Brazened Honey Face mask contains almost entirely natural ingredients, some of which you could eat, such as lime juice, organic free range eggs, sage, rosemary, juniper, fresh ginger root, almond oil, fennel and of course honey.
Because of the fresh ingredients, it is highly perishable and needs to be kept in the fridge. Ignore this at your peril! I once forgot to put a Lush face mask in the fridge until the day after buying it, and within a week it had spots of green mould growing on it! Not a pretty sight! It wasn’t the Brazened Honey one, which I have found actually lasts better than some of the others. I’ve found it’s usually better to try and use them up within a couple of weeks to avoid them going off. However, the Brazened Honey mask I currently have has been in my fridge about a month and still has a bit left which hasn’t gone off and still smells fresh, so it keeps quite well.
This mask is very pleasant to use. It has a fresh, herby tang to it, as well as the sweetness of the honey. It’s a greeny yellow colour and has a nice thick, rich texture, although it is also grainy, as it has ground almond shell as an exfoliant. After washing my skin, I apply thick dollops of the face mask and spread it over my face and down onto my neck.
After about five minutes it starts to dry and I can feel it tightening on my skin. It makes my skin feel tingly, in a way that’s quite pleasant, and makes me feel it’s doing a good cleansing job. After about ten minutes I use a hot, damp flannel to start wiping it off. It’s quite thick at this point and not easy to clean off so needs plenty of wiping with the hot flannel. I find it’s better to do it this way rather than by splashing water on my face as this prevents the almond shell getting in my eyes. When I’m sure I’ve got all the almond shell off my skin, then I splash it with plenty of clean warm water to get off any residue. It leaves my face feeling clean, smooth and tingly and I can see a difference in the pores straight away. They always look much cleaner, and I don’t feel that my skin has been stressed by chemicals, the way it does with other less natural skin products.
After trying most of the Lush face masks, I think this is one I will definitely buy again, as it smells delicious and suits my not-exactly-youthful combination skin. Although, come to think of it, I didn’t buy this one at all! It came free in exchange for five empty Lush pots. Don’t forget to save your Lush pots and take them back! They always give you a free face mask, worth about £6.00, a very worthwhile freebie.
The lush brazened honey face mask is a more thick and grainy type of texture and looks on first glace like it would be difficult to apply to the face, although I found the product to be extremely easy to apply and the thick textured allowed me to use only a small amount to cover my face which in turn made this product one of my favorites as it lasted such a long time. The texture it self appear to me as more of a face scrub than a mask with the grainy texture but it sat comfortably on my face and did not cause any irritation of discomfort at all.
The mask gave my face a deep clean with out drying it out completely and I have been having problems with black heads for a long time and barley ever find a product worthy buying a second time for this problem, but after the first couple of uses I found the black heads where almost completely gone and I am confident that using this product regularly will completely vanquish my skin problem which is the first time I can say this with a face mask. It left my skin amazingly soft and replenished like all lush face products, this one in particular stuck to my mind as it left my skin in such good condition, way better than anything given to me from a pharmacy or doctors prescription. It also smells fantastic and not to over powering or strong for the face either, made me feel completely fresh. £5.95 for a 45g tub of this product.
I like to use a face mask once a week, at least, to treat my skin and keep it looking good. Though I have tried many brands, including Superdrug, Montagne Jeunesse and Simple, my favourite masks are the fresh Lush ones. I find them to be incredibly effective on my skin, and am working my way through the lot.
Fresh face masks are normally priced at £5.95 for a 45g tub, but you can also get one free when you return five (clean) black pots to store. This was how I acquired my mask. I chose this because it was described as a detox mask, designed to help minimise the effects of poor sleep, the wrong food and too little exercise, and I felt that it was the perfect product to use over Christmas!
Brazened Honey smells of honey, as the name would suggest, but with a floral edge. It is bright yellow, almost neon yellow to my mind! It has the same fresh 'atmosphere' and scent that the other fresh face masks have. It is packed with lovely ingredients:
The herbs sage, juniper and rosemary, as well as the spices cardamom and clove bud oil, refresh and have antiseptic qualities.
Eggs, honey and almond oil are moisturising and softening.
Fennel, ginger root, parsley and coriander help to detox and refresh, stimulating the skin with their enzymes.
Lime juice removes excess oil, while ground almond shells exfoliate. Talc and kaolin absorb oil and help to hold the mask in place on the skin.
The mask was inspired by ayurvedic detoxing ingredients, combined with traditional Lush favourites to create a mask that would stimulate and refresh, yet calm and soothe at the same time.
Lush Fresh Face Masks do not contain preservatives and should be kept in the fridge to keep them fresh. They should be used within date for best results, usually around three weeks after purchase, though I've actually been using this mask for a couple of weeks beyond that with no adverse effects. I used the mask for the first time on the day I got it, a couple of weeks before Christmas, and have been using it twice a week ever since.
As instructed, I cleanse my face before scooping some of the mask out of the pot and applying it to my face in a thin layer. At first I was worried about the way the mask felt on my skin: it was tingling and slightly itchy and I wondered if I was allergic. However, there were no adverse effects visually and the mask didn't actually cause pain or real discomfort, so I continued to use it. After around ten minutes, during which time the mask would harden slightly, I would wash it off with warm water before toning and moisturising my skin. Though it felt smooth to the touch when I applied it, I could feel delicately exfoliating grains (presumably the ground almonds) which helped to thoroughly cleanse my skin.
After use, my skin felt extremely soft and smooth to the touch. It wasn't too dry although I did have to apply moisturiser. The mask has helped my skin to look more radiant and healthy. When I went home for Christmas my mam commented that my skin was looking good. I've personally noticed that it is in excellent condition, and seeing as I've pretty much given up exercise over the past month, and I've eaten all the wrong things, I have to put this down to the face mask.
I don't think this is my favourite ever mask, simply because it does feel slightly uncomfortable on my skin. I would probably prefer another Lush mask instead, such as BB Seaweed, which is just as effective but doesn't provoke the same feeling on my skin. Having said that, this is a really good mask which produces positive results.
Brazened honey is one of my favourite ever Lush face masks ever - I absolutely love it! I usually get a pot of it once every couple of months as a little treat and I bought my most recent pot of it a couple of weekends ago. A 75 gram pot retails at £5.95 which I know seems quite expensive but the pot comes full to the brim with product and I'm usually able to get at least two uses out of it so it works out as quite good value. While there are much cheaper alternatives available, I personally am happy to pay a little extra for this because it is so effective - and it smells incredible!
It's also made from 99 percent natural ingredients (the 1% synthetic ingredient being perfume) and none of the ingredients are tested on animals, which is always an advantage in my opinion. Lush say that this is a deep cleaning detox mask which gets tired and dull skin back to being radiant and glowing. As I juice regularly and eat very healthily, my skin is in reasonably good condition, although it does tend to get quite dry which can make it look dull so this is why I usually choose this mask over the others - it really does leave my skin glowing!!
The ingredients are all fresh and incredibly nourishing and full of goodness. I won't list all of them as there are so many, but the ingredients includes a range of herbs, ginger root, lime juice, honey, almond oil and even some spice! It also has eggs in the ingredients, which I am aware may be a disadvantage for some people, however I'm a Vegan and am still happy to use the mask - plus the eggs are free range, so there's no way that Lush are supporting battery farms. All of the ingredients are combined into a thick, lumpy paste which resembles a yellow pot of porridge.
It has a very rich, thick consistency with a reasonably smooth texture, although there are a lot of tiny bits of almond which are supposed to gently exfoliate the skin. As this is a fresh face mask and free of any preservatives, I always keep mine in the fridge so that it doesn't start going off or smelling funny and it feels amazingly refreshing straight out of the fridge and onto my skin. The face mask should be used within 3 weeks. I always apply this when I'm in the bath after I've washed my hair so that I can lay back and relax. I always make sure that my hair is tied back to avoid any lumps of it getting in my hair and I find the face mask easy to apply to my skin despite how thick the paste is.
I rub it in circular motions as I apply it to get the benefits from the exfoliating almonds and leave it on for at least ten minutes. It feels a little strange at first because of the bits of almond in it and it can feel quite heavy on my face but I soon got used to it. While relaxing in the bath the scent is quite strong, but really nice. It definitely won't be to everyones' taste, but I personally like it - it's a sweet and herbal scent which is suitable for men as well as women. As the mask dries it can crack and flake a little, but not excessively so.
It takes a little effort to remove it as it really dries and sticks to my skin but once it's off the effects are instantly noticeable. My skin always feels really moisturised as well as soft and smooth after using it and it looks much healthier too - glowy with no dry patches. I haven't noticed any reduction in blackheads from using this but I've noticed that it dries any spots up and leaves my skin feeling really clean and fresh. I've not experienced any nasty reactions/irritation from using it, either. Overall, this is an amazing face mask and I highly recommend it. I give it a well deserved five out of five stars.
Lush is far and away my favourite shop to treat myself in. I like their natural ethos and it always feels like a treat when I come out with my little paper bag full of goodies.
Their face masks are really good and I have yet to try one that I didn't like. Obviously some are better than others but all of them are decent. I also like the fact that if you return 5 pots that you can get another face mask for free.
The Brazened Honey face mask is a good one for stressed skin that needs a little tender loving care and some deep cleansing. It contains loads of lovely ingredients with the main ones being honey, eggs and almond oil as well as loads of herbs.
I like to use this mask when my Rosacea is playing up as this works well to calm my skin down and take away some of the redness and sensitivity as well as deeply cleansing and leaving my skin lovely and soft.
It has the most delicious smell being really sweet but with an almost herbal undertone that actually is really relaxing and refreshing when you are lying there with this on your face.
This is one of the more difficult masks from Lush to apply as it has a really thick constancy almost like clay that is hard to spread across your face. I find that if I wet my hands first then it is much easier to apply it to my skin.
Once it is on your skin you just need to relax and let the mask do its job for 10 minutes and then wash it off.
This leaves my skin feeling super soft and ultra clean and the little bits if crushed almonds in it really work to exfoliate my skin as well.
It doesn't irritate my skin or make it red but I do find that it has a slight rosy glow to it afterwards which isn't unpleasant like my Rosacea and instead looks healthy and quite pleasant. My skin always feels really nice and looks clearer after using this mask.
As with all the fresh masks from Lush this needs to be kept refrigerated and will last for three weeks in the fridge so it isn't one to buy if you are not going to find the time to use the whole tub up. I find that in each tub I can get about six applications of mask and when I buy a mask from Lush I always try and use it three times a week so I always use it before it goes off.
All the masks from Lush are good and this is no exception. It isn't my favourite one and it isn't the easiest to apply but it is still better than 99% of the face masks out there that I have tried before. It costs £5.95 for a tub which isn't bad when you think it only averages out at about £1 a go and you will definitely notice the difference in your skin after using the whole pot.
Lush's Brazened Honey Face Mask
Can I just start this review by saying...Yum, yum, yummy. Lush's brazened honey face mask has got to be one of my all time favourite Lush scents. It's divine and that's only the smell.
In the past I have been a huge fan of Lush's hair care products, which started me onto the path of trying a bit of everything Lush have to offer. Lush's Brazened Honey is the first Lush face mask I have tried and I can't believe it's taken me this long to try them.
What Lush say: "It's hard to stick to all the rules. Eight hours sleep a night, two litres of water a day, plenty of exercise, five fruit and veg etc. This mask is for when you have overdone things and let the rules slide. A detox to get tired and dull skin back to being radiant and glowing"
I've already mentioned the fragrance but let me go into more detail other than...yum. The face mask is packed with fresh ingredients that really work well together, it's a mix of ginger, lime, rosemary, sage, juniper berry, fennel, ground almond, coriander, honey and ground cardamom. I'm sure there are some other ingredients involved in the making of the face mask but I just wanted to highlight the range of products used to create one of the best fragrances lush have to offer. The face mask has a really fresh strong fragrance that really has to be sniffed to appreciate.
If I'm totally honest the Brazened Honey face mask is not the easiest product to apply, it's chunky, it's thick and it just doesn't want to smooth out nicely. But with a little persistence it is easy to get a good coverage. When you first apply the face mask it really is the scent that stands out but I also like the cold texture (thanks to it begin stored in the fridge - as recommended by Lush). When it has just been applied the face mask is rather soft but give it some time and it will begin to dry out and harden, but it never gets too tight or dry. Personally I usually find that I leave the mask on from anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes. The last time I used it I had the face mask on for about 15 minutes before I washed it off and even at the 15 minute mark I could still smell it nearly as clearly as when I first applied it. Also this is a great face mask to use while in the bath!
As well as applying it can also be a bit tricky to wash the Brazened Honey face wash off because it is such a thick face mask. However, having said that as you apply water to the face mask it becomes lovely and soft allowing you to give your face a good wash and slight exfoliate before all the product has been removed. Personally, I do find that it's far easier and less messy to wash the face mask off in the shower than stood over the sink.
After the face mask has been washed off, my skin is left feeling smoother, freshers and softer, as well as looking clearer and all around in a better condition. I am really fond of the brazened honey face mask, it smells great and leaves my skin feeling cleansed but not at all dried out. I do have a normal skin type, and I personally think that this face mask would probably suit most skin types, but if you are unsure you could always ask for a small sample to try at home or ask one of the lovely Lush store assistants.
The Brazened Honey face mask is available at most Lush stores or online for around £5.95 for a 75 gram little black pot. But you have to make sure you use it all up within three weeks to get the most from the active ingredients. However, I have never found this to be a problem. It is an expensive face mask but I do find that for my money I get about five or six applications, which is about two a week for the recommended time to use the face mask. Personally, I think that the Brazened Honey face mask is a lovely treat for your senses and your skin.
Overall, Lush's Brazened honey face mask definitely gets a full five out of five stars from me.
Lush's fresh face masks are a nice little treat for me, not least because you can pick up one for 'free' if you have five empty pots to return (black, retro white, or the clear shower jelly ones). I've cycled through all of the varieties in the range, more than once: not all are entirely appropriate for my skin, which at its worst tends towards oily and flaky on the t-zone, fairly normal elsewhere. This time, though, I went for the very appropriate for me Brazened Honey, which Lush touts with:
"Been burning the candle both ends? A detox mask to put things right - It's hard to stick to all the rules. Eight hours sleep a night, two litres of water a day, plenty of exercise, five fruit and veg etc. This mask is for when you have overdone things and let the rules slide. A detox to get tired and dull skin back to being radiant and glowing."
Well, that just describes my life all over at the moment - too much time stuck in front of a computer and not enough time taking best care of myself. No wonder my skin is dull; I'm just lucky I'm not having breakouts right now! Usually when I feel in need of a rescue mask I got for the calming calamine of Catastrophe Cosmetic but this time I was oddly spot-free and feeling more in need of some gentle pampering with no drying effect - Brazened Honey sounds ideal for this scenario!
Now I must confess, honey is not actually one of my favourite smells as I generally find it too cloying. However, there's enough added herbs and spices here to balance it all out perfectly - in fact, look at the ingredients (below) and it's more like the honey is actually to balance out more spices than I'd put in a curry!! To me the whole thing smells slightly sweet steadied with a pleasantly almost-medicinal undertone.
As with all of Lush's fresh range, you'll have to keep this in the fridge - it has egg in it and no preservatives. This does also mean you'll have to use it up pretty quickly although you get up to 3 weeks now (compared to an infeasible couple of days as these seemed to have a few years back). I always find I have plenty of time before the best before these days, and to be honest the added push to get the tub used up is a nice nudge to treat yourself a little more frequently than usual.
Because it's come from the fridge this stuff is COLD when you scoop it out and on to your face! That scooping out is probably my only real complaint about this product: I always end up with the mask-goo all over my fingers and under my nails. This is particularly irksome with varieties like this one, which have exfoliating properties and thus bits. Me + Lush + bits = many a rant! ;)
Once you have it on your face - carefully, please: I haven't stained anything sickly-yellow with stray bits of this mask in particular, but they can be dangerous that way! - and I'd suggest a reasonable layer, mostly to use the tub up in 4-5 uses rather than 7! - you just have to sit back and relax. I recommend a spot of meditation, or if you must, catching up on your literature review reading ;)
The pot says 10 minutes, but I generally leave it a bit longer than that. I've never experienced any tingling or discomfort (beyond an itchy nose I can't really scratch!) with this at all. I do find it takes 15-20 to really dry, at which point you may notice that tightening sensation. For me the best way to get this off has to be in the shower - otherwise it's just too messy, ending up all over the sink (tiles, floor...)! I first dampen my face slightly (so, maybe I shouldn't be letting it dry so much, really!) to get the clay-like substance softened and moving, at which point you can rub it into your skin for a quite gentle exfoliation (far less rough than Love Lettuce, for those who have tried that). It comes off very well with enough water, not trying to stick until you've rubbed your face off!
So, the important bit: the effect! I like Brazened Honey for precisely these times when I feel my skin needs a pick-me-up, but nothing more drastic. I've used this when my skin was its usual too-oily t-zone and found it did calm those grease levels. This time I felt I was almost heading the other way - a bit dry (for me, at any rate!) - and while it was also good for rebalancing that a little, I'm not sure I'd recommend this one for particularly dry skin.
Looking at the ingredients clarifies this is probably exactly what Lush are aiming for - "balancing and calming" which I'd absolutely agree with. The mask base is a familiar kaolin (and talc), which are in most of my face masks as they absorb grease. The citric acid from the lime juice will also degrease, and the herbs - rosemary, juniper, sage, clove bud - are likely to help spots, particularly as they are held to have antiseptic properties. I've never come across turmeric (hello, bright yellow colour!) or cardamom in this kind of use before, but a quick google prescribes them as anti-inflammatory and detoxifying, as apparently are the fennel, parsley and coriander (really, this is sounding more and more like food!), whose "enzymes will help break down dead skin cells". Hmm, interesting - I'm not arguing, but the more obvious way to deal with dead skin cells is the exfoliation from the ground almond shells.
And there's more! Ginger is something I know as a warming stimulant, with antioxidant and inflammation-reducing properties. Then there's the honey, egg and almond oil add moisturising benefits, stopping the more astringent properties of some of the rest. Overall, it's an odd, often opposing mix of just a vast number of different ingredients, but I'm surprised at how much it does work! After rinsing, my face is indeed less greasy but also rather soft, with none of that tightly-stretched feeling from stripping too much from your skin.
The tub lasted me five masks, spaced over 3 weeks. The blend of exfoliation, oil-control AND moisturing really did make my skin nicely balanced over that period. Of all the Lush masks, this is perhaps the one I would use longer term - in fact, if you MADE me pick just one for ever more, this would be giving my favourite blueberry-and-calamine Catastrophe Cosmetic a very good run for its top spot!!
So, are you ready to have your "tired, neglected skin" woken up?! I'm thinking I need to find a way to drink this mix, so it can spread that "calming and balancing" effect past my face, too! ;)
Talc, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Sage, Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion, Fresh Free Range Eggs, Honey, Glycerine, Fresh Fennel, Ground Almond Shells, Almond Oil, Bentonite Gel, Fresh Ginger Root, Fresh Parsley, Fresh Coriander, Ground Turmeric, Ground Cardamom, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Oil, Vetivert Oil, Juniperberry Oil, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Linalool, Perfume
*occurs naturally in essential oils
Availability: best bought from Lush stores, in most major cities up and down the UK. They can be bought from mail order, but the fresh/refrigeration needs do add to the postage.
Price: free with five Lush pots, or £5.75 (between about 82p - £1.44 per use, depending on quantity used)
The great thing about this face mask is that it's also a great exfoliator.
The colour of the mask is a light yellow colour. It doesn't look (or smell) unpleasant and one 75g pot should be enough for around five (or even six) masks. It's not too bad in value considering the mask is natural and made of fresh ingredients. I recommend keeping it in the fridge when you are not using it due to the fresh ingredients used in the mask. Also, by chilling the mask it feels lovely and refreshing when you apply it to the face.
The mask is easy to apply as it has a smooth consistency and nothing seems to fall off and end up on the floor, unlike some of the other Lush face masks. The mask washes off well and leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and cleansed. When washing the mask off I would suggest using small circular motions as the mask contains small grains and granuals that help to rid your skin of dead cells. By washing the mask off in this way it really does exfoliate your facial skin and after use my skin looks brighter and more healthy. It leaves me with a flush of colour, which is a bonus as my skin is usually dull and/ or pale.
The mask smells lovely too and the lovely scent lingers on your skin after use.
A great facial mask that also acts as an exfoliator.
Lush Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask
On one of my many visits to my favourite Lush store in the Westfield Centre in Derby I took back five of their black plastic pots cleaned and washed out and ready for recycling. As my reward I could choose one of their delicious looking, almost edible fresh face packs. I always have such trouble choosing which one as they are all so great but this time I chose 'Brazened Honey' as I wanted one with a slight exfoliating quality as well as other benefits.
THE FACE PACKS GENERALLY
In the shop the various facemasks are in big stainless steel bowls on ice and presented with fresh items that are in the actual facemask as garnish; So this one had a cut lemon, a sprig of rosemary and a piece of ginger root as garnish. The face packs are made fresh in the Derby shop for their use only. Other products are made down in the factory in Dorset and brought in to the shop.
As these are made with fresh ingredients they have a limited life and must be stored in the fridge. I have once had two face packs as I was given one in the shop and because we were just about to go on holiday I stuck it in the freezer. We were away about four weeks and when I returned I retrieved my facepack and it was absolutely fine, it lasted another six weeks in the fridge and smelled great and I used it once a week for the six weeks. So don't worry too much about the keeping aspect as they do last a fair time if kept in the fridge and used with clean fingers or a spoon to get the stuff out.
WHAT IS THIS BRAZENED HONEY ONE LIKE?
It comes in a small back recyclable pot and you get 75g in the pot. The cost if you buy it is £5.25 which is quite expensive but I don't think I have bought one for quite a while as I have had free ones through bringing back my black pots.
This facepack is a golden yellow colour, about the same as a field of ripe wheat or a Victoria sandwich cake mix prior to cooking.
It is very thick rather like a paste, thick mud texture and not at all runny. In fact I find it rather too thick so as I am spreading it on my face I add a bit of water to smooth it on more easily.
What does it smell like? Well it has quite a strong herby smell but fresh. I can detect the fresh lemon and the sweetness of the honey too. The other smell must be a combination of cardamom, clove, ginger and other spices as it has a very strong powerful smell in my opinion. The smell is really hard to describe and I seem to be making a very poor attempt.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH IT?
Well when I use my facemask I always start with clean skin and so I use a cleanser to wipe away any grime of the day. And in my case it has to be a Lush cleanser called 9 to 5 as I really like this one and find it quite gentle.
Next stage is one I was advised to add by the girl in the Lush shop one day and that is to give my face a feed with a serum and the one I use is a great little bar of serum called 'Full of Grace'. This ensures that your face doesn't get too dried out and feeds it while you are having the facemask.
Then open the pot of facemask and spread it all over your face except around the eyes. As I said I find the Brazened Honey one quite thick so I help it by wetting my hands to smooth it on.
According to Lush you shouldn't let it go completely dry and crusty before washing it off but I leave mine until dry as I usually get in the bath and lie there. If it does get dry then it doesn't matter as I can use lots of water to gently wash it off.
Prior to washing this one off though I make use of the lovely ground almonds in the facepack and give my face a bit of an exfoliation as I take the mask off.
I then get out of the bath and dry myself patting my face dry before I reach for the toner to close those pores and then of course moisturise as for night or day depending on when you use it.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
As I lie in the bath I can smell the exotic herby and spicy aroma which I love. I really relax and lie back and sniff. I love the gentle exfoliation and afterwards I find my skin feels very soft and looks awake. The fine lines and wrinkles are still there but it just looks fresher and I feel like I have had a deep clean too. I am past the age when I suffer from spots but I do think that the lime and ginger help clean my pores and they look less big and open.
I have read on the Lush website that some people find this too harsh for their skin and that it has brought them out with a red face. I have quite a sensitive skin and am allergic to many cosmetic chemicals but this has not given me any problems and I have used three pots over the last two years. I do like a change so don't always get the same one.
The ingredients in this are supposed to refresh and help your skin recover if you have had too many late nights. I certainly find it an uplifting aroma and that alone refreshes me. I tend to use mine in the morning. Monday mornings usually as my husband goes off to play golf early in the morning so I have time to myself to pamper in the bathroom. This is a good one for the morning because of its fresh zinginess given off by the lime and ginger and then the combination of herbs like rosemary, sage parsley and fennel and the spices like cardamom, coriander, turmeric (that probably gives the colour too as that is just perfect yellow colouring) and many other ingredients like free range eggs (I prefer not to think about that one!), almond oil and ground almond shells. It certainly has a lot of ingredients and the combination is really almost edible.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
Yes I love this one as it is a face mask and exfoliates in one and smells just wonderful. I wish I could describe the smell better but it is strong, zingy but has a sweet after nose if that makes sense. It does make my skin feel awake and alive so I am happy. I am especially happy as it was free although it does cost £5.25 if you don't have five pots to hand back. This is still quite good value as easily get six uses from this little pot as you don't need to cake it on thickly and if you use my trick of wet hands it goes on really smoothly.
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I was recommended this face mask in store for my blackheads.
It smells amazing (as long as you like honey, that is!)
It is very gentle for my borderline-sensitive skin, whilst allowing for as much exfoliating whilst taking it off as you want: you can either rub it away slowly or wash it all off straight away.
It is easy to apply (unlike one other Lush facemask the name of which I will add when I remember, which is incredibly gloopy and falls off), dries nicely and isn't too difficult to take off (double check for green marks on your neck though!)
You can get more than the recommended number of masks out of it, easily!
It lasted for much longer than the recommended three weeks, in the fridge door too (the worst place in the fridge to keep anything you want kept cold)
Prevented new blackheads without drying out my skin
Didn't get rid of old blackheads. Maybe I did it wrong...
A definite buy: I instead use their daily scrub for blackheads, which is wonderful (will review that later!) and allows me to keep benefiting from the rest of the things this face mask DOES have to offer!
I am a huge fan of Lush's range of fresh face masks, however my nearest Lush is a good half an hours drive away and so I don't get to buy these as often as I would like. I should order these online but have never quite got around to this for some reason! On a recent visit to Lakeside shopping centre I decided to treat myself to some Lush goodies and one of the items that made it to my basket was the Brazened Honey face mask. I have previously used this mask but it was quite a while ago so I couldn't remember what it was like.
The mask itself is part of Lush's fresh face mask range. These are masks that have been made with fresh ingredients (which can often be found in your kitchen) and contain no preservatives. For this reason they need to be kept in the fridge and used within 3 weeks. The Brazened Honey mask comes in a small 75g black tub, which like all Lush products tells you who made it and when it should be used by.
According to Lush the mask is a powerhouse of effective ingredients for all tired skins and acts to exfoliate, detoxify, stimulate and nourish the skin. It contains refreshing herbs and fruit juice which is blended with warming Ayurvedic herbs and spices. It also contains ground almonds to exfoliate the skin and polish it and honey to moisturise. It sounds like an odd concoction but equally sounds intriguing and Lush claim that it will leave the skin looking vibrant and feeling revitalised.
On opening the tub I was greeted with a thick yellow paste and a quite pungent smell of spices and the main one I could identify was ginger. Scanning the list of ingredients I spotted that this contains a variety of herbs and spices including parsley, coriander, turmeric, fennel, cardamom, ginger and cloves. It also contains fresh eggs so is not suitable for vegans. The paste reminded me of the traditional paste/mask that South Asian brides wear before they get married as this also contains tumeric, which according to my mum is supposed to even out the skin tone, leaving the bride glowing on her big day.
To use, apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye and mouth areas. I find it easier to apply the mask to skin that is slightly wet. As the mask was drying I felt my skin start to tighten a little but not in an unpleasant or uncomfortable way. My skin did also tingle slightly which did alarm me a little as I was worried that my skin was reacting to the mask but as this didn't get any worse I left the mask on till it dried. Once the mask has dried it started to become quite dry and flaky. The smell of the ginger and spices got stronger as it dried and it wasn't a scent I found particularly pleasant.
The mask is not a peel off one and had to be rinsed off with warm water after it had dried, which took around ten minutes. As I rinsed the mask off I could feel the ground almonds exfoliating my skin. I was a little surprised at this - I was expecting the almonds to be a little finer but they were quite coarse and I was worried at just how scratchy they were. I made sure I rubbed gently as I removed the mask as I did find the almonds a little painful and I had images in my head of my face getting all scratched up!
Once washed off my skin felt really clean, refreshed and quite tingly. I examined my face in the mirror and was pleased to note that there was no damage caused by the rough almonds. After a couple of minutes this tingliness had subsided and my skin felt extremely soft to the touch. I've used this several times now and with repeated use my skin has become really quite clear and bright, enough for others to comment on how well I look! The honey in the mask is quite moisturising and after use my skin felt silky soft so I didn't feel the need to slap on the moisturiser. I was also pleased to note that the gingery smell did not linger once the mask was removed.
I tend to use the mask a couple of times a week and have got 8-9 uses out of a single pot. The pot costs £4.95, which is probably a little more expensive than some of the masks that are available in chemists for example, but in my opinion, considering the fresh ingredients and the positive effect it had on my skin, it's worth every penny! Lush also have an ongoing offer where if you bring back 5 empty pots of lush products you receive a free fresh mask - definitely worth it in my opinion as you can save money and do your bit for the environment!
I've tried all of the Lush Fresh Facemasks, and Brazened Honey is my personal favourite. All the facemasks are good for certain skin types and have different benefits, so it's not gonna be the same for everyone, but this is the one for me!
All the Lush Fresh Facemasks come in a small black 75g tub that cost £4.95 each. There are several Lush products that come in plastic black tubs, and if you take back any five to be recycled then you get to choose a Fresh Facemask for free. After you've finished with your facemask the tub will count towards your next lot of five which is a bonus. So, you can either get your mask for free or pay £4.95, a price I think is easily justifiable. I always get at least five uses per tub, so it's only about £1 per mask. About the same price as those little sachets you buy in places like Superdrug that last one use, and the Lush ones are, in my opinion, much more effective.
The Fresh Facemasks in Lush are always displayed in an area filled with crushed ice. The nature and size of this area varies from store to store. In some of the smaller shops there is just a shallow regtangular tray filled with ice, wheras some of the bigger shops have large round features. The Facemask display always has a bowl of each Facemask, which is then topped with some of the ingredients that are in it. For example Brazened Honey is always decorated with slices of lime, as it contains lime. Provided the shop has kept the facemasks and toppings looking nice and fresh, these displays can look so appealing and definitely make you want to ask about the facemasks. The display will also have signs telling you what all the facemasks are called, what's in them, and what they do, as well as some of the black tubs filled vwith the masks, available for purchase. The bowls of facemask are really good because it means you can see, smell, touch, and even test the facemasks before you choose one. If you are undecided I have found the staff will normally offer a small samples of some to take away. The sample is normally a sufficient size to apply one full mask.
All the fresh masks have to be stored in the fridge, and used within 3/4 weeks. There will be an expiry date on them, and the member of staff that deals with you should hopefully make sure you know to keep them in the fridge! I have been told by staff that the short shelf life is due to fresh fruit and vegetables being in all the masks, but no preservatives.
Anyway enough about Lush Facemasks in general and back to Brazened Honey. The first time I chose Brazened Honey I'd been overdoing it and my skin was looking worse for wear, and this is what I told the Sales Advisor. I was asked about my skin type, and whether it was sensitive or not, after saying it was fairly dry and not sensitive, I was recommended Brazened Honey. I was told that as this was one of the harder working masks it wasn't as gentle as some of the others, and unsuitable for sensitive skin. Also that it was ok for dry, oily, or combination skin, and that it would give me a glowing complexion! Brazened Honey is yellow in colour, and it looks nice and fresh in the bowl with some slices of juicy lime as decoration. After having a smell of it (not very strong smelling with no smells jumping out at me apart from a hint of honey) and a feel of it I decided to try it. One thing that put me off a little was the consistency, which I would say is the thickest of all the Facemasks. It's very clay like, and I was worried it would make the mask difficult to apply, as most of the other masks I had tried were the perfect consistency-and not as thick as Brazened Honey. As I said I went for it anyway as I really did need something to revive my skin and liked the sound of a glowing complexion.
That night I decided to start trying my new Facemask straight away and removed it from the fridge where it had been for a few hours. One thing I live about Lush Facemasks is that due to having to keep them in the fridge they are always so nice and cool and refreshing when you apply them. I cleansed and toned my face, as skin should always be nice and clean before putting a facemask on, and then applied the mask itself. The very thick consistency was not really a problem and it was still fairly easy to use, but I still prefer Facemasks just a little less clay like. Brazened Honey is quite a smooth texture apart from a few little exfoliating bits in it, which I keep forgetting to ask what they are. I was told I only needed to leave the Mask on for 5 minutes, as I have been told for all the other masks too. With Brazened Honey being so thick, any longer than 5 minutes and it starts drying, cracking, and crumbling off your face anyway. I was told to remove the mask with cleanser and cotton wool, or warm water. I have to say that cleanser and cotton wool takes so long due to the thick and dry nature of the mask. I always use warm water, and as the mask starts to rinse off I massage the exfoliating bits into my skin with my fingertips. The first time I used it, once my face was rinsed and dry, I definitely thoughty my skin looked healthier and a little more radiant. I have no idea if it does actually make a huge difference or whether I just think it's going to work, so it does in my mind. Either way Brazened Honey certainely makes my skin feel better at least, and I feel a little detoxed when I've used it. The fact that the mask is exfoliating leaves my skin thoroughly cleansed and smooth. I also think it helps a little with the dryness of my skin. My favourite times to use this Facemask are before a night out, as it makes me feel good about myself, or after a night out, as it cool and refreshing and helps the hangover feeling as well as the effects of alcohol on the skin!
When I buy Brazened Honey I normally try and use it twice a week, so that I get it used up within the 3-4 week use by period. I just buy it every few months as a nice treat if I've been over doing it and my skins looking rough. I think it's well worth the money and choose it every time now! 4.5 stars!
Ok now, i love a party and the tag line for this face mask was ' Brazened Honey is a detoxifying mask to use when you are thoroughly ashamed of what you have done to your skin'! I am defintaley was feeling like this when i bought brazened honey face mask. My skin looked tired and didnt have much colour and i felt it needed a boost, i had some spots appear from lack of sleep and few days of a poor diet and my skin felt just yuk! So i went in to my local Lush where the lovely girl there gave me a run down of the different masks avaliable for my skin type. In the end i chose branzened honey as it contains honey which helps to soothe the skin whilst the other ingredients which include sage, juniper, rosemary, organic lime juice, parsley, ginger, coriander and cardamon all help to boost the circulation with their exfoliating properties! As well as lots of other yummy ingredients and natural oils that are good for your skin!
The fist thing that stood out about this for me was the smell, its like opening a brand new jar of honey mixed with your favourite sweets and taking that first breath that makes your mouth water! I had to remind myself that it couldnt be eaten! In the shop all of the face masks are kept chilled and they do advise that you keep it refrigerated for best results. Because of the natural ingrdients it has a short shelf life of up to 3 weeks and can be kept out of the fridge for up to 72 hours, however i would suggest getting in the fridge as soon as possible for better results! And keep it hidden i learnt this from experience as it doesn't last long in my house!
So i purchased this little black screw top 75ml pot for £4.95 (which is worth every penny) and took it home and popped it straight in the fridge.
Later that day when the boyfriend had gone out, i had a chick flick and a nice hot bath and made sure my face was nice and clean and free from any traces of dirt or make up. I got out my little pot of brazened honey and dived straight in! You dont need to use a lot, and i still put it on nice and thick to make sure my whole face was covered. It has a very thick, yellow, grainy texture that is nice and cold from the fridge can shock a bit going on the face but i really enjoyed the colling effect it had. The grainy texture is form all the lovely ingredients! Once i appllied it all over my face making sure i kept it away from my eyes, i sat back and relaxed for 10 minutes. If you have long nails i wouod recommmend that your either wear gloves or use something to apply it to your face as it gets under your nails when you scrape it from the pot.
After a few minutes it starts to dry on your face and dry's a bit like a clay or mud mask would, so it stiffens on your face and you feel like its tightening up your skin which is lovely!! You can almost feel it working! I wouldnt recommend leaving it on for more tha 10 minutes as when it dry it can start to feel a little uncomfotable if it gets to dry.
I then headed to the bathroom where i ran some luke warm water and put a towel over my shoulders (this is also recommended as the removal can be quite messy) I gently wet my hands with warm water and dabbed over the mask on my face and in circular motions started using all those lovely ingrdients to exfoliate my face! The lovely honey is still so fragrant all the way through! After a couple of minutes of this i washed the remaining mask of my face and when it was all washed off i dabbed my face dry with a wet towel, this is recommended by Lush.
I instantly noticed a difference, my skiin looked brighter and felt soft and smooth and the spots looked so much calmer and the next day were almost gone!!! All the damage and dryness of the winter had gone and been replaced by a colourful soft and healthy looking skin all thanks to thatb little pot of honey heaven!
For 75ml pot which cost me 4.95 i got 3 applications (well 2 as my boyfreind stole one) and my face felt like i had had a facial. So for £1.65 per application to me that price is amazing!!! You only have to do this once a week to really notice a difference! Also if you clean out the pot and take 5 empty clean pots back to lush you get a free fask mask of your choice!! now you cant argue with that!!!!
I'm a big fan of Lush and enjoying treating myself to their fab beauty products as often as I can afford. One of their ongoing special offers works by returning empty pots from finished items, in exchange for a Fresh Face Mask of your choice. The deal is, you clean out 5 old black tubs (any size counts, but only the black tubs, not the plastic bottles or other types of packaging), and you can take them back in to the shop and exchange them for a free Fresh Face Mask - bargain. There are currently 9 different types available to choose from, and I've just finished using the Brazened Honey mask. They're available to buy from Lush stores on this high street, via mail order, or online at www.lush.co.uk. It costs £4.95 for a 75g tub but I always wait to get my masks as a freebie! The best thing is, the free mask you get counts as 1/5 of your next lot of black tubs so it gives you a good head start!
This is a face mask with a difference, only natural ingredients are used and it's freshly made. This means that you'll be getting the best of the vitamins and nutrients, but it causes the product to have a short life span of around 2-3 weeks. It will need to be kept refrigerated to keep it preserved for longer. If it is not kept chilled the ingredients will go off and the face mask will be un-useable. Bear this in mind and save it for the last stop on your shopping trip - you don't want it starting to go off in your bag as you spend the day hitting up the shops!
Lush say: "Refreshing herbs and fruit juice are blended with warming Ayurvedic herbs and spices. Helen was inspired to create this to bring some truth to the buzz-words in the cosmetic industry. She blended spices, kaolin and talc to cleanse deeply.
Almonds polish and honey moisturises; this blend leaves the skin vibrant and reinvigorated."
Recommended directions for use: Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 5-10 minutes, then rinse away with warm water. Keep chilled.
I usually remove the mask from the fridge about 5-10 minutes before I use it so that it has a chance to warm up a little and doesn't give too much of a chilling shock to my skin. It still feels nice and cooling when applied, and only needs to be left on the skin for around 5-10 minutes.
The mask is a bright shade of yellow which I personally find off-putting! It looks quite unnatural even though it's packed full of fresh natural ingredients. It smells warm and sweet, and has a nice comforting aroma! It's easy to apply as it spreads smoothly and evenly, but it is impossible to scoop it out of the tub without getting it stick under your fingernails. Unlike other Lush Fresh Face Masks there are no chunks or bits so it is a little easier to apply and doesn't create any mess when it's on. It has a very thick, heavy consistency and is best to apply a small amount so it doesn't feel heavy and clogged on your face.
The great thing that makes Brazened Honey different to other face masks is that as well as being cleansing and moisturising, it's also exfoliating. This is a 3-in-1 wonder product! To get the best out of the mask I apply once a week and follow quite a detailed routine as part of my intensive treat. Firsly I make sure my face is thoroughly clean and free of all traces of make-up. I usually wash with Lush's Ultrabland and then rinse off with warm water. After I've done this I then applied the Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask. To make the most of the exfoliating particles I scooped it out of the tub a little bit at a time and applied to the skin using small circular motions with my fingertips. This gives the skin a good scrub and can be as gentle or rough as you like depending on the amount of pressure you use. Once the mask is then thoroughly covering my face I leave it for the 5-10 minutes, then wash away with warm water. As I'm washing it away I give my face another scrub as the mask becomes softer again when it comes into contact with the water. Finally I finish up by using a toning solution to ensure the mask has been fully removed, then use a moisturising lotion and eye cream.
I think that the exfoliating properties of this scrub are really fantastic. The particles within the face mask are made of ground almond shells and give a very vigorous effect when rubbing onto the skin. I find it works best to only apply a thin layer so that you can make the most of the exfoliating, as when I applied a thicker layer it set onto the skin and became difficult to move it around. This may be a bit too strong for those with sensitive skin. Afterwards once I have washed the mask off, my skin looks red and flushed, although I have never experienced any feelings of discomfort or irritation.
These fresh tubs are wonderful, and I think my skin really feels the benedit of the pure ingredients. The honey really helps to soften and soothe skin, and it's one of my all-time favourite ingredients in beauty products. Honey is especially good for those with dry skin, and it also contains antibacterial properties. You get a large amount of product out of the tub and I managed to get four full applications covering both my face and neck.
I used this face mask before and after going away to a festival and I think my skin really benefited from it! It made my skin felt instantly smooth and very hydrated. I noticed that my skin was softer and a little more plumped than before. The mask is very moisturising and one use per week was enough for my combination complexion, although my skin was begging for some intensive attention after 4 days of undesirable (i.e. non-existant!) washing facilities. It helps to draw out impurities and afterwards I did notice several small red pimple type spots that cleared up very quickly. This is a brilliant product and I love that you get the combined effect of a deep clean and moisturisation along with a good exfoliating scrub.
I have really enjoyed using this face mask and noticed positive results. I would buy it again but I'm still trying out the rest of the range and think the strong exfoliation might be a bit too much if I used this all the time. I'd recommend this to anyone who needs a skin SOS and for a really good deep cleanse to restore a good complexion.
Ingredients: Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion, Fresh Free Range Eggs, Honey, Glycerine, Fresh Fennel, Ground Almond Shells, Almond Oil, Bentonite Gel, Fresh Ginger Root, Fresh Parsley, Fresh Coriander, Ground Tumeric, Ground Cardamom, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Oil, Vetivert Oil, Juniperberry Oil, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Linalool, Perfume
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
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I am a huge fan of Lush and I am quite happy to pay their prices which yes do seem rather expensive but it is a luxury for me and while I'm pregnant I intend to spoil myself more because as I am being constantly told I won't have time to in 13 weeks time! And yes I am counting down the weeks, days, hours and minutes! I love nothing more than on a Friday night (if I'm not doing anything with my partner or friends) to run a nice warm bath with plenty of bubbles, provided by Lush of course and slap on a face pack whilst soaking.
Lush do a lovely range of fresh face packs which have a variety of purposes and ideal for all skin types. You can purchase the face packs online and in store. In store is a bit more fun as they are displayed in an display full of ice and in pots. Looks a bit like an ice cream vendor! There really isn't another company which can compete with these face packs and I'm quite ok with spending a bit extra as the results tend to be pretty impressive.
My item of choice recently was Brazened Honey. It was sold me as a great detoxifying mask which is incredibly deep cleansing which means it is great for spot prone skin but also for people with blemishes and anyone who just fancies giving their face a detox! Over the past few months I have suffered with dry skin on my face which has been a nightmare to rid off and now it has gone there seems to be a few blemishes I just can't shift. Brazened Honey's detoxifying properties come from honey, juniper, ginger, lime, rosemary, sage, fennel and clove bud (I could go on and list them all but I've listed all the ingredients at the bottom) which give this face mask a sweet yet spicy fragrance which is incredibly warming.
Brazened Honey is a truly wonderful detoxifying mask for those with skin looking sorry for itself! The skin is looked after by sage, rosemary and lime which is then helped by the detoxifying properties of honey, coriander, juniper berry and fennel. All these ingredients are then joined by the deep cleansing talc and together they provide a cleansing face mask which sort out your skin but it doesn't end there! Ground almond shells are also included to give a gentle exfoliation. This is especially good as when you come to take the mask off its ideal to rub it in gently in a circular motion to get all the dead skin cells off. So a 2 in 1 product!
Brazened Honey is golden yellow colour which has a quite thick consistency which is quite an odd texture especially when compared to other face masks you can buy. Because of its thick consistency it is incredibly easy to apply (apply to dry skin with dry hands) and it can be easily smoothed around places such as your nose when it can be a bit tricky with a thinner face mask. This also means you don't tend to waste any which also means your money goes a bit further and you can store your remaining face mask in the fridge as recommended but you do have to use it within a few days.
While the face mask is on and the main skin fighting properties have worked their magic fresh free range eggs help to close pores, ginger acts as a toner, almond oil and glycerine come in and nourish the skin by moisturising. I leave the face mask on for about 15 minutes and I apply a thin layer so it can dry properly. Putting too much on will end up with the mask not drying at all. When the face mask is on apart from smelling utterly gorgeous your skin will start to gently tingle which gives the indication that the nourishing, detoxifying, cleansing and toning properties are working wonders!
Washing the mask off is easy and should be removed gently in circular motions with warm water. Even if the mask has dried it soon firms up enough to remove quickly and with hardly any mess (hence why I take the face mask off whilst in the bath as I can then easily shower it down after use). Pat your face dry with a towel rather than rub it dry.
What Lush say:-
"A powerhouse of effective ingredients for all tired skins, exfoliating, detoxifying, stimulating and nourishing. Refreshing herbs and fruit juice are blended with warming Ayurvedic herbs and spices. With almonds to polish and moisturising honey, this blend leaves the skin vibrant and re-visited. Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave for five to ten minutes, then rinse with warm water massaging gently. Keep chilled."
VEGETARIAN, Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Organic Lime Juice (Citrus aurantifolia), Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion (Salvia officinalis; Rosmarinus officinalis and Juniperus communis), Fresh Free Range Eggs, Honey, Glycerine, Fresh Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Ground Almond Shells (Prunus dulcis), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Bentonite Gel, Fresh Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale), Fresh Parsley (Carum petroselinum), Fresh Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), Ground Tumeric (Curcuma longa), Ground Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Ginger Oil (Zingiber officinale), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Juniperberry Oil (Juniperus communis), *Benzyl Salicylate, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Linalool, Perfume
£6.45 for a 45g pot. Yes it is expensive. However, the results are well worth the money and I don't mind paying more for great looking skin!
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