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! continued >>
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.
This cleanser was absolutely horrible for my skin! I actually asked one of the sales reps to help me choose a cleanser and she assured me it would be great for my sensitive skin. However, I had a massive break out only 2-3 days of using this! Definitely not good for sensitive skin.
Works ok, but have to use a lot of the product to remove my eye makeup. I don't think there's anything special about it in comparison to other cold creams, and it is way overpriced.
I love this for wintertime. That said, I'm more enthusiastic about the Babyface version of this cleanser because it's so awesome for travel. And, so, here follow the requisite myversion instructions: (1) splash dirty face with water -- once; (2) rub smallish amount of product between damp fingers and smear on face (and across eyes and lips) thoroughly; (3) moisten washcloth or, even better, barely *moisten* a cotton square-thingy (but not quilted because they scratch my face) with warm water - DO NOT SATURATE; (4) wipe face thoroughly but gently, gently, gently; (5) do a cursory, extremely quick wash with gentle cleanser (optional, probably during summer or warm weather). Maybe you moisturize after, maybe not -- your skin will let you know.
First off I don't think I would suggest this for people with oily skin. I have very oily skin, and the woman at the store gave me a sample of this to try out. You only need a tiny amount for the whole face and the little sample she gave me would probably last me a month, never mind the huge tub you get when you buy it full size.
I have to say I love the smooth moisturised feel I get when rubbing it into my skin, and then you get a wet cotton wool and rub it all off your face and it does leave you feeling quite clean. I use it after using a make up removing wipe because I wear thick foundation and not sure how good it would be at removing that alone.
The reason I would not tell people with oily skin to buy this is because well it leaves my skin feeling oily, even after washing off. I think it would just make my problems worse in the long run, however if you have dry skin then buy this!