The Body Shop Expert Facial Masks

The Body Shop is something I have always associated with my teenage years.  Back in the day I remember going crazy for White Musk and always giving or receiving a bath set from here.  Not that there is anything wrong with that but it very much has that “school” vibe for me and for that reason it hasn’t been an obvious choice for me for ages.

Saying that though, not so long ago I took a little wander into this old-school favourite and stumbled across their Expert Facial Mask range.  Inspired by nature and free from parabens, paraffin, silicone and mineral oil, there are five different masks to choose from and each for varying skin needs including a Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, an Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask, an Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask, a Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask and a British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, all at £16 each.

After much deliberation I decided to go for what I felt my skin needed the most at the time – an energy boost and clarifying, so for that the Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask and the Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask seemed like the obvious choice.

The Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask, designed to help skin that needs a recharge from signs of stress and fatigue is definitely the most aesthetically pleasing and quite literally looks like strawberry jam in a jar.  I thought this mask would be opaque when applied but it is actually quite thin and clear upon application than what I thought, apart from what look like red seeds here and there (sorry but that’s the best way I can describe it!)

100% vegan, its key ingredients include acai berry, which is high in vitamins C & E therefore providing antioxidant properties and helps to rejuvenate the skin, guarana which are small red berries native to Brazil and help to smooth and waken the skin as it naturally contains caffeine, and Community Trade babussa oil from Brazil. Babussa oil is like coconut oil and is described as the Brazilian “go-to” oil as it is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E.

It does feel a bit tingly and after 5-10 minutes, which is the recommended time to leave this on for, it dries to a sticky consistency.  I rinse this off with warm water using gentle circular motions and as an exfoliant this is very effective.  Afterwards I notice some brightness and a smooth appearance but my skin does feel a bit dry. Although easily fixed with moisturiser, it’s a slight negative for me and probably why I don’t use it all the time but all in all I think for a pampering session and using something a bit different on your skin, you do get that feel-good factor.

The Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask, however, is definitely a favourite.  Yes it looks and applies a bit like paint but this creamy exfoliating mask does what it says – evens skin-tone, removes dullness and illuminates and brightens the skin.  It feels very gentle and cooling on application and doesn’t dry my skin out.

Key ingredients in this mask include rice and ginseng extracts from China known to tone, stimulate, brighten and moisturise and Community Trade sesame seed oil from Nicaragua, which is rich in antioxidants and nourishes and softens the skin.

You also leave this on for 5-10 minutes and I find that as it dries, I don’t get that very tight feeling like you do with other masks.  When adding water, this becomes very creamy and it reminds me of the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant in terms of its texture and gentleness on the skin (you can see my review on it here).  I definitely get that instant super clean and brightness when I use this mask, plus my moisturiser sinks in better afterwards.

I must add, using the Facial Mask Brush, also from The Body Shop for £8 makes applying face masks so much easier as it’s less messy and you don’t end up wasting a lot of product either.  I wouldn’t have thought of applying face masks with a brush before but am now officially converted!

I’m glad I popped into The Body Shop that day and stumbled across these face masks.  I think whatever your skin needs you are pretty much covered with this range and they are good value for money too.

What do you think?  Would any of these interest you? x

  • I need to dig the Rice and Ginseng mask back out – I really like it 🙂

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    I have to admit – I am drawn to these because of their packaging and their lovely ingredients.
    Plus anything that matches my nail polish is for me! ha ha
    I want to try both of these – I recently did a past on masking. Multi-masking really isn’t for me. But sheet masks and masking are!
    Set to Glow

  • Allie Mackin

    Ah, yes I have these memories too, seems some things are the same on both sides of the pond. I had not been in one in very long time.Then I changed jobs and there was a shop close by. I popped in and bought a few things. I tried this on the tester it is good!

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  • Would love to try both these out but the Amazonian acai is really calling my name… I’ve tried the other face masks by the body shop and I’m sure these work as well!

    Reine | Sincerely Reine

  • I would love to try all of these! I associate The Body Shop with my teenage years too (as well as now!). Good old White Musk. Everyone wore it didn’t they? Ha ha. xx

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • I know, its funny how some things become ingrained and we can’t shake off those pre-conceptions x

  • I officially need these in my life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I’ve tried a few masks from The Body Shop and have always been impressed.
    Ivory Avenue

  • I have a couple of these and the Ginseng and Rice one is my favourite too! I agree the brush makes applying them so much nicer, I use it for all my face masks too!

    The Makeup Directory

  • clare⭐

    I’ve always wanted to try the acai mask but if it makes your skin feel dry I’ll probably avoid it!

  • These sound like good ones! I definitely need to try more from TBS! I’ve been hearing a ton of good things about them lately 🙂

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • I haven’t gone to The Body Shop in years and I don’t know why. These masks are making me want to go check it out again!

  • I have the popular Himalayan one and I really am not a huge fan. I find it quite messy and difficult to remove and not worth the effort for mediocre results. I love the honey one and would love to try that jam looking one 😉 xxx

    • I’ll be sure not to get the Charcoal one!

      • You might like it. Its super popular with people claiming its a dupe for GlamGlow but I just don’t like messy masks haha! xxx

  • I have a couple of these in my list to try but just haven’t got around to it. To be honest I haven’t bought anything from TBS for the past two years, been so swept up with other brands and trends.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  • i adore the body shop skincare but have yet to try them for myself. might have to pop into the body shop soon.

  • I have heard so many things about these masks, I`m definitely tempted to try them when I spot a sale. The one with honey sounds lovely.

  • The Body Shop is also a brand that reminds me of my teenage years. My favorite was their limited Christmas edition cranberry body butter. I don’t know if they still produce it though but I’m loving the new products they release. I haven’t saw this facial mask from our local Body Shop yet but it sounds interesting 🙂

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  • I haven’t tried anything by the Body Shop in such a long time, I am going to have to go and have a look around!

    Danielle xx

  • Great post, interesting items too, I love to try chinese ginseng&rise mask soon. Thank you for sharing, cannot wait for the next amazing post!!!


  • I’ve heard good things about these masks, and from your review I would definitely love the try the ginseng and rice mask. I like that it doesn’t get super tight when it dries, which is a problem I have with a lot of clay masks. Thanks for the reviews!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

  • The Amazonian Acai one is among my favorite face masks, on my skin it is not drying at all. The Chinese Ginseng mask however is one that I don’t reach for that often, I just don’t feel like it does a lot for my skin.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Ahh, shows how things work differently on some. It’s good that there is something for everyone in this range x

  • The Chinese Ginseng mask sounds perfect for my skin! xx


  • Violette

    I never tried this mask but I should! Thanks for sharing!

  • Yiotou_La

    I wish we had a Body Shop here but it closed down a few years ago. I remember too back in the years where everyone was obsessing over White Musk and everyone at school wore that scent.