The goodies my lovely housies picked up for me were Herbalism Solid Cleanser, The Hair Doctor Hair Mask and Cosmetic Warrior Facemask. Herbalism and Cosmetic Warrior are specially formulated to treat oily, spot prone skin and The Hair Doctor is a deep conditioning hair mask which is to be used on very damaged hair which, after being bleached 6 times in the past 12 months, my hair definitely qualifies as!
Herbalism: This product is a vibrant bright green colour and admittedly it does feel a little odd putting it on your face. You take a small amount of product, work it into a paste on your hand and then apply to the face and enjoy the gently exfoliating effects non grainy scraping of the skin here! Herbalism contains a multitude of products to help combat grease and soothe the skin, many spot fighting products often strip the skin of vital oils however Herbalisms all natural ingredients avoid this and leave skin shine free but still in tip-top condition. I've been using this as my morning cleanser for a week now and I can already see it's calming effects. My skin is less shiny, my break outs are reduced and the gentle exfoliation has left my skin super soft. I am slowly but surely becoming a Lush convert and this is definitely one to add to my repertoire.
Cosmetic Warrior: This mask's main active ingredient is garlic and admittedly I was terrified I'd end up with a face that smelt like an Italian starter. However the scent of this mask is very subtle and although not the typical 'omg amazing' scent I've come to expect from lush, it's certainly not offensive. This mask is kept in the fridge and applied to the face twice weekly, avoiding the eye area. It does look a little bit like you've dipped your face in Guacamole but that's a small price to pay for a mask that works SO well. This product has dramatically calmed my breakouts and, thanks to its gentle and natural ingredients, has managed to avoid the purging that some harsher anti-acne masks can cause. This one properly clears and prevents break outs without leaving my chin looking like the Himalayas the following morning. If you have stressed out, break out prone or oily skin I cannot recommend this mask enough, in the battle against acne it truly is a real warrior.
The Hair Doctor: If there's one thing I want from a hair mask its the swishability factor. A good hair mask is one that makes me feel like Chezza Cole in the L'oreal adverts, all big hair and swishes, minus the myriad of extensions and products. On this front, hair doctor definitely delivers. I used this last night, applying it to dry hair as instructed and leaving for 20 minutes before conditioning and shampooing as normal. Once rinsed out my hair was instantly easier to manage and my comb which for a girl who break combs and sprains hairdressers wrists (true story!)is a blessing. Today my hair is so so so soft and approximately 10 times shinier. I am also pretty sure that if I swish my hair one more time the poor guy sat next to me in the library is going to get blinded, oops. 10/10 for this one Lush!
So that's my review of my amazing Lush products. After years of using horribly abrasive products on my skin I'm beginning to see that calmer, more natural products may be the way forward for me and when I think natural, I think Lush. I am also starting to become way more concious of brands that test on animals and trying to whittles these out of my routine, as campaigners against animal testing I can rest assure that Lush products are great for my conscience as well as my body. Have you tried any of these products, what did you think? Do you have any recommendations for your favourite Lush products that I may like to try? Next time I'm lucky enough to be in the vicinity of one I may just have to indulge!