This is the only one of Lush’s face masks that is not fresh and this as such does not need to be kept refrigerated which is handy for those who do not have easy access to a fridge or who do not want to be bothered with going down to the fridge in order to get a face mask to put on in the bathroom.
COST AND SO ON
This comes in one of the special recyclable black pots that you can save and collect to return five of them. If you take those five clean pots back to Lush you can choose a fresh face mask or hair mask free as your reward. I never buy a fresh mask as I always seem to be able to save my five black pots to take back washed and read for recycling and as a rewards I get to choose a fresh face pack free. As they are all about £5.50 each and come in a small 75g pot that makes a very worthwhile saving.
This comes in two sizes £4.95 for 125g and £8.75 for 315g so it is not a cheap mask but then I get quite a few uses from a pot. I would say I would get at least 10 uses from the small size so less than 50 a mask and possibly more depending on how thick you put the mask on. I personally don’t find it needs to be really thick to do the job.
WHAT DOES LUSH SAY?
“Don't mask those spots - Mask of Magnaminty them
This is one of our ultimate products and is intended for what Adrian Mole (Age 13 3/4) describes as Big Boy spots. Spots that take two days to come up but five days to bugger off. And always when you have a date or something important coming up. Mask of Magnaminty does everything it can to fight these types of outbreaks and return the skin to tip top condition.”.”
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS ‘ MASK OF MAGNAMINTY’?
This as I said is NOT a fresh face mask so there is no need for it to be kept in the fridge but it does still have a use by date as do all Lush products but you can get away with pushing these us by dates I have found so don’t worry too much about them.
I like the fact that this dries and cleans my skin and then when I rinse it off as I wet it again and I can then give my face a bit of a rub and exfoliate as it has ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds in it too and this helps remove any dead skin cells which dull the skin.
WHAT ARE THE GOODIES IN THIS MASK?
In order for this mask to slide onto sore skin easily the people at Lush have used a combination of bentonite gel, talc, kaolin and vegetable glycerine, so that this mask is easy to apply and doesn’t irritate already sore or sensitive skin and it can be gently smoothed over your face and back .
Kaolin is soothing and absorbs excess grease. The bentonite gel is a sort of clay from volcanic ash deposits and it holds up to fifteen times its own weight of water this is perfect for face masks as has a nice slippery feel to it and it also has healing and soothing qualities. Traditionally this has been used in poultices. Bentonite gel also helps absorb grease and dirt from the skin and tightens pores at the same time which also has the effect of smoothing out wrinkles.
Glycerine is there to help the mask slide on easily and it also softens the skin and helps the beneficial ingredients get into the skin more easily.
Ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds are added to this mix as gentle exfoliants which means that you can use this as a gentle scrub as you remove the mask to give you the option of gently scrubbing your face and back or a few minutes when you are removing this.
Honey is added because it will moisturise the skin but is also a natural antiseptic so hopefully killing all those nasty germs which cause spots
Peppermint oil is added to this mask and the smell is pretty strongly mint although it is not unpleasant at all, it is quite refreshing and uplifting I find. Peppermint helps to stimulate the blood and so liven up those skin cells a bit. It also feels lovely and cooling so if you have an inflamed spotty skin this would cool it down and help it feel fresh and clean.
Marigold oil which is distilled from the flowers of the African marigold has an herbaceous scent and helps to keep this product fresh as it is a natural preservative. From the Lush website:
“According to modern research, the African marigold possesses antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. It is said to reduce skin blemishes and inflammations.”
Chlorophyllin to help treat the skin as recent studies have suggested that chlorophyll has protective and healing qualities. Lush say that they have found that it helps to balance the skin’s sebum production.
Vanilla gives that lovely creamy scent and it has also been shown to have antioxidant properties.
WHAT DO I THINK?
This is quite a firm paste of a mixture so you have to dig your finger in quite firmly to scoop out what you need. As it is quite firm it doesn’t drip so there is no waste. Usually spread it reasonably evenly, not too thick using my fingers and keep my other hand underneath to catch any bits that drop off. It needs to cover your face, avoiding your eyes, but does not have to be plastered on thickly. I usually wear a shower cap to keep my hair away from the mask too so as you can imagine I look a true delight, and no, there are no photos going to be put up with this on.
I have used this mask a few times now and found it went on pretty easily although I do find I need to wet it a little to get it on thinly like I prefer. I tend to only use this on my T zone as that is where I suffer from greasy skin but my daughter used some on her face as her skin is quite prone to break outs and she found it felt really nice and her face felt really clean and fresh and she had fewer breakouts so I must get some more for her.
I lay in the bath and relaxed for about ten minutes as I always do with my face masks then wet my face and gently exfoliated my skin. Most of it was pretty easy to rinse off though and the gentle scrubbing removed it all in a minute or so with warm water. I finished off with some cold water and a toner before putting on my usual moisturiser.
How did my face feel? Well it did feel clean and fresh but not at all tight which sometimes can happen with a face mask designed for spotty skin which I admit mine is not. I felt like I had given my face a nice clean and my skin felt cool and refreshed. I had no problem with any sensitivity so it lived up to its calming claims.
This is not my favourite mask from Lush and I am not really the targeted audience either but I do like to try these things. I think that is Ayesha or Sacred Truth are my favourites but this is very nice and I would certainly get this one again for my daughter or son who both still have a tendency to breakouts on their faces despite being adults and not teenagers any longer.
The smell is really refreshingly minty with a slightly herby and earthy note from the clay and marigolds. It almost smells good enough to eat but I wouldn’t advise it! It also has a really lovely creamy feel to it when put on your face. It does make my skin feel well cleansed but it isn’t one I will be using too often as my skin is not that greasy and certainly don’t suffer from spots any more.
It seems like a lot to pay for this mask but as I said before it actually is pretty good value as easily get ten to twelve uses from the little pot as you don’t need to cake it on thickly at all.
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