Advantages quite gentle, improved and calmed my complexion, doesn't wear away too quickly
Disadvantages a bit drying
Several weeks ago, after an additional week or so of browsing the Lush website, I went off to Preston armed with a list and the intention to buy either the Angels On Bare Skin cleanser or the Fresh Farmacy one. I knew I wanted an exfoliator of some kind but I've also been going through a rebellious skin phase again (hoped I'd grown out of all that now) and, going by the online description, I thought Fresh Farmacy might help me out, too. Unlike the picture on Ciao, the slab of it that I saw in Preston doesn't have any reddish-orange bits on the top and it's actually moulded and scalloped a little bit so it looks as though it's been left to set in one of those flouncy old-fashioned jelly moulds, but it's far firmer than anything like jelly! Rather than steer me towards one thing or the other, the assistant in Lush gave me a sample of each cleanser to take home and try out and, impressively, the little slice of Fresh Farmacy I had lasted well over two weeks and the only reason I was compelled to stop using it was because my sister cleaned the bathroom and threw out what remained of my samples. (Hence I've just been online, shopping for replacements!)I'd shortlisted Fresh Farmacy because the website describes it as "the soothing, cleansing bar to reach for whenever you see a spot starting to rear its ugly head" and I know that both the chamomile and calamine included in the ingredients are supposed to be soothing and a bit anti-inflammatory (after all, calamine's the stuff you put on when you've got chickenpox, so I imagined it must be in here for that reason). It also says that tea tree, lavender and rose are included and I can see the logic there as tea tree is quite famously good as an antiseptic/antibacterial ingredient and lavender and rose are meant to be calming and soothing so it seemed to me like Fresh Farmacy answered most of my problems. My skin isn't oily any more so I didn't mind that it didn't say whether oily skin would benefit or not.
Appearance-wise, Fresh Farmacy isn't really eye-catching - actually it looks like a lump of off-pink putty or firm plasticine and I would understand if anybody said the colour was insipid. As I've used it, I've noticed tiny slightly darker bits in it that are a little bit grainy but not particularly rough if I wipe the bar across my face (More on that in a moment!) but I'm not sure what they are. It has got a mild, yet distinct scent to it. The Lush website says that camomile and calamine are included in the ingredients and I think probably I can detect something a bit like calamine lotion in there, although I'm not sure I can pick camomile out and certainly can't smell rose, lavender or tea tree. It's very gentle and not too intense, which makes a nice change to me - having just been using one of the Clean and Clear products which had a frankly eye-wateringly strong smell to it, Fresh Farmacy feels like a much gentler approach. It lingers afterwards for quite a long time but it's really subtle and not too soapy or perfumed, a bit like the strength of baby soap scent, so it's not really obtrusive and I don't think it would be noticed by anyone around me unless they got really close to me.
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