One month of the Juice Beauty Bamboo Pore Refining Mask

For the past four weeks I have used the Juice Beauty Pore Refining mask. The suggested use is two times a week so I decided Monday and Wednesday would be the days that I used the mask. It has been a very interesting experience. Before we get into how it performed and all the details, let’s take a look at the product page on the brand site.

NEW Clear and hydrate skin at the same time with our NEW Bamboo Pore Refining Mask. Help protect against ‘maskne’ with bamboo charcoal & kaolin clay to help detox; Aspen bark to help smooth & hydrate, and exfoliating polyhydroxy acids for a softer, smoother complexion.

Eco-values: With Certified Organic Ingredients to protect humans, animals and the planet.

Sustainable Packaging: Sustainable & recyclable glass jar. FSC Paper.

Full Ingredients: organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, organic glycerin*, cetearyl alcohol+, pyrus malus (organic apple) fruit juice*, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower) seed oil*, charcoal powder (bamboo)+, kaolin (clay), butyrospermum parkii (organic shea) butter*, sodium stearoyl lactylate+, phytic acid +, bentonite (clay) , tocopherol (Vitamin E)+, panthenol (Vitamin B5), copernicia cerifera (organic carnauba) wax*, sorbitan stearate+, lactic acid+, caprylhydroxamic acid+, populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract+, salix alba (willow) bark extract+, allantoin, zinc gluconate, citrus limon (lemon) fruit extract+, glycolic acid, vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract+, saccharum officinarum (sugarcane) extract+, citric acid, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract+, citrus medica limonum (organic lemon) juice*, acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract+, tartaric acid (DL-), malic acid, salicylic acid, phenylethyl alcohol+, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil+, commiphora myrrha (myrrh) oil+, gluconolactone+, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower oil+, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil+, sodium hydroxide
* Certified organic ingredient
† Plant derived

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This mask is $36 (and I believe Juice Beauty has free shipping on orders over $30, if you are looking to order from the site)Opening the mask, it looks like a black clay mask. And because it is me and you know I sniff everything, I took a sniff. I can definitely smell the aloe, sunflower oil, charcoal and clay. There is also a hint of peppermint to the scent. It is actually quite a pleasant scent. It is earthy and slightly herbal. I really enjoyed it.

it smells nicer than it looks, but it will stain your washcloth

One of the reasons I chose this mask for a weekday trial was that it is a two minute mask. That’s right, it only needs two minutes on the skin to be left to do it’s thing. I’ll admit, I was skeptical about what the mask could accomplish in two minutes or if it was going to be so harsh that in two minutes I would have issues. I did a test patch and had no adverse reaction. Which sort of made me think it wasn’t going to do anything.

I was wrong.

But we’ll get to that.

The mask applies smoothly. There are no particulates in it. Nothing in this mask is a physical exfoliant. And on the skin it feels just like cool clay. there is no tingling, or burning or anything. It simply feels like a cool clay mask.

beginning of the month

What I found interesting is that unlike other clay masks, it doesn’t have the time to dry down. Two minutes doesn’t get it to the dried and hard to remove stage. This mask wiped off easily with a cloth (Although I would use a dedicated cloth as the charcoal has a tendency to stain the washcloth). After it was removed with a cloth I did have to rinse my face as my skin looked a little dirty from the left behind charcoal.

At first I didn’t think the mask did anything. A few hours later, I noticed that I had more raised bumps on my skin than I had that morning. I thought, well, maybe it is doing something. The next day I used an exfoliator (I actually used a couple different ones while using this mask, but I stuck to gentle exfoliators wince I was using them more than usual). Then Wednesday arrived and i used the mask for another two minute session. A few hours later a few more bumps appeared and then I used an exfoliator the following day.

End of the month, I know there doesn’t seem to be much difference but the texture especially in my high clog areas is greatly improved.

It was a very interesting process. There were a couple of times where I used the mask and nothing came up and there were a few uses where clogged pores were brought to the surface as though someone called a mass evacuation of my skin. They never became full blown blemishes though in most cases, because I used exfoliators and a peel off mask (the Neo Gen Foaming Peel off mask was fantastic during this process. The link will take you to my full review).

I did notice during this trial there tended to be about one day a week where I just didn’t want to bother with makeup. I generally used a day where i didn’t have to see anyone to take that Makeup free day, but with the clearing and exfoliation I think my skin just needed some extra time to breathe.

Most of this mask was used up in this month’s trial. There is still some left so I could probably do about two more weeks of the trial (so about seven-ish weeks of product in total in the jar if used twice a week every week). However I now know how this mask works with my skin. I think that i would not use it twice a week, unless I was doing a deep down pore cleanse. Mostly because I think it is a waste of product. While this mask did being up the clogged pores, it tend to bring them up in the areas where i generally have clogged pores.

There were a few extras here and there, but it was mostly in the areas i expect to get clogged pores. I think that using this as a full mask a week before a big event where you can draw out clogged pores and clear them away so you have fabulous skin for the event is a good idea (just give yourself time to clear away what the mask raises). I think a better use of this mask is to spot treat the areas where you know clogged pores tend to be. Personally I always get them along the lower curve of my orbital bone so a spot treatment makes me look like I am gearing up to play football, but its a too minute looks so I can take it. Especially if i can clear out the clogged pores.

For the skin that doesn’t tend to have clogged pores, it made the skin soft and feel very clean, but I have dozens of masks that do that equally well. This is a mask that brings clogs to the surface so they can be cleared away. That is it’s strength and I think a spot use is the way to go. In addition remember that as it brings clogs to the surface, you are going to have to clear them away, so in that sense it is a mask that temporarily makes your skin look bad. So plan accordingly. Use it a few days before a big event, not the day of. And definitely use a cloth that you don’t mind getting a little charcoal stained. It isn’t a major staining and part of mine might have been from so much concentrated use, but after the cloth came out of the wash there was some discoloration. Don’t use the good washcloths for this.

Would I purchase this mask again? Yes. I think it is a great mask to have in my skincare arsenal. It works well and it works quickly. And I think that if it is deployed in the areas most in need of pore clearing instead of all over the face, this jar will last for quite some time. In my book, this Juice Beauty Bamboo Pore Refining Mask was a winner.

The Daily: March 17th, 2021

This is going to be a very short post. Today I did my morning post and went on my first walk of the day. It was between rainstorms. I came back, feeling pleased with myself for beating the rain. I sat down on the couch and took off my shoes as the sky opened up. I then made the mistake of leaning back against the back of the couch. I closed my eyes and tried to figure out what I needed to do next and promptly fell asleep. And that is where i stayed most of the afternoon. Apparently I needed sleep and my body decided it was going to take it regardless of my plans. It could be allergy related, it could be vaccine related or it could even be that I just didn’t get enough sleep. So my day has consisted of one walk and one very long unplanned nap. The only adornment to my face is the line where my face pressed into the seam of the couch cushion. Now I am going to go take a shower and see if I can do a little regrouping. I hope your day, whatever it holds, has gone a little more to plan than mine.

Happy Hour:Oven baked Jalapeno Poppers and Cream Ale

the poppers

Welcome once again to the weekly happy hour.  Here for a short while we can unwind, relax from the stress of the work week and take a moment or two to just enjoy ourselves.  And since it is happy hour at home we can do so wearing comfy clothes instead of anything fit for the general public.  Some days, the benefit of sipping a drink and nibbling an appetizer while wearing fuzzy socks cannot be underestimated.

As you may have noticed from the title the drink this week was a repeat one.  My babydoll makes a lovely cream ale and so we almost always have a stock pile of it on hand. And no I haven’t run out of cocktail recipes, tonight’s happy hour was a request.

My babydoll wanted jalapeno poppers and beer for this week’s happy hour.

As he’s had a bit of a rough week, I went along with it. Especially since usually when it comes to our Friday happy Hour treats he is usually just willing to go along with whatever I decide I want to make.  Although it isn’t really a hardship.  I like the cream ale and I am not going to say no to cheesy jalapeno goodness.

While the Cream Ale is from a kit and brewed by my babydoll, I did make the poppers. When all is said and done, they are ridiculously easy to make.


12 whole Jalapenos

½ cup Cream cheese

½ cup grated cheddar cheese

Six strips of bacon (we went with the smokiest we can find since we are roasting them in the oven instead of over a grill)

You will also need a sheet pan, a piece of tin foil and an oven.

That’s it.

To make the poppers:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.


Step 1: Slice the jalapenos in half and take out the seeds and pith.  If you like them spicier you can leave in a little of the pith since that is where the heat is, just leave a little room for the cheese.


Step 2: In a bowl mix together the cream cheese and cheddar until it is blended (I like to use a fork for this.

Step 3: line your sheet pan with tin foil.  No matter how well you prepare these some cheese will leak out and trust me that tin foil will make your life a lot easier.

cheese mix

Step 4:  spoon the cheese mix into the hollow jalapeno halves and then put the halves back together to make a whole pepper again (although this time it has cheese inside.)

Step 5: Wrap each pepper with a strip of bacon and place on tin foil covered baking sheet.


Step 6: Bake for 15 minutes or until bacon is brown and crispy. For ours since our jalapenos were enormous and out bacon wasn’t getting as crisp as I like, I baked for 15 minutes and then moved it under the broiler for another five minutes just to crisp up the bacon.  If you do this, keep an eye on it as that broiler can take it from crisp to charcoal.

wrap and bake

When the bacon is as crispy as you want it, remove from the over, place on a plate and enjoy.

Our jalapenos ended up being more or less the size of poblanos so we decided that this “appetizer” would be followed with a dinner salad instead of a larger meal.

For us that makes a good balance. If you have more typically sized jalapenos, you can keep them as actual poppers.  Whatever you use, I hope you enjoy your happy hour as much as we enjoy ours.

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