“ Brand: Lush / Type: Face Mask / Suitable for: Face / What it does: Protects „
I love Lush and all of their lovely products. They are packed full of natural ingredients and they make pampering even more fun and enjoyable. My latest face mask purchase was the Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask
What does the product do?
The product promises to make your skin look the best that it possibly can. It doesn't claim that it will stop your skin from aging or keep it looking younger but it does claim to condition the skin and make it look healthier. It is packed full of antioxidants including Ginseng and Green Tea which promise to banish the skin of skin aging toxins.
The face mask also contains naturally moisturising ingredients such as Shea Butter and Coconut oil to soften and nourish the skin. Also included is Primrose Oil and honey to soothe and hydrate the skin. The inclusion of Kaolin means that impurities will be drawn out of the skin leaving it fresh and clean. Papaya is included to dissolve the dead skin cells leaving the skin smooth and more radiant. The product needs to be kept in the fridge due to all the lovely natural ingredients and it has a sell by date so it needs to be used within a certain time.
How do you use the product?
The product should be applied to cleansed and dry skin. You need to smooth the product onto the face taking care to avoid the eye area. You need to leave the product on the face to get to work for around five to ten minutes and then you need to rinse it away using warm water until your skin is thoroughly clean.
Packaging and Price
The product comes packaged within the typical black pot which is usually seen with Lush. It has no decoration on it other than some white writing which gives some more information about the product. The product will cost you around £6 for 75 grams of the mask. It can be purchased from your local Lush store and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product has a pale green colour and a thick lumpy consistency which has the texture of a paste. It has an obvious aroma to the product, as do all of Lush's products, but this one isn't as strong or as sickly as some. It is very obviously there though and with the vast array of ingredients, it is hard to say exactly what it smells like but it is somewhere between sweet and herbal. I don't particularly like it but I definitely don't hate it which is a good thing.
The product has the perfect consistency for a face mask. It isn't so runny that you would get into a mess and not so thick that is hard to spread. The product is easy to apply to the face and it spreads across the skin without dragging or pulling. There are lumps in the mask but they don't affect the application. It coats the face thickly and you will look a bit funny.
It's not one that you'll want to answer the door wearing because you do look a little bit like Shrek. The mask feels completely comfortable on the skin and it doesn't irritate my face at all. It feels nice and cool on the skin. You can smell the product throughout this process but it isn't overpowering. The mask doesn't dry out completely on the face but it does become drier as the time goes on.
The product is a little messy when you remove it and I find it easier to use a warm flannel to get the majority off and then rinse my skin with warm water. Once the product is removed, my skin feels really soft and smooth straight away. It isn't drying at all and my face didn't feel tight after use although I did still use a moisturiser afterwards.
My skin looks radiant after use and my skin does look in a lovely condition. My skin is prone to blemishes but it didn't cause any spots to develop. It doesn't dry my skin out and doesn't make my skin greasy but it finds some happy medium in between. It definitely brightens my complexion and removes signs of dullness. The results are not that long lasting and you need to use the product about twice weekly otherwise your skin goes back to normal.
All in all, this is a lovely face mask which is packed full of natural goodness. The product is easy to use and is didn't irritate my skin or cause me to develop blemishes. It leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth, and my complexion looks brighter and healthier. It is neither too drying or too hydrating and it suits my skin down to the ground. I really like this product, and also it doesn't completely transform my skin, I would happily repurchase it.
It's not often I get to pamper myself, but lately I have been making more of an effort to take the time out for luxuries such as face masks. My latest purchases have been from Lush, including The Sacred Truth, which is a fresh mask which must be kept in the fridge after purchase.
Each fresh mask has a creation date on the pot, with a use by date to ensure you are using the mask whilst it's at its best.
All the packaging for fresh face masks from Lush are the same apart from the labelling. They are in standard black pots, with screw lids. Whilst not amazing or pretty in design, they are uniform to the Lush brand and as a bonus if you take back four empty pots, you receive a free face mask in its place.
The Sacred Truth looks a bit like guacamole on first glance. A not very attractive green colour that has a very unique aroma attached to it. It's not a girly scent at all, more of a natural one with woody aromas.
Despite this, the main ingredient in this face mask is papaya, but obviously this isn't a strong scented fruit as I cannot detect anything fruity in this mask.
The colour definitely appears from the wheatgrass which also features in the ingredient list. There is nothing artificial in the ingredients and they are all natural.
The Sacred Truth is designed to break down the dead skin cells using the papaya, whilst soothing the skin with the coconut oil and honey ingredients. Lush market this face mask as a serious, complex mask to give maximum benefit to those who need a little extra help to keep their skin at the height of its game.
To apply, you must remove from the fridge and apply a generous layer to the face (avoiding the eyes) and leave on for five to ten minutes. Bear in mind that this mask will be cold when you remove from the fridge and apply to your skin.
Apart from looking a little scary when wearing the mask, I didn't find it uncomfortable or overpowering with the mask applied. After ten minutes I did start to feel the mask hardening against the air, so I knew it was time to wash off.
In the past I have found masks to be sticky or resistant to washing off, but thankfully this one came off really easily. Try not to wipe your face in a light coloured towel if you are unsure of residue as it does leave a grotty looking colour on the towel.
The after effects of my skin were average. I didn't get the super soft feeling that I have experienced with similar products. My skin did feel really clean, and smooth in a slight way on the cheek and forehead area. My jaw line and nose area felt a little tight after using this mask though.
The packaging or website doesn't give any recommendation for skin type or frequency to use this mask. I think for the size of the tub and the length of freshness you get when you buy it, then once a week with a generous application would be acceptable and you wouldn't waste any of the product by throwing away at the end. For the price of £5.95 for a 75g pot, this is quite expensive, but I think it's worth the money for the amount of applications you can get from the pot.
Overall I have been pleased with this mask, and I would consider it again in the future.
I know my last review was also a fresh face mask, but after that one, I bought myself another one virtually straight away! I had actually hoped for another pot of the Catastrophe Cosmetic, but sadly, as stated in my previous review, it was sold out! After talking with the helpful sales advisor, I settled on this one. The Sacred Truth, according to the sales assistant, contained ingredients such as green tea and rose absolute that would help to calm my skin down a bit and get rid of the redness around the now-reduced blemishes. This mask cost £5.95 from Lush.
When I got home, I went onto the website to find out a bit more about the mask. I was almost offended that the mask was designed for "mature" skin - at the tender age of 23 I hardly think of myself as over the hill, or even on it for that matter. However, it did contain a lot of ingredients that would hopefully calm my skin down and reduce the overall number of blemishes. I really like the slogan "food for your face" that Lush applies to its fresh face masks, especially as theses masks contain lots of lovely, fresh ingredients that nourish your skin and improve (hopefully!) its overall condition.
The mask itself is a dull green colour; on the website it looks like hummus but it is a bit greener than that. Some of the main ingredients are honey, fresh papaya, shea butter, ginseng and green tea, yet I could pick out no single ingredient that defines the scent of this mask. To put it simply, it smells like a lush store in a pot, to me anyway.
Lush recommends using the mask on clean skin, leaving it on for 5 - 10 minutes and applying a thick layer of the mask to get the maximum benefit of the ingredients. I apply the mask after cleansing, but I generally leave the mask on longer than 10 minutes as I never really time myself. The mask has never dried out completely, but I have found myself watching "Mrs Browns Boys" and felt like my face was cracking when I was laughing, so best set a timer or something! As with the other mask, even with a thick, generous layer of product I managed to get a good 4 or 5 masks out of that little pot!
As with all fresh face masks it needs to be kept in the fridge, so it is really cold and refreshing when applied. When I went into the living room with my family, several Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle jokes were cracked as it does look somewhat greener on your face than it does in the pot. After about 15 minutes, I washed it off then inspected my skin before toning and moisturising. My skin had a weird green hue to it after using this mask, almost like a residue, but my excellent toner took care of that. My face did feel lovely and soft and it smelled nice afterwards, but it was just a generic Lush smell tome, nothing special.
I don't feel that the ingredients lived up to what I had expected of this mask, but this could also have been down to the sales assistant not really identifying my needs properly. My skin was lovely and soft as well as fragrant, but the green tea, ginseng and rose absolute did not improve my skin enough over a couple of weeks to warrant buying this mask again. However, if you have ageing skin or just want something to moisturise it well, I can recommend this mask.
Lush 'The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask
Once again on of my many visits to my favourite Lush store in the Westfield Centre in Derby I took back five of their black plastic pots cleaned and washed out and ready for recycling. As my reward I could choose one of their delicious looking, almost edible fresh face packs. I always have such trouble choosing which one as they are all so great but this time I chose 'The Sacred Truth' as once again I was rather too aware that my rather mature skin needed a bit of help as it felt a bit dry and this was recommended.
THE FACE PACKS GENERALLY
In the shop the various face mask are in big stainless steel bowls on ice and presented with fresh items that are in the actual face mask as garnish; so this one had some cut papaya as garnish. The face packs are made fresh in the Derby shop for their use only. Other products are made down in the factory in Dorset and brought in to the shop.
As these are made with fresh ingredients they h
ave a limited life and must be stored in the fridge. I have once had two face packs as I was given one in the shop and because we were just about to go on holiday I stuck it in the freezer. We were away about four weeks and when I returned I retrieved my face mask and it was absolutely fine, it lasted another six weeks in the fridge and smelled great and I used it once a week for the six weeks. So don't worry too much about the keeping aspect as they do last a fair time if kept in the fridge and used with clean fingers or a spoon to get the stuff out.
WHAT IS THIS SACRED TRUTH ONE LIKE?
According to Lush "The sacred Truth is that your skin needs more regular maintenance and care as you get older". Sad but it is true I am discovering as my skin is definitely losing its elasticity and firmness. As we get older our skin has more trouble retaining moisture and so we get that slightly dull sallow look.
It comes in a small back recyclable pot and you get 75g in the pot. The cost if you buy it is £5.50 which is quite expensive but I don't think I have bought one for quite a while as I have had free ones through bringing back my black pots.
This face mask is a rather dull sage green marshy ooze looking colour, about the same as a stagnant mud pool I suppose but smooth not lumpy. It is a little lighter in colour than Ayesha and feels much smoother.
It is very thick rather like a paste, thick texture and not at all runny. It isn't as thick as some and because it is so smooth it does spread very easily and quite thinly. It smoothes on with a slight creamy feel and is quite smooth and silky in texture though and spreads as thin or thick as you like.
What does it smell like? Well it is a very mild smell very pleasant a mixture of sweet fruit and a very slightly earthy/herby smell. The smell is really hard to describe as it really isn't that strong, it is very fresh, slightly fruity and I wish I could find something that smelled similar.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH IT?
Well when I use my facepack I always start with clean skin and so I use a cleanser to wipe away any grime of the day. And in my case it has to be a Lush cleanser called 9 to 5 as I really like this one and find it quite gentle.
Next stage is one I was advised to add by the girl in the Lush shop one day and that is to give my face a feed with a serum and the one I use is a great little bar of serum called 'Full of Grace'. This ensures that your face doesn't get too dried out and feeds it while you are having the facemask. If you have not got this lovely serum then any moisturiser will do but this face mask needs it less than others as it has lots of lovely shea butter and linseed which feeds and moisturises the skin.
Then open the pot of facemask and spread it all over your face except around the eyes. If the mask has dried out at all then you can help it by wetting my hands to smooth it on.
According to Lush you shouldn't let it go completely dry and crusty before washing it off but I leave mine until dry as I usually get in the bath and lie there. If it does get dry then it doesn't matter as I can use lots of water to gently wash it off.
I then get out of the bath and dry myself patting my face dry before I reach for the toner to close those pores and then of course moisturise as for night or day depending on when you use it.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
As I lie in the bath I can't really smell anything much except a slight sweetfrom this one at all. I really relax and lie back and feel the benefits of this mask. I love the way my skin feels fed after this one and find my skin feels very soft but a little firmer. The fine lines are slightly less noticeable but the wrinkles are still there but it just looks tighter and I feel like I have had a deep clean too. I am past the age when I suffer from spots but I do think that the green teal and pawpaw help clean my pores and they look less big and open and my face generally slightly tighter.
I have quite a sensitive skin and am allergic to many cosmetic chemicals but this has not given me any problems and I have used at least four pots over the last two years. I do like a change so don't always get the same one.
WHAT GOODIES ARE IN THIS ONE?
The ingredients in this one are a blend of talc, kaolin, shea butter, ginko leaf and brown linseed infusion, free range eggs, wheat grass, papaya, green tea, ginseng root, evening primrose oil, ylang ylang, bee pollen and so much more. If you are really wanting the full list then if you go to the Lush website they are listed. This combination of ingredients is rather interesting and each is there for a different purpose, papaya and green tea are famous for their brightening and anti oxidants, shea butter, linseed and lanolin are great moisturizers to feed an older dry skin. Green tea is also soothing as it kaolin so a real good recipe for feeding an older skin.
We have ylang ylang, rose absolute, rosewood oil and lavender essential oils so that is why this has such a lovely smell but it is quite subtle and there is definitely a herby scent too which may be ginseng, green tea and ginko leaf I suppose.
The ingredients in this are supposed to give a good feed to your skin. The anti -oxidant action of the wheat grass, ginseng and green tea gets rid of any nasties built up in the skin. Papaya has been used by the Aborigine people are a healer for years and now experts agree that papaya is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, flavinoids and carotenes, and it contains an enzyme called"Papain" which can help banish dead skin cells and clear impurities. It is a magic fruit and it Is such a shame that it doesn't travel better so we can enjoy it more in this country. The enzymes in the papaya really do help rebuild skin cells and are a leading ingredient in skin whitening products and also have restorative properties that can help soften the skin and give a smoother appearance.
I have found it really helps to keep my skin clear and fresh looking. I tend to use mine in the morning. Usually Monday mornings usually as my husband goes off to play golf early in the morning so I have time to myself to pamper in the bathroom. However this one I also use in the afternoon if we are going out because it is a kind of mini face lift. It smoothes the fine lines for a few hours before they creep back in.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
Yes I love this one as it is a face mask that really does smooth those tiny fine lines and leaves my face feeling soft and moist. This is not a magic potion so it is product to help care for your skin rather than a chemical face lift. The smell is really lovely, fruity and slightly herby I wish I could describe the smell better it also has a really creamy fell to it. It does make my skin feel well fed and it feels nice and soft and a bit smoother too so I am happy. I am especially happy as it was free although it does cost £5.50 if you don't have five pots to hand back. This is still quite good value as easily get six uses from this little pot as you don't need to cake it on thickly at all.
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I'm a big fan of Lush and enjoying treating myself to their fab beauty products as often as I can afford. One of their ongoing special offers works by returning empty pots from finished items, in exchange for a Fresh Face Mask of your choice. The deal is, you clean out 5 old black tubs (any size counts, but only the black tubs, not the plastic bottles or other types of packaging), and you can take them back in to the shop and exchange them for a free Fresh Face Mask - bargain. There are currently 9 different types available to choose from, and I've just finished using The Sacred Truth mask. They're available to buy from Lush stores on this high street, via mail order, or online at www.lush.co.uk. It costs £5.50 for a 75g tub but I always wait to get my masks as a freebie! The best thing is, the free mask you get counts as 1/5 of your next lot of black tubs so it gives you a good head start!
This is a face mask with a difference, only natural ingredients are used and it's freshly made. This means that you'll be getting the best of the vitamins and nutrients, but it causes the product to have a short life span of around 2-3 weeks. It will need to be kept refrigerated to keep it preserved for longer. If it is not kept chilled the ingredients will go off and the face mask will be un-useable. Bear this in mind and save it for the last stop on your shopping trip - you don't want it starting to go off in your bag as you spend the day hitting up the shops!
Product description: "The Truth is we all need protection from ageing. The vital anti-oxidant action of Wheatgrass, Ginseng and Green Tea, enzymic fresh Papaya, cleansing clays and nutritious butters, all combined to defend the skin. The mask delivers live, fresh, active ingredients, which enhance and revive the complexion."
Recommended directions for use: Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse away with warm water. Keep chilled.
I usually remove the mask from the fridge a short while before I intend to use it so that it has a chance to warm up a little and doesn't give too much of a chilling shock to my skin. This feels a bit more comfortable and is more relaxing than refreshing.
The mask is a dull shade of green and has quite a thick texture to it. It is smooth all the way through though, unlike some of Lush's other Fresh Face Masks, and this makes it easier to remove from the tub as well as being less messy while the mask is on my face. Because of its thick, heavy consistency and I needed to apply quite a generous amount to ensure I was getting a full coverage. I could not notice any real fragrance to the mask, it was quite bland and did not feel like much of a treat to be using it thanks to the lack of fragrance and boring colour.
To get the best out of the mask and make sure it's all used up before the Use By date, I apply 2 to 3 times a week and follow quite a detailed routine as part of my intensive treat. Firstly I make sure my face is thoroughly clean and free of all traces of make-up. I have been using a cream cleanser for this which is gentle and prepares my skin for the face mask. After I've done this I then apply The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask. Once the mask is then thoroughly covering my face I left it for the recommended, then washed away with warm water. Finally I finish up by using a toning solution to ensure the mask has been fully removed, then use a moisturising lotion and eye cream.
The mask is heavy but it spreads over the skin easily. It stayed quite moist and did not seem to dry out during the 10 minutes treatment time, as I had applied a reasonable layer over my face and neck. I always extend the application of these Fresh Face Masks down to my neck so that the skin there gets the same benefit, and it helps me to use up the mask before the expiry date so I avoid wasting leftovers.
I used my face mask over a period of two and a half weeks, following the recommended directions and leaving it on for first 5 minutes, then building up to 10 minutes over further applications. I did not notice any benefits to my skin after using the mask in this way, and I had hoped that there would be some accumulative effect after using it several times, but still nothing. I was a little annoyed by this as I had expected a quick fix product that would work in a short amount of time. for my final application I figured I may as well leave it on for longer and see if it did anything. This time I left it on for another few minutes, so a total of around 17 ish minutes (not quite 20 minutes, but over 15 so I'm averageing here!). Amazingly, this made a huge difference and I really felt the effect of using the mask this time.
When I was initially using the face mask for only 5 to 10 minutes it felt gentle on my skin, but afterwards my skin was not hydrated and there was no noticeable smoothness or anti-ageing effects as promised. However, when I left it on for longer I did notice a more positive result. My skin felt fuller and more nourished, as well as having a lovely smooth finish to it. Although I did still need to finish off with a moisturising face cream, my skin definitely felt like it has received some moisutirisng effects from the mask and was in a better condition than previously. I was disappointed that I had waited until the last application to try leaving it on for a longer time, as I could have had a better experience overall if I had tried that sooner, but I am usually cautious to ignore timing instructions as this could cause skin reactions or sensitivity which I would obviously like to avoid.
I've tried other Lush Fresh Face Masks that suited my skin better and worked more efficiently, so I would only getting another The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask provided it was part of the freebie deal. Overall I was disappointed that I got such poor results until I ignored the directions and left it on for a longer time period.
Ingredients: Ginkgo Leaf and Brown Linseed Infusion, Kaolin, Talc, Honey, Fresh Papaya, Glycerine, Organic Yoghurt, Fresh Free Range Eggs, Shea Butter, Evening Primrose Oil, Lanolin, Bentonite Gel, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Ginseng Root Powder, Green Tea Powder, Fresh Wheatgrass, Bee Pollen, Ylang Ylang Oil, Rose Absolute, Lavender Oil, Rosewood Oil, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume.
*occurs naturally in essential oils
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Price = £5.25 for 75g
Ingredients = Ginkgo Leaf and Brown Linseed Infusion, Kaolin, Talc, Honey, Fresh Papaya, Glycerine, Organic Yoghurt, Fresh Free Range Eggs, Shea Butter, Evening Primrose Oil, Lanolin, Bentonite Gel, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Ginseng Root Powder, Green Tea Powder, Fresh Wheatgrass, Bee Pollen, Ylang Ylang Oil, Rose Absolute, Lavender Oil, Rosewood Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume
Lush description = The truth is, we all need protection from ageing. The vital antioxidant action of wheatgrass, ginseng and green tea, enzymic fresh papaya, cleansing clays and nutritious butters, all combine to defend the skin. This mask delivers live, fresh, active ingredients, which enhance and revive the complexion.
Personal experience = After a unexpectedly harsh product had irritated my sensitive skin I turned to Lush for a more natural approach. Having never tried any of their fresh face masks before I was initially unsure as to whether they would be the best product to choose, especially since they needed to be kept in the fridge. However, the shop assistant assured me that The Sacred Truth would work wonders. I was hesitant as to whether it would be the best one available as the description quite clearly states that its main aim is ageing protection. How wrong I was.....
Creamy in texture and easy to apply I found this face mask a great treat. The smell was amazing (I realise sometimes the scent of Lush products puts people off but, for me, this was not a problem with this product). I experienced no stinging from my irritated skin when it was applied; in fact it appeared to calm my skin almost straight away. After several applications it had helped significantly with the red and dry patches, calming them down and allowing my skin to heal naturally. To me this was the perfect face mask; cleansing but not too harsh on the skin. I was recommend this for all skin types and all ages, your complexion will thank you!
Just before Christmas, I found I had the five empty black pots from Lush required to obtain one of their fresh face masks for free. This was good timing, as nice skin is very desirable during the holiday season, while also being difficult to obtain due to the cold weather, too much chocolate, too little sleep and general busyness! I love Lush fresh face masks and popped down to the shop.
Which one to choose? I'm trying to sample all of Lush's fresh face masks in an effort to find my favourite, so I wanted something I hadn't tried before. The Sacred Truth stood out as it was described as an 'energising' mask, which was definitely something I could do with!
The Sacred Truth is actually aimed at mature skin, with the 'tagline' "the Sacred Truth is: we all need protection from ageing". The mask contains ginseng and green tea which help to condition and smooth the skin. These ingredients, along with wheatgrass and papaya, contain antioxidants to clear and brighten mature, sun-damaged or tired skin. Papaya also contains malic and pyruvic acids, which help to break down dirt, and kaolin clay helps to cleanse. The mask also contains shea butter for moisturisation. Sadly the mask is not suitable for vegans, as it contains eggs and lanolin which help to nourish skin.
On opening the mask, I saw that it was thick and smooth in texture and dark green in colour with a refreshing, vaguely fruity scent. I found the mask very easy to apply (on thoroughly cleansed skin, of course) as it was so smooth. It felt very refreshing on my skin, even if it did make me look like a monster. However, my parents are used to me coming down the stairs looking like a swamp creature so I wasn't too bothered about this!
The mask should be left on the face for between five and ten minutes. I found that after this time my skin started to feel slightly itchy, so I made sure to wash it off in plenty of time. It was no more difficult to wash off than any other face mask, I found. I followed my mask with Eau Roma toner water and facial serum, after waiting a little to examine the mask's effect on my skin.
Being only 25, I don't have any wrinkles but I still noticed that the mask had a positive effect on my skin. My face looked brighter and clearer and felt very soft and reasonably moisturised. I couldn't see much of a difference in my pores, but to be fair the mask does not claim to tighten pores. My face can sometimes be shiny and I found the mask toned the shine down slightly, though not as much as some other masks I have tried in the past.
Over the course of a couple of weeks, using the mask on average twice a week, I have found that my skin continues to look bright, clear and healthy: not tired at all despite the overeating, excess alcohol and lack of exercise and fresh air I got during the Christmas break. My skin looks generally even-toned and I have fewer blackheads than I might expect after eating so much chocolate!
I estimate that 6-8 applications can be got out of one tub, which makes the £5.25 price tag seem much better value, although you do need to use the mask up within 3-4 weeks (in my experience, though, using the mask for around a week after the use-by date has never done me any harm). Of course, you can get one free if you return five black pots/shower jelly pots to a store, and this is just a bargain!
Lush's fresh face masks never let me down and this one is no exception. Though it is designed for mature skin, I feel young skin can benefit from it too as it helps to clear and brighten tired skin. It's ideal to use during the Christmas season or any time when you're running around like a mad person. A definite recommendation from me.
My skin's been looking a little worse for wear recently as it's taken a bit of a battering this winter and also due to the fact that I've been pretty busy recently and not eating as healthily as I should! I usually head for Lush on occasions like this to find a pick me up. I always have trouble deciding which mask to go for, but The Sacred Truth seemed to tick all the boxes. According to the pot the mask delivers live, fresh, active ingredients which enhance and revive the complexion - sounded just like what I needed!
For those of you who haven't tried Lush's range of Fresh Face masks - these are made with fresh ingredients (which can often be found in your kitchen) and contain no preservatives. For this reason they need to be kept in the fridge and used within 3 weeks. The Sacred Truth comes in a small 75g black tub, which like all lush products tells you who made it and when it should be used by.
The Sacred truth itself is certainly a multi-action mask! It contains wheatgrass, ginseng and green tea which flood your skin with anti-oxidants. As I live in the city and my skin is exposed to a lot of pollutants this is a plus point for me. It also contains enzymatic papaya and nutritious butters to soften the skin and cleansing clays to draw out any impurities. On opening the box I was greeted with a smooth green paste that had a butter like consistency. It smelt quite sweet, rather like honeysuckle and quite pleasant. To use, apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye and mouth areas. Leave for five to ten minutes and then rinse away with warm water.
As the mask is drying the smell of honeysuckle fades and it starts to smell of raw eggs, though this sounds more unpleasant than it actually is! A quick glance at the ingredients reveals that the mask does indeed contain fresh eggs! In fact the list of ingredients is reassuringly simple and contains many items such as yogurt and butter that you'd find in the kitchen! The mask fades in colour as it dries and I noticed my skin getting a bit tighter as the minutes ticked by.
The mask itself is not a peel off one and has to be rinsed off. After 10 minutes I headed to the bathroom to wash the mask off with some warm water. The mask came away easily with a little rubbing and was not messy at all. After removing the mask my skin felt incredibly soft, in fact I'm sure I heard it squeak as it was so clean! I've used it a few times now and my complexion is certainly a lot brighter than it was before I used this. In fact a couple of people have commented on this and how my skin is looking so well.
I use the mask a couple of times a week and I usually get 8-9 uses out of a single pot. The pot costs £4.95, which is probably a little more expensive than some of the masks that are available in chemists for example, but in my opinion, considering the fresh ingredients and the positive effect it had on my skin, it's worth every penny! Lush also have an ongoing offer where if you bring back 5 empty pots of lush products you receive a free fresh mask - definitely worth it in my opinion as you can save money and do your bit for the environment! It states on the box that the combination of ingredients used are said to offer protection from the natural aging process - it's not something we can halt but if it can help me age gracefully - great! I'll let you know if it's worked in a few years time!
Today from Lush I received my Head, Shoulders Knees And Toes 9 products for £12.50 in which you get to choose a fresh face mask, there are several to choose from and I decided to go ahead with The Sacred Truth mask.
Lush are an ace company who aim to reduce packaging as much as possible whilst using as many fresh ingredients and as few preservatives as they possibly can. They have retail shops and also a website which is www.lush.co.uk.
Within the stores these posts of fresh face masks are sat in ice cubes to keep them cool and fresh because of the mostly fresh ingredients in them, various butters, juices etc which need to be kept refridgerated, and at home they need to be kept chilled also.
Each pot is 75g and a very generous size I feel, I can have 6 very thick applications of face mask and considering the price of the product it is around a quid per application. Now in my Lush times I received today it is advertised at under a fiver but online is £6.45 so am a little confused!!
If you take back 5 empty black pots you will get a free face mask which is a decent offer.
What Lush say about it = "The truth is, we all need protection from ageing. The vital antioxidant action of wheatgrass, ginseng and green tea, enzymic fresh papaya, cleansing clays and nutritious butters, all combine to defend the skin. This mask delivers live, fresh, active ingredients, which enhance and revive the complexion. Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave for five to ten minutes, then rinse away with warm water. Keep chilled".
Ingredients=VEGETARIAN, Ginkgo Leaf and Brown Linseed Infusion (Ginkgo biloba and Linum usitatissimum), Kaolin, Talc, Honey, Fresh Papaya (Carica papaya), Glycerine, Organic Yoghurt, Free Free Range Eggs, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis), Lanolin, Bentonite Gel, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Ginseng Root Powder (Panax ginseng), Green Tea (Camelia sinensis), Fresh Wheatgrass (Triticum Aestivum vulgare), Bee Pollen, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora), *Benzyl Salicylate, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume}
Gingko and green tea are antioxidants, rose and lavender oils act to cleane and tone the skin, kaolin is a fine, mineral-rich, powder that helps draw oils from your pores while ridding the skin surface of dead cells and dirt. Ginseng will help the microcirculation of the skin, which can help reduce fine lines and make the skin firmer.
To apply, a generous amount is applied to the face area of course excluding the very delicate area of the eyes, and it says to leave for 5 to 10 minutes however I just used mine for at least 20-30 minutes and just left it on. The smell is not appealing, neither offensive nor pleasant it lies in between and I could not really pick out a specific smell to the product!
I could not feel any tingling, and the green mixture dried well, leaving it looking a bit scaly pre-washing it off the face but did not leave it particularly tight feeling. So when I came to wash it off, I was pleased it did not take a huge amount of effort to reomve using just hotter than lukewarm water to remove it and patted dry.
The look of my skin - my skin was slightly red and a little flushed especially around the cheeks so the ingredients must have stimulated the skin in some way. However this went to reveal a lovely glowy complexion, almost shining, and I was very pleased indeed. No tightness or soreness was felt, it was a beautiful mask to use, and with lovely natural ingredients hence the fact it does not smell of anything in particular with no artificial scents included!!
I like this product a lot and give it 9 out of 10.
I am an avid fan of Lush brand and in my opinion once they get a product spot on nothing else compares, however I have recently realised that a lot of their products lack that special little spark and are just distinctly average. However, I am very happy to say that this environmentally friendly facemask, 'Sacred Truth' is definitely a Lush winner!!
Sacred Truth is a face mask about facing up to the truth about aging and looking after tired skin. It comes in a small black pot and is available exclusively at Lush for £6.95. This initially might seem expensive for a face mask, especially when you can buy 99p sachets from your local supermarket but trust that this mask is great value for money. Each little pot that I buy of any Lush face mask lasts me for about a month if I use in 2 times a week, which is about 8 applications, which would cost around £8 when buying those mini sachets. Plus when you compare its list of indulgent fresh ingredients and its amazing results, £6.95 feels like a bargain!
~~ Buying a Lush Mask ~~
Whilst the face masks, including this one, can be bought online from Lush, I would strongly recommend going into your local branch as its much more fun! If I go in ready to buy a new mask (even if I know which one I want) I'll always dither around their display looking unsure and confused, and when I do a typically enthusiastic Lush assistant will appear and ask if I'd like a try a few on first!
I then smile and enjoy as the assistant spoons two generous lumps of face masks onto the back of my hands, which I'll then leave on for 10 mins as I browse the rest of the store. Then she (or he) will gently wash it off with warm water, making you feel very special. This will help you realise if your skin is irritated by the product and give you a feel of how the product will work for you .... but more importantly its such fun!
The majority of assistants are also trained to tell you what your skin type is and which product will work best for you.
~~ The product and How to use it? ~~
Sacred Truth contains clays and linseed that work instantly to soften and revive and wheatgrass, green tea and ginseng that work long term to protect the skin.
It is a greenish colour in appearance, and thick but smooth in texture; a bit like a green clay. It is much smoother than their other masks and I feel by being that tad smoother, it lasts an extra application for a same sized pot. It has a pleasant and subtle earthy aroma that I feel has a quite relaxing and soporific effect, making it perfect for a relaxing evening in.
This mask (like all of Lush's masks) must be kept in the fridge as they do not contain any preservatives; if not then they are likely to gather mould and no one wants mould on their face. This also has then added benefit of feeling lovely and cold on application, making your skin instantly wake up. Always aim to apply on cleansed skin, then leave for 5-10 mins (I usually leave it for 10), when removing use luke warm water and for best results massage the product, with the help of the water, into the skin ensuring you get all the benefits, then tone and moisturise.
The mask doesn't dry too much on the skin and you can still move enough to sip a cup of tea or hot chocolate while you let it work its magic. While it's on the skin there's a slight tightening tingling sensation that I find quite reassuring that it's doing something.
~~ The results ~~
Personally the main reason I use face masks is to feel pampered and to have a bit of girly fun. Thus I have tended to go for the girly pretty masks that don't necessarily have the most noticeable results, as opposed to those zombie-like lumpy masks that seem to work wonders. But the truth about this mask is that it is both fun and girly and works well too!
I usually don't notice an instant result with face masks but with this one as soon as I take it off my skin looks noticeably more fresh and healthy and is far softer to touch. It also seems to even out my complexion and help balance my skin perfectly; as if it was designed especially for my skin type! And I defiantly notice a difference in my skin when I don't use the product for a while.
However, being only 20, I can't quite comment on its ability to smooth out the beginnings of wrinkles. But fingers crossed if I keep using the product while I'm young, and generally look after my skin, I'll be protected for the future!
In the past I have liked to experiment with face masks, and have tried most of what Lush, Superdrug and Boots etc. Have to offer. However, I now think I shall stick to Sacred Truth, because nothing else compares!
I'm a massive Lush face mask fan! This was one of the most effective masks I have tried from their range! You will get a tingling feeling which is the natural ingredient actually working on your skin. My boyfriend actually comment that my skin was glowing after I had used it!! It feels amazing and smells gorgeous!
Unfortunately for me I have extremely sensitive skin and developed some dry patches on my face from continuous use, obviously from a reaction to some of the ingredient. But for anyone without sensitive skin I'm sure you will be amazed at the results of this product! It is a real quality product containing natural fresh ingredient and NO HARSH CHEMICALS! If you have never tried a lush face-mask before I recommend you do, they are not like anything I have ever used before. I will probably never use another brand of face mask again, they are that good!
I promise you I am not becoming a Lush addict but seeing as I have to brave the smell and go into the shop about once a month to get my sons honey soap then I feel it's only right that I treat myself!
I never really seem to know what to buy for me when I go in, I can't seem to recognize anything, I mean the shampoo looks like bars of soap and real soap is in great big bits and cut while you wait! So I decided to try a face mask and was directed to a chiller bit that had lots of ice in it and bowls of stuff that initially I thought was ice-cream but it was then explained that the bowls of stuff was the face masks and had to be kept cold as all the ingredients were fresh. A very nice assistant must of noticed my confused looking state and came to help me and she recommended this one as she thought it would be good for my skin type.
Lush first started in the 70's and were originally called Cosmetics to go, they also sold products to the Body shop. They were based in Dorset and had a mail order catalogue that was quite successful. The eighties saw them bring out their famous Bath bombs & shampoo bars but then they went bust and had to sell up. In 1994 they started up again and opened a shop in Poole Dorset, then another one in Kings road London these were so successful they went on to open around 100 stores to date and they still have their very successful mail/internet order side.
I had to look this up on their web site and I now take back what I said about the nice assistant!
The Sacred Truth is for people facing the facts and accepting the beginnings of their wrinkles, whilst still wanting to make the best of themselves without resorting to extreme (and expensive) measures. The refreshing, revitalising Sacred Truth mask contains massive amounts of fresh food for the face to soften, moisturise and give your skin a boost. It is packed with fresh antioxidant wheatgrass, ginseng and green tea to protect against free radicals.
I am only 35 and don't have wrinkles, I have laughter lines!
It comes in a clear plastic tub that the cheeky assistant filled for me; it is a sort of dark beigey green colour, a nice thick consistency and a bit lumpy in parts. I usually use sachet facemasks that I find very hard to open and messy, but this seems to be easier. It has a subtle scent and I can't smell one ingredient more than another, I can smell the rose, lavender & coconut.
The black label on the front gives you all the ingredients and you also have a sticker that tells you which assistant made your product.
Now for me this is the tricky part because I like to put one of these on and then have a nice long soak in the tub. And I will guarantee you as soon as I get in the bath my monsters will need the loo or start killing each other! So we have an agreement that when mum is in the bath relaxing with her face mask on they will leave her alone and be quiet or mum will turn up at school to pick them up and start kissing in front of their friends! (It works!)
The directions state to apply to clean skin and avoid the eyes, now because this has fresh ingredients it needs to be kept in the fridge so it is a bit cold when you apply and can feel a bit hard a first to spread onto the face but once it warms up a bit it becomes a lot easier. The lumps in the mask are relatively easy to smooth out and you can put it on as thick or thin, as you like.
So then you leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and just relax, the mask does start to dry out but it doesn't have that dry cracking feeling that some of the masks on the market do. It isn't uncomfortable and is very easy to wash off, I just use warm water and a flannel and it washes off very easily.
After washing off I noticed my skin did feel softer and it did seem to have a nice glow about it. As for the wrinkles as I have already stated I do not have them but my laughter lines did look fainter! I must admit I didn't feel the need to put my moisturiser on straight away as I usually do with most facemasks so it didn't dry my skin out and I did not cause any redness or dry patches.
PRICE & INGREDIENTS
Ginko leaf and brown linseed infusion, Kaolin, talc, honey, fresh papaya, glycerine, natural yoghurt, free range egg, shea butter, evening primrose oil, lanolin, bentonite gel, coconut butter, ginseng root powder, green tea, fresh wheatgrass, pollen, ylang ylang oil, rose absolute, lavender oil and rosewood oil.
One of the ingredients that did surprise me is Lanolin because I usually react to this one and if I had read the ingredients before I used it like most sensible people would then I wouldn't of used it but luckily I didn't react at all. I must admit the list of ingredients looks very natural and almost good enough to eat. Please don't try this at home!
I got a 100g pot for £5.50, which seems a lot and they do say that this should be enough for 4 treatments but I used it twice a week for 4 weeks so it did work out cheaper than buying the sachets of facemasks at 99p each.
If you buy from the website they do state that they can only deliver these within the UK as the ingredients are fresh. It will also be sent separate to the rest of your order and by first class post to get to you as quick as possible, which is why it is more expensive on line than in store. Also because of the fresh ingredients the tub will have a use by date on it of usually 4 weeks.
I really liked the idea of this product as when I was younger I used to concoct my own facemasks but not having the time now this is the next best thing. The mask did live up to its promise and was a nice treat for my skin; I will buy this again but also will try out some of the others they have to offer. I will also have to explain to that assistant the difference between laughter lines and wrinkles!
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We all get older and if we're sensible about it we will appreciate the wisdom which we acquire and not look back with regret / However, there's no point in rushing the process is there? The Sacred Truth is for people facing the facts and accepting the beginnings of their wrinkles, whilst still wanting to make the best of themselves without resorting to extreme (and expensive) measures / The refreshing, revitalising Sacred Truth mask contains massive amounts of fresh food for the face to soften, moisturise and give your skin a boost / It is packed with fresh antioxidant wheatgrass, ginseng and green tea to protect against free radicals / We recommend that you use regularly for long term, natural protection / Apply to clean skin avoiding the eye area; leave on for five to ten minutes then rinse off with warm water, massaging as you go / Four treatments per pot /