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Review: Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin face wash

First things first: I have no pictures of this product, because I threw it into the bin in a temper before I could photograph it. This should tell you a good deal about what’s about to go down in this …

Fri, Jan 25, 2013, 14:30

   

First things first: I have no pictures of this product, because I threw it into the bin in a temper before I could photograph it. This should tell you a good deal about what’s about to go down in this review – although it does, perhaps, seem more dire than it is.

Angels on Bare Skin is an exfoliating facial wash made of ground almonds and lavender oil that promises to cleanse, soften, moisturise and brighten tired and dead skin. It comes in a kind of a paste, that is used by mixing it in the hands with a little water to form a creamy consistency, which is then used to clean the face.

As you may have guessed, I didn’t love this product, but I didn’t hate it. It smells delightful; I love almonds and I love lavender, and there is something really comforting about their combined scent. Once you’ve got the mixing down, it goes on the face nicely, exfoliates well and washes off to leave skin feeling nice and soft, with no oily residue. That’s the good.

The bad? It is tricky, and I’m sure there’s at least 80% of every pinch I pinched gone down my sink. It doesn’t take off make-up, and this is a big gripe for me. If something is billed as a cleanser, I want it to clean my skin – and to me, that means taking my make-up off. The combination of these two bits meant I got really frustrated with this product. I wanted to love it – after my Ultrabalm joy, I was all in Lush’s corner – but I found it really irritating. Not only was I having to struggle to make this product do the job it was meant to do, even once I had got it into a cream consistency, it still couldn’t do what I wanted.

I might use it as an exfoliator again, but really, who has the time for all of this mixing and messing about? Maybe it’s a sign of the times, but I want a product that is ready to use and does what it’s meant to. And Angels on Bare Skin just wasn’t that soldier for me.

Have you tried it? What did you think?

Angels on Bare Skin costs around €7.90 for 100g.