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Blogmas: Lush - Ultrabland.

8 December 2013
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. A product that I struggle with.

I've been trying to incorporate Lush Ultrabland in to my cleansing routine and I am seriously on the fence about this one.
Ultrabland is a balm cleanser, it's a combination of bees wax, honey, rose oil, rose water, almond oil, iris extract, glycerine, tincture of benzoin (the fu..?) and propylparaben.

Balm cleansers are great for those with dry skin, they are generally really nourishing and help with hydration, normal skin types could also use this. Oily skin types should be wary in my opinion.

Looking at the ingredients we have some nice things and some other things that don't really float my boat. The rose oil and rose water, almond oil, honey, iris extract and glycerine are all things my skin likes, the tincture of benzoin is apparently nothing to fear, it's a natural preservative and also has soothing and calming properties.

As for the bees wax and propylparaben this is where I have a problem and I feel others will also have a problem. Let me start with the propylparaben, yes it's a paraben, so if you love paraben free skin care then this will turn you off but I can see why it needs to be in there, not only does it preserve the product but it also prevents bacteria growth in your product and ain't nobody got time for bacteria in their skin care products. I personally don't have an issue with parabens but if I'm talking about a product that is marketed as natural then I want to mention it because I know many people are trying to cut these type of things out of their skin care routine.

The big problem for me is the bees wax, this stuff can send me straight to skin hell. Being a balm it can be difficult to remove and if I don't get every little bit off.. Break out city. More on this in a moment.

I primarily use Ultrabland to remove makeup (pre-cleanse), I then follow up with a cream cleanser and recently I have been trying to slowly reincorporate a gentle foaming cleanser (final cleanse). If my second cleanse is a foaming cleanser I find I'm ok and won't have to worry about the bees wax clogging my pores and causing face demons but if I use the cream cleanser and haven't removed every last skerrick of the Ultrabland then I'm guaranteed to have a little puss mound making my face it's new home for the next few days.

Now to remove every last bit of Ultrabland I'm puting my skin through something that I don't think it deserves; Lush claim that it can be removed with cotton balls, this does not work for me, it leaves the slickest, oiliest residue on my face which my cream cleanser can't remove. What does work for me is a hot damp face cloth and I actually love using a hot face washer to clean my face, I think more people should try it. The problem is it's so thick that there needs to be quite a bit of rubbing involved, this isn't great for your skin. If you're using a hot cloth then firm pressure should be applied to the skin but scrubbing and going over the same area multiple times should be avoided, which I find impossible with Ultrabland. My only option is to use a foaming cleanser to remove the residue and then I'm defeating the purpose of using a balm cleanser in the first place; to help hydrate my skin.

A month ago I couldn't even look at a foaming cleanser so this product was on my shit list, recently I have been able to use it every so often without worry as my skin is balancing out and able to handle a foaming cleanser but I'm still not sold on Ultrabland.

To use the product you are supposed to take a tiny little amount, warm it up in your finger tips and massage it over your face, being an oil it should melt your makeup quite well and to some extent it does, I find it makes light work of most things except some waterproof liners and mascaras, these particular products need a bit more work to get them moving.

Revlon Colourstay, Rimmel Matte Lipstick, Essence Stays No Matter What Liner,
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Waterproof Mascara.
Bit of fail.
I find the more I use this product the more I adapt to it but I'm still not a big fan. I don't like having to be rough with my skin to remove my makeup and then freaking out that my skin will break out because I don't know if it's actually clean. I wanted to love this but I continue to struggle with it and I can't say I'll be buying it again.

Have you used Lush's Ultrabland? Tell me your thoughts!

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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1 comment on "Blogmas: Lush - Ultrabland."
  1. I've ised an ultra bland sample a couple of times and I've woken up with painful pimples every time. Thanks for sharing