This product is my holy grail mask to get rid of my acne. I use this at least 3 times a week and it significantly clears up my breakouts after using it for about one week. When I first bought this I was a bit hesitant because other mask that claims to be for acne prone skin just doesnt do the trick for me. My pimples weren't those kind that is red and patchy with visible pus but its huge clogged bumps on my forehead, sides of my cheeks and my nose. After hearing recommendations on YouTube I decided to give this one a try and the next thing I knew my skin was soon close to being flawless and people started complimenting me on having glowing skin. I also noticed that after you rinse the mask off, squeezing my blackheads becomes so much more easier as I have very stubborn blackheads. My blackheads are those kind that doesnt budge even when I use a pore strip or anything like that so I have to squeeze it out by hand instead. The self-preserving one is better in my opinion because it doesnt dry up and crack like the original one and it is therefore much more easier to rinse off. My holy freaking grail mask. It exfoliates well, help me controlling the oiliness of my T-zone. People who hv problems with blackheads/whiteheads must be so happy with this product because it helps. It really does. When I was using this mask my skin is very plumped, clear and brightened. These days when I can't buy it anymore, I've been trying to find something to replace it but it's been impossible :( i need this mask to come back to my lifeeee
I purchased this product as my skin has been playing havoc recently, full of blemishes and spots. According to Lush, Mask of Magnaminty is made with peppermint oil to stimulate, marigold oil and chlorophyllin to treat the skin. It is designed for skin that is mis-behaving. It also has evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate the skin as you remove it. There’s also mineral rich kaolin to nourish and antibacterial honey, helping to leave skin looking bright and refreshed.
This mask comes in 2 sizes 125ml at £5.50 and 315g at £9.75. The mask can be either preserving - lasting only a few weeks in the fridge, or self preserving; with a longer shelf life out of the fridge. I purchased the 315g, self- preserving formula.
The first thing that hit me was the fragrance of the mask. It smells wonderfully fresh and minty. Identical to mint/choc chip ice cream! The mask is green in appearance and has is slightly gritty to touch due to the aduki bean granules. The mask has a thick consistency, which makes it easy to scoop out of the pot and apply to the face. Roughly a desert-spoon amount of mask is needed to cover the whole face. Immediately on application, the menthol effect of the mint can be felt on the skin. It soothes and angry spots without stinging or burning and stays put without sliding off.
Lush recommend using this for around 5-10 minutes, but I sometimes keep it on for slightly longer as it smells so nice! When ready to remove, its best to add a little water then gently rub the skin to exfoliate. The aduki beans are not too harsh on my face as i wash it off. There is a fresh feeling on my face after I remove the mask, thanks to the peppermint, but my face is not tight or dry.
My skin looks refreshed and my spots are slightly calmer after using this. The product can also be used on the body if there are any issues with acne elsewhere. I would definitely recommend this mask to someone with issues with spots/acne. It hasn't stopped my spots, but it helps calm my skin and dry up any blemishes in times of trouble. The mask is reasonably priced and contains natural ingredients. I will, without a doubt; be buying this again!
I have been a fan of Lush for some time now, as the natural ingredients seem to work well for my sensitive skin. As a busy working mom however the time I get to wallow in the bath with a face mask has greatly diminished over the last year. So whereas before I could order a nice fresh face mask and easily use the tub before the use by dates were up I recently seemed to pop the in the fridge and never get round to using them more than once. So i decided to try the Mask of Magnaminty. This is a face mask like the others but due to the ingredients does not go off as quick giving it a much more lengthy use by date.
The mask is advertised as a multi purpose mask to clean, calm and clear skin anywhere on the body of face, and then acts a light exfoliater as you remove it. It is crammed with natural ingredients to pack a punch on your skin.
Evening Primrose Seeds
These all have an important benefit to skin, for instance, the Kaolin absorbs grease, the Honey is moisturising, the Peppermint oil cools and invigorate skin and the Aduki Beans and Primrose Seeds gently exfoliate. It really is a packed pot of skin goodness.
To use you simply apply generously over the skin, I only use this on my face and neck, and leave for 5-10 minutes. It is a very thick gloopy mask that smears on to skin easily and thickly. It does tingle when its on, but even with my sensitive skin I never had an adverse reaction. After 10 minutes is partly dries and you simply wash off. I find a flannel works best as it is a very thick mask and does take some washing off. As you remove you can feel it exfoliating.
Once removed my skin always feels deeply cleaned, exfoliated and fresh. It also isn't too drying so you dont need to slather on loads of moisturiser to compensate after using it. You get a nice healthy glow from it, and my skin looks so much better since using it, even if I only use it now and again. People have commented the day after i have used it on how healthy I look, or that my skin looks better so it must work.
For £9.25 you get a mahoosive 315g pot that lasts ages!
I purchased this lush face mask two months ago so I could start sorting my skin out before my leaving prom . I got the full size of this product and up to now I have absolutely loved it . I have been using it twice a week or more depending on how bad skin was feeling. I didn't always put it all over my face recently I have just been putting it on the areas that need a lot of help.
The packaging of the product is a nice black tub. It is very simple yet sterdy . You get an amazing amount of product for the price. The best thing about the packaging is the tub. At lush if you collect 5 of these black tubs and take them back to lush you receive a free fresh face mask in full size which is an amazing benefit.
The mask itself is very thick in texture. It is a green colour like seaweed and has things in it which exfoliate your skin a lot leaving your skin feeling smooth and very clean. The scent is quite unusual and personally I am not mad about it. It has a slight smell of mint .
The way I apply this mask varies depending on my skin that day. The downfall to this product is washing it off as it is pretty messy .
Overall I would really recommend buying this face mask and I will certainly buy it again when I have ran out. It made my skin glow and feel amazing it also cleaned up all of my blemishes making my skin perfect for prom .
I had a bit of a Lush spree last month, and this was one of the items that I bought as I had been looking for a decent face mask, and this one really appealed to me, as it was billed as a dual mask, and was suitable for spot prone areas on the back as well as the face. I have very oily skin, which has gotten worse since I had to come off the pill for medical reasons late last year, and I am always looking out for a miracle product that will help control the oiliness. I had also used a mint julep mask in the past which I found very effective, so this was another plus
This mask contains peppermint oil to stimulate, marigold oil and chlorophyllin to treat the skin and evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate as you remove it. It does say that to remove this mask, you should scrub it off.
When I first opened the lid, there was a strong peppermint scent, and I was worried that maybe this would irritate my eyes somewhat, but once I had applied the mask, this disappeared. The mask is easy to apply, as it's not too thick and smooths onto my skin. It feels cool to the touch, and seems to cool more as it dries, so that when I rise it off, my skin feels really refreshed. The slight cooling effect also seems to leave me feeling very pampered, and as though I can really feel this mask working it's magic.
I use this a couple of times a week and I have found that this mask does seem to temporarily improve the appearance of my skin. I was concerned that this may have caused spots, but so far, it doesn't seem to have. It does however, dry out any existing spots making them look less noticeable, and is very handy for those occasions where I get the painful lumps under my skin that can happen when you have adult acne problems. I also use a small amount on any painful or red spots, as I find that this mask really helps dry out spots.
This mask costs £5.25 for 125g and £9.25 for 315g. It is expensive compared to some masks, but you only need a tiny amount each time, so a pot should last a long time. I've had mine a month, using it 1 - 2 times a week and I seem to have barely made a dent in my 125g pot.
I would really recommend it to anyone who suffers from oily or problem skin. As you only need a small amount each time, a pot should last a long time. I have found that in the past some cleansers and masks for problem skin have irritated my sensitive eyes, but I have had no issues with using this mask. I have never used this on my back, as I'm not that bendy, but I would imagine it works really well for back acne as well.
Ingredients are as follows:
Bentonite Gel, Kaolin, Honey, Talc, Ground Aduki Beans, Glycerine, Evening Primrose Seeds, Peppermint Oil, African Marigold Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, *Limonene, Perfume, Chlorophyllin, Methylparaben
Lush is full of lovely creations which are packed full of natural goodness. I admit to being more than a little addicted, having to buy a product each time that I walk past the store. My latest product of choice was the Mask Of Magnaminty.
What does the product do?
The product has been designed for those who suffer from blemished or oily skin. It has been created for use on the face and back. The face mask contains Primrose seeds and Aduki Beans which promise to exfoliate away the layers of dead and dull skin revealing the healthy layers underneath and to prevent the formation of spots. Kaolin is included in order to draw impurities and excess oils out of the skin and Peppermint oil promises to stimulate the skin leaving it looking brighter and healthier. Honey claims to soothe and heal the skin while Glycerin will give it a burst of moisture.
How do you use the product?
You need to scoop some of the product from the pot and smooth it onto cleansed and dry skin on the face and back, carefully avoiding the eye area. It should be left to get to work for around 15 minutes and then removed with a damp flannel before splashing off the excess with cool water. This is one of the rare Lush products that doesn't need to be stored in the fridge.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within the standard black Lush pot and some extra information is given about the product on the pot. The mask will cost you around £5 for 125 grams or you can buy a larger pot if you really like it. It can be bought from your local Lush store or from its online website.
Application and Performance
The product smells minty just as you would expect it to smell from the name of it. It smells just like mint choc chip ice cream to me which isn't my favourite smell but it isn't off putting enough for me not to use it. It is pale green in colour and it looks like mint ice cream that has melted slightly. It has a thick and creamy consistency with some lumps and bumps mixed in between.
The product is easy to remove from the pot. It is easily smoothed onto the skin and the consistency is both runny enough and thick enough to make this a simple and mess free process. It feels pleasant but heavy on the skin and although it has peppermint in it, it doesn't sting or tingle on the face. I don't need to use this product on the back as I don't need to use it there so I can't comment on this. It looks funny on the face so you won't want to answer the door wearing this!
The aroma of the product is strong throughout the process and it can't be ignored. It doesn't get sickly but I don't particularly enjoy it. Once the time is up, you need to massage the product gently into the skin before removing it so that you get the exfoliation benefit. The bits are obviously present but they don't hurt or scratch the skin. The mask is easily removed using a damp flannel but the flannel will have to go in the wash afterwards. A few splashes of cold water gets rid of the excess.
Once the mask is off, my skin does feel incredibly smooth so the exfoliating particles so a really good job. It does feel softer but I still need to use a moisturiser so not massively so. My complexion does look brighter and healthier, but the most noticeable thing to me is how fresh and clean my face feels. It must cleanse my skin really deeply. It didn't heal any blemishes but it didn't cause any to form either. It didn't irritate my skin in any way.
All in all, this is a lovely product which leaves my skin feeling really fresh and clean. The mask left my skin smooth without any dry flakes of skin and it felt quite soft. My complexion looked brighter and healthier after use and it preventing any new blemishes from forming. I really like this mask and although you don't look too attractive with it on, you certainly do when it comes off.
Lush: Mask of Magnaminty
Price: £5.25 - 125g, £9.25 - 315g
I'm a huge fan of Lush Products and have been so for many, many years now. I remember one of the first products I bought from there was the Lush Mask of Magnaminty Face and Back Pack.
I first bought Mask of Magnaminty around 6-7 years back and I have been using it weekly ever since.
I always buy the 125g size pot of Mask of Magnaminty for £5.25, I purchase mine from the Lush store but it is also available on the Lush Official Site www.lush.co.uk. I have bought the big pot in the past but as the mask doesn't have a long use by date I find this a waste of money as I always end up with half the product still left in the tub. The use by date is the only downside for me as you must use the product in the space of 3 months or so. Although I do get a lot of use from the 125g pot and it always lasts me for the 3 or so months until I can buy a new one.
The mask is designed as a face and back pack for oily skin. I'm prone to oily skin, especially on my t-zone so this face mask is perfect for me. I've never used it as a back pack as I simply have no need to use it on my back as my skin in that area is completely fine and as never caused me any problems.
The packaging for the mask is in a very simple matt black screw top lid pot with the Mask of Magnaminty logo and description in white lettering at the front of the pot, all other relevant information is printed on stickers at the front and back of the pot. Also on the sticker at the front of the pot is the products use by date and also the name of the person who made it which I feel is a lovely added extra touch.
The packaging is very simple but still looks effective. The pots are recyclable and if you take 5 pots back to store washed and ready for them to be recycled, you can choose a fresh face mask or hair mask for free.
The mask itself is very thick in consistency and smells very strongly of a pleasant fresh mint peppermint smell.
The mask glides onto my skin extremely easily without any glooping giving it a slight tingly feel. The mask contains exfoliating grains which give a gentle scrub effect when I wash the mask off. I apply the mask for 10-15 minutes and then rinse my face with warm water to remove it.
After I use this my skin always feels baby soft and super smooth. It leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean and extremely fresh. My skin looks really healthy and it always gives it a nice glow.
I use the mask at least once a week and I have definitely seen an improvement with my skin after using this each week.
This is my all time favourite face mask and I always go back to it time and time again.
*** Ingredients ***
Bentonite Gel, Kaolin, Honey, Talc, Ground Aduki Beans, Glycerine, Evening Primrose Seeds, Peppermint Oil, African Marigold Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, *Limonene, Perfume, Chlorophyllin, Methylparaben
Dooyoo Star Rating: 5/5
I do like my lush products it must be said and I have purchased mask of magnaminty face and back pack several times so it must be doing something right.
I do have problem skin and now and then break out with spots due to my oily skin and probably because I often forget to take my makeup off at night. Whenever my skin gets especially bad I purchase the mask of magnaminty!
The mask smells strongly of peppermint and as this is one of the key ingredients it does tingle on the skin, I like this though as it feels like it is doing some work! To use you should apply a thick layer over clean skin and leave for 5 minutes then rinse off with warm water. The mask sets a bit so you will need the help of a face cloth to get it off.
The mask is meant to fight spots by deep cleansing the skin (which it does) but it also exfoliates at the same time. The exfoliater in this product is the primrose seeds which work really well.
Only problem with this product is I cannot use it every day as the exfoliator is quite harsh on my rather sensitive skin so I deduct a star for that reason. Other than that it is a good product which does what is sets out to do
once you have used your mask clean out your pot and keep it and once you have 5 clean lush pots you can trade them in for a fresh face mask! Bonus :)
After Christmas Lush had their half price sale on and I picked up a large tub of Mask of Magnaminty, a product I'd never tried before. Unlike the fresh face masks, which need to be kept in the fridge and have a shelf-life of only a month, this mask lasts for a few months, comparable to other Lush cleansing products, and it's ideal for keeping in your cupboard for facial emergencies.
The mask is designed as a face and back pack for oily skin. I have dry skin on my body, so didn't use it as a back pack, but I do suffer from oily skin, especially on my face, so I hoped it would work well for me. As recommended, I've been using it twice a week for several months - it's lasted me a long time so far, as only a small amount is needed at any one time.
The mask is green, very thick but relatively smooth in texture, with a slight grainy feel. It goes onto the skin fairly easily. You look a bit like a monster when it goes on but never mind, so long as it works! I normally feel a slight tingling sensation, which isn't unpleasant. My skin feels fresh and I can smell the peppermint in the mask.
After fifteen minutes or so I wash the mask off, using it to gently scrub my face as I do so. The mask can take a while to remove but at least I know I've given my face a good massage! I then tone and moisturise my skin as normal.
The mask contains bentonite gel, talc, kaolin and vegetable glycerine to make it smooth and easily to apply. It also contains ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds for scrubbing purposes, and honey for its moisturising and antiseptic properties. Peppermint oil stimulates and refreshes while marigold oil and chlorophyllin help to treat the skin. Because of the inclusion of honey, the mask isn't suitable for vegans, but like all Lush products it is suitable for vegetarians.
***Price and Availability***
Mask of Magnaminty is one of the most popular Lush products and is readily available in-store and online. It costs £4.95 for 125g and £8.75 for 315g, which I think is reasonable considering the number of applications you get out of a tub. Keep the black pot afterwards, and when you have five, take them back to Lush to get a free fresh face mask.
***Does it work?***
This isn't my favourite Lush face mask - nothing can beat the fresh masks in my opinion. However it's a very good second. It's refreshing to use, with the minty scent and tingly feel, and it makes my skin look brighter. Overall I feel it helps keep my oily skin in check and keep my skin in good condition.
I do recommend this face mask - it lasts ages and works well.
I am lucky in that I do not suffer from problematic skin, I have the occasional spot on my t-zone but apart from that my skin is clear even though I often forget to take my makeup off at night.
I was shopping in Lush around a month ago and fancied trying out a fresh mask. I saw a large tub of this and smelled it and it smelled nice, of cool peppermint. I thought it might be a nice mask to try out for the summer when my skin can get all hot and bothered.
It comes in a recyclable black tub with a label stating all the ingredients, and a little sticker showing who makes it. It is a fresh mask, however it lasts months rather than weeks and unlike the other fresh masks from Lush, does not need to be refrigerated. Once you have brought 5 black tubs, if you clean them out, you can return them and they will give you a fresh mask, free of charge. This is great as it is encouraging people to recycle and the other fresh masks are nearly six pounds each, so you are saving money.
Once you lift the lid off, it is a thick, green paste that smells strongly of peppermint. It is easy to smooth onto your face, and it feels instantly cooling. Try not to put it on broken skin though as the mint can make it sting. You should leave it on your face for 10 minutes, and when it starts to harden, wash it off with a warm washcloth. It contains exfoliating beads, so if you like, you can massage as you wash it off to get rid of dead skin.
One fault- this is often hard to get off your skin, especially if you leave it on too long, and will stain flannels or whatever you decide to wipe it off with. Try not to put on too thick a layer, as you don't need a massive lot of it on your face for it to do it's job.
After it is washed off your skin feels smooth and refreshed. You can follow it up with a moisturiser if you feel you need to, however I normally just leave it as it is.
For the small spots that I have had, this has helped dry them out and get rid quickly. For my untroubled skin, it makes it feel refreshed and cool. It didn't seem to do much for my blackheads, however, even though I did exfoliate my nose area, so I'm using a separate product to deal with that.
Price wise, on the website now it is 5.25 for the smaller 125g tub and 9.25 for the 315g tub. I swear the prices have gone up as when I bought this in store it was about seven pounds for the larger tub.
It is expensive and I am unsure if I would buy it again as I want to try out some of the other masks and see what I think of them.
I reccomend it to those who have problems with spots though, as it does clear them up and make your skin feel like new.
Having acne prone skin I am always on the look-out for any product that will banish all blemishes. I don't really use any Lush products but I do like browsing their store as it is a sensory experience! So many different things to smell and touch as well as the chatty sales assistants! I was having a particularly bad skin day so I decided to treat myself to the Mask of Magnaminty a face and back pack that uses the healing properties of peppermint oil to help fight outbreaks.
--The Product and the Company--
Lush's ethos centres on producing fresh handmade cosmetics that are made from natural ingredients which are good for you as well as the planet. This can even be extended to their packaging which they encourage you to bring back to the shop so they can recycle it. If you bring back five tubs or tubes then they will give you one of their fresh face masks for free!
This mask is suitable for use on either the face or back - both areas can be problematic for acne sufferers. Unlike Lush's other face masks which expire within 3 weeks due to the fresh ingredients this mask has an expiry date of a year due to it being clay based.
After cleansing I applied a generous layer over my skin so it could soak up all the impurities and left in on for 10 minutes. As this is a clay based mask it does dry to a rather hard consistency and you can feel your skin tighten underneath it. As the name would suggest this mask smells strongly of mint and is very overpowering, it's a bit like smearing toothpaste all over your face.
When it came to washing of the mask I found that the aduki beans - which were included for exfoliation - were just so rough on my skin. Exfoliation is good for the skin to remove the dead skin cells but this was bordering on being abrasive - sand paper would have been less harsh!
Once I had washed off all remnants of the mask my skin felt tingly and irritated. As I had thought when washing off the mask the aduki beans were just too harsh on my sensitive skin. Luckily the mask did not contribute to any further skin outbreaks but it did not help halt any in progress. I have also used the mask on my back where the skin is thicker and it doesn't irritate my skin in the same way. However, I felt it was just a fancy exfoliator rather than having any blemish stopping abilities.
I will not be purchasing this product again as it causes far too much trouble for my sensitive skin. It is just too potent for my facial skin and although it functions perfectly well as a back mask I was not blown away by it. It is not outrageously priced - it costs £4.95 at the time of writing - but I feel there are way more effective products out there for the same price.
Lush facial masks are amazing and this one is no exception. This is the mask to use if you suffer from spots as it is amazing at clearing out all the gunk in your skin and giving it a really deep down cleanse.
It isn't the most appealing mask when it comes to how it looks as it is a green sludgy colour but this is more than made up for with the minty smell which is really inviting and makes you want to put it on straight away.
This goes on the skin so much smoother and nicer than most of the other masks that lush do as although it has a thick consistency it is also wet and a little slimy but in the nicest possible way.
I only buy this mask occasionally when my skin is looking particularly bad and in need of a good detox as I know that this will really clean deep down and help clear up the spots on my skin and make it look a lot fresher and cleaner.
To use the mask you just need to apply it to your skin and then leave it ten minutes or so to work its magic and then rinse off.
When I use this mask I can actually feel my skin tingling as the oils and other ingredients get to work and the smell is lovely and really refreshing rather than relaxing. It both wakes my skin up and also gives me a bounce in my step.
It doesn't irritate my skin as such but I do notice that after using it my skin can be a little red afterwards which lasts for a good 20 to 30 minutes so I make sure to only either use this at night or when I know that I can use it and won't have to rush out afterwards.
This mask works wonders on spots and skin which is just generally congested. It does leave my skin soft but not as much as some of the other masks from Lush and really the only time I use it is when I can see the results of too much make-up and a generally unhealthy lifestyle and this is my favourite detox mask.
This costs either £4.95 for a 125g pot or else £8.75 for a 315g pot. I always only ever buy the smaller pot as it is all that I need to use for my skin to be looking in better condition and I can then switch to a more nourishing mask after I have made sure my skin is deeply cleansed. As it isn't fresh either it can be kept for longer so that you can have some spare for those little skin emergencies.
Lush Mask of Magnaminty
This is the only one of Lush's h face masks that is not fresh and this as such does not need to be kept refrigerated which is handy for those who do not have easy access to a fridge or who do not want to be bothered with going down to the fridge in order to get a face mask to put on in the bathroom.
COST AND SO ON
This comes in one of the special recyclable black pots that you can save and collect to return five of them. If you take those five clean pots back to Lush you can choose a fresh face mask or hair mask free as your reward. I never buy a fresh mask as I always seem to be able to save my five black pots to take back washed and read for recycling and as a rewards I get to choose a fresh face pack free. As they are all about £5.50 each and come in a small 75g pot that makes a very worthwhile saving.
This comes in two sizes £4.95 for 125g and £8.75 for 315g so it is not a cheap mask but then I get quite a few uses from a pot. I would say I would get at least 10 uses from the small size so less than 50 a mask and possibly more depending on how thick you put the mask on. I personally don't find it needs to be really thick to do the job.
I chose this one mainly as I had never used it before and it had a pleasant fresh minty scent and I was told it also was a gentle exfoliant which I always like. It is designed for those with sensitive skins and teenage spots so I am not really the target audience. This one can also be used on your back or other spotty areas if needed. When I saw it in the shop it was a paler creamy green colour but on closer inspection in my pot at home it looks darker, a sort of dull muddy green colour but it has got darker so maybe it is when some of the moisture evaporates it gets darker.
WHAT DOES LUSH SAY?
"Don't mask those spots - Mask of Magnaminty them
This is one of our ultimate products and is intended for what Adrian Mole (Age 13 3/4) describes as Big Boy spots. Spots that take two days to come up but five days to bugger off. And always when you have a date or something important coming up. Mask of Magnaminty does everything it can to fight these types of outbreaks and return the skin to tip top condition."."
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS ' MASK OF MAGNAMINTY'?
This as I said is NOT a fresh face mask so there is no need for it to be kept in the fridge but it does still have a use by date as do all Lush products but you can get away with pushing these us by dates I have found so don't worry too much about them.
I like the fact that this dries and cleans my skin and then when I rinse it off as I wet it again and I can then give my face a bit of a rub and exfoliate as it has ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds in it too and this helps remove any dead skin cells which dull the skin.
WHAT ARE THE GOODIES IN THIS MASK?
In order for this mask to slide onto sore skin easily the people at Lush have used a combination of bentonite gel, talc, kaolin and vegetable glycerine, so that this mask is easy to apply and doesn't irritate already sore or sensitive skin and it can be gently smoothed over your face and back .
Kaolin is soothing and absorbs excess grease. The bentonite gel is a sort of clay from volcanic ash deposits and it holds up to fifteen times its own weight of water this is perfect for face masks as has a nice slippery feel to it and it also has healing and soothing qualities. Traditionally this has been used in poultices. Bentonite gel also helps absorb grease and dirt from the skin and tightens pores at the same time which also has the effect of smoothing out wrinkles.
Glycerine is there to help the mask slide on easily and it also softens the skin and helps the beneficial ingredients get into the skin more easily.
Ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds are added to this mix as gentle exfoliants which means that you can use this as a gentle scrub as you remove the mask to give you the option of gently scrubbing your face and back or a few minutes when you are removing this.
Honey is added because it will moisturise the skin but is also a natural antiseptic so hopefully killing all those nasty germs which cause spots.
Peppermint oil is added to this mask and the smell is pretty strongly mint although it is not unpleasant at all, it is quite refreshing and uplifting I find. Peppermint helps to stimulate the blood and so liven up those skin cells a bit. It also feels lovely and cooling so if you have an inflamed spotty skin this would cool it down and help it feel fresh and clean.
Marigold oil which is distilled from the flowers of the African marigold has an herbaceous scent and helps to keep this product fresh as it is a natural preservative. From the Lush website:
"According to modern research, the African marigold possesses antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. It is said to reduce skin blemishes and inflammations."
Chlorophyllin to help treat the skin as recent studies have suggested that chlorophyll has protective and healing qualities. Lush say that they have found that it helps to balance the skin's sebum production.
Vanilla gives that lovely creamy scent and it has also been shown to have antioxidant properties.
WHAT DO I THINK?
This is quite a firm paste of a mixture so you have to dig your finger in quite firmly to scoop out what you need. As it is quite firm it doesn't drip so there is no waste. Usually spread it reasonably evenly, not too thick using my fingers and keep my other hand underneath to catch any bits that drop off. It needs to cover your face, avoiding your eyes, but does not have to be plastered on thickly. I usually wear a shower cap to keep my hair away from the mask too so as you can imagine I look a true delight, and no, there are no photos going to be put up with this on.
I have used this mask a few times now and found it went on pretty easily although I do find I need to wet it a little to get it on thinly like I prefer. I tend to only use this on my T zone as that is where I suffer from greasy skin but my daughter used some on her face as her skin is quite prone to break outs and she found it felt really nice and her face felt really clean and fresh and she had fewer breakouts so I must get some more for her.
I lay in the bath and relaxed for about ten minutes as I always do with my face masks then wet my face and gently exfoliated my skin. Most of it was pretty easy to rinse off though and the gentle scrubbing removed it all in a minute or so with warm water. I finished off with some cold water and a toner before putting on my usual moisturiser.
How did my face feel? Well it did feel clean and fresh but not at all tight which sometimes can happen with a face mask designed for spotty skin which I admit mine is not. I felt like I had given my face a nice clean and my skin felt cool and refreshed. I had no problem with any sensitivity so it lived up to its calming claims.
This is not my favourite mask from Lush and I am not really the targeted audience either but I do like to try these things. I think that is Ayesha or Sacred Truth are my favourites but this is very nice and I would certainly get this one again for my daughter or son who both still have a tendency to breakouts on their faces despite being adults and not teenagers any longer.
The smell is really refreshingly minty with a slightly herby and earthy note from the clay and marigolds. It almost smells good enough to eat but I wouldn't advise it! It also has a really lovely creamy feel to it when put on your face. It does make my skin feel well cleansed but it isn't one I will be using too often as my skin is not that greasy and certainly don't suffer from spots any more.
It seems like a lot to pay for this mask but as I said before it actually is pretty good value as easily get ten to twelve uses from the little pot as you don't need to cake it on thickly at all.
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I was given a tub of this as a freebie in Lush when my father passed away, bless the lovely people of Lush.
The product is green in colour with black exfoliating beads. I would describe the smell of the product to be quite fresh and herbal. It's not a medicinal scent but it is rather herbal and I doubt that it'd be to everyone's taste!
The product lasts considerably longer than the fresh face masks and you can use this in place of one of the fresh face masks. You don't have to store this product in the fridge either, which is a bonus. It can just be stored at room temperature and used as required. I do admit to keeping mine in the fridge during the summer months as it cools it down and makes it even more refreshing!
The mask is quite thick and it spreads easily onto the surface of the skin. The mask needs around ten minutes to dry completely and after that it can be washed off with simple warm water and soap. The mask leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth as the exfoliating beads help to even out the complexion and rid your skin of flakes and dead cells.
I would recommend this mask. It can also be used on the back and even on the feet! It's a great mask for everyone as it is suitable for all skin types and it lasts ages too!
I was persuaded to buy it after seeing my friend use it, and then realising that it's one of the cheapest face masks that Lush sell. I have combination skin and large pores in my t-zone area so I wanted to find a product that would combat the greasy feel of my skin whilst giving it a nice clean. It is currently priced at £4.75/125g...(They also sell them in tubs of £8.25/315g which is pretty good value if you are planning to use this product regularly.)
On Lush.co.uk, this product is listed under cleansers, but it definitely has the consistency and feel of a good, thick face mask. The smell is a really lovely minty fresh scent - it is a strong scent, but I really like it so I didn't mind having this on my face. The smell does linger a bit after you've removed the mask, but it fades and isn't so noticeable - I prefer having this scent on my face than the chemical/plastic smells you can get in some face creams. I used this around once a week. It's really simple to use, although it's a bit messy. Usually I wash my face and pat it dry, then spread a layer evenly all over my face before leaving it to dry. The mask becomes hard after a while with the peppermint oil in the product making the mask feel refreshingly cold on the face - almost therapeutic. I then remove the product with wet cotton pads. This can be quite messy since the mask is thick, dark green with lots of bits inside. As I said in a previous Lush review, I don't really suffer from spots, so I can't really say how well it will work to calm them down. I did find however that immediately after using, my t-zone area felt less greasy and the skin felt nicer to the touch. The product also has some more abrasive bits (ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds) inside for exfoliating as you remove the product. These bits aren't very harsh on the skin and are optional if you want to give your skin a nice scrub - this is done when you are removing the product at the end. Overall, a pretty decent mask but it can be a pain to remove especially since it leaves a bit of a muck in the sink!
Peppermint cleansing mask