Advantages Very gentle and yet very effective, doesn't scratch but does exfoliate well
Disadvantages A bit gentle for those who prefer a really "scrubby" exfoliator
My meeting with Angels On Bare Skin came from a combination of online window-shopping, a desire to try something different and a recession-fuelled dilemma along the lines of, “Can I really justify spending £16.50 on that Clarins exfoliator when one tube only lasts me two months?”. Being the history enthusiast that I am, I liked the mention made on Lush’s website that Angels On Bare Skin was inspired by mediaeval skincare recipes (even if my realistic side wonders whether mediaeval ladies really were that bothered about exfoliating!) and - because lavender and rose are two of my favourite flowers and fragrances - I decided I at least had to try it.So I went shopping, fully intending to buy a tub there and then, but the assistant in Lush suggested I tried a sample amount first (about two teaspoons worth) and gave me a tiny tub that she said would last a week. Actually I got closer to a fortnight out of it, and was only stopped from finishing it up because my sister cleaned the bathroom out and the remains of my Angels On Bare Skin disappeared that same day . . .
The girl in Lush demonstrated how to use this for me in the shop and I can see why I was advised to get my hands wet and then work this into a thinner paste-like consistency because, in the tub, Angels On Bare Skin looks particularly dense and I did wonder how on earth I was supposed to exfoliate my face with something that (frankly) looked like grainy bathroom grouting with bits of lavender in it. In a way, it’s just as well that it exfoliates so well - my mum thinks my Fresh Farmacy cleanser looks like pate so if she sees this, I’m scared she’ll try to dip breadsticks in it! It really does have that off-beige colour that makes it seem like it should be on a table surrounded by chopped raw vegetables or in a bathroom being spread into the gaps between the tiles.Impressed enough to replace my trial version with a full-sized tub, I was initially fairly sceptical about just how long I could make the 75g tub last. I know a lot of people only use exfoliators on a weekly basis but my skin starts to look flaky and feels as though it needs a really good scrubbing if I do that so my “shopping brief” when I first went out looking for this exfoliator was that it had to be gentle enough to use every day.
After a little trial and error, I discovered an approach that seemed to work for me - what this involves is getting my face wet first (this cleanser works far better on wet skin than dry), then dipping my hands in warm water and scooping a fingerful of Angels On Bare Skin onto my hand and rubbing it round on my wet hands until it becomes looser . . . come to think of it, that’s actually what the assistant in Lush did when she demonstrated it! (They obviously know what they’re talking about!) It goes a little bit milky on contact with water (something I’ve noticed as I scoop it out of the black plastic pot) but this water seems to disappear when I open the container again so I think the cleanser must just absorb it, and even though it’s so thick and chunky it seems like getting it into anything like a paste just won’t be possible, a bit of water on wet hands actually does loosen it up quite easily and turns it into a thinner, sort of spreadable version of what I was confronted by in the tub so that - most importantly - I can get it to work across my face.
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