WHAT IS THIS OATIFIX ONE LIKE?
It comes in a small back recyclable pot and you get 75g in the pot. The cost if you buy it is £5.50 which is quite expensive but I don’t think I have bought one for quite a while as I have had free ones through bringing back my black pots.
This face mask is a porridge colour, or a bit like the colour of humus but please don’t be tempted to eat it despite the fact that it does look a bit like a dip.
It is very thick rather like a paste or a thick dip and not at all runny. When it is very fresh and depending on who made that particular batch it can spread quite easily or if it gets a bit drier then it can get a bit lumpy and fall off so as I am spreading it on my face I add a bit of water to smooth it on more easily.
What does it smell like? Well it has quite a sweet creamy smell but still quite fresh. I can detect the fresh banana and the vanilla quite easily, oats don’t really smell that strong and that is the other main ingredient in this one. If I close my eyes and have a good sniff I can smell the marzipan aroma of almonds and also the wonderful sweet woody smell of sandalwood which is one of my favourite smells.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH IT?
Well when I use my facemask I always start with clean skin and so I use a cleanser to wipe away any grime of the day. And in my case it has to be a Lush cleanser called 9 to 5 as I really like this one and find it quite gentle.
Next stage is one I was advised to add by the girl in the Lush shop one day and that is to give my face a feed with a serum and the one I use is a great little bar of serum called ‘Full of Grace’. This ensures that your face doesn’t get too dried out and feeds it while you are having the facemask. With this mask this is not quite so necessary as there are a lot of moisturising ingredients in this one.
Then open the pot of facemask and spread it all over your face except around the eyes. As I said I find the Oatifix one quite thick and a bit lumpy like porridge so I help it by wetting my hands to smooth it on.
According to Lush you shouldn’t let it go completely dry and crusty before washing it off but I leave mine until dry as I usually get in the bath and lie there. If it does get dry then it doesn’t matter as I can use lots of water to gently wash it off.
Prior to washing this one off though I make use of the lovely ground almonds and oats in the facepack and give my face a bit of an exfoliation as I take the mask off.
I then get out of the bath and dry myself patting my face dry before I reach for the toner to close those pores and then of course moisturise as for night or day depending on when you use it.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
As I lie in the bath I can smell the bananas and creamy porridge mixed with sandalwood sweetness which is quite exotic and I love it as I really relax and lie back and sniff. I love the gentle exfoliation and afterwards I find my skin feels very soft and looks awake. My skin feels well fed and looks fresher and I feel like I have had a deep clean too through the exfoliation getting rid of dead skin cells.
WHAT HAS THIS ONE GOT IN IT?
The ingredients in this are supposed to moisturise and help your skin recover if you have been out in the sun (fat chance in our climate!) or in the winter if your skin has become dry. Bananas are full of beneficial moisturising qualities and the oats and vanilla absolute help calm your skin if it is sore.
I love the smell of oaty bananas and have to remind myself not to eat this one as I lie back in the bath and bits fall off sometimes I have licked my lips and it tastes not bad too!. I tend to use mine in the morning. Monday mornings usually as my husband goes off to play golf early in the morning so I have time to myself to pamper in the bathroom. I tend to use this in winter but not sure why maybe I haven’t had too much exposure to sun to need it in summer here.
This face mask is one that has fewer ingredients than most. We have oats, bananas, glycerine, ground almonds, Illipe Butter, kaolin, talc, vanilla pod, vanilla absolute, sandalwood oil, and others. It is highly recommended for people with sensitive skin as the oats help calm any skin redness.
I bet, like me you are wondering what on earth Illipe Butter is. I discovered that it is part of the soap nut tree family and is from a tree called Mamey Sapote. It has a fruit that looks like a cross between an avocado and a papaw but with a brown skin and orange inside and apparently tastes a bit like ea pumpkin. Like an avocado the fruit is very creamy and full of natural oils but it is the nut or seed that is used in cosmetics as the oil is more like a butter but has a higher melting point than shea or cocoa butter and when it comes into contact with skin it melts and is absorbed.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
Yes I love this one as it is a face mask and exfoliates in one and smells really creamily fruity like a banana milk shake. It does make my skin feel well fed and moisturised as well as well exfoliated in a nice gentle way so I am happy. I am especially happy as it was free although it does cost £5.50 if you don’t have five pots to hand back. This is still quite good value as easily get six uses from this little pot as you don’t need to cake it on thickly and if you use my trick of wet hands it goes on much more smoothly.
lovely made fresh face mask,if you keep in fridge it goes on nice and cool to reduce any puffiness
smells gorgeous,of honey and oats
i tasted a tiny bit and it also tastes good :)
leaves skin soft
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