I have recently moved house and have only just realised that I have a quite frankly ridiculous amount of unused beauty products and yet I keep buying more! I have decided to save some money by using up a lot of the lovely products that have been sitting untouched in cosmetics bags for god knows how long. One such product I found was the Montagne Jeunesse Apricot Scrub.
- The Packaging -
Like the other masks in this range the apricot scrub comes in a sachet. This means that it is a use once only product. The packet is very eye catching with bright oranges and yellows. There is a photo of a girl wearing the scrub mask with apricots over her eyes. She has a huge grin on her face implying the mask is not only good for your skin but is fun to use too. Overall this looks like a good quality skin care product.
- The Scrub -
The instructions on the packet are as follows: Cleanse face and dry. Apply evenly over face and neck with fingertips, avoiding eyes and lips. Lie back & relax for 5-10 minutes, or until dry. Rinse off with warm water. Pat dry. Use weekly. I followed these instructions perfectly with the exception of the use weekly bit. After all I only had one sachet and was trying to use up the products I had not buy more! When applying the mask I instantly noticed the lovely peachy smell. I know the ingredient used is apricots but they are very similar to peaches and for me I was reminded of peaches and cream when applying the mask. This was very pleasant. Other ingredients include mango, aloe vera and evening primrose. I couldn't smell these ingredients particularly but they are known to be very good for the skin. The second thing I noticed was how much there was in the sachet. I liberally applied the thick, creamy mask onto my face but found I had far more than I needed. If I was to buy another sachet I would probably use half and then keep the rest for another day. As expected the mask contained little grainy pieces for scrubbing and exfoliating the skin. When rubbing the mask onto your face you can roll these bits around a bit to get rid of dry skin and leave it silky soft. This makes it two products in one really as you can exfoliate and then leave the mask on your skin so the moisture and the lovely ingredients can be absorbed. I would say the mask was very easy to apply and then wash off, although I don't think I found it quite as enjoyable as the girl on the packet.
- The Results -
After washing the mask off my skin felt cleansed, refreshed, smooth and soft. I was pleased with the look and feel of my skin. These results lasted for about two days and then I felt I needed another one!
- Price and Availability -
I have seen this range of face masks in Boots and Superdrug so I assume they are widely available. They seem to retail at £1.09 or there about. I'm not sure how much I paid or where I got this from but I would say that £1.09 is a little more than I would be prepared to pay for a one time use mask. However, as there seemed to be enough in the sachet for two uses this does make it a little more affordable.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend this scrub mask and it has made me intrigued to try others from the Montagne Jeunesse range.
I recently bought a bundle of Montagne Jeunesse face masks from a discount store for a bargain price of £4. I got roughly around 20 face masks making them about 20p each. I'd never used anything from this range before because they seemed relatively expensive but I thought since they were reduced I'd give them a go.
The face mask comes in a simple sachet which you cut open to squeeze out the contents. Then you take the creamy mask and apply it to wet skin, avoiding areas like the skin around your eyes which are more sensitive. The face mask has a thick consistency which makes for easy application and gives it a luxury feel. The mask has little exfoliating particles in it which helps to get rid of dry skin and excess oils. I rubbed the mask around my face a little to get this going and then left it to dry.
After leaving it on for a little while I washed it off with ease and my skin was left feeling very soft and refreshed by the exfoliation and mask. I found that my skin was visibly clearer and my complexion more even after use, though these after effects don't last you long. The smell of the mask was a very pleasant fruity apricot smell, not dissimilar from St Ives scrub.
Overall, this is a pleasant face mask to use for a little extra scrub. I would definitely use it again though I doubt I'd pay full price.
=Montagne Jeunesse Apricot Scrub=
I love using face masques/scrubs and I like the Montagne Jeunesse scrubs as they come in individual packets, so I can try different varieties, and knowing they are a one use only I'm not putting half a packet of scrub away and forgetting where I have put it.
I purchased this from Boots as part of a 3 4 2 deal, individually the price was 99p, but you can pay anything from 79p to £1.50 depending on the mask and where you buy it from.
=For skin types=
The mask is suitable for combination, oily, dry and normal skin.
=Clay Based - Dries on=
The mask is a clay based mask and dries out, it always reminds me of concrete, the clay has apricot kernels, aloe Vera, evening primrose and mango among its properties.
Make sure there is no one around with a camera!! Otherwise that could become your face book picture!!
I give the mask a massage whilst it is in the packet to give it an even distribution onto my skin.
Then rub onto my face, avoiding the eye area. Then rest.
After 10 minutes, the mask with be like dry clay on your face, and it is now ready to be removed, this can be a bit messy.
I use a damp sponge to get the bulk of the mask off, then rinse the loose bits off with warm water, it can take about 10 minutes to get the mask off.
I can really feel the difference with my skin when i have used this mask, my skin feels and looks radiant, it does not dry my skin out, and my face feels smooth and soft.
I do try to make sure that I use a face mask weekly, as I like to give my skin a treat as it gets get brow beaten with the weather, and I don't always follow a proper skin care routine, this I feel goes some way to making up for that.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend this brand of masks and this Apricot one I give it a 5/5.
One of my regular beauty routines ever since I was a teenager has been to use an apricot scrub so when I saw that there was a Montagne Jeunesse apricot scrub mask I had to try it.
It cost me 99p from the supermarket. The mask is suitable for combination, oily, dry and normal skin. I have sensitive skin and although it doesn't say this is suitable for sensitive skin it was actually one of the more gentle masks from Montagne Jeunesse and it didn't leave my skin looking really pink afterwards like some of the others have done.
The mask is a light orange colour and made with clay and apricot kernals and packed with ingredients including aloe vera, evening primrose and mango. The smell is lovely and fresh and fruity.
I leave the mask on for 10 minutes and then wash it off. The mask hardens in those ten minutes and like all clay based masks it is a little messy and time consuming to remove. I have to splash my face several times to wet the clay and make it easier to start to remove and the I continue washing my face in clean water while gentle massaging my skin to get rid of all the clay. Even when I think I have finished there are usually still bits stuck to my skin. I now usually do masks like these and then have my shower afterwards as I think the shower makes it easier to remove the mask and to also helps with minimising the mess.
This is a really lovely mask to use and it leaves my skin looking much more radiant. Although my skin isn't left looking pink it does have a sort of glow to it after using this and it is always really soft and smooth. It doesn't exfoliate as well as my apricot scrub but it does give my skin a gentle exfoliation and it doesn't make it dry either and is left feeling soft and in nice condition.
This is one of my favourite masks to use. It leaves my skin feeling clean and revived and I sometimes use this mask if I am going to be going somewhere and want to give my skin a quick boost.
I used to use facemasks a lot when I was younger and especially in my late teens when I had a slight 'problem' skin. I then left off from using them at all right through my twenties and it wasn't until I hit my thirtieth year that I started to use them again. I have strange skin really. It has an oily T zone but then again some days it's just completely dry all over and I have to use a more intense moisturiser than I do at other times. This makes it quite difficult to actually determine what type of skin I have.
I have used a lot of the skin masks from the Montagne range before but the Montagne Jeunesse Apricot Scrub I used the other night was the first time I had used this particular one. The reason I bought this was due to its being advertised as being a facial scrub and mask in one. I had never heard of this before and as I decided my skin needed a bit of an exfoliation as well as the application of a skin mask, I decided to give this one a go.
I bought this from Sainsbury's supermarket, where they seem to offer a huge range of this brand of masks and it cost only 75p do I decided to treat myself. I use face masks only when I am in the bath and as I only ever bath at weekends (I shower the rest of the week!!) I had to wait until it was a Friday night before I used this for the first time. I wasn't able to tear off the end with my hands or my teeth so I shouted downstairs for my husband to bring me up a small pair of scissors as I was already in the bath by this point.
I gently snipped the end, slightly dampened my face with the wet flannel (as per the instructions) and applied the light apricot / orange coloured mask but used it in small circular motions. You don't just apply this mask like you do a normal face mask. As it is also a facial scrub, the idea is that you apply it in a slight circular motion to rid the face of dead skin cells and impurities, before leaving it dry and do its job as a facial mask afterwards.
The mask is of quite a thick consistency and it has a lovely light gentle fruity type of smell. It feels gritty and grainy, as you'd expect, really, as it is an exfoliating mask. It dried quite quickly and I was feeling a little bit under pressure to use the cream as an exfoliator as I could literally feel it staring to dry on my skin.
I applied to my face and neck and avoided the eye area, as directed and just lay back in the bath for then minutes.
I could feel it really tightening my skin as it was during and after about the ten minute mark I gently wiped it off with a clean wet flannel. It took a little bit of removing as bits of it remained around my nose area and along parts of the hairline so it took all a little while to make sure that all remnants were properly removed from my face and neck.
Afterwards, my skin felt very clean, very tingly and very tight. My skin looked red and I felt like I needed to 'stretch' my face so then I had to slather on an awful lot of moisturiser as I felt slightly dehydrated. I think this is a nice facial exfoliator and mask to use but only very occasionally.
Looking back on the experience, I do think it was quite a harsh product, but then maybe that's just my skin type and the way it reacted to this mask. It's not one of the more gentle facial masks I have used in this range but it definitely made my skin feel very clean, but also a little too tight and uncomfortable.
Overall, I'd say yes, I would use this mask again but only about once every few months. I think it would have been better if it had been more moisturising and a little less harsh. Possibly suited to more oily and problematic skins but still a good idea to have a facial exfoliator and mask in the one product.
I love face masks and I frequently use them as a chance to unwind and relax. I have used Montagne Jeunesse masks for several years now first starting to use them in my late teen years when I bought my first ever flat and couldn't afford to do much else but home pampering!
I usually purchase my face masks when I am shopping for my monthly food shop in Asda. I do this because the range is very large and they are usually just £1.00 or less. Also I haven't found such a big range anywhere other than Wilkinson and I don't like making a special trip in my car just for those. Last time I bought these face masks I paid just 75p each for several different ones.
This particular face mask is a scrub and there is 12g in the foil packet. This differs from most of the Montagne Jeunesse products that I have used in the past as they are usually just masks to apply and leave for 5-15 minutes before removing again. This is a combined scrub and mask with deep exfoliating and ultra cleansing properties.
When I opened up this scrub I was not particularly surprised to see a light orange coloured scrub with quite a thick consistency. There are crushed apricot kernels to help remove dead skin from my face and there is a light tropical aroma that comes from the addition of mango. I did use the full scrub in one go and I squeezed from the end of the packet down to the opening applying pressure to remove as much of this thick scrub as possible. The apricot scent definitely is the most noticeable here and it is a nice fruity scent that is quite refreshing and doesn't smell chemical based at all.
When applying this to my face I made sure my face was slightly damp before applying this and rubbing it around in small circular motions. This scrub was not rough on my skin but it was firm enough to feel like it was making a difference to the quality of my skin. This scrub did not stay moist on my skin for long and I found that by the time I was rubbing it around the bottom of my face it was starting to harden slightly at the top. I laid back in the bath and relaxed for between 5 and 10 minutes and I could feel this hardening up. This mask did tighten up considerably before I started to remove it with a soft flannel (which I often do with scrubs) and the mask took a few minutes to wipe off completely. My skin felt refreshed but tighter after using this and it wasn't an unpleasant sensation at all. I felt like I had relaxed more for having this scrub dry on my skin and lying back for a few minutes. When washing this mask off it became runny and a little watery and this smoothness was the perfect end to using this product.
Overall I would say that this scrub/mask worked fantastically well for my skin type. I have oily patches around my chin and this is my main problem area at the moment. This scrub was gentle enough not to irritate this area but also firm enough to make a different to some of the dry skin that I had on my cheeks (from the cold weather we have been having until recently). My skin looked fresh after using this and overall it felt better for at least 2 days after using this. My skin looked glowing for the first day after using this too which was fantastic as I was having lunch with my friends and they commented on how good I looked (particularly important for me as I've been going through a hard time in life at the moment). I felt that my skin wasn't dried out because of this and overall I am really pleased with the quality of this mask. I will definitely use it again, particularly for under £1.00 as I felt relaxed and refreshed after using it and I didn't suffer any spots (other than those I already had!) after using this.
I don't often use face masks as my skin is quite temperamental and face masks can often leave my face bright red, or dry my skin out. Nevertheless though I was very grateful when I received a huge bundle of the Montagne Jeunesse face masks last Christmas.
This isn't a brand that I am too familiar with, but I am aware that it is quite an affordable brand, to put it nicely - this particular mask, the apricot scrub one is only around a pound per 12 gram sachet, and the sachet is enough for one application. The really cheap price did put me off trying the mask a little as I was worried that it would be cheap and nasty & full of chemicals, but after having a read of the ingredients and seeing how many natural things are in it I was impressed!
The face mask contains extracts of mango, aloe vera, apricot & evening primrose, all of which are great for the skin and this made me happy to use the face mask despite not being too sure at first. The face mask is quite easy to get out of the sachet as you simply need to tear it open and it is clearly marked where to tear.
With damp hands (I used the face mask in the bath) I did obviously struggle, as the material of the sachet is very smooth, however after towel drying them I was able to get a good grip and rip it open with no problems. Once open, I simply squeezed the contents of the sachet into the palm of one of my hands, then rubbed it over both hands and applied it to my face, avoiding my eyes.
The consistency of the face mask is very thick and luxurious - not at all runny and it is not messy to apply as the thick texture stays in one place rather than dripping off. I found the contents of the sachet to be more than enough to cover all of my face and it was the perfect amount - not so much that my face felt smothered, but enough for me to feel satisfied that the mask covered all of my face so my complexion after using it would be even.
The face mask has got lots of small, gritty particles in it which exfoliated my skin as I rubbed over my face. I have got quite sensitive skin, however this didn't feel painful or uncomfortable and I actually found the sensation quite relaxing! It exfoliated my skin thoroughly, getting rid of dead skin and leaving my face almost glowing, feeling soft and looking a lot brighter and fresher. The face mask doesn't take too much effort to wash off. It didn't have any effect on blackheads, but for a £1 face mask this is no surprise, and the company do not claim that it helps with blackheads anyway.
The smell is gorgeous and I can definitely smell the peach - it is sweet and fruity and quite fresh and it is a very feminine smell. All on all, this is a really good product, as it is cheap, smells nice and has a great, noticeable effect on my skin.
I am a fan of the Montagne Jeunesse range of beauty products. Late last year, one of my lovely reviewing friends treated me to a gift pack of various face masks and other Montagne Jeunesse product. Included in this pack was a single use sachet of the Apricot Scrub.
Suitable for : all skin types
Montagne Jeunesse face products are not tested on animals. This product is an apricot scrub which also doubles up as a face mask. It is marketed as being 'deep exfoliating and ultra cleansing'. This scrub is suitable for vegans and is also gluten and dairy free. It contains a range of natural ingredients and there is no parabens present in the ingredients list.
This face scrub is designed to offer a radiant and glowing complexion. It contains crushed apricot kernels which help remove dead skin cells, softening and soothing aloe vera and sweet mango. Other ingredients include green tea and evening primrose. The promise is that tired skin will be revitalised with this face scrub.
This is one of four face scrubs that Montagne Jeunesse offer. The majority of their product range is face masks.
This face scrub is presented in an easy to store and simple to use sachet. The sachet contains 12g of product which is sufficient for one, adult application. The sachet is foil lined for freshness. The outside of the sachet is very bright and colourful. The illustration on the front shows a happy lady with a thick, creamy face mask on and fruit over her eyes. The important product information and usage instructions are listed on the back of the sachet.
~Price and Availability~
This face scrub is widely available on the highstreet in stores such as Boots and Asda. It is also available online from www.montagnejeunesse.com priced at £1.09. The company website currently has a '4 for 3' offer and free postage when you spend £10.00 - ideal for stocking up on your favourite pampering treats!
Whilst I mainly buy and use the face masks in the range, I am always willing to try the other beauty products that they offer. I normally avoid scrubs for my face as I am always scared that they may irritate my sensitive skin. I don't really like the beetroot red look for a face so I am very wary of what I use on my face. I took a chance though as it seemed a waste to have this sachet sitting in my beauty box untouched.
Since starting a new diet around 7 months ago, my facial skin has become dryer than normal and is prone to breakouts which really annoys me. A regular face mask/treatment on top of my regular skincare routine is a must at the moment. I find these sachets to represent good value for money and they are ideal for a girly night in. They are also ideal for taking on holiday if you fancy relaxing one evening.
~Scrubba Dub Dub~
The sachet is fairly easy to tear open. Inside this sachet was a good amount of face scrub. The scrub itself is a thick cream which was almost of a soft, clay consistency. The cream was a pale white colour with lots of small, crushed apricot kernels visible. I gave my skin a quick wipe over with some tepid water in preparation for applying this product. It is recommended that you massage this scrub across your face (obviously avoiding your nostrils, eyes and mouth) and relax for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing. It is essentially a 2 in 1 (scrub and mask) product.
I found applying this product to be very simple despite the thick consistency of the cream. There was enough product to coat my skin in a fairly thick layer of cream and still a small amount left in the sachet. The cream spreads quite well and feels quite cool against my skin. I was able to detect quite a lot of scrubby kernels through the cream. I could definitely tell that this wasn't a regular face mask as I could feel the kernels exfoliating my skin as I massaged the cream across my skin. They did feel like they were doing a good job at scrubbing my skin without being overly harsh or uncomfortable.
This product has a pleasant smell which is evident when the sachet is first opening. On applying, I found that the smell reminded me of marzipan. I'm not very keen on the smell of marzipan so was glad that the scent quickly changed. The fruity, sweet aroma of delicious, fresh mangoes was evident. It is a lovely, girly scent and it makes using this product very appealing.
Once I was satisfied that the crushed kernels had performed their intended job, I left the cream to settle on my skin. During this time, I found my skin feel comfortable and I was quite relaxed. The cream dries like a regular face mask and I find this to be a pain free but rather tickly experience! After 10 minutes or so, the mask was almost completely dry and starting to crack. I do not like the process of removing any face product and this was no exception. It isn't overly messy to remove but it does cling to my skin like clay and takes a bit of scrubbing to fully remove it from my skin. I found using a flannel soaked in hot water was ideal for removing all traces of this product.
Once I had removed the mask, I gave my skin a rinse over and patted it dry. My skin did look a little on the red side at first but this quickly subsided and I was able to witness a healthy glow to my complexion. I have dry skin and this product didn't encourage any further dry patches. I found that the main benefit of this product was that my skin appeared a lot fresher and calmer looking. The kernel particles had performed well at exfoliating and buffing away the dead skin cells and my skin did feel smooth and soft to the touch. I found it to work a treat around my nose especially. I wouldn't say that this product offered a massive amount of moisturisation but I was happy to apply a thin layer of day cream after using it anyway.
I would happily use this face scrub again. It is packed full of skin kind ingredients, smells gorgeous and gives me skin a good exfoliation. I found that my dull skin was replaced with a much less tired and dewy look and this is exactly what it needed. I will be buying more of this product to use on a weekly basis as I feel it is gentle enough to use weekly as a skin pick me up.
Thanks for reading :)
I've been a fan of the South Wales based Montagne Jeunesse for a good many years and regularly use one of their face masks on a Sunday afternoon where I dedicate an hour for my "me time", so that I can unwind and enjoy a pampering session. Whilst I have quite a long list of favourite face masks, I am always on the look out for something different, particularly as there are always new developments in skin care technology. During a recent shopping trip to Asda I noticed that a number of Montagne Jeunesse's face masks were reduced to the bargain price of just 75p and despite having a huge stash at home I simply couldn't resist in making a few purchases with this review discussing my experience with using Apricot Scrub.
If you are familiar with this brand, you will be aware of the quirky foil sachets displaying a beaming female displaying the product on her face. I have found that the sachets tend to slightly differ in size with Apricot Scrub containing 12g. I would describe my skin type as T-zone, as I suffer with oil on my nose and forehead with dry patches on my cheeks. Consequently, I need to carefully consider the products that I purchase and ensure that they are well suited for my needs. Whilst Montagne Jeunesse would previously inform us of the skin type each mask would suit, unfortunately, there is no information displayed on the packaging. However, I felt assured that a number of the natural ingredients would well suit my skin type with apricot kernel oil and aloe vera leaf juice having appeared in a number of the previous masks that I've used.
Apricot Scrub is a little different to any of the other Montagne Jeunesse masks that I've previously used, which basically required application to cleansed skin, relax for a period of time and then remove. However, the product is a two in one scrub and mask, which seemed ideal for my requirements, particularly as I use facial scrubs several times each week in order to remove any dead skin cells and to invigorate and deep cleanse my skin. In addition, I favour the effect that face masks offer, as they improve the appearance of my normally pale toned skin and provide me with a healthy and radiant look for a short time after using.
The marketing information displayed on the reverse of the sachet was very tempting with the mask claiming to offer "natural pleasures" - what more could I ask for? Montagne Jeunesse would previously provide a few lines of text advising us on how to use the mask, but their newer products now display a few colourful images, which depict the tasks we need to undertake. As directed, I cleansed my skin and easily tore open the upper section of the sachet.
The pale orange creamy coloured contents offered a fairly thick consistency due to the considerable amount of crushed apricot kernels and the clay infusion, so a few forceful squeezes were required to dispense. I was initially met with the refreshing aroma of apricot, but as I applied the scrub to my face, which was a fairly easy task despite it being thick, I was able to witness a scent identical to that of marzipan. This was rather puzzling especially as there is no marzipan listed in the ingredients, but I have a feeling that the aroma was ginseng with its root being included in the scrub. I wasn't too keen on the aroma, but fortunately, it vanished within a couple of minutes. I had anticipated that the 12g sachet would offer me enough scrub for a further use, particularly as it felt fairly full. However, there was a sufficient amount for just one use.
As directed, I massaged the scrub onto my face and despite the high proportion of crushed apricot kernels, which were clearly evident both to the eye and to the touch, their grains were very gentle on my skin. I found that the scrub was beginning to dry rather quickly, so I had to ensure that I massaged it all over my face as quickly as possible, so that I could relax for the suggested five to ten minutes. I found the scrub very soothing on my skin and I experienced what I would describe as a pulsating sensation due to the mask beginning to dry and subsequently tighten. I presume this to be the natural pleasure, which was in fact, extremely relaxing.
Removal of the mask was a little time consuming, particularly as I had left it for ten minutes and it had dried solid and as a result, was beginning to crack in a few areas. I had imagined the scrub to be rather difficult to remove, but as soon as I applied some warm water, it tended to melt away and to make sure I received my money's worth I massaged it into my skin again as I rinsed with the entire process taking me only a couple of minutes.
The results were extremely impressive, as my skin felt fully invigorated and slightly tingly in addition to the surface being soft and smooth. My skin offered a healthy appearance and seemed more radiant although this was sadly, short lived. Whilst some facial scrubs and masks can leave my neck and cheeks feeling a little dry, I did not experience any issues with using, which I believe to be due to the moisturising glycerine content. The scrub had even worked its magic on the palm of my right hand, as despite generally being very soft, it appeared much smoother due to my massaging the scrub into my face.
I must admit that I was a little apprehensive when I first began applying the scrub, but I was more than happy with the results and as a result, I have since made a few more purchases, particularly as it is currently on promotion at Asda for just 75p. Montagne Jeunesse recommends that Apricot Scrub be used on a weekly basis, but as I enjoy using other face masks and scrubs, I tend to alternate. As you have no doubt guessed, I can highly recommend this product and as a result, it receives five stars from me.
All of Montagne Jeunesse products are BUAV approved as well as achieving the vegetarian standard with sachets being suitable for recycling once empty.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I like trying new [to me] Montagne Jeunesse face masks because the best make my skin look fantastic. Even the not-so-effective don't do anything really horrid to me. They don't bring me out in spots or make me feel someone has sandpapered my face! I saw that the masks were 3 for £2 in Poundworld some time ago so I asked my sister to grab me any they had that she thought would be suitable for my combination skin. As a result, I got to try the apricot face scrub..
MASK OR SCRUB?
Well it is called a scrub, but you apply it in the same way as you apply one of their masks. I have been a regular user of other face scrubs for years, in particular the St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Most of those that I have tried just require you to massage them in and then rinse them off without waiting. The MJ scrub carries the same instructions on the sachet that appear on the majority of their masks - cleanse, apply, and then leave for 5- 10 minutes before rinsing. I wasn't sure what the benefit would be of leaving the scrub on my face for a while because I thought it was the rubbing in that does all the exfoliating. They are the experts though, so I decided to follow the instructions. Although apricot is in the "headline" ingredient, it also contains mango, clay and walnut shell powder, amongst other things.
MJ promise that the scrub will deeply cleanse and revitalise your skin, leaving it glowing. It is recommended for weekly use. Like all MJ products, it is not tested on animals and contains no animal ingredients.
The scrub comes in the same sachet as other MJ products. It is easy to open and easy to squeeze out what you need. I find that the company are often very generous in the fillings of their packets so I was a bit surprised to see there didn't seem much in this one. However, appearances were deceptive and there was enough inside for two treatments.
A gorgeous aroma met me as I tore the sachet open - I could smell the strong sweet scent of the mango more than the apricot but both fruits were apparent. I enjoyed the fact the scrub smelt natural rather than of the far less pleasant "mixed fruit squash" scent you get in some products. The scrub looks most like a clay mask to me as it is a similar off white colour. It does not feel as thick though, and has more of the consistency of other scrubs. This makes it very quick and easy to apply, and perhaps a bit more pleasant too. The heavier clay products can sometimes feel a bit cold and clinging but this is fine. The most noticeable thng about the texture of this is of course the exfoliating grains. They are cearly visible and well distributed throughout. I don't like exfoliants that feel too rough or large as I feel that I don't massage these in so well as it isn't comfortable to do so. This in turn makes them less efective rather than otherwise. The MJ scrub has small exfoliating particles. They seem much bigger when you are massaging them in of course, but these things always do. They feel as they are doing a good job but not as tough they are flaying me! After thoroughly massaging the scrub in, I left it in place for 10 mins. During this time the scrub behaved more like a mask and it dried out and tightened on my face. It didn't feel unconfortable though. Once the time was up I rinsed it off thoroughly. This was very easy because even with my eyes closed I could feel where the mask was lingering due to the gritty bits under my fingers.
My skin looked quite pink at first, but this settled down within a few minutes. Once that had passed, I was really happy with the look of my face. I have large pores near my nose. I was impressed to see that they looked really clean, becuase they had definitely looked blocked before I started. The rest of my face had the clean and radiant look I associate with using scrubs in general. I won't say that the MJ product made my skin look any better than after using similar products but I do think it felt softer. It looked smooth, shine free and the dry patches on my cheeks looked and felt especially good. I often follow a scrub with a moisturiser, but I didn't feel the need to after using this one. As I had plenty left after the first use, I used it again a week later, having kept it in the fridge in the mean time. I thought I would see if the scrub worked just as well if I didn't bother to leave it sitting on my skin for 10 minutes. It did, but I was deprived of the chance to sit back and enjoy the scent so I willl stick to the instructions in future! I don't think the radiance or extra softness lasted on my skin beyond a few days so for me a weekly use wouldn't be quite enough. I suspect that I could use it more often if I needed to as it does feel gentle. [I don't suffer from sensitive skin though.]
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE SCRUB?
It smells so nice and leaves my skin clearer, softer and more radiant that I can't help but recommend it. It is also available at a good price - around £1 to £1.10 if not on offer. I will use it again, but I won't make it my regular face scrub. The only reason for this is the fact I would need to use it more than once a week to maintain results which would make it more expensive than the other scrubs I use in the long run. I also use the other products on different parts of my body on occasion which would mean getting through a lot of sachets! I will enjoy buying the MJ product from time to time, when I want to treat myself to the gorgeous smell. If you don't like the scent of mangoes or apricots, avoid this, otherwise give it a try.
Available at Superdrug, Boots, and most beauty stockists, where it is usually mixed in with the MJ face masks, rather than other scrubs.
[This review is also on Ciao under the same user name.]
For my birthday this year one of my friends made me up a little hamper with all kinds of bath and body treats for me to use. As a single mum I do find it difficult sometimes to manage "me" time regularly but when I do I like to have a long soak in the bath, use a face mask and generally give myself a little treat. The most recent face mask that I have used is the Montagne Jeunesse apricot scrub and this is my review of the product.
The apricot scrub comes in a small thin foil lined pack which is much like all of the other face masks that Montagne Jeunesse do offer so you would immediately know the brand if you spotted this on the shelf and were familiar with them. This one is a yellow coloured packaging with a background of lots of apricots and a smiling woman with the mask on her face. We are told that this apricot scrub contains apricot and mango and that it is a deep exfoliating and ultra cleansing mask. Whilst I have used various products in the Montagne Jeunesse face mask range up until now I hadn't tried a scrub and so I was looking forward to trying this one out.
Before I got in to the bath I ripped open the top of the packaging and this is quite easily done although you could use scissors if you prefer. The scrub was a peachy colour with small flecks in it which were the crushed apricot kernels and which would obviously make up the scrub part. What hit me immediately with this product was the smell and I can only liken it to apricot fromage frais that my son used to have when he was a baby! It is a very sweet and of course fruity smell and it made the product more appealing to me from the onset.
Applying the scrub on to my freshly cleansed face was easy enough and I just rubbed it in to my skin before moving on to another area. The scrub is quite rough as you would expect on the skin but not so much that it hurts or anything. Once I had massaged the scrub in to my face I left the cream all over my face and climbed in to the bath where I left it for around ten minutes. The scrub on my face began to harden like many of the face masks from Montagne Jeunesse do and I do prefer this as I think they seem to produce better results for my skin. The scrub didn't make my skin tingle or anything like that and I suffered no reaction from it.
When I washed off the face mask obviously the scrub part of it went over my skin a little again but this wasn't uncomfortable at all. When it was all rubbed off at first I was a little dubious as my skin felt a tad dry but after just a couple of minutes I could tell my skin was squeaky clean and some enlarged pores on my face seemed to have really settled down as well. My skin felt soft and clean to the touch and I have to say I was impressed with the results to be honest. I would certainly use this one again as I liked the scrub action as I felt it was really doing something for my skin as well as being a relaxing treat.
Should you be interested in purchasing this face mask I can advise it costs £1.09 from the Montagne Jeunesse website but places like asda do stock a good range so you may find one there.
Thank you for reading my review!