Love Lettuce: Lush’s Green Monster Mask!

Who doesn’t like a freebie? And a freebie with a conscience is all the more special. Lush, one of my all-time favorite skincare brands, gives back to the environment (and its major fans!) by offering a free face mask every time 5 clean, empty Lush pots are returned.

lush pots recycling return 5 empty pots get a Lush fce mask free

As a major Lushie, I have a whole stack of their pots and boy are they taking up precious bathroom shelf space! I finally did a ‘pot clearing’, and got rewarded with a choice of any Lush face mask I wanted to try.

I’ve tried Lush’s Ayesha and Catastrophe Cosmetic masks before, and this time round, I got attracted to the bright (almost mucky) green color of the Love Lettuce mask.

Lush Love Lettuce face mask review

The mucky green color reminds me of Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street. Add to it the gritty texture and the mucky green, and it also resembles a very unappetizing attempt at ‘clean eating’.


Before you even think of it, please don’t eat this mask! It is absolutely not fit for human consumption 🙂

However, as a mask, its pretty cool!

Product Claim:

“Love Lettuce is our exfoliating ground almond mask that scoops up dirt, oil and debris and washes it all away. Exfoliation is an important part of good skincare, as it removes the buildup of dead skin that can clog your pores and cause impurities. Love Lettuce is a great example of how just a few ingredients can make a fresh, effective product for the skin. We blend calming French lavender oil with seaweed and honey to nourish and soften skin, and to balance oily T-zones.” – Lush website. 

Key Ingredients:

  • Fuller’s Earth:  to absorb excess oil and dirt, and to thoroughly cleanse the skin.
  • Almond Shell: to exfoliate the skin.
  • French Lavender Oil: for a lovely aromatic scent, and skin hydration.
  • Seaweed: for skin nourishment.
  • Honey & Almond Oil: to moisturize the skin.

I hate to break it to you but Lush’s Love Lettuce does not contain any lettuce!

My Experience with Lush’s Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask:

I was in a rush when I picked up this mask. I fell for the green color, and when the sales lady told me it doubles up as an exfoliator, I was sold.

However, once home, I realized this mask has been made for normal to oily skin. My skin belongs to the more dehydrated end of the spectrum. With normal to dry skin, I prefer skincare products that can deliver more on the moisturizing front.

Having said that, the mask actually works quite well on my skin. Given the humidity of the UAE, Lush’s Love Lettuce mask really soaks up excess oiliness. photo

The mask dries fairly quickly. It takes 15 minutes max, and when its near-dry, I love the exfoliating feel of the gritty almond meal. It might feel a little to abrasive to some, but I quite liked this medium-level roughness. It’s a great way to slough off debris, and as I don’t plan to use this mask more than once a week, a little rough love can only do good for the skin.

My complexion looks really revved up after the mask has been washed off. The exfoliation helps to soften the skin, and overall this is a great mask to use when you want a really thorough clean.

Although Lush’s Love Lettuce mask has a number of moisturizing ingredients added in, on my drier skin, I have an almost immediate need to moisturize. I would therefore not recommend this product for very dry skin-types.

The Good:

  • It’s packed with fresh, natural ingredients!
  • I love the subtle scent of lavender in this mask.
  • As it is a fresh face mask, you need to store it in the fridge. Using a cold mask is quite a treat in these warmer months.
  • I love the fact that the mask doubles up as an exfoliator.
  • The mask really does give the feeling of tightening and soaking up excess oils, and the skin looks visibly brighter and cleaner right after use.

The Not So Good:

  • As it is a fresh face mask made up predominantly of natural ingredients, Lush’s Love Lettuce mask has a shelf life of a mere 1 month forcing you to use it more than you would otherwise.
  • The mask has to be stored in the fridge. Tell your family not to eat it! 😉
  • I wouldn’t recommend Love Lettuce for very dry skin.
  • The exfoliation level of Love Lettuce might be a bit harsh on certain skin-types.

Price & Availability:

A 75 gram tub of Lush’s Love Lettuce fresh face mask retails for AED 60, and is exclusively available at all Lush stores across the UAE.