Monday, January 28, 2013

Review: The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to be doing a review on another The Body Shop product, and it's the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask that's for combination/oily skin. I've been using it about once a week for about a month or so now and I think it's time I give my opinion on it, so lets get into it!

I've used a few masks from The Body Shop, and this one is probably not my favorite. Here's a description from the website: "Best if you want to: Detoxify and deep cleanse your skin with a weekly mask that uses natural ionic clay action to draw out impurities and control excess oil." I will say, this does control oil very well, almost too well. The fifth ingredient is denatured alcohol, which dries out the skin. It's not the best ingredient to use on your skin, especially if you have sensitivity, which I do. I put this on and everytime without fail, it burns. It sort of feels like I put acid on my skin, but not quite that bad. That was probably a bad way to describe how it feels on my skin, but it just burns. It does, however, really clear up your skin! Seriously, I've been battling a little bit of acne lately and when I use this mask, it dries them up really fast. I wake up the next day barely seeing spots on my face. I think this mask is better suited for use in the summer, but I've had this for quite some time now and I feel like I need to use it up way before then so it doesn't go bad. 

As you can see, the mask is this medium gray color. Once it dries on your face, it's almost white, that's how much it dries. It's one of those masks where if you try to move your face in any way, it can hurt. I'm not the biggest fan of those masks, but I've used them before so I'm used to that feeling. You leave this on for 10 minutes then rinse off. I always take masks off with a washcloth first then I splash my face with lots of lukewarm water to rinse off the excess.

The particular mask I have is in a 4.9 ounce tub, but on the website, it looks like it only comes in a 4.2 ounce tub now. Like I said before, I've had this mask for a while and I honestly can't remember when I bought it, so they must've changed the size since then. The price is of this is $22, which isn't terrible for a mask. You don't need alot of product since it spreads out nicely so it should last a while if you only use it once a week. Overall, I like this mask, but I don't love it, only because of the burning sensation I get when using this. I do like that my skin clears up after only one use and how it controls oil. I love masks in general, so I'm not sure if I'd repurchase this or not. I'm leaning more towards not :/

Has anyone tried this mask before? If you have, did you like it? If not, does it look like something you'd consider trying?


  1. Hi, new follower from the GFC hop.
    I haven't really used any masks before, maybe I will try this!

    1. It's not a bad mask. It's just the burning that turns me off a bit, otherwise it's great for getting rid of zits and oil.

      Just checked out your blog and love it! Definitely following you now! :)

  2. I haven't tried it, but after reading this review, I doubt I will. There are so many other great masks out there after all :)
    But great review, very helpful!
    Found you through the Sunday Blog Hop by the way, so you have a new follower :)

    1. There are definitely better masks on the market than this one!

      Thanks for following along! Following you back :)

  3. I can barely go into the Body Shop sometimes because of the overwhelming smell but I love their products. Looking forward to more of your reviews!

    I am your newest follower from the GFC blog hop and would love it if you visited my blog and considered following back.

    Alise @ Readers In Wonderland

    1. Ha! The smell of the store can be overwhelming for sure. Thank you for the nice comment :)

      Following you back too! I love how your blog is about books. I love reading a good book!


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