I like this exfoliant, it really clears all the gunk out of my pores while leaving my skin nice and smooth. I will probably purchase a full size of this after my sample runs out. My only complaint is the smell, people say you 'get use to it', but i honestly dont think i could ever get use to that smell.
I've been using this for about a week now, after hearing so many raves about it I had to try it. The first night I used it I was a little under whelmed by the results. Not disappointed by any means, but not completely wowed either. Well fast forward a few days and I LOVE this product.
I have fairly good, normal skin, no blemishes aside from the occasional hormonal pimple.
I adore using this stuff, I don't find it messy at all. I put a pea sized dollop in the middle of my left palm, wet a finger on my right hand and moisten the aforementioned dollop. It doesn't take much water at all for it to be the right consistency.
I generally dislike lavender but the scent of this is mild and adds a nice therapeutic touch to this cleanser. It makes my skin soft and lovely and clear. Just today I applied my medium coverage foundation after using it and my skin looked exactly the same with the foundation on as it had beforehand - believe me that isn't something that usually happens! I have noticed a huge reduction in the appearance of blackheads/pores on my nose - much more so than any aspirin mask/pore strips have ever done for them!
I exfoliate twice a day with this, once in morning and at night. This is the only cleanser/exfoliator that I can use without causing trouble for my dry skin - and I have tried dozens. It also can be used as a sorta-mask as well, the clay draws out impurities.
I don't mind the 'film' it leaves on skin after washing, Without it, my skin would dry out instantly before I get to my room to use BB's tonic and wipe down.
Two lips off for the cheap plastic packaging that asks for mould, thankfully I go through containers fast.. but the upkeep of a product without proper packaging is too much trouble.
This is my first review in a long time, but I couldn't wait any longer to review this wonderful product.
First of all, it's my first LUSH Product ever. Secondly, I NEVER EVER would have guessed this would clear up my sudden but persistent acne.
I'm 22 with combo skin and never had acne problems until about nine months ago. All of a sudden, as soon as I graduated from college, my skin exploded. It was some of the most painful and disgusting cystic acne I've ever seen on ANYONE and it was there every time I looked in the mirror.
I didn't have money to see a dermatologist at full price, so I resorted to finding my own solutions.
I tried everything from Neutrogena's Anti-Stress Acne line to ProActiv to Birth Control Pills to ease this situation.
Nothing worked. It got worse and worse and I woke up every single morning with about 6-8 new, deep, cystic zits.
I just began a new jo b in NYC and every day I'd come back up to 34th street out of the F-train subway station, I could smell the LUSH Store. I decided to check it out one day as I had time to kill and remembered another MUAer who had beautiful skin mentioning that she used this product. I decided to try it out.
I have been using this cleanser/exfoliator every morning and night for the past week. After the first day of trying it, for the first time in nine months, I didn't wake up with a new zit. I swear - I know it sounds like a cheesy TV (ProActiv) ad, but I am not lying. I thought it was the calm before the storm or something, but i kept at it and every day, I saw less and less pimples as the ones I had were fading and there were no new ones AND... this is the week before menstruation, which is always a really bad acne week *BONUS!*.
I love the smell, the texture, the price, everything about it, ,really. It's just perfect for me.
I will be posting comparison pictures soon, but I'm telling you, you wouldn't believe it. It's like nature's perfect combination for my skin.
Thank you, thank you, thank you LUSH, for Angels on Bare Skin.
**UPDATE** 12/30/07 - This cleanser was great, but toward the end, I tried using it in the shower and the littlest bit of moisture got in the container, causing the clay to evaporate and the texture to change completely. I tossed the rest and bought a whole new container, vowing to be totally careful, but the same thing happened. I was very upset and finally gave up on AOBS. Please keep in mind, this did NOT cure my acne 100%, just kept it at bay.
Also, I finally was able to go see a dermatologist. AOBS was not part of her prescribed regimen.
I took away one lippie for the inconvenience the packaging provided, but kept the four because when it worked, it worked. If you don't mind having to use this outside the shower, go for it.
I love this cleanser. I have oily/combo skin - this cleans without leaving my skin feeling tight and dry. It's a pretty good price seeing as it lasts me a fair while, and it doesn't break me out! Very happy with this one. Pity it doesn't get rid of my makeup but I think that is probably asking too much of it.
I wanted to like this stuff, but I only used it three times and I just couldn't do it again. My skin is combination and pretty sensitive and this stuff felt like I was rubbing rocks on my face no matter how lightly I rubbed it in. I didn't care for the smell either, like with other LUSH products I've tried, it's pretty overwhelming.
Amazing. Gives me healthy glowy skin. I love it. Best face product I EVER used.
I found this product to be the culprit of the individual breakouts on the skin. It is soothing both on the skin and senses, texture feels very gentle and relaxing, however, it does go without mentioning that the packaging makes dispensing the product very hard. Because this is like a scrub, I like to use it in the shower. Problem is that the product always ends up being moist. I'm just concerned that mould will develop causing a health hazard.
Once my acne has officially cleared up, I may consider about purchasing this cleanser/scrub again. But for the meantime, I'll simply have to make do and use Fresh Farmacy after this product.
I have avoided venturing into a LUSH store over the past 5 years due to the incredibly strong smell coming out from the shop. However, in an act of boredom I decided to go into my local shop. The helpful SA asked me what I was looking for and I said I was looking to try a cleanser. She showed me how to make it into a paste with warm water and then place it on the skin, massage gently and wash off with warm water. I find the trick is to not make the paste too runny, just place a dollop in your palm (don't get ANY water in the tub) and then with your other hand, add a few drops of water and massage until there are no separate chunks, just a smooth somewhat thick paste. Then with an index finger, smear sections of the paste onto your face, BEFORE massaging in. Then wash hands of the residue and continue to massage. I find this eliminates most mess from the process.
I'm still not sure how I feel about the product. It makes my skin feel really nice, glowing almost. However I have a few spots on my chin and cheeks recently and I'm wondering if it's AOBS. It's hard to tell since it's winter and it's easier to break out in winter.
A lot of people complain about the packaging, as far as I'm aware the packaging is designed to be easily biodegradable - afterall LUSH is a company with environmental issues first in mind, so if you want fancy packaging then don't go to a company that wants to be nice to the environment. The lid of my AOBS got wet and you can see it's already thinning. Perhaps it's made from potato starches?
Overall I'd recommend the product, it smells nice, it's refreshing and it lasts reasonably well. It's only designed to last for 3 months, I think I'll get 2 out of my pack as I only use it 3 times a week.
I'd buy the product again.
I've been using AOBS for a few days now, I was skeptical since I usually go for foaming cleansers, but I love it. I have combination skin with an oily t-zone. I actually adore the simple packaging; and it's not the easiest product to use but I think it's worth it. It's different than any other facial cleanser I've used. It's gentle and effective. I rub it around my face very gently to avoid a lot of exfoliation, since I use it twice daily (and plan to start using Ocean Salt twice weekly). My face is left super soft. And I love the smell, it's a reminder of how natural and fresh these products are. I will update if any change but so far, it's working great for me. UPDATE: using AOBS for 3 weeks and still LOVE it...this might be my HG cleanser....
UPDATE #2: I realized that this was causes some irritation - i think it must have been the lavender - which is really too bad, because i LOVE this cleanser, but I had to switch to Ultra Bland (which is great as well).