I’d mentioned in my recent Lush shampoo and conditioner review that Lush’s products seemed like really great for traveling because many of them aren’t liquids and can be bought in small packages, and this cleanser was another one of those that’s been following me around all summer long. Dark Angels is a dry paste that you can mix with water to create an exfoliating cleanser, and I’d anticipated it being a good pick for summer since it’s indicated to be suitable for oilier skin.
The formulations for Lush’s cleansers are usually fairly simple but I feel like this one is even more so, compared the last few that I’ve used. Dark Angels is dark because of rhassoul clay and powdered charcoal, and they also include some glycerin, sugar for exfoliation, a few oils, and a little fragrance. Like Lush’s other cleansers, Dark Angels is free of preservatives and is given an expiration date.
Here’s what my pot looked like when it was brand new. You know what it’s like? It’s like washing your face with dirt. Which might sound unappealing, but I’ve really enjoyed it; it feels sort of pure. It has a rich, earthy, almost masculine smell which I thought was a little weird at first but within the first week of using it I became hooked and now I love the scent. That’s all just personal preference.
Mixed with water it becomes a loose paste, and I like to thin it out quite a bit because of how exfoliating the granulated sugar is. For me, this is more exfoliating than I’d prefer for a twice daily cleanser, but I used it that way for a couple of months of traveling when it really didn’t make sense to carry around another cleanser to pair with it. By the time August rolled around, I did pick up another cleanser (the one featured in my Ayurvedic skincare purchases from India) and enjoyed Dark Angels even more when I had the freedom to choose how frequently I used it.
The mud makes for a nice cleanser (the name “rhassoul” refers to it’s traditional use as a washing mud), and the oils in the mix ensure that skin is also getting softened and moisturized, never dried out like you might expect from other cleansers for oily and blemish-prone skin. I don’t find that it leaves much of a noticeable residue, but I think it’s good to always wash it off with warm water, rather than cold. It’s a dark product, so I can see it in the sink or shower when I rinse it off my skin, but it doesn’t cling to things.
When used with a gentle hand, I think this makes for really nice cleanser. These days, I’m almost out of Dark Angels and have transitioned to mostly using an enzyme cleanser while continuing using Dark Angels a few times a week. Even while using gentle enzymatic exfoliation, I still enjoy a scrub and my skin really responds to physical exfoliation. Plus, I really love how the oils make my skin feel. I think it’s a really good product to use however frequently you see fit. From the looks of Lush’s online reviews, there are plenty of people who like using it as their only cleanser.
You can buy Dark Angels in a 3.5 oz. pot for $12.95 or an 8.8 oz. pot for $31.95. I always prefer to buy Lush’s small pots of cleansers because it ensures that I can use them up before they expire (often around 3-4 months after I purchase them). Because I thin this one out as much as I do, it’s lasted me longer than some of Lush’s other cleansers have.
How about you? Have you tried this one? Do you like a good scrub?