Today I used the Hawaiian Black Salt Peel off mask (deep Cleansing) from Freeman. This mask came to me via the July Glossy Box and the little pouch claims to have 3-4 uses in it. So first the official details about the mask. I know that a pack this size can be picked up at Target for $2.99 while a full sized tube is $4.29 at Ulta. (for some reason I couldn’t find a listing for the full size at Target).
According to the Ulta product page…
Boost your skincare routine with this detoxifying peel-off mask. Freeman’s Hawaiian Black Salt Peel-Off Mask helps to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin for a luminous complexion. Perfect for all skin types.
It’s a simple description. I will say it is more of a description than target had.
Freemans masks I am however quite familiar with. I used to have quite a collection of their tubes in my mask drawer. It has been a while since I purchased them however.I think they mostly fell out of my purchasing lists because target moved the shelf where they were placed so it is no longer in my direct line of sight. Anf to be honest that’s how I generally think of Freeman masks. They are masks I pick up if I see them but don’t really go out of my way to look for.
But like I said, its been a while since I’ve used them.
So what was this like?
First off I would say that if you are sensitive to scents, this mask (and all the other masks I’ve tried from them) might not be for you. It does have a strong scent. I’m not exactly certain what the scent is in this case. Maybe charcoal? I don’t know, I can’t really identify it. It doesn’t smell overly chemically, but it is strongly scented.
I applied a thin layer and let it dry as I would any peel off mask. I will say there is definitely enough product left in the packet for at least two more uses so to 3-4 uses on the label is something I would say is accurate.
And so we let the mask dry. I used the headphones again today instead of the candles and silence. The Offspring provided my mask relaxation music, in case you are curious. Not personally of course. There was no band visitation, just the i-pod. It probably indicates a personal flaw but the song Beheaded always makes me happy.
The mask dried well and didn’t take too long. As with all peel off masks, the thinner the layer you apply the quicker it dries. I will say it is not a solid sheet of black tar when I apply it. There are a lot of thinner bits. There is some pulling with the peel off and any peach fuzz is going to pull and hurt, but as far as peel off mask go, this wasn’t as painful as some I’ve used. When I tried the Hey Honey Take Away the Drama Mask I actually contemplated leaving it on my face and telling people I had a copper based skin disorder.
My skin once I did peel it off was amazing though.
Maybe the pain is a tradeoff. This didn’t hurt as much, but it also didn’t do as much. My skin felt fine after I removed it. I rinsed my face because it felt like there were small particles left behind. Some of the under the surface clogged pores look like they are closer to coming to the surface but are not quite there so that is something. Over all this is an okay mask. It falls into the category of I’ll use it, and possibly when on a Target run in the future I might toss it in the basket if it catches my eye, but I won’t seek it out.
Which sort of puts it in the realm of all other Freeman masks. It might be fun for a Saturday Spa day with the nieces, but it isn’t something I would turn to for serious skin care.
But I did enjoy the fifteen minutes of non-work relaxation on my Friday afternoon, and with luck the clogged pores along my face mask line will finally come to the surface this weekend so they can be dealt with. Since I’m only going as far as my backyard this weekend, my face gets a break from the mask and so I will be encouraging anything pore clearing before Monday. I hope whatever you have planned for the weekend is fun and fabulous as well.(or pore cleansing if you are in the same boat I am in.)