Lush Dark Angels Facial Cleanser – Review

I have been using this cleanser since being in Australia, because since being in this climate my skin has been quite oily, especially during the summer months when the weather is extremely humid. This is a perfect cleanser, recommended for people with quite oily skin. (Full list of ingredients can be found at the end of this review)

Upon opening the cleanser, I was displeased that the entirety of the black sugar crystals was found at the top of the cleanser. I would much rather have the black sugar mixed throughout the entire cleanser. I don’t really like that I have to mix the crystals through the cleanser myself, and would much prefer if it were already mixed for me.

After mixing the cleanser, I gave it a quick smell, and got an overwhelming scent of charcoal. This is definitely something that I know would not be everybody’s cup of tea, but for me personal, I’m definitely not mad about the smell.

I first read the “How To Use” description on the box, and took the suggested pea-sized amount into the palm of my hand. Next I mixed the cleanser with water to create a paste-like consistency before applying to my face.

The paste did spread really easily and I could definitely feel a deep exfoliation happening, however I did need to use a little more of the cleanser to get a full and even distribution on my face.

After leaving the cleanser on for a couple of minutes, I began to take it of using only my hands, and that’s when I reached some more difficulty. Removing the cleanser with just my hands and water definitely started to make a mess and I felt like the product was just getting spread around more and that there was not much actually coming off of my face, so at this point I decided to change method and use my Dermalogica Exfoliating Cleanser Brush to remove the rest of the cleanser. I would highly suggest using either a cleanser brush or even a damp wash cloth to help remove the cleanser efficiently. The only time that I feel this does not apply is when you are removing the cleanser in the shower, as the stream of the water is already angled to travel down to your face, as opposed to splashing water form the sink onto your face.

If like me you are a definite “clean-freak” then I would still suggest to have some wipes on deck just in case there is a slight mess made during removal as you don’t want your sink to be stained.

After the cleanser was removed, I patted my face dry and then looked at my skin in the mirror and gave it a feel. My skin definitely felt a lot cleaner, albeit slightly dry. Though some might see this as a negative, I believe it was only dry as this cleanser is designed for people with majorly oily skin, and I only have mildly oily skin, so definitely not a negative from me, as my moisturiser tackled that dryness right away. The areas I have most issues with clogged pores is in my T-Zone and under eye’s, and I definitely felt like my skin was a lot smother and less bumpy because all the build-up had been removed during the exfoliation.

Overall I think that this product is an excellent cleanser. It definitely has some issues that can be improved on such as better mixing of the Black Sugar Crystals, but other than that, I would definitely use this product daily and it is for sure in my top 10 skin care products to use. I would rate this cleanser as a strong 8 out of 10.

Some extra suggestions is to definitely tie your hair back if you have long hair, and if you have facial hair like me, try to avoid that area as much as possible, as removing the cleanser from hair is a challenge.


Product Online Description:

This is for those of you who really like to scrub your skin to feel clean, with black sugar and charcoal to exfoliate, and rhassoul mud to deeply cleanse. We also use cold pressed avocado oil and vegetable glycerine to moisturise and soften your skin after all that scrubbing, leaving your skin feeling balanced and fresh. Sandalwood and rosewood oils give a rich, earthy fragrance and have a cooling and antiseptic effect on the skin. We buy our powdered charcoal locally in Dorset. It’s a great way to exfoliate and is deeply cleansing, whilst black sugar is in here to scrub away any dead skin cells, leaving you with bright, refreshed skin.

Product Ingredients:

  • Rhassoul Mud
  • Organic Avocado Oil
  • Glycerine 
  • Powdered Charcoal 
  • Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate 
  • Black Sugar 
  • Perfume 
  • *Linalool 
  • Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus) 
  • Rosewood Oil

Product Prices:

AUD – $17.50

GBP – £7.25

USD – $14.95

EUR – €9.95


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