When I made a trip to the LUSH store a few weeks ago to buy Cosmetic Lad, I picked up a sample of one of the newer face washes: Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser. It's a silly name but it's a blessing for the face.

What's interesting about LUSH Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser ($10.95) is that, like most LUSH face washes, it's just a chunk of soap clipped off a larger bar of soap. You buy it by the pound, and they seemed to give me a generous amount, enough to last me about a month. It's not the prettiest thing: it literally looks like cookie dough or some weird rock from another planet. But don't judge a book by its cover, dear friends.

What I loved most about Angels on Bare Skin is not only the fact it's mostly all natural but that you only need a pea-size amount to make magic happen. You basically rub a small bit in your hand, let it lather then go to town on your face. Thanks to the finely ground almonds, it works as an exfoliant. It's definitely not harsh, as I experienced, so you can use it every day. And with the little bit you use, you get a lot of mileage out of it. Pretty crazy. There's also tons of lavender oil (the smell is so pleasant it will put you in a good mood) and a touch of chamomile will help soften the skin.

My only gripe would be the fact that there's so much natural oil there's a filminess after you wash it off, but I say this only because I have oily skin. Those with dry skin or normal skin would love it. And I do have to say my mug has been looking pretty sharp. There's no miracle here that will truly save your face from wrinkles or whatnot, but it's a good buy if you have teenage kids or if you already have good enough skin you're comfortable with. It's safe, helps tone (a nod to the rose oil) and eventually will improve the texture of your skin. I should also give props to the benzoin resinold, an acid found in evergreens used for thousands of years on skin, mostly as antiseptic. If using Angels on Bare Skin, be aware there's linalool, which is known to be an irritant, though there's a tiny percentage used in the product.


Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine,Kaolin, Water (Aqua), Lavender Oil (Lavandula hybrida), Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia),Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria Chamomilla), Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre), Lavender Flowers (Lavendula hybrida),*Limonene, *Linalool.