This is a lovely facial bar from Lush. It cost around £4 when it was available to buy in Lush stores. I am not sure if it's been discontinued as it's no longer for sale at my local Lush. The bar is easy to use. You can melt it in your hands or you can apply the bar directly to the face. The bar melts really quickly and you don't need to use a lot of it so be careful not to melt it too much. The bar smells lovely. It has a gorgeous yummy scent to it. Applying the bar directly to the skin is perhaps the easiest way to use it. It just glides across the skin and it has a lovely soothing effect on the skin. You then rub the melted bar into your skin to give yourself a facial massage. The bar contains exfoliating grains that help to remove dead skin cells and they brighten the skin naturally. You should only exfoliate your skin around three times a week so this product is not designed to be used on a daily basis. Less is more with this. However the bar lasts ages as you only need to use it a couple of times per week. Just be careful storing it as it can melt if exposed to warm temperatures. I used to keep my bar inside one of the Lush black pots. The bar is great for use whilst travelling as it's small and compact. It's ideal for all skin types, especially dull tired skin that need a bit of a boost. Recommended!
Exfoliating is a necessary part of every girl's beauty regime, and there is a multitude of ways to get that scrubbing done! Facial exfoliators are different to ones for general use on the body and you must take care to select the right type of product to suit your skin type. I have combination skin prone to oily patches and spots, and was recommended this scrub by a member of staff at my local Lush store. Sweet Japanese Girl is a cleansing and exfoliating bar available exclusively from Lush, although it was discontinued last year if I remember correctly. I have no idea why as this was a highly popular item, and it hasn't yet made a re-appearance on Lush's Retro section. Sweet Japanese Girl is a rather odd looking cleanser that is moulded into the shape of a girl's face. It has a plain beige colour and you can see the exfoliating particles in it clearly. The scent is very mild and has an almondy sort of feel to it. The bar looks and smells like it will be very gentle, but the added exfoliant particles give it a bit of backbone. Sweet Japanese Girl is an oil based cleanser that is similar to Lush's massage bars. It turns liquid as it reacts to the body heat radiating from your hands and face, and as such it can melt quickly if it is not kept stored in the correct conditions. I keep what remains of mine in a soap dish stacked up away from the sink where it cannot get wet. To apply this, I usually remove my eye make-up first, and make sure my skin is damp. It is important to remember to keep the bar dry. This is more like a facial massage treatment, and is not intended to be used like a bar of soap. Keep the bar itself away from water. As long as your face is a little moist this will be enough, as the cleanser does not foam up so it doesn't need any extra water to form a lather. You can either rub the bar between your hands, and then apply to your face using your fingers, or my preferred method is to rub the bar directly onto my face using small sweeping motions, and paying particular attention to the creases on my nose, chin etc. Once my face is fully covered I go back the the beginning point where I started to apply the scrub first of all, and work over my whole face again, rubbing the grains over my skin using small circular motions with my fingertips. I like to leave it a minute or so, so that the oils can start to sink into my skin and give a bit of a moisture boost as well. The Sweet Japanese Girl cleanser bar contains both cocoa butter and shea butter so it can feel quite heavy as it is very nourishing. The bar coats your skin with a layer of oil and this can be a bit concerning if you have already got oily skin. Nevertheless, the exfoliating particles of ground nut shells and aduki beans help to clear up problem areas and revitalise tired dull skin. The granules don't look very impressive but they give a fine, thorough scrub and spread well to cover the whole face. Lush claimed that this was particularly good for removing blackheads. I have some very stubborn blackheads on my nose, and this cleanser bar does not seem to have had any visible lasting effects in removing or reducing the number of blackhead spots I have in this area. I am a bit cautious about over-exfoliating as this can lead to sensitive skin, so I only exfoliate my face once or twice a week judging by how it looks and feels at the time. This small 35g bar has lasted me for absolutely ages, and as long as it is used correctly and stored in a dry area then you can get many uses from it. Sweet Japanese Girl can be quite difficult to wash off completely. I still have some traces of the oils lingering on my skin once I've washed my face off, but I don't think this is too much of a bad thing. I reserve this to only use at night when cleansing before bed time, and this gives me a nice light level of moisture that sinks in overnight while I sleep. I wouldn't use this in the morning before starting my day as I think it would leave my skin feeling too greasy and I wouldn't get the most benefit from it. In my opinion this is a lovely cleansing bar that feels very indulgent and I like to use it for a bit of a luxurious treat when my skin needs some pampering. It's a shame that Lush discontinued this item as there is no real equivalent in stock there these days. For a cleansing bar without exfoliant, I would suggest Lush's Baby Face, but I believe this is in the short list to be discontinued now as well! Grab it while you can and if you are desperate to try Sweet Japanese Girl I would suggest hunting it down on eBay, or posting in search of on the Lush Swap Shop forums. Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
I read a few reviews recently about Lush's Sweet little Japanese girl facial cleansing bar. They were all positive reviews, and they mentioned that it was now a discontinued product. There had been an untouched bar of Sweet Japanese Girl in my bathroom cabinet for months, maybe about six months, I don't know because it wasn't wrapped, and I really had no intentions of ever using it. I like cream cleanser formulations, and liquid exfoliators like St.Ivel, I don't really like soap products as I find them drying. Really I only bought Sweet Japanese Girl for her cute little face! I was considering putting it on eBay. I felt a little bit guilty that there was a bar of it sat there unwanted when someone could put it to good use, but I had concerns that after half a year on the shelf she wouldn't be looking too nice anymore. On inspection I didn't notice any change in appearance. Then I started to appreciate the delicate almond scent and the buttery texture, and thought 'what the hell I'll give it a try'. (Sorry Lush fans, there are some on eBay though - I checked!) I didn't look up the ingredients before I used it, I know Lush tries to go as natural as possible. I did try to find the ingredients from the Lush website for potential ebayers, but it seems to be offline right now. It was quite nice to use actually. I tied my hair back, splashed warm water on my face then massaged the shaped side of the bar (the face side) over my skin. The bar was easier to work with than I'd expected, it just glided over my face and neck. The exfoliating grains were not so impressive, they felt a bit soft and feeble. This reviewer can take it very rough, in fact I once experimented with sandpaper as an exfoliant (but don't try that at home!). Verdict after initial use - confused. I was riding a big seesaw of indecision over this cleansing bar! The grains did seem too feeble to achieve proper exfoliation, but later I kept noticing how soft my skin felt. On the other hand, it's one of those Lush cleansing products like Ultra Bland that leaves your skin feeling slightly greasy after using it. Maybe it's only psychological but if a cleansing product leaves a film on my face it makes me feel like there could still be grime trapped underneath. Verdict after several uses - I still don't like the 'filmy' feeling after using it, but I have to admit the results are good. I haven't had any kind of skin break-out which would probably confirm that there is no trapped dirt on my skin, and it is very softening. I'm not too bothered that it's discontinued as I still have a lot of the bar left, though I would be interested to know why they stopped making it. If it's not brought back I'm sure it'll pop up on the Retro part of the Lush site sooner or later. Thank you dooyooers, she would still have been on the shelf were it not for you!
For me this is one of the ugliest of the Lush products that they have sold over the years but also one of the best which is a real shame as you can no longer get it, I have sent a few messages via forums and direct to the company asking for them to start selling it again but no luck so far. Visually there is nothing sweet at all about this Japanese Girl, in fact it looks like her face got squashed and she is grimacing, also she has a pretty bad pasty pink complexion so not a lot going for her, that is until you start to apply it to your face and then you get a wiff of the lovely creamy aroma hich is slightly sweet and rather fragrant with a hint of lemon to it. It contains ground aduki beans whatever these are but their role in the bar is to exfoliate the skin and they are very effective, I tend to rub the bar directly onto my skin however you can also massage it into your hands first as it becomes nice and soft with the heat from your hands and the massaging. It leaves my skin feeling well refreshed and it certainly has an invigorating quality to it which is very pleasurable indeed so get a move on Lush and bring back squashed face girl to the range.
Oh dear, having just been using my daughter's Japanese Girl Cleansing Bar from Lush, I've just read some reviews on Dooyoo telling me it's now discontinued? If so I'll be truly disappointed as it's one of the best products I've ever tried. It looks rather uninspiring partly due to the colour which is the colour of oatmeal & partly the packaging which is a plain polythene bag with a basic Lush label which keeps it fresh & tells you how to use & what it contains. Once opened & used though I can thoroughly recommend as it is an easy to use bar & defintitely gives quick results leaving the face feeling not only cleansed but also refreshed & very soft. Lush recommend that you use the bar 3 - 4 times a week & you can apply in 2 ways; either gently rub straight onto the face or rub between your hands & apply. I must admit I was a bit dubious about using it as I'm so used to using creams but my daughter advised I try it as the results on her skin were so good. I've used this bar both ways & the results were not only good but very quick & I could see & feel the difference in my skin a couple of minutes after I'd rinsed the last bit off. The bar contains cocoa & shea butters but there's not the greasiness I've experienced having used other products such as L'Occitane. It also contains ground aduki beans which gently exfoliate the skin, juniper which helps detoxify & lemon & tea tree oil which help kill spots - who could ask for more from a single product which cost just £4.84? If you manage to find some just be careful not to rub too hard as the exfoliator side of the bar is stronger than it looks & I'd also point out that you need to rinse it off very well. I'm off now to see if I can found any on Ebay etc & if not I think I may contact Lush to see if they can re-introduce it! summary ~ - looks uninspiring but works really well. - results are almost immediate. - good ingredients & easy to use. - recommended - if you can find it!
This young lady is a total life saver. I am so, so gutted that it has been discountinued...so gutted that I bought 7 of them. :) Sweet Japanese Girl is a wonderful little lady based on old traditional style Japanese sweetie moulds, hence the name. She is a facial massage bar, completely natural and with no preservatives or packaging, which it just precious. She contains beautiful natural ingredients, such as cocoa and shea butters to soften, moisturise and smooth the skin, ground aduki beans to exfoliate, lemon and tea tree oils to kill spots and juniperberry to detoxify. All this for only £4.84...what? And it lasts for ages!!! Why are they getting rid of it?! The idea with a facial massgae bar is to obviously massage your facial skin, which will really help the blood to come to the surface, meaning nasty impurities and blocked pores are sorted out and cleared in a jiffy. Your skin may appear a tad red after use, but this honestly does just mean it is working. Your skin will be so mega smoothed and feel so looked after once you have used it. SJP is suitable for use about 3 or 4 times a week, any more and it can have the opposite effect- spots and irritation. This is only because it is such a deep cleanser, it will start removing all the good oils that your skin naturally produces. So instead, use things like BabyFace or Ultra Bland from Lush on the days you dont use the girl. To use it by the way, there are a few options; you can either rub her directly onto your face, or rub her between your hands to get the butters melting to apply to the skin and start that massage. I always apply it directly onto my face, and take my make up off with it using dampened cotton wool pads. (I always spray my cotton pads with Lush toner instead of boring old water to remove SJP so I cleanse tone and moisturise all in one, saving precious sleep time!!) Please go and buy a few before they all sell out, they work so well, and have all the natural properties you could possibly wish for in a facial massage bar. Man, I'm going to miss it...
I can't believe I haven't written a review for this after I have been using it for nearly a year. Firstly I will say, if you want it, buy it now! It is being discontinued, but it's still available on the website. I have got 5 now to last me a few months! Sweet Japanese Girl is a cleanser bar made my Lush. It costs £4.84 and it's vegan. The main ingredient is cocoa butter with other important ones being ground almonds and tea tree oil. It is shaped like a face, flat on the back and rounded on the front and it's about the size of half a small fist. The way you use this is to get it wet and then rub it all over your face. The dround almonds and adouki beans mean you get a gentle exfoliation at the same time and the cocoa and shea butter provide a very moisturising cleanse. After this, you need to rinse your face with water. As there is so much 'butter' in it you can look a little greasy, but if you use a toner then the surface shine is taken away straight away. This leaves you with extremely soft and smooth skin. I find this cleanser particularly good for blackheads and slightly congested skin ( if you have large skin problems other cleansers could help more). The tea tree oil helps to prevent the spots without drying skin out too much and the butters moisturise so well that it's not necessary to use a moisturiser afterwards. Each bar lasts me around 3 weeks if I use it morning and night but I could probably get the same effects by just using it in the morning, so in my eyes it's very good value for money, especially considering the great effects it's had on my skin. Before I used this bar my skin looked dull and I had a fair few blackhead but after using this for a week, ALL my blackheads had gone, my skin was so much softer and as a result my make up went on much better. I don't know what i'd do without this now!
I bought this as part of my "feel better for not going out New Years Eve 2008" gift to myself. My way of taking my mind off the fact I live in London and was not going out. (Too cold, too many screaming small children who should not be out and didn't want to walk 4 miles home again after the buses were too packed or full of vomit) I digress... The Sweet Japanese Girl is a facial wash/exfoliation bar which is fairly self explanatory- you use it to wash and scrub your face to make it clean. In Lush stores right now (Jan 2009) it is priced at £4.84 a bar. What appealed to me about Japanese Girl were initially the smell- I love smelling all Lush products- though they are all very similar, its like tea, once you get to know the store and stock, you do notice huge differences, and for me, Sweet Japanese Girl stuck out. The smell is very mild, sweet but not at all sickly, and quite simple. Its the sort of thing that if it were not for the scrubbing bits in it, you could offer to a small child. I like the smell, its sort of comforting. According to Lush it has Cocoa and Shea butter, ground Almonds and Aduki Beans, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, (didn't know this existed!), Lemon, Juniper and Tea Tree Oils and a few natural perfumes: Limonene and Citral. I also liked the brief description about Japanese girl on the stand, I cannot remember it word for word but it stated it was for dry skin, made skin softer, something about being gentle and mild. Ticked all the boxes for me. I was feeling a little bit sorry for myself! I didn't actually read up on how to use it- it seemed pretty obvious to me- wet my face, scrub the Japanese Girl over my face, rinse my face, dry my face, right? Well, yes, that's one way of doing it- but on reading up I can see it can be used on warm cotton wool to remove make-up. And mixes well with Tea Tree Oil (also not tried this). On first use, I simply washed my face with warm water and scrubbed. I found the Japanese Girl was an excellent shape- really went over the contours of my face (I sound like a man don't I! Lol!) but seriously, my chin, my nose, it really was way better then having a flat shape or even a circular shape- this really is a good shape to make the scrub-well done Lush- though I know in time it will melt down to become flat eventually. :( The scrub was a good scrub- not too harsh, it did not hurt to use it, it was though, harsh enough to feel like it was doing something, and it was easy to put on more as the bar does melt onto your face with no real effort at all. The lather is also great- very soft and thick. Not at all like many liquid cleansers I had tried. It also was excellent on my make-up- my eye make-up especially as even when rubbed over my DiorShow Blackout mascara (am mentioning that as its a b****r to get off!) it was not painful in the slightest, it removed the eye make-up and did not sting, hurt, I am still quite surprised at this- the bar has grainy bits in yet it does not hurt my eyes! Wow! (n/b, I did keep my eyes shut throughout!- though not so tightly squeezed as with other cleaners) Removal though was not so easy. I rinsed a few times whilst rubbing my face, normally enough to get my normal cleanser off. But in the case of Japanese Girl, it was not enough...she was still there! I had rinsed off the grains- or most of them, but there was a definite thick film over my face. I was sure it was not supposed to be there (correct me if I am wrong someone) so rinsed again, before deciding that in my hard water area, if I continued to rinse and rinse, I would be left with tight dry skin, so I used a little of my normal daily cleanser and it came off very easily. (In case anyone needs to know, my normal cleanser is by Clinique, bought a year ago- see review if your stuck for a good cleanser, lasted me until now, very good value!) But I am sure to take this off, soap would work the same, (just may leave your face very much much drier if my soap experience is anything to go by and defy the whole point of Japanese Girl.) I did have to use moisturiser afterwards though- mainly as I used a cleanser which is aimed at cleaning properly, but my skin did still feel a tad softer then it normally would. It also felt very fresh and clean after the scrub. So, value for money? Well the jury is still out on that but so far so good- but cannot really rate that part yet until I know how long it will last for: I judge value for money on how long a product lasts, then ££ per use, per month and then find out if anyone does anything a similar price or style at match it against it. At the moment, I would compare this with the Body Shop which I think would be similar on a price level, perhaps easier to use but may not last as long. Or a product by Boots which may be cheaper per use, last the same amount of time, but not with the same feel or scent to it. I have tried many exfoliants though (Apri scrub, L'Oreal, Garnier, Facial exfoliation wipes, Micro Dermabrasion by Sanctuary, Boots No.7...) and all were just too harsh for me, they also didn't do to much removal of things (i.e eye makeup) as they were too harsh for my eyes or too grainy to do more then scratch delicate areas like around the corners of my nose, whilst not really removing any spots- you think no pain no gain right? Well not with the exfoliants I had tried. So Lush beat these as it removes my make-up, its not too harsh and although I have not had the chance to use it on any spots, the exfoliants I had tried didn't do anything for them anyway. If I were comparing it to my all time favourite by Dermalogica, (my idea of perfect) which costs around £30 a tub but lasts for a months. (I should add here I have only ever tried samples: the stuff being at the price it is and my wallet being as thin as it is!) Lush is not as good as Dermalogica. It is not as good because its not easy to remove but also its not as easy to transport- unless you buy a tin and then I would worry about strange things growing in the tin as that's not the most hygienic way to carry it around. But price wise I would have thought Lush is better. Like I say, Jury's out!
This is so gorgeous, have a look next time you go into a Lush shop, there are loads sitting there and they look so cute! Now I know the price is a bit hefty at £5.95 for what is essentially a very small bar - 35g, but it is a bit misleading as the bar does last ages, mine lasts for around 6 months at the very least. It smells heavenly with overtones of coconut, lemon and almond. You can also smell tea tree to but it is not strong and overpowering, instead it is very subtle which is quite unusual for tea tree products! This bar also had ground aduki beans and almonds in which exfoliate very gently so you don't feel like you have been at your skin with a cheese grater! I always apply this to my face in the shower as I like the way the shower blasts all the grains off my face when I have finished as otherwise they can be a bit of a pain to remove. This bar doesn't make my skin flare up at all and it leaves it feeling soft and smooth, as I have sensitive skin I still have to use moisturiser afterwards but for those of you who have normal to greasy skin you could probably get away without one as this really does make your face feel silky and smooth.
After my first encounter with Lush products (Angels on Bare Skin) I HAD to go back for more!! I thought i would try Sweet Japanese Girl which is an exfoliation bar. the Ingrediants are listed below and are 100% natural. Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) , Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) , Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil , Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis) , Ground Aduki Beans (Phaseolus angularis) , Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) , Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum) , Juniperberry Oil (Juniperus communis) , Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) , *Citral , *Limonene , Perfume It is good for you if you suffer from blackheads as the scratchy bits help clear out pores. I found it a little complicated, I think your supposed to rub it between your hands to melt the oils and then rub on your face and then rub the bar on your face to use the scratchy parts for unclogging pores. this leaves a layer of essential oils on your face which is what i found a little hard to get off, the instructions say to use warm water or cotton wool however i found this didnt actually remove the oil so ended up having to use angels on bare skin afterwards to remove the oils.... Perhaps this is just me but i think angels on bare skin is better as it doesnt leave you covered in oil. it does however smell nice, its a delicate scent and the shape of the bar is good for scrubbing your chin and nose etc.
My cleansing routine involves cleanse twice a day (morning and evening) - and I am/was using Baby Face for that; exfoliator every other evening and cleansing mask once a week. I have been using baby face for a while when my St Ives exfoliator finished. So I went into my local Lush (York) and asked for "baby face with exfoliator". And I have been given "sweet japanese girl". Sweet indeed. And gentle. I am using it every evening now. Leaves my skin clean and soft but not dry at all. And the little exfoliating bits in it are not very rough, they get softer if you let them on the face for a bit. I wouldn't recommend it around the eye area thought. I have combination skin so I really need cleansers that won't block pores and won't dry my face as that only increases the oil production. I am very pleased with this cleanser and I recommended if you are after clean but not dry skin.
have an announcement to make, I made my first purchase from Lush on Saturday! It was a momentous occasion and one that I did not take lightly! I have been reading reviews of Lush products here for several months and liked what I had heard but on the only occasion I had braved inside the door I was overwhelmed with the choice and left empty handed. However on Saturday I went in with a purpose and came out with that product "Sweet Japanese Girl". So here is my first ever Lush review. Lush ====== I am not going to go into a detailed description of Lush, it has been done many times before and they have a great website with lots of further info. Suffice to say that Lush is a shop selling beauty products with natural ingredients. As well as their high street shops they have an internet shop. The products are fresh, different and have the most unusual names. I always found the smell of Lush shops slightly overpowering (still do!) but I am now converted to their products. I little point to note if you have never been in a Lush store some of the products like this one sit on the shelf with no wrapper on. You take the soap to the checkout where they put it in a bag for you and print out the instructions on a label so you know how to use it. This means there is little waste in packaging although I did wonder if it was very hygenic the soaps sitting uncovered on the shelf but maybe thats me being fussy! The Product =========== It is called Sweet Japanese Girl and is a facial cleanser. It comes in a solid soap form and is the shape of a Japanese girls face. It has the shape of two eyes and round chubby cheeks. The back of the soap is flat. It's a creamy white colour with brown specks through it which are the exfoliaters. So whats with the name? ===================== Well obviously the cleanser is in the shape of a Japanese girl but this isn't the only reason for the name. A Lush skincare specialist who was Japanese had spent a year helping work with one of the other Lush specialists designing new skincare products. They came up with the Sweet Japanese Girl and the soaps are made in moulds to give the beautiful sweet face appearance. What is in it? =========== The main ingredient is Cocoa Butter, there is also Shea Butter, Palm Kernel Oil, Ground Almonds and Ground Aduki Beans. Then there are four oils; Coconut, Lemon, Juniperberry and Tea Tree Oil. These are all natural products so it was slightly disappointing to see they had then added perfume at the end. I would have thought with all the natural ingredients which should have their own scents there would have been no need for any perfume. The cocoa and shea butter add moisture to the skin along with the oils. The ground almonds and the aduki beans help gently exfoliate while the tea tree and juniperberry oils are good for clearing up skin as they have antiseptic properties. What does it cost? ================ The bar is 35g in weight and costs £3.95. Compared to my normal cleanser which comes from Clarins it is really cheap. I will update this review when I finish it to let you know how long it lasts but my feeling is it will be months as you really don't seem to use much. How do you use it? ================ The instructions that come with the bar are very simple and straightforward. "Massage and exfoliate your face with this lovely little bar, wash off and smile." My Experience ============== I only bought this at the weekend so have only used it for a few days however already I am noticing a difference. I keep my bar in a soap dish. You can buy special soap dishes at Lush however any old soap dish really will do. You can't keep the soap in the bag it comes in as it will get very mushy and yucky. I usually dampen my face either by splashing water on with my hands or using a facecloth. Then you can either rub the bar in your hands then rub your hands on your face, rub some soap onto your facecloth and rub that on your face or rub the bar directly onto your face. For the purposes of this article I have tried all three and can report there is not really any difference in the outcome so it's a case of personal choice in how you wish to wash your face. I was quite surprised at how oily the soap is when you rub it on your hands, as it contained tea tree oil I didn't expect it to be like that but I guess it is the cocoa and shea butter which makes it greasy. I didn't find it particularly exfoliating its certainly a very gentle exfoliator. My skin felt incredibly soft after using. I used a facecloth run under hot water to wash the soap off my skin. After drying my skin felt really soft as if I had just moisturised. There was no sign of any oiliness on my skin just lovely soft smooth skin. There is also a delicate smell from the cocoa butter. I have combination skin so I get dry patches but also get the occasional outbreak of spots especially around my chin. The dry patches on my forehead that I had last week have now disappeared. My skin feels really soft and that is just from using it morning and evening for 4 days. I really do love this product, washing your face with a soap makes you feel you are getting your skin really clean and the softness afterwards is quite remarkable. I will be monitoring how it works on the spots and will update as I find out. Clarins (my favourite skincare products) you have competition on your hands! AJ26 Feb 2006
Being a fan of all things natural, I was well chuffed to see this arrive in my Lush shop in Newcastle. Sweet Japanese Girl is a cleansing bar / exfoliator which is supposed to work very well on blackheads and other nasty skin evils. It's a hard cleansing bar shaped like, you guessed it, a japanese girl's face. Not sure how different it looks from a european girl's face when cast in soap, but that's another matter. The bar costs around £3.95 and has a faint but pleasant smell. Not sure what it smells of, but it smells nice enough. Because I have sensitive skin I need to be careful what I put on it, and the first few washes with this were pretty nice actually. You are supposed to massage it into your face and then wipe it off. I wet my face first or it can drag a little bit, making the exfoliating bits scrape your skin. Then I wipe it off with a damp facecloth. Here is where the first drawback becomes obvious. It's oily. Really oily. And quite hard to get off your face. Some scrubbing can be involved. Once you get the stuff off, your face feels soft and smooth, and you don't really need moisturiser for the first few times. All went well for two weeks. Didn't see much change in the blackhead department and it did make my face a bit red, but I persevered. Well, I'm now in my third week, using it night and morning. I think I'm ready to give up. There's no change with the blackheads, my skin is red and my chin has become ridiculously spotty. I have used about 1/3 to 1/2 of the bar, so it's pretty good value, but to be honest it has made my skin worse than it was before. I really wanted to like it as I love Lush products. If you have dry skin this would probably be fantastic but if you're combination don't get your hopes up.
What we have here is a Japanese style facial exfoliating and massage bar / Melt it in your hands, massage your face with moisturising oils to take away make-up and general grubbiness and softly rub the ground beans and almonds over your skin to remove skin cells you don't need any more / The stimulating, detoxifying essential oils will revive a sluggish surface to give you clearer, healthier skin / Use warm water on cotton wool to remove all traces of the massage oils and you'll have a softer, brighter face /