A couple of weeks ago my sister gave me three of the The Body Shop Face Masks because she didn’t use them anymore. I had only ever tried one when I was chilling with her but aside from that I didn’t have any experience with them. And that was exciting for me because I have been wanting to try out these masks for such a long time now and now I finally got the chance to do so. Obviously I immediately started trying the masks the day after I got them and therefore I feel like I’ve not gathered enough information about them and have a proper amount of experience with them to tell you guys everything about them. So, if you’re interested in finding out what these three The Body Shop Face Masks are like and whether or not you should try them yourself, make sure you continue reading this post!
The first face mask I want to tackle in today’s post is the only one I had tried before my sister gave these three to me. This is the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. It’s one of those typical mud masks and it comes in a really pretty packaging. The jar is made out of glass and feels very heavy. That in combination with the look of the lid creates a really pretty look. I think that the jar looks really professional and classy and I love having it on display. The size of it is also pretty decent from the looks of it. It comes with 75 ml of product. I don’t know how average that is and how long that will last you, but in general I think it’s pretty decent.
The thing with this charcoal mask is that it does dry out relatively quick. At the same time it is a pretty heavy mask, even for my oily skin, and therefore one you shouldn’t use too often. That being said I think it’s okay that it doesn’t come with a ton of product because you wouldn’t be able to finish it all before it goes bad.
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask – €20
Having said that, let’s take a look at the claims. According to The Body Shop this mask with be intensely purifying. It’s a 100% vegan clay mask inspired by the old Ayurvedische traditions and made from bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and biological tea tree oil. It’s supposed to have a tingling sensation, it absorbs excess oils, removes dead skin cells in an effective way and it will result in a more healthy looking complexion.
I do think that these claims sound pretty interesting and it did give me high hopes for this product. After all this is a Body Shop mask and usually I think that the Body Shop products a very nice in terms of quality.
Long story short I do really like this mask. Like I said it is a pretty intense one and therefore I highly recommend not using it if you have sensitive skin. My skin isn’t sensitive at all and it did leave a bit of a red lining around my skin after washing it off, in a way it looked like you drew a line around your face of where the mask should go. This effect wasn’t painful in any way and it did go away really quickly, but then again my skin isn’t sensitive. So beware if your skin is more sensitive. I don’t think that in that case you should be using this product!
On a more positive note I do really like what this mask does for my skin. It’s a bit difficult to apply since it is a bit dried out and the texture isn’t very smooth, but once it’s on it feels really nice. Like they claimed, it indeed has this tingling sensation which feels pretty cooling and nice. It dries down pretty quickly and after 5 to 10 minutes you can already wash it off of your face. Therefore this isn’t a very time consuming mask, so one I would definitely use in the morning before I do my makeup.
Overall my experience with this mask is positive. Like I said because of the way it feels when it’s on but more so because of the way it leaves my skin feeling and looking. I don’t know why they don’t say this in their claims, but somehow this mask makes my skin feel extremely smooth. Like extremely smooth. My foundation has never gone on my skin more easy than the day I used this beforehand and my skin has never looked this flawless.
I also feel like it does a great job at calming my skin and making the red spots that were potentially going to blemishes go away. The blemishes that were already there got smaller because of this mask and therefore I think it’s great to use on oily and/or blemished skin. But again: stay clear if you have sensitive skin!
Moving on to the second mask. This is the Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask and also the one I was most excited about trying. So far I’ve never tried anything that does anything with the effects of pollution on your skin. And as a girl living in a big city I do think that’s a pretty interesting thing to try.
This mask comes in the same kind of packaging as the clay mask does. It is a nice and heavy glass jar with a big black lid. Instead of a blue label this one has a green one and I do think that it looks nice. I really like that pop of colour on the jar. Again, this one comes with 75 ml of product and that’s pretty okay to me. When you buy these face masks new from the store they also come in a box, but since I got these from my sister and she had used them already I don’t have these boxes to photograph. But then again, it’s just a box and I don’t even think that it’s very necessary that they come in one.
The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask – €20
So, let’s take a look at the claims shall we. The Body Shop claims that their indulgently creamy, 100% Matcha Tea Mask is deeply purifying, gently exfoliating and they say that it liberates your skin from the weekly build-up of city pollutants and everyday impurities. It should reveal radiant, younger-looking skin and is formulated without silicones, mineral oil, alcohol and paraffins and it shouldn’t stain your pillows. They also say that blemishes seem to reduce after using this mask and that pores become less visible. All in all this mask seemed to be right up my alley. I’m a city girl so I like the fact that this is a pollution clearing mask and I also like the fact that it will help reducing blemishes and pores.
I know that all of these things might sound a little too good to be true, but they are true. But I am in love with this mask. I actually noticed that my super enlarged pores got smaller after using it. They weren’t as out there as before and my skin also felt a lot smoother. I also noticed that my skin looked more calm and even after using it. Like all of the bad stuff was gone and a nice clean canvas was left. Using it before applying your makeup is therefore definitely an amazing idea. It really does do wonders for my skin.
The thing I loved most about it though, is that this was the most comfortable and easy to use mask out of the three. This one doesn’t get as uncomfortable as the clay mask does. Obviously it dries down, but it doesn’t feel like your skin is made out of stone and you can’t move. It’s also very easy to remove, compared to the honey mask. That one did give me kind of a hard time, while this one came off in a split second. All in all I just think that this is a very amazing product and definitely my favourite of the three.
Moving on to the last mask already. This is the Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask. This reminded me the most of the face masks I used to use back in the day. When I was younger I loved making my own face masks and usually I made one with honey and yoghurt. This one doesn’t have the yoghurt in it, but it does have a lot of honey in it which is a big skin-favourite of mine. In my experience honey is really nice for every skin type and it is really soothing.
But before we get ahead of ourselves let’s first quickly talk about other ‘important’ things. In terms of packaging this is one is the same as the other two. The only difference is the fact that it comes with a yellow label. In terms of texture this is quite different compared to the other two. The other two were more creamy while this one is pretty liquidy.
The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask – €20
According to The Body Shop this honey mask is 100% vegetarian and hydrating. It’s made from Community Trade honey, marula and olive oils for a luxurious experience. It’s also been formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone and mineral oil. With its irresistible scent, this face mask should leave the skin feeling supremely nourished, replenished and rested. All in all it sounds like an amazing mask for days you need a little more moisture. Like I mentioned before it’s also great to use after the Charcoal mask, just to calm your skin down a little. I think this mask is great for all skin types, including sensitive ones.
In my experience it was a nice product. It definitely felt very soothing on the skin and it was what I needed after using the Charcoal mask. Therefore I do like to use those in combination with each other. It made my skin feel nice and hydrated again and it also helped my skin to feel softer. It didn’t do a lot of things for my pores or blemishes in the long run, but all together I did like using it. It’s not necessarily a mask that I’d use on its own. I prefer using it in combination with one of the two other mask. But in that sense I think it’s a really nice product. However, if you do have sensitive skin, I think it’s great to use this on its own every now and then.
Like I mentioned before, this mask did give me kind of a hard time when I wanted to remove it. It doesn’t really dry down and become a whole. The consistency does stay pretty much the same all along. Because honey is a rather sticky ingredient, it just takes a little more effort to remove.
With that being said I think I can conclude that I’m a huge fan of the Body Shop Face Masks. All three of the masks I tried were really nice in their own way. They all have different purposes, but they can work together really nice as well. My personal favourite is the Japanese Matcha Tea Mask, but the other two are nice as well. Which one will work the best for you will definitely depend on your skin type and concerns. Anyhow, I do like these masks a lot and therefore recommend trying them if you’re looking for a high-quality face mask.
With that being said I think it’s time to end today’s post. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s review and be sure to let me know which of the three face masks would be your favourite!