If you follow me on Instagram, you will know what is coming in this blog post! I have been chatting about the Recipes of Nature Facials Masks from The Body Shop for the past two weeks and I am more than obsessed.
I have featured face masks from The Body Shop on my blog numerous times in the past, I have always stated that they are my go to for masks but this new Recipes of Nature range is fabulous to the power of ten! The range features five expert face masks, each created with only the most natural and beneficial ingredients. The five masks are: Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask. Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask. Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask. Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask.
Don’t each and every one of those sound absolutely amazing? They are definitely the most high-tech and expertly formulated masks to hit The Body Shop’s shelves. You will also notice that each mask is themed to a country and contains the traditional beauty remedies to match.
Now for the exciting part!
Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
Okayyy so the word ‘glow’ just gets me all kinds of excited. To be honest, clay masks are my absolute favourite mask genre of all time. Unfortunately I have dry to dehydrated skin so they aren’t the best for me as they are aimed more towards oily skin. However… I still use clay masks all the time and this is one of the best.
The most interesting factor in it is the addition of the Kenyan Tee Tree Oil which leaves your face tingling tingling tingling. I actually had to check with my boyfriend if his face was also tingling (he was also testing it) because I was worried that I was having an allergic reaction!
The Tea Tree Range from The Body Shop is definitely one of their most loved ranges so it’s great that those ingredients are being included in other skincare products. The main ingredient however, the charcoal, deeply purifies your skin and is a beneficial addition to ANY skin type. It is described as “a glowing, ‘just woke up like this’ skin in a jar”.
So, how did my skin feel afterwards? This Recipes of Nature mask instantly has my face feeling more firm and clarified. The clay especially leaves your skin feeling like your pores are completely minimised and that your face is just a clean slate.
Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask
Jumping straight into the next Recipes of Nature mask; the Chinese Ginseng & Clarifying Polishing Mask. SO. I despise the smell of ginger. I cannot stand it AT ALL and for this reason I was not too keen on this mask, but the fact that it was a polishing mask had me convinced. Plus how would I possibly review it without a trial? That being said, I have now used it five times since opening it! It is so so sooooo incredible. The ginger scent is there, it stays on the skin for a while, but it is not terribly overpowering. I was hoping it would be a really subtle scent but nevertheless, even the obvious scent is fine.
This is a creamy, super luxurious feeling mask with bits in it to leave the face feeling cleansed and polished. I honestly think that this is the mask out of all three of them where I physically SEE the improvements in my skin immediately afterwards. The scrubbyiness leaves your skin revitalised and with an overall “healthy” look. It is advisable to apply the mask when it is warm, so I like to leave the tub sitting in some warm water for a bit before using it. However I find it works just great whether it is warm or cold, but it is advised to be used warm.
Some other incredible ingredients in here is ginseng extract, rice extract and community trade (The Body Shop is renowned for their community trade ingredients) sesame seed oil.
So, how did my skin feel afterwards? This mask left my skin feeling the opposite of the above option; this leaves your skin feeling soooooo extra soft and delicate. It seriously feels super refreshed and – I used this term already – HEALTHY. The polishing brings the blood to your cheeks and completely revitalises the skin. I can’t believe I am saying this, but it might be my favourite of them all!
Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask
This mask was the most surprising of all for me and it was love at first scent. OMG. The smell of this is like something I have never smelt before. I posted about it on Insta and quite a few people replied that it is their fave mask. I can’t really explain the scent but the closest thing I can think of sparkling pink lemonade. It is GORGEOUS.
I mentioned above that the Ginger & Ginseng mask is the mask where I see the benefits immediately. Now, this mask is the one which my skin craves the most. My overall complexion is dull and there is a lot of uneven skintone and this is formulated to invigorate the skin, as well as making it more radiant.
Described as “for skin that needs a fast recharge” and this is something which we ALL need pretty much. I mean, who could say no to that?
The main ingredients are acai berry extract, guarana seed extract and community trade organic babassu oil. All of these help towards fighting the look of fatigue, softening, smoothing and revitalising the skin.
As you can see from the pictures, the mask has a very gloopy and chunky consistency. Luckily it is not runny on the face and you only need the smallest amount of product to cover your entire face. I know I said above that the Ginger & Ginseng mask is probably the best suited to my skin BUT this is the one which I love the most. Just because. I love the scent, I love the super scrubbiness of the chunks, and I love the feeling it leaves on my skin.
So, how did my skin feel afterwards? Very very soft and plump and supple. I especially love this when I have congested areas on my jawline. It gives my face the feeling of being deeply cleansed and refined.
I definitely think you can multi mask with these as the consistency of the product is so easy to work with. For my skin specifically I would use the clay mask on my chin, the acai mask on my cheeks and cheek bones and the ginseng mask on my forehead. If you want to be a bit extra (and who doesn’t?) The Body Shop also sells a facial mask brush for R160 which means you no longer have to use a foundation brush for your masks. Or you fingers. Because using your fingers equals you losing a LOT of product.
Overall this is my favourite range of masks from The Body Shop – and trust me, competition was tough! You can purchase any of the Recipes of Nature Masks for R310 each and they are available in store now. And remember that there are two remaining masks not included here; the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask and the Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask.
Let mt know what you guys thought of this post – are you enjoying my skincare reviews? Let me know in the comments if you have any requests for reviews on products from The Body Shop!