I love this cleanser. I have combination skin that tends toward more oily and the cleanser has also helped fade some acne scars. You have to keep the chunk you buy in a zip lock bag and put the pieces you cut off to use in a travel soap dish (the kind with a lid). The soap will dry out otherwise, people who complain about a white film left behind are using dried out soap. The soap turns a darker pink as it dries out, as long as there is significant light pink on the piece you are using you're cool, the darker pink will fade with use.
I highly recommend anyone with hormonal acne get a sample of this because after 3 years of hunting this is the only thing that has worked for me. Background info: I started getting hormonal adult acne 3 years ago, constant spots on my chin and jawline which has left me some red scars. I would only ever really get spots on my chin which is why I think it is hormonal. I tried salcylic acid treatments, salt, clinique, tea tree oil, doing nothing, simple and honey among others. I have been using this for two months and have been almost spot free for the last few weeks which is amazing. I do still get the odd spot on my chin but they are much much smaller than before - slightly bigger than a blackhead rather than a big cyst - and they go within 2 days rather than hanging around for weeks. As this is drying I only use it on my problem / oily areas (my t zone) and follow with toner (eau roma) to remove any residue and then moisturiser. I break off a little piece each time as I feel this is more hygeinic then getting the whole bar wet. I use this as a treatment twice daily after using another cleanser (ultrabland for evening). The bar has antiseptic ingredients (tea tree), healing ingredients and hormone balancing (lavender) aswell as soap (SLS) to strip off the bad grease but this is why it is important to moisturise afterwards so your skin doesn't compensate by getting more oily. Just to warn the first week of using this I got a major break out but then completely cleared up so it is worth persevering as it may be your skin is purging at first.
Got this from Australia when my friend went on holiday there. It was the first Lush product I'd ever tried and for a while I swore not to succumb to the Lush hype (before I tried Coal Face, that is) because of this!! It's supposed to be a calming bar for sensitive/oily skin but it totally dried up my face and made my oily but flaky skin flake even more. It also left a residue on my face that was kinda powdery/chalky, which I do not like. Also, surprisingly, Lush products are more expensive in Australia and the US compared to the UK - significantly! So if you can get your Lush from the UK, you should, because it'll save you some usd$4-6 for every product. Wouldn't buy this again :(
I got a generous sample of this and I LOVE IT ! Definitely going to get more ! Only problem is the melting ! But what I do is take off a piece and make sort of a paste out of it ! That workss !
I LOVE FRESH FARMACY!!!
i will never go back to harsh cleansers with a ton of crazy chemicals that don't even work for my skin. i have combo skin and redness all over my chin and cycstic acne on the right side of my cheek.. let me just tell you that this product has done wonders to my face.. i don't use as much makeup as i did before becaus i don't need it! i don't know why it didn't work out for some people here because it truly is a wonderful cleanser. everyone should give it a chance.. i use this and tea tree toner along with my vanishing cream all those three is my HG!!
A fan of lush I am but not of this cleanser. I found this product to make oily/acne prone skin feel dry and chalky. I tried using with my clarisonic, tried using it only with my fingers for a few seconds to a minute. But no matter what my skin would be dry, and chalky. And I was only using this at night and nothing in the morning. Plus having the bar is great for naked packaging however you have to keep out of water to prevent it melting so that is kind of a pain aswell. Would not buy again :(
Fresh Farmacy is probably LUSH's most unassuming cleanser. It does not come in a fancy black pot like the others do; basically, it looks like a dull pink bar of gritty soap. However, do not be deceived! This lump of chamomile and calamine do wonders for my troublesome skin. For the record, I have skin that gets dry in patches in the winter, and super oily in the summer. Throw in a few odd breakouts throughout the year, and some redness, as well as sensitivity to harsh cleansers, and voila! You've got my skin. Fresh Farmacy somehow manages to clean completely without drying out my skin, and leaves it nicely moisturized. I cut my bar into pieces and keep out one piece at a time, so that the remainder of my bar does not dry out. One 100g bar, which costs 4.15 GBP (or roughly $6.40 USD), lasts me over a month with near daily use. I know some find LUSH facial products nearly impossible to work with, but I've found so many of my HG skincare products with this company, and Fresh Farmacy is the best of the best.
fresh farmacy is recommended for the sensitive skin .But i found it too drying for it.After using this soap i want to run a cup full with moisturizer and get myu head in to it.I waited if the ichy ,dry feeling gonna pass but no it stayed.It's definetly not for dry sensitive skin
This product had a strange smell and dried up my skin horribly, even my hands were dry. Good thing I only got a tiny piece.
Using Lush products, I have discovered, is a science. You have to really know your skin, and be familiar with what Lush products do.
It's awesome that Lush provides samples in store, because it gives me, the beauty product guru, the chance to test all of their products.
I love Coalface, and use it every day, but I find that once Lush skincare products cure your issue, you skin doesn't know what to do next and freaks out.
I needed a product to alternate with Coal Face, so I purchased Fresh Farmacy.
Fresh Farmacy contains Camomile, which is very drying. And Tea Tree, which can also be very drying. So purchasers beware. If you have super oily skin in the summers, like I do, then this is perfect for you.
Coal Face in the monring. Fresh Farmacy at night, before bed. I apply with a scrubby face sponge, rub in gently, then leave it, without rinsing off. I enjoy my shower, which creates a nice steamy affect for the FF mask. Once I get out of the shower I rinse off, and my face feels fabu. No filmy pink residue.
Yes my face feels tight, but good tight. I have angry, pimple prone skin, and this product works great for me.
My only gripe: I wish there was a container to hold the product. Not keen on buying a tin for every Lush product I own. They are starting to take up a lot of space. LOL!