The Body Shop has a new line of face masks from the Recipes of Nature collection, and they were very kind to send me three of the five masks released. Each mask contains 100% vegetarian ingredients and they are formulated without parabens, paraffins, silicone, and mineral oils. Each mask retails for $28 USD; however, The Body Shop offers a sample size packet on their website for $2.50, so you can have a try me size before investing in the large jar.
The five masks include:
- British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask
- Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
- Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask
- Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask
- Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask
The three masks I’ll be discussing are British Rose, Himalayan Charcoal, and Chinese Ginseng and Rice. First up is British Rose, which smells very lightly of natural roses.
From The Body Shop, here is some information about the ingredients:
- Rose petals and essence of hand-picked roses from Britain
- Rosehip oil from Chile
- Community Trade Aloe Vera from Mexico
This mask is very soothing and relaxing. I really like using this on a day where I’ve been staring at my computer too long and just want to chill out. I can be sensitive to rose scents, but I don’t find this one overpowering. It is a gel texture and has a slight cooling feeling on the skin, but I think it would be okay for those with sensitive skin to use. This mask doesn’t completely dry out on the skin, so it is very easy to remove. The big quality for my skin with this one is the major soothing factor!
I would call Himalayan Charcoal the “Glam Glow” mask of the bunch.
- Bamboo Charcoal from Himalayan foothills
- Community Trade Tea Tree Oil from Kenya
- Green Tea Leaves from Japan
This mask has a refreshing, herbal scent due to the tea tree oil, and there are chunks of green tea leaves inside of it that are a little messy when removing the mask. That said, I love how this makes my skin feel.
It is similar to Glam Glow in that it really tightens the skin and exfoliates it, but it doesn’t have that HORRIBLE burning feeling at all. This is a lot more gentle and my face feels so smooth after use! Some may find this one drying, but I didn’t have an issue with it. This mask is also vegan.
Since this one is a strong exfoliator, I would not use this one weekly, but perhaps bi-weekly or even once a month.
Of the three masks, this one is my favorite! It is gently exfoliating and my skin looks and feels refreshed after using it.
- Ginseng and Rice Extract from China
- Community Trade Sesame Seed Oil from Nicaragua
While this one dries on the skin, it doesn’t leave skin feeling dry or too tight after use. I let it sit on my skin for about 15 minutes before washing it off. I love the way this mask brightens my skin!
Each mask is about 2.5-3 ounces in size, so these jars will last for awhile depending on how many times per month you do a face mask. I typically use one every one to two weeks, depending on what I feel my skin needs.
After trying these, I really want to try the Ethiopian Honey mask!
Have you tried these masks? What do you think of them?
*Sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.