I have been absolutely loving honey as a skincare ingredient lately, so I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this mask. The Organic Pharmacy is such a beautiful brand – it’s a UK brand that merges health with skincare to create products with real scientific backing behind them. All of the products are researched and manufactured in their own London laboratory.The Organic Phamacy Honey & Jasmine Mask* (£40 from The Organic Pharmacy) is one of four masks that the brand produce. It’s 67.15% Organic and utilises the nourishing, soothing and humectant properties of honey, alongside a host of other amazing ingredients.
Whilst not as effective as Manuka Honey, ordinary raw honey still has some antibacterial, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, making it a great ingredient for acne-prone skin. Honey also is also very nourishing for the skin and a great moisturising ingredient to have in a face mask. It moisturises below the surface of the skin and it locks in that moisture. It also conditions and softens the skin surface. The surface is also softened by the AHAs present in honey, which aids the exfoliation of dead skin cells.I expected this mask to be more ‘honey-like’ in texture i.e. I expected it to be quite viscous. In actual fact, the texture of this mask is a fairly light cream. When you apply a generous layer as you are supposed too, it doesn’t feel sticky or heavy. Over the 15 minutes that you wear the mask, you will see your skin literally drinking it in, so that only a buttery, filmy coating is left on the surface. It feels a lot more like an everyday kind of mask, instead of one that you would pick out of your collection for a luxurious treat.
This is a good mask that gives good results, but it didn’t wow me. I was expecting so much more than I got, since I know what honey products can do. I expected my skin to feel more hydrated and softer than it did. It felt good and firm, but it just didn’t give results that I would class as amazing, or results that would make me purchase this mask again.The other hero ingredients in the mask are moisturising rosehip and jasmine (mainly where the scent comes from), hydrating squalane, conditioning shea butter, soothing aloe and sebum-regulating and skin barrier reinforcing evening primrose. There’s some real hydrating and softening powerhouses in there – shea butter, squalane, aloe – but yet this mask didn’t really stand out for me. I have normal skin that’s in pretty good condition, so I think that it would be useful to try this again on a day that I have a breakout or when my skin is quite stressed, so that I can judge its soothing properties.
There is nothing wrong with this mask and it gives good results; but in a market where there are so many incredible honey and shea butter masks, it just doesn’t stand out.
This post contains press samples, but all opinions are my own.
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