Frequent readers of my blog will no doubt have noticed that I’ve featured a fair few Lush products recently! To keep up the trend, today I’m going to talk about a couple of the steamer tabs.
Tea Tree Toner Tab
These little tabs are only £1 each and you can buy them individually. Tea tree has fantastic natural antibacterial properties so it is great for oily or spot-prone skin, but is far kinder than artificial and chemical filed spot treatments as it won’t strip your skin of it’s natural defences. The toner tab doesn’t contain any artificial preservatives but unlike a fresh toner will keep for a really long time until you’re ready to use it.
To use the tab, fill a bowl with hot water and add the tab. It will fizz away and infuse with the water. You can then steam your face, allowing the steam to open your pores and release the benefits of the tea tree. If you put a towel over your head you’ll trap more of the steam inside.
The concentrated tab smells quite strongly of tea tree so I was concerned that the infused water would be really overpowering and I wouldn’t want to breathe whilst steaming my face. However, it isn’t like that at all. In fact, I would almost have preferred more of a tea tree scent, as really there is virtually no fragrance at all once the tab has dissolved into the hot water. Having only use one tab, I can’t really say if the product works or not, but I certainly don’t think it does any harm. If it will encourage you to steam your face more often, it’s definitely a good idea!
This product also has a secondary use. Once the water has cooled, you can put it into a clean bottle or container and then use it on cotton wool or a face cloth as a toning water removing any excess dirt from your face. The sales assistant told me it would keep for 3 days or so. You’ll see I’ve been quite economical and kept it in an empty, washed up Lush shampoo bottle!
Dream Steam Tab
The Dream Steam Tab is designed to calm and soothe the skin. It contains a blend of essential oils like tea tree, rose, chamomile and lavender which combine to treat your mind and your skin. The tea tree again has antibacterial properties, whilst the rose will calm any redness. The chamomile and lavender should relax your mind, leaving you calmer after a long day. At £2.50 it is a little pricier, but it does feel more like a luxury product than an essential daily product.
I used the Dream Steam tab after a long day of cleaning my old apartment before moving out. I thought it would be the perfect occasion because I needed to unwind and relax. As with the Tea Tree Toner tab, you drop it into a bowl of hot water, allow it to infuse, and then inhale the steam.
I have to say I wasn’t overly impressed by this tab. The scent didn’t remind me of lavender or chamomile particularly. If I’m honest the steam just had a generic soapy smell like you might get from cheap hand wash. I didn’t like the random pieces of dried flowers floating about the water either. They looked quite unappealing. The process itself did relax me a little, but I think that was more from the calming effects of breathing deeply and sitting still for a little while, rather than due to any magical properties of the tab. A bit of a miss I’m afraid.
- Autumn Lush Haul (aperfectmasquerade.wordpress.com)