Move over sheet masks!
You’ve been getting all the attention for a while now, but it’s time to take a step back and share the spotlight with some oldie but goodies clay masks.
Those by Ooharr (Amphora Aromatic’s new company) are super cool. I know, I know, you would never say that looking at the packaging. They need to do some serious work on that, cos this retro pop art style so isn’t working. It’s so cheap and offputting.
But if you can get past that, the stuff inside is Ooharr so good (sorry, I couldn’t resist!). The scents alone are to die for.
There are three clay masks in this line so far: Dead Sea Cooler, Star Glow, and Rosie Glow. Let’s put them to the test, shall we?
Dead Sea Cooler Deep Cleansing Face Mask
This is the coolest mask of the lot. Why? It’s a pale seafoam green colour. How often have you come across a seafoam green mask? Never, that’s when.
I know, I know. This is just a small thing and has nothing to do with how well the mask works. But, it’s so hard to innovate on a clay mask, even the littlest novelty like this gets my little skincare obsessed heart all excited.
I honestly thought that alone would have been enough to make this my fave mask of the lot. As it turns out, it’s the only one I don’t like. 🙁
Why? Dead sea salt. It has an exfoliation action, but I find it too harsh for my skin. Shame, cos the rest of the formula is awesome.
As pretty much all other clay masks, this one too contains kaolin and bentonite, two types of clays that can absorb excess oil. No excess oil = no blemishes.
These clays are amazing to keep oily skin shine and blemish-free, but can usually be too much for dry skin. Not that dry skin needs them, mind you. There’s hardly any oil to absorb on dry skin!
But if you have dry skin and want to use it anyway, this clay mask won’t leave your skin as dry as sand paper. It’s also enriched with natural butters and oils, such as sweet almond oil, argan oil, and shea butter that keep skin soft and hydrated as they clays do their oil-stripping job.
Oh, and the scent! It smells fresh and minty. Mint isn’t the best thing to put on your skin (it can be irritating), but there’s so little here I doubt it’ll cause you any problems (unless your skin is super uber sensitive) – it’s the salt you have to worry about here.
One last thing, there is enough in the sachets to last you at least three uses. Sweet!
Star Glow Skin Polisher Face Mask
This is by far my fave of the bunch. Yellow in colour, it looks like honey and smells like it too. And vanilla. Think vanilla ice cream topped with honey and you won’t be far off. It’s absolutely delicious! Too bad you can’t eat it.
The formula is similar to the Dead Sea Cooler Mask. Kaolin and bentonite to absorb excess oil and sweet almond oil, shea butter, and argan oil to soften and moisturize skin. But, no dead sea salt, yay!
This makes the mask much gentler to use. It makes skin matte and soft and helps to prevent blemishes too. I didn’t see much of a glow, but it does everything a clay mask is supposed to do, so I’m happy with it.
Rosie Glow Deep Cleansing Face Mask
This is the most heavy duty mask of the three. The main ingredients are the same as the other masks, but with the addition of montmorillonite, a type of clay that’s a mix of bentonite and fuller’s earth. It has absorbent properties too, so if your skin is very oily, this is the mask to get.
Oh, by the way, dead sea salt is back but, for some reason, I don’t find it as harsh as in the Dead Sea Cooler Deep Cleansing Mask. It smells better too. It’s like a bouquet of roses, soft and pretty (not old-fashioned at all).
I noticed this one tends to dry quicker than the other masks so removal can take a bit longer. But application is the same. You damp your skin with water, put the mask on, and then wait 20 minutes before rinsing it off.
The instructions also say to finish with a splash of cold water to close the pores, but we know better, right? You can’t close pores, so you don’t have to freeze your face if you don’t want to.
So, to recap:
- Super oily skin? Get the Rosie Glow Mask.
- Could do with something gentler (or just have a sweet tooth)? Opt for Star Glow.
- Are you a sucker for dead sea salt or anything seafoam green? You may enjoy Dead Sea Cooler. Just be careful with it!
Price & Availability: £1.20 at Amphora Retail
Dead Sea Cooler Deep Cleansing Face Mask Ingredients: Aqua, Kaolin, Glycerin, Bentonite, Hamamelis Virginiana Water, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Maris Sal, Glyceryl Stearate, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol*, Dehydroacetic Acid, CI 42090, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol*
Star Glow Skin Polisher Face Mask Ingredients: Aqua, Kaolin, Glycerin, Bentonite, Parfum, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Coco-Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Mel, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Benzyl Alcohol*, Dehydroacetic Acid, CI 15985
Rosie Glow Deep Cleansing Face Mask Ingredients: Aqua, Kaolin, Montmorillonite, Glycerin, Bentonite, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Coco-Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Cymbopagan Martini Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Maris Salt, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol*, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lactic Acid, Citral*, *Citronellol, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool
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