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…
Image from Lush.co.uk