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I often buy Montagne Jeunesse face masks when they are on a 3 for 2 offer which seems to come around in the different retailers quite often. I use a mask every week so I know I will get through them all eventually but I like to stash the "free" one away for the times I am feeling more cash strapped and in need of a relaxing treat. I have had the MJ Fudge Sauna self heating mask for a couple of months now and I thought it was time to give it a try. I bought it on a 3 for £2 offer in Poundworld, and on it's own it costs from around 90p [Primark price] to £1.15 [local beauty shop.]
WHO IT IS AIMED AT
The mask is labelled as suitable for normal, greasy and t zone skin and it is intended to open up your pores and provide a deep clean. My skin is combination, with an oily t zone and large pores around the nose. I often opt for self heating masks because they tend to be good at dealing with any blocked pores I may have. This mask is clay based and again this is mask type which I tend to get on well with. Lastly, the mask is vegetarian society approved and it is not tested on animals.
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT?
Well, as nice as a hot fudge mask sounds, it isn't edible. I choose the mask partly because I love fudge and though it would make an interesting aroma for a mask. It is also vanilla scented, which seemed a nice combination. The scent when I tore open the foil sachet was really intense and sweet. It reminded me of vanilla custard creams as much as fudge and I did wonder whether I may have found it a bit too sickly come the time I had to wash it off. I didn't but this is mainly because I was mainly aware of the scent as I massaged it into my face. After that it gradually faded but when I turned my head to either side I got a pleasant whiff of the vanilla. My mum came home shortly after I had washed it off and she commented straight away on what she called the lovely smell in the room. She thought I had been doing some baking, and probably was a bit disappointed when I had to tell her no! Strangely I myself could scarcely smell the mask at that point.
I have used many self heating masks before and some feel as they get a little to hot to be truly relaxing. Thankfully I didn't find that was the case with this one. It is applied to wet pre-cleansed skin and spread out evenly with your fingertips and it is that point it feels hottest without ever actually feeling uncomfortable. It then settles down to a gentle glowing warmth that is rather pleasant. You are instructed to leave the mask in place for 10-15 minutes by which time it feels only slightly warm. I do find the heat adds to the relaxing feel for me, so the fact it also seems to aid cleansing is a bonus.
The mask looks exactly like a thick fudge sauce and I feels ever so slightly sticky. I did squeeze a little too much out at first and I found the leakage on the bathroom sink was a little annoying to remove as it didn't just wipe away with a single attempt, so do be careful where you apply this. It isn't actually drippy once on the face which is a relief because it does not dry completely hard for me. In fact when I left it for the maximum time, it was still a bit sticky when I rinsed it away. The rinsing was surprisingly easy given this was the case. The main thing I will bear in mind for the future is to keep this mask especially well away from my hair line or eyebrows as I expect it would not be so fun to get out of those.
I found that the sachet [15g] contained ample to cover my face thickly, and in fact I had enough left to use just around my nose and forehead for a second time.
WORTH THE TROUBLE?
My skin looked a little red at first but this is not unusual for me after using a mask and it settled down with a couple of minutes. My initial reaction was that my skin looked very smooth and glowing so I was of course delighted. A closer look at my nose pores showed that the majority looked clear, and therefore much less obvious. I say the majority because I noticed that the largest pore that I have did still look blocked. So I followed the mask immediately with a pore strip and this tackled the stubborn remains. The pore clearing strip produced much less "debris" than normal from deep down so I think this shows how well the mask had dealt with most of the dirt and oil there.
My skin was also very soft to the touch and whilst I don't find clay masks as drying as some people do, I did think that this one left my skin in better condition than before. Overall, I felt really clean and refreshed and I have definitely shortlisted this mask as one I would enjoy using again.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE MASK?
While it didn't manage to deal with my worst affected pores, I must say that I suffer from these more than average and I suspect if large pores are less of a problem for you you will find the mask sufficient. It did a good job on the majority of my skin and I would use it for the skin brightening and softening qualities alone. It would be a great pick me up for you skin if it was looking a it dull before a special occasion. I would only not recommend it if sweet scents are not your thing as it really is sugary and the vanilla is unmistakeable. After all, you do have to keep it on for at least 10 minutes and according to my family at least, the smell does linger in the house afterwards. Apart from that, this is well worth a try especially if you want a gentle heating mask rather than one that feels as though you are being roasted alive!
Available at Superdrug, Boots, Wilkinsons and many other stockists.
I like to treat myself to a face mask at least once a week but preferably twice a week. I use a variety of different types depending on what my concerns are at the time. For example if my face is looking a little spotty then I use a clay based mask but I also like to use fruit based masks to soften my skin and make it look radiant.
One of my favourite types of mask is a sauna mask as my skin not only feels really soft afterwards but also really deep down clean. A sauna mask is also my favourite mask for making my pores appear smaller.
I like the Montagne Jeunesse fudge sauna mask and although it isn't my favourite of these types of masks it is the best value one that I have used as it works well and only costs me 99p.
The mask is clay based and is self heating. It has a lovely sweet smell of vanilla fudge that smells good enough to eat. I like products that smell of food but this isn't a mask for people who don't like their beauty products to smell like sweets.
I use this mask by following the instructions which means that I wash my face with warm water and then apply the mask straight to my wet skin. Skin must be wet to active the self heating properties and let the mask do its job. I always leave the mask on for 15 minutes which is the upper limit of the recommended time as I want to make sure and let it benefit my skin the maximum amount.
The mask heats up on contact with skin and this is a weird sensation if you aren't used to it as it gets really hot but this only lasts for a minute or so. I think this is a shame as some other sauna masks that I have used have held their heat longer and in turn with the longer heat I think that they have made my skin look better.
This is only 99p though and for that price I think it works well. Rinsing this off my skin seems to be much easier than with other clay based masks though it does make a real mess of the sink. My skin always feels really soft after using it but it isn't until the next day when I see the biggest difference. The next morning after using this mask my skin is so much nicer and isn't as greasy and looks so clean and it does have a slight glow to it. I think my make-up lasts longer after using this and overall my skin just looks cleaner and healthier.
I think for the money this is a really good mask and it is one that I always pick up regularly at the supermarket. It is suitable for dry, combination and normal skin types but my skin can be sensitive and I have no problems with using this.
I really like treating my skin with a face mask every week or so and have tried several masks in the past including those from Lush and other brands. The Lush ones are my favourites but they are expensive to buy so I was on the lookout for some cheaper alternatives.
I've seen the Montagne Jeunesse range of face masks, with their brightly coloured sachets, in several stores before and have read many positive reviews. I saw a deal on Living Social for a basket of Montagne Jeunesse goodies at a reduced price. It sounded like a bargain, so I purchased one and got an exciting mix of stuff. Several face masks were among the products, and one that took my fancy straight away was the Fudge Sauna Masque.
This masque comes in a standard Montagne Jeunesse sachet, coloured red and with a picture of a woman wearing the masque. As usual she has bits of stuff over her eyes - in this case leaves and pieces of fudge. The masque is meant to help you to de-stress, and it is described as a hot vanilla self-heating masque. With rich Mediterranean clay to cleanse and soak up oil, it gently opens pores to deeply cleanse and draw out dirt and grime. Animal lovers will be pleased to know that the mask has been approved by the Vegetarian Society and bears the BUAV bunny logo to show that it has not been tested on animals.
Opening the sachet via the perforated twist on the side is fairly simple. The instructions state that before using the masque you should cleanse your face with warm water only, and apply the masque to wet skin, leaving for 10-15 minutes. The masque was smooth in texture and felt a bit like chocolate spread, only thinner. It was a dark brown colour and smelled deliciously but not overwhelmingly of fudge.
As I massaged the masque into my skin, I could feel the warming effect starting to work. I have no idea how it works but it felt lovely! Imagine applying a warm cloth or flannel to your skin - it was a bit like that but a smoother, softer sensation. The masque didn't look too obvious on my skin - the brown was much less obvious in a thin layer, which could be handy if you're using the masque around other people and don't want to resemble a monster! Applying the masque was easy as it was smooth and thin, but not so thin that it dripped off the skin. I only used a thin layer: as a Lush staff member once pointed out to me, there's no point using a thick layer of face mask as only the product that is actually touching your skin will do any good, so a thin layer will do just as well.
I enjoyed using the masque. The warming effect wasn't as prominent after initial application, but it still felt soothing on my skin. I enjoyed the delicious scent and the product didn't irritate my skin at all.
I washed off the masque after the requisite time and the warming effect seemed to reactivate as I was massaging my skin to remove the product. Once the masque was all washed off, I toned and moisturised my skin as normal.
I found that after using this masque and for a day or two afterwards, my skin did look a bit brighter and more radiant. I did feel less stressed after using it - though I don't know if I can put that down to using this particular product. The whole process of using a face mask is relaxing by nature, especially if you do what I did and use it as part of a general pampering session, so any face mask might have had the same effect.
I managed to get three uses out of this Fudge Sauna masque, so it works out as excellent value for money. I think I would buy it again. It wasn't as effective as face masks from Lush, but it smelled lovely and I really liked the warming effect.
Montagne Jeunesse products are made in the UK and these face masks can be bought from places like Boots, Superdrug, Savers and Amazon (where you can currently buy 6 sachets for a fiver). Normally they are priced at £1 or less which makes them good value for money, particularly when each sachet can normally be used at least twice. You can find out more at www.montagnejeunesse.com.
I bought a sachet of this from Boots for £1.01.
The mask itself is a light brown/ beige colour and it smells quite sweet, like toffee and chocolate mixed together. It smells yummy but it can't be eaten! The mask is a creamy consistency and it comes in a pack with around two uses. That works out at around 50p per mask which is good value. The pack can be a little messy to use and it's hard to open so I tend to open mine with scissors, that way it doesn't go everywhere!
The mask is easy to apply to the face and the smell isn't too overpowering. The mask heats up on contact with the skin and you can feel your pores starting to open almost straight away. The mask takes around ten to fifteen minutes to work. Once the mask has done it's job it tends to tighten on your face and by that time you know that it's time to remove it.
The mask is easy to rinse off the face and it leaves your face feeling soft and cleansed. The mask doesn't really do much for spotty skin but it does open the pores, unclogging them and leaving you with brighter looking skin. The sweet smell of the mask lingers on your skin after rinsing and it leaves your skin looking radiant for a couple of days after use.
This is a great mask for all skin types and all ages.
I have tried the Montagne Jeunesse range before and really enjoy using their face masks as they are fun and the lovely descriptions on the packaging makes them sound very appealing. I was lucky enough to receive a whole bunch of different masques through a Facebook competition, and this Fudge Sauna face mask is the one I've used most recently. The masques are available to buy in most high street beauty stores and will cost around 99p for a 15ml sachet.
This item is described as a self heating hot vanilla fudge sauna. Montagne Jeunesse say: "With rich Mediterranean Clay, cleansing has never been so enjoyable! Our hot vanilla fudge sauna isn't for eating, instead it gently warms open pores drawing out dirt and grime."
Recommended directions for use: Cleanse face with warm water only. Leave face wet. Apply evenly over face and neck with fingertips, avoiding eyes and lips. Lie back, relax and enjoy the de-stress warming effect for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Pat dry. Use weekly.
Usually I like to give myself a good pampering when I am using a face mask, and would start the process by cleansing with a rich creamy hot cloth cleanser. However I noticed that the instructions for the fudge sauna mask specifically state to cleanse only using warm water, so I followed this advice and then went about applying the masque. The packaging opens easily, so you can squeeze the pouch and the contents come out of the corner through the small tear. This helps to control how much product you want to come out of the packet.
The masque itself has a thin but "gloopy" consistency, making it easy to spread onto my face. As I was putting the mask on the heat from my fingers against my face seemed to activate the heating properties of the face mask, and this felt quite hot to start with. It was an unusual feeling and a little uncomfortable, until the mask was fully applied and I stopped rubbing it over my skin, then the temperature became more bearable. The liquid did not seem to set at all, and it was very messy. It was running down my face and dripping onto my neck and over my lips which was not pleasant! I had to keep wiping at it to stop the dripping, and it became a bit annoying to be cleaning it up when I should have ben enjkoying my relaxation time.
The mask itself had a pale caramel colour which went well with the vanilla fudge theme, and I thought the smell was amazing. It was sickly sweet but in a good way, and it smelled just like the real thing. The scent was probably the most enjoyable aspect of using the mask and it made it feel like a nice treat.
This should be left on for 10-15 minutes to allow it to really get to work on your skin. I left it on for just over 10 minutes because I was getting a bit fed up of the warmth and the drippyness. It was quite time consuming and messy to remove as the mask had not started to dry at all and it was very sticky which made it hard to take off fully and I had to wash my face several times. I noticed that my skin looked red and patchy, but I assume this was because of the self-heating sauna effect as I did not feel any sensitivity or irritation.
The sachet contained a good amount which was enugh for a single application, and it was interesting to try it as a one-off, although I don't think I would buy one of these again. Afterwards my skin felt like it had been moisturised, but this only lasted for a short while and was only really a small boost in addition to the facial moisturiser I use every day. I also didn't notice some of the promised benefits such as the deep clean from the heating effect which is supposed to open pores and draw out impurities but my skin still looked quite dull and mistreated from the winter weather.
This Fudge Sauna face mask is an unusual product and was different to other face masks that I've used before due to its self heating effect. The scent was delicious and I like food themed beauty products, but the average results and excessive mess during use would not encourage me to recommend this particular face mask. There are definitely better products available in the Montagne Jeunesse range.
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If you are familiar with reading my reviews you will be aware that an hour every Sunday afternoon is classed as my "me time" where I enjoy some peace and quiet whilst pampering myself. Unfortunately, my sixty minutes of relaxation has been non-existent for the past few weeks, as my me time has been spent snoozing on the sofa following my Sunday lunch! A range of products that I enjoy using is Montagne Jeunesse face masques and I have reviewed the majority of my favourites. As my husband knows me too well he presented me with a beautiful basket of toiletries at Christmas time with many of them being sachets of my favourites and a few others that I hadn't tried and this review discusses Montagne Jeunesse's Fudge Sauna, which is a self-heating masque and is suited to all skin types.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
The entire range of facial products display an image of a beaming female whose eyes are laden with a rather dramatic version of the ingredients contained within the sachet. As this product is marketed as a fudge sauna the female happily demonstrates how to wear several large chunks of fudge on each of her eyes where we are able to see them resting on a bed of green leaves. The curvy shaped plastic sachet measures approximately 17½ cm x 9 cm and it is claimed that the product will open and deeply cleanse pores. It was when I attempted to use the masque for the first time that I realised its' hot vanilla content and as I am not a fan of the aroma of vanilla I was initially a little dubious about using. However, as I cannot abide waste and I yearned for a self-heating pamper masque I decided to proceed.
USING THE MASQUE
I firstly clipped my hair away from my face and ensured that my skin was freshly washed. I then cleansed my face with warm water only and gently pulled the perforated area to squeeze out a small amount of the pale brown coloured masque and applied to my face and neck. The consistency was considerably runnier than I had expected and as I applied it to my skin it gave me the appearance of hot melting wax. The moment it made contact I experienced the wonderfully relaxing heating sensation, which initially felt a little too hot on my one cheek.
However, as fast as the sensation had started it once again stopped, which was bitterly disappointing, as I prefer to enjoy the experience for a little longer than 60 seconds. I encountered a few difficulties in removing the masque from underneath my long fingernails, as it seemed to have bonded like glue, so out came the nailbrush. The aroma of the masque was not something I favoured, as the strong and very sweet smell of fudge was very evident and I found it a little sickly, particularly during the fifteen minutes that I waited for the masque to dry. Consequently, what should have been a relaxing experience intended to allow my stresses to float away whilst lying on my king sized bed was instead a rather nauseous wait for the fifteen minutes to expire.
The masque did not dry hard as I had expected and I cannot stress how sick I felt when using this product. I couldn't get the masque off fast enough and despite its' rather gloopy appearance it washed off fairly quickly with warm water leaving minimal mess in my wash hand basin. I splashed my skin with cold to close the pores and towel dried. Thankfully, the overpowering sweet fudge aroma had not transferred to my skin and I was only able to witness fairly soft and smooth skin. I say fairly because despite the masque containing glycerin I felt the results were rather disappointing. The marketing claim of the masque being able to open and deeply cleanse the pores is one that I am not able to evidence although I would state that my skin felt cleansed and fresh with a somewhat radiant appearance. However, this may well have been due to the fact that I was rubbing my face quite vigorously to remove the masque in a hurry! Unfortunately, my husband had placed three sachets of this masque in my goody basket and as I cannot bear waste I used the remaining two, but I shall not be making any further purchases.
I'm a fan of the majority of Montagne Jeunesse's range of products, as they normally deliver superb results to my skin where it is left feeling silky soft and smooth. Whilst my face did not suffer any dryness the skin on my neck was considerably tight, so it was necessary to apply plenty of my favourite moisturiser. There was no sticky residue remaining on my skin and other than the patches of dryness on my neck I suffered no adverse effects. However, due to the reasons discussed above this is not a product that I can recommend and consequently, it receives only 1 star from me.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
The list of ingredients are fairly minimal, which is always the case with Montagne Jeunessse and amongst other things the masque contains glycerin to soften and smooth the skin, clay and vanilla planifolia fruit extract. The company do not test any of their products on animals and the familiar BUAV Approved and Vegetarian Standard logos can be found on the reverse of the sachet. Whilst this is something I ignored, as I'm far too impatient, Montagne Jeunesse recommend carrying out an irritancy test prior to use. The sachet can be recycled once empty.
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I love face masks and have tried lots but this is my absolute favourite.
I think the name of it is what appealed to me most and made me want to try it.
It comes as a single sachet but I have found that it actually lasts twice for me so think it is very good value for money. It is very easy to apply as you just tear open the sachet and then apply the mask with your fingertips all over your face.
As soon as you open the sachet you will discover the gorgeous fudge smell. I think it is absolutely divine and definately smells good enough to eat.
I really love self heating face masks which is what this is as it makes my skin feel amazing and when relaxing in a hot bath there is nothing better than feeling your face heat up.
This is also very easy to remove as it just washes off with warm water and left my skin feeling smooth, soft and glowing.
This is without a doubt the best face mask I have ever tried.
A self heating face cream face mask.
**********WHAT MADE ME BUY THIS PRODUCT?**********
I love face masks and this looked really scrummy! The price alone caught my attention whilst in Superdrug! 99p each or 4 for £3.00!
There were lots to choose from in this range of masques:
*Passion Peel Off
*Dead Sea Mud
*Red Hot Earth Sauna
*Cucumber Peel Off
*Dead Sea Mineral Anti-Stress
(Before applying I would recommend reading warning - Test for irritancy before use)
Step 1. Cleanse face with warm water only, leave face wet
Step 2. Apply evenly all over face and neck with finger tips, avoiding lips and eyes.
Step 3. Lie back and relax for 10 - 15 minutes and enjoy!
Step 4. Rinse off with water. Pat dry gently. Use weekly.
Opening the pack I notice the smell! A heavenly aroma of fudge. It is very sweet but pleasant.
When applying to my face and smoothing the mask around, I can feel a really lovely warming sensation. The texture feels like runny warm fudge, but not sticky. It is very creamy and covers great! There is a very generous amount of cream mask in its pack. The aroma of the vanilla fudge is intoxicating, I just want to eat it - it smells that nice!
The application of the mask alone in itself is enough of a pamper, but now to lie back and enjoy!
Time to remove!!
When rinsing with warm water, the cream is coming off well, I found that because the cream mask is quick thick, I gently smooth this mask off when washing. It feels very luxurious, a real treat. Once all removed, I pat my skin dry gently with a soft towel.
I really feel like my skin has had a great treat.
My skin feels so soft, I can see already that there has been little spots lifted to the surface. This makes me think 1. HOw well this mask works. And 2. Eewwee, was my skin REALLY that dirty?! LOL :)
Propylene, Glycol, Zeolite, Kaolin, Glycerin, Illite (Mediterranean Clay), Cetyl, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Parfum (Fragrance), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract.
* Vegetarian Standard
* BUAV Approved
Caringly made in the UK by Montagne Jeunesse, Swansea, SA12 7AX.
99p for 15g sachet or on offer from superdrug - 4 for £3.00!
I absolutely LOVE this mask! Shame that it is used on just a weekly basis, I feel like I would want to treat myself more often! The price alone is fantastic! The quality is excellent! I really feel treated going through the process of applying. I was extremely pampered and felt so much better after having done so. The smell of the mask is good enough to eat - the packaging does state NOT TO EAT! Which, I can't imagine anyone trying to digest this product anyway! The feel of the mask was gorgeous, thick and creamy. The way it heats on the skin when applied is heavenly!
***********WOULD I RECOMMEND?************
Without hesitation I would recommend this product! I will be buying more of these, definately! I think sometimes that a low price tag does draw people in, but on the other side it can also make you doubt the quality of the product! This is certainly NOT the case with this mask! Highly recommended, 5 out of 5 stars! :)
This review also appears on Ciao under my username theguester
I'm on a real face mask kick at the moment and after reading loads of good reviews on here I thought I'd try this one out.
The Fudge Sauna Mask is one of a fairly large range of face masks by Montagne Jeunesse. It's suitable for normal, greasy and t zone skin and is designed to deep cleanse your pores.
Like the rest of this range it comes in a foil sachet containing enough product for 2 applications and costs about 99p. The picture on the front is fun and brightly coloured, showing a happy woman using the face mask. I find the package a little fiddly. Once you pull the tab off (which can be tricky) you have a small hole through which to squeeze out the product. I often get the product stuck in the other top corner and have to fold the packet in order to get it out the hole to use.
The mask itself is a pale creamy beige colour and a thin consistency. It smells like fudge, very sweet and tasty. I was reminded a lot of a runny toffee yoghurt in both scent and appearance.
To use this you simply apply it to damp skin then leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off. I knew this would get warm after reading reviews on here, but I didn't realise just how quickly. As soon as it touched my face I could feel it heating up. The mask was easy to apply evenly and the warming effect was lovely and relaxing. It's not tingly or uncomfortable and reminded me a lot of being in a sauna. The scent is yummy and you'll need to remember not to lick any near your mouth off.
I did find that after about 10 minutes it was starting to run a little, probably due to the thin, runny consistency. In order to keep it out my eyes I simply wiped across my eyebrows with a cotton pad to remove the drips which solved the problem while I finished relaxing. After 15 minutes I removed the mask. It came off easily with warm water and didn't leave any residue on my face. My skin felt soft and clean and you could see a visible difference in my pores. They're much clearer now, although this opened them up even more so I needed to use something to close them up afterwards.
I highly recommend this mask whether as a treat for yourself or to share with a friend for a fun pampering session.
Asda had a special offer on the Montagne Jeunesse products when I went in last week, 4 for £3 or 97p each. After the success of the chocolate mask I tried in the same range, I though I would try this one as the smell sounded nice.
The odd shaped package is orange and yellow with white writing. Again all the writing is in English, French and Spanish. The product is meant to be self heating which opens the pores and draws out dirt and grime. It is BUAV approved so is not tested on animals and it is suitable for vegetarians. It is suitable for normal, greasy and T-zone skin. The picture on the front is of a lady smiling (or is it a grimace, who can tell), with leaves over her eyes with pieces of fudge on the leaves.
It use this product you are meant to cleanse your face with warm water, leaving your skin wet, apply the mask to your face and neck and leave for 10-15 mins. After this time you have to rinse it off with water and pat your skin dry. It is suitable to be used weekly and contains rich Mediterranean clay.
This product really does smell like vanilla fudge when you open the packet which I thought was lovely but it may be too sweet for some people. The packet didn't rip open easily this time so it was quite hard to get the product out of the packaging. I found mask a bit runny but it was easy to apply. Because it was so runny, a bit fell off my finger and went into my eye but I can safely say it doesn't hurt if you get it into your eyes. It heats up quickly but the heat only lasts very briefly. I washed my hands after using the product and straight away my hands felt softer. The mask doesn't seem to dry out as quickly as other ones I have tried, after 5 mins it felt exactly that same as it did when I put it on. The yummy smell kept going up my nose when I was waiting for the 10 - 15 mins to be up which I really liked and it really does smell good enough to eat. My skin felt soft and clean after I had washed off the mask and it looked plumper that it had before. The next day my skin still felt soft and wasn't as greasy as normal. A huge plus point is that my skin didn't dry out during an hour long dressage lesson out in the wind.
I like this product but I do pefer the chocolate one
I chose this Fudge Sauna mask as part of the Tesco 4 for £3 offer on these Montagne Jeunesse face masks. I was intrigued by the claim that this was a 'self heating' hot vanilla mask, as I had never used self heating products in the past and refused to believe that they really did become hot! This one is supposed to heat itself up and open and deeply cleanse pores.
**Packaging & Price**
Like the peel-off cucumber mask I reviewed earlier, this mask comes in a brightly coloured 15g foil sachet which is an interesting irregular shape, rather than just being rectangular like many other brands. These sachets are attractive and stand out due to the bright colours and the element of fun that the pictures portray. This one shows a laughing woman with the product on her face, and with leaves and pieces of fudge covering her eyes. As I have said before, a pampering session should be enjoyable rather than a chore, which is why I think these sachets are far more appealing than many other clinical-looking alternatives.
As stated above, I bought this mask as part of the Tesco 4 for £3 offer, but they are individually priced at 99p. I think this is a very reasonable price for an occasional treat.
On the reverse of the sachet we are told that this treatment is designed for weekly use on normal, greasy and T-zone skin. It contains rich Mediterranean Clay and 'gently warms open pores drawing out dirt and grime'
My friend and I had one of these sachets each and decided to use them at the same time, so we could experience the strange self heating sensation together.
As soon as I opened the sachet I could smell vanilla fudge. I was really surprised by this, as the cucumber mask I had used previously didn't smell anything like cucumber, and was actually quite unpleasant. This one, however, really did smell good enough to eat.
It was easy enough to smear the whole lot over my face and neck, as it wasn't too sticky or runny, but a nice in-between texture. After a couple of seconds of being on my face it started to become hot. I was amazed by this, and found it hard to fathom how this might happen. I still don't know quite how it works, but it was a lovely sensation, especially in this cold, miserable weather. The heat didn't last; it faded after about 30 seconds, and we were left with a creamy and slightly sticky mess covering our faces. Due to either the heat, or sweat, the mask became a little runnier over time, and I found that it started to drip onto my lips. But rather than being an unpleasant sensation, I actually found it quite hard to resist the temptation to lick my lips! Obviously I didn't do so, and went and wiped them with tissue, but a tiny bit did get onto my tongue (accidentally, of course) and it was extremely sweet. Not unpleasant at all!
After the recommended time (10 - 15 mins) I wiped it all off with a flannel and rinsed my face thoroughly with warm water. I can't really say that it left my face feeling radically different, although it did feel soft and smooth. It didn't feel particularly cleansed though, and I find it difficult to see how a product of this kind would cleanse the face any more than any other cleanser.
The experience, however, was fun. The product became very hot, although it was only for a brief period, and it was a laugh to use it as there were two of us experiencing it together. I don't think it opens the pores any more than warm water, and I think a good peel-off mask used after warm water would remove far more grime than this one. Having said that, it was a fun, girly pampering session that left my skin soft, and smelling gorgeous.
Last night I thought it was time to try out the 2nd of the Montagne Jeunesse face masks I'd got for Christmas. After my experience with the peel-off one, I was a bit wary of what effect the 'fudge sauna' would have on my skin, but I was prepared to give it a second chance.
Ignoring the equally scary woman on the front, this time with a bizarre fudge plant growing out of her eye sockets, I followed the instructions on the back, rinsing my face with warm water and leaving it wet. I ripped open the pack, and out oozed this delicious, fudge-smelling goo. Like the last face mask, getting the goo out of the pack is a messy business, as it's quite hard to control the oozing. Pretty soon my hands and the sink were covered in fudgey globs. But most of it did go on my face, where it felt delightfully warm when it made contact with my damp skin. I was surprised at how warm it got- it really did feel like I was smoothing very warm (but not too hot) liquid fudge onto my face.
The instructions said to leave it on for 10-15 mins, which I dutifully did. The mask didn't dry, just stayed gooey, which was a big improvement on those masks that make your face feel rigid and crack every time you move a muscle. I found this one much more relaxing, although the downside of having a damp face and a gooey mask was that it occasionally dribbled slightly into my mouth. And it didn't taste anything like fudge, despite the delicious smell! The only other downside I noticed while this was actually on my face is that all the heat disappeared very quickly. My face only felt hot for about 10 seconds after I applied it, which was a bit disappointing.
After rinsing this off, my skin felt soft, and not dry, which surprised me a bit as the mask is designed for normal or greasy skin, whereas mine tends towards dryness. I didn't need to moisturise afterwards, although I did notice the skin around my nose and forehead was quite flakey. The main aim of the mask is to open and cleanse pores, but I can't say I noticed any difference in the appearance or feel of my pores.
For 99p, I would say this mask makes a fun treat, although mainly for the warm, fudgey feel of it rather than any effect it has on your skin. But then I think that's the case with a lot of face masks- you use them more for relaxation and feeling pampered than for treating skin. And this certainly fits that bill.
For my moms birthday which is just after Christmas me and my brother didnt have a lot of money left so we decided to give her a day of pampering instead and do it on a budget but still try and give her a great day. So we logged onto amazon and bought her a Montagne Juenesse gift set which included about 6 face masks and one of them was a Fudge Sauna Masque. Now each of these packets contains enough for two sessions so my mom applied one and so did I, we even got my brother to apply some to his t-zone hehe.
Now I was a little apprehensive to try this because I thought it would burn my skin, being a sauna mask and all but I decided to bite the bullet and just give it a go.
This can be a messy process because it is contained in a tiny sliver of plastic and you have to scoop it out with your fingers. You just scoop out generous amounts of this cream and start to apply it all over your face and neck trying to cover every part of the skin evenly.
Then I think your meant to leave it on for about 15 minutes but I usually sit there for at least half an hour with one of these masks on.
I was expecting to put this on my face and all of a sudden it would start burning and then go hard. What actually happened was very different.
Once I had covered all of my face I found that this was much more like a cream and therefore it doesnt dry or set it just remains really creamy and quite cold at first.
The heat starts to come through really gradually so slowly that you hardly notice it which I think is great. But towards the end the heat really does start to build up but even then it doesnt burn or sting so on the whole I was quite happy so far.
The smell of this mask is gorgeous. It really does smell like fudge but with a nice scent of vanilla in the background. This mask really does smell good enough to eat, although that isn't advised lol. The smell actually intensifies the hotter the mask gets but even towards the end it isn't overpowering and just smells gorgeous.
Getting It Off:
This only take about 1 minute tops and all you do is rinse your face with warm water and then towel dry. Some people like to apply some moisturiser after washing it off but if Im honest I dont really think you need to.
The smell didnt stick around after I had washed the cream off my face but then again I wasnt really expecting it to so that didnt really bother me. As soon as I washed this off I could feel the difference in my skin. It felt sooo soft and really moisturised and best of all my skin felt really clean and fresh. The mask promises to clean out your pores and I think it did exactly that for me because not only did my skin feel amazing it looked pretty great to.
I did notice my skin was a little bit red after I had washed this off but I have noticed that with most face masks and it did die down after about half hour so there was no lasting effects in the redness area!
I highly recommend that other people try this mask out because it really is fabulous. If you ahve tried out other masks from this range and loved them as much as I did you would be mad not to try this one out because it is just as brilliant as the rest. My skin felt great for days afterwards and people were actually commenting on how fresh my skin looked so that made me feel even better.
I got this as part of a 6 sachet gift set on amazon for £5 but I think separately they are less than £1 so a real bargain in my eyes!
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I got this face mask in Home Bargains for 88p and it smells yummy and just like chocolate fudge. It's a sauna mask and doesn't dry completely or set and is really creamy on my face.
It starts warming up as soon as you apply it but it's more gradual than a lot of sauna masks and doesn't suddenly become hot and scare you that you're having a reaction! The heat stays there as well and I thought it was proper soothing to have on my face when I was lying on the bed reading.
My skin felt loads softer after I'd used the face mask and that feeling lasted for 2 days after. It made my skin feel smooth and dead clean as well. On the sachet it says that it will cleanse my pores and draw the dirt out and I reckon it did this well because my skin looked bright and clean.
The smell is the best thing about it because it's such a strong fudge smell and I can also smell chocolate in it a bit as well. As the face mask warms up the sweet smell gets a bit stronger and it doesn't fade much even though I had the face mask on for nearly half an hour.
It's easy to rinse off as well and I was happy about that because it's so creamy that I thought it would take for ages to get it all off. I reckon it took me about 1 minute to rinse it off in warm water and that's good because the last face mask I used was an Avon one and that took forever to get it all off my face because it had dried so sticky.
I love this so much I went back to Home Bargains and brought another 6 different Montagne Junesse face masks to try as well as another 3 of this fudge one because I think it's delish.
It was time for another face mask again and this time I chose the fudge sauna one as I had read good reviews about it on here.
The face mask is a non hardening one which just requires applying and then washing off fifteen minutes later. I was looking forward to the fudge aroma as it's one of my favourite sweets and I really could eat it all day.
The packet shows a lady with a light brown coloured mess all over her face with some leaves covering her eyes with chunks of fudge in the centre of them. This isn't the most attractive packaging but it does stand out so I guess the marketing trick works.
The labelling claims this is a self heating mask, which made me fairly wary as I don't like the heating masks to heat up too much as I can't stand to keep them on for too long.
I tried to rip the top of the packet open with difficulty until I saw a little perforated section asking me to tear in a circular direction to open. Ok that'll teach me for not reading the packet properly. I did manage to tear the packet open where it asked me but I couldn't complete the tear and my hands were slippery by this time from the bath water. I found this made the mask awkward to remove from the packet and I got into slightly more mess than intended or probably needed.
The mask itself needs to be applied to a wet face. It comes out of the packet in a thick consistency the colour of a light tan piece of fudge. The smell that comes from the mask is utterly divine and is spot on to match a piece of vanilla fudge.
As I applied it to my face the warming sensation hit me straight away. It wasn't too hot however and didn't carry on heating as I applied the rest. I found that the only time the mask warmed on my skin was when I put some of it onto fresh skin.
Settling back in the bath I was determined to keep this mask on for the full 15 minutes to get maximum effect. It's designed to deeply open pores and cleanses, and is for normal, greasy and t-zone skin. The aromas that wafted up my nose intermittently were gorgeous and made me want to eat something sweet.
The mask didn't continue to heat but I had a pleasant sensation on my skin for the full time I left it on.
I also didn't look as bad as the photo on the packet I was pleased to confirm when I looked in the mirror after applying it to make sure I had evenly applied.
It needed washing off with warm water and I found this fairly easy to do, but it's worth making sure you get every last bit off as it wouldn't be very nice left on there.
This mask cost 99p from Montagne Jeunesse and it was 99p well spent. I will definitely be buying this again when I am in need of a face mask.
The after effects of the mask made my skin feel fairly soft but nothing major which was a shame. It did look clean and fresh though with a nice pink tinge on my cheeks and jaw line.
With rich Mediterranean Clay, cleansing has never been so enjoyable! Our hot vanilla fudge sauna isn't for eating, instead it gently warms open pores drawing out dirt and grime /