Recently a friend asked if I could try making her some of Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin – a soap-free and completely natural cleanser that’s perfect for sensitive skin. Since there isn’t a Lush on the island, my friend has to source the product from the UK and so pays a fair amount for postage, making the product more expensive. The ingredients seemed simple enough so I had a go and came up with something I feel is very close to the original. Though it isn’t the exact same, especially due to my use of different essential oils, I feel there’s very little difference between using my version and Lush’s. I’m also so happy with it that I’m now using my copycat version as a regular facial cleanser.
You might wonder how a cleanser could work without soap but Lush’s original formula, which they based on a medieval recipe, uses a combination of ground almonds for exfoliation, glycerine for glide and moisture, and Kaolin clay for absorbing and clearing away the dirt and oil that the ground almonds pull up. The addition of essential oils add skin healing and soothing properties and also make the paste smell nice.
Copycat Recipe for Lush Angels on Bare Skin
25g Ground Almonds – the finer grade the better
20g Kaolin Clay*
13g Vegetable Glycerine
25 drops Rose Water
1/4 tsp Lavender buds
Essential oils – Lush uses a blend of Tagetes, Lavender, Benzoin, and Blue Chamomile. For mine I used just two of my favourite essential oils, both of which are great for your skin:
4 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Rose Geranium essential oil
*If you have oily skin you might want to consider using Green Clay
All you have to do is put all the ingredients, except 1/8 tsp of the lavender buds, together in a bowl and mix. Once all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated, pour the the mixture onto a sheet of grease-proof paper and squish it into a ball. Using part of the paper between your hand and the ball, squish the ball flat and then sprinkle the remaining lavender buds on top. Roll it up and place it use the a water-tight container with a fitted lid. There are no preservatives in this recipe but due to its very low water content it’s good for up to three months.
The way that you use this gentle cleanser is that you take a pinch in your hand and mix it with a little water to release the ‘Almond milk’, according to Lush. In actuality this step helps to wet and disperse the ingredients and the milkiness comes from the Kaolin Clay. Use the wet paste as a normal scrub all over your body but it’s especially great as a soap-free cleanser for your face. It’s gentle enough for most skin types and will leave your skin feeling bright and silky smooth.