i received a chunk of coalface soap as a free sample... and i knew instantly i had to have a whole bar. (DARN YOU, LUSH!!!) i'm a moderately oily individual and my face can handle the harshest cleansers (i regularly use Oxy Maximum Extreme Benzoyl Peroxide or whatever it's called...) to keep my skin clear. I used coal face on my face and neck and i LOVED the sensation--then i wanted to use it on my body... so i did and then the next thing i knew my sample was all gone :(
UNFORTUNATELY my face became very dry afterwards (which is semi normal because it is winter) but i had to moisturize the crap out of it. which i don't normally have to do. but who cares, i really like the smell of it and the scrubby sensation.
I'd recommend this product to anybody who has pretty oily skin (it's not for the sensitive types) and likes to switch it up from their usual cleanser. protip: keep it in your shower, and use it as a face/body wash after a workout. A+ Thanks again Lush for seducing me.
This is the only face wash I've found that works for me. I use it every day, it doesn't dry my skin out but makes it clearer, smoother and less oily. I got a tiny 5$ slice of it and it lasted me for months. I generally have skin that is a mix of oily and dry.
This is ultra harsh to my mildly sensitive skin. Even if I didnt rub it directly on my face it was very drying. And if I did rub it on my face for exfoliation it was just plain scratchy. I would not repurchase this.
I have combination skin (oily t-zone) and this product works great for me! I only use it about every other day in the morning and it's a great cleanser and exfoliator. My skin feels clean and soft after using it. I was really happy with the results so I told my husband to try it thinking he'd love it as much as I did, but he thought it was so-so. He said it made his skin really dry. I guess it's not great for everyone, but if you have oily skin or combo skin, I think it would work great! I bought a small bar (about $5.00 worth to try it out and it's lasted me awhile. I got it about a month ago, cut it in half, and I'm still using the first slice.
Love this cleanser! It cleans my face really well and keeps any acne away. I use it daily and love it. I highly recommend this! Also, since it really does haven't "packaging" I bought one of those tin containers they sell and just keep it in there. It prevents water and steam or anything from getting to it and helps it last longer.
After a bad experience with Fresh Farmacy, I decided to try again with Coal Face. I've been using it since Dec 2009 but since I've run out and it's hard for me to get it (i'm in Singapore) i've just begun to use Purpose...anyway, bought it in the Covent Garden shop for about 4 pounds per 100 g, not much in lieu of packaging as it is a soap bar. Keeps pretty well in the shower if you put it in a soap tray on a shelf far away from the spray, as I do... Coal Face lathers very well, I usually rub it directly on my face and lather up from there but I only use the rough side every other day because otherwise the exfoliation is too harsh for my sensitive skin. When i start on a new bar, I'll need to rub the exfoliating side off on my hands the first couple weeks, the bits are pretty large and rough...as for results, I did find that Coal Face managed to make my skin less oily, and my skin always feels clean but not tight/dry after I use it. It is not, however, moisturising in any way - you do need a moisturiser after this, but I find Lush's moisturizers all too heavy. In London (winter time), Coal Face totally cleared up my skin, but once I was back in Singapore my acne flared up again due to our horrid, humid and hot weather. It hasn't gotten rid of my acne completely while here and sometimes I do notice that I am more sensitive to it than other times, but I would repurchase again and again if not for the fact that is an absolute bitch to procure from here.
I love love this product! I have oily/acne prone skin, I received a sample of coalface and loved it....later down the road I decided to buy the fresh pharmacy (big mistake) it didn't help at all. I went back to the coal face, it keeps my face really clean, I make sure to lather my face really good. Sometimes I would keep it on my face for about a min then rinse it off and it keeps my face super clean. I have notice that the oils in my face have not been so bad either.
I got this as a sample and a generous one too. I had heard it make the oiliest of skins to matte up ! It did a pretty good job though I was shiny in about 3 hours ... maybe I just did not lather enough cause I was too excited to use the soap hahahahah. However it does lather well ! I was clueless whether to rub the textured side on my skin so as to exfoliate... It did not feel harsh or abrasive - just right. I think I will repurchase but reading reviews has got me wondering if my skin would become resistant to it too..
i have pretty oily skin that tends to get shiny toward the middle of the day (yes, not the end of the day, the middle of the day) and its not just my t-zone either, even my cheeks get oily which is so random! however i dont really get break outs that much, only that time of the month makes my skin go a bit nuts. i bought coalface as i have become kind of obsessed with lush products lately and my regular cleanser ran out ( i used to use garnier pure blackhead scrub, and it is pretty amazing!). i got a chunk that was sightly over 100g for 21 nzd (coalface goe for 16.90 per 100g here), and to be honest i was kind of thinking to myself 'why am i paying so much for such a little bar??', but seriously the lasting power has impressed me so far. like many other lush users, i cut my bar into 10 smaller pieces and only use 1 at a time. ive been using my just-over-10g bar for almost a month now twice a day and the bar has only gone down to about half of its original size so in theory my purchase should last me well over a year!! so its really not that expensive considering how long it lasts.
after my rambling about everything circumstantial about this bar, im going to mention things about the bar itself. the smell of it is actually pretty bad since i really dont like liquorice, but i can tolerate the smell as its not so potent that i can only smell it if i put it under my nose and sniff. the good thing about this yucky smell is that my boyfriend has since stopped using my cleanser (he used to when i used garnier) as he hates the smell so much, so more for me yay! this soap does leave my skin feeling very squeaky clean, its a bit drying but its nothing on my oily skin. the best thing about this soap is that it actually control my oilyness that on the days which i use it morning and night my face doesnt get oily till the end of the day even if i dont use a powder in the morning when i put on my make up so its great!!! however i dont find this soap very exfoliating as i am yet to master the fine art of gliding the soap on my face and cleansing that way so alternatively i bought myself one of those sea spongy thingies and i rub the soap on the sponge then 'sponge' rub my face. oh another thing coalface does not lather up well at all unlike some previous reviewers have suggested, maybe im doing something wrong....maybe...
oh, and unlike some reviewers have mentioned, coalface does remove my make up (i only wear tinted moisturiser and powder and bronzer though) and somehow it has given my sea spongy this really really clean smell! the soap on its own does melt so in order to store it i pat it dry with a tissue after every use and slot it into one of those breath mint tins which is kind of annoying that i have to take such care of a piece of soap!
This is a great product for oily skin, I've used it for around 2 weeks now and have found it super effective in reducing my blemishes and spots. Seeing as my face is only oily in the T-zone (and a little dry at times on my cheeks), I found the best combination to combat this was to apply LUSH's Celestial moisturiser at night after washing and then their Vanishing cream (dryer months- Winter/Autumn) or Enzymion (in the warmer months - Summer/Spring) in the morning. The only downfall is its packaging and the fact that it does not come with some kind or container but I will definitely be purchasing this product again!