Review: The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask


Phew, what a mouthful of a title! This is a long-overdue review of a product I have been loving for a few months now - the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask* from The Body Shop's bestselling range of exfoliators and face masks.
Packaged in a heavy glass pot with a sleek, simple label, the mask definitely has an 'expensive' look and feel to it. I am absolutely loving the new direction that The Body Shop have headed in with their packaging as everything now looks really chic in black with pops of colour (I wasn't a fan of the old block-colour body butter packaging.) 

The Himalayan charcoal mask itself is dark brown in the pot, however applies on skin a little lighter and dries down to a pale grey. It stays dark in areas where there is a lot of oil on the skin, which absolutely intrigues me as it always managed to pin-point exactly where my spots are, like it's drawing all the badness out of them.

I wish these pictures were scratch-and-sniff, as I can barely describe just how good this mask smells. It has a sharp, almost citrus scent which is really cooling and tingly on the skin once applied.

The Himalayan charcoal mask contains a range of ingredients that are just filled with goodness, and the effect the mask has on my skin shows that charcoal, tea tree and eucalyptus really do work in clearing up acne. 

I am ever so slightly allergic to tea tree, so I have to be very careful to rinse this mask off as soon as it's ready and not leave it any longer. One of the first times I used it I got distracted and left it on too long, which resulted in red, stinging skin when I did rinse it off. I didn't make the same mistake again!

Instead of applying all over my face, I tend to use this mask only on problem areas so as not to waste it. I have combination skin which gets incredibly oily around my nose and chin, so I use a flat foundation brush to apply the mask to those areas. You can also use your fingers for a quicker application, but I don't like the feeling of products going under my nails (I cringed taking the below photo!)

I love how this mask really does work. It aims to draw all excess oil out of the skin whilst refining the appearance of pores and for me it does exactly that as once rinsed off my skin looks and feels totally matte. 

My favourite way to use this mask is to apply it onto any rogue spots that have erupted, and by the time it's rinsed off, the spots have shrunk into little hard scabs. It's absolutely genius how well this works on my skin. I can't say if it really does give me a 'glow' as I only ever use it in the evenings just before bed, but in the mornings my skin always looks and feels rejuvenated.

At £17 a pot, I would definitely say this mask is worth the money. I've been using it weekly since September and have barely made a dent in it, so you get a lot of bang for your buck. If you're considering adding this mask to your collection, I would definitely recommend it!

Have you tried any face masks from The Body Shop?

Products marked with an asterisk (*) were gifted to me by the lovely Amelia at The Body Shop press office. This does not affect my opinion on the products and all views are strictly my own.

9 comments

  1. I love the new lines from The Body Shop, so many great products. The masks are gorgeous too, I love the glow version x

    Emma Reverie de Paris

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  2. I bloody love The Body Shop!x Literally my favorite new lines. What an amazing post lovely.

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  3. This mask sounds so good & I have heard great things about it! I may try it. Fab review xxx

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  4. I totally agree with you that the new packaging is absolutely stunning, and they really do have an expensive look to them. It’s great that the product bought out the excess oil from your face - it’s great that for the price it does the job it’s meant to! X

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com


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  5. This looks like a dupe for the Omorovicza one which is an absolute fortune. It sounds great! x

    Sophie
    Www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  6. This review was super helpful as I’ve been looking in to getting this mask! I love charcoal masks as they are so effective and satisfying to put on haha!

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  7. I bought this mask last week when there was an 30% off offer on as I'd been eyeing it up for awhile! I also have oily/combination skin so my forehead and chin basically hate me lol. I've only used this mask once so far but I really liked it and I definitely saw a difference in my skin straight after using it. I really like the scent too :) x

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  8. This looks amazing. I love The Body Shop. Your photography is beautiful too! <3

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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  9. I've never tried a Body Shop face mask, but this has definitely made me want to purchase this one! Thanks for the great review - https://sophiehearts.net x

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