21 May 2013

9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion

Lush describe this cleansing lotion as a 'simple yet beautiful liquid facial cleanser for those times when you’re in a hurry and need to just cleanse and go.' And I couldn't agree more.

I was first introduced to this little beauty purely by accident. Although I know that Lush are very keen to send you free samples with your orders, I have never requested any simply because it would just introduce me to new products that I would then have to go out and buy! However, in a recent order, I received a tiny little sample pot of the 9 to 5 Lotion.

At first I wasn't bowled over. Since I began wearing make-up (some near 14 years ago - ouch!), I have always removed said make-up and any collective dirt I have picked up on the way with cleansing wipes. I've never felt the need to smother my face in any lotion to remove my eye-shadow or concealer.

However, since I was given this sample for free, I didn't think there was any harm in experimenting a little. And this is when I found myself eating my words and grappling for enough change to buy the biggest bottle available. 

It’s made with fresh Singaporean orchid oil to get skin soft and smooth and a dash of vitamin A for moisture. Lush make this by steeping fresh dove orchids in almond oil overnight – then straining the petals out and using the infused oil as the base for this cleanser. Their usage of honeysuckle and ylang ylang means this lotion has lovely light fragrance.
It does everything it's supposed to and more - it's so gentle, fresh and light on the skin but still manages to remove even the most stubborn of make-up stains. It's thin consistency means it doesn't weigh dow the skin and leaves it feeling really moisturised and revitalised.

The only thing I would say is that it is really easy to use a lot each time so a big 240g bottle might only last a month or two at most.

9 to 5 gently removes all traces of dirt, grease and make up without dragging the skin. I was left with skin that felt fresh, clean and ready to start the day. One of my staple Lush products.

Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Almond Oil, Stearic Acid, Fresh Dove Orchid Extract, Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Vegan?: Yes

2016 Price: £9.95 for 240g.


  1. I used this the other day for the first time... LOVE! So simple, but it really works and my eyes feel lovely after :)
    Great review!

  2. I use this twice a day! It's actually good enough but I feel it doesn't remove all of my make-up sometimes

  3. Just started using this about a week ago! I completely changed my skincare routine to all lush products and I'm so so glad!

    1. I'm glad you've had such a positive experience with Lush, and I'm glad you love 9 to 5 as much as I do!

  4. What do you use to remove it? I've been using various brands of cotton rounds and I find they get stuck to my mascara and I end up half blinded by cotton in my eyes :/

    1. I use Ultrabland as my makeup remover. Rub into dry skin and remover with a wet warm wash cloth. I did try the 9 to 5 and used it with a cotton pad too. When I bought the Ultrabland they told me about using the wash cloth, I would assume this to be the same for 9 to 5. Hope that helps :)

    2. I get those flat cotton pads and find they work amazingly well. If you're in the UK, Superdrug do a long pack of them for £1.50 and they work perfectly well! They don't make a mess and wipe the product away perfectly 😀

    3. I agree with Michelle. Ultrabland with a wash cloth is the best cleanser I've ever used. Nothing beats it. I'm glad you've stepped away from the dreaded face wipes though, Jen!

  5. Does this remove eye makeup and mascara effectively too without irritation? :)