Lush Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser: Review

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Hello Beauties! Recently, I've been making more of an effort to strip back my skincare and really simplify my routine, and the ingredients I slap on my face. All of the acids, etc that my skincare contained were leaving my skin feeling tight and dehydrated, so in an attempt to combat this, I headed to Lush a couple of weekends ago to take a look at their skincare. I decided to speak to one of the staff members there as I really wasn't sure where to start with their skincare. I went to the Oxford Street store and there was just so much to choose from that it was a little overwhelming. However, the lady I spoke to was extremely kind and helpful and really spend her time taking me through all of the different options and which would be most suitable for my skin type.

After spending a few minutes deciding between 'Angels on Bare Skin' and 'Aqua Marina', I decided to go for Aqua Marina (£6.25/100g), as it was the less exfoliating of the two. Aqua Marina contains Calamine Powder to soothe and soften the skin, aloe vera to cool the skin and a sprinkling of sea salt to gently exfoliate the skin, all wrapped up in nori seaweed, which is the green stuff you can see on top of the cleanser in the pictures above. Aqua Marina also contains Glycerine, which is known for its moisturising properties and it's ability to lock moisture in...perfect for my dehydrated skin.

I'll be honest, this isn't the prettiest cleanser to look at as the Nori Seaweed does look slightly like mould, and similarly, it's also not the nicest smelling cleanser either. It doesn't smell so bad you can't use it, but it's not what I would describe as a particularly pleasant smell. It's also quite a faff to use too. The Aqua Marina cleanser is a paste cleanser made with clay, making it a little unusual. You have to take a little of the paste, mix it with water to make a milky substance and then apply to your face. As this is something I'm not used to, I find that it's not as quick of a process as my normal cleansing routine meaning that I only really use this at night when I have more time to spend on my skincare, as I just don't have time to work the paste into my skin when I'm rushing around in the mornings.

Apart from the smell and the messiness of this cleanser, I really like the results it gives. After cleansing, my skin feels soft and smooth, and this cleanser really works to calm my skin down when it's feeling a little sensitive. The calming aspect also helps to take down some of the redness in my skin too, which is something that's been bothering me more and more lately, so any solutions are welcomed with open arms! Aqua Marina also leaves my skin feeling really clean without completely stripping it and leaving it feeling tight and dehydrated, which was one of the main problems I had previously and also what drove me to Lush Skincare in the first place, as I wanted to see if natural skincare would be slightly more gentle on my skin.

Overall, I really like this cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft, and has really calmed down my redness...however, I just wish it came in a cream form as I find the paste so messy to work with.

What are your favourite Lush skincare products? I'd love to know what to pick up next!

Lots of Love,

Becky xo


  1. It does not look pretty in the tub, but I'd rather a product work than look pretty!
    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

  2. looks a bit weird and the smell doesnt sound very pleasant :P

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  3. Great post! I haven't tried it yet, but I think I will give it a does look mouldy! lol
    I would love you to take a look at my blog too.... :)

  4. Not gonna lie but it doesn't look too great, sounds like it does an amazing job!

    Alice | Sheer Beautiful | Bloglovin' x

  5. I have to admit the look of this really puts me off! haha x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  6. As a beauty blogger it can be really had to have a simple skincare routine and stick to products, so I totally know where you're coming from. I'm interested in trying some more lush skincare products. I really liked their tea tree water but never repurchased it. Must make a trip soon.

  7. I am glad that you are liking this! Me personally, I am super picky about scents. So I appreciate your honest review on this one!

  8. This cleanser has always put me off due to the way it looks, but I would like a cleanser that tames my redness x

  9. I've always wondered how good this cleanser was because Lush describes it as something for 'mermaids' so naturally i was intrigued! I'm glad its doing good for your skin.

    Check out my latest post <3

  10. Ohh this does look odd...but intriguing. I know what I am picking up next time I'm in store!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  11. My sister keeps trying to make me try this one! When I looked it up on the LUSH site with her my first comment was "it looks like algae", but she reassured me how amazing it is once you get used to it. x

  12. I love Aqua Marina but found that Angels On Bare Skin worked best for me however both leave your skin feeling really soft, moisturised and cleansed! You must pick up Eau Roma Water next, it's a spray toner which helps remove any leftover dirt that the cleanser didn't remove :) xx

  13. This sounds like the perfect cleanser. I have never tried a cleanser from Lush and I have been really wanting to. Will have to check this one out.



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