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  • harder to remove than other masks
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      03.07.2014 21:32
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      • moisturises
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      • "smells nice"
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      • "left my face feeling hot"
      • "harder to remove than other masks"

      A lovely Honey & Oat Scrub Mask

      THE PRODUCT:I saw this Honey & Oat 3-in-1 product and thought it sounded really good so I thought I may as well give it a go to see what it was like. This three-in-one face wash cleanses, polishes and moisturises normal to dry skin. It gently removes dead skin cells, smoothes and refines, moisturises & conditions. This product is to be used as a weekly treatment for your skin. The Mask comes in a round pot which is a beige colour and the top of the lid is a label clearly stating what the product is. The label opens to reveal how to use the product and it also lists the ingredients as well. The lid to the put unscrews to reveal the mask which is a beige colour and looks slightly glossy. You can see that the mask has lumps in it which I presume is the oats. I quite like the smell of the mask as you can smell the oats amongst a honey scent. I actually thought that it smelt rather delicious.

      PRICE/AVAILABILITY: I purchased this product from my local store for 10 which was for a 100ml pot of the product.

      USING THE PRODUCT: I was having a big of a pamper night the first time I used this mask so I tied my hair back and then wore a headband to ensure none of the hair got in my face once I had applied the mask. I washed my hands and then used my fingertips and brushed it gently over the top of the mask to ensure that a good amount was on my finger. I then applied this to my skin carefully, massaging it a little as I applied it. The mask felt slightly cool on my face and as I applied it I could feel and see the oats in the mask. I spent a good 3-4mins applying the mask ensuring that I had avoided the eye and lip area. I made a note of the time and left the mask on for at least 10mins. During the time I was sitting at the computer tapping away with the mask of my face I didn''t experience any bad reactions with the mask. I could feel the mask on my face but there were no other effects and it didn''t cause any irritation to my skin all the time the mask was on. After 10mins I went to the bathroom and filled the sink up with lukewarm water and splashed this on my face a few times to remove the mask. When looking in the mirror I was surprised to see some of the mask still on my face so I continued to splash water on my face and rub it gently at the same time in order to get the rest of the mask off. I had Muslin Cleansing Cloth (also from The Body Shop), which I used to remove the bits of mask that was still around my hair-line.

      RESULTS: After rinsing the mask off and looking in the mirror my skin looked clean and radiant. It also felt clean as well as feeling smooth and soft. I was pleased with this as I have read that this product has dried out some people''s skin so I was glad that it didn''t have that effect on my skin, even though I do have sensitive skin. My skin didn''t feel tight after washing the mask off which was a relief as I often get this with other facial products. Approximately 4-5mins after I had washed off the mask the skin on my face started to feel a little hot. This was strange as I didn''t actually feel hot myself. I was going to apply a moisturiser to my skin but I put this off for a few minutes. My face continued to feel rather warm over the next 10mins at least which I thought was a bit odd. I''m not sure whether this was down to the mask or not but I hadn''t experienced this before with any other facial products. I did apply some moisturiser to my face which left it feeling extremely soft and smooth. The warming feeling of the skin on my face did go down eventually but it took a good 30mins. The following morning my skin was still feeling very soft and smooth and luckily it was no longer felling warm.

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      11.07.2012 13:33
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      An excellent facial polisher, maoisturiser and pore reducer.

      I have a stockpile of Body Shop luxuries after sales and glitches last year resulting in many items ridiculously cheap. I have slowly been getting through the pile but I still have a lot of things I haven't reviewed yet. One of the items I picked up during a glitch which saw me picking up a huge range of skincare items for dirt cheap prices was this Honey And Oat 3 in 1 Scrub Mask which I have since fallen in love with.

      *~* About The Body Shop *~*

      The Body Shop is an ethical and fairtrade trading shop which sells a variety of various toiletries and make-up products. It is owned by L'Oreal which I hadn't expected but there you go. With shops and an online store, it is not hard to source their products.

      *~* Price And Availability *~*

      This item is available both online and instore however if buying online there is a delivery charge so it's worth being aware of. This mask usually costs £9 for a 100ml tub which is pretty expensive and I honestly wouldn't pay that for it however it can normally be bought on a buy 2 get 1 free it can reduce the costs a bit but when I bought them it worked out at around the £2 mark which was fantastic, after a fair few uses I am down to the last 1 or 2 applications of the first tub. I am eeking this out as much as possible.

      *~* Appearance *~*

      The mask comes in a pale cream coloured tub that has a screw lid which is simple enough to remove in the shower. The top has a label detailing what's inside, directions for use and the Body Shop logo. Around the tub is various information and the bottom holds another label detailing the ingredients. There is no pictures on this product but it still looks chic and lovely and not just plain as if you're being robbed (especially with the price they ask!). On opening the tub you instantly smell the oats and a hint of sweetness which I presume is the honey. Although these are the ingredients they don't smell like breakfast porridge if that makes any sense it's just a nice smell. At first I wasn't overly keen I'll be honest but I can't bear waste so I gave it another try a few weeks later and found that I loved it and I'm so glad I did give it another go and didn't just pass it on to someone else to use. The mixture is a greyish colour with flecks of brown, it doesn't exactly look exciting or make you want to slather it on your face but however.

      *~* The Claims *~*

      This mask claims to:

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      Gently remove dead skin cells
      Smoothe and refine
      Moisturise and condition

      I wasn't overly enthusiastic about the claims and I wasn't sure that the mask would live up to this but did they really?

      *~* Using The Mask *~*

      To use the mask you apply a liberal layer to the skin avoiding the eye and mouth area, leave to work for 10-15 minutes before removing with warm water. I rub mine in circles to give it a helping hand and leave it to work it's magic.

      *~* My Opinion *~*

      The first time I used the mask the smell of the mask really didn't excite me, I was really disappointed at first. By the second use and the times afterwards I found myself liking the scent and now I look forward to my twice weekly application of it! Again the first time I used the mask I found when it was time to wash it off it was soggy feeling and really ikky. The texture was just horrible however once I got used to it it made sense really after leaving on my skin in the shower the oats would go soft, they were also gritty feeling which was strange but made sense. After a couple of uses I really enjoyed using this mask, I generally tend to use it when I'm doing my full pamper routine so I know it'll have time to sink in and work properly so it stays on a good 10 minutes at a time as I use it in the shower and not on dry skin. The effects are instantly noticeable, my skin is smoother and my pores are much smaller than normal. I find that this is one of my problems, I have only found 1 other product that has reduced my pores so I was pleased when this done the job when I was not expecting it to. My skin did feel moisturised but even so I still used my moisturiser anyway. My skin also felt very clean and refreshed as if it had been really well scrubbed which I was happy with especially as it claimed to 'polish' my skin. It looked and felt much healthier when I was done which I was pleased about. Once I started the routine I found I got the best and lasting results if I used the mask twice a week rather than just the once. I just found it looked better, I did initially try it every second day but I never found there to be too much difference between every other day and twice a week so in order to prolong the life of the my beloved mask I kept it to the twice weekly. I use a liberal amount and I've been using it for around 3 months now and I have 1 or 2 applications well so it is long lasting definitely, but worth £9? I just couldn't justify it but if it was on offer I'd definitely purchase it again. I think the fact that this is a best seller on the Body Shop website speaks for itself.

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        19.04.2012 23:18
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        A lovely face mask from the Body Shop

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        A weekly mask
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        Recently the Body Shop was selling all its face washes, scrubs and masks online for half price, so I stocked up on several goodies! As well as a few washes I wanted something a bit more intensive, and thought this mask looked as though it fit the bill.

        It comes in a 100ml tub and at full price it sells for £9. The key ingredients are Fairtrade honey, oat bran extract and kaolin clay. It promises to cleanse polish and moisturise while removing dead skin cells, smoothing and refining. You apply the mask to clean skin, leave for 5-10 minutes and then wash off. It's designed to be used once a week.

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        Breakfast face
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        Perhaps unsurprisingly given the ingredients this is a rather sludgy looking product that reminds me of a slightly unappetising - yet very healthy - breakfast! It's an off-white colour with a few visible bits and pieces lurking in there too - I'd say it has a bit of a porridgy look and feel to it and it certainly has a very oaty texture. The smell reflects the ingredients and although it isn't actually an unpleasant smell it isn't the most gorgeous smelling product I own! But it certainly looks, feels and smells very natural and it seems to be the type of product that will be good for your skin.

        This is actually quite nice to apply, despite the slightly gloopy texture. It feels cool on the skin and is thick and easy enough to spread over the face easily without it dripping or blobbing off everywhere! It has a nice creamy texture and despite the bits in the product it doesn't feel at all rough - actually it feels a bit like something you may make yourself after reading a face mask recipe in a magazine - it certainly has a natural feel to it! I quite like this about the product as it doesn't feel as though it contains any nasty chemicals or anything that will be rough or harsh to the skin. The oaty smell of the product adds to the feeling of it being very natural and organic. I leave this on for five minutes while I have a shower and I find that it stays put nicely while I do all the other things I need to do!

        This washes away really easily and straight away skin feels soft and pampered.

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        Moisture boost
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        Drying off my face after using this, you can really feel that the skin has had a good moisture boost. It leaves skin looking and feeling soft and fresh, and without the tightness you sometimes get after using a face mask. It leaves my face feeling silky smooth, which is lovely, and when I apply my moisturiser after it simply glides on.

        Overall I really like this face mask. It looks and feels very natural and it certainly feels kind to the skin. After washing this off skin feels really smooth and soft.

        As much as I like this product the one downside for me is that at full price it is a bit on the pricey side, but I am not going to knock off a star as I think the tub will last me for ages using this just once a week, and it really is an effective mask. It is lovely to use and feels natural making it a real treat for skin. So despite the slightly steep price, I would still highly recommend this product - I love it!

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        05.05.2011 11:20
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        A face mask that cleanses, exfoliates and moisturises in a gentle way

        The Honey and Oat Scrub Mask by The Body Shop is designed as a three in one purpose product for the face which means that the time taken by your beauty regime will be cut down without compromising on the health of your skin.

        Its purpose is to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise, while smoothing and conditioning your skin using natural ingredients. All three of these actions are essential to your skins health.

        Cleansing keeps your skin free from dirt and impurities than can lead to spots, blackheads and enlarged pores. Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells that make your complexion look dull, revealing the new radiant layer underneath. Moisturising prevents premature aging and sagging of the skin.

        So how does the product perform these important actions?
        The moisturising action is performed by Organic Fairtrade Honey. It helps to hydrate the skin and nourishes it with Vitamins and Minerals. It conditions the skin by boosting the production of collagen and elastin, preventing premature aging and making the skin firmer.

        The exfoliating action is performed by Oatmeal Grains. These grains remove the dead skin cells resting on your face, leaving you with polished and smooth skin. It is a gentle substance that won't make the skin sore. The substance is soothing, hydrating and promotes healing.

        The cleansing action is performed by the Kaolin clay. It is a highly absorbent substance and soaks up all the impurities and holds them until it is washed away, leaving your skin fresh, clean and able to breath. It one of the mildest clays and is enriched with Zinc which is great for the battle against spots.

        How do you use the product?
        I wash my face with a gentle cleanser before using this product because then I think the product can really get to my skin. I scoop a generous amount of the scrub into my hand and cover my whole face with it, taking care to avoid the eye and lip area. I gently massage the product into my skin for a few minutes to allow it to exfoliate my skin. The Body Shop advises you to leave the product on for about 5 to 10 minutes but I leave it on for around 20 minutes if I have the time to spare.

        The mask won't dry into a solid substance so don't expect it too! When the time is up, I use a warm flannel to remove the mask and then carefully rinse my skin to ensure that all of the product is off. Afterwards I moisturise my skin. You shouldn't use this product more than twice a week because although it is a gentle scrub, it's not good for your skin if you exfoliate too much.

        The scrub is contained within a circular tub with a screw top lid. On top of the lid is a picture of a honeycomb and some writing about the product. The contents are easy to access and you'll be able to control the amount that you're using, preventing any wastage. The product costs around £8 for 100ml of the scrub and it can be bought from your local Body Shop store or from its online website.

        The scrub itself smells deliciously sweet and is a pleasure to smother on your face. The ingredients are natural and gentle so it doesn't sting or feel uncomfortable on your delicate skin. The exfoliating particles are soft enough not to hurt but still hard enough to do the job.

        It has the same sort of appearance and consistency of porridge with honey swirled into it. It will feel a bit funny on your face the first time you use it as it's not a texture that we usually apply to our faces.

        It takes a while to get it all off the skin and in addition to the time that you need to leave the mask on for, I don't really think this is a time saver! But it is a lovely treat for the skin.

        Afterwards my skin feels really soft and conditioned as promised. It looks healthier and my face never feels dry or tight after use as some masks can cause it to feel. I think this product is well worth buying.

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          15.07.2010 09:35
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          Fabulous Face Mask

          When I found myself with a Body Shop voucher, I tried to use it as wisely as possible, and bought this Honey and Oat scrub because it claimed to be a 3-in-1 product which I thought would make it better value for money. To be honest though, I don't really have a lot of faith in products that claim to do lots of things at once - just look at 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners, they never condition as well as separate products do, so I felt that I had to simply cross my fingers and hope for the best with this.

          The product claims to be a '3-in-1 Scrub Mask' but then goes to say it will 'cleanse, polish and moisturise' the skin. I understand the polish and moisturise parts, but wasn't so sure about this being cleansing. Perhaps it meant it in the sense that being a mask it will give a deep down clean, but it certainly can't be used as a cleanser. This is backed up by the fact the instructions say 'Apply to clean skin'!

          The product has been developed for normal/dry skin (Body Shop make a blueberry alternative product for oily skin), and contains oatmeal grains to exfoliate and community trade organic honey. One of the positive things about buying from the Body Shop is that you know that the product has been made in the most ethical way possible.

          To use this you simply apply to the face avoiding the eyes and mouth and leave for between 5 and 10 minutes before rinsing. The product is a beige colour and filled with the tiny oatmeal grains. It actually reminds me a lot of Lush's Oatifix mask. It's been quite a while since I used Oatifix, but I seem to recall that it smelled similar to this product too. Given the inclusion of honey, it's a very sweet scent, but not sickly at all, which is good considering you have to leave it on your face.

          The product is not particularly thick, and despite all the little oat grains it's easy to spread over the skin. I would say however, it would be wise to apply it whilst standing over a sink, because I imagine it could be messy to clear up if you did lose some when rubbing it on.

          The first time I used this, because of the grains and the fact that it claims to be a 'scrub mask', I expected it to feel scratchy against my skin. In actual fact, the oats feel really soft and you can't really even feel them against the skin.

          Sometimes when you have a face mask on it can make your skin feel tight, hot or irritated. This one actually feels quite cooling against the skin and I didn't find any irritation from it at all.

          When it comes to rinse this off, it can be quite difficult to get rid of all the grains, so what I have found is the best way to remove it, is to wipe it off with a damp flannel. This is less messy and also a lot quicker than just using water.

          The results I get from using this product are absolutely fantastic. The most noticeable change for me is that my skin feels extremely soft and smooth to the touch. Not only that but immediately after using this my skin seems to have a healthy glow to it and just generally looks better which is why I have taken to using it before I go out anywhere special!

          Given the fact that the grains in the scrub felt very gentle against my skin I hadn't really expected that this would exfoliate my skin very well. My skin is fairly dry and I get flaky patches on my forehead and around my nose, so need to exfoliate regularly to get rid of them. I was surprised with this product that it somehow seems to exfoliate really effectively, and I don't need to use a separate scrub afterwards. I don't know if perhaps there is an ingredient that helps exfoliate, because the oatmeal grains don't feel very effective to me, but it definitely does work which I'm really pleased with.

          As for the claim that this moisturises, I wouldn't say that it hydrates my skin to a degree where I don't need to use a separate moisturiser, however it doesn't leave my skin feeling as dry as it usually is.

          A 100ml tub of this costs £7.50 from the Body Shop. 100ml probably sounds quite small, but you don't need to plaster a thick layer of this on, so I've found that my tub has lasted well.

          On the whole, I've found this to be an excellent product. As a mask it works well to leave the skin looking and feeling good, and it exfoliates effectively too. I would definitely recommend this product and will use it again.

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            02.05.2009 23:17
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            Good mask

            I love to use facial scrubs in order to keep my skin nice and smooth and this Honey and Oat 3 in 1 Scrub ask may sound more like something you would have for breakfast but it is an effective product with the added benefit that being from the Body Shop you know that it has not been tested on any animals and so is an ethical product to use.

            I likethe simple design of the packaging which is a round tub containing the product and the product details are on the lid. Inside the honey and oats mixture sill likes something you would eat for breakfast that has dried out. There is a feint odour that is quite nice but nothing special, sort of sweet honey I guess but like I said it is not very strong at all.

            When applying the mask it gave my skin a lovely warm tingly feel to it which was very pleasant , almost like you could feel it tightening as it linked to my skin, once it was washed off my face was very smooth and clean feeling and there is a nice freshness about it.

            Cost wise you are looking at about £7 however as an occasional treat ths is a nice product to have and one I like to use.

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            30.04.2009 22:38
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            ****The Body Shop Honey & Oat 3 In 1 Scrub Mask ****

            I love face masks. Theres nothing nicer than a hot lush filed bath with a cup of tea and a relaxing face mask. So when i saw that the body shop had them on offer i decided to give them a try.

            The body shop is a high quality brand that sells natural products that are not tested on animals
              The packaging for this comes in a round tub with the logo on the top.
            Smell and texture- when you open it the first thing you notice is that the product looks quite solid-sort of like porridge that hasn't had enough water added to it.This has a really nice honey and oat smell to it-not too overpowering but not too weak.
            I have to say i first thoughts when i put this on were not good. It had a tingling sensation and i had the horrible feeling that i was going to have an allergic reaction to it. Thankfully this wasn't the case and it didn't even leave my skin looking red or anything.
            Overall i really liked this one as it left my skin feeling smooth and my face felt less tingly the second time i used it.
            **Cost**
            This is £7.30 but there is currently an offer on where if you buy 3 masks you get £5 off (plus there are plenty of 20% off Internet offers on at the minute,go through a cashback site such as quidco and they are practically giving it away :-))

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              03.02.2009 20:41

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              A great product!

              When I brought this I was at a Body Shop party, it was a facial party where the host gets a facial using lots of products. I loved the idea of a face scrub that scrubs at the same time. A lazy girl when it comes to beauty, I'll take any shortcut!

              I found this product quite messy to apply, I find that using fingers are quite messy. I use a foundation brush to apply which means it goes on more evenly and lasts longer.

              This is a product that when applied dries easily but the oats come in clumps and I find I can't walk around because when the mask dries the oats fall off and leave a trail on my carpet lol!

              My face felt really smooth and soft afterwards although a few spots did appear, but that is a sign that the product works. I was keen on the smell it was very odd. But the product worked a treat and my skin looked happy!

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              19.03.2007 19:03
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              A good remedy for facial skin that's in need of a deep cleanse.

              Don' eat this, but it does smell absolutely delicious!

              During the build up to the seasonal festivities my face was in desperate need of some TLC which it doesn't get too often, I rarely pamper, but on meeting up with a friend a few months ago, who agreed that a healthy, radiant skin tone was not apparant! I felt the need to rejuvenate my face!!
              It's not a miracle worker, it won't get rid of the fast growing wrinkles etc but your face will feel oh so clean after using it!!

              -The Packaging -

              This is a beige tub with the familiar body shop logo on the lid and tub. Half of the sticker on the lid is green with Honey & oat 3-in-1 scrib mask, Normal/Dry skin. The other half, not surprisingly has a picture of oats and honey. The sticker on the tub itself is green with the name of the product, instructions for use and ingredients.
              I much prefer tubs as opposed to squeezy tubes as you can always ensure that there isn't any waste at all.

              - Cost in 2006 -

              100ml tub ~ £6.50
              The Body Shop often have 3 for 2 offers for facial products.

              - Main ingredients -

              So as not to bore you with the full list, here are the main ingredients and their functions:
              Organic Honey ~ It moisturises and helps condition the skin.
              Kaolin Clay ~ helps control shine. It deeply cleanses drawing out impurities from the skin. It also helps restore the skin's natural balance.
              Glycerin ~ an effective moisturiser
              Oatmeal ~ The natural texture of this makes it a great exfoliator and gently cleanses.

              - My experience -

              Upon opening the tub you can certainly smell the honey and oats. Don't be put off by the look of it, a bit 'gunky', a creamy colour with the texture of the oats.

              It's very very easy to apply but you have to avoid the more sensitive areas like eyes and lips. You are supposed to cleanse before using it but I didn't, no time!!
              It is suggested that you leave it on for 10 - 15 minutes, I left it for 10.
              The tub says that the mask will remain moist.........it certainly isn't like some face masks that harden up so you just can't move your face but in my experience this product does not stay moist and does dry out so when it suggests that you massage your skin to exfoliate after the given time I always use a tiny bit of water to dampen it up again so that you can have a good old rub.
              I was a bit wary the first time as the name 'scrub' suggests that it would be like rubbing your face with a brillo pad but unlike body exfoliators it really is gentle and soft.
              To wash it off is a bit of a pain......you have to use warm water and I thought it would be as easy as the application process. Wrong! It sticks to your face so the best way of removing it is with a flannel so as to get a good grip on it.
              I would also suggest that you don't do this if you aren't planning on washing your hair afterwards as I still have little bits of oat stuck to my hairline but perhaps that is my fault for applying it haphazardly.

              The Body Shop boasts that this is a triple action product, smoothing and conditioning the skin and it certainly does do that. Although my face does feel a lot cleaner and smoother, the area around my nose does feel a bit too dry and I will be applying some moisturiser very shortly although it doesn't suggest that you do this.
              I don't have sensitive or desperately dry skin and although this product is aimed at Normal / Dry skin I would suggest that dry skin sufferers leave it on for less time.

              For best results use it once or twice a week..........maybe that's why my skin doesn't have a constant radiant glow as it gets this treatment once a month, if it's lucky!!

              - Other Body Shop Scrubs -

              If honey and oats aren't your cup of tea then you could perhaps try the following:
              Blue Corn 3 in 1 deep cleansing scrub mask
              Seaweed foaming facial scrub
              Soy and Calendula gentle facial scrub
              Tea Tree Oil face mask

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                09.03.2007 17:36
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                A 3 in 1 scub from Body Shop that cleans, smooths and conditions your skin in one go.

                A couple of years back I hosted a 'Body Shop at Home' Party. If you have not heard of these before, basically a consultant comes to your home, armed with loads of goodies and you and anyone else you have chosen to invite get to try them all out. The idea is you are relaxed, you are having fun, you are surrounded by your nearest and dearest, and you have been able to 'try before you buy' and therefore more likely to part with your cash. The idea, in my opinion, works well, and is obviously great for the company as well as the customers.

                As a host you get some special deals. This included free gifts up to £15 and up to £30 worth of goods for half price. For those frantically doing math's, that equals £45 of products for £15.

                The other thing you get is a facial, foot massage or makeover. I went for the facial. This is something I would never have had done in the shop, but surrounded by people who had probably already seen me a number of times at my worst then I felt quite happy with it.

                I won't go into details of exactly what the consultant did as that can be another review, but, one of the products she used was their 'Honey and Oat 3 in 1 scrub mask. I loved it so much that it was one of the products I chose later. So what appealed to me?


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                The Body Shop
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                Well, firstly I have been a fan of the Body Shop for over 25 years. As a youngster I thought it was a little on the expensive side but now I look back I think this is was because I compared it to the cheap make up that I used to buy in the corner shops. The Body Shop itself was established in Brighton, in 1976 by Anita Roddick. So I have been using their products more or less just after they hit the market. Originally most products came in refillable bottles. So when you ran out you simply went back for more. This re-usable idea fitted in well with all the policies that they had, and still have regarding environmental protection, concern for human rights and civil rights, activities against animal testing in cosmetic trade, and fair trade to all. It was the bringing these matters to public attention that made them so popular and soon the business was expanding and a shop opened up near me not long after.

                And so my love of Body Shop products began. As a child it was more perfumed bubble baths and smelly soaps, but as my skin became more sensitive and age started creeping upon me I needed something that could benefit me more than coming out of a bath smelling of coco cola and strawberries.

                But now a busy mum, with little time, I just wanted a product that would suit me, but also make my life a little easier when I actually do have a few minutes to myself.


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                The Mask comes in a hard plastic (Recyclable of course!) tub, containing 100ml. It is about 6.5 cms in diameter, which means it is small enough to fit in a toiletry bag. It is beige in colour with the traditional green Body Shop labels and an orange backed picture of Oatmeal. The fact that it is this colour and not a bright pink means it could happily sit in the bathroom of both a male or female without looking out of place.

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                The mask
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                As a busy mum of four this product is just ideal. Being a 3 in 1 it deep cleanses, smooths and conditions in just one application. I have to admit I am pretty lazy in this department. As a youngster I would cleanse and tone daily but now a quick splash of water seems enough for me. But every now and then I feel my skin deserves a treat and this mask is just what I need.

                It is designed for normal/Dry skin. I actually have combination skin but the consultant said it was the best to use. The product lists kaolin clay, oatmeal and organic honey, as it's main ingredients. Each has a different use and function.

                *Kaolin Clay.* This natural product is a light and mild clay. It is very gentle and therefore ideal for people with dry or sensitive skin, which is probably why it was suggested to me. It helps to balance the skins moisture levels and acts as a mild cleanser. It gently exfoliates the skin and brings more circulation to the skin. What it doesn't do though, is draw out the essential oils that skin needs.

                *Oatmeal* is a natural skin protector by helping to soothe and relieve minor skin irritations. It also has the ability to hold and retain water which makes it bind the mask together and stick to (and stay on!) your skin.

                *Honey* The honey used in this product is from Zambia. I am not sure if this is because it is better or just a way of helping the poorer countries. But anyway, honey is great for conditioning the skin. For the skin's to stay soft, supple and elastic it needs to stay hydrated. As skin ages, or gets exposed to environmental stresses and chemical agents, it loses this ability to retain water, becomes dry and appears wrinkled. Honey attracts and retains water, so therefore helps to keep your skin smooth looking.

                So that's what's in it, but does it work?


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                Using the mask
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                The first thing you need to do is clean your skin. I guess this means removing any make up, or in my case just splashing it with water. I would also recommend tying your hair back if it is likely to get in the way as this can be messy.

                Since the tub is not huge, I dip my finger tips in and then smooth the mixture onto my face. The mixture itself has a very pleasant smell, and not too dissimilar to porridge. It is magnolia in colour and the pieces of oatmeal can clearly be seen. If it was in a plain pot I would easily believe that this was a home made product.

                The mask goes on very well, and doesn't tend to drop everywhere which some I have tried have. Once applied to the skin it stays in place. However it can easily be moved about on the skin to give even application. You need to have no more than a covering so although it is a small tub it will last a long time. For obvious reasons avoid the yes, and despite the lovely aroma also the lips and mouth.

                The mask itself remains moist, although drying slightly. The great thing about this means you don't have to walk around unable to cough, sneeze, talk or do just about anything.

                It has a slight tingling sensation and perhaps a little smarting but I do have very sensitive skin. This however only lasts a minute or two and is really not that noticeable.

                After about ten to fifteen minutes, gently rub the mask in circular motion all over. This helps to exfoliate the skin. Then rinse off with warm water. It comes off really easily and leaves no sticky residue.

                After using my skin is really soft and smooth. It also has a healthy glow about it. I almost feel bad when I then put make up over the top of it.

                It is recommended you use this product once or twice a week. Personally I don't use it this often, simply because I don't have the time.

                One thing that I do particularly like though is that the mask is suitable for both old and young alike. Whilst I would not want to start using lots of skin products on my daughters face the occasional treat can do no harm. In fact last month she had a beauty party and herself and some friends all used the mask and afterwards many of the Mums were commenting on the softness of their skin afterwards.


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                Cost and where to buy.
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                Having got my product free and not being able to purchase online I couldn't remember the price so I phoned one of the shops. A very helpful assistant answered and went off to find out for me.

                It actually costs £7 for a 100ml tub. This seemed a little more than I thought but having compared it to other stores similar products then it is quite reasonable.

                And if you really want you can always book a party and get it free like me.

                For more information on the company, locating your nearest store and how to book a party, see the website.

                www.the-body-shop.com

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              • Product Details

                Smoothes and conditions normal to dry skins with natural kaolin clay, oatmeal and organic Community Trade honey /