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