Thirty Days of the Bl’eau Beauty Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask

For the last month I have been using the Bl’eau Beauty Glacial Organic Clay Mask. The brand very kindly sent it to me to try out, but as always the opinions in this post are my own. while this mask can be used daily (or as needed) I opted for a Monday, Wednesday Friday approach o application. And after a month of such wear the jar is completely empty.

I tend to apply masks a little on the heavy side, but that meant that I had fourteen solid uses out of the jar. It was a very interesting clay mask and had a couple of atypical features for a clay mask. Which we will get to below. First I want to remind everyone what this mask is supposed to accomplish.

good to the last drop

Sourced from ancient glaciers off the coast of British Columbia, our Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask gently exfoliates, soothes redness and irritation, and infuses thirsty skin with intense hydration. Boasting more than 60 minerals, micronutrients and rare elements that are proven to detoxify and replenish, this detoxifying botanical blend promotes a softer, brighter and radiant complexion. 

*NSF certified organic: Our Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask is committed to the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard. The NSF/ANSI 305 is an American National Standard written specifically for personal care products containing organic ingredients. 

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To wear this mask I applied it like I would any other clay mask. I used the provided spoon (which I have to say is the perfect shape, the slight curve in the spoon/spatula made it ideal for applying the mask. It was easy to maneuver around my face and while I applied it with one side, I then turned the spoon over and smoothed it out with the other side. The only minor flaw was that the angled edges of the spoon end left lines on occasion so I would have rounded those off a little more, but that is a vey minor complaint (and as the second pass with the spoon took the lines out, not really a complaint, it was simply the only potential modification I would make otherwise fantastic application.)

mask applied

But this isn’t a tool review, it is a mask one.

The mask smoothed on well and very easily. It felt cool against the skin like a clay mask would, which was expected. The scent of the mask is fresh with slight floral and earthy notes and a slight oceanic tang. I know it sounds like I am describing a perfume. It is in no way perfume-y, but it is a very lovely scent. The scent fades after application so it isn’t overwhelming. To figure out the scent I kept opening the jar and sniffing. which is why my nose ended up with more masking on the end than any other part of my face. You mostly get the scent when you first open the jar. It did cause me to look over the ingredients to figure out what it was that created the scent.

Spoon!

Full list of ingredients:

Sea Silt, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerin*, Cetearyl Alcohol, C15-19 Alkane, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Cellulose, Coco-Glucoside, Sea Silt Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Propanediol, Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Glyceryl Caprylate, Pentylene Glycol, Alcohol.

* Organic ingredients

Formulated without parabens, sulfates, PEGs & mineral oils

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The lavender and Jasmine are where the slight floral notes come from I believe, but they ae very light and instead of dominating, they mostly help to lighten up the earthy/sea scent. There is also the trace of Aloe which is I think what my nose picks up as the fresh scent in this mask.

Over all though it is a fresh scent that dissipates quickly and smells nice while it lasts.

wipes off with a damp cloth, no chipping away of the clay required

As per the instructions, I let the Glacial Oceanic Clay mask sit for fifteen minutes each time before removing it. Here is where it doesn’t behave like your typical clay mask. In fifteen minutes of wear almost every clay mask I have tried has hardened to a crispy shell. It is vaguely reminiscent of that ice cream topper that went from liquid in the bottle to a hard shell when it hit the cold ice cream. (Magic Shell was the name I knew when I was a kid, not sure if they even make that any more, but I digress.)

Then to remove the clay mask you have to chip through it to reveal the skin beneath. This mask never really hardened like that. In fact after fifteen minute of sitting, I was easily able to take a damp wash cloth and wipe the mask off of my skin. I then splashed a little water on my face to make sure nothing was missed and then patted my skin dry.

Occasionally I would use the mask in the afternoon while sitting at my desk. Most often it was a post dinner relaxation. while the act of simply sitting down with a mask on a regular basis was in itself calming, I found that after removing the mask I had little desire to put anything on top of it. My skin felt moisturized, so I didn’t need any moisturizer (which can sometimes happen after an intense clay mask, at least for me) and my skin felt soft and clean so I didn’t want to put makeup on after it. I ended up finding myself using the mask after I knew that i would not have to leave the house and put makeup on. Not that I couldn’t, I just simply didn’t want to.

However this mask had an interesting effect. The morning after applying this mask, I found that several of my deeply clogged pores had moved closer to the surface. In fact in the beginning, it was quite a lot of clogged pores rising, more than I actually thought I had to be honest. For the first week the clogged pores rose at a pretty rapid rate. It was as if my skin noticed things were clearing out and just sent clogged pores racing to the exit.

What I ended up doing was employing a Saturday exfoliation session. It cleared out a lot of the rising clogged pores and kept my face relatively clear. After that initial week, it was less noticeable as most of my pores were cleared out. There were a few more deeply buried clogs that slowly moved to the surface. The mass evacuation of the first week slowed dramatically in the second.

It was interesting to watch the deeper clogs being drawn out to the surface of the skin with each application. In the second week I ended up using my exfoliator Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and that did seem to help. In the third week my skin was getting back to normal and just began looking good. It was clear and fresh and I went back to the once a week exfoliation.

This week, the final week of the trial, was preceded by me consuming much more sugar, fat and salt than I usually eat. We had company and that is just what happens. Interestingly, the reactions to my skin after a week of indulgence usually would hit me in the middle to end of the following week and I would go into the next weekend vowing to eat better and take better care of my skin.

less of a pose and more that my headband was slipping off the back of my head as I was taking the picture

I don’t know if because my skin had so recently been cleared out or if it was the Monday use of the Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask, but by Monday around 11 pm when I was getting ready for bed, (I used the mask around 7pm) I noticed the break outs had arrived and while they were more than I would like, they were not as bad as I feared they would be at the end of the week. In fact now, when I would expect them to arrive and be planning a weekend of skincare domination, the break outs are clearing up.

Over all this was a very interesting mask trial. I would definitely use this mask again and it has certainly made it to the top of my to be repurchased list. I love the scent and the application, I love the way it doesn’t completely dry down but most of all I love that it really does detoxify my skin. (and yes I love the look of the jewel shaped box too).

In the future, I think this is a mask I would use when I know I have some time where I won’t have to go out in public for a few days. After applying it and rinsing it off, I don’t want to wear makeup so there is that aspect. Then the following day I would let things rise, and then use the exfoliator. I would always pair this with a gentle exfoliator. How often the exfoliator should be used will depend on your skin and what the mask brings up.

If I had a major event scheduled I would make it a month of masking prior to the event, because once the skin has a chance to clear out it looks radiant. It is a hydrating, and not a drying mask and my skin quite honestly loved it. This Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask from Bl’eau Beauty gets two thumb’s way up from me and it makes me not only want to repurchase, but to try out more items from the brand.

Currently Bl’eau Beauty has an Easter Sale going on. You can get 18% off site wide with the code EASTER18 until April 14th. In addition they have 20% off their Hydration Collection and Bundles until the end of the month. And the one thing better than great skincare, is great skincare with a discount code. Happy shopping!

Face Mask Friday: Week Two of Bl’eau

I am working on a four week trial of the Glacial Oceanic Clay Face mask From Bl’eau Beauty. They kindly sent it to me to try out and review. This is the end of the second week and I noticed after I applied today’s mask that I am also about half way through the container. I have always had the tendency to apply face masks a little heavier than I probably need to. I always remind myself to lighten up the application, but somehow never do.

Before

I think part of it is that I like that full mask of product and don’t really like it when it is streaky. I actually sit there with my little skincare spatula and make sure the lines are smoothed out. I know probably a sign of OCD tendencies, but I try not to get too obsessive about it.

During

However you tuned in today to hear about the Bl’eau Beauty mask. This second week has been interesting.

In the first week there were a lot of clogged pores that had been deeply buried that worked themselves to the surface to be cleared away. I was actually kind of amazed at the ones that came up. This week, I spent more time with a face mask on wandering out and about in the world than I usually do during the work week. There were meetings and a lot of places with crowds. Also the weather warmed back up. And grew humid.

Post Masking

So hot breath inside the mask hot humid air outside the mask…yeah clogged pores on the chin. But they weren’t deep clogs and Wednesday’s mask just sort of pulled them right up before they could get comfortable and cause issues. So I was pleased.

I have also noticed that when I first wash off the mask, my skin has this nice glow-y look to it. The longer I use the mask (days not letting the mask sit for longer than recommended) the longer that glow-y look lasts. and I don’t mean glow-y as in, oh look at that highlight, I mean it as in Wow my skin looks great today kind of way.

The second week is when I find that face masks have three options. They can stop working because they have now fixed the problem you were using them to address. They can start to cause issues or they can continue to work beautifully. This mask continued to work beautifully. It is quite the relief. And now that I know this mask is going to continue working well for myu skin I am going to spend this next week taking a deep dive into the ingredients list and see if I can figure out exactly what it is that my skin likes so much.

So into the Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask ingredients list I go. Whish me luck.

The Friday Face Mask: The first week of Bl’eau Beauty

This Bl’eau Beauty Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask was sent to me by the brand, however my opinions and all my own.

Skincare takes time to work. This is something that i often forget with face masks. I am used to thinking of them in terms of what i need at the moment. Is my skin feeling dry, then perhaps I should reach for a hydrating mask. Are there a lot of clogged pores? Then perhaps a mask specializing in unclogging those pores is called for.

Sometimes however a mask is designed not so much for a specific targeted and temporary issue, but used for over all skincare improvement. Those masks generally have ‘For daily use, or as needed’ somewhere in their description, at least in my experience.

And honestly as much as i like trying new face masks. I do like giving a mask a full trial and seeing how it performs over time. This Bl’eau Beauty Glacial Oceanic Clay mask is one of those I am really looking forward to using for a full thirty days. While this mask can be used daily, I am going with the Monday, Wednesday and Friday application, which means that Today is my third use of this Bl’eau mask.

The first thing you notice about this mask is the jar. It is a beautiful little jewel of a box. the reflective surfaces mean my camera angles are a little off kilter just so the writing can be read. But the angles are more than just pretty and reflective. They also make gripping and turning the lid. I know that sounds like a strange thing to focus on when it is just a pretty gem of a box, but I have a lot of older family members and many of them have issues with their hands so I end up hearing a lot about this topic. One of my great Aunts complained that her favorite moisturizer was now too hard to open.

I actually suggested bits of grip tape, which she put around the outside of a lid and she is now happy as a clam. I’m tickled she actually went to a local Skate shop to get it (she also believes in supporting local business and there happened to be one near her). I would kind of loved to have been there when she arrived to be honest. She is thrilled with her purchase and ‘the very nice man’ who sold it to her and has put it on several hard to open items, in case you are wondering.

Which is a long way to go to say that the jewel shape actually enhances the product use as well as being very pretty. I know, sometimes I take the long way around a point.

The mask was fantastic the first time I used it. It applies easily and smoothly and because it doesn’t harden into a hard shell in the fifteen minutes it sits, it is easy to wipe off with a damp wash cloth. I would suggest assigning a wash cloth. Even when you rinse out the cloth, it is clear the cloth needs to head to the wash. It hasn’t actually stained any of my wash cloths though which is a plus. with the ease of application and removal there is little extra time added.

And my skin felt great after the first and second uses. As I just removed the mask for the third time, I have to say it also felt great now. the skin is hydrated and clean and just feels fresh. I will say that I have a few clogged pores that are being pulled to the surface so I am going to employ an exfoliator tonight to take care of them. Other wise this first week has gone very well. While I don’t think I would have a problem using this mask on a daily basis, I think I will stick with the three times a week. It is more for timing than for over use. It is a gentle mask that simple leaves my skin feeling fabulous.

As this is a month long trial, next Friday I’ll start to break down some of the ingredients to take a deeper look at what the mask is actually doing. This week was mostly about finding the right number of masking days and setting the trial on it’s path. But now my Friday Masking with Bl’eau Beauty is done and I must get back to work. I hope you are having a fantastic Friday afternoon and that your weekend is even sweeter.