Review: Coal Face from Lush


Recently, I've been very curious and reading up on skincare and the products available to keep your skin in tip top shape.  While giving in to my addiction, and stepping foot into a Lush store, I grabbed a small chunk of the Coal Face cleanser.
Lush describes it as: "Ideal for those of you who loving washing your faces with a good, old-fashioned bar of soap. Except, there’s nothing antiquated about this preservative-free facial cleanser. Inspired by the complexion bar in ‘Annie Hall’, we created Coal Face for combination to oily faces. Powdered charcoal absorbs excess sebum and acts as a mild exfoliator, while rosewood and sandalwood oils reduce redness and clear up blemishes. Use Coal Face daily for clear, balanced skin." 

I'm going to start off by saying this is definitely the harshest cleanser by lush that I've used (for reference I've used: Angels on Bareskin, Aqua Marina and Coal Face). I have combination skin and it leaves my face (and hands!) squeaky clean-not a drop of oil. With that said, I would NOT recommend this to someone with dry or normal skin, it is definitely for combination and oily skin. I use it at nighttime and then add toner on top to help add some moisture afterwards.
It lathers up dark, so you have this greyish liquid, and it looks weird but it's clean, I promise. It does have a grainy texture. I've read on other reviews that this is only superficial and that is not true, the grainy layer goes throughout (atleast on my chunk).
The smell is alright, I don't love it but I don't have it either. It gives my bathroom a sort of sensual smell but it also has a bit of a black liquorice smell to it as well-which I don't appreciate.
So without further ado, let's get to the bullet version of the review:

Functionality/Product: It does work very well for combination/oily skin and I don't recommend this for dry or normal skin types. It has helped clear up my skin (I get 1-2 spots per month), and keep oils at bay, but I can't use it too often as it would dry out my combination skin.
Application: The only thing I don't like is the fact that the cleanser is a brick and not a cream or liquid. It's not as easy to use as other cleansers and as a result is messier to use.
Texture: Coal Face lathers up and is a bit gritty, cleaning and exfoliating at the same time.
Packaging: Well...there is no real packaging. But a tin box or little dish is useful in order to use this cleanser.
Price: I think for a small chunk I paid around 4 or 5$CAD, so it's not expensive but a bit more than your regular drugstore cleanser.

Would I repurchase? Yes, in fact I plan on it.
Like I said, I've added it into my routine at night. I wash my face with Coal Face then pat on the Eau Roma toner to add some moisture as well as some under eye cream (I'm trying those out right now).

What do you ladies think? Have you tried Coal Face?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle


  1. This sounds lovely. I haven't tried it before, but I definitely will now! :D

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