I was always a fan of lush and their bath bombs/shower jellies etc and really wanted this moisturiser to work. I went to the lush store and was given advice regarding my sensitive skin by a lovely SA and was informed that Celestial would be a good option for my skin.
On the first evening after washing my skin I opened the jar and the scent reminded me of vanilla with an unrecognisable artificial scent (this was previously masked by all the aromas in the store & I later found out that this artificial scent was due to the paraben preservative - so much for all natural). I found the cream to be rather heavy and although I used it sparingly as stated to me by the SA my skin was left very shiny, oily and felt dirty. After a couple of weeks of use the condition of my skin deteriorated and I was left with dry cracked peeling (not pretty) skin with large red bumps. Needless to say the pot went to be re-cycled and the cream thrown away as I would not inflict this product on my worst enemy. I do not know if my experience was due to a bad batch but I can state with certainty that due to this experience I would never use any Lush facial skincare products ever again.
Since I changed moisturisers my skins condition has significantly improved and I will always remember to check the label as opposed to blindly believing what a well meaning SA tells me. I still love their bath bombs and soaps but as I stated earlier I wouldn't touch their face care products with a 50ft barge pole.
I would love to love this, but I just can't say I do. I am SO MUCH oF A VANILLA person, but this is not vanilla! This smells like some sort of putty or clay I used to play when I was little...Then it was very greasy, yes it is. I like creams that are a bit greasy, since I find that way it keeps my face clear, if my face is too dry I get breakouts and dry patches everywhere. But even then, after a night of sleep, my face was SO SHINY, my nose area was ridiculous! Wearing it daytime was pretty bad too, after a while my face gets all shiny. I would say this would be much better for people living in dry cold areas. I live in Vancouver BC, the winters are not that cold and humidity is high.
I'm glad I didn't shell out for this. I was given a small sample by the LUSH SA, and find it to be very oily - even my dry cheeks. I might work at night, but a good quality oil would likely do the trick. The scent, which is supposed to be vanilla, was off - as if the product had expired, so maybe it had been on the shelf too long. I wouldn't purchase this now that I've tried the sample a couple of times.
It's smells pretty good, I'll give it that, but it's so freaking greasy. I used it once and never again.
My HG cream was sold out but i needed something urgently so bought this one. nice sweet scent, sinking quickly into my skin, but because there is no spf in for me it is a night cream. i would recommend it to everyone who has sensitive skin. probably will buy again
I usually use Cosmetic Lad.. which I do still like.. but I needed something a little heavier for this cold weather. I bought Celestial after trying a sample for a few days. My skin loves this moisturizer. It drinks it up. My intention was to only use it as night cream but for the last few days I've been using it in the morning as well ( under my primer and foundation) and it's working even better. It is a little greasy, but this seems to work in my skins favour during this weather. I'm very happy with this product and what it's during for my skin so far!
My favourite face moisturiser - it smells like vanilla (yum!) & really does make your skin much softer. The trick is to only apply a tiny, tiny amount on the end of your finger rather than a palmful.
Claims - True or False?
1) Alleviate sensitive/dry skin: False.
2) Moisturizes and softens skin: False.
3) Reduces inflammation: False.
Comes in a tub, which while easy, is not necessarily hygienic and not as convenient as a standard pump or squeeze tube. I personally did not purchase a full-size, so I have not used the packaging itself. It is quite visually pleasing, but in terms of functionality, it would work best either in a tube or pump bottle.
A very thick cream that simply refuses to actually sink into my skin. I remember hours later I could still feel the actual product on top of my skin, much like how it felt when first applied. Slightly greasy, and a little bit runny. It could also feel a bit tacky and heavy on the skin even with just a bit used. While thick and creamy and easy to blend into the skin, it didn't really have much of an effect on my skin in terms of lessening any irritation or redness. In fact I feel like it may have made matters worse.
I really disliked this fragrance. I found it reminded me of sour vanilla yogurt, and the fragrance, while not overly strong post-application (but quite strong in the tin), was strong enough to linger on my skin
Bang for your Buck:
One tub costs about $24.00CAD for 45g. While not a lot, a little does go a long way with this product, so I can see it lasting a number of months with frugal use.
Although I do have sensitive skin that is prone to some dryness, it did not work for me. Overall, the smell and the performance were terrible for my skin. Also, it contains cocoa butter, which is highly comedogenic. All of their moisturizers that I've tried have broken me out, and this one was no different. Do not recommend unless your skin is very dry and not at all acne-prone!
Overall Rating: 2/5
Packaging Quality: 2/5
Would you buy this product again: No.
this is my HG moisturizer! i have combo-sensitive break-out prone skin and i have never used a moisturizer that kept me so happy. it smells like vanilla ice cream, and is soothing and moisturizing. it doesn't break me out, but it does have cocoa butter in it- if cocoa butter makes you break out, you may want to pass on this one. if it's too thick for you, just apply a toner before and use a smaller dab of moisturizer so it spreads more thinnly.
edit: no longer my HG, as my skin decided to get crazy dry and i have since replaced it with Clinque Comfort on Call. i still have mad love for this, though, and will probably keep some in my bathroom for days that i don't need something so intensive.
This is my cooler weather HG! I wear Vanishing Cream in the summer, as I am in a sub-tropical climate where humidity is a force to be reckoned with. But, once the temperature and humidity drop a bit here, this is my go-to. Now it must be said, though, that I have only ever used this product in conjunction with my other HG products (also from Lush: Ultra Bland cleanser and Eau Roma Toner), so I do not know how it would perform with other products since the other products I use are so gentle and moisturizing. My skin is combination, tending towards dry, with some oily bits and flaky cheeks (due to mild rosacea)... and this combo has never irritated my face, but has rather made it more soft and less red, more even with no flakes, and always silky. It is not matte-looking, but rather gives my skin a healthy glow. I wear almost no makeup on my face (only a light dusting of powder), so I also don't know how this would perform under foundation. But, for my needs this is spot on!