1.5 fl. oz. for $39.95
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.25.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Enzymion contains enzymes naturally present in papaya juice to exfoliate skin, but those aren’t reliable (not when compared to a well-formulated AHA or BHA product) and the jar packaging makes these unstable ingredients even less active. That’s not good news, and things only get worse because Lush added lemon juice and lime oil.


Do you have oily skin which always shines a bit more than you want it too? Would you like it to reflect a bit less light and give you a sort of Bette-Davis-in-black-and-white-film matt effect? If so, then look no further because our new Enzymion will solve your problem. You don't even have to cover your skin up with make-up. It's the papaya which does this; don't go putting papaya straight on your skin, though, as it has a very strong enzymic action. We have worked to get the balance right by carefully blending it with deeply calming aloe vera. We also use sweetie grapefruit and lime oils to liven up congested, oily skin. You will notice a difference as soon as you put it on.


Citrus Limonum (Fresh Lemon Infusion), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Stearic Acid, Carica Papaya (Fresh Papaya Juice), Persea Gratissima (Cold Pressed Avocado) Oil, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Citrus Limonum (Fresh Lemon Juice), Oenothera Biennis (Cold Pressed Evening Primrose) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Cold Pressed Wheat Germ) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Sweetie) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Brand Overview

Lush At-A-Glance

Strengths: None… OK, they do offer complete ingredient lists on their website.

Weaknesses: Almost every product contains at least one potent skin irritant; no sunscreens to be found, nor are they recommended by the company; no products to address common skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or eczema; jar packaging; this isn't skin care, it's fragrance dressed up with food ingredient posing as skin care!

With its beginning in England in the late 1970s (the company that later  became Lush sold their first products to none other than The Body Shop!) this line captured consumers' attention with the promise of hand-made cosmetics, and since then has had its share of ups and downs. After closing down for a few years (when they were known as Cosmetics to Go), they reemerged in England as Lush, and now have a global presence and booming mail-order business. Not bad for a shop whose layout and displays look more like a grocery store's than a slick cosmetics boutique.

"Natural" is a major theme here, and we mean major. Essential oils and perfumes are infused into everything; walking into one of these stores will knock you over if you have allergies or a sensitive nose. The unique angle you'll find here is that Lush sells skin-care products the way grocery or health food stores let you shop for bulk food items. You can scoop the stuff up yourself from bins and tubs, or buy prepackaged items, some of which are refrigerated to supposedly ensure freshness (though cold is no more helpful for skin-care formulas than heat is).

Even more eye-catching are the shapes, sizes, and decorations for the numerous Lush bar cleansers. These are nothing short of artwork and are either beautiful or fetchingly cute. As clever as all that is (and some of the product names are adorably witty), none of it is at all helpful for skin. Lush's lineup for facial care is one of the most disappointing, lacking, and problematic. Most of their products are prime examples of "natural" not being inherently better for skin. Lots of natural ingredients (including many antioxidants, such as green tea or pomegranate) are good for skin. Why Lush overlooked almost all of the beneficial options in favor of harmful ones is a question worth asking, but don't expect a straight answer. The staff at Lush stores eagerly supports the company's claims that lemon and lime can decongest oily skin, or that tiger lily can "tighten skin tissues," among other far-fetched, unproven assertions. It seems that at Lush all you need for healthy, radiant skin are fragrant oils wrapped up in beguiling stories of how the product came to be or what else it's good for (it is suggested that one of their moisturizers can also be used as fragrance). The lure of the natural is strong for many consumers, but the siren song Lush sings isn't a tune your skin wants to hear.

For more information about Lush, call (888) 733-5874 or visit www.lush.com.

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It worked for me

The lotion moisturized my skin well but didn't leave it greasy. It was perfect for the summer months when I needed some moisture but didn't want to overdo it. It didn't irritate my skin and it kinda seemed to brighten it up a bit. Only thing is I wish it came in a pump bottle and was a little more affordable.

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Bernadette A
Another wonderful product!

This is the best moisturizer! It doesnt irritate my skin and it feels like I had a professional facial done. I can't wait to buy the product! I have a sample size and you only need to use a small amount. Buying the product tomorrow!

Reviewed by
Kristen A
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