I've been using Coal Face for a few months now, and I do like it and it works well with my skin type during both summer and winter weather. I have combination skin with occational breakouts right before my period. It does a great job of keeping my skin under control during those breakouts without drying my skin out. I haven't even been using a moisturizer, exept for my liquid foundations, (terrible I know!) and it keeps my skin balanced all over. I do use the BB Seaweed mask once a week though too to provide my skin with moisture in the areas it needs it. I'm currently testing out some of Origin's moisturizers at the moment...the cleanser is not working out for me though (see my Checks and Balance review for more info). Anyway, back to Coal Face. I love the smell personally, and that there are little shimmers in it (they won't show up on your face from what I can tell). My only gripe about this product, and the reason I'm going to stop using it, is the price. I would say I go through about one $13.00 bar every month because they tend to break down really fast. I try to keep it in it's own little dish, but sometimes I take it into the shower and it sits in there while my roommates shower as well and breaks down with the water and humidity. It may be the way I'm caring for it, but it just doesn't seem to last long enough for the price. I know $13.00 sounds cheap but when you compare it to other amazing products I've used that are a little more expensive ($30-$40) that come in a pump and one pump is enough, and the whole product lasts for 6 months it's a better deal even though your putting more money out up front. It ends up being half of what I spend on Coal Face every month for a year ($156.00). One of my favorite cleansers, which I will probably be starting to use again even though it's more money up front, is by Only YoursX Skin Care and it's called Gentle Citrus Cleanser. You can only find it through a licensed cosmotologist though I believe. I get mine from Trevino Skin Care in downtown Seattle in the Nordstrom building. That line has alot of great products and they do last about 6 months. I just decided to try Coal Face months ago because I didn't want to spend alot on a cleanser at the time so I picked up a bar for about $7 to try it and liked it but it ended up being more expensive in the long run to keep using it!
I bought this soap twice now, the first time small chunk and lasted me a long time. Now i'm using a wedge of this soap that cost me about $20. I really like this soap! I have oily, acne prone sensitive skin and I have no negative reactions with this soap.
After I wash my face with soap, I can see that my face looks more brighter and feel refreshed. It washes away the oil but my face doesn't really feel tight after. I follow up with Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel after for good measure.
The smell is reminiscent of licquorice. I wasn't used to the smell at first but it grew on me. After I clean my face with this soap it seems easier to extract my whiteheads and blackheads with a removal tool.
It has a gritty-ish feeling but I never use this directly on my skin to exfoliate, I think it's too rough for that. I just lather this soap first in my palms a bit and massage the foam on my face.
I use this soap time to time .According to lush it's the only product includes%18 soap indigirents.My skin get nuts time to time and bocome incredibly oily that's the time i use this soap .Smell is strong but ilove it jasmine and lavender i pick up as smell from this product generally.And a little amount enough to make bathroom smell great.But do not use it for the body it's a extereme cleanser it will make your face squeaky clean.Does the job when i need to.
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.