Body Shop British Rose Face Mask review
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I’ve had this jar of Body Shop British Rose face mask in my bathroom cupboard for a while so I decided to start giving it a go after Christmas this year so it didn’t go off before I could try it!
The marketing spiel about this face mask promises to quench your skin and give a youthful, dewy glow after use. I’ve mainly used this when having a bath so the results may have been skewed with my plumped pink face from the heat and moisture, so I’ve also tried it a few times after a shower and also on a clean face before bed.
Read on to see what I thought of it and find out more about what exactly is in it.
What the brand says
Price, Packaging & Ingredients
I bought the mask directly from The Body Shop and it cost me £18. It’s 100% vegan and The Body Shop lists Community Fair Trade aloe vera as one of the ingredients, which is a big plus for me as I like to buy sustainable products that have paid a fair price to overseas workers. The ingredients list also includes rosehip oil from Chile and real rose petals fro the UK – you can see the small petal pieces in my video (either to the left of this text or above it depending on what device you’re using to read my blog!).
The mask comes in a brown glass jar with a sturdy plastic screw-top lid. It’s good to see that The Body Shop aren’t using plastic for everything they sell but come on body shop, you’ve had decades to switch from plastic and you used to be such a breakout eco brand!
The packaging that the face mask came in was eco-friendly and 100% recyclable.
The brand directions say to smooth an even layer onto a clean face, but don’t really stipulate how much you’re supposed to use so I checked out an application video on the Body Shop product page. The model in the video used about a fifth of the jar in one go so I decided to use quite a bit less than that for economy.
To apply, I used my new silicone spatula and spread a thin even layer on my forehead, cheeks, and chin. The gel texture is great for keeping the product on your face (and not on your top) but the rose petal pieces inside were a little off-putting as they were a kind of dull green colour.
I left the mask on for about 8 minutes while I got on with some other jobs (seriously, who has time to sit back and relax as most brands suggest you do when using their face masks!?).
The mask did dry out a little but was still quite gel-like on top before I washed it off with a little water and then a wet muslin cloth.
This mask gave me different results based on whether I used it after a shower or in the bath.
After I’d had a shower I went about my usual routine for around 10 minutes before I put the mask on. After applying, I didn’t sit or lay down to relax as the instructions would suggest. The results were that my skin didn’t really feel ‘quenched’ or ‘plump’, it felt the same way it always would after a shower. However, I did notice my skin felt softer.
Each time I’ve used the face mask in the bath I’ve relaxed back and let it do its thing, the bathroom was also a little steamy. After using the mask in the bath, it seemed to work much better as the skin on my face truly did feel more moisturised and ‘plump’. I also found that the mask didn’t dry out as much while on my face, likely because of the heat and steam.
How did The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Face Mask do?
- Effectiveness 65% 65%
- Texture/ease of use 75% 75%
- Kindness to environment 90% 90%
- Price 55% 55%
I think this face mask is a little overpriced – especially if you use as much in one go as the brand video suggests! I’m also not sure it delivers the results it promises. I think on younger skin, this would probably work a treat, but I wouldn’t say its a must-have product for middle-age skin.
Is there anything classier than a bunch of roses? This face mask uses an extract from English roses for their impossibly sweet smell.
Rosehip oil is rich in fatty acids and omega 3 and 6, perfect for our most nourishing skincare ranges.
FAIR TRADE ALOE VERA
Ultra-gentle and soothing on skin, aloe vera is for sensitive skin. The Body Shop source it from Mexico.
British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask ingredients list
Aqua, Glycerin, Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-32, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder, Parfum, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Methylpropanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Disodium EDTA, Rose Extract, Benzyl Salicylate, Menthoxypropanediol, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, CI 14700.
Remove make-up and give your face a deep cleanse. Whip out a Facial Mask Brush and smooth an even layer of the mask onto your face, avoiding your eye and lip area. Glide over your neck for an extra tingle. Leave for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with warm water and a muslin cloth.