One of Japan’s best-kept beauty secrets is not a secret…
The Body Shop released five expert face mask recipes last month that are packed with natural ingredients derived from “beauty superfoods”. The marketing on this is really focused on them being 100% vegetarian. Now maybe I’m not in the know on this, but are there masks out there that AREN’T vegetarian?
I received two masks to try out, and I took them for a test run this weekend for some lazy Sunday multi-masking!
First, let’s chat about this packaging. These come in 75ml glass jars with plastic lids, the same packaging as the Oils of Life line. The lids keep these masks airtight, which key especially with the charcoal.
You get a lot of product in here. Considering these are only $28 CAD each for double what you’d get from Glamglow for over $70, I’d say that is a freaking steal.
The Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is formulated with bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills. Like many charcoal masks I’ve used before, this helps pull impurities out of the skin and balances out excessively oily patches. There are also green tea leaves in here to help exfoliate. For me, charcoal masks are too strong for all over my sensitive skin, so I stick to the nose and forehead where I am pretty oily and have enlarged pores.
The British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask is a gel mask that has real British rose petals and Chilean rosehip oil. This formula really hydrates the skin and even makes it feel a bit plumped up. It also has a hit of Community Trade aloe vera to soothe and calm. This is perfect to use on the rest of my face, especially on the cheeks where I get mild rosacea breakouts.
I received a small sample of the Fresh Rose Face Mask for my birthday, and this is very, very similar. Now keep in mind the Fresh version is $75 for 100ml, and this is ONLY $28 for 75ml. Even the ingredients list and order is pretty similar.
My experience: The charcoal mask dried nice and tight and really sucked the oil (and blackheads) out of my pores. The rose mask smelled AMAZING and it helped nourish and calm the rest of my face which was particularly angry that day. I am definitely a fan of both of these!
Along with the two masks I reviewed, The Body Shop also has the Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask, Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask, Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask (and a Facial Mask Brush to make application easier). Just check out their Expert Mask section!
I also stumbled upon a gift set that has the Charcoal + Rose masks for only $38 CAD. THIS IS A MEGA BARGAIN!