Product Type: Lush body care
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Lush British Nanny Moisturiser
Lush Skin Nanny
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Lush Skin Nanny
Date: 14/06/12, updated on 14/06/12 (191 review reads)
Advantages: Conditions, moisturises and protects the skin; high SPF; lasts ages
Disadvantages: Far too thick for my skin; expensive
British Nanny was originally known as Skin Nanny and it was discontinued last year. However, there was such an outcry among customers that it was brought back, but only to this country - hence the new name of British Nanny (also inspired by Mary Poppins).
***Lush and sunscreen***
Lush have faced difficulties sourcing ingredients for their SPF moisturisers as rules surrounding sunscreens mean that they often have to be tested on animals, which Lush are completely against. They also used to make Ultralight, a moisturiser with a SPF of 10, and Paradise Regained with an SPF of 25, but British Nanny is the only moisturiser still available from Lush with sunscreen included.
***Price and availability***
When I first started researching my review, I couldn't find British Nanny on the website as Lush were apparently having trouble sourcing an ingredient. This should be sorted soon however and the moisturiser will be available both in-store and online. It costs around £25 for a pot which is quite pricey, but I bought my tub from eBay for about half the price.
**What's in it?***
British Nanny is full of lovely luxurious ingredients to care for and protect your skin, including a base of Brunello Lily infusion, glycerine and shea butter, the latter of which is highly moisturising and helps to protect the skin. Almond oil and hibiscus seed oil condition the skin with Vitamin C and Vitamin E respectively, while other essential oils including coconut, jojoba, starflower and ylang ylang help to nourish the skin and contribute to the scent. Lanolin comes from sheeps' wool and is often used in conditioner: it helps to bind all the ingredients together and protect the skin.
The inclusion of lanolin and bee pollen sadly mean that this cream is unsuitable for vegans, as it contains animal derived ingredients - though like all Lush products it is completely suitable for vegetarians.
This moisturiser does NOT contain cocoa butter - this means it is suitable for those people who are allergic to it.
Like Lush's other moisturisers, British Nanny comes in a 45g black pot (which can be taken back to Lush after use along with four others in order to get a free fresh face mask). The screw-top lid is extremely secure and never comes off by itself, but it is easy to unscrew when you want. The design of the tub also means that it's possible to get every last scrap of moisturiser out. The Lush logo on the tub has the British flag as the background, unlike the more common yellow and green, and the label states: "Nanny your skin with our richest moisturiser and protect it from the sun's harmful rays.".
You could put this pot into your bag and take it anywhere with you, as it is so thick it won't spill, run or move. Lush do state that it is their thickest cream, and it is certainly the thickest face cream I've ever used. It is even thicker than the Body Shop's body butters. The cream is a pale off-white colour with tiny little specks and has a lovely delicate floral scent - Lush state that this is the fragrance of honeysuckle and that it is the same as the 9 to 5 Cleanser - I haven't tried this myself however so I can't comment. The scent has a creamy undertone to it which I would imagine is the shea butter and the various oils contained within the moisturiser.
To use the moisturiser, I simply washed my face as normal and scooped out a little product with my finger. I dabbed it onto the skin and blended in. I only used the cream during the day because of the SPF and only needed a tiny amount at once, so I imagine a tub would last for ages. The cream was extremely thick but I was able to blend it onto my skin, though my skin remained shiny after use and to an extent I thought the product was sitting on it. Still, my skin felt very soft and I was able to apply makeup on top of the moisturiser. The scent remained on my skin for a short while, but wasn't overpowering.
I used the product for a couple of weeks in a row before giving my verdict. The moisturiser felt very luxurious to use and conditioned and moisturised my skin very well. It didn't irritate my skin at all and lasted all day on my skin. In general, my skin looked and felt nourished and cared for while using the cream.
However, it was far too thick for my slightly oily skin. I am used to suncreams being thicker and greasier than standard moisturisers, but this was extremely thick - thicker than a body butter. My skin looked shiny after use and my pores seemed to be emphasised. I also got a few spots from using this product as it was simply too much for my skin. I found it difficult to apply makeup on top, and I found that powder caked and eyeshadow creased (even though I was using a primer). If I touched my face, I could feel the moisturiser sitting there even at the end of the day, when you would have thought it would have fully absorbed.
On the plus side, the cream did seem to offer strong skin protection from weather in general. My mam was down in London for a few days and we decided to take a tour bus around the city. We sat on the top deck for four hours despite high winds and intermittent rain. Afterwards, my mam said that her skin felt weather-beaten but mine, though slightly flushed, still looked and felt soft and conditioned.
Though I like this moisturiser's high SPF, luxurious ingredients, cruelty-free philosophy and scent, I probably won't be repurchasing as it is far too rich for my skin. I will carry on using this tub until it is used up but after that I will look for a different moisturiser with sun protection. I'd only buy this product again if I needed strong protection from the elements - for example if I was travelling to Antarctica, going ski-ing or trekking across the desert. Normally, however, I just need a moisturiser that will protect my skin from the sun, keep my skin matte and provide a good base for makeup!
Summary: I think this would be great for really dry skin but not for me