Review: Lush Angels on Bare Skin cleanser

Lush Angels on Bare Skin is one of the most raved about Lush products. Since this was priced cheaper here in the UK, I decided to buy a tub to try out. These are packaged differently from the ones in Canada. In Canada, I remember that they had these in large amounts and you can choose how many grams you want instead of buying a pre-packaged tub of it. I like this better though, because instead of getting it one of those clear plastic containers you can get a real tub that closes properly.

What it claims (from
Angelic and medieval cleansing wash with rose and lavender. Angels on Bare Skin is the Lush version of an expensive medieval skincare recipe. Rare, precious essential oils were first brought to Europe by the crusaders who encountered Arabian medicine. They were immediately banned by the church because their ability to alter states of mind was considered the devil’s work! But the final result was Cosmetics 1, Church 0. Rose oil and lavender oil were discovered to do wonderful things for the skin, too. Almost a thousand years later you’d be hard pressed to find a better all round cleanser and exfoliator than Angels.

Ground Almond (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine, Kaolin, Water (Aqua), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis), Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), Lavender Flowers (Lavandula angustifolia), *Limonene, *Linalool}

The good:
This really does cleanse well without stripping my skin of any natural oils. One of the things I dislike about using commercial cleansers like the ones you get from a drugstore or department store counter, is that I feel because it is all basically just chemicals it is too stripping and too “artificial” for my skin. After I found this, I realized that cleansing doesn’t have to be about getting rid of everything good and bad on your skin, you can cleanse but still be nice and healthy.

To use this, I take a little chunk and mix it with water on my hand, the result is a very milky cream that you can massage into your skin. It also contains almonds and lavender flowers so you get a bit of exfoliation too. The various oils help to moisturize and protect your skin while the kaolin draws out unnecessary grease and dirt from your skin. The result is very refreshing, clean, but hydrated skin.

The bad:
I don’t like that its in a tub. It is very hard to get the right amount without waste extra product or getting the rest of the stuff wet (if you get it wet continuously it is easier for it to spoil or go bad quickly). Also, I found that if the product was a little bit colder, like if it was left in the fridge or next to a cold window or something, it became very hard to emulsify or “melt” in the water, I end up having to massage around big chunks of cleanser which can get pretty rough for my skin.

I really love this cleanser. It does a great job of cleaning but not taking any of the good stuff away.This product is currently selling for £5.50 for 100g in the UK, but in Canada it is $10.50CAD for 100g. You can clearly see that it is much better to get it in the UK than to buy in Canada. I would definitely repurchase this product, but I may have to buy from the UK website in the future. 

My score:  ❤ ❤ ❤ 

7 thoughts on “Review: Lush Angels on Bare Skin cleanser

  1. it seems i always have problems turning the chunk of cleaner into a cream or emulsifying it 😛 so this cleanser is really not my kinda thing…it gets too rough for skin. But i’m glad it works for you 😀

  2. Hi Jennifer!

    I get that problem sometimes too, but I try to get around it by massaging it into my hand first, adding water bit by bit for it to turn milky and then massage it into my face. Its a long process that I’m not always willing to go through, so sometimes I reach for my Softymo Air Whip cleanser instead =P

  3. This is my absolute FAVOURITE cleanser! I just use a spatula to scrape off a chunk, and premix it with water in the palm of my hand until it becomes a paste before applying it to my face xD
    I love how soft and smooth my skin feels afterwards!

  4. OMG Sheila! I have this cleanser in my fridge! If you keep it refrigerated, is it still ok to use past the exp. date? Sorry, I know nothing about LUSH T_T

    I was so enamored with the Coalface cleanser, I never really got a chance to use this. I did a few times but it made me feel kinda greasy, unless I didn’t wash it off good enough? 😦

  5. Hey Erynn!

    I’m not really sure, but I’m guessing the basic rules of skincare/cosmetics apply to it and if it doesn’t smell bad, you can still use it. I’m sure it’ll just be less effective. If I were you, though, I’d use this first and then Coalface because Coalface doesn’t expire as quickly.

    Yes it does make my face feel like there is a layer of something on it after I wash it off. I’m sure you washed it off okay, but I’m guessing its the natural oils in the cleanser thats causing that. The oils shouldn’t be a big deal unless it causes you to break out… in that case, either give to friend or toss!

    Lemme know if you have other questions =)

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