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Detoxifying facial masks for every budget level

Hi all, one of the most common complaints I hear about going eco-friendly is that it can be expensive. Not always! But you do have to know what you’re looking for sometimes. That’s where green beauty bloggers like myself come in. We post product reviews so you can get a better idea of what will work for your skin before spending a whole lotta money.

I’m of the mindset where if it works amazing for my skin I’m willing to spend a bit more. But I also pick and choose where I’m willing to spend more. Not all of the products I use are high end. You can do the same easily. Here are the best options I’ve found for detoxifying masks at every budget level. These products work great for my sensitive, acne prone combination skin type.

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May Lindstrom
The Problem Solver
Pure + Simple
Purifying French Clay Mask
Batty’s Bath
Dead Sea Mud Mask
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TO USE:
Apply to a clean face, let dry and leave on for 20 minutes or longer.
TO USE:
Apply to a clean face, let dry and leave on for 20 minutes or longer.
TO USE:
Apply to a clean face, let dry and leave on for 20 minutes or longer.
THE GOOD:
Powerfully detoxifying. A little goes a long way.
THE GOOD:
Gentle on the skin, no need to mix with water.
THE GOOD:
Low cost, one ingredient. Great for detoxifying the skin.
THE BAD:
Some ingredients could irritate sensitive skin types. Pricey.
THE BAD:
Not as strongly detoxifying as other masks can be. Thin in texture.
THE BAD:
Could be too drying for some skin types.
COST:
$92.00 CAD, 250ml / 8.5 oz
COST:
$21.95 CAD, 50 ml / 1.0 oz
COST:
$9.00 CAD, 1oz / 30g
AVAILABLE AT:
Fresh Faced, Detox Market Canada
Available AT:
Pure + Simple
AVAILABLE AT:
Batty’s Bath
MY RATING:
4/5
MY RATING:
4/5
MY RATING:
5/5

Have you tried any of these masks?

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Pure + Simple, Purifying French Clay Mask and Calming Mask


Pure + Simple, Purifying French Clay Mask

Ingredients: Water, Montmorillonite Clay, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Linoleamidopropyl Phosphatidyl PG-dimonium Chloride (Linoleic Acid Derivative), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water*, Sucrose Cocoate (Coconut Derived Emulsifier), Salix Nigra (Willow Bark) Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Beta Glucan, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Foraha) Fruit/Seed Oil*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Seed Extract*, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract*, Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract*, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Taraxacum Officinalis (Dandelion) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Cedrelopsis Grevei (Katrafay) Bark Oil, Melaleuca Quinquenervia (Niaouli) Leaf Oil*, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Citrus Hystrix (Combava) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Undecylenoyl Glycine (Amino Acid), Capryloyl Glycine (Amino Acid), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Lecithin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum. *Certified Organic

I love simplicity. Using this clay mask is simple and expedient because it’s a moist mask and you don’t need to mix it with water. It comes out of the tube ready to be used. It’s also quite gentle on my sensitive skin despite being a purifying mask. Green clay is the main purifying ingredient in this mask. But the oat beta glucan also assists in reducing blemishes. It smells just lovely. You can definitely smell the green tea, tea tree and rosemary essential oils. The mask is thin and so it dries out quickly. For a more intensive effect, you can layer it on thick and leave it on for a longer period of time. You can also use this mask as a spot treatment for blemishes. Since I do my at home facials once a week, I like to keep a mask on my face for 30 minutes to an hour after it’s dried. I just wish there was a larger size of this mask available so I could cut down on packaging waste.

Cost: $21.95 CAD, 50 ml / 1.6 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 4/5

Pure + Simple, Calming Cucumber Mask

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cassia, Cassia Angustifolia (India Senna) Seed Polysaccharide, Sclerotium Gum Powder, Vegetable Collagen, Morringa Pteygosperma (Moringa) Seed Extract, Leuconostoc (Radish) Root Ferment Filtrate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Copper PCA, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Distillate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract.

This mask is a super star for rehydrating my skin. I use this mask most often in the winter time to combat the dry winter air and indoor heating. But it’s also great to use in the summer time if you’ve been sunburned. Cucumber and rice are calming and cooling, while sea algae and senna seed extract help to hydrate and plump the skin. In texture the mask is thin, clear, and gel-like. It washes off cleanly and my skin feels smooth and moisturized afterwards. It’s great for sensitive skin as well. I’ve used it at times when I’ve had an allergic reaction to something and need immediate relief.

Cost: $25.25 CAD, 50 ml / 1.6 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple, Glam Goes Green
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Have you ever tried Pure + Simple Products?


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Spots begone! @battysbath Cystic Acne Mask


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Ingredients: Aloe, seaweed powder, chamomile oil, clay, honey, geranium oil, tea tree oil, echinacea extract, burdock root extract, marshmallow root extract, green tea extract, honey suckle extract, vitamin E, vitamin C, alkyl acrylate, radish root ferment filtrate.

This is a wonderful mask for those with acne problems. Though it’s targeted towards those with cystic acne, it also works for me as a spot treatment on my smaller blemishes. When I do get those really big blemishes it helps to shrink them very quickly without overly drying out my skin. The mask is an almost clear, gel-like consistency. It smells mildly of tea tree but once you wash it off your face the smell is gone. I like to use this mask at night as a spot treatment, after I’ve removed all my makeup, cleansed and toned my skin. If I use it all over my face, then my skin will get dry if I leave it on too long. So be aware of this when you use this product. As for the ingredients what can I say? Tea tree and geranium oil are both anti-bacterial and anti-septic. There are also some great anti-oxidants in here with the Vitamin C and green tea. Chamomile, aloe, honey, and Vitamin E provide the skin nourishing properties. Seaweed powder and clay are also detoxifiers. The only thing I’m kind of iffy about is the alkyl acrylate which in my research is a thickener. Not sure this ingredient is completely necessary. Gladly the alkyl acrylate is the second last ingredient so the concentration should be between 1-3% of the product. I’ve sent a message to Batty’s Bath and am waiting a response.

I would repurchase this mask because I love that it’s clear. I could even wear it under my makeup if I wanted to but choose not to. I prefer to use my acne treatments in the evening. But for those who have really bad acne, if your make up products are not so clean this would help prevent and treat breakouts. I would recommend however, that you take a look at everything you put on your skin if you have really bad acne. What you eat also contributes to the condition of your skin. Since I started eating cleaner my skin has really improved in texture and luminosity.

Cost: $19.00 CAD, 60 g / 2 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 4/5

Have you ever tried Batty’s Bath?


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September/October: Empties

Sudsatorium, Conditioner Sampler Set, A Brewed Awakening and Day of the Bed

Oh it’s really hard not to be addicted to Sudsatorium’s conditioners. I think I may have found my two fave ones. A brewed awakening smells like a yummy chocolate coffee brownie. Besides the stellar smell (I love anything chocolate) it was smashing at softening my hair and giving it a beautiful shininess. Day of the bed smells citrusy with a hint of mint. It felt nice and soothing on my scalp. It’s not as thick as some of the other conditioners so I would use this more as a scalp treatment.
Cost: $58.95 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Sudsatorium Etsy Shop
Rating: 4/5

100% Pure, Vanilla Bean Nourishing Body Cream (sample)

OMG. I got this body cream as a free sample when I made an order with Glam Goes Green. I can’t tell you how quickly I fell in love with this cream. It smells like the most delicious vanilla icing ever in the world! My husband isn’t a fan of vanilla scents and even he said it smelled really yummy. Besides the amazing scent, this works as a body cream too. It moisturized my skin nicely and the cream is quite thick. A little goes a long way. I will definitely purchase this once I run out of my current body lotion.
Cost: $21.00 CAD, 236 ml / 8.0 oz
Available at:
Glam Goes Green, 100% Pure
Rating: 5/5

Batty’s Bath, Facial Primer and Daily Detox Moistuizer

This facial primer is nice and thick. I was kind of hesitant to try this because I was afraid it would break me out. But it actually provides a nice thick layer of protection for my skin against the environment and my makeup. I can smooth my mineral foundation on top and I get a dewy, just-washed-my-face look when I use this primer. Even in the summertime I don’t end up looking too oily, which can easily happen with my skin type. I’ve already repurchased another jar.
Cost: $12.00 CAD, 60 g / 2 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 4/5

Batty’s Bath, Dead Sea Mud Mask

See full review here. This a pretty potent mask, containing only one ingredient: pure dead sea mud. I like that I don’t need to mix this mask with water before slathering it on my face. To use, I apply the mud on a damp face so it’s easy to spread. Also, a little goes a long way so a small jar like this actually lasted me quite a long time. I’m going to repurchase this one I finish up some of my other clay masks.
Cost: $9.00 CAD, 30g / 1oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 5/5


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Product Review: @battysbath Conditioner and Dead Sea Mud Mask

Note: All images are from the Batty’s Bath website.

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Conditioner in Happiness

Ingredients: Purified water, Apricot Kernel Oil, Amla Fruit Powder, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Behentrimonium methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin, Shea Seed Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5.

I really liked what the conditioner did to my curly hair. It made my hair feel thicker, fuller & softer. It’s a very thick conditioner. So you could even dilute it if you’re on a budget & want it to last longer. It dilutes nicely with plain water. It would’ve scored full points if not for the scent. I didn’t think I would smell the spearmint so much due to the other citrus oils. But unfortunately spearmint is the top note. Spearmint is associated in my mind with toothpaste. So yeah, I kinda felt like my hair smelled like toothpaste when I used this conditioner. I think next time I repurchase this I’ll try the other scents. It comes in: unscented, coconut cream & buttercream icing. Those smells sound much yummier. I’m knocking it down a point in ratings due to the off-putting scent. But if you like spearmint, hey go ahead. Smile

Cost: $17.00, 236 g / 8 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 3/5

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Dead Sea Mud Mask

Ingredients: pure dead sea mud

If you take a whiff of this mask it has a very earthy, mineral kind of smell. That makes sense if you know that there are over 35 kinds of minerals found in the dead sea mud which are believed to cure or alleviate a range of skin problems. This is a very concentrated mask. For application I like to mist my face with some filtered water & then apply the mud. It’s not easily spread on dry skin otherwise. I leave it on for an hour or more if I have time. As for the effect it has on my skin, it’s highly detoxifying. Any blemishes I have are reduced in size & redness. Afterwards I like to use a chemical exfoliant to ensure any toxins brought to my skin’s surface are released. This mask is really effective. The jar is small enough to travel with easily & not likely to leak due to its concentrated nature. A little of this mask goes a long way, & the price tag is very affordable.

Cost: $9.00 CAD, 1oz / 30g
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 5/5

Note: Batty’s Bath does the St. Horton’s Farmer’s Market in St.Thomas, Ontario. But you can also have your order shipped within Canada & to the USA.


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Batty's Bath, Conditioner and Dead Sea Mud Mask

Note: All images are from the Batty’s Bath website.

batty-conditioner

Conditioner in Happiness

Ingredients: Purified water, Apricot Kernel Oil, Amla Fruit Powder, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Behentrimonium methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin, Shea Seed Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5.

I really liked what the conditioner did to my curly hair. It made my hair feel thicker, fuller & softer. It’s a very thick conditioner. So you could even dilute it if you’re on a budget & want it to last longer. It dilutes nicely with plain water. It would’ve scored full points if not for the scent. I didn’t think I would smell the spearmint so much due to the other citrus oils. But unfortunately spearmint is the top note. Spearmint is associated in my mind with toothpaste. So yeah, I kinda felt like my hair smelled like toothpaste when I used this conditioner. I think next time I repurchase this I’ll try the other scents. It comes in: unscented, coconut cream & buttercream icing. Those smells sound much yummier. I’m knocking it down a point in ratings due to the off-putting scent. But if you like spearmint, hey go ahead. Smile

Cost: $17.00, 236 g / 8 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 3/5

batty-dead sea mud mask

Dead Sea Mud Mask

Ingredients: pure dead sea mud

If you take a whiff of this mask it has a very earthy, mineral kind of smell. That makes sense if you know that there are over 35 kinds of minerals found in the dead sea mud which are believed to cure or alleviate a range of skin problems. This is a very concentrated mask. For application I like to mist my face with some filtered water & then apply the mud. It’s not easily spread on dry skin otherwise. I leave it on for an hour or more if I have time. As for the effect it has on my skin, it’s highly detoxifying. Any blemishes I have are reduced in size & redness. Afterwards I like to use a chemical exfoliant to ensure any toxins brought to my skin’s surface are released. This mask is really effective. The jar is small enough to travel with easily & not likely to leak due to its concentrated nature. A little of this mask goes a long way, & the price tag is very affordable.

Cost: $9.00 CAD, 1oz / 30g
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 5/5

Note: Batty’s Bath does the St. Horton’s Farmer’s Market in St.Thomas, Ontario. But you can also have your order shipped within Canada & to the USA.


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Product Review: @battysbath Acne Prone Kit

I first heard about Batty’s Bath on twitter. I was intrigued by her ideas & website so I thought I would try out her Acne Prone Kit.

First of all this kit is really affordable. Four full sized products for $30.00 CAD? Wow. Plus it is made in London, Ontario by Jamie. So it qualifies as local for me. Plusses all around! Btw, Jamie’s nick name is Batty, hence Batty’s Bath. I’m going to review each item separately then give my overall impression of the kit. I also bought the add-on’s to get the full experience. But I’ll be posting those reviews separately. I’ve listed below the cost of each item if you were to buy them separately & the kit price at the end.

Note: All images are from the Batty’s Bath website.

The Acne Prone Kit consists of:

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Patchouli & Grapefruit Facial soap

Ingredients: Coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, deionized water, vegetable glycerin, walnut shell powder, organic jojoba oil, organic patchouliu oil, organic grapefruit oil, citric acid.

This soap was pretty middle of the road for me. It didn’t really seem to do anything especially nice for my skin. It does smell yummy though with the grapefruit & the patchouli oils.  It rinses clean & the scrubby bits were nice for exfoliating. As it was running out I used it on my body & like it better as a body soap than a facial soap. Will not repurchase.

Cost: $7.00 CAD, 59 g / 2 oz
Rating: 3/5

batty-tea tree scrub

Tea Tree Facial Nut Scrub

Ingredients: Purified water, organic olive oil, organic castor oil, organic tea tree oil, ground walnut shells, stearic acid, glycerin.

A nice facial scrub. I like the smell of tea tree & a little goes a long way. It’s too abrasive for me to use every day as Batty recommends in the acne prone skin routine.  When I did use it daily it just made my skin peel like crazy. It comes in a glass jar & early on it fell in my shower due to flimsy shelving. I got rid of those flimsy shelves after that!  It rinses clean & the walnut shells are gentle on my skin if I don’t scrub too hard. Anyway, not sure I would repurchase this as I like the chemical exfoliants better.

Cost: $15.00 CAD, 100 g / 3.5 oz
Rating: 3/5

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Patchouli Facial Moisturizer

Ingredients: organic: Cocoa seed butter, shea butter, grape seed oil, vegetable glycerol (soy), japanese green tea extract, patchouli essential oil, natural: deionized water, vegetable wax, stearic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride (from coconut oil), titanium dioxide (natural oxide), vitamin E, Rosemary extract, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (natural preservative).

As you can see from the picture it comes in a lovely glass jar. Patchouli is the star ingredient in this moisturizer. Obviously if you don’t like the way patchouli smells I wouldn’t recommend you buy this. The smell lingers on the skin for a while before absorption. The moisturizer itself is quite thick. I found it a bit too oily for wear during the work day. But it’s great for use at night. I also used some on my body & it made my skin as smooth as a baby’s butt! I’m not sure if I like it better as a facial moisturizer or as a body moisturizer! I would definitely repurchase this. It might even become a staple in my cosmetics drawer. This would be a godsend during the colder, drier winter weather.

Cost: $12.00 CAD, 2oz / 60g
Rating: 5/5

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Dry Clay Mask

Ingredients: 100% natural kaolin (green clay)

This clay mask is a pretty ordinary clay mask. For those not familiar with clay masks it basically smells like earth & feels like you’re slathering your face with mud. Which you are, really. LOL. But mud masks have been used to condition the skin since the time of the ancient Egyptians. I find kaolin clay more drying to my skin than some other clay masks. If you’re like me, make sure to use a good moisturizer or oil afterwards. You can also use aloe vera juice instead of water to mix into the mask. Anyway, I liked the Dead Sea Mud Mask better than this mask. I won’t be repurchasing.

Cost: $10.00 CAD, 50g / 1.76 oz
Rating: 3/5

Overview:

The Batty’s Bath Acne Prone Kit wasn’t better for my skin than anything else I’ve tried before. The only product I really loved was the Patchouli Facial Moisturizer & I would rather use it as body cream than a facial cream.

Acne Prone Kit Cost: $30.00 CAD (If each item is bought separately the total cost would be: $44.00 CAD)
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Overall Rating: 3/5

Note: Batty’s Bath does the St. Horton’s Farmer’s Market in St.Thomas, Ontario. But you can also have your order shipped within Canada & to the USA.