LUSH Review / Fresh Farmacy Cleanser

It’s time for another LUSH review and it’s another face cleanser.  I love Dark Angels, but I wanted something else to use on a daily basis so I wouldn’t over exfoliate.  Since I planned on using a toner as well I opted for something more gentle.  After doing a lot of research, Fresh Farmacy seemed to fit the bill.  Fresh Farmacy is a calamine based bar cleanser.  All the ingredients, including lavender and chamomile are concocted to help sooth irritated skin.

Skin type:  Combination skin.  Mostly oily with some dry patches around my mouth and between my eyes.  Large pours that clog often and frequent break-outs.  I use very limited make-up.


  • This actually leaves my skin looking calmer and less red and irritated after I use it.  With most store-bought cleansers, I usually have to wash my face and then let my skin calm down.  But this bar leaves my skin looking soft and evenly toned almost immediately.
  • I love the herbal scent of this.  It’s a great way to start and end the day.
  • For my oily/combination skin, this does not over-dry.  I use this along with a moisturizer and toner, but even just using Fresh Farmacy alone does not make my skin flaky or too tight.
  • I’ve seen results over time.  In general, after almost a month of use I have seen less breakouts, more evenly toned skin and a nicer skin texture start to emerge.  I feel like I’m on my way to getting “movie star skin” (which I know is actually not 100% attainable because you know… photoshop).


  • Not much of a lather.  This isn’t really terribly important to me.  It is actually a good thing because it means it doesn’t include over-drying detergents and foaming agents.  But I know some people need that satisfying foam.
  • It’s a soft bar.  I don’t like to leave this in the shower.  Prolonged heat and moisture might hurt the life of the bar.  I have the sink right outside my shower, so I put it on a soap dish on the edge of the sink, grab it when I need it and then store it in the medicine cabinet between uses to keep it out of the humidity.
  • It’s a very gentle cleaner, so it probably will not remove heavy make-up.  If you wear very limited make-up (like me) or use a make-up remover prior to cleansing, then this shouldn’t be an issue.

For me, this is a total keeper.  I will continue to purchase this to use in my regimen as a daily cleaner.  I’m currently washing with Fresh Farmacy and then using Tea Tree Water to tone and finishing with Imperialis to moisturize.  I use Dark Angels 2-3 times a week for a good scrub (read my review on that here).  This combination is working really well for me right now.

Are you a Lush addict?  What are your must-haves?  Please share you experiences and favorite products in the comments!  I’m always looking for new products to try.


  1. Hi Lindsey!

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award. I really like the layout of your blog and Polyvore style of your photos. :)


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