Over the last couple of months, I’ve become a hopeless Lushie. I’ve tried body conditioners, shower gels, soaps; by now I refuse to use any other hair conditioner, and I’ve just bought my first shampoo bar.
When I went to their flagship store in London’s Oxford St, I had a hard time deciding what I should bring home. In the end, it didn’t turn out to be one of their shop exclusives, but rather an absolute classic: the Mask of Magnaminty.
I’m by no means a pioneer in reviewing or writing about this mask, as it’s been a staple at Lush stores (and in Lush addicts’ homes) for ages, but I just couldn’t not write something about this little wonderpot.
On their website, they say:
Easily smoothed over the skin anywhere you like, this mask is made with peppermint oil to stimulate, marigold oil and chlorophyllin to treat the skin; evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate as you remove it. There’s also mineral rich kaolin to nourish, antibacterial honey, and peppermint oil to stimulate the blood cells just under the surface of your skin to leave it looking bright and refreshed.
I’ve decided to get the self-preserving version; the difference is a reworking of the original formula to include fewer artificial preservatives. The mask instead has a bit more honey, which naturally has antibacterial properties and acts as a natural preservative, and has the added bonus of being just a tiny bit more nourishing.
Thankfully, both the original and the self-preserving version of the Mask of Magnaminty have around the same shelf-life (around three months, I think – I bought mine early September and the Best Before tag says 19 Dec).
Just after the first time trying it out, I fell in love with this green lil monster in a pot. It smells like a delicious mug of fresh mint tea, and due to the mint in it, it tingles a bit on your face. But not to worry – it doesn’t burn or irritate. YMMV, but I’ve got fairly delicate/irritable skin, and I was fine. In fact, I really like the sensation. It’s a wonderfully cooling effect, which I can imagine being absolutely brilliant in summertime, especially if you keep the mask in the fridge beforehand.
I usually leave it on for around ten minutes and then wash it off with a warm, wet face cloth. And ohhh, your face will feel so supersoft! I promise you, when you’ve tried this out, you will wonder how you could go your whole life without it. Especially if you’re as mint-crazy as I am.
To be honest, the more I read and hear about Lush, the more I am in love. The day that they will be in the news because of some dubious work ethic or any sort of scandal I will be infinitely crushed, but I doubt that this company will let me down.
No matter what shop I’ve gone to, their staff has always been incredibly nice and welcoming, but not too pushy. At least in my personal experience anyway, I do know some friends that felt kind of overwhelmed and overrun by their floor staff, but oh well.
My only problem is that I can’t seem to stop myself from buying something new whenever I set foot in a Lush branch. There’s just so much to try … oh well. Pasta with ketchup for the rest of the month then, amiright!
Price: £5.75 / 7,95€ (85ml)