It has actually been a small while since Lush launched their new naked skincare collection and I’m only now trying it out. That’s definitely a shame, but at least it’s happening. One of the products from this collection I was very interested in, is the Like A Virgin Naked Cold Cream Cleanser. It seemed to be very effective, gentle on the skin and hydrating. That sounds like a great combination of benefits to me. Especially if you consider the fact that most cleansers these days are rather drying. Long story short: I bought it and I started using it. Today I’m reviewing it. So if you’re interested in finding out what this naked cleansing balm is all about, make sure you continue reading this post!
So since these naked cleansing balms are naked, they don’t come with a packaging. They do melt very easily, so I do think it’s important to not just have them laying around in your room. Especially not if it’s hot where you live, since then it will become a mess. To solve that problem I bought one of the Lush Shampoo Bar Tins to store it in. You might think “well, that’s a packaging too Nicole” and it is. You’re right. But in my defence, this is a packaging you an re-use over and over again. So it’s not as wasteful as a normal cleanser in a packaging.
The Naked Cleansing Balms from Lush are shaped like big, thick round coins and they are relatively small. They weigh about 15 grams. That’s not an awful lot, but since you only need a little bit of it per use, I think it will last you for a solid month or two, depending on how much you use and how often you use it.
The Like A Virgin balm is a little different than the other cleansing balms in this collection. That’s because this is actually a ‘Cold Cream Cleanser’. The difference, to me, is still unknown and on the Dutch website they just call it a Naked Cleansing Balm like all of the others so I don’t even know if there’s an actual difference.
The ingredient list of the Like A Virgin cleanser isn’t very lengthy and I think that’s a good thing. To me this means that this is going to be a no-nonsense cleanser that has just the essential ingredients in it. Lush tells us on their website that this cleanser is inspired by the famous Ultrabland cleanser they make, so if you know you love that, Like A Virgin is the way to go. And by the way, how fun is the name ‘Like A Virgin’?! I love it girl!!
Okay, back to the ingredients. The first ingredient on the list is organic extra virgin olive oil (moisturising and protecting), followed by organic jojoba oil (moisturising and balancing sebum production), sunflower wax (thickener), candelillawax (protects and locks moisture in), Silican lemon oil (uplifting and cleansing), lemon myrtle oil (cleansing), mimosa wax (creates waxy substance), citral (lemon peel scent) and perfume.
To me this looks like a pretty solid ingredient list. Most ingredients are natural and the only ingredient I’m not crazy about is the perfume. But since that’s on the bottom of the list and since there’s so much good in the list, I’m willing to look past that. Well done, Lush!
So, that being said, let’s talk about how it works on the face. The naked cleansing bars are very easy to use. You just rub them between your hands and use whatever has come onto your hands to remove the makeup from your face. You can also move it all over your face and use it like that, but I feel like that would make your balm really dirty after a while so I prefer the first method. The most important thing is that it warms up because that way it will melt a little bit and shed product. The balm melts very easily. That’s great when it comes to the ease of using it, but it is something you need to keep in mind when it comes to storing the balm.
Okay, so once you have some product on your hands, you can start removing your makeup. And this part is actually very quick and easy. I feel like it does a great job at dissolving any makeup. Whether it’s foundation or a waterproof mascara. This balm tackles it all. It’s actually really impressive.
After rubbing the product all over your face, it’s time to remove the balm. I usually use this product while I’m taking a bath so I just take a bit of the bath water and use this to rinse the balm off of my face. And this isn’t as easy. This balm is very, very hydrating and even a bit greasy. Therefore it really clings on to your skin. If you’re just using your hands you need to have enough patience and hot water. Otherwise you might prefer using a wash cloth but that will be a bit more harsh on the skin.
Once the balm is removed your skin will feel amazing. I have combination to oily skin and even on my skin this balm works wonders. My skin feels incredibly soft and nourished afterwards. And that’s definitely not a feeling I’m used to.
All in all I do really like the Lush Like A Virgin Naked Cleansing Balm. It is a very hydrating cleanser and therefore a bit of a struggle to remove from your face, but aside from that it’s amazing. It feels incredibly gentle on the skin but it’s super effective when it comes to removing makeup. It also makes my skin feel super soft and nourished and it doesn’t make me break out or look greasy. I definitely think this is a great product and I’m a big fan of it. Packaging-free and way better for my skin than most packaged cleansers I have tried!
On that note I’m going to end today’s post. Thank you so much for reading today’s review and be sure to let me know if you have ever tried one of the naked cleansing balms from Lush and if so: how do you like them?