I found five empty Lush pots underneath the bed last month, and we all know what that means.
(A free face mask, just in case Lush isn’t really your thing.)
When it comes to Lush’s Fresh Face Masks, I have two firm favourites, Catastrophe Cosmetic and Rosy Cheeks, but I have other products I’m using at the moment. So I decided to treat my mum, who rarely has the time or the patience to use extra skincare treatments but enjoys them nonetheless. We headed down to our local Lush and the assistant — who was lovely — asked for her preferences before trying out all the samples.
Now, my mum hates almonds and bananas, so which mask did she choose?
Oatifix. In which two of the main ingredients are almonds and bananas.
I wasn’t really sure why my mum even considered Oatifix (v) in the first place, truth be told, because her aversion to bananas in particular is strong, but then I read the description on the website and realised it did everything she wants a face mask to do.
This gentle, nourishing mask is made with fresh bananas and illipe butter to moisturise dry skin. Oatmeal, ground almonds and kaolin work together in a mildly exfoliating base to eradicate dead skin, leaving you soft, supple and moisturised. Smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. Let the ingredients get to work before washing off gently with warm water.
I’ll hand you over to Mumma T for her thoughts on whether Oatifix was any good.
‘My skin felt nice and very smooth — almost like it had a film on it, but it wasn’t icky, greasy, or restrictive.
The mask was hydrating and it did soften the skin.
It smelt like porridge, which isn’t my favourite scent, but it wasn’t a bad smell. I could see why that girl said she eats it.’
And on that note, I think we should round things up! Basically, if your skin feels a bit rough and dry and you’re in need of a face mask to sort things out, then Oatifix may well be the perfect option. I’d always recommend trying out the masks on your hands first (the assistants in Lush are normally very helpful with this), just in case of any reactions.
Oatifix (v) costs £7.25 for a 25g pot and must be kept in the fridge.
What’s your favourite Lush face mask? Have you ever tried Oatifix? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.