Oh Lush Coalface cleanser, why must you be so hard to use?

I went to Lush in London last Friday to grab some stuff for the lovely Erynn. She said she wanted to try Coalface cleanser, so while I was getting some for her, I decided to get some for myself too.

What it claims:
Soothing liquorice and charcoal cleansing bar. 
Ground up charcoal is very good for your skin. It helps to absorb excess sebum from the skin’s surface and acts as a mild exfoliator. We put it into CoalFace with skin softening liquorice root with rosewood and sandalwood essential oils, both rumoured to help cells regenerate and to slow the arrival of wrinkles. Although coal and diamond are both made of the carbon molecule, in this case, charcoal is a girl’s (or boy’s) best friend.

Liquorice Root Decoction (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Sunflower Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Water (Aqua), Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Powdered Charcoal, Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora), Sodium Chloride, *Geraniol, *Linalool, Silver Edible Lustre

Let me just say that like all other Lush products, Coalface smells amazing. It reminds me a lot of the MAC Volcanic Ash products that were limited edition (duh, because they’re all made from charcoal). As a cleanser, it does really clean well without stripping or drying the skin, and it feels great when I am massaging it around my skin, very therapeutic.

Now, I don’t know if it is because I am using it wrong, or if I’m just stupid, but I’ve found that this is VERY hard to use. What I’ve been doing is breaking a little piece of it off and trying to “melt” that under water and then massaging it on my face. I wasn’t sure if you were supposed to use it like a piece of soap and use the entire thing every time. My concern is that it won’t be very hygenic as the moisture that is left on the soap every time you use it will help the growth of bacteria. But then if you break a little piece of it off, that little piece is impossible to full dissolve into the water. I’ve actually lost chunks of this after it decided to jump into the sink and go down with the rest of the water.

I like it as a cleaner, I really do, its just I would probably not buy it again because its just too hard to use…

My score? ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Image from Lush.co.uk

8 thoughts on “Oh Lush Coalface cleanser, why must you be so hard to use?

  1. Hmmm… I would probably break off a little piece of this, and then put it in a small cup, and break it up with a plastic knife and then apply it on my face. I haven’t tried this yet though. But I’m going to Lush tonight, so I want to see if I can find this! 😀

  2. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! you use it like a normal bar of soap!! or at least that’s wot my SA told me when I bought mine.
    It’s no dirtier than say using a bar of soap on ur body. Same concept really.
    Just make sure you place it on a perforated soap dish or a paper towel outside of the shower so that it can air dry.

  3. Get a knife and run it under hot water and slice it into little pieces for individual use.

    I used to do it by myself but realized that Lush actually does it for you for free if you ask, lol. 🙂

  4. OMG….everytime you post something about LUSH im like oh my goodness I have to get that haahahahhaha but current im doing my project 10 pan and im not suppose to get anything =[

  5. Yay thanks for getting ths for me 😀 I’ll have to figure out the best way to use it hehe. Oh your palette came in! Well my stupid mail person took it to the airport post office >_< so I have to go pick it up.

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