I’ve never really been big on trying new skin cleansers. I’ve stayed tried and true to a few staples, mostly Clinique bar soap and liquid facial soap. I was in LUSH one day and they were offering this as a free gift with purchase, so I figured, why not? I received a 3.5 oz tub of this cleanser as a free gift. I’m not much on letting skincare go to waste, so I tried this out with my daily cleanser routine the next day.
This particular cleanser isn’t really typical as far as facial cleansers go. Most of us are used to either bar or liquid cleansers (like my aforementioned Clinique). Angels on Bare Skin looks like a sushi roll. It’s made of bentonite clay and is filled with little lavender flowers and fennel seeds. It’s got a similar texture to wet sand. Looking at this cleanser, I was a little stumped on how to use it.
Using this cleanser is fairly complicated and I’m convinced that I never really got the hang of this. You’re supposed to take a pea-sized amount in your palm and add water. Then you rub the water into the cleanser to make a paste. You rub the paste on your skin for a while to activate the cleanser. Then you rinse it all off. Every time I tried to use Angels on Bare Skin, I got a chunky mess that would gloop and fall off my face, no matter how hard I tried to get the correct consistency. After a while, I started using this in the shower just so I wouldn’t have to worry about the cleanser falling off and getting all over my bathroom floor.
I wasn’t too keen on this cleanser. For one thing, the smell reminded me of pizza dough. It had a strong fennel smell that I associate with pizza, as one of the main seasonings in Italian sausage is fennel. Once I got past that weird and off-putting smell, I sort of enjoyed the lavender scent of it. It was very calming and relaxing. I have to admit that the way the cleanser felt on my face after mixing it with water was fabulous, especially after a long and hot summer day. Bentonite clay is great for removing dirt and is often used for face masks or spa mud baths. There are also small almond shells in Angels on Bare Skin, so there are exfoliating properties to this cleanser, as well.
If you’re looking for a cleanser that will remove makeup, Angels on Bare Skin is not for you. I would not advise using this to remove facial makeup, and I certainly would not advise using this on your eyelids or near your eyes. Since there are fine pieces in this cleanser, these will almost certainly get in your eye. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like very much fun.
The standard size of this cleanser is 3.5 oz, although if you go to a LUSH store, they can cut you a bigger piece to fit. 3.5 oz will run you about $10.95. I got more than ten cleansings out of this little tub, but you might get more if you can figure out how to make a paste out of Angels on Bare Skin better than I could.
Since I have fairly normal skin, I don’t think this cleanser was well-suited to me. I have read that it’s better for oily skin and sensitive skin. It did leave my skin soft and very clean but I could have gotten the same results with my Clinique soap and I wouldn’t have gotten a giant craving for pizza after using it either.
My best advice would be to ask for a sample at your local LUSH store and test drive it for yourself. You might find it’s your new “holy grail” cleanser!