When Iris of Rouge Deluxe found out that I’d been wanting to try Lush Angels on Bare Skin again ever since Lush closed down in Singapore, she quietly asked her brother (he was making a trip back to Singapore from the UK) to purchase a jar for me. I was very surprised when she texted me one day to say that she had AoBS to hand to me! Thank you, dear Iris. :)
While today’s Angels on Bare Skin still has that pleasing floral and oh-so-soothing scent from years back, the new formula seems gentler. I remember the older version being scrubbier (the almond was almost abrasive in some of the batches I’d bought) and the kaolin taking longer to dissolve. It’s easier to use now and delivers the same results as before – skin feels clean without the tightness that such cleansers might impart.
And if you’re wondering what I thought of it in the past, below is the review that I’d written on Emakemeup ten (!) years ago, in 2000.
S$7.95 for 100 g
To be honest, I never dared to try Lush in the past because of the overpowering smells that drifted out from its shops as I walked passed. They’re quite taxing on the olfactory glands, especially when they make up a lethal combination of all the most cloying scents you can find (ok, I’m exaggerating but erm, you should visit a Lush shop one day)!
However, curiosity got the better of me one day (those chocolate soap bars in the fridge were rather intriguing), so bracing myself and holding my breath, I ventured in. And what a delightful surprise I got. Amongst other lovely skin and haircare products, I espied Angels on Bare Skin, a lovely concoction of ground almonds, kaolin, lavender and Turkish rose absolute. Now, this product looks nothing like the images its name may conjure up. In fact I think it looks exactly like the spicy Japanese horseradish condiment, wasabi: an ugly, dull green paste. But appearances can be deceiving and this product does deserve the name for its performance.
Angels on Bare Skin leaves my skin silky smooth even as it fulfilled its exfoliating function. Wonderfully calming (I believe it’s the lavender), this daily cleanser is *so* good to use. But there’s one thing I don’t like though – the paste is rather hard to spread across the face. You’ll have to wet your hands (and preferably your face) before application to get the paste onto every part of the face. Sometimes the consistency of the paste varies and it could be thicker or slightly softer at times. If you like, you could ask the SA to let you have a look. I recommend buying the softer mix for ease of application.