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If you follow me for some time you may have noticed that I love a good face mask. And having combination skin, I can (have to) use all the different types, from deep cleansing to moisturizing and nourishing ones. I have a particularly developed love for The Body Shop facial masks – they have a nice variety, interesting ingredients and they keep adding new masks to their collection. There is a mask for everyone! You can also get a small sample of a mask that you’re interested in, which is great because a few didn’t work for me. But the ones that I liked, I ended up falling in love with. One of the masks I keep repurchasing is their Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Face Mask, for which they provided me a sample, and I went back the week after to buy the full size. So after using up a few jars, it was time to share a review of this wonderful product.
As you can see, my favorite way to relax is with some coffee and a good face mask. Winter is here, and we all need to nourish and take a bit more care of our skin.
Although not the most important, I love the packaging of this mask. It comes in a gorgeous glass jar that looks great in my washroom, and I’ve been reusing these jars to store all sorts of things, like buttons, safety pins, etc. I don’t really see the point of the white plastic cover under the plastic cap, though, since it doesn’t fully seal the jar (anyone can lift it and put it back), and I find it annoying every time I use the mask, so I just toss these away. I wish they added a real seal under the cap to make sure the product is preserved and not touched.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Mel/Honey/Miel, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-150 Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Caramel.
This mask is vegetarian and formulated without parabens, paraffins, silicones or mineral oils.
The mask itself has a thick gel consistency and a slightly sweet honey scent that is not too strong. I actually love the scent and it doesn’t cause my migraines like some scents can. If you are bothered by the jar packaging, you can scoop some of the mask on a little plate like I did here (spatula not included), but if you don’t care that much you can apply the mask straight from the jar.
The mask feels a bit cooling on my face. I find that after about 15 minutes it dries down a little bit, but not completely, and it doesn’t drip at all during this time, due to its thick consistency. Surprisingly, it’s a bit hard to remove, and it takes me a while to wash it off, but it’s definitely worth the effort – my skin is always so soft after using it. I recommend removing like it with a wet washcloth or a little masking sponge and then rinsing the leftovers from your face, that way it’s much quicker and easier to remove it.
I seriously love this mask, and I use it a couple of times a month, depending on my skins needs. I often use charcoal and clay masks to clear blemishes and blackheads, and follow with moisturizing and soothing masks like this one to nourish my skin afterwards. What really distinguishes this mask from other gel masks is the consistency – it’s so think that it never drips, so if I can’t sit and relax, I can still wear the mask and do other things without any worry. This makes it so convenient, which I assume is the biggest reason I keep reaching for it.
Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Face Mask retails for CAD $28/ 75 ml, and it should have about 20 uses in one jar. Depending on whether I use it all over or just on my cheeks, and how often in one month I use it, it can last me for months. It’s definitely worth the price.
I also recommend you join the Love Your Body Club, which gives you points on every purchase, and you’ll get a $10 reward for every 100 points ($1 = 1 point). I also get a $10 reward on my birthday.
Have you tried this mask, or any other The Body Shop masks? What is your favorite mask ever? What is your favorite The Body Shop product?