Lush Aqua Marina Cleanser: Review

As many of you know by now I have extremely dry skin. My skin also gets tanned very easily and if one day I look like a white ghost the next day you can expect a dark brown version of it πŸ˜› And yes the obvious problem of pigmentation also exists on my face. (How many problems can such a small face have?? πŸ™ ) I know variety is the spice of life but an uneven skintone is NOT variety!! Urrgghhh..

So on a mission to β€œattack” all these problems I’m always on a lookout for products which will help reduce pigmentation and also help get rid of my tan. Upasana told me long back about Aquamarina from Lush and that it helps remove tan but sadly it wasn’t available in the Chennai outlet whenever I went there so I always ended up buying other cleansers and masks which is an entirely different story πŸ˜› (reviews coming up soon!). Early last month fortunately this was there in the store and I bought it without giving it a second thought.

What Lush claims:

Price: Rs 585 for 100 gms

Ingredients: Glycerine, Calamine Powder, Kaolin, Irish Moss Gel, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Fine Sea Salt, Nori Seaweed, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil , Carrageenan Extract, Perfume

Picture taken from the Lush website
The cleanser comes in the trademark black Lush tub. You need to use a spoon or a spatula to scoop out the cleanser from the tub which I find inconvenient due to my laziness πŸ˜› 

Storage: Usually all Lush cleansers and masks remain fresh for the longest if refrigerated.

I generally take a little with the Seaweed (that was what intrigued me the most when I bought it!) and use a little water to make it easily spreadable and I apply it on my wet face and neck. I have a manual scrub thing (its pink and extremely cute!) which I use to get the maximum benefit of the product by massaging the product into my skin with it.

Does it work for me? 
The cleanser does remove tan and makes my face brighter. BUT it has a drying effect on the skin (due to the calamine powder) so I HAVE to immediately moisturize my face with a cream based moisturizer. Also the first few times I used it the effect seemed to last only for a day. But it has been nearly 2 months now and I can see a visible improvement on my face with respect to pigmentation and tan issues although I must mention I’ve been using it everyday.
Doesn’t the pink intertwined with the green look lovely?
This cleanser is a must have for you if:
  • you have a tan you want to get rid of and you are a lover of natural ingredients. You can definitely see instant results but that will last for a day however it does provide long term results with continuous usage. 
  • you have oily skin this is one is perfect for you for tan removal!
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But you can skip this if:
  • dry skin is an issue for you. But a heavy creamy moisturizer can solve that problem.
  • you can find inexpensive and better options for tan removal

I would suggest that people with dry skin use this at night just before going to bed and follow it up with a heavy night cream.

I wouldn’t say I love this cleanser nor do I hate it. It has worked for me but the drying effect and the wait for the long term effect are a bit of concern. And so my mission to find the perfect tan removal product continues…

Here is a video on how Aquamarina is made! 

You can either buy Aquamarina at the Lush retail outlets in your city or order online at

Have you tried Aquamarina?

  • i hav never tried lush products !!! Mental note : PICK ONE IMMEDIATELY !!!

    • I love Lush cleansers and masks. Try one ASAP! πŸ˜€ you will definitely get addicted to the brand πŸ˜‰

  • Nice review Deepika πŸ™‚ I hope this works in summer well because of the ‘drying effect’.. How the fragrance is like??

    • But it is extremely drying so you def need a moisturizer. The fragrance is that of a calamine lotion.. πŸ˜€

  • I wanted to get this one. But then, on a second note, felt I could get caladryl and massage and wash off for the same effect. So, went for herbalism instead. I’ve just started using it. let’s see how it turns out.
    But the long term effect now makes me give this a second thought again πŸ™‚
    Thank you for the review πŸ™‚

    • πŸ˜€ you could try it for the seaweed part of it! πŸ˜€ Ive heard Herbalism is a must have for people with oily skin. Do let me know if it worked for you πŸ™‚

  • looks good deeps.. but u know wat.. im totally allergic to algae/seaweed marine stuff πŸ™

    • oh oh.. like how im allergic to citrus stuff πŸ™ but there are a lot of other stuff to try from Lush so its ok to skip this one. Do try the AOBS cleanser. Its awesome! πŸ˜€
      Health is a little better. Thank you πŸ™‚ but back to blogging because its been really long since I posted reviews. πŸ˜€

  • btw hows ur health?

    • replied to that in the previous comment πŸ˜€

  • ooh extremely drying? I love it!! hehe

    • πŸ˜€ really?? i have really dry skin and when this dries it out even further i get mad!! coz i hate slathering a heavy creamy moisturizer on my face πŸ™

    • lol. yeah, am T-zone oily so gotta love it πŸ™‚ hehe i hate slathering moisturizers too. if only aging was an option. *sigh*

    • i know!! πŸ˜€ but ageing gracefully is something im looking forward too but with my skintype and laziness im not sure its going to happen that way πŸ˜›

  • i love it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ i bought mine in feb, and still have lot of it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ i’m gonna get herbalism next πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • Lol i know.. i remember you telling me you have a love hate relationship with it and now its finally love πŸ˜€ herbalism is good for oily skin. do you have oily skin upsi?

    • haa i hv oily skin, that somewhat is turning dry these days 😐 i mean on the T-zone, where it should be oily, its actually too dry and although its better than what it ws before, i want herbalism to avoid any breakouts πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • hmmm .. i was so tempted to get herbalism although i dont have oily skin πŸ˜› i dunno.. as soon as i walk into the lush store i want to buy everything!! πŸ˜›

  • Yeah, Cosmetics today is a big buck industry and many people are earning a hell lot from this industry. But in today’s hard-edged competitive world, looking good is as essential as your talent or qualifications. I think this is all the more a reason why people today keep themselves groomed and good looking. It is due to this that there is a spurt of gymnasiums, grooming parlors across every nook and corner of our neighborhood. And this is just the beginning.

    Divya Bhaskar

  • Ok honestly the whole Nori seaweed covered cleanser roll reminds me of sushi ;D That aside it does seem tempting

    • lol πŸ˜€ yeah.. i was resisting myself from saying that since Lush had already mentioned it in their description πŸ˜›
      When I saw it in the store there was no second thought. I bought it as soon as i saw it!

  • I picked one yest..can wait see its effect!

    • let me know what you think of it πŸ™‚