Friday, January 4, 2013

Chantecaille Masque à l'Argile au Miel et au Romarin

My experience with Chantecaille's Masque à l'Argile au Miel et au Romarin (Detox Clay Mask with Rosemary and Honey) is a shining example of the power of generous samples. Though I rarely feel as though I need samples of cosmetics I have my heart set on before I make a purchase, skin care is often a different story. A high price point coupled with the potential to upset the delicate equilibrium of my skin means that I'm more hesitant to purchase without dipping my toe into the pond first and trying a sample. This past autumn I received a large packet of Chantecaille's Detox Clay Mask and fell in love almost immediately. After months of longing, I finally took the plunge and ordered the skin care treat a few weeks back. 

Though I have dry skin, the impurity removing properties of a clay mask have an undeniable benefit. Unfortunately many are simply too harsh for my flaky, dehydrated skin and can end up leaving my face feeling stretched and uncomfortably tight. From the moment I first tried Chantecaille’s Masque à l’Argile au Miel et au Romarin I was enamored. It was the first clay mask that brightened, tightened and purified my skin while leaving it moisturized and radiant.

The mask smells pleasantly earthy with an expected tinge of honey and rosemary however disconcerting the deep grey, almost black color of the product itself. I tend to apply Chantecaille’s Masque à l’Argile au Miel et au Romarin sparingly, once a week only to the areas of my face that need it the most. I allow the product to rest on these areas (forehead, down the nose and the tops of my cheeks) for roughly ten minutes before I rinse off with a hand hot cloth, allow my skin to dry naturally and then apply the other skin care products that round out my routine. 

Chantecaille describes the mask as follows: “A soft, purifying black clay mask that detoxifies the skin without drying or irritating. Tightens pores and radically improves skin's smoothness. Balances oiliness and eliminates blemishes and blackheads. Restores lost minerals, firms and improves skin tone.” While the Kaolin clay tones and tightens pores other ingredients such as honey and chamomile soothe the skin for results that I just haven't gotten with another "detoxifying" mask. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this mask has to do with the instructions: Chantecaille does not caution against using the mask too much or too little, rather encouraging the consumer to gage the state of their own skin and employ the detox mask however frequently or infrequently is necessary. 

Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Kaolin, Glyceryl Stearate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Triethanolamine, Titanium Dioxide, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Propylene Glycol, Saccharide Isomerate, Butylene Glycol, phenoxyethanol, Acacia Dealbata Flower Wax, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Wax, Narcissus Poeticus Flower Wax, Methylparaben, Bisabolol, Tetrasodium Edta, Miel/Honey Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, PEG-8, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid {Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool]

I’m beyond pleased with this gem of a clay mask, and even more happy that I’ve finally found a detoxifying mask that suits my skin’s specific needs. My limited experience with Chantecaille’s skin care range has encouraged me to further explore the plethora of non-makeup items the brand has to offer. Have you had the opportunity to try the Masque à l’Argile au Miel et au Romarin (USD $78)? What items from Chantecaille’s skin care range would you recommend?