SUMMARY: A bargain-priced, American cult favorite, Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is a kaolin clay-based mask that dries acne pimples & shrinks pores while rinsing away blackheads. This was my first-ever face mask and it is just as effective as brand name products ten to twenty times its price.
ABOUT THE BRAND: For over 85 years, New York-based Queen Helene has created beauty products that have been offered throughout the US. Typically found at drugstores and supermarkets, the brand utilizes many of nature's finest ingredients for professional and personal use.
USE: Queen Helene's dermatologist-developed Mint Julep clay mask is to be applied with fingers to freshly-washed face and neck and left to dry for approximately 15 minutes before being rinsed off with warm water.
Marlen's Tip: I sometimes apply a small amount of the mask to new pimples and leave it on overnight to help them shrink and disappear.
AROMA & TEXTURE: The texture upon application is similar to many wet clay-based formulas (as opposed to pastes or peel-off masks). The minty aroma led to it being named after the famous mint julep cocktail. After being washed off with warm water, the product leaves no noticeable aroma.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben
PROS & CONS: Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque can be found quite easily and is priced at less than $5 USD. Mint Julep Masque is an excellent alternative to pricier products. The company claims that the product is vegan, does not test on animals and that the brand is environmentally conscious.
Reviews across the web are strongly positive. For example, at Walgreens.com, one reviewer offers:
"I just got this product at a Walgreens today. I never write reviews, but I just tried this and almost had to double take in my mirror. I have struggled with blackheads, pimples, and large pores my entire life. I am an adult now and thought I would have them forever. I used this once and now I know I was wrong. Every single blackhead is GONE! My pores are visibly reduced in size even when I look in a magnified mirror. I even see that my pimples are less red and more flat. I simply sat there and waited while every problem with my skin disappeared. I will never get any other mask."
Alternatively, another reviewer offered:
"This product is okay to use sparingly. I tend to use now and then, maybe every few months for a deep cleaning to get the dirt off my skin. As a person who has oily skin, after each use, this mask makes my skin extremely dry to the point where I look like a ghost. I usually have to put coco butter on certain areas just to regain some oil even though my skin returns to normal the next day or so. Putting on this mask is also a hassle. It's really cold, messy, and pasty. Usually, layering it on thin works just fine. When wearing this product, the minty scent is overpowering for me. So I am always glad to wash it off quickly. As one reviewer said, don't rub this off vigorously. I usually just soften it first then wipe gently with long strokes. I really do like how this product gets rid of the dirt on my face but it serves no justice for people who have oily skin. It really doesn't get rid of pimples but dirt? Yes."
One word of warning: The current formulation lists methylparaben which has become a source of concern due to its potential link to cancer. Read more HERE.
WHERE CAN I BUY IT? $2.50 USD for 8ozs at WalMart.com
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