I bring you another beauty craft today, in the form of a Lush dupe / inspired facial cleanser. A DIY Ultrabland recipe!
So, you may have seen a recent post on Aimsy’s Antics about how to make your own Rose Bath Bombs. I have dabbled with making my own products before. This has mainly been in the form of adding essential oils to coconut oil. I want to expand this and see what else I can create.
I have been using Lush’s Ultrabland oil cleanser for years, and I love it, but it is not cheap! For a 100g pot, it costs just short of £15, which, if using every day will be gone in no time. So, I headed to good ole’ google to see if anyone else has had a go at making their own DIY Ultrabland. I also wanted to see if it was achievable to make my own at home. Turns out it is!
What is Lush’s Ultrabland?
Ultrabland is basically an oil based cleanser. It is perfect for removing make-up, even waterproof mascara, as well as leaving your skin feeling lovely and soft. Lush state:
“A beautifully simple and effective cleansing balm to deeply but very gently remove all traces of makeup and dirt and leave your skin glowing. Based on an ancient Greek formula for cold cream, this luxurious facial cleanser combines hydrating almond oil and soothing rose water with antibacterial honey and rich, protective beeswax to lift away dirt without stripping away your skin’s natural defences. Not just for dry skin or makeup removal, use this cult cleansing balm on its own or as the first step in your routine to bring your skin back to balance and calm angry or acne-prone complexions.”Lush
Why I use an Oil Based Cleanser
I started using Ultrabland a few years ago, when my skin was having lots of unruly breakouts. I had tried varying creams and ointments from the doctors which varied success. When my skin cleared and I stopped using them, a fresh breakout would start again in a few weeks. Some of the ingredients in these ointments can make your skin more sensitive, especially to sunlight. As I love to try get away for a bit of summer sun, I didn’t want my skin to be more prone to sun damage. So, I decided to look up more ‘natural’ cures for acne prone skin.
I discovered that using oil based cleansers and treatments can actually re-balance your skin rather than make it more greasy. Lush’s Ultrabland came up in a search, and I started using it from there. I wouldn’t say the Ultrabland was the whole cure for my problem skin, but it definitely helped! My post Products I use when Travelling details a few more of Lush’s range that helped with my skin.
Now, I still have the occasional breakout, more so when I am stressed, however, it is nowhere near what I used to experience.
How to Make DIY Ultrabland:
So, after searching on Google and Pinterest I came across a blog post by The Makeup Dummy. I followed her recipe, except I added an extra ingredient that I know my skin likes; lavender essential oil. This recipe is not designed to be made for purchase, and only home use I guess. It does not have any ‘preservatives’ in and therefore could spoil if not treated correctly. I only realised you need preservatives in some products after making the recipe and then reading the comments on her post. But hey ho this DIY beauty products is a learning curve.
I’ve been using this recipe for at least a month, and have not noticed any adverse effects or changes to my skin. Obviously do a test patch if you are unsure, but if you have been using Lush’s ultrabland like me then hopefully you will have the same outcome as me.
Anyhow here is how to make your own DIY Ultrabland:
Ingredients for DIY Ultrabland:
- 1 Tablespoon (14g) of Beeswax, grated*
- 1 Tablespoon of Shea Butter*
- 8 Tablespoons of Almond Oil*
- 1 Drop of Vitamin E Oil*
- 3 Drops of Rose Absolute*
- 2 Drops of Lavender Oil
*Items linked above are affiliate links, therefore if you make a purchase through these links I may earn a small amount of commission, at no extra cost to you. You will get more than you need for one batch if buying these items, which will cost more than one pot of Ultrabland, however, will be cheaper in the long run for making several batches.
Additional Items needed:
- Pots or container for
madeproduct (I use left over Lush pots).
- Small glass bowl
- Metal Spoon
I would advise using items that are not going to be used with food. The essential oils used may taint your food, even if you have thoroughly washed them. I bought most of my items from cheap shops like Home Bargains and B&M to keep costs down.
You should make 2.5oz of DIY ultrabland which filled one 100g pot and half filled a 25g lush pot for me.
Making DIY Ultrabland:
Firstly you want to make sure that you have all of your ingredients and items to hand, and organised within your workspace. You may also need some tissue or paper towels on hand to wipe any spills. I would advise having some form of protective cover on your worktop in case you spill any of the mixture when pouring it into your designated pots. Make sure your posts have been washed and dried before making the recipe.
Weigh out and grate your beeswax before starting, as this can be quite a time-consuming task.
Step 1 – Set up your Equipment
Grab your pan and fill it so that when you place your glass bowl in, it is just underneath, like a Ban-Marie. Begin to heat the water to a gentle simmer.
Step 2 – Melt Beeswax and Shea Butter
Next you want to add your grated beeswax and shea butter into the glass bowl and allow it to melt over the heat. Make sure it completely melts before moving onto the next step.
Step 3 – Add in Almond Oil
Now its time to add in your almond oil. Take your pan off the heat when adding this, and stir it in until it has melted and combined.
Step 4 – Add in Essential oils and Vitamin E
When the almond oil has been combined, you want to add in the vitamin e oil and lavender. Now, this step can be optional, however I feel like adding the rose and lavender makes the mixture smell more like Lush’s Ultrabland. They also have good effects on the skin. Just be careful when using near your eyes to remove make up.
Step 5 – Pour into pots
I moved my pots over to the sink to pour it into the pots. I thought this would be better for cleaning up any spills, even though I had my protective mat down on the worktop. Once you have filled your pot, pop the lid on and allow to set. This can take a few hours. You can place it in the fridge to set quicker.
There you have your own made DIY Ultrabland. Quite simple once you have all the ingredients.
DIY Ultrabland Advice:
There are some precautions when using this recipe; which are really for keeping the product going for longer. Make sure that water does not enter the pot, this can cause it to spoil and allow bacteria to grow in your DIY Ultrabland. Also use clean hands or a small spatula to remove it from the pot, as this will hopefully, again, reduce the chance of bacteria being added and growing in the pot.
Keep the pot in a cool dry place and out of direct sunlight too. You should be able to keep this for approximately 6 months, however if you use regularly it will be gone in no time.
I am a total newbie when it comes to making my own products. I have adapted The Makeup Dummy’s version and made it
This recipe also doesn’t contain all of the same ingredients to the original Lush version. That might be another experiment for me to have a go at. I will keep you posted if I do!
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As always, thanks for reading!