I’ve never been a huge fan of Lush products. You can usually smell the store long before you’ve even set foot in it– and once you’re actually inside, the scent is overwhelming. Any girl who has sensitive skin (as I do) knows that products with strong scents are something to avoid. Even the the store’s colour story –yellow, black, and bright green — doesn’t seem to match its advocacy (all things fresh and handmade) in my opinion. I do quite fancy their bath bombs though, which I only use every once in a while as a treat to myself since they are not cheap. It was only a bath bomb that I was after when I went into Lush some time last month. I found one, picked it up, and started to walk over to the till when their face cleanser soaps caught my eye.
I had seen Lush’s Coalface soap many times before and I’m certain that Fresh Farmacy was always sitting there right beside it, but I never really took notice. Coalface is black as coal (obviously) because it’s got powdered charcoal as one of its main ingredients–good for oily skin and as a mild exfoliator. Fresh Farmacy on the other hand is a muted pink colour which totally reminded me of calamine lotion. If you’ve ever had chicken pox or if you were a mosquito-magnet as a kid, then you probably know calamine lotion as the pink stuff mom would slather all over your bites to soothe them. Sure enough, calamine is Fresh Farmacy’s main ingredient.
The description on the Lush website (in case you can’t see it in the photo above) reads:
Feel like you have the world’s most sensitive skin? Allow us to prescribe you a bar of Fresh Farmacy, our calamine-based cleansing bar. Fresh Farmacy contains chamomile extract to calm, rose and lavender to soothe dry patches and tea tree to clear up any blemishes. The name stems all the way back to the beginning of LUSH, when we held a competition to name the company. Although we (obviously) went with another option, we thought the name appropriate for our problem-solving cleanser.
Isn’t cool that Lush was almost called Fresh Farmacy? I actually might prefer that name. Hehe. Anyway. Sensitive skin? Redness? Dry patches? Blemishes? Yup, all of those things pretty much describe my skin, so I figured trying out a bar couldn’t hurt. And boy, am I glad I decided to give it a try!
I use Fresh Farmacy after removing my makeup with my Shu Uemura cleansing oil. I then moisturize with either Physiogel AI cream or Argan oil. I did away with my anti-acne toner and ever since I started using this cleanser my skin has just been more balanced and happy. It gets irritated less often, I have less excessively oily and excessively dry patches, and my pimples never seem to fully develop anymore–the best part!
I also love the simplicity of the product. I’m not used to cleansers being in bar soap form. I’ve always thought of them as liquid, cream,or gel products, but Fresh Farmacy becomes a a nice creamy sort of consistency after you wet it and rub it into your face a bit. It doesn’t really foam up, which indicates that although there is sodium lauryl sulfate in this product (the stuff that makes soap bubble and strips the dirt off your skin), it’s only there playing a minor role.
There is no discernable scent except for the smell of the ingredients in it, like the calamine itself and the thyme bits that are in there. Other ingredients featured in Fresh Farmacy are elderflower and chamomile, which are both known for their calming and sooting effects. The bottom three ingredients are pretty much the basics of soap.
Skincare is something that I don’t write about too often because there are so many different things that work on so many different skin types. Even my own skin has changed from dry to combination over the years so it’s a routine that is constantly changing. If you’re like me though and you have sensitive skin, I would highly recommend trying this cleanser.
Lush sells their soaps by weight so you could try a small sampling of any product if you want to. I paid 543.00php for 130grams of Fresh Farmacy, which isn’t cheap, but I cut off a small portion of my bar and it has lasted pretty well with everyday use. :)
Are any of you guys fans of Lush products? What do they offer that you like/dislike? Do share! :)