Sunday, July 31, 2011

LUSH reviews: Grease Lightning

I love products with tea tree in them and an acne product that is transparent is another big plus, but I didnt really like the Grease Lightning for its intended purpose as a spot treatment. I really wanted to love this product as I break out a lot around the time of the month. As a spot treatment it didn't manage to dry out or shrink my acne much, but it did prove to be useful as a post-popping  and  preventative product. I generally don't like to pop my pimples as I always scar really bad, but sometimes you can't sport an ugly whitehead around. So, I use a hot towel on the pimple before popping it and then as an after treatment to prevent infection I like to use Grease Lightning. As it is mild and natural, it does not irritate my skin at all.  I also like to spread it around the area where I usually breakout (chin and forehead) as a preventative measure.

It has a runny-gel like consistency and dries clear. It tends to peel off a little after it dries.
I am about to finish my bottle which has lasted me almost 4 months now!

From the Lush website:
Thyme for tea tree! Brand new, super effective spot zapping face gel, aloe and witch hazel. The thyme, tea tree and rosemary antibacterial infusion dries invisibly and you can feel the witch hazel shrinking mini-volcanoes. Go, Grease Lightning, you can now feel confident enough to rule the school. Or office.

Thyme; Rosemary and Tea Tree Infusion (Thymus vulgaris; Rosmarinus officinalis and Melaleuca alternifolia), Water (Aqua), Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Sea Water, Grape Juice (Vitis vinifera), Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis virginiana), *Limonene, Perfume, Methylparaben

Price: £5.65/45g (Rs. 406) (Lush prices vary in each country, I bought it online from the Lush UK website)

Try it: 
* It has a very soothing effect on the skin
* Doesn't sting or burn
* Transparent unlike most pimple products
* Smells like thyme and tea tree, not overpowering or gives-you-a-headache kind of smell
* Hygienic pump bottle
* Does not dry out skin or cause skin peeling like other pimple/acne products

Stay away/Trash it:
* Not a good spot treatment, so if you are looking for one, you should keep looking.
*Contains Methylparaben (A good sunscreen with UVB protection should be enough to counteract the side affects)

I dont think I would buy it again because I need something a little stronger than this, but if ever my skin becomes too sensitive from using benzoyl peroxide, I would turn to this.

My Rating: 3/5

Buy online: ships worldwide


mitra said...

Oh i so wanted to get this one. thanks for the review Laksh.

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laksh said...

You are welcome Mitra, thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Ik said...

Doesn't sound good as a spot treatment! Tired of using intended spot treatments like you mentioned! Will keep looking!:) But I love how tea tree smells!!:D

laksh said...

Me too, somehow it feels soothing and healing from how it smells itself :). If you find a good spot treatment product let me know. My skin is going cuckoo on me too!

rids said...

hehehe me too do d same thing sumtyms ..pop a pimple n then dab tea tree oil ... no scar and pimple vanishes !!! hehehehe

enter my giveaway - -

laksh said...

I sometimes scar no matter what, my skin has a mind of its own :(. Which company's tea tree oil do you use Rids?

Anonymous said...

u haven't conclude anything dear , is it effective o not?

laksh said...

@Anonymous: Conclusion would be based on needs. Its not effective as a spot treatment, so no!

Ik said...

hehe will do!!:D

Viya ;) said...

Whoa!! awesome one.. and thanks for the review.. I break out very often due to a lot of open pores :( :( .. I wish there was something to minimize the pores.. :( :(

laksh said...

Ditto Viya!, though I have found that this does help a little with the prevention part as it disinfects without drying or irritating!