What they say:
"It may look like it was pulled from the ocean, but that's only because it's wrapped in seaweed! Nori seaweed to be specific, as it's packed with nutrients for soft, healthy skin. We wrap it around the most calming ingredients we could think of including soothing calamine and aloe, making this one our favourite cleansers for the most sensitive and dry skin. Take a pea sized amount, mix with warm water and gently massage the milky mixture into your skin. A quick rinse and you'll be clean, soft and soothed.
Glycerine, Calamine Powder, Kaolin, Irish Moss Infusion (Chondrus crispus), Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Nori Seaweed (Fucus vesiculosus), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis), Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Carrageenan, Perfume."
What I say:
No, that's not a maki roll, it is however, wrapped in seaweed. I was sick of how gel cleansers robbed my skin of essential oils, made my skin itch, left dry patches, and made my skin feel like I had my hair pulled back in a high pony tail. Although I love Lush's Angels on Bare Skin, it's more of a scrub/exfoliant, and I felt that might be too harsh to be used everyday on my dry sensitive winter skin. So I went back to Lush and they recommended I try Aqua Marina.
Texture wise, it is smooth with no exfoliating particles and feels just like moist clay.
As to it's cleansing power, it's not really up to the job of makeup removal, it won't even remove liquid foundation T.T. As a result I only use this in the mornings where all it has to do is clean off sleep gunk.
I found that it was easier to break off a small piece and rub it onto my wet face instead of mixing it with water before application. That way it was less messy than having to transfer the mixture onto my face and losing much of it along the way xD
I've used about 300g of this cleanser so far and it hasn't broken me out. It leaves my skin feeling clean, but not tight. I'd say it's comparable to using a cream cleanser in terms of mildness. I wash my bf's face with this (he scrunges his face and screams that his dirt and germs are dying T.T) and afterwards I noticed that his face was significantly brighter and glowy!! @.@
Whilst I was going through the "Vitasoy breakout of 2010", this cleanser really helped to sooth my poor inflamed skin and helped it heal.
The only cons I can think of is that it does smell a bit funky at first, however you do get used to it. Also I think this expires in 3 months so if you're not gonna be using this every day, get only a small amount. Oh and the seaweed will inevitably get soggy n look gross T.T
Damage: $10.50 per 100g
Verdict: If you're looking for a mild cleanser for dry and sensitive skin, give this a try! Lush stores are very generous with their samples, so drop in and ask for some to try at home before you decide.
Foundation, Blush, Eyeshadow, Pencil Liner, Liquid Liner and Waterproof mascara.
Aqua Marina cleanser applied to lower half of swatches. See what I mean by it being totally useless against makeup?