Hey all! I’m so excited to write my first skin care product review ever! I decided to go with my personal favorite cleanser – Fresh Farmacy by Lush.
So, I’ve been experiencing breakouts and redness and tried so many products, took care of my skin day and night – and the results? Well, I did fight off acne, but they kept reappearing over and over again.
Anyways, I did a little research on the best cleansers for acne prone skin, asked around (thank God for Facebook groups!) and the lovely ladies at these forums recommended the African Black Soap and Fresh Farmacy. The two names kept appearing again and again and I was convinced to get either both or one of those soaps (knowing that these reviews were absolutely honest and not sponsored – yes, never underestimate the power of girl talk!). Unfortunately, the African Black Soap isn’t available at stores where I live, so I went for Fresh Farmacy.
I’ve used so many Lush products over the years. I love their brand and what they stand for: their products are all natural, handmade, vegan, recyclable, and the best thing – they fight against animal testing! So yeah, I’m totally a fan and won’t ever stop supporting them.
I have no idea why I haven’t tried this cleanser sooner. It would have saved me so much trouble (and money, of course). I bought it around two months ago, took some photos, used it daily and waited for the results. Fast forward to this day, I still have a half of the chunk, and I absolutely love it! Paired with the Mask of Magnaminty, this thing renewed my skin.
Having a review of it on my blog is a must, so let’s start!
Description by Lush
Soothing calamine bar
Feel like you have the world’s most sensitive skin? Allow us to prescribe you a bar of our pale pink cleansing bar with chamomile extract to calm, rose and lavender to soothe dry patches, and tea tree to keep skin clean and clear. With lots of calamine powder to calm troubled skin, this facial soap is great for gently easing skin back into balance.
Calamine Powder , Water (Aqua) , Chamomile Decoction (Matricaria Chamomilla) , Elderflower Decoction (Sambucus nigra) , Rapeseed Oil (Brassica napus) , Glycerine , Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) , Sorbitol , Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , Sodium Stearate , Fragrance , Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia) , Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria Chamomilla) , Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Sodium Chloride , Sodium Hydroxide , EDTA , Tetrasodium Etidronate , *Limonene , *Linalool . *Occurs naturally in essential oils.
The packaging is, of course, Lush styled paper bag, so there’s really not much to talk about. The ingredients and how – to instructions for this cleanser are listed on the sticky tab and the rest is just a simple paper bag. I really like this practical and eco-friendly packaging (forever wishing more brands used this method). I got 3.5 oz. (100 g) of product for 11 $, which I think is a reasonable price, considering how long it lasts.
The cleanser is a pale pink solid soap with a nice fragrance of lavender and rose.
The formula is something I absolutely adore. I listed all the ingredients above and I swear this mixture of nature works wonders for my skin!
I’ve been using it daily (sometimes twice a day), and I’ve noticed some amazing results. Two days in, I could see my pimples drying and after two weeks of using it I could notice a whole skin transformation!
The texture of my skin improved so much, my acne disappeared, my redness reduced and I got the feeling of fresh, clean skin after each use. The thing I love about it the most is that not only it cleared out my acne, but it also prevented its appearance. This means I no longer get another pimple right after I heal one, I have a clear face every day and a clean canvas for my makeup.
I also love how little goes a long way: I’ve had it for 2 months now and there’s half of the chunk left, so I expect my bar to last up to 4 months.
There’s only one thing about the formula I don’t particularly like: it’s a little drying. I have combination skin and feel like I need to moisturize right away after washing my face. The good thing about it though – it reduced the excess oiliness and I don’t get the T zone shine anymore.
So although it’s recommended for all skin types, I’m not sure if it’s good for the drier skin – well, surely not for daily use. But for the occasional cleansing, it might work just as great.
As for acne prone, oily skin: this could be the best product out there!
How to use
Wet your face and rub the soap in your hands to create a lather. The formula isn’t foamy at all, so make sure to rub the bar a little longer so you get enough lather to cover your face. Apply to your skin in gentle circular motions and avoid the eye area. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Use a rich moisturizer right away!
You can also use it on any other problem area besides your face – I get bacne every once in a while and apply some lather on my loofah brush to clear them out. *If you suffer from bacne, read all about causes and treatments in my Bacne 101 post.
Don’t leave your soap in the shower so it won’t melt, keep it in a dry container instead. I place it in this little tray shown in the photos above and it dries quickly after each use.
Over to the pros and cons
- Evens out skin tone
- Reduces redness
- Prevents acne reappearance
- Soothes skin
- Dries pimples fast
- Heals acne
- Reduces excess oils
- Lasts long
- Clears out skin
- Improves skin texture
- Smells great
- All natural
- Cruelty – free
- Can dry out skin
- No foam
I’m all about natural skin care, so I occasionally use this homemade anti – acne spray along with my Fresh Farmacy bar.
Have you ever used Fresh Farmacy? Would you give it a try? Is there anything else you’d like to know about this cleanser? Let me know in the comments below!
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