“ Brand: Lush / Type: Cleanser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, „
I love Lush. I just cannot (and will not) stop singing the praises of this lovely place. And here I go again. Draught of immortality is the ultimate in Lush facial cleansers. Its good for the pocket and the skin! So here’s the low-down on my all-time favourite Lush product. Draught of Immortality is a cleanser/moisturiser and is often marketed by Lush as being perfect for students. There are a couple of reasons for this. First of all it is made for younger and slightly oilier skins. Now, unlike the usual stuff made for oily skins, Draught of Immortality doesn’t burn half the skin on your face off. Often the cleansers made for oily skins tend to be very astringent, and sting like hell when you put them on your face. Its not only sensitive skins like mine, which have this problem. Even the ‘sensitive skin’ versions (like Clean and Clear’s one) can be pretty darn painful. And as all the beauty magazines tell us, it isn’t very helpful to use creams on oily skin because they are oil based themselves and you end up with skin resembling a reservoir. But not Draught of Immortality. It is cream based AND great for oily skin, but at the same time it makes your skin as smooth as a baby’s bum. Another reason Draught of Immortality is marketed for students is because of the general handiness and price of the thing. As we all know (and unfortunately for me) students are not the richest people on earth and those damn Visa cards keep taunting us in all their credit-cardy glory. Yes this is how we end up with thousands of pounds worth of loans to pay off. We’re trying to look after ourselves and shed the scruffy image of students everywhere. OK, that’s a blatant lie. Back to the price. A 100g bottle of Draught of Immortality costs £3.95 and a 250g bottle costs £6.55. This sounds a lot on paper (or computer screen) but even the little bottle lasts a while- you only need a tiny blob. And buying this means you don’t
need a separate moisturiser, which saves on some cashola too. And last of all, Draught of Immortality is great for people who are always late for work/uni/college/school etc. Officially you are supposed to slap it on, rub it in and then take it off with cotton wool, follow up with a toner and then use again as a moisturiser, but if you’re in a hurry just do the first bit and you’ll still be cleansed and moisturised. Even someone with an intense hangover can do it (yeah, I’ve tried a few times). The ingredients list reads as follows- Carnation water- this is the astringent stuff which freshens and cleans without stinging. Linseed gel- I think this is what gives it that lotion smell. Jojoba oil Cocoa Butter- cocoa butter is the stuff that makes your skin gorgeous and soft. It is often used in body moisturising creams. Glycerine- Non animal of course. A binding agent. Stearic Cetearyl Alcohol (wax) Propylparaben, Acid (vegetable based emulsifier) Triethanolamine Saffron infusion. Draught of Immortality isn’t really much to look at. It’s thick, gloopy (note my colourful use of the English language) creamy-yellow stuff packaged in a fairly unexciting clear plastic bottle with the usual Lush label, which states that this stuff will “Bring your skin back to life with botanic gels”. It also has an odd smell, like that stuff that people put on chicken pox- not particularly nasty, its really kind of nostalgic (if you want to be reminded of having chicken pox). And here is the strange part; according to a ‘friend’ of mine, it makes my face taste nice and sweet. Next thing you know he’ll be eating the stuff out of the damn bottle. On to the most important part- how good it at what it’s supposed to do? The answer is a resounding ‘bloody brilliant’. Before I discovered Lush I was forced to use those nasty, stingy astringent t
ype facial cleansers, and they made my skin all dry and very rough. And they taste and smell gross. I know they taste bad because they’re usually pure liquid and they dribble off the cotton wool and all down your face and clothes. Or is that my fault? I’m not at my best in the morning. Then I saw Lush one day (well actually I smelt it first- the place has a very strong odour), and I discovered Draught of Immortality, which changed my skin forever! Even after one application, I could feel that my skin was a lot softer and beginning to smooth out, and after a few weeks of the Lush treatment, my skin was not only less oily and blemished, but soft and smooth too! A resounding ten out of ten in softability terms. If you buy some Japanese Washing Grains from the Body Shop and mix some in with a blob of draught of immortality it makes you softer still! And use tea tree water (also from Lush) as your cleanser and you’ll have a yummy and soft but still oil-free face! Draught of immortality is suitable for vegans and the majority of the ingredients are natural. Once again Lush have come up with another top product. I thoroughly recommend it as an alternative to astringents. Perfect for skint students and oily faces, and of course has the added advantage of making you taste great!
Anybody that has read my opinions will know that I am a great fan of the products from the Lush shops. Now that I am getting older (and sadder) my wife keeps telling me that I should be looking after my skin more, before it goes all hard and wrinkly. I think that traditionally men are not used looking after their skin or using creams to look after their faces. So having accepted the idea that I should try a cream it really had to be the Lush shop that I went to in order to find a good product. I had looked at the Draught of Immortality before, but at £6.55 for a 250g bottle it did seem a bit dear for a product that I had not previously tried. But on my latest visit to the shop I was very pleasantly surprised to find that this product is now sold in a 100g bottle. (£3.95) This cleanser and moisturiser is bright yellow in colour and has a very pleasant light aroma of cocoa butter. When you apply it to your face it is not oily and easily rubs in without leaving any stickiness or tightness. After over 40 years of not really looking after my skin I was not expecting any miracles, but I have been quite impressed by the improvements that I have already noticed after a couple of weeks. As this was my wife’s idea I have persuaded her to apply the moisturiser for me (because as a typical man I was getting it in my eyes, up my nose, and missing bits!) I have been doing this about every second day and I can now highly recommend this product. Perhaps I should have started this years ago. Certainly I will be buying the larger bottle on my next visit to the Lush shop and I will be continuing to use this moisturiser. At this rate it will not be long before I look 21 again!