Jan 18, 2011

Lush Saving Face Serum Bar


Lush serum bars - Saving Face and Full of Grace - here's my review of Saving Face.

The difference is in the size of the ingredient molecules.  Moisturisers have larger molecules and hence work mostly on surface layer of skin whereas a face serum has smaller molecules and hence is able to penetrate into deeper skin layers thus enabling serums to more effectively solve skin  problems.

lush saving face serum bar reviews ingredients


Here's what Lush has to say about the Saving Face:  Saving Face contains thyme infusion to alleviate problems, while the grapefruit and lime oils tone and refresh your face by mopping up excess oils and making your skin sparkle. The illipe and shea butters moisturize the skin with natural goodness. The ingredients are more concentrated and will really enhance any other products you use with it. Massage into the skin to save that lovely face of yours from trouble, or apply before using a Fresh Face Mask to enhance the effect.

Usage:  As recommended, this is ideal for use before applying a mask.  I usually do the whole routine - cleanse, scrub, serum bar, and finish off with a mask.  Wipe of any excess product with a warm damp towel and then apply a clay-based mask, like the Himalay Neem pack.  This can also be used, according to Lush, instead of a moisturiser or in combination with a moisturiser.  For my skin at least, that is not a regular-use option.  I can get away with using this as a night-time moisturiser maybe for a day or two.  After that my skin not-so-very politely tells me to stop (I get these teeny tiny bumps here and there on my face - ignore and I get a pimple).

lush saving face serum bar reviews ingredients
lush saving face serum bar reviews ingredients


The product itself feels somewhat similar to rubbing a stick of butter (not thawed) on the skin.  It melts easily enough and feels very light.  I did try swatching - not that I could figure out much from the pics - but anyway :D

Filled with natural ingredients, in my opinion, this is a great product for a massage-face pack routine.  It's not that I saw any drastic improvement in my skin with using this, but I just feel better knowing I am putting a whole lot of good ingredients rather than some -cone ingredients and fillers.  It lasts ages, since you really don't need to use much.  This is a solid bar, which means it comes free of preservatives (solid products have no moisture content and therefore do not require preservatives to stay unspoiled).

Some faults (?):

For some reason, I was expecting a larger size bar.  This is really small, smaller than the average lipstick tube. However as I said earlier, you need very less product, and this bar would last ages.

lush saving face serum bar reviews ingredients


Naked bars - as Lush calls so many of it's solid products - come wrapped in a piece of paper, and while that might seem very nice and pretty, you do need an actual container to store this in.  I have stored mine in a Lush tin (costs around Rs. 150 I think - but I got it free free free).  Can store in any empty container - a used cream tin, for instance, or an inexpensive soap box, so really it does not seem such a big deal to me.

lush saving face serum bar reviews ingredients


Cost:  Rs. 880/20 g

Ingredients:  Illipe Butter (Shorea stenoptera), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Kaolin, Fresh Organic Lime Juice (Citrus aurantifolia), Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Fresh Thyme Infusion (Thymus zygis), Talc, Perfume, Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Citral, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Chlorophyllin.


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