Oct 4, 2012

Lush Herbalism Facial Cleanser: Review

Lush Herbalism Facial Cleanser ($11.50)A powerful decongestant for your pores, Herbalism is best suited to those who have tried everything under the sun to clear up their oily and blemish prone skin. Fear not! Herbalism’s heroic blend of rosemary, nettle and chamomile are here to tame problematic skin. Ground rice bran acts as an effective exfoliant, while kaolin (also known as China clay) reaches deep down into pores to clean out dirt and debris. Use this cleanser in combination with Grease Lightning for balanced, even skin.

Lush Herbalism Facial Scrub Almond Clay Cleanser Organic Natural Oily Skincare Indian Beauty makeup Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use

I have tried a lot of Lush products, but even a Lushie like me has to have at least one product that doesn't quite work.  For me it's the Lush Herbalism Facial Cleanser.  Now, this is quite a favorite with my sister (who has oily, acne-prone skin), and after listening to her rave about it forever, I picked up a sampler of it when I was in Bangalore.  I didn't like it that time, but I figured it's a cooler climate here and my skin is getting drier, so it should work for me now, and I picked up a full-size version this time.  Yes, yes, you may roll your eyes and shake your head, but the deed has been done, so we will just move on with the review, shall we?

Lush Herbalism Facial Scrub Almond Clay Cleanser Organic Natural Oily Skincare Indian Beauty makeup Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use

Like most Lush products, Herbalism too comes packaged in one of their signature black tubs - return 5 of these tubs and you can get yourself a free fresh mask!  Herbalism is, quite true to it's name, a bright green in color and quite granular from the ground almond in it.  It has a very strange smell to it, and while in Bangalore I thought it smelled just herbal, the one that I got now smells like barfis - a traditional Indian sweet (and no, it's not related in any way to barf!) - and not really something I would want to put on my face.

Lush Herbalism Facial Scrub Almond Clay Cleanser Organic Natural Oily Skincare Indian Beauty makeup Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use

To use the product, I take a generous pea-sized (okay, 2 peas) amount in my hand and add a few drops of water to it to make it a squishy paste.   Smear this all over my face and use as a gentle scrub.  Wash off as usual, but it leaves pesky green bits along my hairline, so I do have to be extra careful to wash off and check and wash off again.  Herbalism is recommended to sort out oily skin problems, but on my oily-combination skin it leaves a slightly greasy film after washing off.  I don't get any breakouts with this, but if I use it following my Olay Cleansing Cloths (basically any cleanser that has even the slightest hint of an exfoliation to it), this actually irritates my skin and leaves it slightly blotchy.  So now, I use it on it's own on days when I know my skin doesn't have much grime or dirt to cleanse off in the first place.

I have been using this regularly for some time now, and I have gotten used to the smell now (don't really notice it at all) but the residue still bothers me.  I haven't had any breakouts or issues with Herbalism, but I haven't noticed any difference with it either.  Maybe it takes a long time or maybe it's just not meant for my skin type - either way, I would rather spend the money on something more useful next time.

Lush Herbalism Facial Cleanser - Ingredients

Lush Herbalism Facial Scrub Almond Clay Cleanser Organic Natural Oily Skincare Indian Beauty makeup Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use

My sister still raves about the Lush Herbalism cleanser, and I am beginning to believe I just am the wrong person to be trying this out.  Perhaps it meant for younger skins or for a colder/drier climate - I have no idea what it is!

Have you tried Lush Herbalism - do you like it?  Is there a secret method to using this? Do share!