home too which I have been using in between my usual one.
This fresh cleanser is BLACK. It is really dense and dark black, coal black which is hardly surprising as it does indeed contain a lot of charcoal and also Rhassoul mud which is also really dark. This is very similar to 'Angels on Bare Skin' and 'Herbalism' in texture. They all have that crumbly slightly sandy look but they are all soft feeling and slightly damp rather than dry and crumbly. While 'Angels on Bare Skin' is designed for those of us with dry skin as a gentle exfoliator and cleanser this 'Dark Angels' is for those who have oily skin that may be prone to excess oil and acne. It kind of looks like black sand but feels much softer of course.
This usually costs £5.95 for a pot containing 100g but my pot has about 20g in it but mine was free so I was quite thrilled. The usual thing applies if you buy this in the black pot, if you wash it and return five of them you can choose a free fresh mask or hair mask which I think is a great incentive to encourage people not to just throw these pots away.
As I said this fresh cleanser is designed for those oily skin and open pores as the ingredients all combine to help remove excess greasiness and gently exfoliate as well as helping to close open pores. Now while my skin is hardly teenage over greasy skin I do have a T-zone that can be greasy and certainly has open pores on my nose so I have restricted my use of this to once a week and then only on my nose area.
My skin tends to be a bit sensitive but thankfully I no longer suffer from acne. 'Dark Angels' contains charcoal which as I said helps reduce greasiness and closes open pores. The Rhassoul mud comes from Morocco and is used a lot in face masks to reduce grease, it has a strange sort of scent that is not unpleasant. My favourite product with this in it is 'Glorious Mud' which is a body scrub that leaves the body feeling smooth and gorgeous and the bath looking pretty awful but it smells divine. To balance these de greasing ingredients 'Dark Angels' also contains cold pressed avocado oil which is a light and natural oil full of vitamin E .
The charcoal, Rhassoul mud and black sugar all provide the oxfoliating element to this cleanser scrub . It isn't a really harsh scrubby sort of scrub but having said that I would not use this if you have very dry sensitive skin. I am very careful to only use this on my nose as I want to reduce my open pores and the amount of oiliness there. I do not use it on my cheeks as they are much more sensitive and dry. It does an excellent job of mattifying my nose area and deep cleansing it but it certainly does not make it feel overly dry and tight.
The rosewood oil helps to calm any skin sensitivity and soreness which may caused from exfoliating. The avocado oil is also a very gently and balancing oil.
Although this is really black and looks pretty harsh it is actually not a harsh scrub it is actually quite a gentle exfoliant but even so do not rub your face while using this, just gently massage this over the oily parts of your face.
This cleanser has a strange smell, you can certainly smell the charcoal and the mud but it also has a relatively pleasant scent too, slightly sweet. I wouldn't describe this as smelling really lovely but it is far from unpleasant.
The idea is that you take a small amount, just a bit bigger than a pea and put this in one hand. Add a little water and with a finger rub this into the palm of your hand until you have a softish paste . This wet soft paste is what you use to cleanse your face. I very gently, using just a little water rub this into my face in a circular and upward motion. You don't need to rub hard just really gently massage your face with this and then rinse it off with warm, not hot water.
Once you have cleaned all the 'Dark Angels' off your face and this does take some cleaning off I have found, then pat your face dry. Once dry you need to finish the cleaning process off by applying a gentle toner so that you close the pores and stop any dirt getting in. You can then apply whatever moisturiser you think your face needs; finishing off with makeup if you want to apply some.
I found this did a good job of gently cleansing and exfoliating my nose area leaving it feeling matt and dry and it might be wishful thinking but I did think my open pores were reduced a little. My nose doesn't get sore after using this but I am careful not to use it too often and certainky don't use it on my cheeks or other dry face areas.
I can't say I was too impressed with the smell but it isn't awful at all. If I had really greasy skin that was acne prone then the smell would not be a worry for me if the product worked.
Would I buy this again? Well yes but not often.I think a pot of this would last me a year as I use so little each time and only use it on my nose area once a week. My sample pot has not decreased at lot and I have used it about four times so far. I probably won't need to but it as I will probably ask for a sample again if I find I need to clear my nose area and I have run out. I also use my 'Origins; Charcoal mask once a week so it depends if I still have any of that as I don't need both really.
I think I will stick to 'Angels on Bare Skin' as it smells nicer and I think suits my skin better. I think this may be more suited for younger, people with oilier skin which may be acne prone than my rather dry and older skin. It isn't unpleasant and certainly didn't make my skin feel horribly dry on my nose but there is no way I use this on my cheeks.
I think if you do have very greasy skin and suffer from large open pores then I would definitely pop down to Lush as they have very knowledgeable staff who can advise on good skin care. Sometimes people with greasy and spot prone skin try so hard to almost dry out their skin with chemically based products and this often does more harm than good. Your skin needs some oil and what you need to do is help it balance its sebum/oil production.
I was very happy to use this myself but only once a week or less and only on my nose area and would also happily recommend it to anyone with problem skin. It is worth a try as it contains nothing nasty and might be the 'magic' cleanser you need.
This is a good cleanser full of nice natural stuff with a charcoal like aroma but certainly one I would recommend trying. Five stars as I think this may be great for younger skins than mine but also did a great pore cleaning job on my nose area.
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Lush Dark Angel Cleanser is a cleanser specially created for young and oily skins. It's part cleanser, part scrub part face mask which you use a few times a week. Like many face masks the cleanser contains clay to draw out impurities and tighten pores and has a rough texture to exfoliate the skin.
The cleanser comes in a crumbly black block to which you have to add water and mix into a black paste before applying to the face. You then wash the black paste off to give you fresh skin.
Although this cleanser is really good I find that it makes a lot of mess of my sink both when I'm mixing the paste in my hands and when I'm removing it from my face with a flannel. I've also put this on while I was in the bath and it left a black ring all over my bath once the water was drained.
Black Angel is a facial cleanser that has been created by Lush. It has been specifically designed for those with oily skin and it promises to clean the skin deeply and exfoliate it gently using a whole host of natural ingredients. It claims that it will leave the face feeling fresh, soft and moisturised.
How does it work?
The man ingredient is Rhassoul Mud which is absorbent and will suck all of the excess oils and impurities out of the skin. It tightens the pores and regulates the oil secretion of the skin as well as improving the elasticity and texture of the face. Charcoal is included for much the same reason and will remove skin aging toxins from the face.
Avocado Oil nourishes and strengthens the skin will vitamins and minerals. It is extremely moisturising and helps the skin to look youthful and healthy. Glycerin is included which allows the skin to hold onto the new found moisture and prevents it from being lost. Black sugar is included to add a gentle exfoliating property.
How do you use the product?
You need to take a small amount of the product from the pot and warm it in your hand. Then you need to mix the small amount with water between your hands until you have a very thin watery paste.
After wetting your face, you need to massage the paste all over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. After a few minutes, you can rinse the product away thoroughly with warm water. Because it's a scrub, it shouldn't be used daily as it will strip the skin of its natural moisture but it can be used once or twice a week.
Packaging and Price
Mine came in a dark black tub which had some extra information about the product on the outside in white writing. The packaging means it is easy to control the amount that you want to use and it is easy to access.
The product will cost you around £6 for 100 grams and it can be bought from your local Lush store or from their online website.
Appearance and texture
The product looks a bit strange in comparison to every other cleanser I have used and mainly because it is black. I am used to using creamy white cleanser and so this is a little bit different. It has the appearance of charcoal in that it is matte in some areas and shiny in others. Is consistency is a mixture of something between chalk and clay. It is easily mouldable and gets soft quite quickly.
The product is supposed to have a smell of Rosemary and Sandalwood as these oils have been added for this reason, as well as to include an antiseptic action. The over riding smell is properly of charcoal because it's chalky and dry. It also has a touch of bitterness about it. It's not the best aroma I've ever smelt but then it's a cleanser, not a perfume so I suppose it's not that important.
The product is quite messy to use. Firstly because you have to make it yourself and secondly because bits can crumble off and as it is black, it can make a mess. For these reasons, I tend to use the product in the shower because then all the bits go straight down the plughole and there is no clean up job. It's probably laziness but it safes me some time. The paste gets easier to make with practise.
The paste isn't smooth once it made and some parts with be watery while others will have lumpy bit of the product. It evens out a little once smoothed onto the face.
The product feels comfortable on my skin. You can feel the exfoliating parts as they feel quite gritty but it doesn't hurt my skin, as long as I don't go too hard when I am massaging it into my skin.
It is easy enough to rinse off and there is no staining from the blackness. My face feels clean and comfortable with no dry patches or flaky skin left. It mops up the oiliness without leaving my face feeling tight or uncomfortable. It hasn't caused any blemishes and although my skin still gets oily, it does keep it at bay for a while.
All in all, this product cleanses the skin deeply without stripping your face of its natural moisture. It leaves your skin feeling fresh and smooth, and free of oil for a bit longer that I would normally be. If you don't mind a bit of mess and you have oily skin, then this product is well worth buying.
I bought this cleanser in store for just under six pounds. It comes in a 100ml black pot which can be recycled. The cleanser is black in colour and smells rather pleasant. It resembles charcoal in it's appearance, but don't be put off, this stuff is great!
If you have a light coloured bathroom suite please be aware that this stuff goes EVERYWHERE. It is VERY messy, so be extra careful when using it. Take a small piece, mix with water and scrub your face with it. The cleanser is very scrubby and exfoliates well. It leaves your skin looking a little red after use but that's normal for a good exfoliator.
It is good for oily skin and skin that is prone to breakouts, like mine. My skin always feels great after using this stuff, very soft and smooth. It is easy to wash off and it doesn't leave any residue on your skin after use. One small pot lasts ages too as you only need to use it once or twice a week as an exfoliator. So it's not bad value, despite the intial expense.
A good facial exfoliator that is natural and cruelty free. A little messy, but it works wonders for spotty skin and it keeps excess sebum (oil) under control. My skin is a lot less spotty now and it GLOWS!!!
This Lush scrub came out in 2010 and I really wish I had some left! This is a squidgy facial scrub and it's ingredients are relly similar to one of the other scrubs Coalface.
Lush say: This is our soft black sugar scrub that feels oh-so-good when you rub it in and leaves your skin glowing. The velvety texture is sprinkled with black sugar and powdered charcoal to gently exfoliate and cleanse away excess oils. We add rhassoul mud and vitamin-rich cold pressed organic avocado oil to soften, moisturize and nourish skin, as well as sandalwood and rosewood oils to soothe giving you a feeling of smooth, clean freshness that is difficult to beat.
To use this product simply Dampen your face with warm water. Place a pea-sized chunk in the palm of your hand and add water to create a paste. Apply to your face using small, circular motions. This is really easy and soft to do this and works really well around the nose area to stop and get rid of blackheads, but make sure you rinse thoroughly otheriwse you might still have black patches on your face and you'd look silly, also this gets stuck really well under your nails and may prove to be more messy than useful.
The scrub itself come's in 100% recycled plastic that can also be ecycled just like all their other products, the smell is quite liquorice-ie and reminds me of sweets, but try not to lick your face like with the lip dip from Lush, because this however does not taste like the smell in the slightest. This is quite pastey and powdery on the top which is the sprinkled charcoal.
This is was created and is most suitable to oily skin, because this makes the oily skin dryer it might not be very good if you use and you already have dry skin, you might find yourself using more moisturizer than normal. I have conbination skin and I found this most effective on my cheeks. This doesn't have a long expiry date it is only about 3 months and if you was to use this I say use it at least 4 times a week to make sure you use it all up in time.
I don't think i'd go out of my way to buy this again as I've just been looking and can only find it on the American Lush website this in 3.5oz is $10.95 and at 8.8oz it's £26.95 a price I consider not worth paying for.
Well I use this roughly twice a week . I have very very oily and sensitive skin at the same time . weird combo right ? I was very skeptical as even the nice lady at Lush said this might be a bit too rough for my sensitve skin . So she kindly gave me a sample . I have big pores on my nose with blackheads too :( it sucks but oh well .... so to use this I put about a dime sized amount on my palm and worked it into a paste , which works up quite easy. and rubbed it into my skin then after. It smells like Liquorice (hope i spelt that right )lol . I then started scrubbing it into my face concentrating on my nose and chin because there my worst areas. and then i left it on for a minute or two before rinsing off . upon looking in the mirror I could see i had missed some parts while in the shower so had to re-wash my face . My skin was slightly red , which really did put me off at first. But later as it calmed down I could see my face was very fresh looking and just clean . The lady at lush said its quite good for removing blackheads on continual use and I have noticed my pores are not half as bad as they used to be. Overall I would say this is a great product, but not for dry skin definately :) It also has charcoal in it which is supposed to absorb all the ouil and impurities from your skin. I really do think it helps. I think it also lasts a long time because I got a rather generous sample from the lady at the Lovely lush and im still using it two months later :)
This is a facial cleanser for oily teenagery skin which like most lush products comes in a recycled plastic black pot with simple labels and a sticker telling you who made it. - if you return five of these pots you get a free face mask. And as with all Lush products it is made from completely natural ingredients.
Upon opening the pot you will see a black blob for want of a better word with a licorice smell, the main ingredients are Charcoal, Rhassoul mud, Sandalwood and Black sugar. The sugar ex foliates the face gently while the charcoal soaks up excess oil.
To use the product you break off a small piece (about the size of a 10p coin) and add a little water until you make a paste, then use to was your face rubbing in small circles. It will turn your face black while you use it so make sure you wash it off properly once your done. My mother once spotted some left behind my ears, oh dear.
This is a good product, I like the smell and the texture and it works well. You can feel the difference the first time you use it, but while I'm sure it would be great for oily skin with just a few spots it had no real affect on my acne.
This facial scrub is Lush's newest paste style facial scrub that is aimed at oily skin types. Though Dark Angels often compared to Angels on Bare Skin (Lush's other squidgy cleanser) it is actually similar in ingredients to my favourite solid facial bar Coalface.
Lush describe the scrub as suitable for 'young, dark and oily skin' and claim that: "Nutritious avocado oil softens your skin, glycerine keeps the moisture in and black sugar softly scrubs; rhassoul mud is anti-microbial and cleanses deeply, while sandalwood and rosewood essential oils are soothing, giving you a feeling of smooth, clean freshness that is difficult to beat." Well with such confident claims who wouldn't want to give it a go?
The facial scrub comes in 100g black tubs made from 100% recycled plastic. It basically looks like a black paste and on close inspection it is rather powdery in comparison to Angels on Bare Skin. A deep sniff of the scrub reveals the same scent as my beloved Coalface (liquorice and sandalwood). My nose can detect more of the sandalwood and I quite like this, it tempers the liquorice well and creates a pretty inoffensive scent.
HOW TO USE
Break off a small piece the size of a big pea, gently wet your face with hot water. Rub the scrub in circles around your face. Look in the mirror and laugh at how you look and then massage the scrub into your skin. Rinse carefully to make sure all of the charcoal is washed off. Be warned this stuff makes a mess! After washing off the scrub the scent of the facial scrub is soft and inoffensive and I can hardly smell the licorice.
Make sure you wash under your fingernails carefully- the scrub does tend to get everywhere. Dark Angels is brilliant used at the sides of your nose to prevent black heads and dry skin. Don't scrub too hard though otherwise you will end up with red skin. After using this scrub every week my skin is very clean and smooth. Unfortunately it is far messier than Coalface in use and I actually find it is better to use at the sink than in the shower. The scrub has a tendency to stick to glass and is a pain to clean.
Dark Angels is suitable for oily skin and maybe too harsh on skins that are already dry. I think it is a scrub version of Coalface, and as my skin isn't very oily I only use it once a week. Currently I alternate Ultrabland cleanser with Coalface every few weeks if my skin gets dry. Dark Angels is used on a Sunday or when skin feels oily.
I have combination skin, with an oily T zone and cheeks that can dry out. From my teens I suffered from odd stubborn spots -probably due to my hormones. Since using Coalface spots are a rarity and they heal up so fast I barely notice them. Dark Angels is like a deeper treatment and the exfoliation it offers is excellent at evening out my T Zone - especially the skin around the sides of my nose. I'm not sure I would recommend this to sensitive skin types as it is quite gritty.
This is where Dark Angels doesn't match Coalface. The 100g tub costs £5.25 and has an expiry date of approximately three months. If you have oily skin and will use it everyday it may get used up in time; providing better value. However as I am only using it once a week there is likely to be about half a tub left by the time it expires. In comparison a 100g bar of Coalface will last me a year, which at £4.15 is a good deal.
To get the most value out of Dark Angels I will use it on my neck too. Closer to the date of expiry I will also use it on my feet and legs as it exfoliates really well. I would not purchase Dark Angels again purely because of the short expiration date. It is a shame it does not come in smaller pots - a 50g tub would provide far better value.
Adapted from my article on www.the-green-diva.com
This product is designed for people like me, with oily spot prone skin. It is ideal for teenagers with troublesome skin.
I bought this because my friend was raving about Lush Coal face, but in my local Lush they didn't have any! So I bought this, supposedly a very similar product.
The ingredients are all very natural and therefore I was happy to use it.
It's quite an odd looking product; I wouldn't want to put it on my face if I didn't know what it was for! It is thick and chunky, but when you mix it with water it becomes a gritty black paste.
I really do love this product. Although at first it seems odd, I really enjoyed using it. It gently exfoliates your skin and leaves it feeling so soft and clean. It isn't harsh at all and is therefore suitable for everyday use. I found my skin really glowed after I'd used this but in a natural way, not in an oily way which i'd been used to!
This product is very difficult to use, however. It does create a mess with every use and you have to thouroughly clean your sink everytime otherwise you're left with a black residue that is difficult to get rid of. This also means you waste a lot of it, which is annoying as it isn't the cheapest product around. You have to be very precise when mixing it with water. Too much and your stuck with a watery grey mess that is good for nothing. Once you get how to do it it's fine, it just takes a little practice.
Also, it tends to get itself into your pores so aswell as rinsing it off, i'd reccomend using a toner or some sort of watery product (such as tea tree or witch hazel) to get rid of the final speks.
I love the way this makes my skin feel, and it is 100% worth the hassle it takes to use it.
As a hopeless Lush devotee for all things bathtime, I finally decided to give their skincare a try now I've finished the countless bottles of face products in my bathroom! I haven't been disappointed so far.
Dark Angels is more of a face scrub than a normal wash or cleanser. It comes in a 100g black recycled plastic pot (which should be recycled again! once you have 5 empty black pots of any kind they can be returned to Lush for a free face mask)
The pot cost about £5, and although it is small it certainly lasts a very long time!!! The reason for this is that the Dark Angels comes as a crumbly, type of dry dough that you mix with water before use.
It contains charcoal, black sugar and rassoul mud to cleanse, get rid of dry skin, reduce oil and draw out impurities. This makes it great for oily skin, but equally useful for dry skin types to remove flakes.
Directions for use are stated on the product lid- you mix a small amount in your hand (about 5p size) with water into a paste, then scrub your face to your hearts content. Though mind your eyes obviously, I can't imagine it would feel nice if you got some in the eye.
My first impression after applying the paste was to laugh out loud, as it is very black and leaves you with a very black face! It's all worth it though as I find it scrubs and cleans without scratching and leaves a very clean feeling.
Washing off is a bit off a nightmare though, because it is so dark- takes a few rinses until it's all gone. The smell is also a little strange, but you get used to it, and it doesn't overpower you.
I only use this twice a week, being that it is a scrub, and daily use would surely be to harsh on the skin. I've used it for about two weeks, with Herbalism as a daily cleanser, and my skin looks great- very smooth and no dry flakes.
Really loving this product right now- my number one tip would be to check the expiration date sticker on your pot! Even using it daily it would take months to use up the pot, and mine is due to expire next month! That's really my only complaint- I'm not sure if using it past the date is really that bad as it isn't a liquid or cream, but if this is something that bothers you or really effects the product, you are essentially throwing away up to 2/3rds of the pot or more once the expiration date comes round.
I might try using it as a body scrub to use it up if needs be!
Finding a good cleanser was always something I've had trouble with. I got a tub of Dark Angels free from Lush in a 'Spent £20 and get something free offer'. It usually costs £5.25 for a 100g pit, which I find quite expensive.
The cleanser comes in one of Lush's black pots. Once you have 5 empty ones, if you take them into a Lush store you can trade them in to be recycled and be given a free Fresh Face Mask.
The Cleanser is a dry-ish paste, and you use it by taking a pea sized amount and mixing it will a small amount of water on your palm, to create a paste. You then rub this in circular movements on to your face, then rinse.
The Cleanser contains charcoal, which absorbs oils and exfoliates your skin, so it's great if you have oily skin. It's best to use Dark Angels no more than twice a week, unless you have extremely dry skin, otherwise it will start to dry it out and over-exfoliate it.
After I've used this cleanser my skin feels very clean and fresh, the exfoliation leaves it really soft. I would advise moisturising after to make sure that the exfoliating doesn't leave your too dry.
Dark Angels contains:
Rhassoul Mud, Organic Cold-Pressed Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima), Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal, Black Sugar, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Perfume, *Linalool, Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora) (*Occurs naturally in essential oils)
I really liked this cleanser, but it loses a star because it is so expensive and can also be too harsh for some.
I am a 24 year old female who has normal skin but due to having a solid fringe my forehead often gets oily. I bought this product to use twice a week to work alongside Lush's Angels on Bare Skin facial exfoliator. The black colour and liquorice smell may put you off but the benefits far outweigh this. Take a pea size blob of this product (no larger than a 50p piece) and dampen slightly and rub all over your face in a circular motion so your whole face is covered and massaged at the same time. It is very gentle and exfoliates whilst controlling the amount of oil that is on your skin. I would recommend this be used twice a week for normal to oily skin so you don't dry your skin out unnecessarily. You can wash off immediately but make sure it is thoroughly washed off, but I like to leave on for a minute or so. It is full of natural ingredients and is suitable for vegetarians and has not been tested on animals. Perfect product to remove oil from skin and leave it fresh and well cleansed. One pot lasts me around 6-8 months.
I got this free for spending £15 instore and was so pleased as it was an item I desperately wanted to try.
Dark Angels is recommended for young and oily skin and contains charcoal and licorice amongst other things to cleanse your skin and absorb the extra oils. The scent was a little offputting for me at first but now I've grown to really like it. I also found it very messy to use at first, you take a little piece of it and mix it with water in your palm before spreading it on your skin and massaging it in. I put it on before getting in the shower and leave it for a few minutes like a face mask then scrub it all off under the hot water. That way I don't leave a black residue all over the white sink because it is quite awkward to remove it all!
I have very oily skin and although Lush recommends using it 1 or 2 times a week I use it every other day to try and keep the shine at bay which works really well.
I had tried Coalface before this which brought me out in lots of spots but this is fantastic for clearing up break-outs which is strange as they have a lot of similar ingredients. Definitely a must-have for oily or spot-prone skin but for normal skin I wouldn't recommend using it more than once a week as it's very drying. The Sales Assistant recommended applying a moisturiser after use to seal in the skin's essential moisture. I also use their Tea Tree Toner to make sure I get off all the cleanser, otherwise my skin looks a little greyish and dull. Definitely only use very warm water to take this off as cold water seems to make it stick to your skin and it takes forever to scrub off!
You get quite a large pot of this for the money and as you only need a penny sized amount each time it lasts for absolutely ages so works out very good value in my opinion. It can be bought online or instore but if you go instore you can ask for advise on how to use it and they can recommend other products to complement it for your skin type. Also, remember to keep your black pot when it's done (take 5 back for recycling and you get to pick a free fresh face mask)