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23 August 2015
Enzynamite Facial Cleanser
When I found out that this product was being made in the Lush Kitchen, I was so excited to get my hands on a tub or two - not because it was a cleanser I was particularly fussed about trying, but because it was something completely new that hadn't seen the light of day in a good few many years. While I love all of the 'classic' products that have been made multiple times over the expanse of the Kitchen's two year existence, the weekly menus were beginning to get a little stale.
From the deepest, darkest crevices of the company's vaults, very little is known about Enzynamite Facial Cleanser, unless you were lucky enough to experience it all those years ago when it was a regular product featured in the shops and online. Described as a powerful cleanser, this is supposedly suitable for normal to oily skin, with the ingredients designed to both absorb excess oils and leave you with a toned and radiant looking complexion.
What sets this apart from all of Lush's current facial cleansers is the emphasis that this needs to be stored in the fridge - something you're normally only expected to do with the company's fresh face masks. Furthermore, the consistency of this product also matches that of a mask as opposed to a cleanser - a factor that confused me a little at first. It seems that Lush have come a long way with their product design over the years...
Packed full of fresh fruit, you'd imagine that this cleanser would smell incredible, in theory. However, when I removed the lid of the tub for the first time, I was rather taken back by the fragrance that greeted me. While reviews online suggested quite a vast expanse of theories for what this product smelled like, none of them quite prepared me for the aroma of Enzynamite.
To me, this facial cleanser smells very similar to Volcano Foot Mask, with the only difference being that this has a stronger note of pineapple to make it slightly more citrusy, but not by much. While I wouldn't say it is an ideal smell for smothering on your face, it's definitely far from some of the terrifying descriptions that some consumers have reported it as being.
Featuring kaolin to absorb any excess grease, this miracle ingredient also works at leaving your skin soft and smooth to the touch. The various fruits - pineapple, papaya, lime and orange, then work on cleansing the pores and leaving you with a clear and radiant complexion; the wheatgerm oil adding a slightly nutty note to the aroma while supplying the mask with a generous helping of vitamin E to protect and repair the skin.
Boasting the consistency of lumpy porridge, this cleanser is easy to apply - simply scooping up a small grape-sized amount and massaging it across your face. While there are small flecks throughout the product this is not a rough cleanser at all so don't expect to get any sort of exfoliation when using this. Once applied, leave it get to work on your skin for a few minutes before rinsing it off under the running water and patting your skin dry with a towel.
After a few minutes I noticed that my face felt a little taut: not the dry feeling I've often experienced when using many of Lush's soaps, instead similar to how my skin felt after using Dark Angels - a cleanser also designed for oilier skin. As to be expected from the product, it removes excess oils from the complexion, so if like me you don't have a lot of moisture to lose, your face can end up feeling a little 'stiff'.
Having said that, this cleanser did leave my complexion looking smoother and there was definitely a slight glow about my face that I appreciated greatly. Using this may mean I'd have to moisturise most days after drying myself down, but Enzynamite would ensure that my pores were clear at all times, which in turn would keep my skin clean as well as smooth.
While it may not be good enough to replace my favourites; Angels On Bare Face and Buche De Noel, it's definitely more effective on my face than some of the other cleansers from the regular range and I will enjoy using my two tubs over the coming months.
Quantitative Ingredients: Glycerine, Kaolin, Wheatgerm Oil, Fresh Pineapple, Fresh Papaya, Fresh Lime, Sweet Orange Oil.
2015 Price: £7.95 for 75g.
2016 Price: £6.95 for 75g.
Year Of Original Release: ?