If your a Lush fan, you’ve probably already guessed what todays post is about just from the title. Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to a Blogger event down at Lush Southampton, (Well its more up the road really). I had just rediscovered a love for Lush products, after falling for their ‘King of Skin’ bar, which was in my goodie bag from the #Sotonmeetup, so you can imagine I was rather excited about going.
One of the things we got to see and take part in was the making of two, very well known and wonderful Lush masks. Catastrophe and Cupcake. It was amazing to see it made in front of us, as it showed how natural the masks were, and you could see exactly what was going in to each one. I asked a few questons at this stage, as I was a little sceptical as to how ‘homemade’ things can me, when mass produced and from a factory. But the staff memeber explained, that it literally is all done by hand, and the deliveries are made almost straight away. With the Southampton main distributor being Poole, I believed him. The Catastrophe mask, apparently differs in colour depending on what time the mask is made, I think they said it is more of a pinky colour if made in the mornings, (Something to do with the Blueberries), but don’t quote me on that. These masks are literally that natural, they are edible, (I mean just look at the ingredients), I did actually do a taste test of the Cupcake mask, (Considering it looked like cake mix), but I can tell you it does not taste like it looks, its more like when you accidently spray deodrant in your mouth, (Come on, we’ve all done it).
So I have had about a month to try these, (And there still going). I’ve been using them about once a week, sometimes twice. The Cupcake one smells pretty good, (And as I said, it doesn’t taste like it looks or smells… unfortunately), this mask is designed to clarify and cleanse your skin, removing impurities. Each time I washed my Cupcake mask off, my face did feel a little dryer, a nice squeeky clean feel to it, but in regards to my impurities, ‘spots’ and ‘blackheads’ should I say, I haven’t seen much difference. It recommends 10-15minutes, but I normally put it on before a bath and wash it off before I get out.
So what is in it?
Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter
Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute
I think the *Limoneneperfume and Talc was probably what ruined the taste.
The Catastrophe mask, doesn’t smell as good, but does have a lovely sweet blueberry aroma to it. I actually found this mask a lot more suited to my skin, its more calming, soothing, and nourishing, and it left my skin feeling really hydrated. The Blueberries make it a really good antioxidant, and add the good vitamins to it, and you know I love a good vitamin or two in my face products. I have always found that Rose or Chamomile suit my skin, I think the calming properties of the Chamomile, and the hydrating effects of the Rose, compliment my skin well.
So what’s in it?
Irish Moss Gel
Chamomile Blue Oil
Sweet Wild Orange Oil
My skin is fairly combination, varying between being more oily or dry, depending on what it feels like. For me the Catastrophe was definitely the best face mask, and I would buy it again.
Moving on to the third mask, Mask of Magnaminty which is for both face and body, but as you can imagine I’ve been slightly overloaded with face masks, so I have stuck with using this one just on the body, (Mainly chest and back). I’m not a massive fan of the smell, but I have never been one to love a minty scent, and this one is quite powerful. Unlike the other two masks, this is self preserving, so you don’t have to use it up before it grows mould kinda thing. I always focus on looking after the skin on my face, rarely using anything but soap and water on my body, so it was really nice to try a more indulgent, pampering product on my body. The mint smell really awakens yours skin, and the Aduki beans give your skin a gentle but deep exfoliation, leaving it feeling very clean, (I should really try this on the face), this one would be perfect for oily/spot prone skin….Unfortunately this one wasn’t made in front of me.
So what is in it?
Ground Aduki Beans
Evening Primrose Seeds
African Marigold Oil
Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute
My only previous experience with Lush masks, is using the ones my flat mates had brought, so I have really been enjoying trying out these three. I like how thick the consistency of the masks are, having been made so fresh. I am so used to these thin masks now, that look more like moisturisers, that it felt good to whack a load of nourishing ingredients on my skin.
Have you tried any Lush Masks? Which one sounds like your favourite?
Lots of love,