Being a lifestyle/beauty blogger, I love trying and reviewing all sorts of different beauty products but there is something that I just adore about sampling face masks. I have tried all kinds of different masks from the drugstore that claim to clean your pores in seconds and be extremely beneficial for your skin, but I never noticed a big difference. The next day, my pores were just as huge and my skin was just as dry.
After I heard of and contacted the luxury subscription box company MapleBlume, they were gracious enough to send me a box for review and I discovered the amazing Herbivore Botanicals Clay Mask. I had never yet tried a clay mask and I was under the impression that the inside contents would be ready for use (am I crazy for thinking that? Probably). When I opened the jar I found a pretty sweet tub of sandy goodness that needed to be mixed with water in order to use, and I loved that you had to make it yourself because I actually felt productive for once!
I have used this mask 3 times so far in a matter of 2 weeks to observe changes on my skin and the effect of 2 weeks.
Below is a description of the mask and the ingredient list retrieved from the website:
This is a truly beautifying and skin softening mask. Great to use before a night out or anytime your skin needs some extra nourishing and TLC. There are no fillers in this mask, just skin softening totally natural botanicals and clay.
Truly Natural. Everything we create contains the finest all-natural ingredients, with an emphasis on ingredients that are plant-based, organic, and food-grade. Each ingredient is included for a therapeutic reason. No animal testing is conducted on our products or ingredients. All of our oils are cold-pressed or steam distilled. These are the best extraction methods available and lead to premium quality oils. All products are made in small batches in the USA.
French Pink Clay: Pink Clay is excellent for cell renewal, skin rejuvenation, and improving elasticity. It is high in Iron Oxide and Silica which help to regenerate skin tissue.
Rosehip: Comes from the fruit of the wild rose plant, naturally rich in essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6, and 9 that regenerate skin cells and repair damaged tissue. Rosehip is also high in trans-retinoic acid which aids in preventing premature aging.
Chamomile Flowers: Naturally soothing and anti inflammatory, chamomile flowers are gentle and effective at soothing and de-puffing inflamed skin.
Full list of ingredients: French Pink Clay, White Kaolin Clay, Organic Rosehip Powder, Organic Rose Powder, Organic Chamomile Powder
This product goes for $22.00 USD and $28.89 CAD on the Herbivore Botanicals website. I did not purchase this product on its own as I received it in my Mapleblume monthly subscription box; you can read the review here. Compared to industry standards for masks (especially natural, homemade masks), this price is relatively cheap.
This product comes packaged in a small, easy to open cylinder container. I like the simple essence of this container with a white label containing just the product and company name and the ingredient list on the back. I also loved the pink colour and the element of surprise before you open the container. This gives it a girly touch as well as makes you wonder what kind of texture the mask will be.
The mask comes visibly in a pink powder-like substance. Once mixed with water, it turns into an orangey-pink. On the face, it looks like a mix between brown and orange.
You can’t really smell the mask once you remove the lid. When you add water to the contents in a bowl and then apply to the face, the scent is a strong musty smell but I don’t mind this at all, considering you know that what you’re putting on your face is 100% natural.
I was surprised with how light this scrub feels once mixed with water. When you first pour the contents out into a bowl in order to be mixed, it is almost like you are dealing with sand. Once mixed with water and applied to the face, it feels like you are applying a very light watery mask to your face. The product doesn’t sit heavy on the face at all.
This container is 60 mL and you really don’t need a large amount in order to cover your whole face with this mask. If you use this about 1-2 times a week, it would likely last you up to a year.
Just like any face mask, after the mask is applied to the face in circular motions, it becomes dry and can be removed after about 10 minutes. I have noticed that with many other face masks my skin felt noticeably more dry after removal and I had to apply moisturizer immediately. With this mask, my face wasn’t as dry and my pores felt a lot cleaner. My skin was immediately smooth and even looked more radiant than it had before.
If you haven’t had a chance to try out a clay face mask but are looking for the opportunity, get this mask today! You won’t regret it!