Review: The Little Alchemist Cacao Banana Face Glow Revitalising Nutrient Mask
Since I am a sucker when it comes to skin care, when I see that a product has been painstakingly and lovingly made, I just have to try it! And if it works effectively in the way it was designed to – well, my heart just melts lol <3 The Little Alchemist is an Australian skincare brand, that makes artisan skin care products, body butters (which are being reformulated as we speak) and all natural perfumes. To start myself off, I decided to try their Face Glow Revitalising Nutrient Mask because it just sounded so delicious! When a product intrigues your senses, you know you are onto a goodie.
The Little Alchemist makes products utilising ‘fresh’ and organic ingredients, in smaller batches, so that ingredient quality remains intact. For that reason, this face mask comes in a dry powdered form, so that you don’t need preservatives. It’s amazing that every single ingredient in this mask (and there is quite a few!) is not only identifiable, but not a ‘filler’, thickening agent, preservative etc,. because they just aren’t necessary for this type of product.
So what does this little pot of powder say it does? Here’s what the Little Alchemist tells us:
“Cacao & Banana Face Glow is an innovative dry mask with a special blend of super fruits & raw cacao that delivers powerful anti aging nourishment & antioxidant rich hydration to improve skin’s vitality, radiance & luminosity. It revitalises skin to reveal a smoother, softer glowing complexion. Zeolites & Clays deeply cleanse, exfoliate & remove toxins to create softer, smoother skin. Raw organic Cacao delivers essential antioxidants to provide the ultimate weekly dose of skin nutrition. Our special Super Fruit Blend provides vital nutrients & vitamins to keep skin healthy & radiant.”
And what’s it made up of?
Raw Cacao: High in antioxidants, vitamins & minerals. Nourishing & hydrating. Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Banana: Nourishing, softening & soothing. High in B vitamins & potassium.
Acai Berry: High in antioxidants. Free radical scavenger. Fights the signs of aging.
Green Papaya: non abrasive exfoliation, high in vitamins, smoothing & skin renewing.
Zeolite: Powerful deep cleanser that draws toxins & impurities from the skin. High in minerals.
Turmeric Root: Skin brightner, cleanser. Soothes & helps to reduce inflamation.
I didn’t quite realise it when ordering this mask (and yes I read the product description, but I must have been a little to excited – that happens to me a lot) but this mask is predominantly a clay mask (containing kaolin/ivory clay, yellow clay and zeolite, a volcanic mineral) infused with antioxidants and other ingredients which lightly exfoliate and fight inflammation. I guess I am used to seeing clay masks come in a tube or pot, where they are already mixed with water or other emollients.
The mask powder is super fine and mixing it into a paste isn’t to much trouble or difficult. I add one heaped teaspoon of the mask powder to a bowl and mix it with about 1 or 1 and half teaspoons of water (that’s all you need) to make a rather thick paste. The paste looks like dark cocoa butter and smells like it to! I was surprised that the banana scent wasn’t more prominent, but the cocoa definitely is which is great and would personally be my preference 😉 I then apply the mask all over my face and leave it to dry. It dries in a similar fashion to other more ‘traditional’ clay masks, but the difference with this magical mask is that after rinsing it off, your skin isn’t left parched like it is with other clays. My skin felt so super soft, comfortable and clearer. Perhaps even plump? I can’t say all signs of fatigue were diminished (where’s my magic wand?!) but for me, this clay mask beats all others! I’m sure that with time and with more regular use the mask will refine my skin even more and a glow will appear* I need to literally write into my diary what nights I need to use a mask within my skin care routine or else I forget to use them (I said I was fatigued right?). Perhaps that will have to be a new year beauty resolution – to schedule in face masks throughout the week so that they are used regularly! 🙂 now that will mean a beautiful year!
This little pot holds 60g of powder and comes in at $65.00. Because you only need to use a teaspoon per application, it will most definitely last you a good while. This is just a wild guess, but a teaspoon would amount to, say 5g of powder right? That’s roughly 12 applications which is pretty darn good! If you aren’t quite sure if you can spend so much or if the mask will work for you, you can purchase a tiny 15g mini cacao & banana glow mask for $16 (perfect for travel to!). You can find this mask on the Little Alchemist official website here. OH – I should also mention that products from the Little Alchemist are cruelty free and this mask is certified organic, and Australian made & owned 🙂
Full list of ingredients:
Kaolin (Ivory clay), Theobroma cacao (raw)*, Musaacuminate (Banana)*, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai)*, Lycium barbarum (Goji Berry 40% Polysaccharides), Morinda citrifolia ( Noni Fruit)*,Garcinia mangostana (Mangosteen )*, Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon(Maca Root )*, Emblica Officinalis (Amla )*, Arthrospira Platensis (Spirulina)*, Punica granatum (Pomegranate )*, Cordyceps Sinensis (Cordyceps Mushroom ), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn ), Chlorella vulgaris (Chlorella – Thin Cell Wall), Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa Leaf)*, Carica Papaya (Green Papaya ), Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha )*, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack )*, Pink Clay, Yellow Clay, Zeolite, Cocos nucifera (coconut juice)*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric Root)*
*Denotes certified organic
Do use use face masks regularly? Are you a fan of clay masks? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time beauties,
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