Product Type: Montagne Jeunesse body care
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Looking Like An Unfortunate Extra From Ghostbusters 2 Does NOT Reduce Stress!
Montagne Jeunesse Sauna Masque
Member Name: missrarr
Montagne Jeunesse Sauna Masque
Advantages: Well, it certainly is self heating. Just too quick to actually apply it first....
Disadvantages: Texture isn't fit for purpose, and I was more stressed than before I started so that's out too...
It has occurred to me lately that I have been indulging on Dooyoo, reviewing products that I have thoroughly enjoyed and consequently have wanted to share with you good people. There's a lot of 5-star ratings amongst my recent reviews! But, as we all know, life isn't all 5 stars and glittering appraisals. Life, quite often, sucks. So, as my recent hatchet job of the thoroughly disgusting Yankee Apple & Pine Needle tart may have indicated, I am getting the knives out for some of the less successful occasions on which, to paraphrase that modern philosopher Homer Simspson, I have exchanged money for goods and services.
So, just as I was bitterly disappointed by Yankee recently, I have to report another institution of the Dooyoo realm has gone and let me down. Step forward, Montagne Jeunesse.
***ALRIGHT, WHAT'S GONE WRONG NOW?***
If you read my reviews regularly you might have noticed a few references to my not being overly happy, suffering from a bit of stress. So, after reminding myself that I am in fact a girl and having had a pampering session in the bathroom and realising that it actually did make me relax, I have been making a point of repeating this indulgence as often as my schedule allows since. The usual routine involves bubbles, wine, music and a face mask, and as I seem to have been brainwashed against buying any product other than Montagne Jeunesse for the last purpose, I recently whipped open a sachet of their Sauna Masque.
***SO HOW DID THIS WANDER INTO YOUR LIFE?***
Okay, the background. If you are, in fact, on holiday from where you live under a rock, Montagne Jeunesse produce a wide range of beauty products for both men and women. Probably best known for their facemasks, which continually get strong reviews across the board on here from the female Dooyoo army. Typically you can pick these up for around £1 in a variety of stores and supermarkets, although to buy direct from the website (free delivery over £10, 75p first class) they are £1.09 each. I recently spotted 4-for-3 at Wilkinsons and snapped up a few I hadn't used before.
MJ are BUAV approved, with the happy bunny proudly hopping around their packaging.
If you're keen to learn more, get your bimbling shoes on and head over to www.montagnejeunesse.com.
My product, as stated, was the Sauna Masque, the usual beaming female mug on the front of the sachet boasting a bright pink mask covering her skin and pink flowers and green leaves covering her eyes. I can't find something plainly labelled "Sauna Masque" on the website but the same image is used to represent the Red, Hot Earth Sauna Face Mask, so I am taking it that this is the new name for the product.
"Release the earth's stored up energy with our self-heating Volcanic Clay sauna masque. Cleanse to the core & let calming Ginseng & Plant Extracts relax you as impurities are drawn out & pores opened."
This mask is suitable for vegans, is gluten and dairy free, and has no added parabens.
So far, so good, right? The mask instructions are to wash your skin with warm water, and apply this and allow its self-heating properties work for five minutes. The front of the sachet boasts the words "anti-stress" under the title. Frankly, given that I am currently stuffed to rattling with Kalms tablets, anything making that claim has a good chance of finding its way into my shopping basket, so hoping that it would deliver on that front, I used this first of my little Wilkinsons haul.
***SO...WHY NO HAPPY?***
Because this is rubbish, that's why.
Allow me to elaborate. First of all, a backhanded compliment. This product does, in the self-heating sense, work. But it works too well.
I washed my skin as directed and cut the top off this sachet - they do have little round perforations but for ease of use I always cut the top off facemask sachets now.
Squeezing the product to the top of the sachet, I found a looser-than-normal substance that was a light-ish, plastic-looking pink and smelt quite fruity, reminding me of raspberries. The product is supposed to have Evening Primrose and Jasmine, so clearly my mind was fabricating that ingredient. It smells fairly pleasant but the range have got better sensory offerings.
I squeezed the product onto my hand ready to apply. Instantly the product started to warm, a pleasing, not-to-hot but very notably warm sensation spreading over my skin. Great - except it wasn't anywhere near my face yet!
Also, this is when the mask made a break for it. Trying to get this on my face whilst it was still in the first flushes of warming decadence was a nightmare - it tried to run between my fingers and, as the heat grew, the product loosened further in consistency, so as I got it on my face it started to drip off. I ended up with this on my shoulders and chest, it dripped off my nose into the bath, and I had to stop what I had applied to my forehead running over my eyebrows dangerously close to my eyes. I don't think that applying self-heating products directly to your eyeballs is ever going to be a good idea and I wasn't about to find out if that theory had any credibility!
So, by the time I had finally got this product in place and thin enough to not run away, the heat had gone, two of my supposed stress-relieving five minutes had been and gone, and I was covered in pink goo oddly reminiscent of the ooze featured heavily in Ghostbusters II. If you're familiar with that particular piece of 80s celluloid daftness, you'll remember that particular pink goo feeding off people's negative feelings and causing chaos afterwards - just as well this doesn't have the same capabilities because I was most hacked off at this stage!
My remaining three minutes of using this...well let's call it two-and-a-half before I cut my losses and washed this off - were not particularly enjoyable. My skin was not warmed, most of that effect instead having occurred on my hands, the bathroom was a mess and I was basically sat there with cold, constantly moving pink goo on my face that was basically winding me up.
***SO...NOT A HAPPY BUNNY?***
No, in this case the only happy bunny was indeed the one bouncing about on the BUAV logo. I was most hacked off. I hadn't enjoyed the mask at all and all of the qualities it boasted failed. Yes, it did warm very pleasantly - but this is completely irrelevant when it is meant to happen once this is on your FACE, not making a break for it between your fingers. It heats too quickly, the scent, whilst nice enough, isn't decadent enough to rescue the mask from a 1-star fate by making up for the other shortcomings, and it most certainly did NOT make me less stressed - quite the opposite! In fact, once the first flush of heat occurred in the first minute of this being opened, I found this unpleasantly cool on my skin, which wasn't a nice sensation when it was still slowly oozing its way along in happy harmony with gravity.
So overall I think this product was a massive let down. I certainly will not be repurchasing, sticking instead to the 10-15 minute mask treatments, and I would definitely hesitate before buying any of their other sauna products. The only consolation I have is that I can tell myself that this was "the free one" in my offer, and chalk it up to experience.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A rare let down from a good company.