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Reviewed and Rejected:Skin Nanny Deep Moisturizer by Lush

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin, Dry Skin, Oily Skin
March 28, 2009 Reviewed by admin 4 Comments
Just in case you were thinking that I only wrote reviews about products which I felt compelled to recommend, here is a review that will certainly dispel that myth. Sorry, Lush, because normally I love your products!

I was really excited to purchase the Lush product called Skin Nanny Deep Moisturizer (reportedly with sun protection), after reading that it would do wonders for my Arizona sunbaked skin... reduce wrinkles, deeply moisturize, and protect my skin from future damage. In reality, I liked almost nothing about the Skin Nanny Deep Moisturizer. Normally I commit to using any product for a full 30 days before submitting a review, but I am making an exception for "Nanny".... two weeks of usage has already been two weeks too long for me.

The product is quite thick, and indeed so very thick that it does not spread easily enough for me. The amount of time required to spread the goo around evenly made it somewhat annoying to apply, and it also ended up under my fingernails, on my clothes, and even in my hair.  And since I was primarily purchasing "Nanny" for its ability to shield and protect my skin from future damage, it was important to me that I be able to evenly and completely coat all exposed areas. I went so far as to try to warm "Nanny" in the microwave to improve the viscosity (my idea, not theirs), but the fine line between not enough heat and heating it up so much that the chemicals were potentially compromised (or the product scalded me on contact) was too thin. After two (failed) attempts employing the "microwave"  strategy I came to the conclusion that something was fundamentally wrong with having to resort to my "solution" anyway. I was also unable to really pin down the sun protection story or document a rating..... despite its niche as a product that "protects"... perhaps the "protection" is from weather, not sun rays.

The consistency is also much too thick (think nacho cheese sauce) and oily (think Crisco Oil poured into the nacho cheese sauce) for me to use as a facial product, unless perhaps I was planning to apply it before bedtime and sleep with either plastic wrap or a bed sheet wrapped around my face.  I will do a lot to achieve healthy skin, but sleeping with Cling Wrap encircling my head is a little too much even for me.   And if I am only using the product as a night time body moisturizer, any reported "protection" is quite useless anyway.  I could just use a much cheaper yet extremely effective like Bag Balm (or even Vaseline), if I were simply treating dry heels and elbows.

The consistency is not good for use as a lip protector either.  Having oily nacho cheese sauce on my lips without the benefit of  the nacho cheese flavor doesn't do it for me.  It felt greasy and while it did taste pleasantly of coconuts, it didn't stay put long enough to do any significant moisturizing or shielding.  I really didn't want to be ingesting even the small amount of "safe" chemicals contained in Skin Nanny, so re-applying it to my lips every hour was not something I was willing to do either.

For the price ($46.95), the packaging was a dud.  The 1.7 oz container looked a bit like a small plastic hockey puck which had been cut in half and hollowed out, and while I am not a sucker for  "over packaging", I really expected a bit more for nearly $50 buckeroonies.  I also noticed Lush specifically suggests that you place "Nanny" in a plastic ziplock-type bag when traveling to avoid having it melt and spill all over your purse or luggage, so it sounds like esthetics may not be the only issue in the packaging category.

The one thing I did like (really, I try not to be a complete jerk, because I sincerely do love the Lush products in general) was a very nice scent.  Skin Nanny contains a number of wonderfully scented natural ingredients like Ylang Ylang and coconut and hibiscus oils, plus shea butter, etc.   Sadly, the delightfully clean and natural scent just wasn't delightful enough to outweigh the other items on my list, so overall, the Lush brand Skin Nanny was not something I will be using or recommending.

As always, if you had a different experience with this specific product, please leave a comment!  Nothing works for everyone, and I want to be fair to all involved.


Brunello Lily infusion (Lilium Asiatic 'Brunello'), Glycerine, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Ethylhexyl, Methoxycinnamate, Cold Pressed Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Glycerl Stearate & Peg - 100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Cold Pressed Organic Starflower Oil (Borago officinalis), Hibiscus Seed Oil (Hibiscus sabdariffa), Fresh Apple Juice (Pyrus malus), Lanolin, Everlasting Flower Absolute (Gnaphalium uliginosum), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Bee Pollen, Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera), Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, *Citronellol, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellol, Perfume,.
*Naturally occurs in essential oils
  • September 18, 2014

    by Laurie

    I completely disagree with your assessment also. I have been using this product for well over 5 years and everyone tells me I do not look 57 years old. I use it sparingly and was heart broken when Lush stopped selling it in the U.S. I now order it as British Skin Nanny. I have found nothing else that even compares to what this does for my skin.

  • June 7, 2014

    by Mhor

    I am guessing the product I use called British Nanny - is the same as this. It is brilliant for my dry to very dry skin, definitely protects it against the harsh Australian sun. I love thick products and find that the thinner the moisturiser the more I use and the less if feels like it is working. All you need to do is warm it up in your hands a little if it is too thick for you.

    Highly recommended for people that love thick products and have dry skin.

  • May 25, 2011

    by Chris

    I must disagree with this review too! For a start - why would you use a heavy, oil-based product on oily skin? It's bound not to work! Using the product other than as described (putting it in the microwave?!) is sure only to lead to disaster too.. In terms of sun-damage, it's preventative so if you haven't been using an SPF previously it's not going to reverse damage that's already done but simply make the skin 'appear' smoother. Like you say, there are other products that will do this for you with less oil, probably better matched for your skin type (not sure why they would have recommended this!) I used Skin Nanny because I have very dry skin and it soaks it up like a sponge and makes it look/feel extremely nourished for hours. I'm only annoyed they no longer sell it in the UK! Apparently it's because the SPF content is chemical and they are developing a natural SPF barrier

  • December 30, 2009

    by Amy

    I have to disagree with this review. I'm a young 23 year old who just wanted an excellent face cream to keep my skin young, soft, healthy and protected from the sun. This product is "the" product that got me hooked onto all the other lush products which I really love. I usually slather it in at nighttime and wake up to extremely soft dewy skin which just brightens up my complexion. Sometimes I use just a tiny bit in the day because it helps makeup stay on and go on nicer. Yes I'm only 23 and apparently this is for older people with more skin issues but I don't care. I LOVE it. I even bought gorgeous, Lush's most expensive facial cream (85 bucks for a tiny container) which was advised me was more for my skin type than skin nanny. I've used so many creams including that and nothing has ever beaten my results with skin nanny. Its my NUMBER ONE.

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