Friday, 29 September 2017

Body Shop Mask Review: The Himalayan Charcoal and Chinese Ginseng

The body shop mask new range of vegetarian mask were among the most hyped up mask over the summer, especially their Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. I honestly saw this mask on practically every bloggers Instagram. I've got to say that it really sounded so good that this is definitely a product that the bloggers made me purchase. In fact all of the mask sounded amazing and I really wanted to try at least one of them because the price point was £16. So I went into the body shop that's local to me in Brixton and I've got to say the girls in there are so helpful and they've got such good customer service. To my surprise they even remembered my name after the first visit and its always a pleasure going there. 

So after I got an explanation of the benefit of each mask and I got to look at a few of them The Chinese Ginseng stood out to me, it  just smelt amazing and I just loved the benefits of it so I got it.  Also because I love anything that makes your skin glow and the Himalayan mask was quite popular I went for that one to.

So at the time they were just doing the The Chinese Ginseng Mask, The British Rose, Amazonian Acai, Ethiopian Honey and The Himalayan Charcoal. Now they've brought out two new mask The Japanese Matcha Tea and The Tea Tree Mask. But today where just focusing on the one's in today's post and they'll be a post on The Japanese Matcha Tea Coming Later.


According to the Body Shop Website this mask promise to:

Give your skin a new lease of life with our Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask. 

100% vegetarian
Creamy exfoliating face mask
For skin that needs an intense treatment to remove dullness and unevenness.
Illuminates, evens and revitalises skin
Formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil
Ideal to create a facial at home
Blended with rice & ginseng extracts from China and organic Community Trade sesame seed oil from Nicaragua

The mask is inspired by Chinese traditions and it has blended ginseng extract, rice extract and sesame seed oil into our 100% vegetarian creamy exfoliating mask, that has been formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil.

The directions state to use two to three times a week to reveal brighter-looking, even and supple feeling skin.

I was so shocked when I used this mask for the first time. It worked really well with my skin. It might be a bit of a controversial statement but its actually my favourite mask out of both of them. My skin felt clean and soft and I noticed that it helped to even out my skin tone quite a lot as I used it over time.


According to the Body Shop Website this mask promise to:

Refine and revive your skin with our Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. This invigorating charcoal face mask draws out impurities and refines the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow that shows.

100% vegan
Tingling charcoal clay mask
Absorbs excess oil
For skin that needs extra purification to reveal a healthy, youthful glow
Formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil
Ideal to create a facial at home
Packed with bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan Foothills, green tea leaves from Japan and organic Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya

Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, this 100% vegan tingling clay mask is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. And it’s been formulated without parabens,
 paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. 

Unlike the Ginseng Mask this drys quite hard and it tingles before and after drying down. So when I used it for the first time I didn't feel like it did a whole lot for my skin. I do fine the tingling or burning quite uncomfortable buts that's how I am with products that are like that so I personally wont keep it on my skin for more time than it was recommended. After washing it off my skin seemed a bit more dry and not soft at all so the first time of trying this I would admit that I wasn't a fan. But using  it the second time I realised that maybe the reason my skin was like that was probably due to the fact that it literally pulled all the impurities, oils and yucky stuff leaving my skin very clean something I was not use to. Also what I did notice the second time around that my foundation looked so much better after using this mask my skin had a nice natural glow and my foundation looked so much more matte.


I honestly love both of these mask my skin is combination skin that's mostly dry with an oily t-zone and the Chinese Ginseng worked better with my skin type so I would use that one more. In terms of the Himalayan Charcoal I would probably use that when my skin needs a really deep clean and my skin needs that drastic pick me up. 

The mask now retail for £17 and I have got my eyes on the British Rose Mask because its for plumping the skin and one blogger loved it alot. Despite some people says its rather sticky and messy I just have a feeling it will work well for my skin and I am usually spot on with these things because I try so many skincare products I tend to know what my skin would love. My hopes are to own all of them eventually haha.

You can purchase these mask or any of the other ones on the Body Shop Website. Whats your favourite vegetarian or vegan bodyshop mask?

Thank you for Reading,



  1. I don't often use face masks but these are intriguing! I haven't used body shop products in forever, but I may venture back in now. My skin has been so clogged up recently so these sound great! x

  2. I love the charcoal one, it really helps with an oily t-zone but too drying for the rest of the face. They have some amazing things at TBS x


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