Lush – Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask
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I’ve got a confession to make… until a couple of weeks ago I’d never ever tried a Lush product. I’d always been put off by the overpowering smell coming out of the shops and thought they were a bit of a gimmick until my sister forced me to go in with her one day (their bath bombs are one of her favourite ever things!). I was really surprised to see all the different products that they had available, to find out that they don’t test their products or ingredients on animals and that a lot of their items are made from natural ingredients. Lush also do a lot of campaigning for cruelty free – they remind me a bit of The Body Shop in the 1980s when they weren’t afraid to stand out from the rest and stood up for what they believed in.
I’m a bit advocate of beauty products that use natural ingredients and that don’t use nasty chemical preservatives, colourings, etc. However I’ve never really had the time to whip up my own batch of avocado face mask or sea salt scrub in my kitchen (I’m imagining it could get very messy) so when I spotted Lush’s fresh face masks I was very excited – it’s a handmade natural fresh face mask but they’ve done all the hard work for you!
Each pot of fresh face mask has been handmade in the Lush kitchen and on the back of the pot there’s a sticker showing when it was made and by whom. There’s also a ‘use by’ date (they usually have around a month life span) and the face masks should also be kept in the fridge to help keep them fresh.
There are around 10 different varieties of fresh face mask available at Lush, I went for Cosmetic Warrior which is ideal for oily or combination skin. Containing tea tree essential oil and fresh garlic it helps to dry up and prevent blemishes, whilst the kaolin clay deep cleanses the skin.
All of the ingredients on the back of the pot are items that you’d find in a regular kitchen, although I was a bit disappointed to see that one of the ingredients is perfume… this is one of those non-specific ingredient names that could refer to any number of chemicals and I’d love to see Lush replace this ingredients with something more natural.
I have to admit it’s a slightly unpleasant experience applying the Cosmetic Warrior face mask! The creamy beige mask has quite a strong unpleasant sour smell of garlic, and it’s quite goopy and lumpy so it takes a while to spread a thin even layer all over the face, but one it’s applied it feels cooling and refreshing although I do feel a bit of tingling on my cheeks. The mask dries slowly and unfortunately looks a bit like dried sick after 10-15 minutes when it’s time to wash it off.
Once rinsed away skin feels soft and smooth, but I have found that the best results are always seen the following day… any blemishes are dry and reduced and skin feels plump, soft and happy! I have also found that they more you use it the less unpleasant the smell seems! I think my nose is getting used to it!
There’s enough in each pot to use it about once a week for a month, and I don’t think that the price is prohibitive given that it’s probably cheaper than going out and buying all the fresh ingredients yourself!
Despite the unpleasant smells, etc, I absolutely love this fresh Cosmetic Warrior face mask from Lush. It really does what it’s supposed to and I love the fact that it’s cruelty free and made in the UK from natural ingredients. I’ll definitely be checking out some more Fresh Face Masks from Lush – I’ve got my eye on Cupcake which contains Rhassoul Mud and Cocoa Powder!
Plus, if you take 5 empty clean pots back to Lush they’ll give you one fresh face mask absolutely FREE!
What are your favourite Lush products?
Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask is priced at £6.50 for 75g, available from Lush.
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