“ Brand: Montagne Jeunesse / Type: Face Mask / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
I am a big fan of the Montagne Jeunesse range and really enjoy using their face masks as they are a fun treat and the lovely descriptions on the packaging makes them sound very appealing. I like to try out all the different varieties - or "flavours", as I think of them! - and this Hot Chocolate Orange face mask is one that I've used recently. The face masks are available to buy in most high street beauty stores for around £1.00.
This particular face mask is self-heating and contains melted chocolate and orange. Montagne Jeunesse say: "Take a deep breath of our self - warming Chocolate Orange masque and you'll be in chocolate heaven! Mediterranean Clay cleanses dirt and oils from deep within pores. Rich dark chocolate and orange oil leave skin feeling soft and refreshed."
Recommended directions for use: Cleanse, apply mask, relax for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse.
I like to give myself a proper pampering session when I use a face mask, so I began by first cleansing my face with a foaming face wash, and then settled into a nice hot bath to enjoy my face mask as I soaked. It's a good job I decided to use this particular face mask whilst in the bath, as it proved to be quite messy and I'm glad this was just contained within my bathtub so I could wash the remains away easily after I had finished. The packaging opens easily with a tear-away section in one corner, so you can squeeze the pouch and the contents come out of the corner through the top edge. I noticed that some of the mask felt very thick and solid inside the packet, as if it had started to set, but once the contents started to come out it was easy to spread over my face, with the mask having a thick, syrupy consistency. The sachet contains 15g which was enough to give me a full coverage over my entire face and I applied a fairly thick layer to use it all up. This mask has self-heating properties so did not need to be warmed prior to application, and as soon as I spread it onto my face I noticed a warming sensation. This was strongest when I was actively rubbing it on with my fingers, as I think the friction and body temperature helps to activate the heating effect of the face mask. In actual fact I found this effect quite overpowering and it was almost burning against my skin, so it was quite uncomfortable for a brief time. Thankfully, the heating effect does not continue for long, so I was able to continue wearing the mask without any further discomfort aside from the initial burst of heat.
The mask had a very rich chocolate fragrance to it which was really nice, but I was a bit disappointed not to notice any hint of an orange scent to go with it, which is what I was expecting from this chocolate orange face mask. I left the face mask on for 10 minutes, and was desperate to take it off by that time as it had really started to drip down my face into my mouth (ugh!), and I had been constantly wiping away bits that had dripped down. Because the mask was quite thick I had expected it would stay in place well, but this was not the case and it was very messy to wash away, with it taking several minutes to get my skin fully clear from all the leftovers. Once I had washed the mask away my skin felt nice and soft with a smooth texture all over. It was not the most nourishing treatment, and I did follow up with my normal moisturiser afterwards. I did notice the next day that a couple of blemishes appeared, which I suspect could be a result of the deep cleansing effect from the mask drawing out impurities. These cleared up after a short while and my complexion remained in good condition otherwise.
Overall this face mask has reasonable results, however I would probably choose to buy a different variety instead of this self-heating version next time, as the overheating and dripping were just too annoying for me to want to deal with it again.
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Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate Orange Face Mask
Ever since I have joined Dooyoo I have seen lots of reviews for the Montagne masks, there are many different types and I had seen some really good reviews on them. About a month ago I was in Wilkinsons when I spotted a rack of these masks and thought I would give one a try. After a little deliberation I decided to choose the hot chocolate orange mask, I quite liked the idea of a heated facial and as a chocolate lover I loved the idea of a chocolate orange one.
ABOUT THE MASK ....
These masks all come in single packets so you can buy different ones for each application which is quite nice! The hot chocolate orange mask is a clay mask and says that it is suitable for normal, oily and combination skin. My skin is combination so it seemed a good choice.
The masks come in small packets that are very hard to describe what the shape is meant to be but the image above it the same as the one I purchased. The front of the packet informs us that it is hot chocolate and has images of various chocolate and oranges, below this is an image of a lady wearing the mask with some odd slices of orange over where her eyes should be. I found this a little odd, although I understand the link between the chocolate orange and the orange slices, I did find it odd that they would place them over her eyes. I am not saying anyone would, I sincerely hope everyone would have the sense to not place oranges over their eyes but to me it looks like she is and can you imagine how much that could sting! Ow!
The back of the packet has the usage instructions along with some cute photos of someone following the instructions. The ingredients and logos informing us that the product is BUAV approved (against animal testing) and suitable for vegetarians. Below that is a warning that although the mask smells delicious it is not for eating! I have to agree with them it does indeed smell divine!
TO USE ....
I found the corner of the packet quite hard to remove with my damp hands (due to the heat in the bathroom) but once I got into the packet I was hit by a totally yummy smell of hot chocolate! I squeezed the packet into my hand and was a little shocked by how runny the mask was, I had expected the clay to be a little thicker. I applied the full packet to my face as instructed and laid back to wait the 15 minutes the mask should be on. This is where my problems started, the mask started running, it was all over my neck and dripping onto my chest rather than setting in any way. It was like I had poured melted chocolate all over me face. The mask did start to heat up but by no means did it get as warm as many I have used and was a little bit of a disappointment.
After the 15 minutes I grabbed my face cloth to remove the mask and there was a total mud mess everywhere! The mask was still so runny that it just slopped all over the side of the bath and my beige face cloth was stained with large brown marks.
It also made such a mess of the bath water that it left an awful brown rim around our white bath, I had to scrub the bath as soon as I got out it was that bad. It looked like the bath had not been cleaned and had brown tidelines lol ewww.
MY SKIN ....
I have to say I did not notice any improvement with my skin after removing the mask, it was not more moisturised or any significant difference I am sorry to say. On a plus point it did not cause any spots or anything.
WOULD I USE IT AGAIN ....
No! It made such a mess and I did not find any benefit from it although it did smell very nice.
All of these masks retail at around £1 for a mask and come in a wide variety of types so maybe next time I will be more lucky!
Smells nice, did heat up but made an awful mess and no noticeable benefit to my skin. I would not use this particular one again but I would try a different mask as I am sure this was just not the one for me. I would give this 2 stars out of 5, sorry it really did make such an awful mess for me to tidy up that I lost any relaxation I had from my pamper session and I saw no visible improvement to my skin.
I recently bought a bulk load of these face masks for a discount price and I'm slowly working my way through them testing them out to see if they are any good.
I don't use face masks that much but do occasionally slip them into my routine when I have a big event coming up just to keep my skin in good condition. I tend to opt for natural face masks and prefer fruit scented ones but I was intrigued by this chocolate flavoured (is that the right word?) version.
The mask comes in a plastic sachet which you snip open to squeeze the contents out. There is branding and information on both sides including instructions on how to apply it.
First you cleanse your skin with water and then rub the contents of the sachet around your face, avoiding sensitive areas. The mask is smooth and silky to touch, it feel very rich and creamy and has the appearance and smell of chocolate. The mask is easy to apply and take roughly 15-20 mins to work.
The mask is a heated one so once applied rather than drying it actually heat to a warmish temperature. The heat it reaches is not too hot but warm enough that you notice the difference. Once you have left it on for the required time you simply wash the still moist mask off with warm water and clean your skin properly to remove all residue.
I found that my skin felt soft to the touch after using this mask. It also looked cleaner, smoother and softer as well as giving me an even complexion all over. My skin felt refreshed and hydrated and even better after having applied my moisturiser too.
Overall, I have to say this is one of the better face masks I have used from this range and I did like the chocolatey smell despite being reluctant about this aspect. I'm not sure I'd pay the full price for it, but it was great to be able to try it out cheaply.
WHAT IS IT?
A self heating face mask from Montagne Jeunesse that has got a smell of chocolate orange.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Wet your face and apply the face mask in a thin layer, if you take your time and are careful then you can get to apply 2 face masks out of each sachet of this because it spreads so easy across the skin. It is important that you wet your face first because it is the water that helps the creamy mask to warm up.
This face mask smells beautiful and it is one of the nicest ones that Montagne Jeunesse make. It has got a very rich chocolate smell that smells like it is mixed with orange oil instead of fresh orange so that it is quite fake smelling but still has got a fragrance that is good enough to eat.
DOES IT WORK?
I am disappointed that the face mask does not get very warm and even though it starts to warm up good it stops and cools down again. I am not happy about that because when I use a heating mask I like it to get very warm to open my pores. It makes my skin feel soft but that feeling does not last for very long and even though I use it at night I do not have very much of the effects left by the next morning.
WHAT I THINK
I think that this face mask is very nice to use because of the beautiful chocolate orange smell but it is not very effective for my skin. I like how soft it leaves my skin but I think that should last for a lot longer than it does because the face mask feels like it is doing good when I am wearing it.
It makes a lot of a mess when you rinse it off because of it being a chocolate brown mask and it will stain if you get it on your towels so you have to be careful. It rinses off very easy and does not leave my skin sticky.
The only effect is that my skin is soft after I have used it. I thought that it would have made my skin a little bit tighter because of how the mask feels when it is drying but that does not happen. My skin doesn't feel smoother but it smells very nice because the chocolate and orange.
A sachet of chocolate orange face mask costs £1.20 but I do not think it is value because even though it smells very nice it does not help my skin very much.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
I like to treat myself to a face mask every now and again but I don't want to have to pay a fortune for one. I usually by the Montagne Jeunesse masks from Asda as they only cost 75p each and there are so many to choose form, and all, in my experience anyway, brilliant value for money. The one I want to review is the Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate Orange Face Mask as this one was just a little bit different.
I tried this out when I was in the house by myself the other week. The sachet contains 15ml of mask (as do they all in this range) and the colour of this one looks like brown melted chocolate. The first thing I noticed abut it was the smell. It reminded me of a chocolate orange. I really does look and smell just like chocolate orange, the consistency is exactly the same.
It's quite a messy runny mask to apply and I suggest that you use dark towels if you are going to use this mask and make sure to be very careful. I made a bit of a mess in the bathroom - applying it was fine, but removing it was a bit of a nightmare. It's very easy to get it splashed all over the place so I also suggest that you possibly use this whilst you are in the bath.
I applied the mask all over my face and neck (avoiding the eye area) and lay back and relaxed for ten to fifteen minutes and let it do its work. This mask didn't feel 'tight' on my skin but it did have a very mild warming effect, which felt nice and relaxing. In fact, I was surprised by the fact that it doesn't even really seem to have dried off after the fifteen minutes were up. It still looked and felt damp.
I rinsed it off with warm water and patted my face dry. Afterwards my skin felt and looked really clean, smooth and clear and I also felt that it had managed to close up some of the pores I suffer with around my nose and chin.
This is quite a mild gentle mask and great for more regular use. It will definitely make you feel like eating a few squares of chocolate as you like back waiting for it to work, so be warned.
It's well worth the 75p I paid, a real treat to use and I highly recommend it.
These masks are currently 75p in Asda, so for this reason I bought a load of them all different to try them as I love Montagne Jeunesse. I hadn't tried this mask previously so this was the first one that I used.
I like to use a mask one or twice a week. My skin is dry with oily patches and I sometimes get the odd blemish. This mask is self warming, these are my favourite kind of masks as I find they cleanse my skin better.
The packaging states that the mask has Mediterranean clay which helps deep cleanse and remove oils, it also contains chocolate and orange oil to leave your skin soft and refreshed.
To use this mask you have to first cleanse your skin, apply a thin layer and then leave it for 10-15 minutes. I find these sachets contain a little too much for me they have 15ml inside them, but I manage to get two uses out of one packet. I simply use what I need and then roll the top down and use the rest later in the week.
The first thing that you notice about this mask is the smell, it is divine, exactly like a Terry's chocolate orange. The mask is a rich brown colour and has the consistency of melted chocolate. When you apply the mask it does heat up for a few seconds then the warming disappears, I have found this with all of the heated masks, I have discovered though if you blast a hairdrier on your face it warms the mask again! I don't know how I found out about that!
The mask was nice, it didn't dry which I prefer, as I find that the masks that dry on the skin hurt my face and pull it too tight. After the allotted time I rinsed the mask off, a word of caution this is very, very messy! I have white tiles and the mask managed to splash everywhere, it also left unsightly marks on my sink which meant I had to clean my sink!
However in spite of the mess afterward my skin felt really soft and smooth, I didn't even need to use a moisturiser. It also made some of the open pores on my nose look better, perhaps this is because it got deep down and removed the dirt.
I love this mask and I would buy it again, I think next time I will use and old face cloth to remove it to try and prevent mess in my bathroom. It is perfect for a relaxing evening of pampering and it made my skin look great.
I love using face masks and I try to do so at least once a week. There are a couple of products that I tend to use frequently - Garnier's sauna clay mask, and Beauty Formulas 3 minute Cucumber Clay equivalent. When I can't get hold of those, I try something different. That is the reason I bought the Hot Chocolate and Orange mask from Montagne Jeunesse. I am not always keen on perfumed face products, but I know from experience that items made by this company tend to have a natural and good quality scent. Who can resist chocolate anyway?
Montagne Jeunesse are a vegetarian company and this mask is vegan - meaning it contains no animal derived ingredients. They also do not test their products on animals. So using this product is a feel good experience in all kinds of ways! The company produce a huge range of different face, hair and feet products. The number of face masks alone that they make is staggering, covering a huge variety of scents. I choose the chocolate orange mask because it promised to offer deep cleansing. It is a self heating mask, which also appealed to me as this action helps to open the pores and ensure they are properly cleansed. I often steam my face before using a mask to achieve the same effect, so using a product such as this one saves me the trouble.
The mask comes in a 15g sachet. This is slightly bigger than some single use masks I have tried. I do feel that the amount of product in the pack is generous and I always have some left over, even when I apply it thickly. It isn't easy to keep the excess fresh once I have torn open the sachet because it can't be re-sealed, so I usually call on my sister to take the leftovers off my hands. The pack has a perforation on a corner to enable you to open it easily, after which it is just a matter of applying it to clean skin. Doing so is an absolute pleasure because it looks and smells divine. It closely resembles thick melted milk chocolate, and it smells of a Terry's chocolate orange. If you don't feel like eating some of the real thing after using this, you are obviously more restrained than I am! [You can't eat the mask by the way. It is clearly labelled as non edible.]
The mask feels thick and smooth in texture when I apply some to my face. I like the fact it isn't sticky, so it is more comfortable to apply. It isn't runny either so it is more practical to put on when I am in more of a rush. There is less cleaning up to do afterwards. I can feel it beginning to warm when it is still on my fingers, but the heat builds as you move the product around your face to ensure even coverage. The warmth never gets to the point of being uncomfortable - it just feels like I am blushing under all that chocolate. I find that the heating action peters out by the time it is the right moment to remove the mask - after 10-15 minutes. I leave it on for the full quarter hour, as I feel that my large nose pores need all the help that they can get. Washing off is easy and quick. It is easy to see any bits you have left behind because of the masks chocolate colour. Even as I remove it, I can still smell that lovely fresh orange scent.
I have combination skin so I look for a product that cleanses my oily areas thoroughly without drying out my cheeks which tend to be dry anyway. I also expect a mask to make my skin feel softer. This Montagne Jeunesse mask scores well on all fronts. My pores look clear, and therefore appear less obvious. They stay that way for half a week, but if you have smaller ones less prone to blocking I suspect the effect would last longer. The most immediate effect is softer, smoother and more radiant looking skin. Any lingering shine on my forehead has disappeared too. The pack doesn't suggest how often the mask should be used, but I would need to use it twice weekly to maintain these results. I tend to apply a mask only once a week though, much as I would like to have time to do it more often. For this reason, I tend to use other masks most of the time.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS MASK?
I love the scent of the mask. It smells natural, and delicious, even if you can't actually eat it. It makes using the product a relaxing treat, as it should be. I like to close my eyes and drink in the citrus aroma especially. The fact the mask also works to improve the condition of my skin is a bonus. I would like the results to last a little longer, but this mask is certainly not the only one I would need to use more than once a week. Considering the fact it costs only around £1 in most places, I think it is a good value product. I have bought it more than once now, and I will continue to treat myself to it every so often. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good quality mask. If you have used a self-heating one before and didn't like it, still give this one a go as it is both gentle and effective.
Available in Superdrug for £1, and a penny more in Boots, as well as other beauty stockists.
[This review also appears on Ciao, under my user name.]
I love using face masks and recently picked this mask up in my local Superdrug for £1.09, which is a bargain in my opinion. The mask is designed to be suitable for combination skin, normal skin and oily skin. It is self heating and smells divine. The mask is made from cocoa, Mediterranean clay, orange, vanilla, and Vitamin E (and other ingredients). It is designed to cleanse your skin and remove oil and impurities from deep within your pores, this is done using the unique ingredients and the fact that it is a self heating mask so it opens up your pores more than a not heating mask. It should leave your skin thoroughly cleansed, soft and refreshed.
The product contains natural ingredients but you are advised to do a patch test on your arm to make sure you do not have an adverse reaction to the mask.
The mask comes in a single use sachet, the sachet states that the natural ingredients in the face mask may vary in colour, is best kept out of reach of children, to avoid your eyes, to test for irritancy before use (I did not do this) and that it is for external use only. The product is thick and creamy in texture and brown, slight red in colour.
To use the mask, I cut the top off and apply to my cleansed face and neck, I can get 2 applications out of each sachet. I then relax in the bath or lie on the bed for 15 minutes. As soon as you put the mask onto your fingers to apply it to your face you can feel the heat start to work and it feels pretty warm to start with. The heat effect last for a few minutes before it starts to wear off and it makes your face a bit tingly, the mask is quite sticky and I find a little tricky to remove, I tend to use a damp face cloth as I find it easier to remove all traces
As soon as you open the sachet you are greeted with a strong scent of chocolate, orange and vanilla, it goes onto my face well and the scent helps me to relax, the scent stays around for a long time even after I have rinsed it away, which is nice. The mask does not dry. After I used the mask for the first time, I did get a couple of blemishes appear on my chin, though I have now used this mask a few times and this no longer happens. My skin is always left feeling soft and hydrated and also nourished after using it. I have never experienced any skin irritation, my skin is combination and can be quite sensitive.
Overall I would recommend this face mask to others as it smells great, I love the fact that it heats up, it well priced, as you get two applications out of the one sachet and it actually makes an improvement to my skin.
Montagne Jeunesse is a British company that focuses on skin care products as for the face, feet and hair. The most famous product is the masks that sit in colorful sachets. On the front is a picture which you can see for what the mask is intended (face, hair or feet). It really was used to be a brand for woman, now they focus on men and for them there is also a special range of products to pamper their skin with a mask. The products are tested on animals.
This is a chocolate mask, which gets hot as soon as it comes into contact with the skin. This will open the pores.
The mask consists of three main ingredients, which I will explain shortly. First this small mask consist of mud from the Mediterranean Sea. This removes dirt and oils from the pores. This gives you a cleaner and less oily skin. Of course there is chocolate in this process and ensures a smooth and fresh skin. The last important ingredient is orange oil and this has the same effect as the chocolate.
Once you open the package do you see the mask and it looks like melted chocolate! When you put it on your face make you feel instantly that the mask does gets hot. It is immediately warm but it is no discomfort. You really do not feel more than just a warm "layer" on your skin. The smell is exactly that of melted chocolate and very pure. The mask is not hard, but you notice a sort of sealable layer on the skin. Ten to fifteen minutes you can relax and then you can take the mask off with a wet washcloth or something. The skin is deeply cleansed and feels soft and supple!
This mask is really nice to use. The smell and appearance of the mask really does look like chocolate. I am very pleased with the smell, the ease of applying it to the skin and the fact that the mask does not drip. The mask gets suddenly hot, but certainly does not feel uncomfortable. It's like a nice warm towel on your face. The pores are deep cleaned and my skin looks fresh and clean. A great product!
The other day my mate surprised me with a couple of face masks (one each) to pamper ourselves with whilst having a wee drink and watching a film. I very rarely these days can be bothered with faffing about with such products to be honest and usually stick to cleansing, toning and moisturising daily and to be honest I find that enough to keep my skin in good condition on the whole!
However my mate got these in our local Asda store costing only a pound each which seemed a good deal to her because usually these retail closer to the £1.50 mark each (in all good supermarkets an chemists).
This face mask comes in a plastic sachet which is quite large and silver foil inside. The front of the sachet has a picture of a lady wearing the chocolate face mask with a slices of oranges covering her eyes and we are told that it is Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate 'Pore cleasning sauna masque' and that it is self heating 'Cocoa & Orange) and that it weighs 15g (some information is also listed in a foreign language too). On the back of the sachet we are told a bit about the product and there are diagramns on how to use it, the ingredients are given (this is suitable for Vegetarians to use) and contact details for the manufacturer are also stated. Nice, easy to tear open sachet this is and there is plenty of face mask inside of it too!
All we have to do to use this is to cleanse our skin first then tear open the sachet and get on with applying it. The face mask has a wonderful smell of Terry's chocolate orange to it and is a smooth, milk chocolate looking paste that isn't drippy but moist and easy enough to apply (if you apply your mind to the task lol).
Your best bet though is to apply this in front of a mirror, something we didn't do. We got covered in the stuff and all you do is gently rub it on the skin and neck area. Its smells wonderful (doesn't taste like chocolate believe me I did lick it lol) and it warms to a nice temperature that isn't too hot on the skin at all but is noticeable.
We are told to leave it on for 15 minutes and in this time it doesn't stiffen or dry on the skin and then all thats left to do is rinse it off with water. It did take is us a while to properly remove this from our skin and a fair bit of rubbing with warm water but after a time it was fully removed.
This left both of our faces looking really clean, not one bit tight and feeling very fresh and rejuvinated. My mate reported that the dry skin under her eyes had completely gone and that I had much more colour in my cheeks and didn't look so goth as usual! My skin felt gently moisturised and soft and my pores dimished in size and whats more this didn't encourage and spots or other issues to turn up either.
All in all this is a bit messy to use (unless using a mirror and taking your time) but I have to admit that this was a big hit for us and we would certainly buy it again just to pep up our skin a bit and out of all this brands face masks I have so far tried this is my absoloute favourite...just don't flipping lick it no matter how good it smells!
I'm on a bit of a savings kick recently, trying to to save my money instead of spending it all so I have plenty to blow when I head to New York, this means finding cheaper alternatives to my usual beauty luxuries. There are a few certain products I use that aren't necessarily a necessity, but something I use to make myself feel better and help me relax - face masks are included in that category. Although I'm blessed with having very good skin, only with the occasional spot and dry patch but otherwise generally clear, face masks just give me a bit more of a glow and make me feel like I've deep cleansed my pores. I'm currently a huge fan of the Montagne Juenesse range due to their low prices (even lower for me because they sell them at work so I get to use my discount!), many varieties and high quality. This review will be on the Hot Chocolate Orange version.
Montagne Juenesse fack masks come in small, 15g foil sachets, with a very happy looking lady pictured on the front! The model always has something covering her eyes, usually a fruit relating to the product inside - in this case, she has a few leaves and some orange slices in place of her eyeballs, yet her shining smile is still in full view. The rest of the packet is based on the chocolate theme and I'd be lying if I said it didn't make my mouth water a little bit. Chocolate orange cheesecake anyone?
It's important to mention that it does state on the front of the sachet that this is a self heating face mask, so it will warm up was soon as it comes into contact with the skin, hence the HOT chocolate name.
The back of the sachet provides general directions and ingredients. I'm told to apply a thin layer of the face mask onto clean skin, let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off. Easy!
There is an easy tear section on the top right of the sachet which is honestly quite hit or miss. Sometimes they tear open very easily and other times it's impossible and you have to break out the scissors!
You then just squeeze some of the product onto your hand and smooth across your face. As soon as you tear this packet open you will start to smell the chocolate orange scent. Upon first use I was shocked at just how delicious it actually smelled - it was exactly like someone had melted a Terry's Chocolate Orange.
To look at, it looks like very rich, dark chocolate has been melted and shoved in a packet - did I mention my mouth was watering like mad? There was quite a bit of product left over in the packet so I forced my boyfriend to use it up so that it wouldn't go to waste - he moaned the whole time but I'm sure he secretly loved it!
I could instantly feel the product warm up on my fingers as I was smoothing it across my face, it was a pleasant sensation. It didn't get too hot that it was uncomfortable but it was warm enough to feel like it was actually doing something.
Heated face masks are great because the heat opens the pores up much more than normal so that you can get a deep cleanse.
The warmth started cooling down after around 5 and a half minutes and it was completely cool after around 11 minutes. This isn't a face mask that will dry and then crack whenever you stifle a laugh or try to ask your other half for a cup of tea, but it will stay smooth and creamy for the duration of wearing it. Again, this is because it's heated. You also want to watch that you don't apply too much of the product because it will start to drip as it heats up and no one wants face mask drips all over the place!
After around 17 minutes I decided to rinse it off, the scent was still lingering around by the time I was rinsing it off. This can be both good and bad - good because it's delicious, but bad if you have a headache because it just makes it worse. Unfortunately, rinsing it off wasn't as easy as I'd hoped. Dried face masks are very easy to rinse off, but when they are still creamy like this one it's essentially like rubbing wet mud over your face to get it off. It took me around 10 minutes to get every trace of the face mask off, but after patting my skin dry I realised it was completely worth it. My face was left with a healthy glow and my pores had tightened up again, making them much less visible, resulting in flawless skin. Waking up the next day was even better as the one big pimple I had had completely disappeared and my face still had a healthy glow. My skin was left feeling very soft and even my boyfriend commented on how soft my face felt that day.
Luckily, I managed to pick this up for 49p at my work due to my discount, but they can be picked up for an equally reasonable 99p in New Look and Asda or £1 in Boots.
I'd say this is 100% worth the money as not only is it £5 cheaper than my usual face mask, but it gives great results and doesn't result in the whole "toxin purge breakout" that some face masks give off. I'll be giving this product 5 stars as the disadvantages aren't enough to put me off any at all.
Leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed
Can sometimes be difficult to get into the sachet
Difficult to rinse off
Thanks very much for reading! All reads and rates are currently going towards my trip to New York, so I fully appreciate them all :).
I have used several of the Montagne Jeunesse range over the years, and it only ever seems to expand, offering more and more choice every time. Asda currently stock at least 10 varieties of their face masques, ranging between peel off masques, scrub masques and wash off masques. I purchased two of the Hot Chocolate version because I was tempted by the chocolate orange depicted on the packaging.
All Montagne Jeunesse masques have picture of a woman wearing that specific masque, across the majority of the packaging (male masques have a man wearing a masque). The flavour is identified by pictures of the fruits or foody products that they smell of. In this case the woman has a chocolate version on with orange segments on her eyes. The reverse of the sachet has four illustrations showing how to use it. The products are French and as a result the majority of the writing is in French with an English translation, rather than the other way around. This variety is (according to the packaging) new.
Each product is individually packaged in single sachets and to start with there doesn't appear to be an awful lot in the sachet.
How to use
I pour the masque into the palm of my hand and use two fingers to smooth it across my face, avoiding the eyes and lips. Once you have an even coverage you will find you have an amount left over, I washed this away as it was not needed. Unfortunately, the product was quite sticky on my hands and face but very liquid like when applying. This meant that I had to work harder for even coverage, but found that it dripped from my fingers when applying and I had to be extra careful not to get it on my clothes (I failed miserably).
This variety is a self-heating masque which means that once it is on your face it warms as it does its thing. It is self-titled a 'pore cleansing sauna masque'. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes before washing off and patting your face dry.
The heating element of the masque opens the pores allowing for the clay masque to do its thing and remove the oil/dirt from them.
How does it feel?
Once applied, the product starting heating up very quickly, however this sensation didn't last that long. It didn't feel like the sort of sauna effect I was expecting but it wasn't unpleasant at all. I could feel it working on my pores and the blemishes that I had, started to tingle, again, this didn't last that long.
From the minute the sachet was opened the chocolate orange fragrance was strong and it smelt gorgeous. The scent was carried for the whole time I had the masque on. It also carried around the house and was noticeable by an untimely visitor who happened to knock as I was all masked up.
Some face treatments can be tingly on the skin and uncomfortable, this felt very gentle and not uncomfortable at all.
How to wash it off
I would thoroughly recommend showering to wash this off. I used the basin in the bathroom and made a complete mess of the place. The muddy looking water splashed and left brown splash marks around the sink which meant I then need to clean it. I also had to wipe the residue from around the hairline off with a face-wipe as water just wouldn't reach it. What had accidently transferred to my long hair around my face was a nightmare to remove as it was sticky causing knots.
I would recommend showering to remove this masque as the running water will make it easier to wash away.
Does it work?
I bought two of these, one for me and one for my boyfriend who was very sporting. He applied my face masque and vice versa. I left mine on for the recommended time, before washing it off but he kept his on for nearly an hour before showering it off.
For me, my face feels no different. I had dry patches on my cheeks which are still there after removing the masque and my face doesn't feel tighter nor does it feel particularly moisturised. My pores look the same and my face doesn't visibly look like I have done anything to it.
The boyfriend has said that his face feels very refreshed and cleansed, making his lips feel noticeably dry in comparison. The difference between the two outcomes is quite extreme. He too had a small patch of dry skin before application; however after washing off the masque his dry skin is gone.
Perhaps I should have left mine on for longer, or perhaps it is best suited to male skin.
These retail at £1.09 in ASDA but are currently on offer at 95p which is a very good price. I wouldn't buy this variety again and would probably revert back to a peel off masque next time.
(also on ciao)
Back with another face masque! As you know from reading my reviews I'm a huge fan of face masques and looking after my skin. I think it is really important to take time out for that much need 'me' time. I always feel ten times more relaxed, more at ease ready to face the world.
Montagne Jeunesse - Hot Chocolate Pore Cleansing Sauna Masque:
'Take a deep breath of our self - warming Chocolate Orange masque and you'll be in chocolate heaven! Mediterranean Clay cleanses dirt and oils from deep within pores. Rich dark chocolate and orange oil leave skin feeling soft and refreshed'
Well this masque has to be one of the messiest ones I have used and for the results given I question myself it is worth it?
Suitable for -
* Oily Skin
* Normal Skin
* Combination Skin
Following the instructions I cleansed my face with just warm water, you then have to leave face wet to apply the masque. Smoothing the contents over my face I could feel a wonderful warming sensation. The warmth was really nice and it didn't get to hot, it was comfortable and certainly relaxing. I carried on applying the masque avoiding eyes and lips as stated. Once my face was covered it is recommended that you leave the masque on to works it magic for 10-15 minutes.
The warming feeling for me only really last while massaging the masque over my face, after that you can just feel a mild warmth. While relaxing you can smell a rich gorgeous chocolaty scent with hints of orange, kind of like you have melted a Terry's Chocolate Orange and smoothed it over your face. The scent was inviting and it really makes you want some chocolate! I would buy this masque again just for aroma, it was like I was floating on clouds of chocolate heaven.
Now when it comes to removing this masque I found it to be on the stubborn side, normally I splash my face with warm water then use a wet face fennel to remove it completely. However as some masques go dry over your face this one didn't it stayed like a chocolate liquid the duration of leaving it on my face. So when I was rinsing my face it just made it more and more gooey. So the best action was really to just keep wetting the flannel and rubbing my face.
Once I managed to remove the masque completely my skin did feel soft and moisturised but this masque for me fails on the cleansing. The masque works by using Mediterranean clay to remove toxins in your skin and help hydrate tired skin. Around my nose where it is on the greasy side I must say I did see an improvement there which I was rather impressed by. Then we have the vitamin c, which is there to help cleanse the skin by aiding the removal of trapped dirt. Which I was a little let down by as it my face didn't feel as cleansed; I've had much better results from other masques.
It is recommended that you use this masque twice weekly to keep seeing the benefits; I personally think you get two applications out of this pack. The masque is on the runny side but covers face twice over, luckily, so I didn't have to waste any masque my friend was here so I spreaded the rest of the masque over her too! She too was wrapped up in the aroma and agrees it doesn't seem to go at cleansing.
This masque comes in a sachet which has been chocolate and orange theme to match its contents. It is in my opinion a little on the busy however still fun looking and intriguing. Still I'm unsure if I would use this masque again. As nice as it feels the hassle removing this one and the cleansing not being brilliant for me I doubt I shall purchase this one.
Price and Availability:
This masque will cost £1.09 from most retailers; however you can get gift packs which work out cheaper per masque. Also on the Montagne Jeunesse web site they are offering 4 for the price of 3.
To start with I was in love with this masque, the smell, and the warms, how it felt on my skin. BUT when it comes to removing and the after effect I felt slightly disappointed. I can not see myself purchasing this one, as they Montagne Jeunesse has much better ones available.
Three out of five stars from me.
Thanks for reading.
Montagne Jeunesse does have a rather fun looking web site where you can find out about their new product, and the rest of the Montagne Jeunesse range. They don't just do face masks there are also bath, hair, lip and massage products.
Montagne Jeunesse is Vegetarian Society Approved, BUAV Approved, Not tested on animals and has received Prima Beauty Award
Test for irritancy before use
Propylene Glycol , Zeolite (Volcanic Ash) , Kaolin (Natural Clay) , Illite (Mediterranean Clay) , Glycerin (Plant Origin) , Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose (Stabiliser) , Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Fruit Powder , Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter , Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil , Aroma (Flavor) , Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract , Limonene* , Parfum (Fragrance) , Sucrose (Sugar) , Soya Lecithin (Natural Emulsifier) , CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499 (Iron Oxides) , *Naturally Found in Orange
When I damaged my knee back in late August I was laid up in bed for around a week. I am still recovering now, slowly, but I am trying to get back a bit of pamper time for myself and so I asked my sister to pick me up a face mask whilst she was out one day so that I could have a hot bath and use it then. She came back with the hot chocolate orange self heating face mask by Montagne Jeunesse for me to try.
The mask comes packaged like all of the other Montagne Jeunesse products I have tried in that it is a small foil lined pack. On the front there is a smiling woman with the face mask on her face as well as some orange segments and leaves on her eyes. We are told that the hot chocolate orange mask is a pore cleaning sauna mask which basically means that it is self heating and will warm on the face.
I ripped open the top of the packet just before I got in to the bath and squeezed it so the product came out on to my fingers. The face mask was a dark chocolate brown colour and very thick. I applied it to my face taking care to avoid my eyes especially because it was a self heating product. I found that I used around half of the contents of the packet for one application and that despite this my face was fully covered in the product so I was pleased that I would be able to get a second use from one pack. The thick face mask spread pretty well over my face and there was a certain smell of chocolate and orange which was nice! The mask began to heat pretty much as soon as it was applied to my face and it did get quite hot! I didn't need to worry though because this literally dies down as fast as it starts and so I was left to relax in the bath with a warm mask on my face.
I left the mask on in the bath for about ten minutes before washing it off. One of the main reasons I like using these sorts of products is that you are pretty much forced to just relax, even if it is just for the ten minutes that it is on! I rarely find time to relax and focus on me and this allows me to do so. Washing the face mask off was ok however I used my son's flannel which he was mortified about considering I turned it a chocolate brown colour! This does come off in the wash thankfully but it is something to be aware of!
When I washed off the face mask I noticed that my skin felt soft, smoother and just felt generally like it had been treated which was exactly what I was looking for from the product. I like to use one of these face masks at least once a month just to make some time for myself and to feel like I am being pampered and at around one pound per face mask it really does make an inexpensive treat. What is even better is that Montagne Jeunesse do not test their products on animals and they are also suitable for vegetarians too.
I would really recommend this face mask. The smell as well as the results make it feel some what indulgent and we all deserve a bit of that sometimes!
Thank you for reading my review!
I have used a lot of Montagne Jeunesse products over the years and have nearly always been impressed with them. Although I am slightly dubious about the long term benefits that can be achieved from face masks, I enjoy using them because I appreciate the pampering experience they offer me. Applying a face mask allows me to claim some 'me time' after a busy week. What I want from a face mask primarily is a relaxing experience. I want something that smells nice, is easy to apply and which feels pleasant on my skin as I chill out and take it easy for a few precious minutes. I want my mind, as well as my skin, to feel cleansed, freshened and rejuvenated afterwards. As a self-confessed chocolate lover, I was keen to try this self-heating chocolate & orange mask when I saw it on the shelves of my local Asda, so I snapped it up for a respectable £1.09.
The way it works is that the product heats up on application, opening the pores so that the Mediterranean clay in the mask can draw out oil and dirt. I was interested to see volcanic ash (zeolite) listed amongst the ingredients, which I knew nothing about in the context of skin care, but have since read that it removes toxins from the skin. The mask also contains glycerin, which attracts water to the skin to improve its suppleness, and cocoa seed butter, an emollient to feed dry skin. Orange oil also replenishes dry skin and can relieve irritation. It sounded quite a promising combination. I'm often put off by products that contain a lengthy list of ingredients and where those ingredients all have multisyllabic names, which would only be familar to a chemist. I find it reassuring when the list is comprehensible and made up of ingredients you have actually heard of, which is the case with Montagne Jeunesse products.
How to use the mask is set out in four illustrated steps on the back of the sachet - cleanse, apply, relax (10-15 minutes) and rinse. However, it doesn't say whether you are supposed to apply the mask to damp skin straight after cleansing or whether you need to dry your skin completely first. I opted for the latter. Also it doesn't state whether you should wash the mask off with hot, cold or lukewarm water. It would have been helpful to know this before starting.
The sachet is easy to tear open with your fingers, so you don't need to have a pair of scissors to hand. I had a good sniff at the contents and the aroma of chocolate orange was instantly detectable and extremely pleasant. I know some people say that using products like this helps them to control their chocolate cravings, but sadly they just enhance mine. (Fortunately, I had a Terry's Chocolate Orange in the house.) I could've inhaled the scent of the mask for a long time. It smelled like real, edible chocolate as opposed to some awful synthetic concoction meant to resemble chocolate. The combination of cocoa seed butter, orange oil and vanilla extract provided a rich, sweet, comforting scent.
I began to apply the mask with my fingertips and this is where things started to go downhill. The texture was extremely sticky and, unlike some masks which glide easily over the skin, this was tricky to apply evenly. I once used a different chocolate mask from Montagne Jeunesse which had a wonderful, voluptuous texture and was simple to apply, but this was not like that. It was so sticky and gooey that my fingers dragged across my skin, which wasn't a pleasant sensation. The self-heating aspect was interesting, however. The sensation was most noticeable in the first couple of minutes after application, then it gradually subsided into a gentle warmth, but I wasn't aware of it at all after 5 minutes or so. I have used self-heating face masks before where the warmth has only lasted for a few seconds, so this was a bit of an improvement. Self-heating masks do feel a little strange, but it's not an overwhelming sense of heat. It's quite soothing. The mask didn't dry and crack like some masks but stayed moist throughout the treatment. I can't say I was aware of any tingling or tightening effects to suggest that the mask was doing its job, but the warmth did help me to relax.
Lying back for 10 minutes and inhaling the lovely scent of chocolate orange was great, but the real problems came when it was time to wash the mask off. Because there was nothing in the instructions about the best temperature of water to use, I decided to start with warm and adjust it if need be. Trying to remove the mask with warm water turned out to be a big mistake. The stickiness intensified and although I splashed my face and rubbed it vigorously, the mask wouldn't budge. It just melted into a gooey mess which stubbornly stuck to my skin. It was like washing my face in treacle. It felt horrible. I switched to cold water and then lukewarm water, then back to warm again, then back to cold. By this stage I was scrubbing my face like a woman possessed and uttering language not fitting for someone who was supposed to be chilled out. Eventually, after what seemed like an age, I managed to remove all traces of brown slop from my skin. Cold water seemed to be the most effective of all the temperatures I tried. I would suggest that if you do use this mask you don't try and rinse it off over a wash basin, as I did, because it made one heck of a mess. It looked as if someone had just discarded their hot chocolate (or worse) down the sink and it had splattered over the taps and tiles. It's probably easier to clean it off in the shower. It took a bit of cleaning up afterwards - and cleaning the sink is definitely not what you want to do straight after a pampering session.
The worst thing though was that the face mask had got into my hair and, although I'd tried to rinse it out, I was left with tangles and horrible sticky patches in my fringe. I would definitely suggest putting a shower cap on to protect your hair if you do give this mask a try. The mask had also got under my nails, making it look as if I'd been digging for potatoes in the garden with my bare hands.
I only needed to use half a sachet of this face mask. I always find that if you keep an opened sachet of Montagne Jeunesse face mask in a sealed bag it will stay fresh for a week or so and then you can do another application. However, after my uninspiring experience with the hot chocolate mask, I wasn't exactly looking forward to trying it again. I would love to say that my skin looked fabulous after using this mask, but I haven't noticed much difference. Yes, my skin looked refreshed straight after I had used the mask, but no more so than if I'd just washed my face and splashed it with cold water. On the plus side, my skin felt well moisturised after using it. I haven't experienced any skin sensitivity or break outs after using the mask. My skin was clear before I applied the mask and it is still clear now.
It was somewhat disappointing as I have come to expect great things of Montagne Jeunesse face masks. I like to support this company as their products are made from natural ingredients, are cruelty free and approved by the BUAV, but I doubt I will use this particular variety again. Fortunately, there are plenty more Montagne Jeunesse masks for me to choose from.