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      21.07.2013 00:22
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      A good buy for anyone with the occasional little spot.

      I have suffered with severe acne for a long time. As soon as I hit eleven, zitz sprung up over my entire face. After numerous visits to my GP, we finally found an antibiotic that cleared my acne, but obviously I couldn't stay on using that that forever, so after using my prescribed lotion for around six years, I decided to take the plunge and go without. Doing so meant I had to find other ways to calm my acne. Naturally, as I aged, my acne became less severe and I could have probably gone without a spot cream, but I feel security in knowing that I always have a little bottle of spot treatment in my medicine cabinet for emergencies.

      Grease Lightening by Lush is one of the many drugstore spot treatments I have owned and probably one of the more pricey. Although at £5.95 it seems expensive for a small bottle, you do receive 45g of the stuff which has kept me going for 7 months so far with daily use. As with all Lush products, most ingredients are natural.

      By dispensing the product with the pump bottle it's easy to control how much you want out. On applying the product to my face, it feels cool and refreshing. It has a lovely lavander scent to it also. It has a gel-like consistency which is fine for night time, but for the day it is unsuitable to wear under makeup. Applying foundation over it caused it to roll up into little pieces so it gets rubbed it off. If it does manage to survive the foundation application, there is a visible patch where the lotion is. Because of this I only use mine at night which is okay, but even then I have to be careful because if I rub my face without thinking it will roll up straight into my hand. With more creamy formulars of spot treatments this will not happen. Although it is not greasy or oily, once the gel has dried it looks shiny which I dislike. This again is due to the gel-like consistency and then fact it forms a layer over the skin rather than absorbing.

      The big question- does it work? For a time, I honestly thought it did. It manages to keep mild acne at bay- small pimples, yellowheads and the like. But recently my acne has returned with a vengeance and it doesn't seem to be working as well on bigger red zits.

      I would recommend this to anyone with mild, occasional acne. But anyone with moderate-severe acne should look elsewhere to find a permanent treatment that is more effective.

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      28.05.2013 13:35
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      Great spot treatment, I would try other products but will probably keep coming back to Grease Lightn

      My skin type: Dry/ Very dry and sensitive
      I occasionally have large patches of eczema on my face

      I actually purchased Lush's Grease Lightning for my partner who was suffering from spots due to medical treatment. He found that the product didn't work for him but this may be due to them being medical induced.

      I occasionally get spots - just a couple a week if I'm unlucky as I have very dry and sensitive skin. When I do get a spot, I use the Grease lightning gel on them when I see/feel the first signs and find that it can often stop them in their tracks and stop the spot from getting any bigger. If I'm a bit too late and it has started to developed then I find that Grease Lightning still works but takes longer to reduce the redness and clear the spot. It has a strong tea tree smell which I quite like and can be quick drying to I always try to make sure I only put it on the spots and not the surrounding skin. I use this before any moisturiser or any other products and wait for it to dry before continuing with my routine. I find that it can dry and make the skin a little tight and first but stretching and pulling silly faces loosens it up again and then after I've put other products on I can't feel it at all.

      Issues with the product include that the pump seems to give lots of product! This may be just the bottle I have but I will have to see. When I have one small spot I try to use a small amount of gel and press gently on the pump but a lot of product comes out meaning some is wasted and some kind of tissue is needed to remove the excess from your hands.

      Overall, I like Grease Lightning and feel it works well for me. I'm hoping that the pump issue is just the bottle I have and when I re-purchase it should be better. The bottle does have a good amount of product inside and it will last a long time - especially for people like me that will only be using it a few times a week.

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      11.04.2013 12:13
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      A good spot treatment that works but wish it did not contain parabens

      While I was in the Lush store I asked if they sold anything that would help with spots. My skin is clear but I can be known to all of a sudden see a spot appear now and again which can be very annoying. I was then taken to grease lightning which is advertised as a spot treatment which takes away sports with natural ingredients.

      The staff member gave me a sample of the grease lightning to take with me to see what I thought. I tried the sample and can say that it does work. The gel is clear and does not really have much of a scent. You only need the smallest amount and just dab it on to the spot and it dries instantly. I could see a difference in a day. Its not the fastest acting but the natural ingredients do work. As I was given a sample the gel was in a pot which was quite messy to use but the full sized product is in a bottle with a pump action dispenser which is much less messy as you can just apply a little to your finger then directly to the spot.

      The ingredients are;

      Thyme, Rosemary and Tea Tree Infusion, Water, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Sea Water, Grape Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Lavender Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, *Limonene, Perfume, Methylparaben.

      Most of the ingredients provide specific benefits to the skin. The thyme is antibacterial and antiseptic, the aloe vera soothes the skin and takes down any redness, the sea water provides minerals for healthy skin, the grape juice provides vitamins and minerals for healthy skin and it also contains alpha hydroxy acid which helps exfoliate the skin. The carrageenan extract gives the gel its texture, lavender oil is good for most skin complaints as it is antibacterial and antiseptic , the witch hazel acts as an astringent and is antibacterial and anti inflammatory. Limonene is a liquid which adds a scent to the gel made from natural ingredients and the final ingredient is methylparaben which is a preservative.

      I do find this product to work well but I hope they bring out a formula which does not contain methlparaben as it would make me more inclined to use the product. On the plus side you only need a tiny amount to work but still, no parabens would be better.

      The grease lightning is priced at £5.95 for 45g which I feel is better value because of the tiny amount you need but, although it works, I would rather use nothing than use a product with parabens. If there is a formula in the future which contains no parabens then I will certainly buy it.

      If you are looking for a spot treatment that works then I would consider it as if you look at the ingredients in other brands you realise that one paraben is nothing compared to the very long list of chemicals included in most other treatments.

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      08.04.2013 22:40
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      Outstanding product

      THE PRODUCT

      Grease Lightening is a gel spot treatment made by Lush. The product comes in a small black pump action plastic bottle, which contains 45g. The gel is quite thick and reminds me more of jelly than gel, to use you simply pump the gel from the dispenser onto clean fingers and gently rub into any affected areas of the skin. It spreads onto the skin very nicely and soaks in leaving no residue The gel can be used as often as you require and can also be worn below your foundation.

      The product claims that is causes no drying of the skin and I can conform that has been the case for me, which when you are trying to treat a particularly stubbon stop is of paramount importance. So many spot treatments try to dry the actual spot out, however over years of using I have found that they also dry out the skin around the affected area causing unnecessary damage to the skin.

      INGREDIENTS

      Because the product is from lush it is of course made for 100% natural ingredients which for me is another thumbs up. I do sometimes worry about all the chemicals that are inside the products we eat, drink and apply daily to our body's. We are always encouraged to eat and drink less products with chemicals in but beauty products seem to be a slightly overlooked area when it comes to natural ingredients.

      Grease Lightening contains; Thyme, Rosemary and Tea Tree infusion, Water, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Sea Water, Grape Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Lavender Oil and Witch Hazel Extract.

      COST

      The product is currently retailing for £5.95, however the bottle contains a good 6 months plus supply (depending on usage) so I think it's very good value.

      VERDICT

      I love this product, I have suffered from spots for most of my life. I was actually in Lush a while ago looking for something else, when the member of staff serving me asked if I had tried this product for my spots. I had not so she kindly sorted me a sample to take home to trial. The product was so amazing I had returned to the store to purchase a full sized bottle before my trail had run out.

      Generally this product works best for me on red inflamed spots and has usually halved the size and redness of the spot within 48 hours if not less. If I could give this product a 11 out of 10 I would!

      EXTRA INFORMATION

      I just thought I would also mention to anyone reading the review that may not be aware, Lush offer trials of their skin care products if you pop in and ask an assistant to help you, they will find the correct produce for you then organise some into a small black tub. They also label these up in bags with the product name and ingredients on so if you wish to buy the full sized product you have all the details.

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        01.06.2012 21:22
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        A spot treatment which speeds up the spot healing process

        Now that I'm older I'm not plagued with the spot plastered teenage skin that I once was but I still get the scattering of them when I've indulged in too much chocolate. I also occasionally got a monster of a blemish that appears as if from nowhere, usually the night before a special occasion. I decided to invest in a product to help me in these kind of skin emergencies and the product that I chose was the Grease Lightening Spot Treatment by Lush.

        What does the product do?
        The product is a targeted spot treatment. By using natural ingredients, it promises to dry out blemishes, reduce the redness and inflammation and also to make them disappear must faster than if they were left alone.

        How does the product work?
        The product contains Tea Tree Oil which kills spot causing bacteria and dries up spots. Witch Hazel in included which is commonly found in spot treatment and it tones the skin while Grape juice is included to calm and cool the blemish. Sea Water is included to kill the germs and Aloe Vera soothes and hydrates the skin around the blemish. A herbal combination of Rosemary and Thyme helps to kills the spot causing bacteria.

        How do you use the product?
        The product is applied to skin that has been cleansed. You need to dispense a small amount of the gel onto your finger and then dab the product directly onto the blemish or the area of skin where you have a group of spots. It is not supposed to be used as an all over product and should only be applied to the blemishes themselves. Once the gel has dried, you can apply your make up as you normally would. If you can go barefaced, then the gel can be reapplied throughout the day but there's no point applying it over layers of make up.

        Packaging and Price
        The product comes in the standard black lush bottles which don't have any decorations apart from the Lush writing. The bottle has a pump dispenser which is protected by a clear lid and you push down on the top to release the product. You can easily control the amount of gel that is released according to the amount of pressure that you apply to the top. The product will cost you around £5 for 45 grams of the gel and it can be bought from your local Lush store or from its online website.

        Aroma, Appearance and Consistency
        The product has quite a soothing, herbal smell that is not the sort of aroma is usually my cup of tea but it suits this product and makes you feel like its doing a good job. The product has the consistency of a gel and it has a slightly yellow tinge but once it is on the skin, it goes clear and you won't notice it on the skin.

        Application and Performance
        The product is easy to apply to the skin and apart from a slight tightness, it doesn't feel uncomfortable at all and it doesn't sting or burn. It doesn't make the face look greasy or shiny on the area which it has been applied. The product works well on large blemish and I have found that within a day, some of the inflammation and redness has subsided and the size of the blemish will be reduced within a day.

        It dries out the area but not enough for it to become flaky or unsightly but I do take care not to get the product on too much of the skin around the blemish. With a few days of continuous use, the blemish will be gone in half the time that it would have taken. I have found Sudocrem to have much the same effect on spots but you can't walk around with that on your face during the day! This is not noticeable and so a good alternative for the daytime. As you use so little of the product will each application, the product will last you a very long time.

        Conclusion
        All in all, spot treatment can be hit or miss but I think this one works. It is simple to use, doesn't hurt the skin, contains natural ingredient and it speeds up the spot healing blemish. It won't make them disappear instantly but it does calm them and make them easier to cover until they are completely gone. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this product again.

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        26.02.2012 12:15
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        It didn't do anything for me

        I was "talked into" buying this by one of the store assistants in Lush. I paid £4.95 for it, although it has since increased in price.

        This gel was promised to get rid of my spots but it doesn't work! The gel comes in a small pump dispenser and it contains aloe vera and witch hazel which are two popular ingredients in skincare. The smell of the gel is quite herbal, you can detect the witch hazel in there and some other herbal ingredients. The gel is clear in consistency, although mine turned a little cloudy after a few weeks. I find the consistency of the gel to be quite thin and runny, this isn't helped by the bottle as the pump ALWAYS dispenses much more than you need. You end up wasting the remainder or just rubbing it into your skin for the sake of it. The gel is easy to rub into the skin and it absorbs into the skin pretty quickly. Once the gel has dried you can apply make-up over the top of it.

        My tip would be to not apply more than you need as the gel can sometimes feel a little "tight" on your skin. It can leave my facial skin feeling a little restricted sometimes, which isn't good as I feel like a statue! The gel doesn't work. It doesn't get rid of spots and/ or blemishes and it doesn't remove any redness from your skin. The only good thing about it is that it relieves irritation and cools down your skin. However you can find something else to this effect miles cheaper!

        I wouldn't recommend this. It may work for you but it didn't work for me.

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        22.11.2010 15:45
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        5 out of 5 stars!

        I suffer from bouts of cystic acne - meaning the spots I get can last for weeks - sometimes even months - and almost always leave a scar that takes months to get rid of in itself. Not nice. I've been on every medication available, and currently on one that has vastly minimized any breakouts - but of course it's still early days and it's inevitable that I still get the odd spot, and that one spot is still going to hang around for ages just as before. I can't risk any scarring, so as soon as one slips the radar and crops up - I'm straight on it using this wonderful product: Grease Lightning from Lush.

        I've tried many 'on-the-spot' zappers throughout the years - and either they don't make a difference, or if they do work a little - they take too long a time in healing, meaning the scar damage is more or less aleady done - which is pretty useless for me. I picked up Grease Lightning in a hope that it just might be a 'magic' treatment that actually does what it claims: and I was right. I've used this for 6 months now and I couldn't be more happy.

        You get 45g for £5.10 of this stuff - in the classic Lush black bottle with a small pump. The pump is useful - but be warned quite a bit comes out when you use it. Also, remember to wipe off any residue from the pump, as the thick, gel-like consistency can make the habit of clogging up the wee tiny hole. Once you have a little of this stuff on a clean finger - apply it to the spot. I dab it on gently and leave it to dry - just before I go to bed, though you can apply 3/4 times a day at least. Each and every time I've used this on one of my blighters - the spot has shrunk considerably, and I mean considerably, to the point it's near enough extinct. It basically does what you wish for in any on-the-spot treatment - it works, and it works fast.

        I think the problem in other zit-zappers is that they claim to have "so and so" amount of renowned, natural ingredients in it - such as Tea-Tree or whatever - but the percentage is so low, and the base of the treatment is full of such rubbish it completely waters it out - hence why the majority of the time these products don't work, and much to our expense. The difference with Lush 's Grease Lightning is that it's made by a company that want to use as many, quality, natural ingredients as they can in their products, and as close to the 100% natural mark as they can possibly get. This means the main ingredients ARENT glycerine, or useless additives, or any other pointless junk most companies like to throw in there and charge us for. It's the natural ingredients that shrink your spots - NOT chemicals.

        Lush packs over 500 grapes inside this little bottle: the juice of the grapes contain a natural Malic Acid - which gives a light exfoliation, in preparing the skin for absorbing any other beneficial ingredients. Grape juice also contains such vitamins as A, C, and B.

        Sea water in this product: and as we know, the sea water is topped full of essential minerals and is beneficial for run-down, lifeless skin. This stuff sparks up the healing process.

        Organic Aloe Vera is added: if Cleopatra used it, we certainly can! It's used to soothe redness, and does this considerably. It will take the edge off your angry, flame coloured spots!

        A Thyme, Rosemary, and Tea-tree Infusion: all of these herbs hold natural, antibacterial properties which should put a stop to spreading acne, keeping you clear.

        Witch Hazel extract is worked in this product: again, another antibacterial remedy, and also an a natural astringent and loves to shrink those spots right down.

        Lavender Oil: this is known for its soothing properties, and gives the product a really lovely, pleasant scent. I love it!

        As you can see, this little bottle is very condensed full of all natural goodness that really works. To me it's a liquid gold! I will never go back to using anything else, and I really hope Lush will never discontinue this product. If you suffer from stubborn, scar-inducing spots - please give this ago. There really ARE products out there that actually work and will help you. And for anyone else that gets the odd spot or break-out - it works for me on such a fast impact that I'd consider it to be a real find of an 'emergency' zapper! Good look and keep looking fresh and clear!

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          01.09.2010 01:10
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          Little bottle of saviour

          Grease Lightning is a pot of heaven.

          I use it nightly and consequently never have a spot for long. It is fantastic at drying spots out and stopping them from becoming angry and sore. I apply to each spot as if applied all over the skin may well dry out too.

          I love the smell of Grease Lightning which certainly makes using it more fun.
          It is great that it is an entirely natural formula that does as good a job (if not better) than commercial and chemical based products.

          It can easily be put in a bag and taken out in case of a break out.

          All in all it is an absolutely perfect product that does exactly what it is meant to, with a fresh smell and a great consistency. It doesn't need to be kept in a fridge and can be taken anywhere. It calms redness down and soothes perfectly. I adore it.

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          24.07.2010 19:06
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          Brilliant gel for spots, dirt and grease blasting!!!!

          Ooh! I love this stuff!!! Theres not that much to say about it but I'll try my best.

          Basically, Grease Lighnting is a fresh smelling watery gel in a pump bottle that blasts any grease or spots away very, very, very, very quickly.

          You simply pump the bottle how many times you want and a LOAD comes out. I'm warning you now, a lot comes out. Then you dab/rub/put your desired amount on you face. It takes a few seconds to sink in.

          To get rid of spots I would recommend you apply the gel 2-3 times a day. If you just want to get rid of a greasy t-zone, apply it after cleansing or in the morning.

          When I used it on a spot, the spot dissapeared in just 1 and a 1/2 days! As for my greasy T-zone, I put this on every morning and night and no greasy skin at all. My skin used to be oily, now its normal!

          It does blast grease, dirt and spots away but I assure you, it dosen't make your skin dry which is great!

          You can purchase it at www.lush.co.uk in the cleansing section or at any Lush store for £5.10.

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            23.07.2010 00:11
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            Unfortunately a less than effective product. Sorry Lush.

            Oh lush how I adore thee. I love the smell of the shops, the ethos, the clean and nicely presented shop and of course the products. Unfortunately I just do not rate this product. I don't get very many spots but when I do they're either quite large and unsightly and arrive solo, or they're little tiny red ones around my chin. At the time of buying I was going through a bit of an iffy skin phase and hoped lush would best the other companies that produce similar spot fighting gels. Alas no luck and my spots did not shift until the end of their natural lifespan. I will however just give you a quick overview of my thoughts on the product.

            Packaging

            Now I didn't mind this although others have told me they don't like it. It comes in a small plastic pump bottle with several labels informing you of the product name, ingredients and best before date. I do have issues with the fact that these are according to my store not recyclable with them as I can't put them in with my general stuff. In the end I just have to throw them away. In addition to this the small plastic cap tends to break easily. Other than this the packaging is pretty good. It's informative and dispenses the product fine.

            Product

            The product costs £5.10 for a 45g bottle. Sadly there isn't much good about this item for me. It has a pleasant enough scent (unlike the stench of alcohol you find in other spot gels) and leaves your face feeling cool and refreshed. It does however have a tendency to tighten my skin and does nothing at all to shift any spots that I have.

            All in all I did REALLY want to like this as I am such a lushie but it just didn't do what it's supposed to.

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              06.06.2010 10:43
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              Good value for money, a spot treatment that will heal spots and last for ages.

              I was going through a particular bad time skin-wise and bought Grease Lightning on a whim. The price seemed expensive at £5.10, but in comparison to other spot treatments on the market the amount you get (45g) is actually really good. It comes in a black pump bottle, which is a lot more hygienic than the 'dab-on' sticks that most treatments come with.

              Grease Lightning comes with a lot of lovely spot fighting ingredients, Thyme, Rosemary and Tea Tree to name a few. The best thing about it is that it also contains those calming and soothing ingredients that really reduce redness too, some of which are Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Lavender Oil and Witch Hazel Extract.

              Upon application of a particular nasty large spot, you get quite a bit of the gel-like formula with just one pump so I found myself either having to slather it all on one spot, or finding others to cover just for the sake of it. The gel spreads easily, and a tiny bit goes a really long way, so it would definitely be worth it for those who have a lot to cover. The gel smells fresh, almost a bit herbal but nothing too noticeable, and dries quickly, leaving a slight sheen but again, not something that you would really notice. The gel didn't sting the spot like some harsh spot treatments would. The next morning - wow - the spot had visibly reduced in size, redness had gone, and it didn't hurt any more. I couldn't believe how well it worked!

              I've been using this for about 2 months now, and still have absolutely loads left. I've had lots of under-the-skin spots, but so far it is only working on those that are really raised. I don't think it does a huge amount for the spots that are already trying to heal, as the tea tree is probably a little too harsh for them, but again at least it doesn't sting them like other treatments would. I also found that you need to apply a really thin layer in the mornings, otherwise it will start to peel off when it comes to applying foundation/other moisturiser.

              Overall, this product is well worth the price value. A little bit goes a huge way, it spreads easily and isn't a lotion so can't be seen once it's dry. One pump would cover the whole face (some people use it as an oil free moisturiser rather than a spot treatment) and it seems to do it's job well, mainly on the really big spots that you want to heal up quickly. I would buy it again.

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              Helped my skin out quickly and effectively.

              I have particularly 'teenage' skin which is very oily and often prone to breakouts. I'm sick of getting horrible spots, and as a student exams often make me stressed, and I have tried various lotions and potions in the quest to reduce the redness and oiliness of my skin. I had read in the Lush Times (a newspaper devoted to all things Lush) that 'Grease Lightning' was an effective spot treatment for oily, spot prone skin, so I thought I would give it a go.

              I went into store and looked for the bottle. I admit it was a lot smaller than I anticipated, and it is only 45g of product in the bottle, however it is a convenient size to pop in your handbag and carry around with you. I didn't bother testing it in store because I find that you have to experiment with skincare over a week or two to find out the real results.

              This product is available to buy in all Lush stores or online at www.lush.co.uk and it retails at a price of £5.10 currently. This is a slightly high price I must admit, although I felt entitled to purchase it in order to combat my horrible skin! The reason this is priced so high is because Lush use all natural ingredients, and this spot treatment is vegan friendly.

              As you can see from the image, the product is nothing special to look at, but who wants people to notice their spot treatment really? It just comes in a little black bottle with a pump dispenser to get the liquid out. After taking the cap off, I pressed the pump down once and the liquid came out with no problems, and it shoots out in tiny pea sized amounts, which is actually all you need to use.

              I took the pea sized amount and applied it directly to red areas of my skin and where I had any spots and blemishes and left it for a couple of minutes. I instantly felt my skin become much tighter in these areas and it felt more dry, which is excellent for my usual oily skin. After applying this to the same blemishes for three days, I did notice results and it helped them to disappear far quicker than normal, which I was very impressed with.

              This face gel consists of tea tree oil, aloe and witch hazel, therefore you can imagine it has that tea tree scent to it. The smell isn't particularly nice, however it isn't off putting.

              Admittedly, there are probably more effective spot treatments out there on the market, but I feel that for £5.10 this is quite effective for my skin type in particular. It doesn't always work out for some people, but I have been lucky in finding a product that works with my skin for a reasonable price.

              Overall, I am really pleased with this purchase and will continue to use it on a regular basis when my skin becomes hard to manage. Even though there are more effective spot treatments out there, I doubt you'll be able to find one this effective for the price of Grease Lightning. Thanks for reading.

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                09.05.2010 22:38
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                Didn't work for me

                I actually bought my bottle of Grease Lightning during a Lush shopping spree after Christmas. I think mine was £4.95, but I've noticed on the website that the price has now gone up to £5.10. The product comes in a standard pump action bottle, and you get 45g for your money.

                Grease Lightning is a spot treatment gel containing thyme, rosemary, tea tree, aloe vera and witch hazel. It is completely suitable for vegans and is antibacterial. I never used to need spot treatments, as I had fantastic skin as a teenager: unfortunately, since I've reached my 20s, although my skin is still in pretty good condition I do get the occasional breakout. I don't know whether to blame the booze, the junk food or simply age.

                Lush say: Thyme for tea tree! Brand new, super effective spot zapping face gel, aloe and witch hazel. The thyme, tea tree and rosemary antibacterial infusion dries invisibly and you can feel the witch hazel shrinking mini-volcanoes. Go, Grease Lightning, you can now feel confident enough to rule the school. Or office.

                Anyway, I have been using this gel since January and am still nowhere near the end, so you do get a lot of product for your money. This is in spite of the pump dispenser releasing more gel than is necessary for each application - if there was some way to control this it would last even longer. The gel is clear in colour and medium in consistency - rather gel-like, in fact. It smells of lavender and tea tree, a pleasant combination. I'm pleased to report that it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin at all. It dries on the skin and makes the skin feel tighter, which is good if it's a particularly oil-prone part of your face but less good if it's an area prone to dryness, so it's best not to use too much. If you use it sparingly, you can also apply makeup over it once it's dried (which doesn't take too long) as it's clear, although if you put on too much it dries to a sort of layer.

                I tend to use it every night, and only occasionally in the morning. I normally dab it onto any spots I have (which sometimes isn't any, thankfully!) and then apply some on my nose and chin, which are prone to blackheads.

                Sadly, I've been rather disappointed with the effect this product has had on my skin. On my nose and chin, I've noticed no difference at all, although I hoped that using it constantly for over four months might reduce the number of blackheads. On the odd spot, the product does help reduce redness (which in itself helps to hide the spot) but spots don't seem to disappear any quicker. In fact, I could probably dab toothpaste on them and it would do the same job.

                I probably won't be buying this product again, as it just didn't do it for me. It's a shame, as it would have been excellent value for money if it had worked, and it's suitable for my sensitive skin. Looking at other reviews though, this product has really helped so if you're thinking about trying it don't be put off by mine!

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                16.01.2010 20:41
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                Brilliant but overpriced

                A brilliant product for problematic skin!

                It's an antibacterial gel to dab on spots and watch them disappear.

                It contains a mixture of natural antibacterial oils which work together to zap the spot away. Ingredients are: thyme, rosemary, tea tree, aloe vera, sea water, grape juice, lavender, witch hazel, perfume and methylparaben. As with most Lush products most of the ingredients are natural and it's nice to know they don't test on animals.

                This combination of vicious antibacterial oils and soothing aloe vera works really well. When you dab it on it feels cold and calming but at the same time it can sting which is a sure sign it's doing something good. Spots will calm down and disappear pretty quickly especially if you put quite a big blob on and leave it to dry - obviously not a good idea if you're just about to go out....! Before bed is probably the best option. It'll go sort of dry and crusty which may sound unpleasant but it does the job!

                If you try to put makeup over it you'll probably end up with a funny looking smear so I wouldn't recommend that.

                It smells really nice - tea tree is the main smell but you also pick up the other oils too. It's a very clean and fresh smell - smells like it's going to work!

                The packaging looks good - a nice black bottle with a simple design. My only complaint would be that the pump always spits out more than you need - unless you're having a particularly bad skin day.

                It costs £5.10 which I think is a lot but it does work and I like the natural ingredients. Also you do get quite a lot (45g) but it does still seem a bit overpriced.

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                  12.01.2010 13:56
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                  Great new product but no quick fix

                  Having suffered from adult acne for several years I am always on the look out for products that can clear spots quickley with minimum hassle and maximum results. I saw Grease Lightning in my local Lush store for £4.95- a reasonable price for a 45g pump bottle.
                  The product comes in a pump bottle which I find more hygenic than a tube- plus how many times do we lose the lid to something down the back of the sink when we are rushing to get ready in a morning?
                  The producty is a gel containing thyme, tea tree and rosemary infusion in an aloe vera gel base with other goodies such as lavender oil and witch hazel mixed in. The fragrance is herbal but not unpleasant.
                  I applied the product to specific spots on my chin with a clean finger but a cotton bud could also be used to ensure extra cleanliness. After about 10 minutes the gel dries to a dry layer that can be flaked off.
                  My spots sseemed to dry up quicker but so did the surrounding skin so precision is needed when applying and it would probably suit oilier skins as it may worsen already dry skin. Also I found that because of the dry layer the gel forms, it would be difficult to aply make up over it.
                  Grease Lightning is by no means a quick fix but it did cut at least 2 days off the healing time of those big stubborn spots.
                  Would I buy this again?- yes, but this 45g bottle looks like its going to last for a long time yet as you only use a small amount.

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                Contains aloe and witch hazel to help soothe irritated spots /