June 9, 2016

Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser Is Anything But Bland

Lush Ultrabland

Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser ($29.95) is one of those cleansers that might remind you of your grandmother’s cold cream days. I’ve been using Ultrabland on and off for over ten years now. I used to be a major Lush Baby Face fan girl until it was discontinued. Ultrabland is the same idea just in a different format but it never quite caught on with me until I realized how good it was for my drier skin.

I actually always keep it stashed around and I use it on and off to remove my makeup. It’s one of those cleansers that’s great if you embrace the Korean double cleansing method. It’s also fabulous for drier skin types.

Here’s a look!

Lush Ultrabland is a super thick, emollient balm not to be confused with cleansing balm as this is a vastly different formula. This goes the cold cream route more than the cleansing balm route. Although balmy in texture it actually needs to be wiped off and doesn’t emulsify or break down with water.

Lush formulated this with some great ingredients like honey and beeswax as well as rosewater. It does have a slight citrus-y fragrance that’s wasn’t overwhelming to my nose. To use it, simple take a small amount and warm it up between your fingers. Now, you’ll simply massage on your dry face and eyes. I typically give myself a nice, gentle massage with it. Work it in good! It’ll melt down slightly from the creamy balminess and almost become oily. As I’m doing this I plop a washcloth into my sink and run hot water over it. I know, I know, I did say you might be washing your face wrong if you used hot water but I find hot water is best when using Ultrabland. Take the warm washcloth, ring it out, and wipe your face. Typically Ultrabland leaves a very, very hydrating layer on skin well after removing it. If this makes you uncomfortable you can rinse with water and wipe your face again with the washcloth. You can also use a toner! Or if you double cleanse, obviously following up with a foaming cleanser will remove the excess Ultrabland.

Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser

Personally, I don’t mind because it feels very hydrating to me. Dare I say it almost reminds me of the feeling I get when I apply my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Rescue Cream! It feels quite lovely on my drier skin and unlike a majority of cleansers I never feel dry or tight after using it! But I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for those with larger pores, acne prone skin, or oily skin.

You must be wondering how it does with makeup removal at this point right? It does a great job! It breaks down eye makeup wonderfully and leaves drier eyes very well hydrated. Likewise, for facial makeup! It removes everything fairly easily. It takes a little time getting used to not using a bunch of water when washing my face but this stuff is fabulous when you’re skin is extra dry and flaky as it leaves skin super soft and smooth.

Ultrabland may seem like a bland, cold cream style cleanser but I promise it’s quite wonderful! Dry skin lovers absolutely need to give it a try!

Available now at Lush locations or at lush.com.

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  • Alison

    You have inspired me to give this another go. I have it sitting in my stash and just wasn’t finding it work for me but i might try the hot cloth removal (versus just removing with toner as per the Lush SA). I really want to love this so maybe I will grow to love it ๐Ÿ™‚ You don’t find it breaks you out at all if you dont cleanse again after it? I think that is what I am afraid of. I do have super dry skin…

    • Isabella Muse

      Hey Alison! they always rec me that too, I use a hot cloth, way easier and better! I don’t break out from it but if you have sensitive skin you could have a potential issue without a double cleanse!

      • Alison

        Hmm ok. No not overly sensitive, so I will give the cloth a try. Thanks you have potentially rescued something from languishing in the pile of rejects ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Isabella Muse

          ha my pleasure ;-D Let me know how it works out for you!?

  • Lizzie Bee

    Ooh this sounds so amazing! Especially because it works on your eyes – I only really wear eye makeup & false lashes and it’s often a pain to take off with facial wipes. Will definitely pop into lush next time to try this out!

    Do you think it’ll work as a simple moisturiser too for when I don’t wear makeup?

    • Isabella Muse

      Nooo. You don’t want to walk around with this as a moisturizer. You’d be a greasy, sticky mess! It’s remover but not moisturizer ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alys

    I’ve heard that honey is amazing on skin. It has antibacterial properties or something like that. I also have used raw honey as a mask to help fade acne spots and even my skin tone. It really helps! But sitting on the couch with something super duper sticky on my face (and I have two cats) is kind of a pain. In winter my skin gets crazy dry and irritated, I definitely could use this! I get wind burned too, and sometimes I get all allergy-fied. Do you find any issues with shelf life? I can see a tub of this lasting me a really long time….

  • Beth

    I wish LUSH didn’t use rose in so many of their products. I’m allergic to anything rose!

  • Onyx

    Yeah, you really do need a hot washcloth to remove this, but I’ve loved ultrabland since first trying it. I love how it makes my dry skin feel. I actually use it with my clarisonic. (I keep a separate brush head just for use with the ultrabland).

    • Isabella Muse

      Oh I never tried it with my Clarisonic! Going to do that ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Lori Ann


    I’ve used Ultrabland off and on for over a year. Stopped using it to cleanse when I felt I had to rub too much with my washcloth for eye makeup removal. But it is still a wonderful product that I simply am using in another way to take daily care of my dry, sensitive skin: as a leave-on moisturizer.

    I use almond oil to loosen eye makeup and then follow with Burts Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser and a wash cloth. Then I take the smallest amount on wet fingers and massage it into my skin. It’s given me the best skin I’ve ever had. I feel that the ingredients sitting on the skin help to soften fine lines and keep it supple, not greasy or slimy or tacky, in the least.

    • Isabella Muse

      I really love Ultrabland! It’s great in the Winter when my skin is freaking out ;-D