What can I say about AOBS? It's one of my fave products from Lush! Those who complain that it doesn't remove make-up, well it's not supposed to. It's sold as a "cleanser" but is not one in the traditional sense that Americans are used to. I wash my fave twice a day and this is what I use in the morning. It gives my face a nice glow and is great at getting any flakes away to allow for smooth make-up application.It only lasts about 3 months so don't be going in buying a pound of this unless you are using it on your whole body lol. I buy 1/4 of a pound and it takes me to just about that 3 month mark...although sometimes it's longer and I never have had any issues. As far as complaints that it's not sanitary to keep dipping your fingers into it, well as with any cream,etc., I use a spatula to scoop some out. It surprises me that people dip their fingers into product...I have always been taught not to, which is why I always use disposable spatulas (you can get the mini ones at beauty suppy stores). AOBS is a great alternative to the St. Ives scub-which is way too harsh for most-and other face scrubs. Any scrubs that have almond shells, etc. should never be used and I don't know how people can buy them. They create micro tears in your skin. You always should treat your face like a piece of fine silk.AOBS is the perfect way to start.
Not an unpleasant cleanser my issue is that it doesn't do a great deal for me. I have been using Origins Checks & Balances which is working fantastically but I got a sample of Angels on Bare Skin and it sounded nice so I gave it a go.
It is immediately noticable how it isn't as good as the Origins cleanser. It leaves my pores still blocked even if my skin is soft.
However, someone in a previous review mentioned that this isn't really supposed to be a cleanser as it used to say 'use on clean skin' on the packaging. It is nice to massage this into the face so I will use up the rest of this but won't be repurchasing. I like my products to be highly functional!
This is a beautiful cleanser/soft exfoliator. It does a great job of cleansing my super-sensitive, acne-prone, oily-yet-dry skin, which let me tell you is a challenge. I get no redness or sensitivity from this, and so far it has not caused a breakout (been using for a week, will update if anything changes). I use it twice a day, morning and night, but I use more than the recommended amount when i do (they say a pea-sized amount, I need at least 3x this). And it smells divine, like flowers.
*EDIT* when I bought my second tub of this, for some reason, it irritated my sensitive skin and my face turned bright red and horrible :/ maybe they changed the ingredients, or maybe I was just lucky the first time around, I don't know. I won't repurchase it :(
this is a good exfoliating cleanser but the lavender oil can be irritating/harsh. it smells like lavender and leaves my skin soft and clean if i use it occasionally, otherwise it doesn't do too well for my skin.
I've been using this for a couple of weeks now and I'm really enjoying it. After a not-great-but-not-horrible experience with Dark Angels, I was hesitant to try another one of Lush's "crumbly" face washes, but I'm glad I picked this up.
I use this in the shower and haven't had any problems. It's much less messy in the shower - you don't have to worry about little bits falling into the sink, on the floor, or on your clothes. I just keep the tub on a shelf that is away from the stream of water so excess moisture doesn't get in. I break off about a quarter-sized amount (pea-sized isn't enough to cover your whole face), wet it, work it into a paste, and scrub away! I like that this is such a gentle exfoliator as well as a cleanser. It feels very nice on your skin and isn't irritating at all. I've seen some people complaining about the almond seeds, but in the small amount I use, I usually only have one to two seeds per use and they don't feel scratchy or harsh at all. The smell is great too; it's a very herbal-y lavander scent.
I'm giving this a 4 because I haven't noticed any drastic changes in my skin since I started using this. I don't have any real issues that I need taken care of, just combination skin with the occasional breakout, so I'm just glad this didn't have any negative effects. I have noticed that my skin is a little less oily, but I'm not 100% sure if that is because of this product or because of the weather chaning. Immediately after cleansing with this your skin will look gorgeous, though. The other day I stepped out of the bathroom and my roommate said, "Wow, your skin looks so glow-y!" So because of that, and because it's fun to use a product that's so different, I would recommend and repurchase.
I can't deny that my skin feels amazing after using AOBS. The one-two punch of exfoliating and delivering moisture that my skin drinks up is hard to beat. BUT AOBS is full of things that are bad for your skin, and after a few weeks of use my skin started to protest. Lavender oil, for example, is a potent irritant. Even as I was scruffing the flakies off my nose, the lavender oil was prompting my skin to make more, and no amount of moisture would stop them.
The other issue with AOBS is sanitation. I went out of my way to keep it dry, but it still got wet, and exposed to my fingers every time I pinched a piece off, and it got gross before its expiration date and I had to chuck it. Good riddance.
This cleanser is really interesting. I really love how my skin feels after using it. However, it does not remove any eye makeup and I end up having to do it separately. That is a real downside for me (hence the 2 lippies gone).
I wanted so bad to like this product! In fact I may like it but my skin doesn't. I have a tight budget but I still really wanted to try this cleanser. After reading the reviews (on more websites) I decided I have to try it. The results: it smells nice, I have no problem with the way of using it, my skin was looking nice, moisturized and glowy. The downsides: it is expensive for a product that lasts only 3 months (!) and it broke me badly.
I don't know if I will repurchase this cleanser. Maybe I will give it another chance and I will buy just a small portion (for a month) if it is possible, if not, then I won't repurchase. Also, about the breakouts- maybe it was a purging or perhaps the lavande doesn't get along with my skin.
I'm onto my second tub of this. I have dry, sensitive skin and find it soothes, softens and generally makes my skin feel refreshed and "clean". I need to point out that I DON'T use it to remove make up, or as an exfoliator. Not really sure the product is meant for those things anyway. I clean my skin/ remove make up first then use AOBS, then moisturise. Sometimes I let it dry and leave it on like a facial mask (well it is basically clay anyway) , then rinse off. Works a treat. Potential cons could be the smell- not that I find it objectionable- and messiness of the seeds in it- again not something I personally find unmanageable. Really good for sensitive skin because there's no alcohol or other nasties in it. I'll repurchase for sure.
Seems to suit sensitive/dehydrated, dry-normal skin types much better. My skin is oily to very oily and this doesn't do the job. It doesn't clean my skin properly and surely doesn't exfoliate. It definitely doesn't remove makeup for me. I have found that if I use this on already clean skin, it does make my skin soft and moisturized. This is a good cleanser for those with dehydrated skin.