Rose And Lemon Fresh Face Mask is as rare as they come - a product that although is used daily in various stores, is only offered as part of Lush's new The Planets Spa Experience. This means that the release of the mask in the Lush Kitchen last week might very well have been the only opportunity regular fans of the company will get to try it out without forking out on the full treatment.
While its name may inspire fans of Rose Jam and Amandopondo to hyperventilate a little, I was initially slightly annoyed to find that this product does not share its fragrance with either of the two popular scent families. In fact, the smell of this face mask was far from the sugary-sweet floral aroma that I was expecting - a welcome surprise once the initial disappointment had dispelled.
Containing a blend of rose hip oil, cinnamon leaf oil and creamy soya yoghurt, this beautiful fresh mask is packed with essential ingredients to nourish the skin, radiate your complexion and leave you feeling like a new person. The addition of lemon oil helps to bring a little colour to your cheeks as well as remove any stubborn dirt from the pores, while the cinnamon adds a subtle note of fragrance to the mix and helps to absorb excess grease that may be causing your skin to feel heavy and constricted.
How this differs from the recent Rosy Cheeks Face Mask is that this one smells far more natural and fresh. This is not a powdered, dry-smelling rose scent - it's more of a light, grassy offering instead. To me, this face mask smells like a freshly picked rose that has been blended down into a syrup and then mixed with a few bonus ingredients to expand the scent.
There is a little lemon present in the overall aroma here, but it gives only a light and rather gentle background note that compliments the floral element without stealing the limelight. Alongside this is a slightly syrupy layer that reminds me somewhat of date syrup and dried figs.
Rose And Lemon is quite an easy face mask to apply - spreading evenly over the face to form a thin, shiny layer that sets very quickly. Once it was on my skin, it felt a little like when glue sets on your fingers and you have to peel off the thin layer coating your hand. Once the mask has been applied, you're supposed to leave it on your face for a good 15 - 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. What you're left with is a clean, clear and rather radiant looking complexion that is smooth to touch and ready to face the day ahead. I loved how refreshed and uplifted it made my face feel after use and I would definitely use this again.
While Lush doesn't advertise it as being so, I think that this face mask is a good all-rounder - meaning it would suit every complexion going. I only say this because the kaolin makes this great for absorbing excess grease, while the cocoa butter helps to moisturise and maintain drier skin.
Together with the kaolin, Rose And Lemon will leave your face rejuvenated, your pores feeling clean and clear and your complexion noticeably radiant. I was amazed how fresh-faced I felt after using this, and I only wish that it was a regular product available for purchase. One of my favourite Lush face masks to date.
Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Cornflour, Kaolin, Marshmallow Root Decoction, Soya yoghurt, Fresh Lemon Juice, Organic Rose Hip Oil, Rose Clay, Fresh Rose Petals, Organic Rose Hip, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Everlasting Flower Absolute, Geranium Oil, Sodium Alginate Sulfate, Citronellol, Eugenol, Perfume.
2015 Price: £6.50 each.
Year Of Original Release: 2015.