Ultrabland is a thick and creamy natural cleanser from Lush. It comes presented in a small black recycled pot. You simply scoop out a small pea sized amount of cleanser, warm it up in the palm of your hand and smooth it all over your face. I wear a lot of make-up on a daily basis and this is the first cleanser that dissolves 100% of my make-up without leaving me with panda eyes in the morning. Sometimes I accidently get the cleanser in my eyes but because the cleanser is 100% natural it doesn't sting or irritate the eyes in any way. It's really gentle and soothing and perfect for sensitive skin. It feels lovely on the skin too.
The cleanser is really rather creamy and moisturising and if I'm feeling lazy I sometimes don't bother applying moisturiser afterwards. The cleanser is moisturising in itself. It's perfect for dry winter skin or skin that is problematic like mine. The cleanser lasts ages as you only need the smallest amount to cleanse the whole of your face. Removing the cleanser is easy, just use damp cotton wool or a damp muslin cloth. Make sure you use warm water to remove the cleanser. Muslin cloths work well with the cleanser as they help to exfoliate after cleansing.
You can also use Ultrabland as a barrier cream for applying hair colourant and you can also use it on your eyelashes to help strengthen and lengthen them, just apply it before you go to sleep. You can use it as a moisturiser, just don't remove it afterwards, simply leave it on your skin overnight to soak in. You will wake up to gorgeous soft skin, trust me!
Ultrabland is 100% natural and cruelty free.
A perfect creamy cleanser for sensitive skin!
The Lush ultra bland is a cleansing balm and it's purpose is to moisturize and promote healthy skin eliminating dead skin cells on the facial area or any other body area you want to use it on, but this was suggested to me for my facial area. You apply the ultrabland by simply either steaming your face first or washing your face with a wet rag or face towel, then you apply the cream to your face, any where you want I was told in the Lush store you can apply this cream around your eye area and there will be no irritation which is great.
You take a rag and wash or wipe the cream off when you are finished after leaving the product on your face for around 10 to 15 minutes. It really easy to use and so simple to apply and remove the cream, it doesn't dry stiff to your face like some creams tend to do and leaves your face feeling so fresh and soft to the touch which is why I really rate this product a five dooyoo stars.
It's a great product for people who have sensitive skin like me as it's not perfumed cream and it is really subtle and light on your skin. It's also great for dry skin which is another problem the cream promotes, I suffer really bad dry skin in areas around my brows and nose line by using the product it has worked wonders on my skin.
It has a really delicate scent to the cream which is brilliant because you don't want anything to harsh for your face, it has beesewax in the cream and this really helps to pull out all the bad stuff in your pours and clear your skin up nicely. This product comes in a tub and is a white colour with creamy thin texture which makes the cream easy to spread across the affected skin area. The cream costs £10.75 for a 100g pot but can be bought in smaller sizes for cheaper.
What an interesting product!
It comes in a pot. In order to use it, you must wet your face, grab a tiny amount, rub everywhere, wet a face cloth and remove the product using the cloth.
Honestly, when I first used it, I was disgusting. The amount of dirt that was in the sink after I rinsed out my cloth was nasty, and I was not wearing any makeup. A few days after, I went out with friends and put on makeup. At night, I used this product, paying close attention to the eye area where I had make up on. It took EVERYTHING off without the use of make up remover. It doesn't dry out your skin, in fact the honey in it helps moisturze and get rid of acne (honey is an anti-bacterial). An amazing product.
What I do not like about it is how it something feels like it's still on my skin. I make sure I get every nook and cranny of my face, but, especially on my eyes, it feels like I did not take it off.
I used this product once a week. It's good, but would I use it every day? No. Only on days I wear make up, or skin is sensitive from environmental factors.
If you wear make up often, have acne, have dry skin or a combination of the three, I would reccomend it. This is truly really good and i would definetly reccomend this yo anyone out there :)
When I first tried this I was confused as it is a thick balm and not what I was used to for removing make up. I then went back to Lush and asked how it worked.
You apply a little over you face and gently massage it into your skin, and around your eyes too.
Take a warm face cloth and gently wipe away all the make up dirt and Ultra bland. It removes all make up dirt and grime without parching and dragging at your face skin. After using my face feels soft, clean and not at all greasy and I have not sneaky mascara staying on my eyes either.
Lush say this is based on an ancient Greek recipe -not sure where they found that!
This is full of lovely natural ingredients like with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey. It leaves the skin balanced and not stripped of all its natural oils.It is gentle enough to use all over your face including around your eyes
It smells quite pleasant but not a strong noticeable aroma. It is very thick and a little goes a long way I find.
The honey in this acts as a natural antiseptic and honey also helps keep the skin naturally moisturised as well. The rose water gently balances and calms and soothes as well as smelling nice too. The iris extract is also soothing.
Lush blend all these ingredients because each and every one has a benefit to the skin.
I find this is also a good elbow cream when my elbows are dry and sore . It also makes a great lip balm if you have chapped lips.
When pushed I have also used it as a nappy cream when my step daughter forget the nappy cream. It did the job and protected the tender bottom and she had no reaction from it as it is gentle and soothing.
Believe it or not, I am in my 30s but I only recently started using cleansers. Although I have always had fairly dry skin, I have managed to care for it with specific products that have always suited my needs- until now. Since having two children has taken its toll on my skin I have been forced to try different skin care routines to bring my skin tone back into balance, and Lush's Ultrabland cleanser is the one that I have been using recently.
The Lush Ultrabland cleanser was recommended to me by a Lush employee who told me that there is no better option for dry and sensitive skin. I am sensitive to a lot of ingredients so i was pleased to read the label of the cleanser in the store and see that there were not too many ingredients in the cleanser. Also, too many essential oils can set my skin off but this cleaner only contains two. I also rubbed a bit on my wrist int he store and I liked that it didn't have a strong smell or bright colour, so I bought a small pot to use at home.
The first thing I noticed when using Ultrabland is that it is very kind to my skin. It doesn't dry it out like a lot of skin products do, it feels moisturising as soon as I put it on my face. It doesn't sting either, which some essential oils do to my skin. I think the reason for this might be the almond oil in the cleanser which seems to protect my skin somewhat. It also leaves a slight sheen on my skin, which might aggravate naturally oily skin but is perfect for my dry skin. It also easily removes the small amount of make up I use, and I have noticed that the longer I leave it on for the better it is at doing this.
There is a very mild fragrance when you use the cleanser and I think this is from the rose water ingredient, which I believe is a natural skin care remedy that people have used for many years. The cream has a soft, fluffy feel to it and is a light brown colour. It's a bit stickier than I would expect a cleanser to be, but this doesn't seem to aggravate my eczema at all and overall it leaves my skin feeling fresh and well pampered, perhaps because it is quite a thick cleanser. I started out with small applications but now I use a thicker layer of it on my skin to encourage exfoliation, before removing it with a wet cotton ball. It is easy to remove without leaving behind dry skin, again because of the nut oil I think.
If you like fancy looking, strong smelling cleansers then this is not for you, but if you want to be careful of what you put on your skin and if you have dry and sensitive skin, I highly recommend it. My skin feels soothed and refreshed after using it and my face feels cleaner without having to use soap on it, which is simply too strong for my delicate skin now. I do recommend this cleanser, but I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because it is a bit oily and does create a bit of a sheen, which is fine for occasional use but I'm not sure I'd want to use it more regularly than that, as the sheen remains even after the product has been cleaned off.
The chap in Lush who recommended this to me uses it to polish his boots. I haven't used it for that yet, but I have used it as a facial wash, a base for scrubs, a cleanser and make-up remover, a dry skin treatment and a shaving cream.
It makes a good base for a tinted moisturiser/foundation using Lush's pigments (a mixture of the anti-ageing white and the dark yellow can be blended with this to perfectly match my skin tone, so much more effective than using the off-the-peg colours, which never match exactly).
It's gentle, simple, not overly fragranced and it really does the job. It gets rid of everything from lippy to the most stubborn mascaras and leaves my skin feeling soft and clear. Great for more mature skin, which tends to need a little extra moisturising.
Being Lush, it's also not animal tested and uses a lot of high-quality oils. Great product.
Lush - Ultrabland Facial Cleanser
I am sorry everyone it is another Lush review!
Ultrabland is one of Lush cosmetics range of cleaners, I am not sure where Lush come up with some of their product names, some I can see why, but others like this I think "why would you call something this?" At a guess maybe it is because the product is gentle, but I am not sure I like something as good as this being called ultrabland, it makes me think the product is boring.
Ultrabland is available in two sizes, 45g and 100g and comes in small black plastic pots with a screw lid. The product itself reminds me of a body butter, it is very thick and has a fairly oily consistency to it. Scent wise there is very little noticeable, I can detect something but it is very faint. The cream reminds me colour wise of a yellow butter.
Lush states that the Almond oil and beeswax in the product combine to make a thick base that grease and dirt on the face to bind to, enabling it to be lifted away from the skin when you remove the product residue with a damp cotton pad.
I actually use this product as a make up remover rather than a cleaner, the nice staff in Lush kindly informed me that this product was excellent for removing stubborn waterproof make up. I have to admit to being a sceptic when they told me this, due to the thick texture I was sure that this cream would cause major break outs on my skin the moment I used it. The ladies gave me a small pot to trial and due to my skin being oily/combination I was advised to remove the residue after with a damp cloth or one of the toner waters.
Did it work? A great big stonking yes! I applied the cream to my make up and every last bit came off with no heavy or repeated rubbing required for my waterproof mascara or eye liner. The product is too heavy for my skin (although it has not caused any breakouts) so I have started leaving it to soak in for a short while and then use a soap cleaners and hot cloth to remove the residue. It really has made a huge difference to my skin and I have not looked back.
Before anyone asks this product is alright to be used as an eye make up remover, I did check before applying it to the eye areas.
A little bit of added information, Lush operate a system where you can trial their cosmetic products simply ask a member of their staff and they will organise a few days trial of the desired product and place it in a small pot for you to take away free of charge. Also with Lush if you take back 5 clean tubes or pots they will give you a free face mask in return.
Almond Oil, Rose Water, Beeswax, Honey, Fresh Iris Extract, Glycerine, Rose Absolute, Tincture of Benzoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
Ultrabland is available for £6.75 for the 45g pot or £10.75 for the 100g pot.
This is a very versatile product, it can be used as a regular cleaner for people with dry skin or a make up remover by all. It is extremely effective, it has removed every bit of stubborn waterproof long lasting make up that I have thrown at it and caused no irritation to my skin or eyes. I would highly recommend it to anyone, particularly as a make up remover. You really do not need much either so the small pot will last a good 2-4 months depending how much you use. It is a little expensive but I honestly have no issues on spending the money on a product that I can not praise enough.
My skin type: Dry/ Very dry and sensitive
I occasionally have large patches of eczema on my face
Recommended with Eau Roma Water + Celestial moisturiser
Lush Ultrabland was a product I first bought under recommendation from a Lush employee when I was at a point where my skin was so sensitive and dry I couldn't use any other branded projects without my face swelling and stinging. As Lush pride themselves on fresh handmade cosmetics I decided to give them a go and purchased a small 45g tub of Ultrabland (and 100g of Eau Roma Water + 45g of Celestial moisturiser).
My first impression of the Ultrabland was a little sceptical I'd tested a bit on my hand in the shop so new it felt nice and didn't irritate my skin but the feel was almost a little greasy and the smell wasn't something I particularly liked (a nut scent from the almond oil) although over time I've come to quite like it.
I originally started using it as a cleanser, leaving the product on for a few minutes and then removing it with a dry cotton pad then using Eau Roma Water as a toner to remove the excess with did work but I found the better way was to use a flannel. By using a flannel and the hottest water that you can handle the oils from the beeswax loosen a little more and make it easier to remove without pulling at the skin.
I hadn't used the product to remove make-up before but left my mascara and eyeliner on as a test. After gently rubbing the Ultrabland around my eyes and into my eyelashes, the make-up smearled and moved down to the under eye area making it much easier to remove so I will be doing this in the future.
Ultrabland is lovely as an everyday cleanser and also to sooth the skin a little after a face mask. Even if you're not fond of the smell and texture I'd recommend this product for people with dry/very dry and sensitive skin (although always patch test first). This product is named "the Lush founders' number one Desert Island product" and it's easy to see why after repeated use on the skin.
I cannot recommend ultrabland to people enough. Oil cleansers are AMAZING at balancing your skin and removing dirt and make up. I sometimes use straight almond or jojoba oil to remove my heavy eye make up and foundation (don't use olive oil it's just too heavy..), but when i'm feeling flush I use ultrabland. A pea sized amount is really all you need, it melts onto your hands then you massage it into your eyes, your face and neck. You may need more if you have a giant face. I think the main problem people have with ultrabland is that they're not using it correctly. This is not a soap cleanser, your skin will not feel tight afterwards. You need to use a flannel or cotton wool and hot.. HOT! water to remove the cleanser, it has to be hot to melt the oils and get all the grit out! I then follow up with a toner of choice (rose water is amazing) and my skin is singing! I remember thinking 'how the hell can an oil cleanser help my breakouts?' well jojoba is often used to treat acne. And if you dry your skin out too much it will just over compensate with oil and make MORE oil and spots! ahhh! So.. the key is all about balancing.. and treating your skin real nice :)
--A little bit of background to start you off...--
In case you don't know, Lush are a company who specialise in eco-friendly bath/body and skincare products, ranging from bath bombs all the way up to facial masks and moisturisers, with a bit of haircare and fun between! They don't test on animals and have a lot of products which are vegan; all of which are clearly stated on their website and in store.
A lot of people are interested in Lush products because they're fun and quirky; all the way down to the names of their products. They're also very innovative in the way that they make themselves more and more eco-friendly; finding different ways of making products more eco friendly, by making things that would usually need packaging completely free standing (such as the solid shampoos and body butters, for example). I personally love the fact that they have clear and full ingredients lists of every single product on their website, along with more information about each one if you click on it (I'll give this information regarding this product later in the review).
Lush are very well known for their bath ballistics and fun, smelly novelty type products, which I love, but in my opinion where they really come into their own is with their proper skincare.
--Onto the fun stuff--
This is a cleanser, and one that would probably terrify all of you out there who are used to foaming face washes that make your skin feel as tight as Olly Murs' trousers afterwards. It comes in a pot, and is pretty much a solid gloop of oily stuff, with a texture similar to butter. Now as someone who leans towards drier skin and has always had a thing for oil (or cream at the very least) based cleansers, I adore this.
It makes my skin so so so so so SOFT and clean. I have quite large pores on my nose, and this cleans them out so much they're virtually invisible. Nothing actually can close big pores, FACT, products that say they do just tighten your skin which makes them appear smaller for a while, but they'll always bounce back. If you do have large pores (you probably don't, nobody else is looking at you like you look in that magnified mirror, honest), the best you can hope for is to clean them out. Congested skin is one of the worst feelings in my opinion.
This needs to be thought of in the same light as you did Liz Earle's cleanse and polish, if you've used it. The point is it cleans your skin without stripping it. I personally prefer this to C+P, and it's cheaper.
Ultrabland gets off all of my makeup, and I wear Estée Lauder's doublewear foundation, which is renowned for basically sticking itself to your skin and refusing to come off, and a LOT of mascara. I'm talking 8-10 coats daily. This has never had a problem with removing either of these, I do double cleanse but it takes about 5 minutes for me to wash my face every night.
The main ingredient of this used to be peanut oil, which was an issue as a)people with allergies couldn't use it and b) it smelt weird. The base is now almond oil, which is fantastic for the skin, and I've noticed it works even better than it did before, with a smoother texture.
My most recent tub of this had a use by date of over a year, although this can vary, so try to shop in store where you can actually see how fresh the products are, as you would with eggs.
This comes in the standard black recycled Lush pots, with the name and some info on a sticker on the top, and the ingredients on the bottom, along with a cute little sticker with a cartoon picture of who made your pot (Matt in my case), and the sell by date along with the date it was made. My pot's date is 14 months from when it was made to when it needs to be chucked, which I find much better than products simply saying "12months" or whatever on them, who can remember when they bought a cleanser?! (well me actually but that's beside the point)
Their products are used better fresh due to the small amount of preservatives (more on that later, look under the ingredients), so I always try to shop in store where you can actually see how fresh the products are, as you would with eggs.
As ever, if you bring back five of these black lush pots (from any product that has them), cleaned out, you'll be able to pick a face mask for free. That comes in a pot too, so you can start all over again!
--How I recommend you use it--
(The following is very long, detailed, and a bit rambly. If you can't be bothered to read it all, just rub this stuff all over your face and wash off with a hot flannel. Yes, it has to be a flannel. Do this twice. Make sure you dry your skin between. You can skip to the end of this bit now)
Rub your fingers over the surface of the product, dipping deep enough to just about cover the tips of 2 fingers. Rub product between fingers until it becomes slightly more oily, and then rub it into your eyelashes GENTLY to dislodge eye makeup. Now, you can either get this off now or just add more ultrabland and rub black all over your face. I prefer washing it off at this stage.
Whether you do it now or after your eyes, massage the product into your face for a while. Because it's oil based it lubricates (no giggling!) your face enough for this to be comfortable, and this is how it works its magic. The oil actually gets into your pores as it mimicks the natural oils of your face. Now you may think that this will leave you with an oil slick, but it won't, as long as you wash it off properly. The point is, it gets into your pores, picks up all of the grime, makeup etc. and then pulls it out of them again. This is a good thing.
You may have use it twice to dislodge all the bits of mascara that will get stuck between your eyelashes/eyebrow hairs, but I always double cleanse anyway (as should you if you wear makeup or sunscreen. Which I'm assuming you do at least one of. But this isn't a lecture. Honest...)
You need to remove this with water as hot as you can bear (bare? bear? who cears...), and obviously I'm not talking insanely, burn your fingers and splash boiling water on your face hot, just hot enough to melt the product into and out of your pores.
USE. A. FLANNEL.
I've read a lot of reviews on this product, most of the people who complain about it that I've seen have been trying to scrub it off with cotton wool. Not only is this stupidly expensive, but there's no way you're going to even get your face clean, so you might as well use poundshop wipes, not a decent cleanser. It's also so expensive to buy cotton wool all the time. I know Lush tell you to, but honestly, use a washcloth
You don't need a fancy muslin cloth, just buy a load of flannels (they do pretty coloured ones for £1.50 for three cloths in Primark, there's no excuse) and make sure you wash them after each use. If you buy 3 packs that's not even a wash a day. You wouldn't try to dry yourself with a load of toilet paper after getting out the shower would you? Exactly.
So where were we? Oh yeah, a product review. I thought I was writing an advert for flannels. Anyway...
You need to get the flannel covered in hot water, squeeze out the excess, and quite vigorously rub off the product. Keep wringing the flannel out and rubbing off the cleanser until your skin feels clean. Again, you might feel the need to do this twice, but just make sure you dry your face again before putting the ultrabland on it, or you really will be an oil slick.
After you've done all this, pat your face dry with a towel (or tissue paper, your choice. I recommend the towel). Your skin may feel slightly "greasy" or "slimy", but that's probably because you're used to your cleanser stripping your skin of all oil. Your skin needs oil for moisture. If you're not just being paranoid about having greasy skin, and it really is slimy, you've either not been vigorous enough with washing it off, or the water wasn't hot enough.
There will be a slight residue on your skin, which you can either remove with a toner (NOT CONTAINING ALCOHOL!), Lush's Eau Roma Water is nice, as is Liz Earle's skin tonic. Toning shouldn't be cleansing your skin further, just removing excess cleanser and restoring your skin's PH balance.
Then moisturise as normal, and enjoy soft, clean, smooth skin.
Due to the oils in this product it can also be used as a moisutriser for extra dry areas like feet, elbows etc. and it's great for putting around your hairline and ears when dying your hair so you don't look like your scalp is melting for days afterwards. I've even used it as lipbalm in a pinch, it didn't taste good but it worked. I've also mixed this with either sugar or salt in the palm of my hand (sugar's gentler and doesn't taste as bad if it gets in your mouth) and gently rubbed on already cleansed skin as a cheap scrub, and it worked really well.
And remember guys, you don't HAVE to moisturise if your skin doesn't feel like you need to after this.
At the moment this is £6.45 for 45g (aka small lush pot) or £10.25 for 100g (aka bigger lush pot). It does last very very well as long as you don't use too much, it's better to add a little at a time than use a big handful all at once.
--Ingredients + what they do--
The ingredients are as follows (quantitive):
-Almond Oil: Soften and smoothes skin, contains vitamin E which when applied topically fades scars
-Rosewater: helps retain moisture, mild astringent (tones and evens skintone)
-Beeswax: very moisturising and soothing
-Honey: natural anticeptic, antibacterial, and antioxidant. Lightens skin slighty, which helps with uneven skin tone
-Fresh Iris Extract: soothes irritation
-Glycerine: helps your skin absorb good ingredients, particularly those with moisturising properties
-Rose Absolute: Improves skin's appearance, used in aromatherapy for its relaxation/calming properties
-Tincture of Benzoin: comes from a kind of pine tree, protects skin
I know some may refuse to use this due to the fact that it contains parabens, and that's fine, but there is no proof of them being harmful. Lush use 1/2 the recommended amount and it's only used to keep things fresh, as they use no other preservatives their products would go moldy within weeks. Read this: https://www.lush.co.uk/ingredient/detail/id/452/name/Methylparaben
--The bottom line--
This is my favourite cleanser. Ever. Did you guess? I'm sorry if this review has made me come across as an arrogant idiot banging on at you about flannels, but I really do love it, and I just want you to love it too. I'm sorry.
-This review is also posted on ciao under the username dirtylove
Ultrabland is a skin cleanser that helps to remove make-up and oil. It is 100% handmade and cruelty free.
The cleanser comes in a standard Lush black pot and the colour of the cleanser is a cream colour. It smells quite pleasant and the consistency is thick and creamy. My advice would be to start off with a small amount at a time and work up to a larger amount - if needed.
The cleanser feels lovely and soft against the skin and it can be applied to the eyelids to remove make-up and/ or waterproof mascara. The cleanser removes make-up well, although it does tend to smear a little bit so you may end up with panda eyes! It is safe to use around the eyes as the formula is mild and gentle. After removing your make-up you can remove the cleanser with a muslin cloth or just some simple cotton wool. After use my skin feels soft and cleansed and looks much healthier. It's also a great cleanser for more mature skin as it doesn't pull or tug around the eye area.
I do like this cleanser but I have only bought it twice in the ten years that I have been shopping in Lush. I think this is because I find it a hassle to use. I prefer cleansers that are a little easier to use and remove - such as Lush's 9 to 5.
Not bad - I just wish it was a little easier to remove as I hate the smearing effect. Panda eyes ahoy!
I have used Lush's ultra bland cleanser as my main facial wash for about 2 years. I have combination skin, it gets very greasy around my T-zone but also drys out very easily if I use harsh cleansers on it (I have eczema and skin allergies). My boyfriend bought this for me for xmas as it was highly recommended by the Lush staff as their best cleanser. It is very oily and I thought that it may increase the oiliness of my skin, however when I used it it was amazing. It completely washed away all of my make-up (as it is mild I also use it on my eyes to remove my mascara) and it left my skin feeling nicely moisturised. Within a few weeks of using it my spots had started to clear up and my skin was radiant and soft. I would highly recommened this - it also smells really nice too, not to overpowering though like some cleansers can. The only downside is that is is quite expensive - around £10 for a large pot - but I think that it is worth it as it last for a long time. A large pot for me lasts around 6 months.
Today I am reviewing the ultra bland cleanser from LUSH.
This is my 3rd pot of this cleanser and I'm nearly finished with it, so I guess that shows that a do LOVE this stuff !
So, this is described as the most thorough of all cleansers. I found this completely useless for removing makeup, though I don't know if it's meant to be used for that. But this is the best morning cleanser I have ever bought ! It has got honey / beeswax in it, so it's no good for vegans. It smells like honey too, which for me is really good as I love honey!
So I use this every morning before makeup. What I do is I put some warm water in the sink and smooth it onto my skin, rubbing it in, then I use a muslin cloth to wipe it off so it sort of exfoliates too. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturised after using it. It doesn't dry my skin out at all, it leaves it smooth and soft. It looks like a moisturising cream too but its a cleanser !
I always use a moisturise after because I think it's good too. So that's it really, it's terrible at removing makeup but it's an amazing morning cleanser. I have normal skin, I think it should work amazingly for dry skin as it's so mositurising. I have never had issues with spots as a result of this so I love this cleanser !
As someone with mixed sensitive skin I am very cautious of what face products I buy. I had a small tester pot (which lush always seem to be a willing to give when asked nicely) and I was sold. The product is quiet greasy and thick in texture. There is no real noticeable smell but made me think of melted candle wax. Ultrbland comes in a small tub and does have a good date on it. It seems to outlive some of the fresher products. For this reason I usually have two face washes on the go. Ultrabland and aqua marina seem to compliment each other.
Using the product is easy and straight forward. Take a small pinch of ultra bland (as my mother says you can always add more) and gently massage into face and neck. At this point your face will feel very greasy and as if you have a coating over your skin. You will then need to take the product off using cotton wool. If you attempt to simply wash the product off you will be there for a very long time as the product seems to be water proof. Everytime I splashed my face the water just rolled over the top of the face wash. If your using cotton wool or a cotton cloth the product comes away easily and does not leave any heavy feeling behind.
As I have previously mentioned I have combination skin which can feel dry straight after washing and a little tight but become quiet greasy quite quickly. When I use ultrabland my face feels fresh straight after washing. There is enough moisture left over so that my skin does not feel tight but yet it does not make my skin feel or look greasy.
Due to the small amount that you need for one application a small tub lasts for a long time. I would recommend using this face cleanser alongside another face wash but that is just my personal opinion and I believe it can be used daily. A lot of cosmetic products are down to personal preference and in regards to the frequency of using ultra bland I would say it is up to each individual.
I have used Lush bath products in the past, and some of their body products, this was my first foray into their facial skincare range. Ultra Bland, with its uninspiring name, is a facial cleanser.
The packaging is simple and recyclable - what's not to like here?! I hate the waste you get with so many other products; I recycle lots and get frustrated with all the wasted packaging that goes straight in the bin. If you save the pot along with others you can return them to Lush stores for a free face mask. The simple pot design means it is easy to access the product also, no wastage as you try any scrape your finger round the 'shoulder' of a bottle to coax the last bit of lotion out. On the bottom of the pot you have an ingredients list and a sticker showing the chap who made my product and his name. I think this is a nice touch, to me it says their staff are part of their team and valued. The cleanser is made in England.
The cleanser is quite think and slightly greasy to the touch - it reminds me a bit like Vaseline but not so sticky, and thicker. I found it quite easy to scoop out of the pot and eight times out of ten I reckon I got the correct amount. In spite of its thickness it was easy to get an even coverage when I put it on my face and it went on smoothly and I ensured I rubbed it around the awkward nose area too. The product also smelt nice - a bit like scented candles and I could pick roses out of the subtle floral scent. Directions on the pot suggested removing with damp cotton wool, however I never feel properly cleansed unless I have put water on my face so tend to wash it off with warm water and a face cloth. I did try using the cotton wool, but quite a lot was needed to get all the cleanser off, a face cloth was quicker and more effective. I haven't used the product on my lids to see if it removed eye shadow, but I suspect it would. I use a separate eye make up remover for that as I usually have eye liner to get rid of, and I wouldn't want to get this product in my eyes. As a cleanser I found it very effective and easily removed my make-up, and left my skin feeling clean. It didn't dry it out either, it just felt (and looked) nice and clean, whilst not looking dull. I didn't use a toner after mostly (usually due to laziness) but my skin didn't seem to be any the worse, I still applied my normal night time moisturiser afterwards, the cleanser is not so great as to moisturise as well, and I wouldn't expect it to.
As many will know, Lush is a respected ethical UK brand. They don't test on animals and source their ingredients from companies with the same policy, much of them being vegetarian friendly and natural. I am not going to list the ingredients in full but those of note include peanut oil (maybe an issue for nut allergy sufferers), beeswax (maybe this is why I think it smells of candles, but means this is not suitable for vegans), rose water (which I could also smell) and parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben). I have to admit I did not expect to see parabens in a Lush product. I am no expert, but media hype would have you believe that parabens are Evil (with a capital E) and you do not want to have them in your skincare products due to links with breast cancer (specifically when in deodorants), however subsequent scientific studies cannot prove a direct link between parabens and breast cancer. I decided to look a bit more into this and discovered parabens can occur naturally in food products, but generally skincare/cosmetic parabens (including Lush's) are synthetic. They are used as a preservative to increase the shelf life of the product, and in Ultra Bland's case it lasts for 14 months which should be more than adequate. Lush claim that the ones that they use are the safest they can find and that they don't use any preservative in over 70% of their products, and when they do, they use the minimum amount possible to ensure their products remain mild. I figure that if parabens that have been scientifically tested, weren't used, then the cosmetic industry would have to find an alternative, and that could easily turn out worse, if not fully tested, and in this case there is only a minimal amount present. A case of better the devil you know maybe, but I am not a molecular biologist, so it is up to the individual to decide for themselves.
In summation, I find this a very good product, my 45g pot retails at £6.45, and I have been using it for 3 months and still have some product left, I use it about 6 times a week (I use a scrub on the other day) and it is gentle enough for daily use as well as being thorough. I think this is a good price for a product that works so well and I will definitely be purchasing it again. Compared to other products on the market, ethically and naturally, whilst not perfect, it seems to be as good as you will get.