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Brand: Lush / Type: Face Care / Skin type: for all types / What it does: Smoothes, Cleanses,

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      01.06.2013 21:22
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      Interesting and muchmore natural product from Lush.

      I am a big fan of seaweed. Not only is it found in the form of Lava Bread where I live (Welshie Wales), but it is delicious when crispy (China) and now thanks to Lush, you can even wear it! This is a fresh face mask from Lush, and the first face mask of theirs that I have tried. This gloopy unisex concoction contains some delicious ingredients that actually impressed me. Now although I have been sampling a few Lush products recently, and have found some that I really do like, I refuse to call myself a fan until they stop using chemicals in their products. This one though is easy to like as it is full of great stuff and I like that.... BB Seaweed is marketed to those who have a tendency towards sensitive skin. This is a cooling mask and is listed as being helpful for shaving irritation and inflamed redness. Apparently some bloke called Pete goes out in his boat twice a week to gather the seaweed for this in Poole, Dorset. Thank you Pete. This mask also has connections with the Beeb, in that the show "Girls on top" was involved alongside the great bouncing Charlie Dimmock and Anna Ryder Richardson. From this unlikely scenario, BB Seaweed was born.... FRESH AS THE SEA? This is preservative free..... blimey! A preservative free Lush product! It needs to be stored in the fridge to keep it fresh and its shelf life is around 3 weeks. Ingredients include honey and aloe vera, both of these containing anti-inflammatory properties which assist in skin healing. So far so good then. There is also olive oil, rose absolue and petals and rosemary. It almost sounds good enough to eat. This mask has a gentle exfoliating quality, to remove dead skin cells and smooth. Millet and ground almonds do this job. Kaolin is also involved, which is a type of fine clay, great for detoxifying the skin, and a successful binding agent. TOOTHY: The main star of this fresh mask is seaweed, namely the brilliantly named "Toothed wrack seaweed". This is found in British waters (usually by a man named Pete in Dorset apparently). Toothed wrack seaweed contains lots of vitamins, minerals and trace elements making it skin food. You can detect the seaweed in the mask but it is not overly strong. There is a definite whiff to it though. THE PRODUCT: This arrives in a black plastic jar containing 75 ml of fresh mask. It is a fairly small pot with a lid that snaps on and off. The contents are thick and creamy and look like a kind of polyfiller.... The first thing that I noticed was the smell, which I would describe as being very "earth based". The patchouli is recognisable as is the rosemary. This is a very thick mask and once you touch it you can feel the kaolin. This clay helps the mark to stay on your face as well as providing a cleansing function. The mask is very smooth and has an almost dry quality. There is an overall presence of salt and brine. LESS IS MORE: This can be used sparingly as it is very thick. The mask has a silkiness to it thanks to the kaolin but the smell could be seen as an acquired taste. Personally, I love it but then I am a big fan of patchouli. The mask is even more pungent once applied to your face but luckily it does stay put and that removes the problem of it travelling all over your face and up your nose/down your front. I use a clean spatula to remove the mask from the pot as this keeps it free from bacteria etc. EFFICIENCY: I have used this every evening for 4 days and still have lots of the mask left. The fact that it is refrigerated makes it really cooling on the face and that feels good. I would estimate that there are probably another 5 uses left in the pot which makes the price more tolerable. Once you start digging around in the pot to get it out, you start to notice the little pieces of seaweed in the mask. The mask starts to dry and tighten quite quickly. I applied mine before I washed up and then prayed that nobody actually came to the door. I did look a sight.... Washing it off is easy and this is the part where I exfoliated. Rubbing in circles ensures that the little millet and almond flakes give your skin a good buff. Afterwards my skin looked bright and fresh and my face felt very clean. I found the saltiness a little drying but I do look after my face so slapped on some Shea afterwards. I did notice that the slight pores on my nose were tighter and less noticeable. I have a fair few facial piercings, which I have had for such a long time that I forget that they are there. Each time that I used this I forgot to take them out and I had a hell of a job getting it out of my nose jewelry.... Next time I really must remember remove them. INGREDIENTS: Beautiful soothing ingredients such as aloe vera gel, honey and olive oil soften and reduce redness. Patchouli and rosemary oil give scent and conditioning. There are also fresh rose petals and oil in this, both are luxurious and expensive ingredients which are very good for skin. There is also something called Betonite gel which is created from volcanic deposits. And then of course we have the seaweed and kaolin. SUMMARY: This is a nice mask from Lush without the usual junk included. I probably would not buy it again for myself as I am too lazy to do face masks. I may purchase it as a gift in future though. Now make all of your products without junk Lush, and I will be very happy indeed. INGREDIENTS: Quantitative Ingredients Lime Tree Flower and Sweet Violet Leaf Decoction, Kaolin, Honey, Glycerine, Ground Almonds, Toothed Wrack Seaweed, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Millet Flakes, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Bentonite Gel, Fresh Rose Petals, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil, Seaweed Absolute, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume *occurs naturally in essential oils 75g of BB Seaweed will set you back £5.95 from Lush stores or their website. https://www.lush.co.uk/product/43/BB-Seaweed---75g

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        27.05.2012 20:20
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        A great face mask overall, plus it smells great too!

        I love this face mask. I have tried all of the Lush fresh face masks and this one is still one of my favourites. The face mask costs £5.75 per 75g pot. Firstly, the face mask smells great. It doesn't smell "fishy" and it doesn't really smell of the sea. Instead it smells really pleasant and uplifting. The face mask contains REAL seaweed that you can see inside the mask. The seaweed is sort of swirled around the face mask. The face mask is easy to apply to the skin. I've recently started using the Full Of Grace serum bar, which I use underneath Lush face masks to get a better effect. Using these two products together gives AMAZING results, try it! As the mask dries the seaweed starts to "fall off" your face, so just be aware of that. The mask also starts to tighten on your skin. I give the mask a good ten to fifteen minutes to fully soak in. I then wash the mask off with warm water. The mask takes a little scrubbing to remove but afterwards you will notice the difference to your skin. It will feel softer, smoother and more refined. Plus the seaweed helps to mattify your skin, which is especially good if your suffer from oily skin like I do. The mask also calms the skin down and reduces redness. The pot will give you around five or six full masks, which is less than £1 per mask if you manage to get six masks from it. So it's not too bad in terms of value and the pot can be recycled too.

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        03.11.2011 17:26
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        One of the lovely fresh face masks from Lush

        BB Seaweed This is one of Lush's wonderful fresh face masks. I never buy these as I always seem to be able to save my five black pots to take back washed and read for recycling and as a rewards I get to choose a fresh face pack free. As they are all about £5.50 each and come in a small 75g pot that makes a very worthwhile saving. Some reviewers have commented that this is expensive and while I agree it does seem a lot to pay out initially I do find I get at least five uses and sometimes even six or seven so in actual fact it works out about the same as cheaper less effective, and certainly less fresh brands. WHY BB SEAWEED? I chose this one mainly as I had never used it before and it had a pleasant rose scent and I was told it also was a gentle exfoliant which I always like. It is designed for those with sensitive skins and does contain real seaweed which is apparently gathered fresh from the sea in Poole Harbour twice a week. When I saw it in the shop it was a paler creamy colour but you could clearly see the seaweed bits however on closer inspection in my pot at home it looks darker, a sort of pale muddy colour with the bits clearly showing still. WHERE DOES THE NAME COME FROM? It is a play on the name BBC and was indeed developed for the BBC show 'Girls on Top'. Charlie Dimmock and Anna Ryder Richardson went to the Lush laboratories and the factory and helped to invent this mask for the show and hence the name 'BB Seaweed' I love to hear the background stories behind the products, it is all part of the charm of Lush products. THE FACE PACKS GENERALLY In the shop the various face mask are in big stainless steel bowls on ice and presented with fresh items that are in the actual face mask as garnish; so this one had some cut papaya as garnish. The face packs are made fresh in the Derby shop for their use only. Other products are made down in the factory in Dorset and brought in to the shop. As these are made with fresh ingredients they have a limited life and must be stored in the fridge. I have once had two face packs as I was given one in the shop and because we were just about to go on holiday I stuck it in the freezer. We were away about four weeks and when I returned I retrieved my face mask and it was absolutely fine, it lasted another six weeks in the fridge and smelled great and I used it once a week for the six weeks. So don't worry too much about the keeping aspect as they do last a fair time if kept in the fridge and used with clean fingers or a spoon to get the stuff out. WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS 'BB SEAWEED' MASK? This mask is full of goodies to help to soften, cool and soothe skin while reducing any redness from irritated skin or from skin of people who spend a lot of time outdoors. I have to admit that I don't spend that much time outdoors in the cold weather as I am a warm weather sort of person but my skin is fairly sensitive and is losing its youthful glow so I like to give my face a bit of TLC at least once a week. I like the fact that this dries and feeds your skin and then when you rinse it off as you wet it again you can then give your face a bit of a rub and exfoliate as it has ground almonds and millet flakes in it too and this helps remove any dead skin cells which dull your skin. WHAT ARE THE GOODIES IN THIS MASK? The main ingredients that help to soothe and soften the skin are aloe vera, seaweed and honey and then the lovely olive oil moisturizes any dry patches. The rosemary oil helps to regenerate the skin and of course smells nice too. Patchouli oil also adds extra scent and I for one love the smell of patchouli. Fresh rose petals and rose absolute have been used since the ancient times as aids to beauty and these reduce redness and soothe the skin too as well as smelling lovely. This mixture is then all combined with kaolin which is soothing and absorbs excel grease then the ground almonds and millet flakes both enable this to be used as an exfoliant. The ground almonds also add a bit of extra natural oil from the almonds. The bentonite gel is a sort of clay from volcanic ash deposits and it holds up to fifteen times its own weight of water this is perfect for face masks as has a nice slippery feel to it and it also has healing and soothing qualities. Traditionally this has been used in poultices. Bentonite gel also helps absorb grease and dirt from the skin and tightens pores at the same time which also has the effect of smoothing out wrinkles. The other biggie in this face mask is the seaweed and it is only recently that the benefits of seaweed to the beauty industry have been revived. Seaweed is said to have the ability to detoxify the body and rejuvenate the skin as it can destroy bacteria and contains a great array of minerals. WHAT DO I THINK? It is quite a firm creamy mixture so you have to dig your finger in quite firmly to scoop out what you need. As it is quite firm it doesn't drip so there is no waste. Usually spread it reasonably evenly, not too thick using my fingers and keep my other hand underneath to catch any bits that drop off. It needs to cover your face, avoiding your eyes, but does not have to e plastered on thickly. I usually wear a shower cap to keep my hair away from the mask too so as you can imagine I look a true delight, and no, there are no photos going to be put up with this on. I have used this mask twice now and found it went on pretty easily although some of the bits of seaweed did fall off my face. I lay in the bath and relaxed for about ten minutes then wet my face and gently exfoliated my skin. As the mask was quite lumpy with the millet and seaweed I decided against washing it off in the bath as I often do as I didn't feel like cleaning the bath afterwards. I got out and dried myself enough to rinse the rest off in the basin. Most of it was pretty easy to rinse off though a few bits were more determined to stay. I then dried myself before continuing to deal with my face. I finished off with some cold water and a toner before putting on my usual moisturiser. How did my face feel? Well it did feel clean and fresh but not at all tight which sometimes can happen with a face mask. If I am honest I didn't notice any wrinkle reduction but then it didn't promise that. I felt like I had given my face a nice treat and my skin felt soft, clean and nicely tight or firm so all in all I was happy. I had no problem with any sensitivity so it lived up toits calming claims. This is not my absolute favourite mask from Lush, I think that is Ayesha or Sacred Truth, but this is very nice and I would certainly get this one again sometime in the future. I like to choose different ones rather than the same one all the time. The smell is really lovely, gently rosy with a slightly herby and earthy note from the clay and patchouli it also has a really lovely creamy feel to it with a few bits that need to be carefully put on your face as they tend to fall off. It does make my skin feel well fed and it feels nice and soft and a bit smoother too so I am happy. I am especially happy as it was free although it does cost £5.50 if you don't have five pots to hand back. This as I said before it actually still quite good value as easily get six uses from this little pot as you don't need to cake it on thickly at all. Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name. ©Catsholiday

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          17.08.2011 13:02
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          Price lets it down but it's an effective cleanser

          I tried this face mask for the first time around 2 weeks ago now and I do like it however as you will see it does have its down sides. A 75 gram tub of this face mask will set you back £5.50, and considering the tub only lasts me 3-4 applications I don't think it's excactly what you'd call cheap! This is a fresh face mask so I would advise to buy in store rather than online to ensure it is as fresh as possible - you don't want mouldy seaweed on your face! Also, once you have your face mask, remember to keep it chilled. Not only does this keep your mask nice and fresh, but it also feels amazingly cool and refreshing when you put it on your face. The packaging as I mentioned before is a 75g pot - the usual black, minimalistic plastic Lush pot. There's not a huge amount to say about it really apart from that it has the Lush logo and product name on the front of the tub and on the lid there is a brief product description in which Lush give us a brief run down on the ingredients, directions of use and a product description - "Relaxing and reviving fragrant, mineral rich mask to cleanse, soften and beautify all skins." On the bottom of the tub you will find the lengthy list of (100% natural) ingredients, along with a little yellow sticker telling you which Lush employee made your tub of seaweed face mask, a picture of them and the date it was made/sell by date. My pot of this has a sell by date 21 days from the day it was made but I prefer to use mine up well before then as it is much better when it is nice and fresh. Once you open the tub (which is accomplished by simply twisted the lid), you will be greeted with a thick, gloopy, creamy mixture which is a pale brown in colour (i'd liken the shade to porridge). It's not the most attractive face mask (I don't look at it and can't wait to use it because of how good it looks) but who really cares? As you've probably guessed, this does contain seaweed - big lumps of it which are actually quite visible both in the tub and on my face. There are smaller and grainier chunks as well which I much prefer, but I think these are the ground almond rather than the seaweed. Application is quick and easy, I personally apply mine in the bathroom over the sink as it is rather messy in my opinion. I apply mine to my face after a bath or shower as the warm water opens my pores, allowing the mask to absorb quicker and easier. I also make sure I am free of any makeup and my face is completely clean. I then do my hair up tightly ensuring that the mixture can't get into my hair as that would definetly freak me out! I then get my tub of seaweed face mask (out of the fridge, remember!) and stir it around with a plastic spoon (these are amazing for mixing face masks with - much easier than spatulas and lolly sticks). Once i've mixed it up a bit, I scoop a generous amount onto my fingers and rub it all over my face. It's quite clumpy (much less creamy than the other Lush masks i've tried) and difficult to smooth on evenly and I do find that a few bits of seaweed fall off (hence applying it over the sink). The texture is suprisingly smooth but the small grainy bits of seaweed act as exfoliators so I could feel them on the initial application but once it had dried I couldn't feel them at all. I am somewhat generous with this as the best by date isn't that long so there isn't much point in making it last beyond 3-4 applications. While it's on my face I just relax and let it work its magic. It smells really nice and relaxing so that helps in making me feel refreshed and better about myself. The smell is very much like a day by the seaside with a strong hint of lavendar, but not the kind of heavily perfumed, over the top lavendar - it smells completely fresh and natural and is extremely relaxing - I love it. I was a bit concerned at first about the smell though as I have sensetive skin and was worried it would be too heavily perfumed for me but as you can see it is fine, so i'd definetly say that this is fine for anyone with sensetive skin. When the mask has dried it goes quite hard (but no where near as hard as other facemasks and it doesn't make your face too stiff), it dries clear so it's not hugely noticeable (with some facemasks I find myself avoiding windows when i've got one on but with this you can't tell it's on as it's clear with just a few lumps of seaweed so I don't feel too self concious). It didn't feel tingly like I had expected but I could definetly feel that it was on my face. I removed it after 10 minutes with a flannel and warm water and it was extremely quick and easy to remove. I noticed a difference in my face straight away - it looked and felt alot smoother and 'brighter', and my skin looked clearer. I felt nice and refreshed and the smell lingered for half an hour or so after use which was a nice plus side. Cleaning the sink afterwards was also easy and there was no residue or colouring left behind - do not leave it in your sink without washing the sink out straight afterwards though or it will dry and go gooey. I really like this product and as you can see had a positive experience with it. I am definetly going to use it again within the next couple of days because it's a nice refreshing 'pick me up' and I really would reccomend it. It's fine with sensetive skin. I would class this more as a cleanser than an exfoliator personally but I am used to quite harsh exfoliators so some people may find it a tiny bit harsh. I won't list the entire ingredients but some of the products it contains (excluding the very obvious seaweed!) include: honey, fresh rose petals, extra virgin olive oil and lots more lovely stuff - all of which is natural (fine for vegans to use), and is not tested on animals. Overall reccomended.

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            30.07.2011 15:11
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            lovely product

            I have to admit to being so addicted to Lush, I have a mini fridge that is no longer stocked with fridge - its full of Lush's goodies that need to be kept cold, especially face masks. This one was added recently due to a recommendation from a friend. I am a big fan of face masks as I love looking after my skin. I have no real skin complaints so I tend to go towards one that hydrate, moisturise and remove dirt from my pores - but not in excess. I do get a lot of comfort and confidence from knowing my face looks and feels amazing due to a fantastic product. My only issue is that I hate using the packets of face mask you buy in shops as they aren't natural and seem to make my skin itchy as it is quite sensitive. Thats where Lush comes in.. Lush's face masks are all made with 100% natural ingredients and with 9 different ones to choose from you can't really go wrong! (The same one gets boring after a while). The reason Lush is so different is because to me, they seem to actually benefit your skin unlike most. BB Seaweed is the first face mask that pops up on the website and one of the only ones which is always available in my local store. The mask claims to be good for all skin types which is perfect for all skin types, helping to cleanse, soften and revive your skin. The mask has kaolin, honey and of course seaweed as its main three ingredients. The kaolin cleanses pores cleaning the dirt from deep within your skin. Honey gently keeps spots at bay. Personally I have not found many products which soften skin while cleansing as cleansing can be quite dehydrating for the skin. Ingredients (none of which are tested on animals): Lime Tree Flower and Sweet Violet Leaf Decoction (Tilia europaea and Viola odorata), Kaolin, Honey, Glycerine, Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Toothed Wrack Seaweed (Fucus serratus), Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Millet Flakes (Panicum miliaceum), Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Bentonite Gel, Fresh Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume The mask does not smell at all like seaweed but more like honey which is lovely as it isn't unpleasant to leave on your skin. To use your mask, refrigerate it from the minute you bring it home from the shop til use. Apply the product generously to your face (I tend to use a paintbrush as it goes on easier). The mask is quite a thick beige clay which makes it perfect for smoothing on thick. It dries quite quickly and does not drip off your face which is perfect if your very tidy and hate mess. I would recommend leaving the mask on for the full 10 minutes, even though Lush recommend 5-10 as this will give you the best benefits. The mask does not dry completely onto the face making it easier to remove. To remove the mask you will need to warm it up quite a bit by using either a hot towel or just jumping in the shower. I find that the shower method works best as it will help to get it out of your hair etc too. After I had removed the mask, my face felt so hydrated and lovely. It was so soft and my pores looked visibly free from dirt (not that I had a dirty face). My skin felt quite tight and immediately looked glowing. The mask is so relaxing which I think is partially to the products Lush use to calm you. The benefits did last for the rest of the week, bearing in mind I wear foundation I was pleasantly surprised I didn't re-clog my pores! You can buy BB Seaweed from inside a Lush store or from their online shop 'www.lush.co.uk'. It is priced at £5.50 for a 75g tub which lasts me 2-3 masks depending on how much you put on your skin. In my opinion, this is one of the best face masks around, but personally I favour Love Lettuce mask with no real reason except for the smell. The way it made my skin look and feel was amazing, it lasted for a long time and was so quick and easy to apply and remove!

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            28.03.2011 19:45
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            Great face mask to cleanse and soften skin

            Price = £5.25 for 75g Ingredients = Lime Tree Flower and Sweet Violet Leaf Decoction, Kaolin, Honey, Glycerine, Ground Almonds, Toothed Wrack Seaweed, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Millet Flakes, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Bentonite Gel, Fresh Rose Petals, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Citral, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume Lush description = Relaxing and reviving, mineral-rich mask to cleanse, soften and beautify all skins. This blend, inspired by the sea, contains fresh and nutritious seaweed. Also with cleansing kaolin, antiseptic honey, calming aloe vera and rose. Personal experience = Having been recently introduced to Lush fresh face masks I have become somewhat of an addict, wanting to try a new one as soon as I have finished my previous pot. Noticing that BB seaweed offered clean and soft skin I decided to give it a go, hoping it would not prove to be a blip in the otherwise great Lush track record. Less creamy than some of the other Lush face masks I have tried this product is still easy to apply. It gives a lovely refreshing feel to the skin whilst you are waiting for it to dry, avoiding the tightness which occasionally accompanies other masks. The smell was lovely and I found the overriding aroma was from the roses rather than the seaweed. After a couple of applications I noticed that my skin appeared clearer, with the mask leaving my skin feeling clean and soft. The ground almonds also provide a gentle exfoliation as the mask is being rinsed off, especially if you use your hands and warm water in circular motions. One final bonus is that I did not need to apply as much of this mask as I do with some of the others to cover my face. This means I have managed to get more applications out of the same tub (so saving money in the long run!)

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            A softening, reviving facemask for all skin types

            I am a big fan of facemasks. In fact, in the rather high maintenance world of Hannah, I'm afraid I see them as an obligatory part of my beauty routine rather than a luxury. I have used various facemasks in the past to treat specific skin issues and conditions, however at the moment, as I have no real skin issues to contend with, I just like to use a twice weekly facemask simply for "maintenance" and to give my skin a little TLC. I am, as I have mentioned in various reviews, quite obsessed with using natural, chemical free products. For this reason I have tried in the past to make my own facemasks. Unfortunately, these have always been a bit hit and miss (sometimes you end up with a lovely fresh facemask, sometimes you end up with blobs of strawberry all over your cheeks and honey running down your face!). For this reason, I started to look - a few years ago now - for some nice, natural facemasks on the high street which gave the same results as the homemade kind, only with less mess and effort. I discovered, unfortunately, that the ingredient lists of most "natural based" facemasks in fact read like the listings for a chemical experiment. However, I then stumbled across Lush... WHO ARE LUSH? Lush are a prolific cosmetics company who now have stores in most major cities. The main characteristics of Lush are their fresh, fun products and their ethical attitude to making skin products. Lush make their products only from fresh fruit and vegetables, essential oils and safe synthetics; they never test on animals or work with people who do so; they use little or no packaging and little or no preservatives in their products; and their products are exclusively vegetarian, and many are also vegan. HOW ARE LUSH FRESH FACEMASKS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FACEMASKS? Lush's Fresh Facemasks are probably the freshest facemasks you can get without making your own. The facemasks are all made by real people using big mixing bowls and wooden spoons (this is the image I was given when I worked for them, anyway), they are made using naturally effective and beneficial products, and they are so natural and fresh (containing no preservatives) that they are stored in big containers of ice in the store and must be refrigerated once taken home and used within four weeks of manufacture for best results (these are the instructions given on the Lush website). WHAT IS BB SEASWEED AND WHAT DOES IT DO? There are currently nine facemasks in Lush's Fresh Facemask range, all of which offer different effects and results. One of these facemasks, which I tried for the first time only recently, is BB Seaweed. Many of Lush's facemasks are targeted at specific problems or skin types (there are facemasks for spotty skin, oily skin, ageing skin, sensitive skin, etc.), however what made me decide to buy BB Seaweed is that this facemask is described as good for all skin types. At the time of buying this facemask, I felt that, although my skin had no major problems, perhaps it needed a bit of a moisture boost. For whatever reason (sun, wind, makeup, skin products, who knows?), it was feeling just a tiny bit dry. However, I was worried that getting anything too moisturising might give me spots (what it is to have temperamental skin!). For this reason, after a lot of umming and ahhing, I opted for BB Seaweed, which seems to be the most multi-tasking facemask Lush make. This facemask is described on the Lush website as: "Relaxing and reviving fragrant, mineral rich mask to cleanse, soften and beautify all skins." They also go on to give a fuller description of this product as follows: "All skin types can benefit from this nutritious mask, containing seaweed and seaweed absolute to refresh and restore. Kaolin will cleanse the pores, honey is a gentle antiseptic to keep spots at bay and soothing aloe vera will calm redness." A softening facemask that also keeps spots at bay? Well, it was like they had read my mind! INGREDIENTS Lime Tree Flower and Sweet Violet Leaf Decoction (Tilia europaea and Viola odorata), Kaolin, Honey, Glycerine, Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Toothed Wrack Seaweed (Fucus serratus), Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Millet Flakes (Panicum miliaceum), Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Bentonite Gel, Fresh Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume KEY INGREDIENTS * LIME TREE FLOWER - The Lime Tree Flower has soothing properties when applied topically, and also works as an astringent (meaning that it tightens pores and tones the skin). Combined with Sweet Violet Leaf, Lush claim that it has a "soothing, cleansing and clearing action on the skin". * KAOLIN - Kaolin is a form of clay which is used very often in facemasks and also in face powders because of its absorbent properties. Kaolin helps to reduce clogged pores by drawing oil from them and clearing the skin of dirt and dead skin cells. * HONEY - Honey is antibacterial, antiseptic, moisturising and soothing when applied to skin. * GROUND ALMONDS - Not only are almonds softening, but ground almonds work as a gentle exfoliator for the skin. * SEAWEED - Seaweed is packed with vitamins and minerals, making it a nutritious, revitalising, ultra softening treat for the skin. * ALOE VERA - Aloe vera is a wonder product in the health and beauty world. Applied topically, it is great for moisturising, soothing and nourishing the skin. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. * FRESH ROSE PETALS AND ROSE ABSOLUTE - Rose is extremely moisturising and is good for mature and/or sensitive skins. WHO SHOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT? * Those with dry, dehydrated skin . * Those with congested and/or spotty skin. * Those with redness or irritation on the face. * Those with dull, tired skin. * Those who fancy a relaxing treat with an indulgent, lovely smelling facemask. * Vegetarians. * Ethical buyers. * Those against animal testing. APPLICATION On opening the ubiquitous little black Lush pot, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this facemask did not in fact smell of seaweed. In fact, it smells quite sweet, with the honey, rose and violet scents being quite dominant. The facemask looks just like a thick, beige coloured clay, with pieces of seaweed scattered throughout. It is quite a good consistency for a facemask, which I do appreciate with having bought several before that are too thick, too runny or too lumpy. This one, however, is easy to apply and smoothes on to the face evenly without leaving big lumps of the product stuck to your face or without immediately running off. It also has a nice instant cooling effect when applied, although this is probably more because it has been stored in the fridge than a real characteristic of the mask itself! Once the facemask has been applied you are told to wait between five to ten minutes before removing it. I like to leave it a bit longer though just because... well, partly because I don't like being told what to do! I also figure that leaving it on longer just gives it more time to do its thing, which can't be bad. I generally leave it on for about fifteen minutes, during which time the mask will thicken and dry slightly on the face. I also noticed that when I went to wash the mask off it had absorbed into some areas of my face (perhaps the parts that needed more moisture?) but I presumed there was no harm in that (too late if there was!). The good thing about this mask is that it felt nice on my skin the entire time it was on. Sometimes with these masks you can start to experience a bit of itchiness or your skin can start to feel a bit tight after a few minutes, but there was none of that with this facemask. Once my fifteen minutes was up, it was time to remove the mask. These clay masks are generally quite tough to remove, and this one is no exception! They kind of turn into a sticky paste when you add water, which clings to your skin and refuses to budge. For this reason, I normally apply these facemasks before having a shower, so I can have a good scrub at the mask and not worry about it getting into my hair. I liked removing this one as the ground almonds meant that you could have a good scrub of your face as you were removing it, which made my skin feel like it had had a really good clean! AFTER EFFECTS After removing the facemask my skin felt really lovely! It felt super soft and smooth, and because of the exfoliating ground almonds it also felt thoroughly clean and refreshed. Often when I have removed facemasks I have found that my skin felt really tight and in need of a moisturiser, but with this one my skin did feel really soft and lovely immediately after removal and for some time afterwards. However, I did have one little problem with the facemask; although I went to bed happy with my lovely soft skin, I woke up a little less happy with an itchy patch of skin on my forehead. Now, it wasn't the crisis of the century or anything, and it did go away quickly, but I did feel like it was worth a mention. Anyway, the itchiness went quickly and my skin stayed soft and smooth for a couple of days. And that is the story of my Great BB Seaweed Adventure! WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT BB SEAWEED? One of the best things about BB Seaweed is that it is a really lovely mask to apply and relax with. It is easy to apply, smells really nice, cools and soothes the skin, and does not irritate the skin while it is on. It is also nice that you can relax in the knowledge you are using a facemask made entirely of natural, safe ingredients. In fact, it has one of the best ingredient lists of all the Lush facemasks in my opinion, as several of the other masks are listed as using talc as a primary ingredient. Aside from talc being quite a controversial ingredient in terms of its safety, surely it can't actually do the skin any positive good, so is just being used as a cheap filler? BB Seaweed, however, seems to be made up entirely of beneficial and active ingredients. I would also give BB Seaweed extra points for its efforts to be a mask to please the masses. Most facemasks are quite tailored to one specific skin type, so it was nice to come across a facemask that can be used by all, to rectify a skin problem or just for use a treat. I would say one of my favourite things about BB Seaweed, though, is that it can also be used as a face scrub on removal. Although I generally treat my skin quite gently, I like to have a good scrub every so often to leave it feeling really clean, and the inclusion of the ground almonds is great for this. BB Seaweed also gets top marks for its softening abilities. If you are after a nutritious, softening treat for your skin then this is your mask! From the instant I washed it off, my skin really felt like it had been cared for and pampered, and it stayed feeling lovely and soft for a few days. AND THE BAD? Well, the bad was simply that the facemask did make my skin itch a tiny bit, which really, given all its promises, it shouldn't have. However, I won't hold that too much against it for three reasons. Firstly, it was so short lived so as to not be a major problem. Secondly, perhaps I should have followed the instructions more closely and left it on for less time! Thirdly, as earlier stated, my skin is quite temperamental and does like to overreact, so don't let it put you off! However, if your skin is particularly sensitive, perhaps you should be a bit cautious with this one. My only other problem with the product is the bits of seaweed in it. I found that, despite my efforts to not get it in my hair when washing it out, I kept finding little bits of seaweed in my hair for a short while afterwards! Never a good look. Unless you happen to be going to a fancy dress party as the Little Mermaid. Which is always a good look! PRICE AND AVAILABILITY Lush facemasks cost £4.95 and are available from Lush stores (see their website for a store directory) or from lush.co.uk.

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              11.08.2010 20:36
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              Great mask!

              I'm a huge fan of all things Lush and BB seaweed was probably one of the first fresh face masks I tried way back around 7 years ago. However it's not one that I regularly buy as it doesn't have the exotic ingredients with the amazing properties that some of the other masks in the range have. It doesn't boast any antioxidants or miracle cure but sometimes you just want a simple mask that cleanses the skin, leaving it clear and glowing. More often than not though I just get taken in by the other masks and tend to leave this one aside. However, on my last visit to Lush I decided to give this one a go again. This seaweed mask is described by Lush as a 'seaweed and rose salvation'. Each batch made boasts 7lb of seaweed which is known for its revitalising properties. The mask also contains rose petals to moisturise the skin , kaolin to clean the pores, honey as an antiseptic to keep spots away and aloe vera to soothe and calm any redness. All in all a very nutritious sounding mask! The mask is said to be suitable for all skin types, but especially for mature, rough or irritated skin. Like all fresh face masks this comes in a small black pot containing 75g of the product. As it is a fresh mask it must be kept in the fridge and used within 3 weeks (the exact date is on the label, along with a picture of the person who made the mask). Within this time I must get around 8-10 uses out of the pot. Priced at £4.95, I think for the quality of the ingredients in here it's good value! On opening the pot I was greeted with a grey looking paste that looked quite airy, almost like it had been whipped. In this paste I could see flecks of dark seaweed. The mask has a pleasant fragrance that I would describe as sweet and floral, but in no way overpowering. It also has a slight 'salty' smell, which I associate with being at the seaside. To use, I applied a thin layer to clean skin and let it work its magic for around 10 minutes, by which time it had dried completely. As it did so I closed my eyes and relaxed, thinking of waves breaking against the shore. Once dry I washed away with warm water, rubbing the mask in a circular motion. I could feel the seaweed in the mask acting as an exfoliater, gently removing away any old skin cells. It took a while to wash the mask off but once it came off my skin looked radiant! It was soft to the touch, which I remember finding surprising as my past experience with clay based masks had been that they could leave the skin a bit dry. The floral smell did linger for a few hours afterwards too which was nice. It did leave chunks of seaweed in my sink though, but these were easy to remove by scooping up and placing in the bin (as I didn't want to block my sink!) Overall I was really impressed with this mask. It kind of reminded me of the cornflakes ad with the slogan 'Have you forgotten how good they taste' or in this case how good the mask is. Sometimes the simple things in life get forgotten for the more exotic sounding ones, but this deserves its place up there with the rest of the range. Recommended!

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                28.07.2010 04:17
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                My favourite, sweetest smelling facemask, leaves skin ultra soft!

                I love products by Lush, and they run a scheme where if you save up 5 of your black Lush containers that the products come in, you can trade them in for one of their fresh facemasks. The facemasks usually cost £5.50 for a 75g pot, so it's well worth saving the pots up to get one - I would have never tried one if it hadn't been for the free pots and I'm so glad that I did as BB Seaweed is now one of my favourite products ever. The fresh facemasks are designed to suit different skin types, so chose the BB Seaweed mask, firstly because of it's gorgeous aroma, and secondly because it's designed for oily skin, and when I first used this product I had a slightly oily T-zone. Lush facemasks like BB Seaweed contain fresh ingredients, so they need to be kept in the fridge when you're not using them, to keep them from going off. I can usually have 3 or 4 applications from a 75g tub of BB Seaweed, as I spread it on thinly in order to enjoy it for longer! In my opinion, the scent is amazing. It's a beautiful mix of fresh smelling seaweed, aloe vera and rose, and I find the smell to be very relaxing. To use, I just scoop out a small dollop of facemask and smooth it over my face, avoiding the delicate eye area. This is quite a lumpy facemask due to it having strips of seaweed in it, so it can be a little messy to apply the first time if you're not used to it. Using a mirror helps me to get an even spread of the mask. I think you're only meant to leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes, but I was told that having the mask on for longer shouldn't do any harm, so I've been known to keep the mask on for 30 minutes before whilst lazing in the bath and enjoying the lovely scent. The mask is very easy to take off, you just wet the mask with water to soften it up, and then wipe it off with a face cloth, or using your fingers if you like. The mask also contains almonds and millet flakes meaning that taking it off can have an exfoliating effect if you gently massage the product onto your skin as you loosen it's hold on your face. After using BB Seaweed, my skin always feels very soft and supple afterwards, as well as smelling amazing. The mask makes my skin feel less oily but doesn't dry out the areas of my skin that were not greasy to start with. The natural ingredients all work together to make my face feel great after using the mask, and I can really recommend it!

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                07.04.2010 21:23

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                Affordable, works very very well on problem skin, excellent to prepare skin for night out too!

                This face mask is a creamy clay with blts of seaweed in. It is supposed to be kept in the fridge and it doesn't look like anything special....BUT I can honestly say that it's the best affordable face mask I've ever tried. I suffered from acne for all of my teenage years and well into my 20s. Although this is under control now I still have to be very careful with hat I do to and put on my skin. BB seaweed is excellent at not only purifying your skin (which you'll see the results of within the next week in a dramatic reduction of blemishes) but also it calms down any existing spots whilst also calming any dry patches. It doesn't dry your skin out but equally it doesn't put oil on your skin. I think that Lush actually doesn't rave about this as much as it should. This mask is a real genuine help to problem skin and the fact that you use it straight from the fridge makes the experience really gorgeous and soothing on the face.

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                20.02.2010 20:28
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                Despite the price, it is really worth it

                When I was in Lush choosing my products for the Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes box, I was able to choose a fresh face mask to go into it. After speaking to the assistant, I chose BB Seaweed because she said it was an exfoliating mask suitable for combination skin, but milder than Love Lettuce. It normally retails for about £5 in store, which is why I only buy fresh face masks when they're in the special offer boxes like this! On the website it's £6.45 which is even more expensive, perhaps because they are sent via faster post. The mask contains seaweed and seaweed absolute, as well as kaolin to cleanse, honey for its antiseptic properties, aloe vera to calm and rose absolute. It has a fresh smell that I can't quite place, it did remind me of the sea though. The mask is creamy off-white in colour, thick in texture with bits of seaweed in. As recommended by Lush I kept my face mask in the fridge until use. When it was time to use it, I took it out, cleansed my face and applied a thick layer of mask. It was generally easy to apply, although as other reviews have reported the bits of seaweed were slightly arkward - I resorted to spreading them on strategic places around my face but sometimes they did drop off while the mask was drying! The mask had a very thick consistency and felt lovely and refreshing when it was on, helped no doubt by the time it spent in the fridge! As it dried on my skin, my skin felt tighter, but this is normal with face masks. After the ten minutes were up I rinsed the mask off my face. This was quite difficult, but I did notice that as I was massaging my skin to remove the mask it was acting a bit like a scrub, and exfoliating my face, which I liked. When I eventually got the mask off, and had toned and moisturised, my skin felt really soft and smooth and looked great - really bright and even-toned. I used the mask twice a week until it ran out and noticed the same thing every time. Over the month I was using the mask my skin was noticeably clearer, more even and generally better looking. In fact, when I went home for the weekend a week ago my mam actually commented on how good my skin was looking, which says it all really! The one bad thing about this product is the price. It is far more than I would usually pay for a face mask and I'm not sure I could afford to pay this much on a regular basis, especially as I'm a student! However, considering you get about 6 uses out of it (and that's applying it generously) it appears to be value for money. Unfortunately, being fresh means that you have to use it within about a month after you buy it, so you can't really economise and only use it once a week. On the other hand, being fresh is possibly the reason it is so effective. Despite the price, after using this mask I am convinced that it is worth it. BB Seaweed is the best face mask I have ever used. I would like to try some of the other face masks in the Lush range, but I have no doubt that I will buy this face mask again. I can't afford it on a regular basis, but I would definitely splash out for a special occasion!

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                  Another great fresh face mask from Lush, and is one of the best smelling masks from the range!

                  I love Lush's range of fresh face masks, using excellent ingredients that are so fresh you have to store the pot in the fridge and they often have wonderful effects on your skin. I recently had collected 5 empty black pots from Lush and if you hand these in you get a fresh face mask, for free! I was stuck for choice but after taking ones I had already tried and reading about the rest (and of course, giving them a good sniff!) I decided upon the BB Seaweed face mask. Lush will often state what type of skin their face masks are, however you can also look at the ingredients to decide for yourself. For example, I have very oily and blemish prone skin, Lush suggest the Cupcake or the Cosmetic Warrior, however having already tried both of these I looked into something else. I noticed carefully the ingredients used in the BB Seaweed mask and decided they would also be great for my skin type. You see the BB Seaweed mask contains, as the name suggests, fresh and nutritious seaweed. There are quite a few products on the market aimed at oily skin types which contain seaweed as its good at mattifying skin, so straight away this ticked a box for me. BB Seaweed also contains Kaolin, which is a clay mineral and again is excellent and good at keeping oil at bay. In fact my own mineral finishing powder I use each day made by Everyday Minerals is called the Kaolin powder as it contains this clay mineral which is so good at keeping skin looking matte. Other ingredients in this mask are antiseptic honey, calming Aloe Vera and rose absolute, all excellent in keeping skin looking great. You should always note the Use By date on fresh face masks, mine was just less than a month since it was made so when I bought it I had around 3 weeks to use it. You might think you can get away with using it beyond the Use By date, and indeed I have done with other Lush Fresh face masks in the past, however some of them simply don't last by that date, for example I went to use the Love Lettuce mask after its Use By date to find it covered in mould, but the Cupcake mask actually lasted a while after the Use By date. This is a chance you will have to take! It's important to store the mask in the fridge too; otherwise it will go off as the ingredients are fresh. Treat it the way you would treat fresh food, keep an eye on the date and try not to leave it sitting out in the warm for long. I loved the smell of this face mask. It didn't try strongly of seaweed as you might expect, although I could smell the seaweed it was nicely mixed in with Aloe Vera and rose and in my opinion, it's one of the best smelling face masks Lush make. The face mask itself looks quite white and you can see the bits of seaweed in the mask. I applied this straight from the fridge and with a lot of the other fresh face masks I have to scoop a bit out and warm it in my fingers before applying as it doesn't smear well when cold, but this isn't the case with BB Seaweed and it's easy to smear it onto the face straight away. It glided onto the face easily and the scent of the product only made the experience more pleasing! The bits of seaweed however soon started annoy me. The little green bits were quite large and would stick to my skin or get stuck on my fingers and it gets a bit clumsy at times, however once they're on your face they stay there and don't fall off until you come to wash the mask off. I also found that whilst the mask is easy to smear at first, that once you had gone over an area on your face it was hard to add more to that area if you wanted to make it a thicker application. If I tried to do this it clung to the product already on my skin and pulled it off, and it would become a struggle to smear it back on! The mask starts drying quite quickly once in the air and on your face, so I suppose you do have to be quick about applying this onto your face. I like to leave the masks on for around 15 minutes to make it really work, then I simply wipe it off with a warm face cloth, being careful to dab my face afterwards using cold water to close up my pores. After using BB Seaweed my face would often seem quite red and glowing, but this would pass after a few minutes and it depended on how long I had left the face mask on. I was always really pleased with the results each time I applied BB Seaweed. My skin would feel really very soft, and all excess oil was removed so the seaweed and seaweed absolute really did its job well. I must have become immune to the smell as each time I applied this, about half an hour afterwards my boyfriend would state that my face smells very nice and asks if I've been using 'one of those Lush things again!' A nice smelling face is an added bonus I suppose! I got many applications from my pot and I was pleased to notice a difference after 3 weeks of using this every couple of days. My face visibly looked smoother and clearer, certainly appearing brighter than dull, and my skin was quite soft so I was very happy with the results. The only disappointing thing was it didn't help prevent any blemishes as I have had quite a few recently, but I don't think they just down to my oily skin and I did see other pleasing results using this mask anyway. You get a 75g pot and it costs around £5.50 in Lush for a fresh face mask, or free if like me you can take in 5 clean black pots from any previous Lush products you may have used! I have however noticed you can buy the face masks online (they advise you to put them straight into the fridge once they arrive) but they're priced at £6.45 on their website. I can't understand why they're a pound more expensive online to be honest, so I would recommend going to a Lush store if you live near one! I got over 5 applications from my pot so this is excellent value for money as I know many face mask sachets you can buy cost around 99p, and with Lush you are getting fresh and natural ingredients, and you are safe in the knowledge it hasn't been tested on animals.

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                    31.08.2009 13:24
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                    Not a very girly mask, but wonderful results

                    As an avid fan of the Lush brand I have slowly been working my way through their fresh environmentally friendly facemasks to settle on my favourite. The BB seaweed face mask (£6.95) was the first of their face masks I tried and was recommended to me by one of their typically enthusiastic and ready to help sales assistant after I mentioned that I have slightly sensitive skin. If honest my opinion is split, on one hand it worked wonders for my skin but when compared to the other Lush facemasks it is slightly less pretty and fun. --------------------------------------------------- Where to (and tips for) buying a Lush face Mask? The face masks, including this one, can be bought online from Lush, but I would strongly recommend going into your local branch as its much more fun. If I go in ready to buy a new mask (even if I know which one I want) I'll always dither around their display looking unsure, but then, after a short amount of time, like clockwork a sales assistant will arrive and ask if I'd like a try a few on first! I then smile and enjoy .... the assistant will then spoon to generous lumps on face masks onto the back of your hand, and leave on for 10 mins as you browse the rest of the store. Then she (or he) will gently wash it of with warm water, making you feel very special. This will help you realise if your skin is irritated by the product and give you a feel of how the product will work for you .... but more importantly its such fun! The majority of assistants are also trained to tell you what your skin type is and which product will work best for you. When buying this product I mentioned that my skin was slightly sensitive and she recommended this product for me, and it was defiantly gentle on my skin.......but since then trying other masks I can honestly say my skin has not ever been irritated. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ How to use it? The mask (like all of Lush's masks) must be kept in the fridge as they do not contain any preservatives; if not then they are likely to gather mould and no one wants mould on their face. This also has then added benefit of feeling lovely and cold on application, making your skin instantly wake up. Always aim to apply on cleansed skin, then leave for 5-10 mins (I usually leave it for 10), when removing use luke warm water and for best results massage the product, with the help of the water, into the skin ensuring you get all the benefits, then tone and moisturise. For my skin type I tend to use once to twice a week as I feel over use is less beneficial to the skin, and applying 2 times per week the product usually last just over a month. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- What I like and the unwanted zombie effect! The product contains fresh nutritious seaweed, honey, aloe vera and rose absolute, which has a cooling, calming effect that is very sensitive on the skin. My skin type is 'normal to dry' and after just one use my skin felt and looked more alive, plumper and fresh - the results were wonderful. However, its appearance is less than pretty. It is very thick, with large bits of seaweed in, it is greyish in colour and very lumpy when applied to the skin. The first time I used it my boyfriend jokingly exclaimed that a zombie had entered the room when I came out of the bathroom! (And people say romance is dead) It is also extremely messy when removing, leaving large lumps of grey mess in the sink, that take some cleaning. This makes it perfect to use if from a face mask is fantastic to use but if you're more like me and want to feel pampered then I would recommend another one of their masks, which has more powerful yummy smells (with some you have to resist the urge to eat them they smell so good!) or have a more pretty appearance and colour, in stead of a grey, lumpy zombie mask. Oh and don't forget once to have 5 washed out pots that they come, you can take them into Lush and they will give you a mask for free!!

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                    21.05.2009 13:12

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                    Exceptionally good quality mask

                    I'm a massive fan of Lush and Lush fresh face masks. I have tried many lush face-mask's but this one is one I haven't never bothered to buy again. The smell is not as gorgeous as some of their other mask and I can't say I really notice any difference in my skin apart from it keeping my pores clear. Saying that it is an exceptionally good quality mask. Its full of natural nourishing ingredient. No nasty harsh chemicals like most face mask which you buy from any other brand. If you have never tried a Lush face marks before you should. They really are no other! Once you have you will never go back. Anything else just feels any smells like chemicals compared to Lush. My skin is sensitive combination skin, so just because I didn't notice a vast effect doesn't mean you won't. Lush assistance are always helpful to advise whats best for your skin type so go on and treat youself.

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                    A Lush facemask

                    Living in London with it mass pollution and smog I never really feel like my skin is totally clean, you get on the tube and it is awash with dirt and the same can be said for walking down any major road in London or climbing onboard a bus, the need for a shower as soon as you get home is of high importance on my list of things to do. However, it is always my face that I feel gets the most damage and I am always looking for something to totally cleanse, detoxify and scrub off the dirt with, so off I went to Lush to see if I could find just that. The one good thing about Lush is that if you are looking for something in particular like a facemask then you can always 'try before you buy' which is exactly what I do with new products and this is what I did with ‘BB Seaweed’, I saw it with all of the other facemasks, thought it sounded perfect but before I paid lots of money for something, I might as well try it first. ’BB Seaweed’ is an exfoliating face mask which contains natural minerals to cleanse and clean your face. With all of the constant changes in the weather recently I have to say my face has become a bit of a nightmare and the last thing I need is to be looking like Freddy Kruger, however all it seems was not lost because I have this new face mask to try out. Lush's ‘BB Seaweed’ comes in a large pot for the bargain price of £7.25 (and for that £7.25 you get to use this product five times.), with the usual simple Lush packaging found on and around many of their products. All of Lush’s face masks are made with fresh ingredients which means they contain absolutely no synthetic preservatives and because the ingredients are so fresh, Lush will only deliver them to the United Kingdom and in order to get the best results you will need to keep it cool, so possibly put it in the fridge and use it within 2-3 weeks of opening, however there will be a sticker on your pot with the date of expire on it. Lush sell BB Seaweed as smelling like the beach and one of my first impressions when smelling it in the Lush shop was that of the beach with the seaweed smell being slightly evident. As with all Lush products there is a plethora of ingredients used to make you look fantastic at a very reasonable price and this product is no exception. Firstly we have Lime Tree Flowers to help soothe the skin, Viola odorata which is used primarily for its perfumery abilities which are extremely relaxing and soothing. Ground Almonds are used within this product to help exfoliate your skin and rid it of the top layer of dead epidermis cells to make your skin look and feel much smoother. Then we have Toothed Wrack Seaweed which comes from the north Atlantic ocean and is the prime ingredient within this product and it is filled with many natural vitamins and minerals and is used for its cleansing properties. Then we have Kaolin which is a natural ingredient used to enhance absorption and balances oils in the skin as well as helping to lift the dirt from your face and help to unclog your pores. Next we have Aloe Vera Gel which is used if many products which are used on the skin and it is a known skin healer and soother and finally honey which is used to soothe, smooth and calm troubled skin . As always with Lush products the whole list of ingredients goes on and can be found on the Lush Website. By putting all of these ingredients together Lush claim that they will all work together to cleanse your skin deeply. The honey is used to soothe, smooth and calm troubled skin whilst at the same time allowing the Ground Almonds and Kaolin to work together to gently exfoliate and remove the dirt from your face whilst re-balancing your natural oils. The other ingredients then work together to cleanse and boost your skins circulation to leave you with very soft feeling skin and a natural radiant glow. If you look into any of these ingredients on health websites, they do quantify the statements made by Lush as to what these ingredients actually do. So, to use this mask you need to ensure that you have washed your face prior to using it because this will remove any dirt and grime on the surface of your skin. You then should apply to your skin avoiding the eyes (and it does sting if you get some in your eyes) and leave on your skin for ten to fifteen minutes. Once your time is up and the aroma’s of Ground Almonds, Seaweed and Aloe Vera have lingered quite nicely, you simply rinse of using warm water to take off any excess facial mask and at the same time gently massage your face while still rinsing with warm water. It is suggested that you pay particular attention to nose, chin and T-zone areas and then use a clean towel to pat your skin dry. BB Seaweed can be used on all skin types, if you have dry skin it will be recommended that you use it once maybe twice a week and if you have oily skin then you will be told to use it more frequently. The texture of this facial mask is quite weird to feel because although it is slightly thick but easily spreadable it does feel quite grainy with the Ground Almonds and Kaolin mixed in with the product, it is at the same time very smooth and when you put it onto your face the coolness of it touching your skin is very refreshing and relaxing. The end results? Yes my face did feel amazing immediately afterwards my skin was exceptionally smooth with a radiant glow and my T-zone areas did appear a lot less shiny which for me is an important must have and all of my dry skin had gone. The effects of this facial mask for me last two days maximum and although my skin was still soft it did appear to be less oily. Do I recommend it? Without a doubt I certainly do. This is one Lush product that I will be buying more often than not. However for some people £7.25 might be a lot of money for some people when you get a maximum of five treatements from the pot. **Extra Information** If anyone wants to investigate Lush further to see what ingredients are used for this or any other products then you simply go to www.lush.co.uk which will give you the UK version of their website. Lush products are not tested on animals, in fact they are vehemently against products being tested on animals and to test their own products they do tests on humans to ensure they are safe for general sale to the public and they will not buy ingredients from companies who use testing on animals as one of their protocols. Lush first officially launched their products in 1995, although they had been around for many years previous and their name was decided upon in a competition after many years of working under the name 'Cosmetics to go' as a mail order company and so to Poole in Dorset the firm grew and became globally known.

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                    Ingredients: Lime Tree Flower (Tilia europaea) & Sweet Violet Leaf (Viola odorata) Decoction, Kaolin, Honey (Mel), Glycerine, Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Toothed Wrack Seaweed (Fucus serratus), Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Millet Flakes (Panicum miliaceum), Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Bentonite Gel, Fresh Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia), Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia), Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus) / BB Seaweed is the mask that you might have seen Helen Ambrosen creating on television with the help of Charlie Dimmock and Anna Ryder-Richardson / We love seaweed; we love it because it contains minerals and softens the skin and smells like the beach (or is it that the beach smells like seaweed?) / Ground almonds gently exfoliate your face and kaolin lifts out dirt / BB Seaweed also has a load of astringent herbs to tone and gently tighten your skin; the aloe, rose and olive oil soften it at the same time so what comes out from under the mask is a softer, smoother, fresher you / Put it on the face after cleansing, leave for 10-15 minutes / Rinse with warm water, taking off excess, gently massage while still rinsing with warm water / Pay particular attention to nose, chin and T-zone areas / Can be used : dry / once or twice a week, oily / four to five times a week /