This was purchased awhile ago from Urban Outfitters with my Aromatica Damask Rose Soothing Gel purchase and as I had mentioned earlier, I use this clay mask with the Rose gel as my liquid base. You can use any kind of liquid base (water, aloe vera, honey and yogurt come to mind) but keep in mind that for it to dry, the liquid base you’ve chosen must also evaporate so for example, honey or yogurt may take much longer than water to evaporate. It was $16 USD without shipping.
Overall the mask is effective and when used with the rose gel it’s even better. Read on for full details!
Basically: It’s a dry clay mask that requires you to add a liquid base to turn it into a mask that you can apply. As it allows a level of customisation, it is quite a fun activity and 10/10 would do at a sleep over (if I was 16 and had sleep overs.)
The good stuff: Ingredients list is clean and simple and the liquid base is customisable so if your skin is dry you can use a honey or yogurt base for nourishment while still having the purifying qualities of clay go to town on your problem areas. It also smells so good, roses and a hint of herbs – can anyone say heaven? The best part about this mask is that it works so well. On my face it really brightened my skin and drew out a lot of oils from my oily areas (nose, cheeks, forehead) without drying my skin out and did not leave that signature ‘squeaky clean’ feel that often accompanies clay masks. I also used it on my brother’s face and he has had issues with acne and scarring for years. The mask drew out a lot of excess oils from his face and also diminished the appearance of his scars (even the really deep ones). I think it has more to do with the removal of oils from his face that gives the appearance of diminished scarring rather than it actually having any affect on the scars. Whatever the case, it works.
Other than that, the effect lasts quite a while – on me it lasted a few days and on my brother it lasted at least a week. Not sure why that is but it could be because he has never taken care of his skin.
Ingredients: Kaolinite (rose clay), rhassoul clay (Moroccan lava clay), Rosa centifolia (rose) petals*, essential oil of Aniba rosaeodora (rosewood). *certified organic
I use a ratio of 1:2 for the mask. I usually use half a teaspoon of clay to one teaspoon of gel for myself but if I really wanted to pack it on I use one teaspoon of clay to two teaspoons of gel.
Issues: Other than the fact that you have to prepare the mask before using (which, may be a positive depending on how you see it) I don’t have any gripes with this product. Packaging wise, I think it isn’t too bad but I would like to have an extra seal on the lid as it is possible to twist open the lid and accidentally spill it. That being said, it was only $16 USD so it’s not exactly a luxe product.
In a Nutshell:
One of the better performing clay masks I’ve tried that doesn’t leave my skin dry and itchy.
Love: Clean ingredients list, effective, clears pores of oil, washes off easily, smells heavenly and doesn’t leave my skin dry and tight after use.
Do not love: Wish there was an inner seal to protect against accidental spillage but it’s not a huge problem.
I rate it: 4.5/5 One of the best clay masks I’ve ever used.