Product Type: Lush body care
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Lush Dark Angels Cleanser
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Lush Dark Angels Cleanser
Advantages: Lovely fresh cleanser, helps to reduce oil and shine
Disadvantages: Can be drying in winter
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.
Summary: Fresh cleanser from Lush, designed for oilier skins