“ Brand: Lush / Texture: Cream / Type: Face Cream / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for all types „
I am a huge fan of Lush and nearly everything they sell is fantastic. One of the things that they sell that I'm not so keen on is their range of facial moisturisers. Their body moisturisers are nearly all great but with the facial ones I have never really had much luck with them.
The Enzymion facial moisturiser is made for oily skin and has ingredients which sound like they wold be lovely on my skin such as lemons, aloe vera, papaya, avocado oil and cocoa butter but my skin didn't really get on very well with this particular moisturiser.
I have oily skin which can get worse during my time of the month and when I'm stressed so I was hopeful that this would be light enough to stop my face getting greasy looking but rich enough that it would still moisturise it and leave it feeling soft and smooth.
I just didn't feel like this was good enough for oily skin. My skin never really felt like it was particularly matt while using this and I still got a lot of shine and grease at the end of the day. It actually felt a little rich for oily skin and it actually gave me spots while wearing it.
The one good thing about this is that it did soothe the dry bits of skin that I have but it's just a shame that it also left the other areas of skin still looking so greasy and shiny.
I wasn't a fan of the consistency either as it was really runny in comparison with the other moisturisers from lush that I've used. If it had come in a bottle I wouldn't really have minded this so much but being in the plastic tub it made it a little awkward to use.
It did smell absolutely gorgeous though and was lovely and lemony which was subtle but I could smell it coming from my skin for a few hours and I always found it to be a lovely clean and refreshing smell.
It is a shame that this is getting such a low score from me as I really wanted to like it but unfortunately on my skin it just didn't work and actually ended up making my skin more greasy than when I started.
This was one of the first products that I bought from Lush. I told the store assistant in Lush that I wanted something for oily skin and she recommend this.
The moisturiser comes in one of the standard Lush 45g pots. The pot has a screw on lid that secures the lid so that none of the product leaks out. This is a good thing as this moisturiser is VERY thin with a watery consistency. The best thing about the moisturiser is that it smells nice. I would describe the smell as quite fresh and fruity.
The moisturiser is easy to apply. I applied it with my fingertips and worked it into my skin. After five minutes my face still felt very wet but I thought i'd give it another half an hour or so to fully soak into my skin. Unfortunately this moisturiser doesn't actually soak into your skin, instead it just sits on top of the skin, making your facial skin appear shiny and more oily than ever. I was left feeling very frustrated. I was told that this is one of the best moisturisers for oily skin but it isn't!!!! My skin felt sticky and tacky all day after using this and it also clogs the pores. I gave the remainder of the pot away to a friend and she rang me a few days later to tell me she had a serious breakout of spots. Oh dear! I contacted Lush who told me to send the rest of the pot back to them and they sent me and my friend some free products to compensate for the bad experience that we had with the product.
I wouldn't recommend this, it's terrible! Unless you WANT oily and spotty skin... No? I thought not!
Having oily skin can be a nightmare. Your face never feels completely clean and if you wash your face too many times in a day, it causes your skin to produce more oils. No matter how much powder you apply, your face still looks greasy within a few hours again. Oily skin causes spots which is bad enough when you are a teenagers but totally unnecessary when you are a grown women.
Oily skin is caused when your sebaceous glands are overactive and they produce more oil than your skin actually needs. Grease oozes out of your enlarged pores and blackheads can be more prominent. The only advantage for us ladies with this nightmarish skin type is that apparently we will age slower because our skin never has the change to get dry!
At 28, I decided enough was enough and I went on a search to find something to help with my skin's situation. Having always been prone to spots, I am always anxious about putting new products on my face. I have been using Simple for years, just because it was fairly pure and moisturised my skin.
After explaining my dilemma to a lady in Lush, she recommended that I should try Enzymion. I should probably tell you now that this story does not have a happy ending. It is a brightening facial moisturiser which comes in a black tub and she told me that it would dry up my oily skin making it matte yet radiant. This cream is especially made for oily skin like mine and also helps to dry up and reduce the appearance of blemishes.
How does it work? Emzymion targets these oils which make your skin shiny and prone to spots, making the oils disappear. The cream contains Papaya which is an antioxidant and is enriched with enzymes which help to heal skin problems such as acne. The enzymes also act as a gentle exfoliant to soften and smooth the skin. The fruit has rejuvenating and restorative qualities which help to prevent any premature aging and reduces the wrinkles that you may already have, leaving the skin looking younger for longer. The Papaya also gives your skin nourishment as it contains Vitamin A and C. Because of these vitamins, the face cream encourages the formation of healthy new skin cells and promotes more elasticity.
The Organic Aloe Vera within the cream is there to absorb those pesky oils in a natural way. This ingredient also nourishes the skin with Vitamin E and C which helps to prevent premature aging. It has a calming effect on the skin, soothing dryness and any inflammation. It also helps to restore your skin's beauty by breaking down and digesting dead skin cells leaving you with a glowing complexion. The Aloe Vera is also there to provide a deep moisturisation and to strengthen and protect your skin. Finally the plant has great healing qualities on a whole host of skin problems including acne and eczema.
A splash of lemon juice also helps to clear acne by drying up pimples and causing the angry redness of them to fade. It also acts as a toner and tightens the pores. Also included in the mixture is lime oil, sweet grapefruit juice and tangerine juice which all add a refreshing blast to the cream and also help to tone the skin and tighten the pores.
Finally, added into the mixture is some organic butters, including Cocoa butter, which gives your skin a light but essential moisturisation to make sure your skin stays hydrated, soft and smooth.
The product will cost you £12 for 45 grams of this cream. It's expensive but well worth it if it helps you with your skin problems. It can be bought from your local Lush store or from its online website. As Lush makes its products using natural ingredients, they do come with an expiry date so you can't stretch out the life of the cream. You can rest assured that none of their products or the ingredients within them will have been tested on animals.
The consistency of this cream is thin and quite like liquid which is unusual for a facial moisturiser. If you don't use too much, then it will be easily absorbed into the skin. The scent of the cream is citrus fresh and fruity but subtle.
The product did help my skin to become more toned. My face feels tighter, in a good way and my pores appear smaller. I've noticed fewer black heads and the spots that I did already have were dried up by this product.
But that is where the good news ends. My skin is no less oily than it was before and this cream certainly has not given me a matt complexion. I also still get spots, perhaps more and there has been no no miraculous change in the condition of my skin. I find the idea of putting Cocoa butter in a face cream weird too. I must say that I was disappointed with the results after all the hype and the ingredients that it contained.
I gave the product to my mother but it wasn't moisturising enough for her skin. Emzymion is now in the bin and I'm back onto Simple. But the search for a solution continues...
Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion (Citrus limonum), Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Stearic Acid, Freshly Juiced Papaya (Carica papaya), Organic Cold Pressed Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima), Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Freshly Juiced Organic Lemon (Citrus limonum), Organic Cold Pressed Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis), Organic Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare), Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Cetearyl Alcohol, *Limonene, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
I found the website a bit misleading with this product, it stated it was for dull or oily skin- to me this suggests combination but when I recieved it the packet says 'for oily skin'.
The texture of the cream on your skin is a bit too claggy and feels as though you have a layer of something sat on your skin, not many points for absorbance.
The product smells, I cant pin point the exact smell as sometimes I think it smells like popcorn, other times it smells of wet dog. Usually somewhere in between these smells.
As for spots and oilyness its made the dryer parts of my skin spotty and kind of oily.
A plus side of this product is its part of the lush offer *bring back 5 black pots and get a Fresh Face Mask free* although its so expensive I'm forcing myself to use it just so it wasn't a total waste.
45g = £11.74
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
I have had a lot of trouble finding a moisturiser which is suitable for my super sensitive skin so when I noticed that Lush do moisturisers I though surely one of theirs would be suitable for me as they are all nice and natural.
I have worked my way through a few moisturisers from Lush now and there have been many disasters along the way, the worst being when I used Enzymion.
I purchased my tub of Enzymion when I was quite new to Lush and I daftly did not check what sort of skin type it was intended for, nor its ingredients and for this I paid dearly.
Enzymion is in a little black screw top tub which contains 45g of moisturiser. On the tub is the ingredients list, some information about the product and a little round sticker with details of when it was made and by who along with a picture of its maker and a use by date. The price of Enzymion is £12 making it one of the more affordable moisturisers from Lush.
Enzymion is a little off white in colour and is not thick and creamy like many moisturisers but quite watery looking and thin in consistency. This moisturiser is meant to absorb oil and as my forehead was feeling a bit oily I though this would be good, how wrong I was.
I cleansed and toned my face and then began to apply the moisturiser. The thinness of the moisturiser made it easy to apply and spread, it also sinks into the skin very quickly leaving very little sticky residue which I have found to be annoying in other moisturisers - it did not leave my skin looking shiny, I really do not like it when my face feels like it has a layer over it, I like moisturiser to absorb into my skin and disappear.
It was not long before my face began to burn and feel sore, I started scratching at it furiously and rubbing at my face, I tried to stick it out thinking that my skin just needed to get used to moisturiser as I had not used any for so long, but no, eventually I just had to wash it off.
I was dismayed to find that there was little relief in washing off the moisturiser because my skin was red raw and burning still and had patches which were raised. After several hours my skin was still amazingly sore and red and was a messy mix of a raised rah and dry patches, I was horrified and feeling very sorry for myself and annoyed that I had not checked the ingredients.
The ingredients in Enzymion as given on the Lush website are -
Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion (Citrus limonum)
Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis)
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)
Freshly Juiced Papaya (Carica papaya)
Cold Pressed Organic Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima)
Freshly Juiced Organic Lemon (Citrus limonum)
Cold Pressed Organic Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis)
Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare)
Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata)
Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia)
Taking a look at the ingredients made me see that this really was not the moisturiser for me (well that and the fact that my face looked like something from a horror movie!). The acidic contents such as lemon and lime are really not suitable for sensitive skin.
For the next 8 days my skin felt irritable and tight. The first 4 or 5 days after using Enzymion my skin looked red raw with patched which were very dry, other patches were spotty and my whole face just felt like it was on fire, so I hardly left the house as on the few times I did I felt everyone was looking at me and thinking how awful I looked. I applied calamine lotion to try and soothe it a little, it worked a bit but I was still very uncomfortable.
I have definitely learnt that in future I will need to check ingredients thoroughly and it may be best with me to consult with an assistant in Lush before using facial care products to try and avoid this happening again.
Obviously I can't recommend this product, I was pleased with how light it felt and how easily it was absorbed after the initial application but that's where its plus points end, someone with normal skin may find this suitable. This is meant for oily skin, and my forehead was oily and with all the irritation on the rest of my face, my forehead actually looked okay, so it seemed to work there, but on the rest of my face where excess oil was not a problem it dried my skin out badly.
Perfect / This brightening moisturiser makes oily skin matte and dull skin radiant / Wholesome ingredients of fresh papaya, soothing aloe vera, infused fresh lemons plus sweet grapefruit and limes oils, refresh and tone your face while keeping the skin supple and moisturised /