LUSH Coalface Cleanser for Your Anti-Acne Arsenal

Lush Coalface Cleanser ($10.95 for 3.5 oz.) is a solid bar that has licorice root as its main ingredient (supposed to help the skin “heal naturally”) and powdered charcoal to exfoliate the skin.  The first noticeable characteristic of this product is it has a distinct smell.  I couldn’t quite tell you what it is, but I know some find it unpleasant–it’s kind of like out in the woods, around the campfire kind of scent.  I’m not one of them, but it’s not a scent that I’m going ga-ga over either!  Regardless, the scent doesn’t linger–it rinses off as soon as the product does.

I find Coalface to work really well at reducing acne breakouts.  It’s great for oily skin, especially because it can be a little drying on the skin.  If you find it drying, make sure to follow-up with a good moisturizer or try a toner.  Coalface gives me that “squeaky clean” feeling at the end, which is not really my bag, but often I follow with Sweet Japanese Girl so that “squeaky clean” feeling is minimal.  The product lathers up really well, and the gritty charcoal powder bits are rough enough to really get your scrub on.

Overall, I really like this product, and it’s definitely part of my shower time routine! Have you tried Coalface?

Here’s the ingredient list…

Ingredient list: Liquorice Root Decoction (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Stearate, Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeordora), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Powdered Charcoal, Sandalwood Oil (Santalum album), Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, *Linalool, Perfume, Silver Edible Lustre (Potassium aluminum silicate, Titanium dioxide, Iron oxides and hydroxides),.


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Janet Avatar

Yes, loooooove it. Great for my breakout prone oily skin. Works wonders when paired with Lush Tea Tree Oil spray and Vanishing Cream. Definitely controls my breakouts, big time.

Doozywhoop Avatar

I am loving it! I just bought some of this on boxing day and it’s been great so far! I don’t mind the smell, I sort of like it. I like the way it feels on my skin when I am massaging it in….lovely!

IZzySA Avatar

is this a face or body product or all over? I like the idea of the charcoal but will have to smell first.. lol. I have used powdered crused rice on my face with any cleanser.. and it keeps it really soft, clean and zit free. Will have to smell test the charcoal.. any links for online purchase please?

Amber Avatar

I do love Coalface–I use Ultrabland to remove my eye makeup, and follow up with Coalface on, well, my face to remove the Ultrabland, which is far too rich for the rest of my skin. Your choice of oil-free moisturizer and goodbye troubled skin!

Sarah Avatar

I got this for my fiance because he agreed to use black soap, lol. I’ve used it a few times when I felt I needed a little extra. Following Coalface with Breath of Fresh Air and Cosmetic Lad smooths and softens without making me feel greasy. *Cosmetic Lad is my new fave moisturizer, btw*

Ten Ten Avatar

How do you use it?
Do you scrub the soap on your face or you just rub the lather off the soap and put them to your face?

I always wonder how people use bar soap 🙁

Katie Avatar

Hmm..sounds interesting (I do like licorice!). I’ve been looking for a good cleanser that’ll actually work and I think I might try this! Thanks for the review, I’ve never heard of Lush before!

Lia Avatar

I’ve been using coalface for years! I like to use it in the morning, it gets all the junk off my face but isn’t as drying as my night time products. Love the lather, although it tends to leave black smudges around – I just give my skin a quick wipe after using it.

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