Today I tried out the Mullein & Sparrow Facial mask that I received in my Boxycharm box last week. According to the website, this mask is a mix of detoxifying clays and herbs that is used to help refine pores and exfoliate. The important ingredients that make this mask effective are the Kaolin, Rhassoul, and Bentonite clays and Rose powder.
From the website:
Kaolin Clay - Helps to stimulate circulation while gently exfoliating and cleansing skin. As kaolin clay does not draw oils from the skin, it can be used on dry skin types without negative results.
Rhassoul Clay - Contains higher percentages of silica, magnesium, potassium, and calcium, than other clays. This makes rhassoul clay famous for its unmatched ability to absorb impurities from the skin and improve skin texture without overdrying.
Bentonite Clay - Draws excess oils and debris to the surface of the skin, boosts circulation to tighten skin and stimulate blood flow, and whisks away dead skin cells that can clog pores.
Rose Powder - Helps to balance the skin. Rose powder has astringent and antibacterial properties, but does not strip the skin of moisture.
It comes in a powder form, and you have to mix it with a little bit of water to form a past that you then apply to your (already moistened) skin. You wait until it dries completely before you wipe it off with warm water, and then do a cool splash of water. Always pat your skin dry instead of rubbing, it helps to prevent wrinkles and lines.
Now on to my first impression and review:
This stuff was messy. REALLY messy. Dry it has a texture like ash (in fact I wondered if it was like... volcanic ash as I was looking at it.) And then moistened with water it was like.... mud. Almost pea green mud. I didn't really notice any kind of scent from it while it was dry, or when I was mixing it with water. It applied kind of thin (maybe I added too much water?) but did end up settling and drying nicely. I really enjoyed pampering my skin with this mask, and just taking time to clean up my workstation and drink some tea while it dried. It dried down to almost a minty green clay, and was super easy to wipe off with the warm water on a washcloth. (You know how sometimes you have to scrub to get these things off....) Anyway, I feel that it did exfoliate nicely, and not too much, so it would be good for someone that has sensitive skin when it comes to exfoliation. My skin seems smoother and fairly moisturized, so I don't feel like this mask is particularly drying, which is a plus for me!
Overall, I really enjoyed this mask, and the deluxe sample size I received will last for quite awhile. The full size is $35 for 2.5 oz of the clay mix. It seems like a lot for a small amount, but the deluxe sample size a small bottle and retails for $15 (pictured below.)
Everyone have a sparkly day!
Mullein & Sparrow Facial Mask
Boxycharm Beauty Sub Box
**Edited to add: The Boxycharm subscription price is $21 a month for 4-5 full or deluxe size samples (mostly full from what I have seen so far!) Totally worth it!