“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Body Wash/Cleanser / Subcategory: Mask / What it does: Cleanses, „
I ordered this interesting sounding 'Moroccan Clay Hair & Face Mask' on my last bulk buy from Yves Rocher as it promised great things and well, basically I just wanted it.
"..To rediscover your beauty lose yourself in the traditions of a turkish bath with Tradition De Hammam.."
This is a mask that states it is both suitable for the facial area and hair - is that possible? This is more the reason for my ordering as it was more out of curiosity than desperately needing such an item, but if it gives good results then bonus!
The actual clay mask comes housed in an upright standing tube that comes in a standard size of 100ml. The tube is quite exotic looking and is in a bronze colour with the lettering being in a copper font.
The access to the mask is via the flip top lid which is at the base, and unlike a recent Yves Rocher product that I have just reviewed this is actually very easy to open/close.
The clay mask is exactly how it sounds - like clay! The consistency is thick and similar to mud masks whilst the texture is at first greasy to the touch before drying quickly when exposed to the air.
This features the organic argon oil which to be honest I haven't heard of before but according to Yves Rocher it's one of beauty's best kept secrets and is the fruits of the argan tree which are then dried in the sun enabling the kernels to be collected before being made into oil. It promises that it contains softening properties and Yves Rocher rarely let me down with their products so if they say it's good I'll take their word for it..
I have owned this product for over one month now and have used it approximately twice a week, which after reading the blurb on the back of the tube it says twice a week is the recommended usage.
On opening the lid and squeezing some of the clay mask out it has a wonderful smell which is presumably the argon oil. To describe it I would say it is quite a sweet nutty scent, not dissimilar to almond oil so the fragrance is pleasant enough.
I decided to go the whole hog and apply this to both my face and hair on the first occasion to see if it gave the results it promised.
I applied a small sized '10p' blob firstly to my face and neck, and found that this seemed to be enough to cover all the area without being too thinly spread out. Almost instantly I could feel it starting to dry on my skin just like when I have used mud masks, this is the same routine.
Using on my hair was very strange! I shampooed and rinsed my hair firstly before applying a more generous quantity to cover all of my hair similar to if I was applying a hair mask. This felt very odd and I wasn't overly convinced that this would do anything positive for my hair at all so was very dubious.
After leaving on my face and hair till it had all dried (approximately 15 minutes in total) I started to rinse off with tepid water. I found the mask washed away very easy from my skin and it felt smoother as I was washing it off so I could tell the results were going to be good..on my skin anyway!
My hair..oh dear this was a disaster it has to be said! It took an extremely long time to rinse the clay mask away and despite my following the instructions exactly it didn't feel 'soft and visibly more radiant' but more like matted, dry and tangled!
This is an excellent face mask that left my skin feeling velvety soft to the touch and didn't dry it out at all. I have continued using this twice a week since purchasing it and it does feel to have improved my skin definitely, so it gets full marks as a face mask. It doesn't sting, irritate nor leave it feeling dry so I'm glad I did buy it to try.
I've not however attempted to use it again as a face mask as it just left my hair feeling dreadful as once rinsed it felt ragged and dry and was impossible to style, to the point I actually washed it again straight away with a *regular* (shampoo and) conditioner.
This is an expensive product when at it's normal RRP as for this 100ml tube it is £15.50! It is currently half price at the moment at a more acceptable (but expensive in my opinion) £7.90. As per usual I only buy when on offer and bought this using a voucher for 'any product at £2.95' which is more in my price range.
To purchase this or any other Yves Rocher item log onto www.yves-rocher.co.uk.
Alternatively they have several shops dotted up and down the country or failing that Ebay always seems to have a good selection at competitive prices.
As a luxurious face mask this is ideal..just keep it away from your hair unless you want to resemble a scarecrow!
I'm deducting 2 stars for the price as it certainly isn't worth paying more than a few pounds for in my opinion, and also for the 'damage' it did to my hair, but it definitely deserves 3 stars for leaving my face and neck velvety soft.
Yves Rocher / 'Tradition De Hammam' Face and Hair mask by Yves Rocher /