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6 May 2018

No Trouble (For Beards And Stubble) Naked Beard Oil


Let's start off by stating the obvious: I have never had, nor plan on ever growing, any sort of beard. Therefore, the need to purchase a naked beard oil was probably not particularly high on my agenda when I went into the White City branch one Sunday afternoon. However, given that most Lush products are seemingly versatile in what they can offer and how they perform, I figured I could have some fun finding out what the beardless consumers amongst us could get out of this release.

Since Lush first introduced the concept of 'naked' products, there have been waves of different releases to coincide with the idea of zero packaging and solid formats. Most recently, the company released a range of facial oils that I had the privilege of testing out, and I immediately recognised that No Trouble (For Beards And Stubble) Naked Beard Oil wasn't any different when it came to the ingredients used or the way it behaved on the skin.

Made from a base of illipe butter and apricot kernel oil, this limited edition already boasts some truly powerful ingredients to improve the condition of your skin (and indeed you beard as well). Known for being high in vitamin K, apricot kernel oil not only works on reducing the appearance of dark circles under your eyes, and any other blemishes you may be suffering from at the time, but it also works at deeply nourishing the skin so that you're left with a soft, radiant complexion.

These two ingredients, along with the jojoba and olive oils, help to make No Trouble super effective as both a solid product, and one that melts with ease when exposed to the warmth of your body heat. While Lush always suggest melting their solid oils between your finger tips, this limited edition beard oil works far better when applied directly to your face. Not only does it allow you to control how much or how little product is used at any one time, but it seems to melt a little quicker that way as well.

When compared to the other facial oils I have tried, I felt as if this was a little thinner in consistency and didn't seem as intense when in use. What I mean by this is that the ingredients weren't as rich on the skin, which meant that while it moisturised and left my skin feeling soft and supple to the touch, I didn't have to wait very long for the oils to absorb into my skin.  

As I don't have a beard to test the effectiveness of this product out on it, I nominated my partner to use this naked oil for a few days. What he found was that the solid block was easy to apply; didn't leave his beard feeling greasy or overly pampered; helped to make the hairs look and feel in better condition while also appearing more tamed; and left a gentle aroma that he could smell every time he ran his fingers through his facial hair.

Alongside the various oils and butters that make up the base, No Trouble also features sandalwood, cedarwood and neroli oils - three ingredients that give this limited edition its wonderful fragrance, as well as helping to improve the condition of the skin even more.

The neroli oil offers a bright, slightly green note that intertwines with the woodiness of the other components - offering a scent that is both grounded as well as natural and uplifting. There is also a thin note of earthiness that I cannot explain but which reminds me very slightly of a thread in Antiope Naked Shower Cream. Although I don't like to genderise any fragrances, I found describe this as slightly more masculine out of the two.

As well as offering a wonderful scent, the cedarwood works as a powerful antimicrobial to soothe and banish irritation and acne-relating blemishes. It also works at tightening the skin while the sandal supports this and provides its own dose of anti-bacterial properties. Finally, the neroli helps to balance oil levels in the face, whether you have dry skin like myself, or more oily skin, and leaves you with a slight glossy coat that holds in moisture for a short while after application. 

Overall, I was actually really impressed with how this worked as both a beard and a facial oil. Using this every second day has left my skin wonderful soft and radiant, and it only serves to elevate the tan I am trying to conserve while living in the UK. Given how little my bottle has shrunk since I began using it, I would say that this one block would easily last me three to four months with bi-daily use. The fact that it dries instantly after application also serves to prolong the life of this naked oil, which I appreciate a lot.

All I will say is that Lush do need to consider how they market some of their products. I say this because there will no doubt be many consumers that avoid No Trouble because of their lack of beard, and it's a shame because this works equally as well as a facial oil as well. However, I am lucky enough that I know this now and therefore will definitely be buying another one before they disappear.   

Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Illipe Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Perfume, Cedarwood Oil, Neroli Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Paprika Oleoresin, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Coumarin, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.


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