“ Brand: Lush / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / What it does: Moisturizes, „
My lovely husband knows that a Lush gift box always goes down a treat with me, and the latest one I was lucky enough to receive included a little sample tin of this Gorgeous moisturiser. As I am only reviewing a sample, I will just review the product itself rather than the packaging etc...
So this moisturiser is a very buttery, quite thick but very smooth cream. The smell is a bit nondescript and not entirely pleasant (its a bit, well, generically soapy), and I must admit that I was disappointed. I know Lush is all natural stuff, but one of the reasons I love their other products is the smells and I don't see a reason why they haven't made this smell a bit nicer! And with a moisturiser I prefer a subtle waft of something pretty to start the day with :-)
It applies incredibly well, and you don't need very much at all as it sort of melts on your fingers. The other downside for this cream is that upon initial application, it feels slightly greasy. However within a few minutes it absorbs very well and the greasiness is gone, leaving a velvety smooth feel. This cream sinks right down through the skin (well, at least it feels that way) and is amazingly nourishing. If allowed to absorb, this is also a fantastic base under foundation as it is so smooth. I have quite sensitive skin, and didn't experience any adverse reaction to this product which is great. What I love about this cream is that it seems to give the moisturising effect of a heavy cream, but the product itself is quite lightweight and absorbs rapidly - Its just perfect!
I've just looked the product up on the Lush website out of curiosity, only to find that the full price is £39.50 for just 45g!! This is so surprising given that Lush is normally great value for money, but this price is just way too much for their position in the market in my opinion. That being said, this moisturiser really is lovely and if I had a flush month I possibly might buy it. However, the sample size is 10g so its possibly better value for money to buy the gift boxes containing the sample...
But this cream is amazing, and I can't wait til I can afford to buy it, or am lucky enough to get another sample!
As you will know if you regularly read my reviews, I am gradually working my way through all of Lush's products. Now they are best known for their soaps and bath products, but they also have quite a considerable skincare range including a number of moisturisers at varying prices. All of the moisturisers are more pricey than those you would buy from the shelves at Boots, but Gorgeous really takes the biscuit - a 45g tub costs £37.50! I wanted to try it, but wasn't prepared to pay this price.
Luckily, Lush make a gift set called Hello Gorgeous which contains a trial-size tub of this moisturiser. I decided to purchase this, as I fancied the other items in the set too, and at the time I bought it Lush were still putting the 10% off vouchers in them. This review will cover my experience of using this trial-size tin.
***Why so pricey?!***
According to the Lush website, Gorgeous started out as a high-end face cream made by the Jo Malone brand for Princess Diana. Someone from Lush bought the rights to it and it was revamped and reformulated by the Lush inventors. They took the opportunity to return the cream to its former glory without being held back by the price.
Gorgeous contains cold-pressed plant oils (being cold-pressed ensures the ingredients are extracted without damaging their properties). Fresh pineapple juice, organic lemon and orange juice, orange blossom honey water, neroli essential oil, orange flower absolute and myrrh are blended gently throughout a cream made from organic extra virgin olive oil, evening primrose oil, avocado oil and extra virgin coconut oil. The result is a light, loose emulsion that is designed to sink into the skin easily while being rich enough to soften and moisturise the face. I must admit that this combination of ingredients does sound 'gorgeous'! The product does contain preservatives such as stearic acid and parabens, but the minimum amount possible is used, and the product is made fresh in small batches. Sadly the product is not suitable for vegans, though like all Lush products it is suitable for vegetarians.
***My impression of Gorgeous***
I thought the moisturiser smelled lovely. I couldn't quite put my finger on the scent but it was slightly citrusy and rather floral. It was white in colour and felt light to the touch, though it wasn't runny.
The moisturiser was very easy to apply to the skin. I only needed to use a very small amount, so my small sample pot lasted a couple of weeks even though I was using it twice a day. The cream sank in like a dream and provided an excellent base for makeup as it evened out my skin prior to application and left no particularly dry or oily areas.
I experienced no skin irritation whatsoever with this product, which pleasantly surprised me as it is very highly scented. Using the moisturiser felt very luxurious and I felt like I was giving my skin a real treat each morning and night, which is a positive in itself as I felt my mood improved!
***The effect on my skin***
Unfortunately I was slightly disappointed with the effect this moisturiser had on my skin throughout the day. There was still no skin irritation, and the effect wasn't exactly negative - it just wasn't as positive as I'd hoped. My skin is combination with slightly dry cheeks and an oilier nose, forehead and chin, and as the day wore on I saw that the moisturiser wasn't really doing much to control either aspect. My cheeks were a bit dry and my nose was still a bit shiny. My skin looked no worse than when I use my normal moisturiser, but if I was paying this price I would expect no dryness and I would also hope that my shine would be controlled to a much greater extent.
Though it smells and feels beautiful, Gorgeous isn't a moisturiser I'm going to rush out and purchase. The effect on my skin was a bit disappointing for such a high price. I would rather stick to a cheaper moisturiser designed for my skin type and in fact Lush's Imperialis moisturiser, which is less than half the price of Gorgeous, worked much better on my skin, helping to reduce oil and shine. Gorgeous may be better for those who have relatively normal skin to start with, but then if that's the case surely you could get away with a cheaper moisturiser anyway?
If you do fancy trying Gorgeous, I recommend doing as I did and purchasing the Hello Gorgeous gift set in order to obtain the sample pot first. If you decide after this that Gorgeous is the moisturiser for you, you can use the sample pot to get £1 off the full-size black pot. Alternatively, have a chat to a member of Lush staff in-store - they are normally pretty good about giving out samples, and are likely to be sympathetic to someone not wanting to pay out £37.50 for a moisturiser they haven't tried.
I bought a 10g tin of this from an auction site as I wanted to try it before I bought it as it is rather expensive!
Gorgeous smells lovely. It has a beautiful floral scent and it's made from 100% natural ingredients. It's made with soothing butters and invigorating essential oils. It's a great moisturiser that's suitable for ALL skin types. The moisturiser itself is white in colour and quite creamy in consistency. The smell of the moisturiser is nice and not overpowering. It's great for mature skin too as it is said to be anti ageing.
Gorgeous sinks into your skin almost straight away and it doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky and/ or tacky. Gorgeous doesn't leave a residue on your skin after use and the lovely floral smell lingers on your skin after use aswell, which is a nice bonus. Gorgeous can be used under make-up. I apply it after cleansing and before putting on my make-up. It makes a lovely make-up base and it's easy to remove at the end of the day. It works well with make-up and it doesn't make your foundation look caked on.
Your skin doesn't feel greasy with this moisturiser and it doesn't clog the pores. It doesn't cause spots and it doesn't irritate the skin. I find this cream to be moisturising, soothing, calming and pleasant to use. It's around £36 a pot so my advice would be to ask for a sample first, before you part with your pennies!
I would recommend this cream though. It is simply GORGEOUS.
A beautiful moisturiser from Lush.
Lush "Gorgeous" face cream
As a great fan of all things Lush I find it very hard to walk past their shop without going in This does mean that I buy an awful lot of their stuff but not only do I buy products but I also always ask for at least one sample as well and sometimes I get two or three depending on who is talking to me. I find if I spend some time chatting to the staff and they now know me quite well so I always do rather well in the sample line.
I h had my eye on trying this really expensive face cream called 'Gorgeous'. Now Lush is never a cheap option but this is really expensive at £35 for a tiny pot with only 45g of the stuff in it. I have actually managed to get at least four samples of this over the last couple of years and find the sample pot is enough for a mini pot to take away on holiday and is an added bonus of having something rather luxurious to use while away from home.
Lush take pride in the fact that they do not have over packaged stuff and this cream comes in one of their standard black pots. The ingredients are printed on the label and of course there is the little sticker to say when it was made and who made it. The lids on these pots are really good as they fit securely yet they are easy to get off. I often take these travelling and have never had one spill on my clothes or I the toilet bag as some things do.
I do like the way Lush describe their products and the way they tell you how to use them. They are friendly and normal not stuffy and up themselves. On this one we have these instructions: Pat onto your face and gently work into skin using upwards strokes. No extra fussing they just tell you what works best and simply put.
IS THIS WORTH THE £35?
Well as those of you who buy any decent face creams know they are all pretty expensive. When you buy from Lush what you don't get is celebrity promotions, fancy adverts and expensive packaging. What Lush put in their creams is all good natural stuff which research has shown work effectively to feed your skin.
Apparently the story that is behind this cream is that years ago the posh company,Jo Malone, made a cream specially for Princess Dianna and she loved it. Someone connected with that company and Lush bought the rights to the recipe he asked the Lush founders if they could have a go at the formula.
The miracle workers at Lush managed to recreate the cream and see where it could be improved. Lush now hold the rights to the formula and are making this cream created for royalty and making it for their customers to enjoy the benefits. It is expensive but when you compare it to other creams on the market it is not quite so bad.
WHAT IS IN THIS TO JUSIFY THE PRICE?
Included in this gorgeous cream is extra Virgin Coconut Oil which is very hydrating and full of nice things to soothe and keep the skin moist.
The lovely smelling Orange Blossom Honey Water works well for creams such as this with few preservatives as it contains natural antiseptic properties. The honey helps to sooth and soften the skin and it also has antioxidants which help combat the nasty things you pick up from the environment and of course it smells 'gorgeous'.
Two other fruity ingredients have been included and these are fresh pineapple juice which is supposed to help revive tires skin while the fresh orange juice also has antioxidants to help fight the nasties in the environment which are known as free radicals.
Avocado oil has been found to help the skin to naturally increase collagen production. Collagen is the ingredient in skin which makes your skin tighter and younger looking so this is pretty important in a skin cream.
Evening Primrose oil is well known as a dietary supplement to help with menopause as well as skin and nail problems. When this oil is used on dry, itchy skin such as eczema and psoriasis it has been found to be very effective. It is also very good at helping the skin retain its moisture.
Organic olive oil has been said to help with some cancers and is good to help reduce cholesterol. The oil is rich in vitamin E and other goodies which benefit the skin and help the ant aging process. It also contains powerful antoxidants, some say it is THE best antioxidant.
Wheat germ oil is another of the ingredients in this 'gorgeous' cream and is included because the oleic and linoleic fatty acids which are soothing for skin (and conditioning for hair? It also helps to maintain water in the skin tissue when applied to the skin.
Grape seed oil is quite a light oil with very little smell. This oil contains goodies which are easily absorbed by our skin without leaving it greasy. This oil is very beneficial for damaged skin as it helps the skin repair itself; it is meant to be good at repairing things like stretch marks and is good for the area around the eyes where skin is very soft and delicate.
Fresh Organic Lemon Juice is not only there for its lovely citrus scent but also it is a natural antiseptic and astringent so helps combat excessive oil in the skin.
These last few ingredients are there for their wonderful scent combinations These are orange flower absolute, neroli Oil and myrrh resin all of which are ingredients found in perfumes. The smell of this cream is mildly fruity but at the same time subtly exotic which comes from the depth of scent from the myrrh.
All the ingredients are the best quality you can get and each has a specific ally beneficial role to play within the cream. It is just such a perfect skin repair recipe with the added bonus of having a lovely light scent.
I just love this one and if I had endless funds I wouldn't hesitate to but this and use it daily. It feels rich but at the same time is light and sinks into my skin really nicely. After applying this I can smell the lovely fresh scent and my skin feels well fed, not tight at all but I also don't have a layer of greasiness which I sometimes get from some face creams.
I love the fact that my skin feels soft and smells nice too. My skin looks healthy and bright. It isn't a miracle worker and I do still have lines and wrinkles which I will have to put up with as I am willing to apply creams but not willing to go under the knife in order to be wrinkle free.
Sadly as this is quite a costly product I can't always justify the cost and so I do use other creams, usually those from Lush which are about half the price of this one.
I can't say that I look years younger from using this but I do think I have slowed the process of aging down and hopefully put the brakes on the wrinkles and lines growing any worse. Some do seem to be less deep than they were but it is hard to say whether it is this one cream or a combination of my skin care routine as a whole.
I do realize that there is a limit to what a cream can do even one as 'gorgeous' as this however I think this is a much more natural and beneficial product than others I have bought in the past and paid a lot more for too.
I love the slightly floral and citrus but luxuriously subtle scent that comes from my face when I use this cream. I love the easy way it glides onto my face and the way my face feels when I use it. All in all I think this is fabulous and worth the money but find it hard to justify spending that much on myself sometimes.
If money was no object I would buy pots of this stuff but I do have to be careful and not waste money so as this is expensive at £35.00 per 45g pot I don't buy it regularly. I often ask for samples which usually give me a good week's use if I am careful. I have manged to buy a pot on Ebay once which was a great bargain. I have yet to buy a full priced pot myself and will ask for another sample next time I go in to keep me going for a bit. l. It is worth the money but £35 is a lot of money to hand over despite the fact that it is a really lovely scented moisturising cream for all face types as it balances its benefits according to your skin type.
Don't forget to keep the standard black pot it comes in as when you have five of these you can swap it for a free face pack.
In short it is pricey but good.. Sometimes we ladies need a bit of luxury and this rather special royal recipe is exactly that - "GORGEOUS" and very special.
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What is Lush?
Lush was formerly known as 'Cosmetics to Go' and quite appropriately changed its named which I think suite it best because the only way to describe their products is they smell and look 'lush'. All the products are vegetarian and a lot are vegan. Nothing is tested on animals and they make sure every ingredient is sourced from companies that also do not test on animals. They support many charities and often do limited edition items to gain money for charities or campaigns. They make a lot of 'naked' products, which come with no packaging. Their bags, wrapping and even the stuff that comes in the boxes to protect gift sets are all made from recycled items and can be put in a composter or recycled. They are very much an ethically aware company.
What are Lush Moisturisers?
Plain and simply they are a range of facial moisturisers designed for specific skin types eg, normal, oily, spotty, mature etc. Some have spf protection for those with fair skin, going on holiday or those who want to protect their skin from harmful sun rays. If you are unsure what skin type you have, or if you have combination skin, eg, oily forhead but normal everywhere else, I would recommend asking one of the helpful shop assistants.
I have very fair skin which on the whole is normal. I sometimes get an oily forehead as I have a thick full fringe and occasionally get a small dry patch if I have been swimming a lot. I was recommended Gorgeous by the shop assistant and have since used 3 pots as I love it.
What is Gorgeous?
Gorgeous is a facial moisturiser filled with the most gorgeous ingredients I have ever heard of in one pot! It is suitable for all skin types as it is so light and care free. It is a comination of 6 key organic oils and butters and fresh fruits which absorb into your skin so easily, it is beautiful!
One pot costs £35 and weighs 45g. It may seem very expensive but if you read the full ingredients list from www.lush.co.uk you will see that your paying for the high quality ingredients rather than buying a standard shop bought moisturiser where 90% of the cost is for fancy packaging. Lush use plain black pots so the money can be spent on the best ingreidents to make the products stand out from every other on the market.
Plus you only need a small blob for your whole face as it goes a long way and absorbs in so easily. One pot will easy last 6 months used once a day. Then when your finished with your pot, wash it out and save it until you have 5 (can be from any lush product) and swap it for a free fresh face mask worth £4.95 !
What makes Gorgeous so special?
Orange Blossom Honey Water is perfect for low preservative products such as Gorgeous but it also has antiseptic properties which help repair the skin, soothing properties from the Honey to give you soft skin, it contains antioxidants and also retains its fabulous fragrance.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is hydrating and soothing on the skin.
Fresh Pineapple Juice helps to revive tired skin and encourages it to remian at its best.
Fresh Organic Orange Juice is amazing because it contains acidity which heklps keep it free from spots. The minerals and vitamin content acts as an antioxidant which helps stop free radicals and protects the skin against the sun. (cannot be used as a sunscreen though).
It also contains; Cold Pressed Organic Olive Oil, Cold Pressed Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Cold Pressed Organic Avocado Oil, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Cold Pressed Organic Wheatgerm Oil, Cold Pressed Organic Grape seed Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Neroli Oil, Myrrh Resinoid.
All the above ingredients have been chosen specifically for their qualities which help keep your skin looking at it best and thye have a nice fragrance too! So you can see you are really getting your monies worth!
This moisturiser is really Gorgeous! It smells subtly fruity and a bit citrus like but nothing over powering. It is so light and absorbed easily into my skin. It felt so fresh and I simply loved chilling it in the fridge then applying it. My skin felt soft and well moisturised, not dry or oily at all, just perfect. I use this daily and still love it. I occassionally switch to Paradise Regained for a spf 15 for the summer or Skin Nanny spf 30 for on holiday but overall this is my favourite product!
I really think its worth paying that bit extra to buy it. One tip is to try and wait until the Famous Lush Boxing Day Sale and get it as your free product for spending £20. Bargain!
If your unsure, ask Lush for a free sample to try or buy a gift set that contains a 10g pot of Gorgeous.
You won't regret it !
Gorgeous by name...yes, but is it Gorgeous by nature?
Being a self confessed (and spousally confirmed) Lush Addict I really wanted to love their Gorgeous moisturiser - sadly though, I ended up giving it away after a week because it just wasn't for me.
That being said, the lovely friend I donated my £35 product to, loved it - she routinely suffers from psoriasis and eczema and found that this product really helped the condition of her skin.
The relief she experienced was ( in my view) likely due to the combination of cold pressed oils that this moisturiser contains, it would be a boon to see any one of them included in a product, but to have Cold Pressed Organic Olive Oil, Cold Pressed Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Cold Pressed Organic Avocado Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Cold Pressed Organic Wheatgerm Oil and Cold Pressed Organic Grape seed Oil all combined - in that case, this product seems to be perfect for those who suffer from these debilitating conditions.
For my skin, it was far too heavy - I would recommend it for sun stressed skin, extra dry skin or those who suffer from eczema but not if you have young skin, oily or combination skin.
Ingredients: Orange Blossom Honey Water ,Extra Virgin Olive Oil , Stearic Acid, Cold Pressed Organic Evening Primrose Oil , Cold Pressed Organic Avocado Oil , Glycerine, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Fresh Organic Lemon Juice Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil, Fresh Organic Orange Juice , Cold Pressed Grape seed Oil Fresh Pineapple Juice , Orange Flower Absolute , Neroli Oil Myrrh Resinoid , Triethanolamine,Cetearyl Alcohol, *Geraniol, *Farnesol, *Limonene,*Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Perfume, Methylparaben,Propylparaben
Price: £34.26 currently.
With my newfound love for all things Lush, I decided it was time to invest in a decent moisturiser. As I had a 10% discount voucher from one of their magazines, I figured if ever I was going to try this, their single most expensive product (except their gift boxes, obviously) it should be now.
The story is that one of the Lush recipe inventors met Princess Diana and bought the recipe for her own personal moisturiser, tweaking it slightly to use a Lushified substitute for petrolatum. Now, I have a journalist friend who once interviewed the lady herself and he (annoyingly) raved about how absolutely flawless her skin was. I would have liked to burst his bubble by pointing out that she probably also had hugely expensive makeup applied by her own personal makeup artist. But then again, your skin would have to be pretty good already to look completely perfect, so maybe there was something to this skin care lark?
So, I was somewhat surprised to get this home and find that the cream was actually watery, smelled funny and made my skin feel... rubbery? Very odd behaviour. But the smell was unusual rather than unpleasant (sort of orangey) and hey, Lush did say it was "light" and "perfect for daytime."
One annoying thing is the packaging - the little black tubs are very environmentally friendly and recycled and all that, but they are a devil to get into. My solution is to open them once and then simply rest the top on them, so they're not REALLY closed. Otherwise I would have to wrestle with it daily, at the peril of my fingernails. Obviously this renders the tub rather difficult to travel with. (And if you knock it down off the bathroom shelf, you'd better slide your face around on the floor to avoid losing £30!)
Also, perhaps there is an obvious answer to this that I am missing, but why isn't it in a pump dispenser? Another thing that has been drummed into me from reading beauty magazines is that bacteria from your fingers can breed in pots. Why design something which forces you to apply it like this?
So, my thoughts on the cream itself... I guess that when I pay through the nose for a face cream, I am USED to it being:
a) thick and creamy
b) having lots of fancy packaging and
c) being endorsed by a celebrity.
And thinking about it, what do any of those things actually mean? After all, the fact that Lush has not spent money on publicity etc means that every penny can go into buying the ingredients - unlike whichever cream is being hawked around by Hollywood's finest. (And resulting in the loss of several acres of rainforest for each boxful of meaningless paraphernalia.)
The fact that Lush is not paying anyone to publicise their products but are just letting the results speak for themselves is a pretty good sign, I think. Any time you read a glowing report in a magazine about the latest product from a big name, chances are pretty good that they are simply regurgitating a press release sent to them by said company. So, basically, if you're going to spent £35 on ANY moisturiser, it might as well be this one...
So, the results? Well, over the first few days I used it, I got spots. The big red sort that just lurk under the surface and ache when you touch them. Now, I have heard it said many times that when you change products and promptly break out, it's because your skin is detoxifying itself. Really? You mean, all these months when my skin has been fine, it's actually been breeding bacteria that were only able to break free when I used this super duper new product? I'm not sure I buy that theory... However, once this initial break out settled down, my skin did seem to actually improve, so maybe I'm just talking nonsense?
Anyway, I've been using this cream every night for about 3 weeks now. I tend not to use it in the day because it doesn't have any SPF - seriously, how can any self respecting skincare company say that a cream is "ideal for daytime" if it doesn't have SPF? They're the same ones who are always telling us to protect our skin!
And my skin is... pretty good, actually. It looks slightly more refined and has quite a nice glow about it. But isn't that what you expect from any face cream? I am in two minds about this moisturiser! I guess when a company bangs on about all the amazing essential oils, antioxidants etc, there is no way you can really test their claims without a time machine. I cannot look at my face 10 years in the future with the daily use of this and then whizz back and forth to see what I would have looked like without it. So, in conclusion... I don't know!
It took me a while to get persuaded to try any of the Lush moisturisers as they tend to be expensive and this is THE most expensive one retailing at around £35 per pot (but usually available on eBay for about £20).
Luckily, I did get a small sample pot in one of the Lush lots I bought and I loved it - enough to buy another pot (but on eBay for £20, not in a Lush shop), and then managed to bag two pots in their Christmas promotion when you could choose any one of their last years' products for every £20 spent in store.
Lush say: "Makes all skin types feel light, carefree and happy. (...) Its magical ability to melt into your skin is unmatched, bringing with it six gorgeous organic oils and butters (...) the lovely emollient oils are combined with fresh fruit to give you a soft, matte feeling, perfect for daytime. It adapts itself to suit every kind of skin".
I totally agree with every word of the above. It's a fantastic cream, really light but actually very moisturising too. It goes on beautifully, even the feeling on your face as you apply it is pleasant: both soothing and refreshing if such a thing is possible. It doesn't pull the skin, and the matte effect is quite subtle. The skin is soft, smooth and - yes - gorgeous.
I am fast approaching middle age and my skin is normal with an occasional tendency to dryness and an odd slightly greasy patch only. Gorgeous deals with all of that admirably but I would have been happy to use it when I was younger too. I am not sure if it would work for a truly dry, older skin though, as I feel that even for my skin I need to apply quite a lot: two or three applications to get right hydration levels.
Its consistency is little bit too watery for me, I'd rather have it thicker (I left one pot open for a while and some of the water evaporated making for thicker cream that just needed one application) but i think this is what makes it suitable for many skin types.
I don't normally care for the scent of creams, but Gorgeous has a lovely smell, subtly floral, with hints of rose and neroli, even though there is actually no rose on the ingredient list.
Ideally I would use it for daytime only, with a slightly heavier moisturiser for the night (Lush's Celestial or Body Shop's Wise Woman are good); but a younger person could easily use it for both day and night.
I am still not sure whether it is actually worth its full RRP of £35, but at around £20 (eBay!) it is highly recommended.
I post ingredient lists for cosmetics now as I tend to always read those for all bath and cream products I buy (and it has NOTHING to do with allergies as I am not allergic to anything that's used in cosmetics). There are two reasons:
(1) Lush take products off their website (this is not available now) but there is thriving eBay market in Lush (I hesitate to call it second hand) so you can possibly get some this way.
(2) I like to know what exactly essential oils are included so other people might also want to know .
Orange Blossom Honey Water (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Stearic Acid, Cold Pressed Organic Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis), Cold Pressed Organic Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima), Glycerine, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare), Fresh Organic Orange Juice (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Cold Pressed Grape seed Oil (Vitis vinifera), Fresh Pineapple Juice (Ananas sativus), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium amara), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Myrrh Resinoid (Commiphora myrrha), Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Geraniol, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
* Occurs naturally in Essential Oils
I received a sample of this Gorgeous moisturiser, suitable for all skin types, in a gift set I received at Christmas. This moisturiser is made from orange blossom honey water and smells just divine. I have to say though I was very shocked to see that this is retailing at £35 a tub! Now for me personally, it smells gorgeous and makes my skin smell lovely for hours but it has done nothing for my dry skin. It hasn't effected my skin in any bad way, no spots, rashes or any other nasty things but it has failed to clear up dry patches. OK, so when I found out how much it was a pot I have used my sample pot sparingly I must admit, but to say it also has extra virgin coconut oil which is supposed to help relieve dry skin, I was slightly disappointed with the lack of effect.
I think, personally, I prefer Lush's Sympathy for the Skin, at a fraction of the price it does the job more efficiently. I do, however, prefer the smell of the gorgeous moisturiser, but do I like it enough to spend another £26 on a tub?....I am not so sure.
I first tried this moisturiser a few years back in Lush's january sale when they gave away anything in the shop when you spent £15! Well, I thought I'd make the most of that offer and got three tubs of the stuff! They lasted me the whole year until the following january, which was great value! We always go into Lush very early on Boxing day, which is the very best time to take full advantage of this offer - except now they've changed the rules! Now you have to spend £20 and the only products you can have free are the ones that they put on their back wall. Now don't get me wrong, a lot of that stuff is well worth having as a freebie, especially the Christmas boxes, BUT they didn't have any Gorgeous, so we won't be bothering to go there on Boxing day again!
Well, back to the moisturiser.....maybe the fact that it was such a good value freebie made me like it all the more, but I really think this is wonderful stuff. It's very light and not greasy at all, it absorbs into your skin as soon as it's applied and gives skin a smooth, wrinkle-free appearance and a kind of glow. And, although I hardly get any spots, I don't get any at all when I use this. I also have extremely sensitive skin which turns red and blotchy in protest of anything it doesn't like, but it really seemed to like this moisturiser.
The lady in Lush told me that Gorgeous was originally made for Princess Diana! It certainly has got lots of top-notch ingredients in it, which is probably the reason that it costs so much!
This Christmas my hubby shelled out the £35 for it as we couldn't get it as a freebie, and I'm wondering whether or not my skin might like to get used to something a little less expensive, as I only have another few weeks worth left. So, am I a very loyal fan of thgis product?? Yes, if it's free or discounted for any reason, but possibly not at the full price! I shall soon see when I do actually run out. I think it's nice as a prezzie though, so maybe I'll use it sparingly until my birthday arrives!
This is certainly the best moisturiser I have tried and I would definately use it all the time if it wasn't so expensive.
Well for £35.00 I thought this moisturiser must be the dogs danglys, but being a bit of a sceptic with sensitive skin and a even more sensitive bank account I decided to ask the lady in the Lush shop for a sample. Boy am I glad I did, now don't get me wrong this is not a bad product it is just not worth £35! It does feel quite light on my skin and does rub in well but no more so then Enzymion or Imperialis. It didn't make my skin flare up - it says it adjusts to suit all skin types and mine is very sensitive so it would seem that is correct. It smells like fruit in my opinion, tropical fruit, not to strong thought just a nice gentle fragrance. The little tub you get - and I do mean little - only 45g!! - will only last around a year before it goes off, but if you use cream religiously you will get through this pot in around three to four months anyway. So yes I do like it, I wouldn't say it was the best, but I would no way pay £35 for it not in a million years. If they dropped the price I may consider buying it, or if it worked miracles on my skin and made it look perfect then perhaps I would stretch to it, but until then I will stick with one of the cheaper ones.
Back when I got my "something for the weekend" goodie bag a while back now I got a sample (the size of the lip balm/temple balm/perfume tins) of Lush's most expensive mosituriser Gorgeous. Now this is quite good, from a reviewing point of view, as I would have never forked out the full £35 for the small 45g pot that it normally retails at.
So is it worth the price tag? Well Lush make a very good point of telling you to compare the ingredient list with that of other similar priced moisturisers on the market, and sure enough it will win hands down. Lush in fact state it can hold its own with moisturisers five times it's price! I actually could believe this but then, couldn't this be said about ANY Lush moisturiser? The ones that are half, or even a third of the price of this, are full of great ingredients too, so really whilst the £35 price tag might be justified against other companies moisturisers, can it hold up against it's own Lush competitors?
It has Orange Blossom Honey Water, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cold Pressed Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Cold Pressed Organic Avacado Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil, Fresh Organic Orange Juice, Cold Pressed Grape seed Oil, Fresh Pineapple Juice. Orange Flower Absolute, Neroli Oil and Myrrh Resinoid!! Now even for Lush, this list is impressive. There is an absolutely huge amount of beneficial ingredients in here, more so than perhaps any other Lush product and you will perhaps notice that most are "Cold Pressed Organic" or "Fresh Organic" or "Extra Virgin" - in short every ingredient is even more special than what Lush normally puts in there. The price tag from the ingredient list alone is perhaps justified.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the best quality Olive Oil and can help slow down the ageing process and also have anti bacterial and anti fungal properties so can be good for treating skin diseases.
Cold Pressed Organic Evening Primrose Oil is great for nourishing the skin and keeping it in good condition. It is also anti inflammatory so great for relieving any irritation. It makes the skin look good and keeps it moisturised. The skin is kept healthy due to the 78 essential fatty acids which nurture the skin.
Cold Pressed Organic Avacado Oil penetrates the skin better than almost any other oil and can rapidly transport active substanes into the skin. It is rich in lecithin, plant sterols and has a high content of soluble vitamins, which makes it excellent for repairing and protecting the skin. It can help protect the skin from the sun and wind.
However on the other side of things Extra Virgin Coconut Oil actually speeds up tanning! It also relieves dryness and itchy skin and can reduce fine lines and wrinkles and can give you smoother healthier skin.
The Fresh Organic Lemon Juice rejuvenates dull skin and gives it a soft glow. It's also good at treating spots due to it's astringent and detoxifying nature, so if you do have oily skin then there's no need to be put off using it as its actually recommended for oily skin!
Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil contains high amounts of Vitamin E, A, D, proteins, Lechtin and Sqaulene! It is very rich and can be used to treat skin irritations such as rough, dry, cracking skin and can also be used to help reduce wrinkles.
Fresh Organic Orange Juice contains Vitamins A, B, C, D and PP which do numerous great things for the skin. It rejuvenates the skin and nourishes it. It also helps fight fine lines and wrinkles, as well as tightening up enlarged or clogged pores.
Grape Seed Oil is great at reparing and regenerating the skin, making it brilliant for use on saggy or wrinkled skin and for reducing the look of stretch marks. It is very moisturising for the skin and is easily aborbed. It also improves the tone and texture of the skin as it is slightly astringent. It locks in moisture making the skin feel more supple and smooth.
Fresh Pineapple Juice removes dead skin cells and dirt from the surface of the skin, effectively exfoliating it and brightens the skin. It also improves the texture of the skin. It is also anti inflammatory which can ease some skin conditions. It revives dull, tired skin and is both stimulating yet calming. It's very gentle but really effective and a good alternative to other skin peeling options.
Neroli Oil has a balancing effect in sebum so it is great for use on oily or dry skin. It rejuvenates the skin which maikes it good for helping the appearance of scars, stretchmarks and broken capillaries.
Finally, Myrrh is antibacterial and antifungal which helps keep the skin clean and healthy. It can ease skin irritation and is useful for itchy skin conditions such as eczema. It's particularly useful on dry or chapped skin.
Wow! Well there definitely is a huge amount of benefits your skin should get from this cream. Whilst the ingredients are higher quality though and more plentiful, a lot of what they do can be done by other Lush creams. In theory this should do a better job of it but I'm not so sure.
Personally I found that this is a great cream, there's no doubt about it. It's not greasy, its quickly absorbed and it is a great moisturiser. My skin feels soft when using it and doesn't get any dry patches. It also doesn't give me any spots which some moisturisers can do. So all in all there are absolutely no complaints.
BUT! Yes there is a but! It doesn't do anything outstanding for my skin, not more so than another Lush moisturiser. For £35 the effects need to be very noticeably different and I can personally get as good results from Vanishing Cream and Paradise Regained, and possibly others I haven't tried for under half the price (Vanishing Cream) or £10 cheaper (Paradise Regained).
As a free sample this was nice I liked it, it works well, and there are no negatives about it but I wouldn't buy it again due to the price and the fact that the other moisturisers work so well!
The only downside to the product for me was the smell. It wasn't awful but from the ingredient list I expected an sweet fruity orange-y smell and it was in fact quite a bit bitter and musty and not at all nice smelling but it soon faded after applying it so it wasn't a huge problem just not nice like I had expected.
All in all it's good but really, you don't need to spend £35 on this when there are other options available. For £5 extra you could have a pot of Vanishing Cream and a pot of Paradise Regained and have two different sets of benefits to suit your different needs at different times.
A soft, matte feeling perfect for the day /