Lush comes out with a bunch of fun products for the holidays, and this year I tried a couple of their skincare releases. The Bûche de Noël facial cleanser is a festive take on their popular Angels on Bare Skin cleanser (which I love, read my review here) and includes cranberries, satsuma oranges, seaweed, and even some brandy for a glowing complexion. The Rudolph face mask is formulated to soothe and nourish winter skin and includes cucumber, oatmeal, calamine, green tea and lavender oil.
Bûche de Noël
As you may know from my review, I’m a huge fan of Angels on Bare Skin. Bûche does feel really similar to Angels, and has what I think of as a dried out dough-like consistency, a creamy off-white color, and a very gently exfoliating texture thanks to the ground almonds in the blend. I find it to be a little softer and easier to spread over skin that Angels, and it’s sold in it’s own tub instead of being cut off a loaf and sold by weight as Angels is. Like a number of Lush’s cleansers, it’s meant to be mixed into a paste with warm water and gently scrubbed over skin.
I get a vaguely fruity scent that sort of reminds me of potpourri, which I mostly credit to the cranberries. To be honest, I don’t find the scent to be super appealing. Bûche is fun and festive and may be worth a try if you enjoy Angels, but personally I think I actually prefer Angels.
I visited Lush 3 times before I finally scored a tub of the Rudolph mask. I’ve been working my way through all of their different masks and wanted to catch this one before it disappeared, but it must be pretty popular because my nearby store was frequently sold out. This is supposed to be a mask that’s appropriate for all skin types, and is designed to soothe and nourish skin. They give you a little red nose in the mask and suggest you place it over your own. I thought they were joking and saved it, assuming that it could be mixed in and blended in the rest of the mask (according to the package, the ingredients of it are about as good as the rest of the mask), but it turns out it really has a substantial consistency and doesn’t break apart too easily … so I mostly ended up destroying it.
Cucumber is the first ingredient in this mask, and that’s what I mostly smell when I apply it. I do find this soothing and nourishing, and my skin feels soft after I use it. I suggest following it with a toner, because I did notice that when I did I’d see a good deal of green come off on the cotton pad. The mask isn’t necessarily doing anything crazy miraculous for my skin, but do I really like it! I’d try it again next year (assuming I can get my hands on it!).
Ingredients: Fresh Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) , Kaolin ,Glycerine , Fine Oatmeal (Avena sativa) , Tofu , Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) , Calamine Powder, Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis virginiana) , Fresh Mint (Mentha arvensis) , Green Tea Powder (Camelia sinensis) , Organic Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia) , Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Powder (Aloe barbadensis) , Sodium Alginate Sulfate ,*Coumarin , *Geraniol , *Limonene , *Linalool
The Bûche de Noël facial cleanser is available in-store and online, and costs $12.95 for 3.5 oz. and like many of their other cleansers, Lush suggests finishing it within 3 months due to freshness. The Rudolph Fresh Face Mask costs $6.95 for 2.1 oz. and because the Fresh Face Masks are so … fresh, they can only be purchased in-store and should be kept in the refrigerator and finished within 3 or 4 weeks.
Did you pick up any of Lush’s fun holiday releases?