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Blogmas: Lush - Angels On Bare Skin.

3 December 2013
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. Nice clear skin!

I have been meaning to blog about this product for weeks. It sits in my bathroom either by the sink or in the shower, depending on where I used it last and since it's not kept in my room where I do most of my 'pretty-ing up', it's mostly out of sight.. which means it is mostly out of mind. You should know that just because I don't think about this product other than when I'm about to use it, doesn't mean that I don't have a lot to say about it.

This isn't a product I would usually buy, my skin deals with 'less natural' products just fine and I'm happy to use them. I've never been one to need something gentle or have to incorporate hydration in to my cleansing routine, I never realised how lucky I was in this way, I've always been able to use just about anything with a few exceptions. Well my lovely, convenient bubble was popped a couple of months ago, if you want to know the full story you can read this but the crux of the matter is that I ended up with the shittiest, driest, most hateful skin I have ever experienced both personally and professionally.

I sat down and mentally went through the types of products I would need and the specific product options, I knew I was going to have to brave Lush for what I needed unless I wanted to go high end and spend a fortune and I definitely wasn't willing to do that because I didn't know how my skin was going to handle the change anyway. My local Lush is usually a mad house and it kind of still was but after a little wait a SA eased my pain, let me touch the products and wrapped them up for me.. Let the testing begin!

I was so happy and relieved after using this product, I knew I was going to be able to manage my skin and I felt and saw results after the first use.

This is a creamy cleansing exfoliant, it doesn't foam up in the slightest. If you have dry skin then I would highly advise that you avoid foaming cleansers like someone in the 14th century would avoid the bubonic plague. They aren't going to help you.

Something else that can come with dry skin is sensitivity and AoBS is so beautifully gentle but it polishes the skin wonderfully, this statement comes with a but: If you know you are sensitive to plant oils, then this may cause irritation for you, if you aren't sure then you should most certainly speak to a Lush SA, they are lovely and so willing to help and they aren't stingy with samples either. I only mention this because when you are dealing with problem skin you want to be aware of what you are putting on it rather than going in blind and making a bad situation worse.

As you can see, it's almost gone..
I think the best way to break down the benefits of this product is to look at the ingredients:
  • Ground Almonds - Not the shells but the nuts, they are surprisingly gentle yet effective.
  • Glycerine - A hydrator and carrier of other ingredients, ie: binds well with other ingredients (the nourishing ones) and helps them to be absorbed more effectively by the skin.
  • Kaolin - This is a clay mineral, it has cleansing properties and is used in this product as a 'base' for the other nourishing and exfoliating ingredients.
  • Water - If you don't know what this is I can't help you.
  • Lavender Oil - Great for skin complaints, is anti-bacterial and soothing. It also has a calming effect, not only for your skin but for yourself, great to use at the end of a stressful day. I hate the smell but know it works, this is a story for another day.
  • Chamomile Blue Oil - Great for sensitive skin and another one that is good for the soul, this paired with the lavender is like a match made in heaven. Wash your face with this when you're stressed, you'll feel the difference inside.
  • Rose Absolute - This is the essential oil that comes from rose petals. Sounds lovely hey? Now I know this is good for problem skin, usually aimed at mature skin but also has moisturising properties and can aide a rough texture. Apparently this is another one that's good for helping a heavy heart but I've not used it alone personally as an essential oil so I can't vouch for it.
  • Tagetes Oil - I'm not familiar with this ingredient but Lush claim that it is antibacterial and antimicrobial.
  • Benzoin Resinoid - A natural preservative and apparently antibacterial.
  • Lavender Flowers - This is to make the product look pretty but they also gently exfoliate, quite well too I must say.
  • Limonene & Linalool - I believe these are found naturally in essential oils, I'm not really 100% sure but Lush claim that they have to list them by law, if you have any information on these that can be broken down enough for my brain to understand then please do feel free to share!
So essentially this product contains cleansing, hydrating, antibacterial, exfoliating and soothing ingredients without anything that will strip your skin.

For a full face an neck scrub I would use about 4 times the amount shown here, also I have small hands.
The cleanser as a whole has to be 'activated', it's extremely thick and needs the tiniest bit of water to prepare it for the skin. What I like to do is wet my face and hands, take a small amount and press it in to a paste just using the water that is already on my hand, doing this will prevent the product from flaking and falling all over the place and essentially keep it on your skin when you start to smooth it on, when the product is a thick paste like this it is a lot easier to massage around your face.

Activated and ready to use!
Occasionally I like to massage this over my skin and let it sit for just a minute, there is heaps of stuff in this that my skin loves and it seems a little sad to just wash it all off straight away. Doing this also gives the aromatherapy properties of the product to work, not only am I left with soft clean skin but I'm also left feeling a little lighter and relaxed.

I like to rinse off with warm water but a warm face cloth will do the job as well, there is no heavy residue left behind, just soft skin that has had a little extra nourishment during the cleaning process, you'll find that your skin won't be screaming for moisturiser (but still apply it!!).

After using this for 2 months I've noticed my skin is balancing out and my oily t-zone is returning, I continue to use AoBS and it still does a damn good job, I can say from experience that this will work for any skin type that doesn't react badly to natural oils.

I'd buy this again, without a second thought! It's damn nice stuff, as for the product coming in a tub I had an issue with this initially but after thinking about it I couldn't come up with any other packaging options for this product so I can set aside my hatred for jar and tub packaging to have the pleasure of using this product in my routine.

What is your all time favourite Lush product? I need suggestions for my next trip!

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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2 comments on "Blogmas: Lush - Angels On Bare Skin."
  1. I absolutely love Angles on Bare Skin as well! I just brought it recently and it really suits my skin type! Amazing break down on the benefits of the products - makes me love it even more!!!

    xx

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    1. Thank you Emmy! It's certainly a great product!

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