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Monday, 28 September 2015

Review | Maple Holistics Ancient Clay Facial Mask*

I was recently very kindly sent some products to trial from Maple Holistics; alongside the Degrease Shampoo*, the other product I chose was their Ancient Clay Facial Mask*, which claims, "Deep cleansing Fuller's Earth removes impurities and allows the skin to breathe, whilst Bentonite revitalizes and detoxes. French green clay firms, tones and tightens pores for a clean, refreshing effect."
Maple Holistics Ancient Clay Facial Mask Review
The packaging is simple but effective, nothing fancy - it consists of large white plastic jar with a screw-cap, with the mask itself being in the form of a powder; the instructions suggest mixing one scoop of the powder with two scoops of water to form a paste, before applying to the skin and waiting ten minutes, then washing off with warm water. I've discovered a couple of things, mostly through trial and error; firstly, one scoop is way too much, about half a scoop is plenty to cover my whole face.
Maple Holistics Ancient Clay Facial Mask
In addition, mixing the powder with water is far easier said than done, as it tends to become very sticky and lumpy and not really want to mix... I've found the best way is spreading the powder out in a fine layer and trying to distribute the water around, then quickly mixing with my fingertips before applying to my face. It still ends up a little lumpy, as you can see, but not too bad...
Maple Holistics Ancient Clay Face Mask
Excuse my very serious expression there... Once on, comparisons to Shrek and/or The Incredible Hulk aside, The Ancient Clay Facial Mask dries to feel quite tight on the skin, as is common with clay masks. I tend to leave it around 15-20 minutes to dry before washing off in the shower (I always wash masks off in the shower so I can put them right up to my hairline, where I always seem to get tiny little spots). My skin is left feeling clean but decidedly on the tight side, so following up with a good moisturiser is a must for me. I do think it clears my pores and firms my skin a little, though I have to admit I've not noticed any tightening of my pores - still, two out of three claims isn't bad! After using this around once a week for the past month, I've barely made a dent in the jar, so I think it's safe to say it's gonna last me a good while yet! Maple Holistics Ancient Clay Facial Mask is priced at $15.99 for the jar which I think is a reasonable price given the quality of the ingredients and the quantity you get. Have you tried any products from Maple Holistics? What's your favourite clay mask?

[*Product provided for consideration.]
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  1. Oh i have had similar trial-and-error issues with powder clay masks and end up using a small kitchen whisk for them, that usually disperses the chunks quite easily!
    My favorite clay mask is from a local health shop, affordable and effective!
    I remember reading a tip of using a drop of cleansing oil in your clay mask to prevent the tight feeling skin afterwards, was it from your blog?
    Alice | Alice's Beauty Madness

    1. I'll have to try a whisk, thanks for the tip! It wasn't me but adding a drop of cleansing oil is a great idea too - I'll be giving that one a go as well! :) xo

  2. As good as it sounds, im not too sure I could be faffed with mixing it myself x

  3. I've seen so many clay masks in this type of formula (powder), and I think the concept is really awesome...though I'm not sure my dry face can handle such an intense drying mask!

  4. It sounds like a nice mask but with so many good Clay masks on the market I don't think I would bother with the powder form. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  5. I really wish that I could be bothered to mix a face mask like this up myself but I tend to prefer the wet clay ones in a tube. xxxxxx

  6. This sounds pretty cool. I have tried one that is similar and I totally don't use it because I hate mixing it. I am such a grab and go kind of person but I might have to give this a try!

  7. I love using clay masks on my face on a weekly basis --- it does such awesome things for my skin. And that tube will last forever!! :-)

    Katie // FromMyVanity.com

  8. I've never tried powdered clay masks before, they sound fun but messy haha. Too bad they end up lumpy though :( x

  9. I used to love powder masks while growing up but now I'm all up for ready to use ones! :)


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