To start off I have a review on a hair mask, and then a kind of crossover review of two dead sea mud masks. When using the hair mask, I was also using one of the dead sea masks, thus the term “multi-masking”. Someone on Instagram jokingly termed it thusly, it’s a little cheesy, but I like the sound of it anyway and I’m sticking with it!
Pure Body Naturals Super Nourishing Argan Oil Hair Mask
This argan oil hair mask came in a plastic amber jar. It isn’t a leave in conditioner. It is the consistency of a conditioner and applying it to damp hair spreads it more evenly than applying it to dry hair. It has a mild scent to it, but it’s kind of on the weird side, chemical-ish? smelling it from the jar. Not really sure. The ingredients listed are: Water, shea butter, coconut oil, argan oil rosehip seed oil, vitamin e, vitamin b5, glycerin, glycine betaine, climbazole, and ginger oil.
The one thing I didn’t like about it was that it says to apply to “towel-dried clean shampooed hair”. So basically you have to take a shower, wash your hair with shampoo, get out of the shower, towel-dry your hair then apply this, leave it on for 5-15 minutes, then jump back in the shower and rinse it off. I guess I don’t like the added step of having to towel-dry my hair in between. But that’s just me. I was worried that it would leave my hair stringy and greasy looking after rinsing, but it didn’t.
Product description via Amazon: “This do-it-yourself mask is easy to use and offers unbelievable results. Argan, Coconut, and Rosehip Oil pair with Shea Butter to create a creamy-textured mask that’s as effective as it is luxurious. The mask works to restore hair shafts and detoxify the scalp, removing the buildup that can inhibit new growth. By deeply conditioning the hair and scalp with essential vitamins and nutrients, the mask nourishes your hair and protects it from further damage. The result? Strong, luscious hair that’s silky smooth and easy to manage.”
Product link toward the bottom of this post.
The face mask I used at the same time as the hair mask, the…
Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals Dead Sea Mud Mask
Product description via Amazon: “[…] benefits such as Shrinking pores, tightening and toning skin, removing impurities and just making your skin look and feel great overall. It is an excellent facial Exfoliator […] It improves the skin’s ability to absorb vitamins, proteins and Dead Sea minerals through the layer of dead cells, and encourages them to help regenerate a healthy cell layer. Dead sea mud mask is known for deep Pore Cleansing […] It hydrates and moisturizers your skin for great wrinkle reduction. Massaging Dead Sea mud on the areas with cellulite stimulates the blood circulation and cleanses toxins out through your pores. It drastically reduce redness and inflammation • The high concentration of minerals in Dead Sea mud help ease knee aches and pains. […] is suitable for all skin types.”
Ingredients: Deionized water, Dead Sea Mud, Kaolin, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, Aloe Vera Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Jojoba Oil, Hickory Bark Extract, Calendula Oil, Xanthan Gum.
There is hardly a smell to this, but if you can detect it, it’s very faintly like mud and/or clay. The texture, though it does have some particles in it, is mostly smooth and not fully gritty as you would expect. It’s like mud pudding and the color is like a dark mouse gray.
It applies to the skin smoothly. The directions were to “apply a thick layer on the face and upper part of the neck.” Which I did, and “Leave on to dry for 5 minutes.” Since I applied it thick, like it said to, it didn’t fully dry within the 5 minutes, only the thinner spots did. Where it did dry, there was mild “pulling” and it looked like a dried mud mask as you would expect. I forgot to take another photo before the removal process.
It then said to “remove the mask first by gently rubbing in circular motions for an overall exfoliation”. Which just felt like I was sandpapering my face, so that didn’t last long, and I rinsed it off. My feelings on this afterward was that it was an okay mud mask, nothing out of the ordinary, and performed in the ways I had expected a mud mask to.
Now, the other dead sea mud mask…
First Botany Cosmeceuticals Dead Sea Mud Mask
Description from the jar: “This is 100% natural and mineral-rich formula that absorbs excess oil and removes dead skin cells, dirt and toxins, stimulated circulation and refines skin’s texture, clarity and tone for a healthier and plumper looking skin. Thanks to its therapeutic effect, this mask is a real life saver if you suffer from acne, black heads and breakouts as it contains natural minerals like magnesium, calcium, sulphur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium, which are known to treat, detoxify, and cleanse the skin. This formula contains White Kaolin that will provide a significant amount of moisture to your skin.”
In the directions for this one it says to do a skin patch test, which I approve of! I always encourage doing a skin patch test before using a product, just in case you might have an allergic reaction to it!
This one said to “apply a thin layer” and avoid the eyes and lips areas. The leave on time stated was 5-10 minutes. Leaving this on for 10 minutes let the mud dry almost completely, except in areas that I applied too thickly. Because it was allowed to dry, there was a lot of “pulling” and an overall feeling of “dryness” or like a sticker over the face – of course that’s because the mask was dry like paper on the skin.
In removing the mask, it said to use circular motions with warm water. I used a cloth to do this, and it took some time because the mud was stuck to my skin. However, afterward it seemed like it did a good job at removing the top layer of my skin – in a good way.
Alright. So here’s where a crossover occurs. Um… the similarities are just too close to ignore (at least for me).
- They both come in the same size, shape, and type of jar. Exception being that one is a clear jar and one is an amber jar.
- They both are 8.8 fl oz.
- The names of both companies ends in Cosmeceuticals.
- The ingredients for both are EXACTLY the same.
- The color, texture, look, smell, and feel are EXACTLY the same.
- The results are EXACTLY the same.
- They both have the same type of labels across the cover, except in their respective company names, and the Expiration/Lot number labels are the same print except the dates and lot numbers differ.
- They cost the same EXACT price.
Where they differ:
- The names of the distribution companies and their locations
- The labels
- The First Botany jar had an inner lid lining.
- There is a full description on the First Botany jar, whereas the other does not have one.
- First Botany states “All-In-One Spa-Powered Rejuvenating Mask” on the front of the jar and Majestic Pure states “Natural Mud Mask from Dead Sea Create Zero Pore Skin” on the front of the jar.
- The directions differed.
So my thoughts are that this product is mass manufactured and then sold/licensed out to different companies. OR one is a copycat of the other. Anyway, those are just my observations and theories…
If you’re interested in a dead sea mud mask, may I recommend that you choose one or the other, not both 😉 If I had to choose, I’d lean more toward the First Botany one. It seems more professional in the description and directions, plus it’s in an amber jar, which offers more protection to the ingredients from UV rays/lights — which would, in turn, give it a longer shelf-life.
*Disclaimer: These products were given to me either at a discount or complimentary in exchange for honest and unbiased reviews. These evaluations and reviews are an accounting of my true opinions and experiences, and are written in the same manner as if I had bought them at full-price, been given as a gift, or received as a sample.
You can purchase these on Amazon:
- Pure Body Naturals Super Nourishing Argan Oil Hair Mask, 8 fl oz jar for $12.95 + free Prime shipping
- Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals Dead Sea Mud Mask, 8.8 fl oz jar for $14.95 + free Prime shipping
- First Botany Cosmeceuticals Dead Sea Mud Mask, 8.8 fl oz jar for $14.95 + free Prime shipping
Prices and availability current as of the time of writing this post.