Laurel Whole Plant Organics Detox Facial Mask is a green clay dry facial mask, infused with 14 active ingredients, targeting oily and acne prone skin, as well as congested skin in need of detox.
When it comes to facial masks, I can be quite picky, as there aren’t many facial masks, whether detoxifying or hydrating, that would suit my moody and sensitive skin. I’m often trying to balance just how long should I let the facial mask on in order for it to work and not over irritate my skin at the same time. I mostly prefer making my own facial masks. Specifically – green clay based facial masks. I mix green clay with various hydrolates, and, depending on my skin’s need at the moment, I use various essential oils, carrier oils or even serum in my green clay facial mask mix.
As natural beauty is evolving, this idea of a dry clay mask infused with various essential oils, is quite interesting. No wonder I was curious about Laurel Whole Plant Organics Detox Facial Mask.
* * *
The Laurel Whole Plant Organics Detox Facial Mask comes in an elegant (even the sample pot) miron glass. The scent of this facial mask is pretty similar to other Laurel products – herbal, earthly and natural. I take about a tea-spoon of the mask, and mix it with hydrolate (usually tea tree and/or rose hydrolate) in a ceramic bowl.I suggest using either a ceramic bowl, wooden bowl or a glass bowl to mix the clay in it. Do not use plastic materials, as the green clay absorbs the the toxins from the plastic.
If you’re not used to using green clay as a facial mask, a bit of a practice of clay : hydrolate ratio will be needed; the clay has to be of the right consistency – not too liquid and not too dry. You can apply the facial mask with a brush or fingers. The application of this facial mask can be tricky and a bit more difficult than just applying dry clay mixed with hydrolates. There can be some difficulties of mixing the facial mask with hydrolates into a paste which would be easily applied onto the skin; every now and again the paste would fall off the skin, not sticking onto the skin.
I follow the same rule with Laurel Whole Plant Organics Detox Facial Mask as I do when applying green clay and hydrolates mask as to how long I leave the mask on my skin: approximately 10 min. The facial mask dries pretty fast, so leaving the mask on the skin for too long would result in skin absorbing the toxins the clay facial mask just detoxed your skin from. Also, if you leave the facial mask on the skin for too long, it may leave your skin feeling too tight and too dry, which could result in your skin producing more oil.
Just as with my home-made green clay facial mask, I use Laurel Whole Plant Organics Detox Facial Mask about every 5 days or so. You will quickly notice the results – the facial mask will suck out the impurities and dry and calm acne. When you feel an acne forming, apply a bit of this mask on the acne – even several times a day if needed, in order to stop the acne. you can, of course, mix the facial mask with a drop of a tea tree oil as well. Likewise, this facial mask, aside from being a great detox companion, can be used for irritated and inflamed skin as well.
I then gently rinse the facial mask, and then generously use a facial toner (of course – Laurel elixir works great) and pamper the skin with facial oil or facial serum; Laurel Serum for oily skin works amazingly!
* * *
How about ingredients?
French Green Clay*, Chamomile˚, Passionflower˚, Burdock Root˚, Dandelion Root˚, Lavender˚, Marshmallow Root˚, Yarrow˚, Self Heal˚, Aloe Vera˚, Dulse Seaweed˚; essential oils of Lavender˚, Blue Chamomile˚, Roman Chamomile˚, Helichrysum˚, Palmarosa˚ ˚signifies certified organic *all clay is wildcrafted
French Green Clay tones and cleans the skin of toxins. It absorbs oil, and promotes circulation. Chamomile a potent antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties. Suitable for dry, sensitive skin and acne-prone skin. Passionflower has high content of essential fatty acids. It has antibacterial properties; for itchy and irritated skin. Burdock Root has anti-inflammatory properties; it’s used for treating of skin eruptions, such as acne. Dandelion Root has detoxifying properties. Lavender is antiseptic and antibacterial. Marshmallow Root has rich content of flavonoids. It has anti-inflammatory, softening and soothing properties.
Yarrow has rich content of azulene. It has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties and works as a skin cleanser and toner, suitable for acne prone skin. Self Heal or Prunella, has astringent properties. Aloe Vera has a potent moisturizing and anti-aging properties. It’s a blood circulation stimulant. It tightens and rejuvenates skin. Dulse Seaweed is easily absorbed into skin to nourish, tighten, and provide smooth supple skin. Helichrysum, also known as Immortelle oil, is one of the most expensive oils. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging and restorative properties. Palmarosa oil has antiseptic and antiviral properties. It moisturizes and balances the the skin. It rejuvenates and regenerates the skin.
Potentially problematic ingredients? None.
* * *
My final word?
Laurel Whole Plant Organics Detox Facial Mask is a great detox facial mask for oily, combination and acne prone skin. It consists of all the ingredients (although you’d expect tea tree oil somewhere in the mix as well) needed to purify, detox and clear up oily skin. It does not irritate the skin, although I’d suggest finding the balance as to how long you’d keep it on your skin.
While it does leave a bit a tight feeling on your skin – and that’s perfectly normal for clay based facial mask – the tightness does not last long, especially if you treat your skin with some quality toner after. Also, do not exaggerate with frequency of using this facial mask, as you’d want to keep your skin balanced – once every week will be most suitable; when battling with acne – apply a small amount of the facial mask directly onto the problematic spot, as many times as needed.
I’ve been testing the Laurel Whole Plant Organics Detox Facial Mask for several months now (I’ve received a sample pot size), and given I am pretty modest with how much I use it, I’d wager and say a 50ml pot could last for about 8 months. As the facial mask’s formulation is dry, you don’t have to worry about going rancid, but do make sure the mask, while in the pot, does not come in contact with water.
How about price? Well, 50ml of this facial mask costs $50, and even though it’s a great mask and would last for quite a long time as well as having great ingredients in it, I think the price is a bit too stiff – but still reasonable given all positive aspects of it.
At any rate – if you have oily and acne prone skin in need of detox – and are looking for a high quality facial mask, then Laurel Whole Plant Organics Detox Facial Mask would be a great choice for you.
* * *
Do you use facial masks? What type of facial masks do you prefer – hydrating, purifying? Have you ever made your own facial mask? How about Laurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Mask – anyone tried it yet?
* * *
* * *
Laurel Whole Plant Organics Detox Facial Mask has been provided to Nature of Europe by Laurel Whole Plant Organics for the purpose of an honest review.