03.26.2013
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Fresh Farmacy
Rating
3.5 ounce bar for $9.95
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:03.26.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Fresh Farmacy is based around calamine powder and irritates skin with lavender oil and sodium lauryl sulfate (and how often do you see that growing on the farm?)

Claims

Ideal for those experiencing redness, irritation or blemishes, gently cleanses easily irritated faces without overdrying.

Ingredients

Calamine Powder, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile Decoction), Sambucus Nigra (Elderflower Decoction), Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerine, Lavendula Hybrida (Lavender) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Rosa Centifolia (Rose Absolute), Sodium Chloride, Perfume, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flowers

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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03.27.2015
wonderful product for oily and acne prone skin!

seems paula doesnt like anything not made by her!!

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kim i
09.10.2014
Mops up oils without tautness

I started using Fresh Farmacy at the start of the year haven't stopped. It's the first cleanser I've found that takes the edge off my natural shine, without my oils returning with a vengeance and looking worse than before cleansing! The product does not lather like more "traditional" soaps and cleansing gels, so I just smear it across my wet hands and wash my wet face with this smear rather than putting the soap directly on my face.

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Cecilia A.
03.26.2014
Amazing!

My skin has always been combination with adult acne. This has completely gotten rid of my dry nose, and oily forehead and chin. It feels so soothing going on and makes my skin feel soft, smooth, and a little taught afterward. I would recommend this product to anyone with similar skin conditions as my own! It is by far the best product I have used and for 10 dollars I had a face cleanser for over 9 months! I'm shocked that this has a "poor" rating on here.

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Isa k
02.28.2014
TERRIBLE

Okay I have oily skin and thought maybe Lush all natural products would help my skin. Think again! First two days my skin felt lovely third day and forward , the cleanser dried my face out soo bad ! Then it kept itching. It was so ugh. I just wanted my oily skin back.

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Kim C
12.17.2013
Excellent for oily skin

Paula's Choice Research team says LUSH doesn't offer any products for acne prone skin, but it does, just not using traditional chemical filled ingredients. This soap was excellent for my oily, acne-prone skin. The only caveat is that it does tend to dry out at times and be difficult to wash with, but just scrape off the edge and you'll be good to go. It left my skin smooth, acne-free, yet not dried out or irritated.

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Meredith R.
04.08.2013
Dried my face out something terrible-Returned

Was hoping this would work- did not!! Dried my face out something terrible. I have acne prone/dry/sensitive skin.

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