After a long break from my blog, I am back, well only to go missing for days again;-)
Thanks to everyone who checked on me via email or instagram. It means a lot.
In the last few months, I was pushing too hard to finish my PhD submission and on top of that was struggling with some health issues. Being predominantly a skincare blogger, I could not justify reviewing products when my skin was in utmost intolerant condition. In fact I had stopped using my skincare products because I know I was simply flushing them down the sink. Lesson learnt: No amount of good products can fight bad skin if the liver is not functioning well.
I sincerely value my integrity and honesty as a blogger, and although I purchased some amazingly reviewed products in the last few months, I could not see any results on me. My endoscopy results made me understand why. So to avoid any bias whatsoever, I will review them once the skin goes back to normal.
But today, an almost empty jar of mask caught my eye and I realized that I had used this one product in April or May and I could already see the results. I just could not review it then, so it is worth sharing on the blog now.
I am sure many of you must have heard of this blue tansy mask from Herbivore Botanicals.
The product website claims that – “Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask is a truly natural clarifying and cooling gel mask that gently exfoliates, smooths, and resurfaces skin “
What I absolutely love about the Herbivore Botanicals is that they are one of the ethical and natural brands. The website claims that “Everything we create contains the finest all-natural ingredients, with an emphasis on ingredients that are plant-based, organic, and food-grade. Each ingredient is included for a therapeutic reason. No animal testing is conducted on our products or ingredients. All of our oils are cold-pressed or steam distilled. These are the best extraction methods available and lead to premium quality oils. All products are made in small batches in the USA.”
Below is the list of key ingredients from the website:
White Willow Bark: A natural beta hydroxy (BHA), it is high in salicylic acid which works by gently shedding the top layer of skin in order to decongest and unclog pores.
Fruit Enzymes: Natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), including papaya and pineapple, work to gently exfoliate and rid skin of dead cells to leave the complexion smoother, softer, and fresher.
Blue Tansy Oil: Naturally high in Azulene, which in addition to giving the oil its beautiful blue color works as a powerful anti-inflammatory to reduce redness and soothe irritated skin.
Aloe Leaf: Naturally contains salicylic acid and works to gently unclog pores and soothe the complexion.
Full list of ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Hydroxyethyl Ethylcellulose (Plant Derived), Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Flower Oil, Ananas Sativus (Organic Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Organic Papaya) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Organic Papaya) Leaf Extract, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Leucidal (Radish Root ferment)
My experience with it: (The image below is taken from the website of Herbivore Botanicals)
I purchased mine from Niche-Beauty. Its a luxury beauty online shop here in Germany. I usually love their service. This time however, I found that the cap of the jar was cracked and the jar was not sealed. Thankfully, the mask was not all over the place.
It is a blue-green colored mask as seen in the jar, but once applied on the face, it is clear.
I followed the instruction to use this mask, which is to apply a thin layer on to your clean skin for the first five days, and then 2-3 times in a week.
Everytime I did feel the mild tingling, which is normal as it works to gently exfoliate and resurface the skin. I always left it for 20-30 minutes and washed- off with warm water. If you have sensitive skin, they say leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse with warm water.
My verdict: 4/5
What I liked: It does clean the face like nobody’s business. My skin definitely became visibly clear, especially with over the time use. It also has a cooling effect. So I would say it does what it claims. It comes with a nice sturdy spatula, and one must stir the mask in the jar as some of the ingredients bring its tendency to settle down at the bottom.
The Mask is 48 Euro for 2.3 o.z or 70 ml; considering the green label on the brand and price per ml of the mask, I did not mind the price on this cult product. But I must mention that I do not spend money in spa services and facials in salon. So for me personally, it is worth it.
What I don’t like: The fragrance. People say it does smell exactly like Blue tansy flowers. I have never sniffed on the flowers but for me this fragrance is not a pleasant one. It is like the-clothes-in-your-laundry-bag-that-have-gone-damp, but worse. I felt that the fragrance lingers on till the time mask is on the face. It does go away after the wash. Well coming to that, what I absolutely dislike about this mask is that it feels very slimy when you are trying to wash it off. And it doesn’t wash off as easily as you would like. I know that once you are finally able to rinse it off, your face feels clean and looks clear. But the effort is a bit too much for my liking.
Will I repurchase it? I may repurchase it. But I am not hoarding another jar just in case the world comes to an end or simply runs out of this mask.
In short I like the effects of the mask, I am just not a fan of the experience of putting it on my face. This can very well be a personal thing , so I would still suggest if you are looking for a resurfacing mask which is mild and effective, go for it. No matter how much you may dislike the fragrance and slimy feel while rinsing it off, you will get a clear skin 🙂
Once my skin is back to normal, I will be reviewing other “cult” masks, which are just sitting on my bathroom cabinet. Fingers crossed 🙂
Stay happy and healthy.