Do you ever open a product and it transports you back to a certain time and place in your life? Something about it evokes a memory so vivid that it feels real; be it the scent or texture or even the act itself of using it.
Every now and then I buy a pot of Lush Angels On Bare Skin cleanser and, without fail, every time I open it I’m transported back seven years ago when I’d first met The Chap and made the reckless decision to abandon uni, pack up my things and move to Sydney to be with him. The day after I moved in to his small apartment in a less than salubrious Sydney suburb, I stopped by the local Lush store and bought myself a pot of this odd greyish mealy looking cleanser called Angels On Bare SKin, listened to the shopgirl explain how to use it, then took it back to my new home. I distinctly remember taking a pinch of this cleanser and adding a little water to it just like the shop assistant said, and waited for the unfamiliar shower to heat up. I washed my face and watched the water run down my legs and into the drain, and thought I hope I’m not making a mistake.
Given that was seven years ago and I’m still just as in love with The Chap as I’ve ever been, taking that big risk and moving to Sydney turned out to not be a mistake at all. It was probably the best impulsive decision I’ve made in a life of dumb, ill-planned ideas.
This is a really long winded, meandering, roundabout way of a.) telling The Chap that he’s still my main squeeze as a pre-emptive apology for inevitably forgetting our anniversary again this year, and b.) and saying that I recently made my semi-annual purchase of another tub of Lush Angels on Bare Skin and, as always, I opened it and had such a strong scent memory moment. But enough about me. Let’s talk about this cleanser instead.
Angels On Bare Skin is a bit of an ugly duckling, let’s be honest. It’s a mix of ground almond and kaolin clay with rose absolute and lavender oil, and with a few lavender flowers tossed in for good measure (those lumpy brown things? Lavender flowers. Trust me). When you smush up a pinch of cleanser with some water, it makes an attractive grey slurry that you then gently massage into your face. The ground almond acts as a gentle exfoliant while the rose and lavender oils whisk away any excess sebum, and the kaolin clay acts as a gentle cleanser suitable for all skin types. It leaves my skin super silky and smooth, and much softer than when I’ve cleansed with a Clarisonic. It won’t remover make-up heavier than a little natural tint and it’s definitely not good to get in your eyes, so if you’ve got a full face on it would be best to either use a make-up wipe or do a pre-cleanse first.
It’s not the most convenient form of cleanser out there as the pot isn’t particularly shower friendly and it makes a bit of a mess when used over the sink, but I genuinely feel Angels On Bare Skin is worth the minor inconvenience of keeping the pot on the bathroom sink and taking a pinch of cleanser into the shower. If anything I tend to roll up a ball of the almond/clay mix into a ball a bit smaller than a marble, then stick it in the soap caddy like a schoolgirl sticking her gum. That way I can do a pre-cleanse with some cleansing oil in the shower, then blindly grab my prepared little wad of Angels and go to town.
My verdict? Although it’s not the most straightforward of cleansers to use, Angels On Bare Skin is my go-to cleanser when I want a break from high-tech cleansers and cleansing tools like a Clarisonic. I never feel dry or tight after cleansing with Angels, something that’s particularly important now as the seasons begin to change from hot and humid summer to dry and cool winter.
This item was purchased by swatchgirl.com.