Come winters, and my skin will start feeling stretchy and dry. It yearns for some nourishment and moisture during winters, specially in the form of hydrating masks and creams. I religiously follow a skincare routine, and make it a point to apply face masks on a regular basis. For summers, The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask worked really well for me. You can read the complete review HERE. However, with the change in season, a deep nourishing mask should work better. Now let us find out if The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask really worked for my dry skin.
Personally I love masks that can be used straight out of a jar. I am extremely lazy when it comes to skincare, and often find excuses for skipping a step or two, but with this, I can find myself reaching out to the jar more often.
Packaging : The product comes in a thick glass jar, which makes it quite heavy. Like all other The Body Shop masks, this too can be used straight out of the jar. The packaging is luxurious. The brown glass jar with a twist top lid comes in a cardboard box. The ingredients, manufacturer’s information, price and benefits are clearly mentioned on the jar.
How The Body Shop describes this product
Cocoon your skin in moisture with our Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask. Inspired by African healing and soothing rituals, our 100% vegetarian indulgent melting honey face mask drizzles together Community Trade honey, marula and olive oils for a luxurious experience. It’s also been formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. With an irresistible scent, this face mask leaves skin feeling supremely nourished, replenished and rested. Use together with our Facial Mask Brush for a truly pampering facial at home.
- 100% vegetarian
- Indulgent melting face mask
- Replenishes, restores and comforts skin
- For skin that needs an intense dose of replenishing moisture to feel softer and smoother
- Formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil Ideal to create a facial at home
- Drizzled with Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, Community Trade marula oil from Namibia and organic Community Trade olive oil from Italy
Use : To ensure the most hygienic application, scoop the mask from the pot using a spatula, and then use the brush to apply the product to the customer’s face or hand.
So after cleaning my face with a gentle cleanser and patting it dry with a towel, I take some product out of the jar and spread it evenly all over my face and neck. You can also use a brush to do so. It has a gel like consistency, and is golden-yellow in colour, like honey. Once applied, it creates a warm sensation on my face, and since I live in a hot and humid country, this is best left for the winters.
The mask does feel sticky, but then that is the consistency of the product, so that is how it is supposed to be. It does not irritate my skin, but smells a little funny. Very difficult to describe the smell actually, but it is certainly not over powering. I let the mask rest on my face for around 15 to 20 minutes, and then wash off my face with some warm water (again a blessing during winters). It might feel a little tacky to get rid of the mask from your face (since it is sticky), but with a cloth dipped in some warm water, the task seemed easier.
My face does feel soft and nourished. My face required very little moisturiser after using this mask, and keeps it plump and hydrated for a couple of hours. I would definitely not say that the effect is long lasting, but this mask does its job quite well.
Full ingredients list: Aqua/Water/Eau, Mel/Honey/Miel, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-150 Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Sesamum, Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Caramel.
Thumbs up for :
- It hydrates and plumps your skin.
- The mask can be used directly from the glass jar, so a big boon for lazy people! It saves time.
- The open-mouthed glass jar minimises wastage. You can see how much of it is left.
Thumbs down for :
- It is expensive! A 75 ml jar is priced at Rs.1895/- (Well, I got it at 50% discount during their SALE, but other’s might not.)
- It does not smell great
- It feels quite sticky.
- It is difficult to get it off your face. You need to work on it with time and patience.
- It isn’t very hygienic to dip in your fingers every time you apply the mask. However, you can use a brush.
Would I buy this again?
Probably not. The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask worked better for me, and I would love to repurchase that. However, if you have dry skin, you can try a sample sized sachet available at The Body Shop Stores.
You can buy it from their website HERE
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and the product has been purchased by me from their website.