I’m not sure if many women are like me and tend to layer their faces with makeup before they go to work or go out for the evening. My routine usually starts with a clean face, moisturizer, and then tons of other makeup like eye shadow, eye liner, blush, eyebrow pencil, etc. That’s a lot of stuff to take off at the end of the day.
A lot of times, I’ve used make up removing cleansing cloths that I thought were taking all my makeup off. I never really knew that these were leaving residue of my makeup and clogging my pores by not taking everything off completely. I would wake up and wonder why I had little zit clusters in certain parts of my face.
I went to my local Lush store and I was shown this product by one of the sales associates. It’s a cleanser but it’s also a lotion. She demonstrated it to me on my forearm and showed me that even though I took a shower that morning, I still had a lot of dirt that didn’t come off. I was shocked. I decided that I had to try this stuff to see if it would take off all the crud that my other cleansing cloths never did.
I decided to put this stuff to the test. I squeezed a bit of the cleanser on to my finger and rubbed it onto my eyelid, which had the absolutely worst type of makeup to take off: liquid waterproof eyeliner. Would you believe it, it worked! I left the cream on for a bit after I rubbed it on and then took it off with a cotton ball. It took off all of the eyeliner and left my eyelid feeling VERY smooth and soft. Not that that’s something I’ve been looking for in a cleanser; it was a pleasant side-effect.
This cleanser is an opaque white cream; the texture is runny. The smell of this cleanser reminded me a lot of my mom’s staple for years, Pond’s Cold Cream. However, this cleanser is all natural, made with Dove Orchid extract, almond oil, and ylang ylang extract. This product was made for people with sensitive skin, so if you suffer from this unfortunate problem, then 9 to 5 might be what you’re looking for!
I’ve found the best way to use this cream cleanser is to get a dime-sized blob of it on a cotton pad (or a cotton ball, but I find that the surface area of the cotton pad is better at cleaning my whole face), and rub it into the pad, but not so much that the whole pad absorbs the cleanser. There should still be some visible cleanser on the pad. Then I start with my eyes; I hold the pad over my eye for about 10 seconds to get the oils to break down my makeup, and then I wipe it off. I use both sides of the pad until it’s sufficiently dirty, then repeat the process until my whole face is cleansed and moisturized.
I do have to tell you that it is NOT a good idea to get this in your eye. I know it’s common sense, but when you’re trying to take off your eye makeup, sometimes you’re in a hurry and tend to forget. It does burn when you get it in your eye, and I noticed that a weird, cloudy, filminess was present over my eyeball for a while. It sounds gross, and it grosses me out to recount it to you, so let this be a warning to all.
A 3.4 oz bottle of this cleanser is $8.95 and an 8.5 oz bottle is $17.95. A little of this cleanser goes a long way, so if you’re worried about the price, know that this will more than likely last you a decent amount of time. I only use this cleanser in the evening before I go to bed, so I’m sure this is attributing to this lasting a longer time for me. As always, you can ask your friendly neighborhood Lush sales associate for a sample before buying a full size.