Packaging-wise: could be improved, maybe with a spatula or a bottle but hey, as long as it works for you, right.
1st use: did not really like it, felt greasy and my face actually felt warm/hot, too warm in fact, and I was skeptical, kind of afraid of having reactions to it. But after 2nd and 3rd try, I've come to love it. Why? Because it's no mess, no dribble makeup remover! It literally melts my makeup. What I do is I massage the cream all over my face (I tend to avoid eye areas, because I use separate eye makeup remover), and then take cotton pads and wipe off. Done! Then I go and wash my face with my normal cleanser (or either Aqua Marina or Angels on Bare Skin) and my face feels moisturised and clean. =) So I'm going to repurchase, quite pricey for the amount you have to use but it's still more reasonable compared to some other cleansers that just doesn't work as well. Large tub (100g) costs AUD$28.95. Smaller tub (45g) costs AUD$19.95.
I have to say I love this product. It's one of the only things that completely removes my makeup. I clean the area off with a baby wipe to get rid of excess oils. :)
I have super dry, sensitive skin that comes up with red bumps/splotches when it's irritated or feeling grumpy. I went to LUSH looking for a gentle but effective cleanser. I came home with Ultrabland.
When I first bought Ultrabland, I did not love her. I smeared her all over my face, fought for twenty minutes to wipe it all off, then broke out. My skin was angry and a little greasy. LUSH suggested I start taking it off with the toner. This worked pretty well, but I still felt greasy.
I now use this as an eye makeup remover and then wash my face afterward
I put scoop between a 1/4 to 1/8 tsp out onto the back of my hand (depending on how heavy my makeup is) and I apply a little of that blob with my ring finger directly to my lashes and work upward to my brows. Ultrabland will take off mascara, even waterproof, if you work at it a little. Gentle circles seem to work best for me. Once I look like a racoon, I spray one eye with toner, wipe it all off with a cotton round, then do the other eye. This process does involve a lot of wiping. Because I wear black liner on my waterlines (top and bottom), I usually load a Q-tip up with a little more from the back of my hand and get into my lashes and waterlines. Ultrabland is the only thing I've been able to do this with. Even with I managed to get it directly on my eyeball, it didn't sting or irritate it. If I have on heavy face makeup, I'll use Ultrabland on my face, as well, but I always take it off with the toner.
I wash with the Aquamarina cleanser afterward, then tone, then moisturize. To it's credit, my skin is in pretty good shape. I've repurchased Ultrabland once since I started using it in December '09 but I'd like to find a cheaper alternative.
it does wonders for dry and sensiteve skin .you apply it with a cotton ball all over your face included eyes.then after waiting 2 min you remove it with water all wet towel leaves soft and clean skin removes eye make .It is the only make up remover not burn my eyes and it's the only one not do anything to my mascara.it does not remove mascara but works for other type of make up
I have dry sensitive skin - I'm also sensitive to SLS so I'm very used to cleansing with creams and oils. It's great stuff, takes off makeup, helped my flakey eyelids, my perioral dermatitis etc. Also helps with mosquito bites. As other people have pointed out it is quite pricey but even a small pot will last you for a longtime. Prob won't repurchase as I'm a student now - I'm experimenting with Almond Oil which is working great.
I absolutely love this product. It took me a while to get used to the feeling of using an oily cleanser, but I now find it fantastic. I have very difficult, dry, sensitive and spot-prone skin (joy!) and find this product great for taking off all makeup and leaving my skin soft and in fact, less prone to breaking out. I massage it in, leave it on for a few minutes if my skin is v. dry or I'm wearing lots of makeup, and then use damp cotton wool pads to take it off, usually two or three pads, both sides. You do have to make a bit of effort to get it all off, but that's the nature of such a thick oily cleanser. I also find that any oily feeling goes away after a little while. I tend not to use this in the morning (I've started using baby face, but that's a different review!) but for a night cleanser, followed by l'Occitane 25% shea butter moisturising cream, I find it great. You don't need that much of it, it lasts well, and although it's not THAT cheap (particularly in France where I live now, and where it is way more expensive than in the UK where I first started buying it) it's not horrendously expensive for how long it lasts. You do need to keep an eye on the expiry date, but I find I usually use it all up before it gets a chance to expire. I have strayed from it a few times, but keep returning as I have yet to find anything that does as good a job for my skin.
I hate this product. I have sensitive and dry skin and this left me with break outs all over my face! The peanut oil in ultrabland is obviously too much for my skin. I will never use this again. I spent too much $$ for such a little amount.
I have been using this for almost a year and I continue to repurchase. It is priced pretty well compared to other oil cleaners and it lasts. It works amazingly, it is like a magnet for all the oil, makeup and dirt!
*edit* I stopped using this product. Not because I disliked it, but because it became very pricey. I switched to coconut oil. I use it for face and eye makeup, and it is amazing. Hands down best makeup remover I have ever tried, and I will never use anything else.
Thanks to Lush however for introducing me to oil-based cleansers.... with out Ultra Bland I may never have discovered the wonders of oil!
I used this a while ago when I first got into Lush products. It was alright at first as it seemed to take off my eye makeup well, I was drawn in by the coconut smell. It became rancid within a year in my cupboard and I had to throw it out. I used it for makeup removal around the eyes and I would spray the Roma Aroma toner to remove. It leaves a filmy residue and when I didn't wipe it off thoroughly acne would develop. Why would it have methylparaben & propylparaben if Lush is an all natural brand? I'm not falling for that "all natural" marketing gimmick!
I like this product well enough, but I won't buy again.
It's an expensive cold cream! Cold creams are oil based makeup removers with a beeswax base, water and borax (Sodium borate.) Honey and essential oils can be added for more benefits or scent. The concoction dates back to the ancient Greeks. Galen came up with it to care for gladiators. Since then, it's been used. Your grandmother or great-grandmother probably swore by one brand of cold cream or another.
The ingredients of Ultrabland are:
* Peanut Oil (Arachis hypogaea),
* Rose Water (Rosa centifolia),
* Beeswax (Cera alba),
* Honey (Mel),
* Fresh Iris Extract (Iris florentina),
* Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia),
* Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin),
* Sodium Borate,
For comparison, the old Pond's formula (which I understand has been drastically changed) was this:
A lot of the drugstore brands follow the lines of the old Pond's formula. Walgreen's cold cream actually follows the ingredients exactly. Why would I pay $29.95 for 3.5 oz (Lush) when I could pay $5.99 for 9.5 oz for a product that does the same thing? One can't even argue that the Lush one is more natural as it contains parabens.
Even better, since I LOVE cold creams, I'm going to make my own using lavender water to help with the redness of my face and olive oil, since I find olive oil preferable to both peanut and mineral. That way I can control what I cleanse my face with and put it in a cute old fashioned glass jar.
Time has proven that cold cream is amazing. Obviously it's amazing enough for trendy brands to use the formula even if without the old lady feeling label of cold cream.