I’ve never been a Lush fan. There, I said it. I’ve never had the desire to try anything, from them. However, things have changed after watching a YouTube video from a fellow oily-sensitive-acne prone skin girl. Basically she said that Ultrabland had changed her life and I was like “Dang it, I have to give it a try”.
There is a Lush store kinda close to where I live (ok, it’s a good 40 minutes away), and I went there just to check it out. Whilst trying to find the Ultrabland cleanser, I gotta say it was quite relaxing to have your hands and arms washed by one of their team members. A quick 30 seconds massage never hurt anyone, isn’t that right? Anyway, I was explaining to her how my face was oily and I was struggling with dryness from Retin-A and wanted to give the Ultrabland cleanser a try.
She told me that Ultrabland is quite heavy for oily skin, and she recommended the 9 to 5 cleanser instead. Since she knows what she was doing, I followed her advice. I ended up buying the 9 to 5 cleanser and getting a sample of Ultrabland just… because I was still curious.
ULTRABLAND – IS IT TOO HEAVY FOR OILY SKIN?
According to Lush’s website:
Ultrabland is a thick, rich emulsion of essential oils, honey and beeswax that removes makeup and daily grime with a quick swipe. Unlike most makeup removers, it leaves skin feeling soft and nourished thanks to soothing rosewater and iris flower extract, moisture-locking glycerin and protective beeswax. Suitable for all skin types, this classic, simple cleanser is hugely popular!
How to use: Smooth a generous amount all over your face, then wipe off using a damp face cloth or cotton pad.
It retails for: $29.95 for 3.5 oz OR $18.95 for 1.5 oz
And let me honest, when they say to wipe it off using a cloth or cotton pad, they mean it! It is so thick I can’t even describe it. If you have ever seen beeswax, you will know what I am talking about. It is a thick rich emulsion, just like they describe it on their website. It smells funny depending on who made it, but overall it smells ok.
It takes makeup off like a dream, but I feel like it’s way too heavy to remove eye makeup, I feel like it can give me milia or something, even though this is just me guessing, because I have milia from previous thick creams & makeup.
9 TO 5 CLEANSER – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Since the Ultrabland is quite heavy, I bought the 9 To 5 cleanser, also from Lush. According to the website:
Like Dolly says, 9 to 5 is quite the way to make a living. It can take its toll on the skin and leave you looking worn out. This gentle cleanser is made with almond oil, dove orchids and everlasting flower absolute to remove your leftover make up, dirt and grime at the end of a long work day.
How to use: Take a quarter-sized amount and apply to the entire face, including the eye area, with gentle, upward, circular motions. Remove with a warm, damp face cloth or cotton pad. Follow with a balancing facial toner such as Eau Roma Water.
It retails for: $10.95 for 3.3 oz or $22.95 for 8.5 oz.
It is way lighter than Ultrabland and I believe it’s better for everyday use. It’s creamy, it doesn’t feel heavy and it doesn’t contain Beeswax like the other cleanser. It removes makeup beautifully and It doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy at all. I don’t need to wipe it with a cloth or a cotton pad like I do with the Ultrabland. It has a sweet light scent (not overwhelming) and it feels interesting… It’s like cleansing your skin with a light moisturizers, I would say.
At first it feels like it will not cleanse your skin but it does! I like it but I think I can find better cleansers out there, to be really honest.
Now I use the Ultrabland as a quick in-shower mask for when I want that shot of hydration on my skin (since beeswax lock the moisture in), and I use the 9 to 5 as my go-to cleanser.