Lumene Clear It Up! Deep Purifying Wash Face & Eyes

Lumene Clear It Up!

What a monster name! Regardless, this was one of the products I received from September’s LivBox. Basically, the product is designed for “young skin, against pimples and impurities”, so as a woman turning 31 this week, I may not be in the target group, but I decided to give this a try anyway since I was sort of on the market for a simple cleanser for when I wash my face in the shower. Here’s what I thought!

Lumene Clear It Up! Deep Purifying Wash Face & Eyes (6,90 € / 150 ml)

Packaging: Clearly targeted for a younger audience, as all of the Clear It Up! -line’s products are super colorful and modern-looking. A 150 ml plastic tube with a very simple look.

Scent: Soft, reasonably mild, slightly fruity.

Consistency: A pretty much clear gel, doesn’t foam. Soft and smooth on the skin.

For whom: Targeted at teens, perhaps early 20’s, for those who suffer from impurities.


What do I think: I was really surprised by this product. I was expecting a very strongly scented, highly foaming, skin drying kind of a mess to come out, but instead I got a softly scented (apricot comes to mind), non-foaming and non-drying cleanser that does a great job at washing up your makeup including eye makeup (though not my extra long wearing liner). I was so sure that this would be a miss with me, being a product designed for teens, but either my skin is acting younger than I am or the product is more versatile than advertized, because I can’t think of negative things to say about this! It does a good job cleansing, but after shower my skin doesn’t feel tight or uncomfortable, which often happens with this type of cleansers. My skin is mixed, pretty normal skin that tends to go a bit oily throughout the day and this worked just fine for me!

Would I purchase: I don’t think the price is bad at all, I think it’s very affordable and you need less of this product at a time than you might think. If I were in a pinch to find a cleanser for a trip or something, this would quickly be my number one choice, since it’s available at supermarkets and it’s efficient enough to take off all of my makeup. I also enjoy having this type of a product in the shower, so yes, I would purchase this! Props on the scent!



Easy & affordable – Urtekram hand creams


I’ve been getting a bit giddy lately as I see more and more natural cosmetics products reaching the shelves of my local super markets to compete with the big brands, like L’Oréal and Nivea. Urtekram, the Danish natural cosmetics brand has especially become prominent in the Finnish market. I like Urtekram as a brand. Their packaging is simple, colorful and modern, which I really appreciate! Stands out nicely amongst all products, not just natural cosmetics.


I’ve already written about the unscented Urtekram hand cream (above) before here, but I have really been enjoying it at work. It’s fast-drying, well moisturizing and there’s no scent to bother my colleagues either. Recently, I also bought the Aloe Vera version of the Urtekram hand cream, which I took with me for a trip to my mom’s.


The Aloe Vera hand cream has about the same consistency as its unscented partner and it too absorbs very quickly, leaving the hands moisturized, but also ready for work. The packaging has now acquired the Leaping Bunny symbol as well, which makes me very happy! The Aloe Vera hand cream is also suitable for vegans, which is extremely cool since so many hand creams and lotions in general end up using some animal based ingredients. The Aloe Vera hand cream is loaded up with some nice incredients, like (obviously) aloe vera, almond oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, sweet orange oil, lemongrass oil, magnolia bark extract and vitamin E. The cream is made 25% of organically farmed ingredients – same applies to the unscented version as well.

The Urtekram hand creams go for about 5-6 euros here in Finland, which isn’t too bad for natural cosmetics, in my opinion. Definitely worth the money, I’d say!

Have you tried Urtekram’s hand creams? Do you like them?

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

loccitaneI received a sample sized version of L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream from my last LivBox (monthly Finnish beauty box) and after having used it for a while, I decided I could write my thoughts on this “cult classic” hand cream. I admit, I haven’t tried L’Occitane products before, though I have eyed them at the stores before. I’ve been interested in trying as they advertize themselves as such a natural, down to earth kind of a brand, but unfortunately, they sell their goods in China – though they are at the same time working on convincing the Chinese to use alternative testing methods, which, for some parts, has apparently been a success. I appreciate the effort, so I tested the hand cream to see what all the raving was about.


L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (24,00 € / 150 ml)

Packaging: Silvery, simple tube (aluminum, I think). The normal size comes in a similar tube which comes in a cardboard packaging. Seems pretty sturdy. I kind of like the look of the packaging. Somehow organic and industrial at the same time.

Scent: Pretty mild, natural, clean. Pleasant.

Consistency: Pretty thick cream that comes out of the tube in a neat form, instead of becoming a giant, liquid mess. Applies really nicely and feels instantly moisturizing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to absorb quite as quickly as I’d like, which is why I’ve been mostly using this before bed. I couldn’t use it at work, I would get lotion everywhere in no time… Does feel very nourishing though!

For whom: Anyone who has really dry skin. Mine is currently somewhat dry, extremely dry around the cuticles, but not dry enough for this, I don’t think. Makes a really good night cream for hands.

What do I think: In case you didn’t know, I use hand creams. I have hand creams posted pretty much everywhere. I have a couple at work, some in my purse, some on my desk at home and an entire box full of them stashed away inside my nightstand. I would have terribly, terribly dry hands if I didn’t use hand cream at all. The hand creams I carry around with me must have two qualities: pleasant smell / no smell and fast absorbing. I don’t want the smell of my hand cream annoying me or my co-workers and I need my hands to be quickly ready for some typing again. As said, I feel that this particular hand cream absorbs quite slowly – though based on the reviews I’ve seen online, everyone else finds it pretty fast absorbing, so perhaps I just expect my lotions to work like ninjas, I don’t know. I feel that this does offer a good deal of moisture and it certainly has a really lovely scent – very mild and not overpowering. If this would absorb quicker, I would potentially really like it. Now, I just like it.

Would I purchase: I don’t think so. I think the price is too steep as I’m used to paying max 10 euros for my hand cream (and for that money, I feel I get one that’s just as good), but I could maybe consider paying 24 euros for a really good one, in a reasonably sized tube. This hand cream unfortunately isn’t the versatile kind that I need on a daily basis, so I don’t think I would purchase. I’m also not entirely thrilled about these being sold in China. If I were to get one as a gift, for example, I would likely use it as a night cream for my hands, but I wouldn’t go out of my ways to buy it myself.

Have you tried this hand cream? Did it feel like a cult classic to you? Best cream ever?

LivBox – September 2014


It’s time for a quick first impressions -post on September’s LivBox (mothly beauty box subscription). After the awesome August box LivBox definitely had big boots to fill! The September’s box was definitely up to the task – unless you are like me, and refusing to use cosmetics that are tested on animals. Now, technically all the cosmetics in the picture are cruelty free, because it’s illegal to sell animal tested cosmetics in the EU, but we all know that L’Oréal and Nivea also sell in China. We know that Katy Perry collaborated with Coty on her new scent and Coty is no angel when it comes to animal testing. L’Occitane is a bit of tough case, because while they are in the Chinese market, their logic sort of makes sense. L’Occitane has always been very adamant about not using animal testing and they have put in work to come up with alternative testing methods. Their logic for not pulling out of the Chinese market was that they’re not big and important enough to make a difference by pulling out. Instead, they focused their efforts on trying to convince the Chinese that there are other valid testing methods. They have so far pushed through alternative testing methods for sun screens, which, I guess, is something. I’m glad that they do this work, but I’m not sure if that still justifies being in China at the moment.

Regardless, here’s what I got:


L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (24 € / 150 ml) (minisize)

Apparently this is a L’Occitane best seller product. I have heard a handful of people rave about it, but I’ve never tried it. Promises to absorb quickly and leave a pleasant scent for the skin. I’m all for shea butter, so I might well try this, but I’m still wrestling with the moral dilemma of the company’s work in China, so I’m not sure I would be into buying this. At 24 euros per 150 ml, this would have to be a really good hand cream for me to bother!


L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Volume Express (2,85 € / 75 ml) (travel size)

Elnett is a pretty legendary hairspray, though I’ve never used it. This hairspray has now been revamped in favor of a volumizing effect. I have always hated hairsprays and I only use them when I do a bun that won’t otherwise hold throughout the day. I also prefer my hairspray unscented (due to my asthma). I’m fairly sure my mom wouldn’t mind having this as a travel option, so I will likely give it to her. I have no use for it, nor do I want to use L’Oréal.


L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection Unifying Day Moisturizer (12,90 € / 50 ml)

A normal-sized L’Oréal day cream with a ridiculously long name. Descriped as a moisturizer that evens out skintone and improves skin quality while providing a natural glow. Said to leave the skin feeling refreshed and matte. Sounds like a good product and I would gladly try it, if, once again, it weren’t by L’Oréal. I will be finding a new home for this one without testing it.


Nivea Lip Butter Blueberry Blush (3,45 € / 16,7 g)

This one is going to be tough one to resist. I do love lip balms and lip butters and I love blueberries! I’ve heard this smells amazing too, which makes it really hard for me to pass this one on as well. Unfortunately, since I bought my Nivea lip butter in Vanilla & Macadamia, I learned that Nivea too sells in China and as such, allows animal testing to be done in order to get their hands on some sweet, sweet yen. Needless to say, I was pretty devastated to hear this as Nivea had always been one of my go-to brands in cosmetics. As such, this one will also be passed on to someone else.


Katy Perry Royal Revolution (34 € / 30 ml)

Sounds like a great scent (flowery and a bit sweet with leather!) and I did love Katy Perry’s Killer Queen perfume, which I then decided not to buy as I found out that Katy has been making these in collaboration with Coty. Unfortunately, this too shall be passed on, which is a real shame because I’m quite sure I would have loved the scent!


Lumene Clear it up! (6,90 € / 150 ml)

Finally something I can use! Even though this one seems to be mostly directed at teens / possibly young adults with it’s deeply purifying promise, I might still put this into the shower to use when I need a quick wash-up with something that will take care of the eye makup as well (which this promises to do). I did give this a quick sniff and quite liked it, so I think I will indeed be using this one. The wash-up gel is suitable for oily & mixed skin, so it might be best for me during summer time use.


Pretty great box, if you haven’t set the same kind of limits for yourself as I have. I feel most people are satisfied knowing that their product wasn’t tested on animals and don’t really think about the Chinese market, which I understand. It seems like a pretty distant thing and sometimes I feel like I’ve made my (cosmetic) life really difficult by opting out of (non-Chinese) products sold in China. I wish nothing more than for L’Oréal to pull out of the Chinese market. It’s such a huge company, that I think if someone like it were to pull out, the Chinese would soon be forced to rethink their policies.

Cattier Paris Perle d’Eau Cleansing Micellar Solution – washing away


As important as I think it is to remove your makeup well before bed, I’ve still always been on the look out for shortcuts to get it over with quicker. Ever since I tried micellar water for the first time a year or two ago, I fell in love with how quick and easy the makeup removal process was. The first brand I tried was a pharmacy brand, Vichy, but since then I’ve also used up 2 bottles of Nivea’s far less expensive version of micellar water. However, as I have been changing my cosmetics into eco-friendly and natural options, I couldn’t resist ordering my micellar water from certified natural cosmetics brand, Cattier Paris. My decision was further sped on by the fact that the bottle was a big, 300 ml one and not horribly pricey either!

Cattier Paris Perle d’Eau Cleansing Micellar Solution (300 ml / 15,50 €)

Packaging: Simple, pleasant, French/English, mostly two-tone plastic bottle.

Main active ingredients: Organic rose water and organic aloe vera.

Ingredients listed on the bottle: Aqua, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Water*, Rosa Damascena Water*, Sodium Coco-glucoside Tartrate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Sweet Almond Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters, Lactic Acid, Linalool, Limonene.

Scent: Very fresh, pleasant, barely there. The package says no fragrance, but there is a very subtle one, if you ask me.

Suitable skin types: All.

Product description: “A cleansing solution based on micellar technology and formulated without alcohol or perfume, Perle d’Eau allows perfect face, eye and lips makeup removal while gently liberating the skin from impurities. Its extremely gentle formula, rich in dermo-soothing and hydrating organic rose water and in softening, regenerating and protecting organic aloe vera, refreshes, soothes and purifies the skin. Its ultra-light texture combines the tonic freshness of water with micellar cleansing efficacy to leave the skin perfectly clean, soft and radiant.”

How does it work: As all micellar waters work, you pour some onto a cotton pad and wipe your face clean. You probably need to use more than 1 cotton pad if you’re removing your makeup. For my everyday, full face makeup removal, I tend to need 3 cotton pads. I use this stuff to remove my eye makeup too as this does a pretty good job at that too. I enjoy the fresh, cleansed feeling I get after using this micellar water. It doesn’t seem to dry up my skin, but it doesn’t leave on a film either – just great freshness!


Who would I recommend this to: Anyone looking for an easy makeup removal option. I would take a bottle of micellar water with me on a trip anyday (which I have) over a package of wipes!

Would I repurchase: Yes, I would. Out of the micellar waters I’ve tried, this one is definitely my favorite and of course, it’s even better when it’s eco certified and cruelty free!

Have you tried micellar waters? Which one is your favorite?

Lavera Organic Mint Pore Refining Moisturising Fluid


Lavera Organic Mint Pore Refining Moisturising Fluid (30 ml / 15,50 €)
The product is eco certified and cruelty free.

INCI: Water (Aqua), Alcohol*, Glycerin, Myristyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Tricaprylin, Zinc PCA, Squalane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Powder*, Xanthan Gum, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract*, Arctium Lappa Root Extract*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Lysolecithin, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Lecithin, Chlorophyllin-Copper-Complex (CI 75810), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Citral**, Linalool**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**.
* ingredients from certified organic agriculture, ** natural essential oils

Packaging: Simple white and green plastic package with a pump. Nothing special, but does look fresh and clean.

Scent: A bit minty, very fresh, herbal.

Consistency: Extremely light pale green emulsion.

How does it work: The light weight emulsion absorbs quickly and leaves the skin delightfully matte and fresh feeling. Works really well under makeup on my normal/mixed skin. According to the product description, this should work on tightening/shrinking the pores and healing skin infections while leaving the skin looking fresh and bright. I would say it does seem to reduce the appearance of my giant pores, somewhat.

Who would I recommend this to: Most definitely to anyone with oily or semi-oily skin and for those who are looking for a very light moisturizer.

Would I repurchase: Yes, especially for summer. I think this will be too light for me during the winter, but for summer this is really good. I love the cooling effect it has and the lightness of it! I bought mine as a package deal with a mask from the same line, but I think this is worth the normal price of 15,50 euros as well.

Flow Organic Himalayan Salt-Geranium Soap

Flow - Organic Himalayan Salt-Geranium Soap

I’m not usually one for soap bars, other than perhaps washing my hands. Bar soaps often have the most heavenly scents, but I’ve been skipping them as I haven’t felt like they’re very hygienic (which is a false assumption, see for instance this article here) and that they end up permanently slimy very quickly. I have several times been touching, sniffing and stroking (not in a creepy way) these soap bars in one of my local eco shops and I’ve always ended up walking away. Hesitantly, but walking away none the less. So what made me finally buy one?

To make it all even more bizarre, I actually ordered mine online without even sniffing it! For some reason, I was just certain that I needed a geranium-scented soap in my life. I figured I would give the eco friendly bar soaps a go, since I’m working on this new, more natural lifestyle. You have to admit, they don’t waste natural resources when it comes to packing materials! All there is, is a simple little paper wrap around the bar of beautiful, light purple soap.

This wasn’t the first time I’ve tried a bar soap. I just kind of always felt like even if they were lathering up and/or gliding nicely on my skin, they always left me squeaky clean in a bad way – completely stripped of moisture. Like I said, I have used bar soap to wash my hands, but I have always preferred liquid soaps, or even better, foam soaps. I was intrigued to see what an organic, natural bar soap would have to offer and what’s even better, all these soaps are made right here in Finland and they are of course cruelty free as well.

Flow Organic Himalayan Salt-Geranium Soap (80 g / 7,90 €)

To be noted: This particular soap is either being discontinued or relaunched in the near future.

Packaging: To call it simple would be an understatement. A single piece of paper is wrapped around the bar of soap. All the necessary information is on the bar, no nonsense.

Main ingredients: Shea butter, coconut oil, Himalayan salt, oils from geranium, lavender, ylang ylang, jasmin and orange.

Scent: Subtle, clean, calming, a bit flowery and slightly oriental.

Consistency: This is a very hard and solid bar of soap that does not turn gooey or mushy in the slightest when used. Maintains its shape well as long as it’s left on a suitable platform to dry (so that it can breathe and dry properly). Lathers up, but not into a very rich or creamy lather.

How does it work: The soap bar is recommended for various skin problems (which I don’t really have except for perhaps dry skin) and it feels like it cleanses the skin really well. It does give you that squeaky clean feeling – but only for a moment. The clean feeling remains, but the “squeakyness” quickly vanishes and I’ve noticed that my skin actually feels pretty good after using this soap – especially my elbows, which normally feel quite rough and dry. I have even used this soap on my face a couple of times and amazingly enough, my face doesn’t seem to mind it either!

Who would I recommend this to: Anyone interested in cutting back on the waste left behind, going a bit organic and generally enjoying a lovely scented bath or shower! I’ve also read that people with eczema have even found some relief from this soap, so perhaps that’s also something to consider.

Will I buy again: I would actually love to try several soaps by Flow, perhaps even their shampoo bars, if I’m really brave. They seem to be going through some kind of changes in their line right now, so I’m looking forward to seeing what is to come! I would also purchase this particular soap again.

Check out the Flow’s site here (in English)! They do actually deliver to all of EU, Norway, USA and Canada – and if you e-mail them asking if they ship to your country, they may just as well!

Konjac Sponge


I love this giant, fluffy sponge so much – and I’m not alone. Several beauty bloggers have been singing praises to this sponge for months, so in a way, I was a bit late in getting mine! I ordered mine online and I’ve now been using it for about 3 weeks, give or take. I’ve really been able to use it for about 2 weeks, since during the move it just wasn’t very practical.

I have to share with you my experiences with this sponge, because for me, it may seriously be the beauty product of the year.

What is the Konjac Sponge?

The konjac plant, or the konjac potato (konnyaku) is an Asian plant, which is about 97% water. The plant itself is edible, rich in minerals and low in calories. The konjac’s pH is neutral, which balances out the skin when used as a sponge. The konjac plant has been used for over 1500 years as medicine, food, dieting aid and as a beauty product. Of course, the sponges are also free from chemicals, colouring, additives and irritants – and they are fully biodegradable.

My sponge is their 100% Pure Konjac Sponge, ideal for all skin types and all ages. The sponge is said to deeply cleanse, remove blackheads and gently exfoliate the skin.


How does it work?

Before the first use, you place the sponge in a bowl of water for at least 5 minutes, allowing the hard little hemisphere to soak up the water so that it will become soft and pleasant to use. The sponge almost doubles in size during this process! To use the sponge, you drain it gently between your palms (don’t squeeze it very hard or wring it dry!) and use it in a circular motion on your face and neck (and decollete, if you wish – I do!). You can’t rub too hard with this sponge as it’s extremely soft and pleasant and doesn’t feel hard or irritating on the skin at all. After you are done using the sponge, rinse it well and hang it somewhere to dry – it comes with a handy little string.

What does it do?

I can only speak for myself, but I have been really loving this all natural sponge. I use it in the morning with some water alone to wake up my skin and get my face ready for the day. I used to often wash my face in the morning with a cleanser, after which I would use a toner – or some mornings I would just use the toner, but now… Now, I only use the sponge and water. It cleanses my skin really well without leaving it feeling either greasy (as I would normally feel after the sebum invasion of the night and simply washing with water) nor dry (as I would feel after a wash with products). It leaves my skin feeling absolutely perfect, soft and smooth, yet firm. I apply my eye gel and my light moisturizer and I’m ready for the makeup!

In the evening, I often use this to finish my cleansing routine, whatever that may be. The konjac sponge is said to be enough to remove light makeup, but I prefer to go over my face with a cleansing oil first and then finish the job with the sponge. Again, I’m left with wonderful skin!

I would say that I think this sponge has been a great help for my skin. The moving made my skin break out quite badly and it looked dull and lifeless with red spots here and there. Now, after a couple of weeks of the sponge, my skin looks really good. Perhaps better than it has in ages. I love the gentleness of the sponge and I love that I can use it so easily over my face, neck and decollete. I also love how it feels like it just glides over your skin, almost as if there was soap on it – yet it leaves no residue.


How long is the lifespan of the sponge?

Approximately 3 months, is the estimate most often given. Of course, this also depends on how hard you handle your sponge, how you store it and probably, if you use chemicals with it. Once the sponge has reached the end of its lifespan, it starts to crumble, at which point you can throw it out among your bio trash (if you, like me, have a separate bin for organic garbage).

Will I be repurchasing?

I can’t think of a reason as to why I wouldn’t. Honestly, they make these for the body too and I’m quite tempted to get one! I imagine it would be pretty heavenly…

Who would I recommend it for?

Everyone. Even for washing up your baby, if you have one. These sponges are so soft and so gentle, they are perfect for anyone! The price in Finland is just under 10 euros (but of course, Finland is expensive), but I see it going for about £8 in the UK, for example. I think it’s more than worth the money. Here’s a link to their website.

Will you be trying the Konjac Sponge?

Natural cosmetics haul

Hyvinvoinnin Tavaratalo

Last Friday I made a pretty large order of natural cosmetics from a large Finnish online “mall”, as it were, even though I was only looking for a new, moisturizing night cream and a hair dye. Somehow, I ended up clicking all sorts of things into my cart (damn you, online shopping!). I have been dyeing my hair with Sante‘s semi-permanent dyes for a few times now, but they are unable to conquer my blonde roots (I’m Finnish, alright) so I decided to take it up a notch and get the Sante’s permanent hair dye in Chestnut Brown. I absolutely love the semi-permanent Sante dyes because they come in a nice tube and are actually very easy to apply. No mixing required either – I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to brighten up their color, natural or not. But, as said, it doesn’t really seem to do much for the roots, so it’s perhaps not the best for that. In order to get the most out of the natural dyes, you should always use a deep cleansing clay mask on clean, freshly washed hair, before coloring – so for that purpose, I bought Logona‘s deep cleansing clay mask for hair.

I don’t know if this is TMI, but I am a shaver. It’s annoying but it’s something I can do while I’m in the shower anyway, so I do it. I have never tried waxing, imagining it would suck, except that on my eyebrows it was alright, the one time it was done. When in USA I sometimes used creams and even this weird, sand-paper like thing you “buffed” your legs with (which was actually kind of nice), but at home, I’ve been sticking to shaving. Now, I’m going to try this natural cream for hair removal purposes (it’s by Acorelle). I’m honestly quite curious about it and how it may or may not work.

For that night cream I was looking for, I chose one by Marilou Bio – purely because I thought the packaging was cute and it wasn’t super expensive. I was looking for something a bit more moisturizing and nourishing than the product I have on daily use, which is the refreshing, minty emulsion by Lavera. In addition to these, I ordered two soaps, one liquid shower gel by Bio Seasons and a bar soap by Finnish brand Flow. The Bio Seasons shower gel is a shea butter one, since I’ve been so into the Body Shop’s Shea Butter line… At a quick sniff, the scent wasn’t the same (not surprisingly), but nice none the less. The himalayan salt & geranium soap bar by Flow is all natural, organic and handmade – said to relieve stress and soothe the mind.

I’m quite happy with my purchases and excited to get to try them all. I already did try the night cream (mmmm…soft…) and the Flow soap (so fresh, so clean), but more on those (and the other products) later!

Do you use natural cosmetics? If so, where do you buy them from?

Cattier Paris Clay Mask For Sensitive Skin


Cattier amongst the stone cats. I couldn’t resist. The cats were originally a gift to my mom from one of her clients, but I asked for them some years ago because I thought they were just way too adorable somehow. Enough about the cats though, let’s look at the Cattier Paris Clay Mask For Sensitive Skin!


Cattier Paris Clay Mask For Sensitive Skin (100 ml / 8,50 €)

The Cattier Pink Clay Facial Mask is a gentle treatment for sensitive and reactive skins, allowing these to enjoy the guarantee of a “healthy looking complexion”. Enriched with Shea Butter, known for its restorative, anti-drying and protective properties, and with Peppermint, for its refreshing and stimulating action, it softens and nourishes the epidermis and clarifying the skin. Due to the high content of micro-nutrients present in the clay, it provides the minerals and oligo elements needed for a beauty, glowing complexion. (Cattier Paris website)

Main active ingredients: Pink clay, Organic shea butter, Organic peppermint extract, Lactic acid (vegetable), Aloe vera.


Packaging: Simple, clean, white, green and pink 100 ml tube. Nothing too fancy.

Scent: Mostly roses. I don’t normally like rose-scented cosmetics (and I must be alone in this), but I quite like the very natural scent of this product.

Texture: Thick, paste-like.

How does it work: Apply the Pink Clay Mask in a thick coat over the face and neck, avoiding the eye and lip areas. Leave on for approximately 10 minutes without allowing the mask to dry on the skin. Rinse off with tepid water and dry the skin with a cotton towel. Complete the treatment by applying the moisturising cream Secret Botanique. (Cattier Paris website)

I personally struggle with keeping the mask from drying as it seems to want to dry up in just a couple of minutes. My skin doesn’t seem to mind it drying though as afterwards it still feels very clean and delightfully soft. I feel as if the clay mask would be able to somewhat repair my skin and balance it out. Certainly doesn’t seem irritating to the skin!


To sum it up: Despite the problem I have with the mask drying up on my face, I do quite like this product. I was hoping for it to be more moisturizing though, as it is, it feels rather purifying and balancing, but not that moisturizing. A good mask to use when your skin just needs a little “pick-me-up” – or when you just want to relax and smell the roses… I feel the product is also reasonably priced and the 100 ml feels like it will go a long a way. A very nice, cleansing and balancing treatment for the sensitive skin!

Would I buy again: Yes, though I might wish to try the other clay masks (by Cattier) as well. I feel that the product is of good quality and well priced and as such, I’m a fan!

Who would I recommend it to: Though the product is meant for sensitive skin, I would recommend it for everyone who would like a lovely, rose-scented cleansing mask that balances out your skin a bit.