Let’s Talk about the Natura Murumuru Hair Mask

I have tried a lot of hair products over the years. A lot of them have been sample sizes. I love sample sized hair products, from masks to shampoos and conditioners. I do not mind spending a little extra on hair products if i like the product. However at the same time I have found some fantastic hair products that are relatively inexpensive.

If asked hands down what my favorite hair product was I would have to say it is The One hit Wonder by The Mane Club which costs a whopping $8 per bottle and is something i almost always have on hand. If i run out, then I have an order of it coming. Admittedly my second favorite product is the Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scalp scrub which retails for $53 (They actually have some great holiday bundles and sales, which is when I usually stock up.)

The truth is, some formulas work for me and some don’t, regardless of price and I like trying them out to see how i feel abotu them before I commit to full sized versions.

and then there is Natura. Specifically the Natura Ekos Restoring Hair Mask from the Murumuru Line. It is both vegan and fair trade and costs $34. I have tried products from this Murumuru line before. In fact i have tried the shampoo and conditioner set pictured above with the hair mask that is the focus of this post. The shampoo and conditioner of this set are quite honestly fabulous. The product has a light spicy but clean scent that I love. It is a real break from the floral scents that crop up so often in hair products. They work well, lather nicely and rinse out clean. When I use them the scent faded as my hair dried and once dry my hair felt like silk. I had no tangles and could run a comb through it easily wet or dry.

I know, you are thinking, what’s the catch? Why isn’t this a standard set of products?

Packaging.

The shape of the bottles in the samples are, well, bottle shaped. With the shampoo it is fine but it does make the conditioner really hard to get out of the bottle. I know what you are thinking, these are only sample sizes. I have tried the full size and while there is a little more give in the bottles when they are full size, the conditioner is still a bit of a struggle to get out of the bottle.

Enter the hair mask from the line. It is, all things told, a more intense version of the conditioner. It has the same lovely scent and it made my hair soft as silk and free of tangles. It did provide a little bit of moisture, bit it wasn’t overly greasy.

Hair masks I do use only once a week and this is no exception. While the conditioner would be fine to use every time I washed my hair, the Murumuru Hair mask is a little too deeply conditioning to be used more than once a week. I am however okay with that. Fr me though it does make an interesting pair. when i used the hair mak i decided to use the Murumuru Shampoo from Natura with the hair mask as I needed a shampoo and I had this set from a subscription box. Because the Hair mask from the line comes in a squeeze tube it is much easier to apply. To be honest i really like the formula of the hair mask enough to use it on a routine basis.

While I do have several hair mask samples to work through, this is definitely a contender for reordering in a full size. However i think I will order the Hair mask and the shampoo together. I enjoy both and as the scents are the same, there is no scent clashing between products. Even though I would happily use this shampoo on a daily basis, I know i wouldn’t want to fight with the conditioner bottle. Ordering the shampoo and keeping it to use with the hair mask would give me the best of the line. The same silky easy to manage tangle free hair, and no need to fight the shape of the bottle to get the product out. It would be a nice once a week treat during use. I think it would be hard to pair this scent with anything else, but keeping the shampoo and the hair mask as partners would work. And my hair would be very happy. I just need to skip the conditioner.



Pairing up the Ouai Detox Shampoo and the Luseta Biotin Collagen Hair Mask

Both the Ouai Detox Shampoo and the Luseta Biotin and Collagen Hair mask arrived in a recent Birch box and I thought why not pair them up together. well not all the time together. The Ouai Detox Shampoo had enough for three hair washes and I generally use hair masks once a week. So I tested them both together and apart.

I have actually tried other products from both of these brands. For Ouai I have the Thick shampoo and Conditioner on my in case i want to splurge list of hair care products so I was eager to see what the Detox shampoo could do. As for the Luseta, I tried the Biotin and Collagen shampoo and conditioner a while back and really enjoyed them. But while I did like them and wouldn’t mind using them again, they didn’t make my must purchase again later list. they worked well, just not super fabulously well.

So shall we see how these two performed?

First the shampoo. It is a detox shampoo and that is exactly what it does. It gets deep down and removed all of the excess product from your hair. Possibly a little too well. If used without a conditioner my hair felt a little thirsty after using this Ouai detox Shampoo. The first time I used this shampoo I used it on it’s own and had to use a leave in conditioner post shower. I also had to go in kind of hard with my detangler. (Mane Club One Hit Wonder)

When I used it with a regular conditioner, I still needed a leave in conditioner but I didn’t need to lean into the detangler. when paired with the Luseta Biotin and Collagen hair mask I didn’t need the leave in conditioner or the detangler.

This Detox shampoo from Ouai is very detoxifying. It really does take out anything excess. while there were only three uses in the tube I had, the use I had the most success with was with a hair mask. I think this is one of those shampoos that you don’t use every day, but use it once a week or even once a month and then pair it with a good hair mask.

The Luseta Biotin and collagen Hair mask was a good hair mask. I would certainly get it again and I would be willing to put it on my repeats purchase list. I actually liked it far more than I liked the shampoo and conditioner of the same line. Interestingly enough the Conditioner of Luseta’s Biotin and Collagen line is like a lighter less intense version of this.

While I wouldn’t’ want to use this hair mask as a conditioner, i wanted a little bit more from the conditioner when i tried it. This is too much to use with every hair wash but it works fantastically well as a weekly hair mask.

My hair was smooth and manageable with much of the fly aways gone. More importantly I did not need a detangler or the use of a leave in conditioner when i used this mask.

While neither the Ouai Detox shampoo or the Luseta Biotin and Collagen Hair mask make my craveables list, they are both products I would like to use again. And possibly used together. They both work well and they work fantastically well together. The Ouai desperately needs a hair mask to back it up and the Luseta paired with the Ouai just made the hair mask shine. Good apart, better together.

Trying out a duo of Christophe Robin Hair masks

This weekend as I began to feel a little bit better, I decided to encourage myself towards feeling better with a little bit of pampering. I find that after I’ve felt unwell I simply need just a little bit of a pick me up and a fresh start. So the sheets went through the wash as did the blankets and then the blankets were hung out in the sun between rain storms so they would be a little extra fresh. All clothing (and indeed anything made of cloth) went through the washing machine, was dried folded and put away. All trash containers were emptied and I even opened the windows for a bit before the heat and humidity over came the freshness of the air.

Then there was the hair and skincare treatments.

For the hair I leaned into Christophe Robin. While there are several products I will purchase repeatedly from the brand (the sea salt scalp scrub top among them)I happened to have two small travel sized jars of products that I hadn’t tried. These were the Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts and the Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil. The Cleansing Volumizing paste can be used in place of shampoo and the Regenerating Mask can be used in place of conditioner so I thought it a fabulous chance to use them on them together. And actually I used them as a pair on Friday night and then I used the cleansing paste on it’s own on Sunday night because i wanted to double check to see what product was doing what.

the Cleansing Volumizing paste It produces buckets of fabulous lather

First to the Cleansing Volumizing Paste. It is in the white container and has the dark gray green color to the product. It is an intensely rose scented paste, but the rose does fade away fairly quickly. It is also more of a natural rose scent rather than the artificial rose scent that sticks with you and doesn’t want to let you go.

It is gritty so it does help cleanse the scalp as well, although it is a much finer grit than in the sea salt scrub. For me it was almost too fine. I have hair that is a bit thicker and it tended to stay towards the upper layers of my hair rather than going all the way through. It is however not really a scalp scrub, so that is fine, but it did take a little longer to rinse out as well. that part I minded more. The paste lathered beautifully and while i did have to take a little extra time rinsing out the finer particles, in the end my hair was beautifully clean and it did have added volume and thickness.

While I did like this, I think I would like it more if my hair were a little thinner. I enjoyed the feel of it in my hair, but I tend to get a similar feel of volume from the regular Sea Scalp Scrub and I feel that one is more targeted towards my hair and it’s needs. Plus, while the Sea Salt Scrub can stand on it’s own, with maybe a drop of leave in conditioner following it, the Cleansing Volumizing paste does need a moisturizing mask. I think it is the cleansing aspect. It doesn’t strip the hair but it is a deep down cleanse that preps the hair for a hydrating mask. For me it worked best when paired with a mask rather than without.

the regenerating mask

The mask I tried it with was the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask. It is the black jar with the whitish paste inside. It too has a heavy scent when opened but like the cleansing paste the scent disappears very quickly. It applies like a thick conditioner and I made certain to not only work it into my roots but to concentrate on the ends as I generally find this helps me with the split ends when using a regenerating mask. I really enjoyed it actually. It rinsed out clean and left my hair shining and manageable with no tangles. It isn’t the softest my hair has been. I did find that I had fewer fly aways and my hair looked and felt healthier, but it didn’t have the silk soft feel that some other hair masks can give. That simply isn’t it’s strength. As a repairing mask, it did make my hair feel rejuvenated, which is what i was looking for when i used it.

Of the two products, I will put the Christophe Robin Regenerating mask on my list to purchase in a full size. I would love to see how this product performed over time. I think repeated use would do really well with my hair. For me I would pass on the Cleansing Volumizing Paste. It worked well, it is just not targeted for my hair type and I think there are other products from the brand that simply work better with my hair. If your hair is a little on the thinner side, this might be something for you to look into. It is a product i would recommend to the family members I have who have the finer, thinner hair that I don’t have rather than use myself. And to be honest, I would purchase this for them as a Christmas gift while keeping the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask for myself.



FoxyBae vs. FoxyBae: To leave in Daily or to weekly hair mask, that is the question

I am a big fan of both the weekly hair mask and the leave in conditioner. These two Hair products from FoxyBae are both ones I have used off and on for a while now and I thought it interesting to talk about them both (as individual hair masks) and as part of a hair care regimen.

I don’t know if it is because this summer has been so brutal but I have also noticed that a lot of my hair care needs have shifted a bit as well, so I am sure that will come up. Before we go any further, I should point out that my hair is long and relatively thick. It is color treated and leans towards oily rather than dry and brittle.

the replenighing hair mask packet

While I will use heated tools in the fall winter and spring, the thought of using even a hair drier in the summer is not one I want to contemplate so the summer time I tend to tie it up out of the way to forget if I am doing to be outside or let it dry naturally and do very little with it if I am going to be inside. I like to think of it as my hair’s summer vacation. I also tend to lean into repairing treatments to undo any damage I might have done in the cooler months.

I tend to use hair masks once a week throughout the year, while leave in conditioners will vary in use. So let’s start with the Hair Mask. This particular one is FoxyBae’s Replenishing Hair Mask. They come individually packaged, like drink mix, and I am always vaguely surprised it is a cream and not a powder. While I like that it is pre measured and has pretty much the exact amount I need for my hair for each use, I don’t really care for the waste of the individual packets and find them hard to open with wet hands. I have struggled trying to use them in the shower before. Sometimes I can get them to tear and other times they will tear but it won’t be in the right place. I find it easier to cut them open before I get in the shower, then set the open tube off to the side out of the spray to use post shampoo.

According to the website…

We’ve scoured the world to find the most nourishing ingredients and put them into this delicious mask to give you the hair transformation of your dreams. You’re about to go from damn :/ to HOT DAMN 😉 in no time. Our intense nourishing blend of ingredients is crazy rich in vitamins and natural extracts to help glow up your hair game.  Argan oil moisturizes, hydrates both hair and scalp to prevent dryness and dandruff. Coconut Extract adds lustrous shine and restores elasticity. Horse Chestnut Extract antioxidants protect against daily moisture loss from heat and sun damage. Panthenol B5 Vitamin helps with detangling and manageability. Shea butter leaves hair silky, soft, full-bodied with improved texture. Biotin helps strengthen and prevent hair loss while promoting growth. Nettle Leaf Extract prevents split ends and breakage. This mask smoothes & controls frizz,

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while different masks these are the two full sized bottle sizes. I prefer the daily mask in the squeeze tube version

I really do enjoy the mask, even if I am not a huge fan of the individual packaging and because I really do feel it helps with sun damage especially, it is one I reach for in the summertime. It is one of those masks that does exactly what it says it does. When I use this mask I don’t need a detangler. My hair is soft and shiny and easy to manage. It knocks back frizz (I will generally see a reduction in frizz for about 48 hours after use). Because it does what it says I have bought and used it a number of times. I have to say that while I do complain about the packaging, I do take advantage of it for traveling. Usually a packet or two will find it’s way into my travel kit.

While I do lean into it’s use during the Summertime, It is a mask I can use year round with no ill effects regardless of weather. This is not the case with the FoxyBae 12-in-1 Magic Daily Leave In Hair Mask.

According to it’s Product listing…

The curse of bad hair days is finally over! Our Magic 12-in-1 Blend is formulated from the most nourishing, moisturizing, nutritious ingredients on the planet! Our 12 luxurious butters, oils, and proteins were crafted into this daily all-purpose, no rinse mask to be your magic potion against frizz, split ends and dull hair. Stop waiting on Fairy Godmothers and go from tragic to magic with a little FoxyBae wizardry. 1. Monoi oil adds shine and luster. 2. Shea Butter hydrates and nourishes. 3. Hydrolyzed Oryza Sativa Protein enhances volume. 4. Argan Oil smoothes and controls frizz. 5. Hydrolyzed Baobab Extract repairs dry, damaged hair, and helps stops breakage. 6. Macadamia Oil softens and creates silkiness. 7. Coconut Oil detangles and prevents split ends. 8. Amla Oil for fuller hair with natural body. 9. Tsubaki Oil helps preserve and protect hair color. 10. Pitanga Oil for a healthy scalp. 11. Biotin helps fortify and strengthen hair. 12. Kukui Oil thermal heat protector to prevent heat and UV damage.

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hair just washed, left to dry and combed out, both mask and leave in have the same results just different time spans

You may notice that many of the key ingredients are the same as the hair mask. There are also additional ones, primarily oils. And I think that is part of the key as to why it is more weather dependent for my hair. I would like to point out that with this Daily hair mask I pick up the tube and not the large spray. i do have the large spray in the Flaminglow Leave in Cream Conditioner, but for some reason I just don’t like the spray version of this mask. haven’t quite figured out why. The tube has six ounces of product rather than the 8 oz the spray bottle holds. I love the spray Flaminglow leave in conditioner but for some reason not the 12-in 1 magic Daily Leave in mask.

But we will leave the Flaminglow for another time. (it is fabulous though).

detail of ends

This Daily leave in mask is fantastic during the winter. If I am not trying out any other products then I will use a pea sized amount on my hands, rub them together and comb through my hair. while it does make my hair manageable and soft, I also find it helps extend the life of my hair dye While if can’t help the roots it is fantastic for helping to hold off fading. However once the summer humidity rises, this hair mask can feel a little heavy and slightly sticky if applied to dry hair. It still feels fantastic and works well with no issues if it is applied to wet hair right after a shower, but once we reach about 60-65% humidity I have to treat it as a leave in conditioner and only use it right after I’ve washed my hair. where I live we generally hit the 60% mark around the second week of June and don’t dip below that until September.

I typically find that these products both have a similar effect on my hair. The main difference is that the Replenishing hair mask only has a lasting time of about 48 hours where as the Leave in conditioner, because it is applied daily, it has continuous effect. The hair mask can be used all year long with no ill effects, while the Daily Hair mask is only a daily mask September through May and then turns into a post shower leave in conditioner on the days I wash my hair. Both o really well protecting against the fading of hair dye by the sun, both leave my hair soft and manageable, smooth and sleek without feeling greasy (humidity attack aside). They detangle beautifully and all said, both the Replenishing Hair Mask and the Daily leave in Hair mask are very good products. It you live in an area where humidity is not a factor, I would highly recommend both. If you live in a humid clime I would just watch the levels and adjust accordingly. Both are well worth keeping around.

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Using the Kenra Platinum Intense Fortifying Hair Masque

I love hair masks and I tend to use them once a week. Specifically Saturdays. It is my sort of weekend treat. Some masks recommend more than once a week treatment and The Kenra Platinum Intense Fortifying Masque is one that recommends two to three times a week. I have actually been using this mask on and off for a while. It has been an interesting hair mask to try out. First, let’s look at what the product page has to say about it.

Increase hair’s elasticity and suppleness with Kenra Professional Platinum Restorative Reconstructor. Deeply penetrate even the most damaged strands with this Keratin Amino Acid-enriched formula that strengthens the hair strand from within, targeting the cuticle at its core. By restoring broken hair bonds from within the strand, the Kenra Professional Platinum Restorative Reconstructor fortifies hair, improving elasticity, durability, smoothness and shine.

Over all not very outrageous claims for a hair mask to claim. I will say during the use of this hair mask, my hair has not had broken ends, it has had great shine and body and I have over all been very pleased with it. The scent is light and vaguely salon like. It also fades very quickly and is hardly noticeable. It is in general a really good hair mask.

However the interesting thing I have noticed is how it reacts with the shampoo I am using. In general when I use a hair mask of this sort, I let the mask replace my conditioner for that hair wash. I have used several different shampoo and conditioners since opening this hair mask, and to be honest, with most I felt the increased shine and body as I would expect but nothing else was very different. Then I used it with the Suave Smoothing shampoo. I posted the review of that last week and you can get the full review here if you’d like to read it.

In short (or what matters for this review) is that with the shampoo and conditioner set, the Suave worked well but didn’t last all that long, the effects fading before I next washed my hair. When I replaced my conditioner with the Kenra hair Mask, I hade the same effects of the smoothing shampoo, plus the effects of the hair mask and they lasted all the way until my next hair wash. This mask had the effect of extending the benefits of the shampoo it was paired with. Once I noticed this I tried it with a couple of other products I’d tried previously and while it is more noticible with the Suave, the effect was still there with the others.

Personally I think that is an added bonus. I’m not always a fan of Kenra products but this Intense Fortifying Masque I have to say got top marks from me.

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It’s Hair Mask Time with Klorane

Klorane Nourishing mask with Mango

I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical when I opened the package from Klorane and saw a lot of Mango themed products. Don’t get me wrong, I love mango. It is a frequently purchased fruit in my household. I was however worried it would be either a little too tropical or too sweet or even too perfume-y.

If you’ve eaten mangos then you know mangos can fall into all of those categories. Some are ripe and delicious, some have a more pronounced vanilla flavor than others and others really do stray into the perfume section. With those, i tend to pair them with honey and yogurt in a smoothie. I find the greek yoghurt really tames down that flavor.

But this wasn’t about taste, it was about scent. Specifically the scent of the Klorane Nourishing Mask with Mango.

Still, I like Klorane products and I like mango. Perhaps it would be a good pairing. So I tried it out.

You know what? It was. The mask has a lovely tropical scent to it, but it is not overpowering. It is present, but it doesn’t dominate. And the scent dimms once it is actually on the hair. Once the product was applied to my hair I could close my eyes and feel as though a mango plant with ripe fruit was planted outside of my shower, but not feel like I was swimming in a smoothie, if that makes sense. It was just the right amount of scent. In addition the scent didn’t last past the shower. There was a light sweet scent to my hair when it was dry, but it wasn’t extra mango tastic wherever I went. which I kind of appreciate. In fact I think it is aptly named. It is a nourishing mask with mango, not a mango mask.

But although scent is a major factor to me, the product has to work. According to the website…

This 2-in-1 deep conditioning treatment provides long-lasting nourishment and hydration to dry, dehydrated hair. The plant-based mask seals in moisture and adds shine, without the weight. Can be used as an overnight mask.

  • Deeply nourishes the hair without weighing it down
  • Provides long-lasting hydration, softness and shine
  • Multi-use for an in shower treatment or overnight deep nourishment
  • Hair’s ability to lock-in moisture is strengthened
  • 8x more concentrated than conditioner
  • 98% natural origin ingredients
  • Biodegradable. Vegan
  • 100% recycled and recyclable jar

The fact that it is biodegradable and that the jar is not only 100% recycled but also recyclable, made me very happy. I’ve gotten in the habit of reusing any skin or haircare product container that can be reused but I am thrilled to see that it can be recycled if I don’t find another use for it. (A lot of my containers are now used for seed starting in the spring. Yogurt containers too, in case you were wondering.)

To test this I did first use it in the shower and then again I used it as an overnight mask. First the shower.

As I stated above, it had a pleasant but not overwhelming scent when used on wet hair.My hair was soft and shiny after using it and felt very hydrated. It has a thick consistency, like a soft butter, but it fairly melts into the hair with no harsh rubbing needed. I did find that when using this mask, you need to skip the conditioner. I know that is probably a no-brainer for most of you out there, but I get into the habit of shampoo, then conditioner followed by whatever else I am doing. When using this mask in the shower, skip the conditioner. Pair it with your favorite clarifying shampoo and then apply the mask after washing.

I tried it with my clarifying shampoo and it worked well. I also tried it with the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying scrub with sea salt. When used the scrub replaces shampoo. Adding the Klorane nourishing mask right after in place of conditioner is just an amazing tag team duo for a little extra fabulousness.

But it pairs well with any shampoo,really, just skip your conditioner.

Trying it as an overnight mask was interesting. I have long and rather thick hair. So I applied it to the dry strands, twisted them up and put on a shower cap not only to keep the hair in place while I slept, but to keep it from getting all over my pillow (instead of staying in my hair).

The next morning I washed it out. My hair did feel nice and silky soft and well nourished. It might have felt a slight bit more nourished than when I used it in the shower, but to be honest, I couldn’t tell that much of a difference in my hair from when i just used it in the shower. The additional time did let the product sink in a little bit more so that was nice. I also needed slightly less product.

At the moment though my hair is fairly healthy. I think if I had a lot of damage from hot styling tools and other intense damage the overnight mask would have been fantastic as it would give my hair time to absorb it. I can see using this mask overnight when I did have some intense damage to take care of. However I think for me, if i am going to leave it on a longer period of time I would pick a day when I was working alone at my desk (or a weekend day) and apply it in the morning and rinse it out in the evening.

Part of that is that I just don’t like sleeping with masks on my hair. well actually it isn’t the mask I mind, it’s the shower cap. I think that the desk method would work better for me. I think I would use the mask over a longer period to deal with more damage or if it was a day or two before I was going somewhere and wanted my hair to look absolutely fabulous. As it is, I will happily use this mask in my once a week hair masking (usually Saturdays) until the mask is used up. And then I will repurchase it. The Klorane Nourishing Hair Mask with Mango worked as fantastically as every other Klorane product I’ve tried and I am now much less hesitant to try out all of the other mango scented products that were sent to me. I have a couple of shampoo samples I want to clear out, but soon, I will see how the mango shampoo stacks up to the mango mask. If it keeps pace, I will be a happy camper indeed.

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This week’s hair mask: Prenup from IGK

Have you ever had a moment where you are really excited by a product and are enjoying using it and then when you go to look it up on line you find out that it has been discontinued?

That is the feeling I feel right now. 

In March’s Boxycharm Premium box, I received the IGK Prenup Instant Spray hair mask.  IGK is a brand I have used quite a lot of.  Their Mistress leave in conditioner was, for a long time, my go to product.  It was the conditioner I compared all others to. 

I have since branched out and while I have several IGK products I am finishing out, there are other brands and products that I find I enjoy just as much if not more.  So I haven’t really looked in on IGK for a while.  When this instant spray mask came in my box I was intrigued.  I had not heard of it and thought it might be a newer product.  I was also curious about a spray in hair mask.

While I may occasionally use a hair mask during the week if I feel my hair needs a bit of help, typically I use a hair mask every saturday as part of my weekly haircare routine. I like treating my hair once a week to a little extra love and as I have has tome really good masks that I’ve tried out, I think my hair likes it.

So this weekend I I decided to use the IGK Prenup Instant Spray Hair mask

It was fantastic.

It is very fine mist that smells like a high end hair salon.  It is easy to spray in the shower with wet hands.  There is no fumbling with jars or packets.  It is the easiest to apply hair mask I have ever used. 

And when my hair was dried, it felt silky soft and like I had just had a nice treatment done to it. So I was all set to look up the details of the ingredients and see if I could figure out why my hair liked it so much.

The Prenup Instant hair mask isn’t even listed on the site anymore. To actually find a listing for it, I had to do a deep dive into the Lovely Skin website (not that I mind that, I like poking around on Lovely Skin, I almost always find something I like and a lot of my skin care purchases come from their site, and some non-skincare purchases too). However here it is where I found out that the product is discontinued. (and where the links will take you since it was the only place on line that I could find it listed.)

They were happy to recommend another product, which I’m sure is wonderful, but it was a hair mask in the traditional tube.  It was not a spray on mask and I think that is what made this one special.  It did wonderful things for my hair, but so do a lot of other masks.  The fact that I could dispense this mask with just a quick spray and that it was so light on the hair made it more of a unique piece.

And so I was sad that it was no longer available and to be honest somewhat annoyed with Boxycharm for sending discontinued products. While I love trying new things from subscription boxes, part of the reason is to try them, decide how I feel about them and then if I like them purchase the item and add it to my routine. While I am glad I got to try the product, it also makes me feel a little duped and to be honest, taunted. 

“Here’s this product to try.  Oh you like it?  Well, too bad because you can never have it again.”

I’m sure you know exactly the taunting voice and mocking laughter that needs to accompany those lines, I’ll let you add them yourself.

I know, I probably should have left off this review but it kind of irked me so I went ahead and posted it, even though it is for a discontinued product, just in case anyone is curious.  I have no idea about the full ingredients list as the list was taken off the website, and the product itself is discontinued.  However it was a really nice product and if you do come across it, maybe at TJMaxx or Marshalls, I recommend picking it up and giving it a try. It is well worth using.  Just be aware it has been discontinued and that may be your only chance to use the Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask from IGK.

Incidentally though the Spring Renewal sale at Lovely Skin starts today and you can get up to 20% off most brands so if there is an item you’ve been stalking for a while it might be a good time to peek in and see if it is available.

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Getting a Bad Attitude with The Mane Club

As I’ve mentioned before each Saturday I treat my hair to a hair mask.  The mask I choose generally coincides with my hair’s needs.  Too much dry shampoo that week?  Let’s look into a scalp scrub.  Hair looking a little dull?  Why not something to bulk up the shine?

While I have always indulged in hair masks when I can, it was always sort of an afterthought. In the past year I have been on my own with my hair (aka sans stylist) and as a consequence I’ve had to pay more attention to it than I usually do. While I’m not sure trimming my own bangs can be considered a plus, in fact, I am pretty sure I am getting worse at trimming them as time goes on, the hair masks are a benefit. Because I can’t just make an appointment to deal with whatever is going on with my hair, I have started evaluating it like I do my skin and treating it according to need, hence the pre hair masking self questionnaire. Hair masks have really been a lifesaver and I am now in a routine of the once a week evaluation.

This week I pulled the Bad Attitude Volumizing and deep conditioning mask from my collection of products to try because my hair was feeling a little flat.  I believe this one came to me in a Glossy Box Mystery Box a while ago. Glossy Box remains one of my favorite subscriptions and while they don’t do their mystery boxes often, they do have limited edition boxes come out routinely. The next one is the Glossy Easter Egg which looks fantastic. But more on that later, back to the mask.

It is a Mane Club Hair mask and I have generally found that my hair reacts really, really well with Mane Club Products and my frugal side loves that they are only $3 each (they sent a package to me a while ago with products to try and I have been loving all of them.  Incidentally, their One Hit Wonder Spray I repeatedly mention and adore is  also featured in the buzzfeed Article – 25 Hair Products That Come Recommended From Hairstylists – It is number thirteen, I personally think it should have been number one, but that’s just me, maybe they had to build up to its fabulousness.)

So what does this volumizing mask do? I know a very unnecessary question, but let’s see what the product information has to say anyway shall we?

Hey babe, we’ll help keep your attitude and hair in check with this volumizing hair mask.

MANE PAYOFF:

• Volumizes

• Strengthens

• Deeply Conditions

SCENT: Peaches

DIRECTIONS: Apply this goop to clean, wet hair, leave on for up to 5 minutes and rinse. Each package contains 2-3 uses.

The Mane Club

All of their hair masks that I have tried have given me three consistent uses and even though this was my first time using this mask, I know I have enough product for two more uses.  As always when faced with a packet like this, I dispense it into a separate container.  I generally find that the jar is not only easier to use, but also lets me more easily see how much product I am using so I don’t go overboard and try to use the entire packet in one sitting.

This time, I used an old Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Moisturizer jar.  It is a nice cream by the way, especially at night.  I’ve used it several times in the past and probably will use it again. The formula is good, the scent is like an orange creamsicle and the jar is also nice solid glass making it reusable. The mask fit perfectly inside. 

What I like to do with five minute masks is to wet my hair down with a spray bottle (this one came from my local Target.  They have them generally in the hair care or travel container sections.  I have found it is really useful  for a variety of things and rather inexpensive to boot.  I generally keep plain water in it and if nothing else spray down my comb to run through my bangs when I wake up and they are all wonky. It’s a super quick life saver.

But it is also good for hair masks. 

So I sprayed down my hair until it was wet (I put a towel on the floor first so it was not wet) and then I applied the mask to my hair, used the clip to wrap it up on top of my head and let it sit for five minutes. 

my non hair dryer drying procedure. I know, soooo high tech

Actually it took me almost exactly five minutes to gather my fresh clothes, go into the bathroom strip down and let the shower water heat up. Then I rinsed the hair mask out and let it air dry.

Because it is a volumizing mask I didn’t want to use my hair dryer to give it extra bulk it might not have.  I also didn’t want to add a heat protectorate spry over it in case it adjusted the product as well.  The first time testing a mask I like to just use the mask.

So that is what I did. 

I kept my hair in the towel for a bit to keep it from dripping, then let it air dry and ran a brush through the then dry locks.

I have to say my hair feels thicker.  It also feels silky soft.  There are a few fly aways so I will be taming them with the One Hit Wonder when I go to use my Revlon Curling Brush on my hair to actually style it. But I have to say that as always I am thoroughly impressed with The Mane Club. 

Pre mask on the left, post mask on the right. The slight curl in the left is due to holdove styling while the right side has only been dried and brushed not styled.

I was expecting volume and even with the note about deep conditioning on the label, some how that didn’t register at all. I only saw the volume. While I like the name Bad Attitude and I think it suitable, I think that because of the name I really had it in the back of my head that tangles and possible frizziness would go along with the volume. They don’t. I think it is just the word bad hat put the thoughts there. The conditioning aspect is really nice. It is also really hard to show in static photos, or in anything not in person really. It is a touch thing. My hair feels really soft and nourished.

And yes I did get volume. I also need to remember to wear light colored shirts when taking hair pics so things show up better. My hair was thicker and fuller after using the mask and to be honest, as strange as this sounds it really showed up when I wore my hair in a high ponytail. The ends didn’t look as thin and I was actually asked if I filled my hair out with anything. This mask is definitely going on my list of products to be ordered again. Which means that as far as hair masks go, I am sitting at three for three. That is a really good success rate.

I know I sound really surprised. I shouldn’t at this point, they make great products. I think that I’ve been a bit conditioned into believing that price equals quality and that expensive is always better. Truthfully with the exception of the t-shirts on their site, no product they currently offer is over $10. The masks are all $3 each (and you get three uses out of each) and their fabulous One Hit Wonder is only $8 and it leaves more expensive products in the dust. I still see the low price and am shocked by how well it works. I’ll get over it, but this is one hair care brand I am going to pay attention to even when I do finally begin the quest for a new hair stylist (my salon closed before the pandemic due to a rent increase and my stylist moved with her husband across the country – Colorado I think, but I could be wrong).So even when the world shifts back into a more regular everyday pattern I may be on my own with my hair care for a while.It is good to know what products I can trust while I search out a new stylist.

Incidentally, The One Hit Wonder is the March Product of the month for The Main Club. You might want to check it out, and maybe pick up a few hair masks while you are there. I can personally recommend Cry Baby, The Expert and Bad Attitude. I’m sure once I try more, my recommendations list will grow. It’s just that sort of company.

Trying out the Expert Procrastinator Anti Frizz Hair mask from The Mane Club

As many of you may recall from previous posts, I tend to treat my hair to a mask once a week (usually on Saturdays).  Recently Mane Club sent over a lovely package with their One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 spray (which I adore) and several of their masks for me to try. 

I’ll admit, I knew very little about the brand before they gifted me items to try so I looked into them as well as their items.   The brand is a relatively new one, started in 2019, which made me feel better about not recognizing them immediately.  It also makes me glad that I didn’t spend a lifetime not knowing about the One Hit Wonder spray. That would just have been too sad.  I can live with a few years though.

The brand is located in NYC and all of their products are vegan and cruelty free.  They are also what the brand calls junk free, which means they contain no sulfates, parabens and phthalates. I know, that list is often tagged on products these days but a simple break down is this:

Sulfates: can strip hair dawn making it dry and brittle, can also cause irritation in the skin like redness dryness and itching.

Parabens: Can cause dryness and itching of the scalp, hair loss and the fading of your color.

Phthalates: Can cause reproductive issues, increase the risk for breast and lung cancer and can cause or worsen asthma (among a long list of other possible dangers.)

While that is just a simple synopsis there are hundreds of articles and research papers out there by much more scientifically minded folks than me and if interested I would highly recommend checking some of them out.  But what it basically boils down to is that Having products with none of those three ingredients isn’t just some marketing ploy, it is actually really good to see that they are eliminated from the list.

You know what else is good? The fact that all of their hair care products are offered for less than $10. (technically their t-shirts are more than ten dollars, but all of their hair care products are under $10.  Yup that One Hit Wonder spray I love and keep raving about – even in a post about a hair mask – is only $8. I don’t mind paying extra for good hair care products, but I also don’t think it is a necessity.  If I can stock my hair care with affordable products that work fantastically well, then I am all in.

This Expert Procrastinator is the second mask I have tried from the brand.  The first one I tried was the Cry Baby repairing mask (retail $3) and I really enjoyed it.  There were a few things I noticed when I used it that I will be applying to the Expert Procrastinator as well. The first this is that Like Cry Baby, Expert Procrastinator comes in a tear open pouch.  While these pouches are super easy to tear open, even with wet hands, there is enough product in each pouch to give you three masking experiences.

Yes I procrastinated taking the tape label off of the reused jar. I have since replaced it.

What I like to do is take an empty jar and empty the pouch into it before I apply the mask.  This way all of the product is secure, I don’t add too much to my hair thinking that I need to use up the pouch in one sitting and in generally it just makes everything work a lot more easily.  I generally keep old glass moisturizer jars to reuse.  Often they end up getting used in my greenhouse, but they are excellent for use here.  By design most moisturizer jars keep product out of the sunlight and air so I know the mask will be safe.

For the Cry baby mask I ended up using the Volition Celery Green Moisturizer jar (excellent moisturizer by the way).  It is also the perfect size for the mask.  And as last week I finished the last of the Cry baby mask, it is freshly washed and ready to use for the Expert Procrastinator.  I just have to take my masking tape label off of it and put on a different masking tape label. Labels are key to not confusing yourself with the products. It is amazing how helpful masking tape and a sharpie can be.

But while I squeeze the mask into a new jar readying it for use, let’s look at what to expect from the Expert Procrastinator (other than expert procrastinating).

Hey babe, we all deserve a lazy day. Just relax and we’ll do the work for you with this frizz control hair mask.

MANE PAYOFF:

• Smooths Frizz

• Hydrates

• Deeply Conditions 

SCENT: Pear

DIRECTIONS: Apply this goop to clean, wet hair, leave on for up to 5 minutes and rinse. Each package contains 2-3 uses.

the mask in the jar is enough for three sessions

I love that it has a simple list of what it does.  This mask isn’t trying to do everything.  It is focused and I like that.  My hair often has different issues depending on the time of year and what horrors I have inflicted upon it in the recent past. Because of this I generally like to keep an array of hair masks (a masking library of sorts, that I can consult each week when I choose that week’s mask.  Do I feel like I have dry shampoo build up on the scalp?  Well, I have a mask for that.  Has my hair spent more time with the flat iron than usual due to an overwhelming number of meetings?  Well I have a mask for that too.

This week frizz control and deep conditioning sound like just the thing for my hair, which is why I chose this particular mask from the selection in the drawer.

The process of applying a hair mask is very simple.  You can do it in the shower or not.  I tend to like the outside the shower method.  I use a spray bottle  (picked up at Target for a dollar or so, I can’t remember the exact price as I’ve been using the same one for about 5 years at this point) to damp my hair, apply the mask, use a clip to secure the mask covered hair to the top of my head and then leave it sit for five minutes before jumping in the shower to rinse it out. 

I like this method because I don’t feel rushed.  I don’t hae to stand around in the shower, peeping out through the shower curtain to see if the timer is about to go off.  I also don’t have to risk soaking my timer from the shower.  I can apply the mask, gather my clean clothes for the shower and get everything ready.  By the time I’m ready for my shower, the five minutes have passed and I am ready to rinse the mask out continue with the rest of my shower.  I also generally apply a face mask while my hair mask is in.  I tend to avoid clay masks when I do this and stick to the more gel like masks.  Today I’m going with the Vichy Mineral Masque which is one of my favorites. Since I only have five minutes I apply a very thin layer and most of it is well absorbed before I get into the shower.

So this is what I did with the Expert Procrastinator mask. And how was the experience you ask?

Well, first off the scent is delightfully pear.  And yes the mask does say Pear scented, but I quite frankly didn’t think to look until I was applying it.  Personally I love the scent.  The pear is lightly sweet, not like sugar was added to the scent but more like the sweet scent you get when a pear is warm and ripe and just perfect to pull from the tree and eat. (we had a pear tree when I was a kid.)  It is a fantastic scent and I wish more products had the scent in it. 

The hair – no frizz, smooth soft and fabulously conditioned, although my bangs really need a trim.

The scent fades almost as soon as the mask is applied though, so it is a temporary delight.  It returns a little bit once you start rinsing it out in the shower and when dry if I press my hair to my nose I can smell a faint whiff of pears.  It is light and you really have to search to find it, so if you are bothered by lingering scents in your hair, this is not going to cause you any trouble.

In the shower it rinsed out well and even wet my hair felt that softness of conditioning.  But the proof is in the hair later.

So I finished my shower, toweled off and dressed and then went to my hair dryer.  I recently picked up the Revlon Laser Brilliance Shine Hair Dryer and I have to say I am really enjoying it.  I planned to do a bunch of research and but the fact is that while I don’t mind air drying my hair in the summer in the winter I just hair having the wet hair on my neck any longer than I have to. It just takes a really long time to dry on its own. This was the dryer Target had in stock so I figured it would do for now.  I really like it thus far. I think it was around $29 at Target and comes with both smoothing and volumizing attachments, in case anyone is looking for a decent affordable hair dryer.

And so how did the Expert Procrastinator do?

Expertly.

For this test I didn’t use any kind of other post shower product, I just blow dried my hair about 90% dry and combed it out while I did. Then I let it dry the rest of the way on its own.  While I will use a heat protecting spray in future uses (as I still have two masks worth of product sealed away in my jar) I had no issues with tangling and my hair came out soft and well-conditioned.  There is no frizz even though the heater is on in the house and I can feel the dryness of the air around me. And while my hair felt fantastic on the day I did use the mask it also felt really nice on the following day as well. 

This is definitely a mask I will be reordering and keeping in my arsenal.  I already put Cry Baby on the list to order and I will now be adding the Expert Procrastinator as well. I still have one more mask that The Mane Club sent for me to try out and that is the Cha Ching Moisturizing Hair mask (with a cherry Scent) and in addition I received the Mane Club’s Bad Attitude Volumizing hair mask that I received in a Glossy Box Mystery box to try out before I place my order. The Bad Attitude is listed as having a sweet and spicy scent so I am actually really looking forward to seeing what that scent is like. 

And no it isn’t just the scent I am curious about. I am curious about the volumizing aspect as well since sometimes volumizing products work well in my hair and sometimes they don’t.  Thus far everything I have tried from The Mane Club has worked well.  I’ve tested three items (the One Hit Wonder and two masks) and all three have made it onto my reorder list.  As all of their masks are $3 ordering a bunch of them to keep on hand is no hardship.  The trick is waiting until I’ve tried the ones I have so I know what I want to order.  I suspect that when I do order my favorites I am going to end up ordering several of their other products just to try.  With each product offered for under $10 how can I resist?


Hair masking with Cry Baby from The Mane Club NYC

Recently I received a package of items from the Mane Club to try out and review.  The first item I tried out was the One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 leave in spray and it was a fantastic product (and super affordable). As soon as I tried it I could not wait to try the other products. I also really like the brand in general. They only do hair products and all their products are not only vegan and cruelty free but they are affordably priced. The One Hit Wonder for example is only $8 and the bottle will last quite some time.

But this is not about the fabulous product I’ve already tried. This is about The Cry Baby Repairing Hair mask.

In the box Mane Club sent there were three hair masks (I later ended up with another two in a Glossy Box Mystery box).  So there was quite the selection to choose from when I went to do my weekly hair mask.

Before I get into the first of the masks let me tell you a little bit about my hair.  My hair (at the moment) is long enough to reach my bra strap.  While I was having it trimmed regularly at my salon, at this point I let it grow until it annoys me or looks really bad on the ends then I follow the Brad Mundo basic hair trimming method (using the rubber bands) to take off the ends so it is more reasonable in length.  I did have layers in my hair in 2019. There are no layers now.  I miss the layers.

I do not trust my hair cutting skills enough to try putting in the layers myself and so until I find a new salon, no layers. My salon closed last January and my stylist moved far far away. (They upped the rental price on the building for the salon before the world went haywire and the salon owner decided to retire instead of renewing. The building has since sat empty.)

My hair is currently dyed.  Currently I have a very faded box dye in my hair, which means I have really long roots and a strange poof ball of straggling grays on the top of my head.  Luckily, the box dye was close enough to my natural color that the roots aren’t that dramatic in real life.  They are quite apparent when the back of my head is photographed and the camera light bounces off of them. I have a kit coming from e-salon that contains custom dye so I will soon be rid of both.

Soon….Soooooon.

But then my hair will again be color treated.

The one thing that having to do things like trim my own hair has done (besides giving me a lot more respect for my stylist – don’t get me wrong, I respected her before because I knew I could not do what she did, now I just think there should be a holiday: National Stylists day) is force me to pay attention to the condition of my hair even more. 

My hair is slightly on the thicker side and while I wear it tied up for exercise, when down I tend to use a variety of heat tools on it and let’s face it, generally abuse it in the name of styling. This year, like everyone  else in the world, I went out a lot less. And so I styled my hair a lot less.  The reason that I have no more layers is that I also started trimming off more and more of the damaged ends.

I figured I might want to take the extended break from styling and use the time to get everything healthy. Then when I find a new stylist I can present them with a healthy head of hair to work with even if there is no actual identifiable cut and style left. It will be a blank slate of healthy hair. I still have some issues, and some of them will remain because even though i style less, I still love my heat tools, but I am getting my hair in shape.

One of the ways I am doing this is through hair masks. At the moment, I am doing one mask a week, generally on Saturdays. Once a week feels like I am doing a good thing for my hair and not like I am over doing it.

Because I still have some damaged ends, I decided to start with the Cry Baby Repairing Mask (retail $3). According to the Mane Club’s product page…

Hey babe, turn that frown upside down. Wash your worries away and treat yourself to this repairing hair mask

MANE PAYOFF:  Repairs, Reduces Breakage,  Deeply Conditions

SCENT: Citrus

DIRECTIONS: Apply this goop to clean, wet hair, leave on for up to 5 minutes and rinse. Each package contains 2-3 uses.

I know this is going to sound strange to say, but I really like the fact that they let me know right on the package that I can get 2-3 uses out of the packet instead of it being a one use mask.   I like knowing how much I should expect to apply. I also like knowing that I shouldn’t just take the packet into the shower and attempt to use all of it in one sitting. That is a really nice thing to know.

The wide tab at the top makes it easy to grip and tear with no heartache, even with wet hands

Now I will say that tear open packets, the shower and me are not a trifecta of happiness.  However, since I know this is not a one use packet (because they told me in advance) I employed a little trick.

I opened the packet prior to my shower, took an empty jar that once held face cream and squeezed the mask into the jar.  (The jar I used once housed Volition’s Celery Green Cream. It is a fantastic moisturizer, especially in the warmer months. It also has a really tightly sealable lid and is excellent repurposed for this. A tight lid is key to this trick working).

This way it is easy to use and I have an airtight container to keep the extra mask safe from either drying out or contaminants. I find this really helps as I really only use hair masks once a week.  A week in an open foil packet can seriously compromise a product. Plus, there is no wasted products since I am not tempted to use too much when opening it in the shower.

I would like to point out that I am not complaining about the mask being in a foil packet. Why?  Because it is a three dollar mask.  Hair masks can get really pricy. Mane Club is an Indie brand that is committed to making their products affordable.  I’m sure packaging like this helps.  And I am okay with that. 

Also the mask packet even though it is a foil packet has a large enough pull tab that even with wet hands it is super easy to grab and open. It’s the shampoo and conditioner ones that get me (but I will leave my rant out of this for now.

the hair mask in the jar

Plus, I have a lot of empty glass moisturizer containers and I love reusing them.  Most of them will be used to start seeds in my greenhouse this spring, but I am perfectly happy repurchasing a pretty face cream jar for a nice hair mask.  And it is glass so it can be cleaned out and reused repeatedly with no problems.  I just use masking tape to mark the product that is currently in it so there is no confusion.

And because I am taking pictures, I decided to do this hair mask at my desk instead of in the shower. I wet my hair down with a spray bottle of water, applied it in my bathroom, pinned my hair up and then watched a You Tube video for the five minutes I needed to let it sit.  Then I went to take a shower to wash it off.

my set up with mask spray with water and a hair clip

I personally love the claw style clips for when I am doing something like this with my hair.  They hold everything up and because they are almost entirely plastic you can take them directly into the shower with you, rinse product off of them and then leave them to dry and be ready for another use.  They are at almost every drug store I’ve ever been to and are relatively inexpensive.  They also last a really long time.  I think I’ve had this one about five years and it is still going strong. The spray bottle was in the travel section of target and cost about a dollar. It is good for this kind of masking application, but sometimes I wake up and my bangs are crazy so it is good for taming them in the morning too.

But back to the mask.  The mask is thick and creamy.  It claims to be citrus scented and I do smell some orange and lime in there. There is also a bit of coconut mixed in and so it smells vaguely Pina Colada –esque. As you can see from the product remaining in the jar (Picture Below), I probably have about two more uses worth of product left, so I would say two to three uses is bang on and makes it more or less a dollar per use. 

wet hair

When applying the Cry Baby Mask (or any hair mask really), I like to start off with a heavy dose of mask on the roots of my hair, then turn my head upside down and add a heavy dose to my ends.  Then I go in and add product to the rest of the hair and massage it into the roots before twisting my hair into a mass at the top of my head. I find it gets the most product in the places it needs to be.  Just lay a towel on the floor to catch water drips and possible product. You don’t want your floor tiles super slick and turning into a falling hazard.

There lies danger.

I concentrate on the ends and roots first

The mask washed out pretty easily after five minutes. No real scrubbing or rubbing needed.  I just turned on the shower spray and ran my fingers through to make certain the water washed it all out.  As I still have not replaced my hairdryer, I combed through with my detangling brush and then let it dry naturally.  I specifically did not use a detangling spray even though this is not a detangling mask, I wanted to know how my hair felt with just this mask.

mask in

The brush went through my hair well, and while there was some hair left behind on the brush. When I looked at the hairs, most of them showed some sign of damage so I am guessing that the more damaged hairs just sort of evacuated my head in the face of the mask.  And to be honest there weren’t that many hairs in the detangling brush, I just found it interesting that they were the more damaged ones.

So was there improvement in the condition of my hair?  I would say that my hair does feel healthier.  I think though that like skin care, hair care needs repeated uses in order to see a real effect.  However, my hair is nice and healthy looking with a nice shine. There is no heavy residue left and my hair does not feel weighted down.  It also smells more like lime as my hair dried and less like Pina Coladas.

easy comb through after washing and still wet

The scent is very subtle in dried hair so it isn’t overpowering, which I appreciate .  This turned out to be a really good hair mask for me and I will certainly use up the other two applications left in the jar. 

mask left over after one application

I would certainly advise that you get a container to hold the extra portions of the mask, just for convenience sake and because when you squeeze it out of the packet with clean dry hands you can make certain to get every drop of product out of the foil packet and this doesn’t seem like a mask that should go to waste.  Just make certain you have a jar with a tight fitting lid so it doesn’t dry out and that you label the jar.

It may only be $3, but quite frankly it performed as well, if not better than some of the more expensive masks I’ve tried. It is one I will definitely put on my list for repeat use and ordering.   I can tell you I am so looking forward to trying out the remaining masks.  I’m also happy I have a second Cry Baby mask from a subscription box just waiting to be used. This is a mask I don’t mind keeping multiples of around.