rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


I have used Lush dream wash before many times. I would say it was one of the few washes that I could use that didn’t irritate my skin, so either I’m now more sensitive or they’ve changed the recipe.

I have NEVER been able to use Dream Cream however, which is the body lotion that matches this shower wash. The Dream Cream has similar ingredients but also lots of parabens and perfume. Not great for eczema skin even though they say it is great for those with eczema.

This is what Lush say about Dream Wash:

Lush Dream Wash - irritated my skin.  Not great for eczema

Lush Dream Wash – irritated my skin

A soft and gentle shower wash that’s packed with the best ingredients to soothe and cool sore or sensitive skin. Scoop this out with your hand and use as you would a shower gel. Its soft blend of soap, soothing aloe vera gel and calamine gel will leave you feeling cool, calm, and perfected. Tea tree oil is antiseptic and antibacterial, while rose absolute calms redness.

*packed with the best ingredients they say.
Shall we see?

List of ingredients in Lush Dream Wash

  • Calamine Powder
  • Water (Aqua)
  • Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel
  • Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil
  • Glycerine
  • Sodium Stearate – One of the least allergy causing of the sodium salts and fatty acids. Non irritating to the skin
  • Sodium Hydroxide Caustic soda. The FDA banned this for use in household liquid drain cleaners. If too much alkaline is used, dermatitis of the scalp can occur. If ingested causes vomiting, prostration, and collapse. Inhalation causes lung damage. LIQUID DRAIN CLEANERS? IT’S NOT ALLOWED IN LIQUID DRAIN CLEANERS? Then what the deuce is it doing in my Dream Wash? I’m not sure I want that on my skin…ever again.
  • Rose Absolute
  • Chamomile Blue Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Sodium Chloride – common table salt
  • EDTA or Ethyelenediamine Tetraacetic Acid – may be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes and cause allergies such as asthma and skin rashes. Oh lovely. In a product sold for sensitive skin.
  • Tetrasodium Etidronate, or Tetrasodium ETDA is made from formaldahyde which is also a carcinogen. No thank you.
  • *Linalool – may cause allergic reactions. Has been linked to eczema
  • Perfume – who knows what this means. What kind of perfume me wonders?

I know a lot of Lush products contain parabens but I thought this product was OK. However digging out my Cosmetic ingredients bible and checking the ingredients proves to me there are a few suspicious ones in there. Very dodgy if I’m honest.

Anyone else had problems with this dream wash? or is just me? Not quite as bad as what Dove sensitive skin soap did to me, but not far off. My whole body is a mess at the moment after this Lush attack but we’re on the mend. Thanks to PurePotions Skin Salvation on the worse bits, aloe vera and Lots of Epaderm on top.

And if this blog post interested you, you might like, “Allergic to Dove soap ingredients”.



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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