DIY Ultrabland | A Lush Dupe Inspired Recipe

DIY Ultrabland - A Lush Dupe

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 Β£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!

Ingredients required for DIY Ultrabland, including beeswax, shea butter, almond oil, vitamin e oil, rose absolute and lavender essential oils.

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.”

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An open pot of Lush's Ultrabland

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.

DIY Ultrabland in a pot, surrounded by ingredients used to make it and copper lights. Paper flowers behind products.

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:

*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 made product (I use left over Lush pots).
  • Pan
  • 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.

Close up shot of DIY Ultrabland in the pot

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.

Pan ontop of a stove with a glass bowl on top (Ban-Marie style)

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.

Grated beeswax and shea butter melting over a ban marie

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.

Almond oil being added to the melted beeswax and shea butter

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.

Vitamin E Oil being added to the DIY Ultrabland mixture in a glass bowl over a pan.

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.

DIY Ultrabland being poured into pot in a sink.

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.

DIY Ultrabland made and waiting to set in a black lush pot

Disclaimer:

I am a total newbie when it comes to making my own products. I have adapted The Makeup Dummy’s version and made it to suit my skin by adding the extra lavender. As this product has been made for personal use and not to be purchased there have been no safety assessments (CPSR). There is also not an information file (PIF) available, other than the ingredients listed above. Make and use this at your own risk, and carry out a patch test if you have concerns for how it will react with your skin.

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!

DIY Ultrabland - A Lush dupe and inspired recipe

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As always, thanks for reading!

16 thoughts on “DIY Ultrabland | A Lush Dupe Inspired Recipe

    1. I have really enjoyed making my own. Yes, it does cost a bit at the start as you are buying new ingredients, but it the long run you get a great deal for the initial price! Loving essential oils at the moment, so many benefits from them!

      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. It’s not the exact Lush recipe, but it works all the same. All fairly natural products too, which can’t be too bad for your skin can they?
      I love that it is easy to make too!

      Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Glad you like…wasn’t sure how well they would go down. I’ve really enjoyed experimenting..perfect for a rainy day!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

  1. I love DIY projects and this sounds just heavenly!!! I love beauty products and ones that I can try to make myself are always intriguing! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Oh, this feels lovely on the skin! I loved making it and watching everything melt together.
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

  2. I love your DIY posts, Aimsy, they always look like such fun. I have to say I’m not a LUSH fan as I can’t bear being pounced on the second I walk through the door. And I’ve been reading today about how expensive their bath bombs are so the fact that you’ve made your own dupe, which is probably far better for your skin, is a definite win! Bookmarking this for later, thank you πŸ™‚ Lisa x

    1. Glad you like them…I’m loving creating them at the moment. There’s definitely something about making something for yourself from ‘scratch. Oh the prices are definitely high, so might as well spend it on making it yourself, as you know exactly what goes in! Might have a tinker with the recipe and see if I can add any other ingredients in, like honey!

      Thanks for commenting

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. It is great if you need to fill in the time between purchasing new ones or just using it instead.
      Skin feels lovely when using it too!

      Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. It’s such an easy make and your skin feels lovely after use!
      Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

      Aimsy xoxo

  3. This is so cool, Aimsy! I love the idea. I really want to make my own diffuser refills, I read that it is just a neutral oil like almond with essential oil added. You’ve inspired me to try some DIY! πŸ™‚ Melis (Melis Living) xx

    1. Oh, essential oils are brilliant and have a use for everything!
      Let me know what DIYs you get up to, I would love to see your projects!

      Aimsy xoxo

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