BIOTHERM WONDER MUD

Skin Best

Oxygenating Resurfacing Mask With Algae Extract

Ingredients :Aqua, Kaolin, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Isononyl Isonanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Armeniaca Seed Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Capryloyl Glycine, Stearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Vitreoscilla Ferment, Linalool, Geraniol, Myrisitic Acid, Moroccan Lava Clay, Citric Acid, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum (+/- CI 77891 Mica, CI 77491, CI 77510).

Bioterm Wonder Mud is a clay mask, to put it simple. A green type af clay, to be more precise. And this has some “scrubbing” particles, quite large ones, in  fact.

Looking at the ingredients list, we find Kaolin (White Clay) to be the principal active and a little (tiny little) bit of Moroccan Lava Clay. I suppose this gives it its very distinct (but nice) smell.

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Clay masks definitely are “back”.To call this one a wonder product, is an overstatement. A huge overstatement, if you ask me. Wonder Mud is just a good clay mask.There are many good clay masks on the market, and you don’t need to pay Biotherm’s price to get a decent one.

The results are ok, at least if you DON’T FOLLOW Biotherm’s advise to “scrub” with the product, as its particles are much too harsh. (Unless you have an elephants’ skin). If you use it as a “normal” clay mask, and leave it to dry for about 10 minutes or so, it’s perfectly ok.

But definitely NOT a wonder, pardon me, Biotherm. You make lovely products, I love your Detox, Red Algae (will be reviewed later) and your Sun products, but this one I’ll skip for the price.

Skin type: all, but I’d say rather oily skins will love this.

Positive points: nice clay mask, gives a very refreshed feeling.

Negative points: quite expensive “wonder” product being a quite ordinary clay mask.

www.biotherm.com

INSTANT BEAUTY : CATTIER MASQUE ARGILE

Clay Mask, Pink Clay, Aloe Vera

Key words :French, Bio-Cosmetics, NATURAL, sensitive skins.

Ingredients :Kaolin, Aqua, Mentha Piperita Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Potassium Jojobate, Jojoba Alcohol, Propanediol, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum.

The Key Ingredient in this product is Kaolin (at least, the “pink” clay is listed as such), infused with nourishing/protecting plant oils and Aloe. Kaolin is a type of – usually white – clay, that has ABSORBING and SOOTHING  properties.So are the plant oils and the Aloe in this product.

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Cattier makes a series of different – and very famous –  clay masks, all intended for a specific skin type or skin condition. This “pink clay” version is meant for SENSITIVE skin and can, in fact, be used by ANY SKIN TYPE. It’s soft and gentle and will leave skin feeling pure and smooth. The one RULE to observe when using a clay mask is, however : DO NOT LET IT DRY on your skin (completely). That’s why I like to advise clay masks as QUICK FIX PURIFYING & BRIGHTENING products.

You can use it after coming home from work, or before going to a party,  but it’s great for mornings also.Just apply and let it sit while you’re having a cup of coffee. You can even massage it for 2-3 minutes (even AROUND EYES) and you’ll look as fresh as you possibly could. Take it off with water and do what you always do. If you read my blog, you’ll know I recommend toning & a serum plus a (light) moisturizer.

Who can use this? Anyone looking for an “extra” cleansing step in her/his routine.

How ?Clean your skin, apply a generous layer, wait or massage for a few minutes, splash of or use a washcloth. Done !

Skintype: all, especially sensitive as it was formulated for these skin types.

Strong points: natural, gentle, uncomplicated; CATTIER is THE specialist in clay masks.

Weak points: for me personally, the smell is a bit too “earthy”. But that’s what you get after using too many (fragranced) French brands J

Available from: webshops like Natuurlijk Zuiver and many others. I got mine at DI Drugstore in Genk.

www.cattier.com