Review: The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal purifying glow mask with bamboo charcoal and green tea

The Body Shop have just launched a new line up of 100-percent vegetarian ‘super food’ face masks (R300 each), many of which are vegan, and free of parabens, silicone, mineral oils and paraffins. Each one draws inspiration from a destination like the Amazon or Ethiopia and aims to achieve a beauty goal like hydration, brightening or energizing.

Let's get masky masky!
Let’s get masky masky!

At a recent launch, we were given the option to choose one and I picked Himalayan Charcoal purifying glow mask with bamboo charcoal and green tea.

Hello new friend!
Hello new friend!

It contains loads of kaolin (clay) which I know is a surefire way to pull oil from your pores so I knew it would hit home. Also, green tea’s a great antioxidant and it sits nice and high up in the ingredients list.

A peek in the jar.
A peek in the jar.

Other great notable ingredients include charcoal (another nice impurity magnet), hydrating argan oil and Shea butter, soothing aloe and bacteria-busting tea tree oil. To be fair, on the downside, the mask also contains a high amount of alcohol, a fair amount of fragrance and a little menthol. The latter gives the mask a tingly sensation which some users have mistaken for the sensation of it ‘working’ but that’s not the case. The clay and charcoal can easily work their magic without it.

Bringing sexy back in a big way.
Bringing sexy back in a big way.

Having used it a few times now I can say I’ve really enjoyed it. It really does leave my oily-combo skin feeling super clean with pores that look more ‘refined’ but hasn’t dried me out. My top tip is to apply it before you’re going to jump in the shower and bath and then remove it with a warm wash cloth as once it sets it dries fully and eventually ‘cracks’ and shifting it with a wet wipe is a serious las.

Love, love

Leigh

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Editor of South African beauty blog Lipgloss is my Life.

5 thoughts on “Review: The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal purifying glow mask with bamboo charcoal and green tea

    1. Hi hun! I avoid it at all costs. Alcohol is drying and some studies say it can cause ‘cell death’ over the long term. If you spot something like cetyl alcohol in the ingredients list don’t worry about it as it’s a ‘fatty alcohol’ and not a true, drying one. But if I see ‘alcohol’ or ‘alcohol denat’ sitting high up in the ingredients list I don’t touch it with a stick.

  1. Wiping it with a wet cloth is a serious las. LOL! I seriously always laugh when you gooi in the afrikaans. It’s so descriptive. Hahaha!

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