Product Type: Montagne Jeunesse body care
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Montagne Jeunesse Aloe Vera & Willow Blemish Mud
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Montagne Jeunesse Aloe Vera & Willow Blemish Mud
Advantages: Works well - Inexpensive - Easy to use..
Disadvantages: The aroma takes a bit of getting used to..
I have tried a few of the face packs from the well-known "Montagne Jeunesse" range now, and find the products are of a good quality, whilst offering affordable prices. This review will focus on my experiences of using the "Blemish Mud with Aloe Vera & Willow" mask, which is widely available in retailers such as Boots and Superdrug.
You can expect to pay anywhere from £1 - £1.20 for the 20g sachet of Blemish Mud. I find the price of the Montagne Jeunesse face pack/face mask sachets will vary slightly at times, and they are often subject to promotional offers too. I do think that the purchase price is generally very reasonable, particularly as some sachets offer enough product contained within to offer two separate treatments, dependent on the product in question.
The Blemish Mud's packaging is pretty unique, and I believe that the distinctive designs and in particular the 'shape' of the Montagne Jeunesse face packs are trademarks of this particular company. The front of the package shows the image of a lady's face which is covered with the product, complete with bright flowers and leaves covering her eyes. It is fair to say this image, together with the bright colours which include bright orange and green that are used on the package offer a rather eye-catching design that looks unique.
There is a little indent at the top of the Mud's pouch which is designed to be pulled along the top of the pouch to open it. Unfortunately, due to limited mobility and weakness in my hands, I struggled to do this and had to resort to using scissors to snip off the top of the pouch instead. This is common practice with products like this one in my experience, and for those consumers with mobility issues like myself, it may well be worth noting that a little assistance might be required when opening this product. The pouch itself is foil-lined, to keep its contents entirely fresh and hygienic prior to use.
The Sachet informs me that the Blemish Mud has been designed to "Target your problem areas for a clean complexion." I can see on the front of the pouch too there is a claim that the product is for "Blemish Prone Skin." These claims appealed to me as my skin is prone to spot outbreaks and blemishes, and I was hopeful that the blemish-clearing properties obtained from the Mud's use would help clear up my complexion a little.
The Blemish Mud is a sort of greyish colour, with its texture and consistency being quite thick. Indeed, I found the thick consistency of the Mud allowed a little to go a surprisingly long way when it came to the application of the product. This meant that I only needed to use half the sachet for my first application, allowing the remaining half of the sachet to be used at a later date. This adds to the economical feel of the product and makes its purchase price feel like excellent value, in my opinion.
**(As a side note, I would advise that obtaining two uses from one sachet of Montagne Jeunesse product is really only possible with SOME of the ranges' products, in my experience. Indeed, some sachets really only provide enough product for a single use. Other products are very thin in their consistency, meaning they dry out rather more quickly and easily than others from the same range. The ability to obtain more than one use from a Montagne Jeunesse Sachet is most definitely NOT always possible.)**
The Mud dries quite quickly, both on the skin's surface and around the opening of the foil-lined sachet itself during use. If obtaining two uses from a sachet, I must take care to secure the sachet properly or the remainder of the Mud left inside will undoubtedly dry out and become unusable. Thankfully, I find that folding the top of the sachet over a few times and securing it with a clothes peg or other 'clip' type item will keep the Mud product inside from perishing or spoiling until it is required.
Even as the Blemish Mud is squeezed from its foil sachet, I find I am aware of its scent. Unfortunately, I don't find this is particularly appealing, but neither is it highly off-putting or particularly over-whelming. I guess the best word to describe the scent would be 'medicinal' as I find there is something within the scent's core that is faintly reminiscent of some cold and flu remedies, those that have a sort of 'menthol' aroma contained within. That is not to say that the whole product smells mint-based or with a strong menthol edge, even, but I did find that the smell felt slightly more 'clinical' than I would have liked. The other 'half' of the aroma if you like, is made up of something quite 'earthy' or herbal-based, I find, with this balancing the sort of clinical-type smell somewhat. I can't say that the product's scent is its most redeeming feature, which is a bit of a shame as it is quite strong, being easily detectable throughout the time the mask is being applied, worn and, ultimately, rinsed from the skin.
There is a wonderful cooling sensation present as the Mud is smoothed over my skin, which I feel occurs as a result of the Aloe Vera contained within the product's ingredients. I do favour using face mask/mud type products that include this useful ingredient as I find it offers a wonderfully 'cooling' sensation on my face, which often feels dry with an unpleasant 'tightness' as a result of sensitivity and dryness. The product feels surprisingly light as it is spread over my face too, surprising only because of the thick texture of the Mud. I don't find the thick texture causes any sort of difficulty or hindrance during application, which would most definitely see me grumbling about the product feeling less convenient than others I have tried from elsewhere in the same range. Thankfully, there is nothing difficult or tiresome to be found during application, and I am able to smear the thick Mud over my face in a jiffy, taking care to avoid the delicate eye and lip areas, of course.
The packaging informs me that once the product is applied, it should be left on for 10-15 minutes. I find, however, that after ten minutes the Mud is nowhere near dry, and I actually tend to leave it for at least 20 minutes to allow it to 'solidify' enough for my liking on my skin. After this time, I find that the Mud has now paled to a paler, whiter shade than it was previously, and it feels heavy and 'set' on my face, although this doesn't feel unpleasant or uncomfortable. The tell-tale signs of some light 'cracking' around the mouth and eye area in particular is a sure-fire way to tell that the Mud has dried out and is ready for removal.
To remove the Mud from my face, I only ever use clean, warm tap water. I don't use soaps or cleanser products, fearing that they might interfere with the Mud's natural ingredients. I find that applying a small amount of warm water to a 'patch' of Blemish Mud on my face will allow it to become rather creamy and watered-down, of course. I tend to massage my face slightly before concentrating on actually removing the Mud, allowing the warm water to first 'mix' with the set Mud and loosen off. After a minute or two, I will add more and more water to my face which breaks the Mud down and it will start to wash off quite easily at this point. I do usually find that one or two small patches will 'cling' to my face during rinsing, but these will come off with a gentle rub and some more water.
After rinsing, I find that my face feels wonderfully soft and I am left with a 'fresh' looking complexion. I do feel that the Blemish Mud does something to the skin's surface in that I feel it helps remove any 'build-up' that may have been lurking as a result of make-up residue or dead skin cells. With this stripped away and rinsed, I feel my pores are cleansed thoroughly, with skin being refreshed and with a softened feel.
I don't find my skin is softened enough to warrant my 'skipping' the use of my daily moisturiser, but certainly it is noticeably softer than it was prior to the use of the Blemish Mud. This result may vary slightly from consumer to consumer, but certainly for my own very dry, sensitive skin, I still need to apply a good-quality moisturising cream to achieve ample moisturisation.
In addition, I find that my blemishes look clearer, but more importantly, I do feel that continued, regular use of the Blemish Mud acts as a sort of 'preventative' measure towards future outbreaks. In recent times, I have found that my skin seems to appreciate the Mud's blemish-busting properties, and so I have opted to use it on my face every 7-10 days or so. Doing so seems to have helped reduce the amount of spot outbreaks I suffer from, in addition to helping clear up existing blemishes.
Based on these impressive results, I have continued to apply the Blemish Mud regularly, and will continue to do so as long as I can achieve this same result. I also do feel that the product more than lives up to its claims, in terms of being suitable for "Blemish Prone Skin."
In summary, I do feel the Blemish Mud is a worthwhile product, and I really like the feeling - and appearance - of my skin after use. I don't feel that it is the best product from the Montagne Jeunesse range that I have ever used, but it is certainly one of the nicest..... chemical-type smell aside.
Taking everything into account, I feel that full marks in the Dooyoo product rating score are appropriate, and the Mud product does come with my full recommendation, particularly for consumers who, like me, have blemish-prone skin.
Summary: A great facial 'Mud' Mask product that I will continue using...