It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed any vegan products! But I’m back and I’ve found something that vegans everywhere can fall in love with! Before I decided to become vegan my go-to skin cleansing product has always been Clinique. Especially, their three-step system that came with (or that you bought) 1. a cleanse, 2. exfoliation, and 3. moisturizer. Which I deeply, deeply loved. But just knowing how many chemicals that’s in each individual thing I used it was time for a change.
It seems that every decently experienced vegan, that I know, already knows about a business called LUSH. That, apparently, isn’t new at all. It’s been around since 1995 founded in the United Kingdom. They home-make everything they sell. From soaps, bath bombs, makeup, perfume, to toothpaste. All for male and female! They have a large variety that you can choose from. Using ingredients such as veggies, fruits, essential oils, and synthetic ingredients. But sometimes their products do contain honey and beeswax. (For fellow vegans be sure to read the ingredients if that isn’t something you wish to use.) In addition to not using animal in their products, they are also 100% against animal testing. Therefore, they perform tests with volunteers instead. Which is a HUGE step in the right direction. I ended up ordering their product called Aqua Marina. Which is a cleanser! I have naturally breakout prone skin. Always have. Growing up and even still today I have highly sensitive skin. I have to really watch what I apply to my skin! After reading the ingredients a couple hundred times and researching fellow costumer(s) reviews, I decided to buy.
First, let me start by saying that the smell seemed very over powering. It smelled of the sea and salt. But it wasn’t the most friendly of smells. Not to mention it really looked gross! I’ve seen seaweed before. Just… Okay, I was immediately displeased! However, I’m on a mission to find vegan products that, not only are great on my skin, for my skin. But so that other people will see that its not so difficult adjusting to veganism. Of course when shower time came I busted it back out.
Here’s where everyone can say, “That’s what you get for jumping to conclusions!” Because once in the shower, I twisted off the top, mixed it all up with a couple of my fingers, scooped out a pea size amount, added water, and started applying it all over my face…And I instantly fell in love. Before even washing the Aqua Marina off my face I could feel how soft and smooth my skin was becoming! (Yeah, maybe I did end up adding a little of it to my shoulder and arms…and legs, and back!) Washing it off was such a breeze as well! Every once in a while you’ll get one of those ‘cleansing’ face washes and it takes a good five minutes trying to get it off your hands, face, hairline, bleh. This just washed off with a few splashes to the face.
It claims to use calming Calamine wash which is what you applied to insect bites whenever you were a kid to reducing itching. “Aqua Marina was made with the same principle in mind; using the soothing pink extract to calm irritated, sensitive skin. This creamy, gentle cleanser is rolled up with mineral rich nori seaweed to nourish the skin, cooling aloe vera gel and a sprinkling of sea salt for a super gentle exfoliation.” -LUSH Cosmetics website. I hate to be one of those people who boast on and on about a product… Wait. It really does imply that calming effect that they’re talking about. My skin feels baby skin soft, it’s glowing, and after only a handful of usage my pores have shrunk to being almost nonexistent! My pores never really bothered me before. But, hey! I’ll take it! After falling in love with this cleanser so much that smell doesn’t even bother me anymore. Or maybe I’ve just grown accustom to the smell? I really do believe this is the perfect face wash if your skin is anything like mine. Black head, pimple, acne prone skin. Aqua Marina will clear it right up for you! I’ve even read where people with rosacea claim this product to be a miracle worker! So simple and easy. Anyway, I suppose I’ll stop my rambling because if I don’t I’ll ramble on forever! If you have a vegan product you’d like for me to try/review, let me know! As always, happy vegan-ing! :)
Product contains: Glycerine, Calamine Powder, Kaolin, Irish Moss Infusion (Chondrus crispus), Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Nori Seaweed (Fucus vesiculosus), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis), Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Carrageenan, Lilial, Hexyl Cinnamal, and Fragrance