I am a sucker for face masks. I can never have them enough. Natural masks, sheet masks, clay masks, gel masks, anything and everything is my thing 😛 I keep trying out new ones as I discover them. This brand, Sand for Soapaholics, really intrigued me when I first saw their outlet. It looks a lot like lush, which unfortunately went away from India. This brand too claims to be all natural, and their products seem to be fresh and promising too. So, as my first purchase, I had to try one of their face masks, read on to find out how it fared for me.
What company says: This re-mineralizing face mask contains Dead Sea Mud that gently exfoliates the skin to draw out any impurities and toxins. To make it the perfect detox regimen for you, we have also folded in oodles of Aloe Vera, which keeps your skin hydrated, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Last, but definitely not least, the antiseptic properties of the Coconut and Grape seed Oils make it THE beauty solution for you. So what are you waiting for?
Ingredients: Every 10gm contains Inf. Blend of Peppermint Aerial part and Rosemary Aerial part (23.15%), Kaolin (22.87%), Dead Sea Mud (17.14%), Aloe vera Leaf Gel (17.14%), Almond Seed (5.71%), Grapeseed Oil (5.71%), Bentonite Clay (2.86%), Ess.Oil blend of Peppermint Aerial part, Tea Tree, Neroli (1.71%), Nutmeg Seed (1.14%), Ext. blend of Vanilla & Pomegranate Seed (1.71%), Potassium Sorbate (0.57%), Chlorophylin (0.29%)
Price for Qty.: Rs. 708 for 60 gms.
Product & Texture: It is a mud mask, which is semi wet. One needs to add rose water or plain water to dilute it a little or apply it on a wet face to make it spread better.
What I have to say: I have very dry skin, hence I usually gravitate towards hydrating masks. But every once in a while, I like to use masks that promise to suck all the dirt out of my skin and unclog all my pores. I don’t know if it’s with me only, but masks with deeper colour seem to be promising to me in terms to pore cleansing, I have no clue why. When I was looking at all the masks this brand had to offer, I looked at this deep green, almost henna colored mask and asked the purpose of it. The SA told me it was meant to detox the skin and it also has aloe vera, to sooth and hydrate the skin. I was immediately sold. I mean, a clay mask which is hydrating too! The other ingredient list is impressive as well.
I ran home and immediately opened it. The packaging is simple, a plastic tub, to which they stick the label with the mask name. It needs to be stored in a refrigerator, given all natural ingredients. It has a little dry clay like texture, so I took some amount in a bowl, mixed some rose water in it to dilute the mask and applied it on my face. Not the easiest to use I would say. Given we have all those squeezy easy tube out there, just squeeze and apply the product, this did seem a little work, but then it says natural. It spread easily on to my skin, I left it for some 12-15 minutes and it dried completely. It does not smell very strong, which I fear is the case with most natural masks, but I was relieved to see it is not perfumed. What I loved about it, even when dry, it is not super stretchy. Some clay masks get so dry on skin, that they give itchiness to my sensitive skin, this one did nothing like that.
When I took it off, it was fairly easy to remove. I used a damp wash cloth to wipe it off my skin. It made my skin oh so smooth. I can’t see it working too much on my blackheads, but it did made my skin super soft. I had applied it in the night, after washing it I just applied my night cream and went to sleep. The night cream did got absorbed better and I woke up to glowing skin the next day. The effects however didn’t last more than a day but I am still loving it.
I now use it a night before some special occasions or just on the days I want to pamper my skin. My makeup looks much more flawless on top, after I have used this, also it does not dry out my skin or cause any break outs. I would however suggest to use it a little watery than like a paste, and apply a thin layer on the skin. Clay masks can easily irritate your skin if used in a thick layer. I don’t use it more than twice a week.
It is available in Sand for Soapaholics stores, and they also are available online on http://www.sandsoapaholics.com/
Summing up the Pros and Cons.
You’ll heart it coz:
- Impressive and all natural ingredients
- Spreads easily on the skin
- Does not dry out my skin
- Causes no irritation or breakouts on my sensitive skin
- Leaves skin soft and smooth, exfoliates mildly
- Skin looks brighter the next day
You might hate it coz:
- Messy to apply, needs to be diluted before use
- Does not drastically work on clogged pores
- A little expensive