24 Jun 2010

Lush Review: 9 to 5 Cleanser

I received a small sample of this cleanser as I did not want to shell out any money on something that didn’t work for me.

I am not a fan of cleansers, especially ones with oil in them. Whether I have make-up on or not, I just like to get the face wash on my face, and get to lathering and washing until it’s all gone. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I don’t feel like I’m doing my skin any good with that daily heavy swiping of cotton wool on my face in trying to get that my make-up off. That’s why I like the face wash, toner, and occasional microdermabrasion scrub option instead.

Water (Aqua), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Stearic Acid, Fresh Dove Orchid Extract (Dendrobium), Everlasting Flower Absolute (Helichrysum italicum), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

9 to 5 Cleaner has no real smell to it, it’s very plain and I liken the fragrance to Vaseline Intensive Care lotion. It is very light, and like most Lush products a little goes a long way as they are heavily concentrated with lots of good ingredients. Any synthetics that are in Lush products are naturally derived synthetics.

My skin is combination and I am not prone to breakouts. After a face wash my skin is dry especially around the mouth area, all that I require is a light lotion or serum on my face and neck. Throughout the day I get very shiny on the nose and forehead from excess oil produced.

When I tried this product I had worn no make up for the day. It was about 80 degrees in London and I only had a light serum on my face which I had applied in the morning. I dabbed a little 9 to 5 Cleanser on my finger and applied in a light circular motion all over my face. The aim was not to rub it in. I used a cotton wool pad [eeek] and wiped the cleanser off.

My skin felt pretty good and surprisingly clean. It looked matte and didn’t feel like I had a layer of oil left on my face. I was actually thinking I could use this product in reverse by washing my face, applying and wiping away the excess with a cotton wool pad. I just may try that and see how my skin holds up throughout the day and see if I notice any difference over the course of a week.

I didn’t wash my face after I tried it out. When I woke up my skin felt fine. There were no bad reactions or changes in my skin texture. In fact it felt and looked pretty good. I am not used to going most of the day without washing my face I don’t think I would personally use this on it’s own as a daily cleanser, but just may try it throughout the week at night and see how my skin feels.

The small sample pot is enough for a few days use, maybe even a week. If you really want to try a Lush product always ask for a sample, buying even the smallest bottle will last a long time, and if you don’t like it you’ll be stuck with it [or you can sell it on eBay. Lush products do VERY well on there]. The verdict is a good one; it worked a lot better than I originally anticipated. I’m going to give it a few more days and see how my skin takes to it, and give it a fair go incorporating it into my skin regimen.

It gets thumbs up from me based on the texture, ingredients and ease of use. The price in my opinion is justified based on how much you’ll need to get the job done and the quality of the product. The prices are 95g for £3.95 and 240g for £7.95

I’m going to use cleanse with this and tone with my Lush Tea Tree Water and see how my skin feels over the next few days.

I will keep you posted.

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