Lush Cosmetics : dream steam

It's been WAY too long since I last reviewed anything. This has been on my to-do list for ages, but I've been putting it off because sadly, I have to give a bit of a negative review! :( 

My exploring in the land of skincare products led me to the 'dream steam' steamer tab. I have horrible pores. They're visible, and gross. I'm talking blackheads, and I'm so embarrassed right now! Having fallen deeply in love with face masks, and wanting to get as much as I can out of them, I had this idea that using a steam treatment before applying a face mask would open my pores up more and allow the ingredients in the mask to really get into my awful skin and make it less offensive. This may well be 'the done thing' but I am really in unfamiliar territory here so forgive me for pointing out the obvious if that's the case. 

Lush has two steamer tabs on offer; the dream steam and tea tree. Having no idea which would be best, I bought both... That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

The dream steam looks adorable!! So pure and innocent! The smell it produces is pretty non-specific and very delicate... Don't let yourself be fooled by this. My nose was assaulted by a horrible smell that made this experience a real test of both my endurance and my gag reflex.

What you have to do, is pop this little tab into a bowl of recently boiled water, drape a towel over your head and the bowl, meditate for 5-10 minutes then wipe your skin with the dream steam infused water which is now a toner you can keep in the fridge for a week. I used a big pyrex bowl which had to sit on the loo to be at the right height for me to sit on the floor in my zen position with a towel on my head. I tell you, I'm so glad I was on my own in the flat. I felt ridonkulous!!

The tab really does fizz, true to form with Lush products!! I loved the cute little flower buds in the water. They served as a perfect distraction from the awful fumes that were punching me in the face. I hate having to say this!!!!! :( I have no idea which ingredient it is that my olfactory nerve simply loathes but I wish I did. It's a smell I have come across plenty of times in my life, and sadly not in a positive light.. I'm struggling to find an alternative way to say it reminded me of acidic reversed food.

Quantitative Ingredients
*occurs naturally in essential oils

 To it's credit; the dream steam it did it's job! My skin was lovely and soft, felt clean and ready for the next treatment in my plan of attack. It almost had a glow to it but I did wonder if that was just my eyes being a bit funny from the steam! The horrible smell I can't identify hung at the back of my throat for ages and I felt positively nauseated from it... to the point of near dry-heaving.


Do I keep trucking with this £2.50 steamer tab because it's good at it's job and just grit my teeth with the horrible smells? My gut instinct tells me no, but I'm all for second chances and acquired tastes, so I think I will go once more with this product before adding it to the 'no' list. I don't think I'd be this forgiving for many other companies!

What can I say.... I have a real soft spot for Lush! 


  1. Great review! A dilemna indeed, noone wants to smell something nasty, but if its doing a good job, then is it worth it? :)
    Carrie:Brighton xx

  2. Oh this is disappointing as initially it sounded lovely!!! A bit of a shame it didn't pan out. Maybe they will develop a nicer smelling tab, as the idea is great, especially as it forms a toner to use for the week.

    Lyndsay xx


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