Friday, 13 December 2013

Dr. Organic Rose Otto Face Mask (review)

Dr Organic Rose Otto Face Mask 125 ml
I don’t know why Dr Organics aren’t more well-known, I really don’t. Here’s another of their products that shattered all expectations: a mask which makes a noticeable difference to skin condition from first use. It’s not the kind of difference where you have to look closely in the mirror to see if you can find a change—it’s just there, staring back at you.

Traditionally I’ve found oil absorbing masks problematic. Yes, usually they do absorb oil, but they also come with the side-effect of drying out my skin. They leave that horrible, tight, second-skin like feeling, even when washed off. That’s particularly annoying during the winter, when what I really need is something that’s also softening. Is that too much to ask?

Actually, no, because this mask does both, and well. Infused with oil of rose damascena, this mask is oil absorbing, cell regenerating, and detoxifying. It also contains (amongst other ingredients) aloe vera juice, china clay, shea butter, coco butter, vitamin E, clove oil and passiflora extract. 

To do a review of this mask any kind of justice, I’d better tell you a little about my skin type. At this time of the year I get oily in the t-zone, but dry on the cheeks. My skin is super-sensitive and any kind of exfoliating products cause my skin to redden and crack. I can’t use anything with strong fragrances or colours, and even then I struggle.

That’s not a problem for this mask. 

The actual mask is a thick white cream. It smells entirely of rose, which might be nice if you kind of like that thing. I find it quite a relaxing aroma, which I suppose is what I want from a mask. It goes on the skin like any other clay mask, really, but it dries only very gently. It doesn’t crack on my skin, like other masks do, and that’s probably due to all of the moisturising ingredients it contains. The instructions advise to leave it to work for ten minutes, and to use it twice a week. I find both the time frame and suggested use more than adequate for a noticeable change.

When it’s washed off, I see immediate benefits. Pores are smaller and clearer, for a start, and my skin is softer. I’ve never known a mask to do both these things well—usually I find that it is good at one or the other. Since the mask also contains regenerating ingredients, I also find my skin is perfectly exfoliated and fresh-looking. It is noticeably brighter, which, again, isn’t something I really find with such products, other than, perhaps, masks which contain exfoliating beads (which ultimately my skin is too sensitive for). My skin is younger-looking for using it. Not in a dramatic, impossible way, but a comforting, ‘I can see a difference’ kind of way. And that’s exactly what I want from my cosmetics. 

As is the way with Dr Organic products, this one is paraben, SLS, artificial colour and fragrance free. It’s suitable for vegans and vegetarians and it isn’t tested on animals. It is packaged in a practical white tube and comes in at an incredibly generous 125 ml. The manufacturers claim that it’ll last 12 months once opened. 

The only downside is that I no longer have any motivation to try other masks. It is absolutely the best face mask I’ve ever used. 

Great value

Noticeable results from first use 

High quality product


Brand: Dr Organic

Size: 125 ml
Price: £7.19 (£5.75 / 100 ml)

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua, Kaolin, Calcium Carbonate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hectorite, Glyceryl Caprylate, Decyl Glucoside, Tocopherol /Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (geranium) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllata (clove) Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena (rose) Flower Oil, Parfum, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Extract, Tilia Europaea Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Eugenol. 

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