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Monday, May 11, 2015

A Note on Lush Facial Soaps

A Note on Lush Facial Soaps

I can not recall the last time I have used soap on my face - as a teen it was all foaming cleansers and face wipes, soap seems so outdated and yet Lush offer three soap style cleansers for the face all of which sell exceptionally well. As a regular peruser of my local Lush store it took more than some convincing to purchase let alone try facial soap.

A Note on Lush Facial Soaps

In the interest of research and of course comparison I purchased all three options, each of which has been created for different skin types and concerns. For sensitised skin and/or irritated skin there is Fresh Farmacy - a gentle calamine based soap that soothes irritation while being incredibly gentle , for dry skin Lush Movis Facial Soap has been created, it gently exfoliates using bread crumbs (yes really) all the while moisturising the skin. Lastly we have Lush Coalface  Soap which is a charcoal based soap that can be used daily to deeply cleanse or weekly as a sort of wash off, quick facial mask. At the moment I have all three soaps on rotation - I would say that my skin seems to enjoy Lush Fresh Faramcy Soap the most and would credit it for helping clear a few minor blemishes. I find Lush Movis Facial Soap to be a little too rich and Lush Coalface Soap can be a little stripping if used daily - keep in mind I have really oily skin.

A Note on Lush Facial Soaps

So the pro's are that unlike traditional soap all of Lush soap bases are palm oil free and do include an abundance of natural oils (notably skin softening coconut oil) that you will not necessarily find in say a typical foaming cleanser. Out of all the Lush cleansers offered the soap variant's are the cheapest, starting at just £4.99 for a huge 200g slab - which of course can be cut into smaller, manageable chunks. If you travel frequently a little block of facial soap may be the way forward as it will not leak and can of course be popped into a carry on bag. As there is no spill or waste - you lather the facial soap up as you would with any bar of soap. A £4.99 slab will last months on end, not to mention all three Lush variants have been designed to be used on both the face and body - talk about bang for your buck.

A Note on Lush Facial Soaps

The downside is that it is soap, it doesn't matter what way you look at it and yes that does mean it contains a foaming/lathering ingredient which happens to be a sulfate - sodium lauryl sulfate. This is the same compound found in shampoo and the majority of liquid soaps. I don't know enough about said ingredient to really state my stance but it is a known irritant and can with regular use dry out the skin - which is why along the way most of us have ditched soap as a facial cleanser. I won't be ditching Lush Facial Soaps rather I keep them as an array of quick fixes - Lush Movis is ideal for a gentle yet hydrating facial scrub - perfect for ridding it of any minor dry patches. Lush Fresh Farmacy comes into play when my skin breaks out due to an allergic reaction and Lush Coalface is the perfect travel solution to a messy clay/charcoal based face mask. They all have their uses just not daily.

In my opinion Lush Facial Soaps are somewhat novel, fun to use occasionally but a little too harsh for daily use, of course others will feel differently and that is entirely okay.

Do you use Lush Facial Soap or any facial soap for that matter, or do you see it as an outdated cleansing method?




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24 comments:

  1. I actually use soap on my face a lot, I think its because I have never found the right cleanser for my skin. So I may give these a try. Thanks for sharing x

    Zoe Mountford x

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  2. I used to use Coalface a lot and I've been contemplating going back to it for a while. I think I'll give it another go and see what happens - it was always lovely before.
    Cx
    charliedistracted.com

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  3. LUSH soaps always use them for my body and for my face I use there cleansers , LOVE them ^ ^

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  4. I've not tried any of these before, but they do seem interesting! I have oily skin too, so I might have to have a browse of these!

    www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I don't think I could get over using a soap on my face. Can see what you mean about it being too harsh for daily use too.

    Lorna | www.studsanddreams.com xx

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  6. Ow no - do the lush soaps contain SLS? That's the same ingredient you'll find in your detergent powders. I though Lush would have make these from scratch. Soaps are made from fatty acids reacted with a base like sodium hydroxide. This then forms the fatty acid salt and glycerol. That's why homemade soaps/small scale manufacture/artisan soaps are actually really quite nice to use on skin.... whereas industrial soaps tend to press together a load of SLS needs with some other bits n pieces and call it soap, which is not very good for skin.

    www.beaucience.co.uk

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  7. I dont remember the last time I used soap on my face. I guess I am more of a cleanser person .

    Http://laapetitemademoiselle.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I just started using Fresh Farmacy at night and I really like it! I have naturally oily skin and it helps me feel clean and refreshed. Great post.

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  9. I once used the Fresh Farmacy one and I had a major allergic reaction to it. Such a shame since it sounded like an amazing product!

    X Marjolein
    http://misscocoblue.blogspot.com

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  10. I've never used any soaps from Lush before - I prefer liquid cleansers but these sound really great!

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  11. I think soap definitely has its place in our skincare routines. Great review!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  12. I love Movis soap :) you only need the tiniest amount! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

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  13. Could I ask where you got your soap dish from? I love it!

    Lucy | Baresome

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  14. I've never seen these, but for £4.99 I might one up next time I'm in Lush!(:

    -Charlotte xo (http://allthingsmakeupbeautyandlife.blogspot.co.uk/)

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  15. I've never really considered using a soap for my face but I don't think I'd be keen on the idea! X
    eleanor's adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  16. I've tried a few of these out and I never know why I don't go back to them x

    www.pintsizedbeauty.com

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  17. I have never used soap on my face. But since Lush is all natural I might need to try it! Thanks for great recommendations!

    Annie | DrugstoreDreamer

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  18. I've never used their soaps - I don't really use soaps on my face at all, I find it dries my skin out way more than it already is. I've enjoyed their Angels on Bare Skin cleanser, it felt amazing on my face. But I tend to stick to liquid/cream cleansers, especially if they have a pump because they seem more hygenic to me.

    bigfluffycats.blogspot.com

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  19. i used to love coalface when my skin was way oilier, but i love movis now! helps me feel nice and clean.

    brooke | brooke elise beauty

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  20. Don't think I'll be using a soap on my face any time soon. I really like using oil based cleansers at the moment.

    Emily x
    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  21. I agree, they're too harsh to use everyday but they smell great and good to use for the occasional at home facial! x

    http://whiteshirtchic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. If you want gentle soap that is specifically designed for face use, La Roche Posay, Avene and Aderma all have really great options, all under £10.

    x

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  23. Oh my goodness I've never heard of these! Using a bar soap on my face seems so strange. I'd be open to try it though :)

    Samantha Series

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  24. I make my own soaps and use only bar soaps on my face because with my own bar soaps, I can always adjust my formula to fit my skin's needs. But I also buy handmade soaps from other sellers. One facial bar that I really love using is the cucumber one from The Yorkshire Soap Company. And contrary to popular beliefs, you don't have to have SLS in your bar soaps for lather. I usually use a soap net to get poofy bubbles but even if I don't use a soap net, I don't have a problem with bubbles lathering. But that also depends on the soap formula.

    Oh and just a note ! Coconut oil is good for the skin but when saponified coconut oil in soaps work slightly differently and you might find it rather stripping. If on a lookout for bar soaps, look for one with the coconut oil slightly lower on the ingredient list. I like soaps that are higher in olive oil.

    Kelila, x

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