“ Brand: The Body Shop / Mask / Type: Foot Mask / What it does: Purifies, „
In one of my online orders from The Body Shop I purchased a 100ml tube of Peppermint Purifying Foot Mask. As the name suggests, this is a mask designed for the feet, which works in the same way as a face mask.
Unfortunately, I do suffer from smelly feet. The problem is more apparent in the summer, as it is hotter and my feet are more exposed, but by no means non-existent in the winter, as my feet are encased in warm socks and boots. Having previously tried a similar product, Lush's Volcano, which really helped to deep-clean my feet and make them feel fresher, I hoped that this would do the same job at a much lower price: it was £8 at full price but I got it using a 50% off code.
The product is part of The Body Shop's Peppermint foot range. It comes in a blue tube with a picture of a foot. The tube stands on its end which is handy, but I don't like the screw cap - I feel a flip-top lid would be much easier to use.
The mask contains deep cleansing Kaolin clay and Community Trade peppermint oil to cleanse, soothe, purify and scent aching feet. The instructions state that you should massage the mask onto your feet, leave for ten minutes then rinse it off.
Because the application process can be messy, I tend to use this product in the bath. The mask is very thick and can be a little tough to squeeze out of the tube, but on the plus side it doesn't drip and sticks to the skin pretty well. It has a pleasant peppermint, rather earthy scent and a smooth texture. I plaster it all over my feet and stick them out of the water at the end of the bath (luckily I'm tall, so I can do this!) - it isn't the most comfortable position, but I can hold it for ten minutes or so.
When I used the Lush foot mask, I could feel my feet tingling, but with this, I don't really feel anything. When the ten minutes are up, I put my feet into the water and rub them to remove the mask: at this point I can feel a slight tingling and freshness, but it isn't dramatic.
After use, my feet are less smelly and do feel softer. However, the results are nowhere near as good as with the Lush foot mask. With Volcano, I felt that my feet had been purged of everything bad (rather a bizarre thing to say, I know!) but with this the results are nowhere near as dramatic.
Overall, though this mask is cheaper and does an ok job, I would rather splash out on Volcano as it is by far the better product as far as I am concerned.
The Body Shop's Peppermint range is undoubtedly one of its most popular product and this addition to the range is sure to be a bit hit too if my experience is anything to go by. I'd just filled up my latest Love Your Body reward card and was at a loss as to what to spend my £10 on when I saw this product. I've heard of face masks, sure, but foot masks...? So I had to give it a try, and I was pleasantly surprised.
I comes in a blue tube which holds 100ml of foot mask. There is a screw cap lid which is easy to remove and replace. The hard park after that is getting the product out. It requires more than a little squeezing. What comes out, when you squeeze, is what the tube label describes as 'deep cleansing Kaolin clay'. It's a smooth white paste which has been infused with peppermint oil to 'sooth and purify tired feet'. It definately smells VERY pepperminty, and I like it.
The idea is to spread the paste all over your feet. This is tricky. Initially the product doesn't seem to want to go onto my feet but prefers to slide all over my fingers. So I end up sort of scraping it on and leaving it rather than massaging it like the label advises me too. I also don't put it everywhere, but just over the bits with all the hard skin on, i.e. the soles. This done, I follow the instructions on the label and leave for ten minutes.
Now, this is where the instructions, rather unhelpfully, run out. So you get to the end of the ten minutes and what next? And nowhere does it offer any helpful hints on what to during the ten minutes. You obviously can't put your feet down anywhere. So here's what I do:
- prepare a bowl of hot water in advance. Place it and a towel on the floor in front of you. This is will be useful for cleaning your hands after you have applied the mask because, as mentioned previously, you will not be able to wander off to the sink.
- sit for ten minutes with your feet dangling rather ungracefully over the edge of your armchair/sofa while you relax and watch TV.
- after ten minutes place your feet in the bowl of water, soak, then wash away all the foot mask.
The mask is initially quite resistant to washing off your feet. I guess the clay part comes into effect here as it is a water resistant product. But after a while it all disolves into the water. When your feet are dry you will then notice that they are unbelievably soft and absolutely, definately soothed and refreshed. Ladies, it will get your feet summer sandal ready (should we ever have a summer).
A small blob, about a 50p piece size, is enough to do one foot, so this is a product that will last a long time and is worth the £8 cost. I recommend it.
For the last few months or so, I've been noticing that my feet are very dry and have almost a leathery texture. In a bid to rectify the damage caused by years of neglect to my feet, I've found myself buying several foot products from The Body Shop, including this one.
The foot mask contains Kaolin clay for a deep cleanse and also contains cocoa butter, which is known for its moisturising properties. It claims to revitalise tired feet as well as making them feel softer.
The mask itself is a white colour and quite thick, as you'd imagine from a clay-based mask. It smells lovely and minty, which isn't surprising given that it's from the Peppermint range.
You're advised to leave it on for ten minutes before washing off. In this time frame, the mask doesn't completely dry so it's not quite the same as most face masks and won't become tight on your feet.
After it's been washed off, my feet do feel quite a bit softer and the overall feel of the skin is less dry and rubbery. It's no miracle cure by any means and I use it in conjunction with the Peppermint Intense Foot Cream from the same range, which to be honest does much the same job as this.
I paid £8 for my tube, which I'm not sure is particularly good value to be honest. Although the tube looks quite big and seems on first glance like it will last a good while, I've found that my tube is fast running out after just two full applications (covering both feet). I'd imagine that I can probably squeeze a couple more applications out of it but unless I'm incredibly heavy-handed, I don't think it'll serve any more than five applications and that seems pricey - the equivalent of around £1.60 per application and £2 if I can only get two more applications out of the tube.
WILL I BUY IT AGAIN?
I don't think so but that's not because it's a bad product. It does a nice job but it's quite pricey given how quickly I seem to go through it and if you're using the Peppermint foot cream, I don't think that it does anything that that doesn't. It does leave my feet looking and feeling more moisturised than before but it's only short-term and you'd need to use it every day to keep these effects so the foot cream is a better bet in that respect as it's more intended to be used on a very regular basis. It's probably better for those who don't have particularly dry feet and don't need to use foot treatments on any more than an occasional basis, in my opinion. It's more of a treat than a long-term solution to dry feet so I'd save your money and buy the foot cream instead if that's your reason for wanting to buy it.