Product Type: Lush body care
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Member Name: catsholiday
Advantages: Great face scrub and cleanser that is both gentle yet good for spot prone skin
Disadvantages: I guess initial proce
Lush - Herbalism Fresh cleanser
Recently I was lucky enough to attend a Lush event where we made our own fresh face mask and then we were treated to a free facial in the store. This gave us the opportunity to try products that we hadn't tried before and use them in the correct way.
I usually choose Lush products for ancient dry and lined skin as I am getting to that stage but I thought that I would take the chance of trying some different products and so instead of my usual '"Angels on Bare Skin" fresh cleanser I asked if I could try this one. I would like to add that I not only tried it in my facial in the shop but they also gave us a very generous sample of all the products they used on our faces to take home so I have a small pot of this at home too which I have been using in between my usual one.
This fresh cleanser is a very dark green colour and is a sort of crumbly mix, not dry, but not a cream either. It is made from ground almonds so if you imagine those mixed with other ingredients some wet and some dry you will have an idea of its consistency. It kind of looks like green sand but feels much softer of course.
This usually costs £5.95 for a pot containing 100g but my pot has about 20g in it but mine was free so I was quite thrilled. The usual thing applies if you buy this in the black pot, if you wash it and return five of them you can choose a free fresh mask or hair mask which I think is a great incentive to encourage people not to just throw these pots away.
This fresh cleanser is designed for those with sensitive skin or those prone to acne. Mine is sensitive but thankfully I no longer suffer from acne. Herbalism contains chlorophyll hence its green colour and that apparently helps both gently cleanse and balance the skin's sebum production. There is also nettle in this one which probably also contributes to the green colour.
The rose absolute and blue camomile both help to calm any skin sensitivity and soreness as well as both being good for healing scars and helping reduce lines in the case of the rose absolute.
This is a very gentle exfoliant and this job is done by the ground almonds and the rice bran. Both of these are not only very gentle scrubby products but they also both contain oils that are good for balancing the skin.
Into the mix is added rice vinegar which is a mild astringent thus helping reduce oils on the skin and also helping to close the pores. Finally the tea tree oil as everyone now knows is a wonderful natural anti bacterial product so this helps clean up any bacteria of the skin's surface so helping reduce acne.
This cleanser has a strange smell, you can certainly smell the vinegar, the tea tree and something grassy sort of smelling which is probably a combination of the nettles and chlorophyll. I can't say this is one I sniff and think, " Mmm that's nice" but it also isn't unpleasant either. It has a sort of medicinal smell but not in the same class as TCP by a long way!
The idea is that you take a small amount, just a bit bigger than a pea and put this in one hand. Add a little water and with a finger rub this into the palm of your hand until you have a softish paste . This wet soft paste is what you use to cleanse your face. I very gently, using just a little water rub this into my face in a circular and upward motion. You don't need to rub hard just really gently massage your face with this and then rinse it off with warm, not hot water.
Once you have cleaned all the 'Herbalism' off your face then pat your face dry and finish the cleaning process off by applying a gentle toner so that you close the pores and stop any dirt getting in. You can then apply whatever moisturiser you think your face needs; finishing off with makeup if you want to apply some.
I found this did a good job of gently cleansing and exfoliating my face leaving it feeling fresh and clean and in no way sore of irritated. I can't say I was too fussed on the smell but if I had skin that was acne prone that would not be a worry for me if the product worked; it wasn't unpleasant it just slightly medicinal and the name 'Herbalism' is rather appropriate as it does smell a bit like plants generally. It reminds me of the smell of a pile of plant clippings that I have trimmed, a sort of leafy, grassy smell mixed with vinegar.
Would I buy this again? Well yes but I think I prefer 'Angels on bare Skin' as it smells nicer and I think suits my skin better. I think this may be more suited for younger, sensitive acne prone greasier skin than mine. It isn't unpleasant and certainly didn't make my skin feel horribly dry and should Lush stop making 'Angels on bare Skin' I would be happy to use this but I just prefer 'Angels on bare Skin'. I would be more than happy to have both and alternate them depending on how my skin feels at the time which is what I am doing now.
I think if you do have problem skin then I would definitely pop down to Lush as they have very knowledgeable staff who can advise on good skin care. Sometimes people with spot prone skin try so hard to almost dry out their skin with chemically based products and this often does more harm than good. Your skin needs some oil and what you need to do is help it balance its sebum/oil production.
I would be happy to use this myself and would also happily recommend it to anyone with problem skin. It is worth a try as it contains nothing nasty and might be the 'magic' cleanser you need.
This is a good cleanser full of nice natural stuff with a rather 'interesting' smell but certainly one I would recommend trying.
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Summary: A gentle exfoliating cleanser for sensitive and spot prone skin