Just like everything else that S.W Basics makes, the Hibiscus Face mask has been created with very simple and effective natural ingredients. In fact, the mask boasts of only 3 ingredients: Hibiscus, French Green Clay, and Lavender Powder. Having never used a Red colored mask before, the burgundy red, eye catching hue imparted by Hibiscus was more than sufficient to pique my interest. When this mask was initially introduced to the market, I remember reading somewhere that it was supposed to be Limited Edition only. And if it’s limited edition, obviously I’ve got to have a piece of the pie, right? It ended up becoming a part of SWB permanent collection somewhere later down the lane – who can blame S.W Basics when they see people falling on top of each other to buy a reasonably priced,mostly organic mask for $22 (2.5 oz). Currently, it seems to be sold out on the website.
Standard, no frills glass packaging, with a screw top lid. The bowl above does not come with the mask – I purchased it separately (May Lindstrom’s Mask Treatment Bowl, in case you’re wondering…).
It’s a little grainier compared to my other clay masks. My naked eye can easily spot tiny, partly milled pieces of Lavender. The grainy-ness becomes quite pronounced once it’s mixed with a liquid medium. I wish the mask were finer in texture though.
I like to mix approx. 3/4 – 1 tsp of the mask with about 1 tsp of Rose Water. Because of the grainy-ness, I add a little more water than what the official instructions ask for, because this makes the application much more easier. I use an old foundation brush because I hate getting my hands dirty. This is not the easiest mask to apply – tiny blobs often fall off during the application. I’d highly recommend applying this mask at a sink (preferably when it’s due for a cleanup) because of the risk of dyeing your beautiful dress in red. Also, I gently dab the bigger chunks of the mask with my finger to make them stick on my face. The mask takes about 15-20 mins to fully dry.
The removal process is a little easier than the application process – I use a plain wash cloth. Warning: This mask might stain your washcloth a bit. Use an old wash cloth if you don’t want to ruin a white, shiny one. You can also just rinse it off at the sink or in the shower. The rougher texture of the mask provides very good exfoliation. Be careful if you have active acne – avoid rubbing that area with the mask. Instead, simply rinse off the mask to minimize the exfoliation and/or unnecessary tear/injury around the acne zone. My face is not super sensitive, but my skin does become quite red after removal – both due to the hibiscus color as well as the exfoliating properties of the mask. The redness does come down substantially after about half an hour.
Because of my laziness and the general messiness associated with the application, I don’t use it very often. Yeah, I know I’m horrible, but there, I said it!
Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of the application and removal process of this particular mask, even though I’m a seasoned user of powder clay masks, BUT the results of the mask do make the whole process totally worth it. Mask rinses off cleanly and does a super job of scrubbing the face to reveal even, super soft, glory skin. Tiny whiteheads and general congestion are kicked hard in the butt!
Do I recommend it?
The price and the ingredients are quite simple and if you’re new to the green beauty world, I’d totally recommend this mask as a stepping stone on to other much more expensive masks. Plus, I think S.W. Basics is now sold at Target, making it easily accessible to many folks! The simple ingredients prove beyond doubt that our skin doesn’t need 20+ ingredients to be rejuvenated, and gives even an amateur like me some level of confidence that perhaps with my DIY skills, I could try to whip up a basic and highly functional mask. If you have sensitive skin that doesn’t do very well with scrubbing, I would recommend caution. Similarly, if you have lots of active acne, I would skip this mask. If you have normal, oily, or combination skin, this mask would do you well. I have so many masks that I doubt I’ll be purchasing this again, but I do love my current jar and after I’m done with it, I’m thinking of making my own version (If I ever run of out my other 20 jars of masks, that is).