It’s not often that you’ll find me willing to pop into a Lush store… All those strong smells holed up in one place – It’s enough to make me sneeze and sniffle for a good fifteen minutes. Yup, that’s exactly what it does to me if ever I pop in. Which I think, has actually been a grand total of two times.
I know a lot of people absolutely love Lush and it seems to be a bloggers dream, from what I’m reading and watching everywhere at the moment. There are literally tons of Lush hauls going down online! I have to admit it’s just not my thing. What’s with all those oddly shaped massive bath things and where the heck does one store them?! I can’t actually comment on how good they make your soak in the tub, but I just don’t think I can squish any more into my tiny bathroom cabinet. You get me?
A few weeks ago I decided to step across the threshold of their Chelsea store to pick up a tub of Angels On Bare Skin cleanser. I’d read quite a few good reviews, so thought I’d give it a go and report back.
Before my purchase, I did the usual Google search and found a rather comical review on the Paula’s Choice website…
‘Angels on Bare Skin contains lavender and rose oils, and is not recommended. This recipe claims to be from the Middle Ages, which to our way of thinking is not a positive selling point! Back in those days, life expectancy was drastically short and bloodletting was the pinnacle of medicine!’
And it continues…
‘A gentle facial cleanser for all skin types, made to an authentic recipe from the Middle Ages for the use of anyone with a romantic disposition and a wish to be carried off by a knight in shining armor. The ground almonds exfoliate gently; rose and lavender calm and soothe.’
Amazing! However, as funny as the review was, I decided not to trust them 100% as I’ve tried Paula’s Choice products in the past and they have done the complete opposite of what they said they should. Tut. Tut. Naughty Paula!
Back to the Angels On Bare Skin cleanser. Well, it’s quite nice, but not really a mind blowing product for me. First of all, it’s a little messy – You need to work it up into a lather in the palm of your hand, but there seems to be a knack and when I’m in a hurry, it’s not the easiest of things to do without leaving slight lumps, which I find drag on the skin just a tad. It also has a short shelf life of three months, which is both good and bad. Good because it means it really is full of natural ingredients, but bad because I never use anything up that quickly. I’m on the case with this one though, so as not to waste the £6.75 for the 100g tub. I’d definitely like to see this come in a few pounds cheaper, but what can you do?!
I find Angels On Bare Skin is best used in the morning as you wouldn’t really use this to effectively remove make-up. It does however, leave your skin feeling soft and doesn’t dry it out if you use it daily… Well, it hasn’t done that to my normal/dry skin as yet. It does feel quite calming on the skin, but I think there are better products out there for the price (one of which I’ll be reviewing very soon, #tease).
Whilst writing this post I had a brainwave and realised that I could be using this on the tops of my arms, which often get a little bumpy in the winter months. The lavender, rose and chamomile scent isn’t too offensive, and I think I’d much rather give it a go in the shower rather than have to clean up all the wasted product in the sink every morning! I’ll let you know how I get on.
Overall, it’s a nice enough product, which is pretty messy to apply and comes in at a price which is little more than I think it’s worth. some folk might love it, but I don’t think it’s for me and I probably won’t purchase another… Next please.
See all the ingredients here on Lush