Ah Antipodes – Verily, thou canst do no wrong!
To me anyway. Almost every single item I’ve tried from the brand so far has wowed me. So far, it’s a 99% success rate (I’m not sold on Apostle and Joyous serums though I’m a bit more pro about the latter). I mean, what are the odds?! Most mainstream brands boast a far lower success rate than that.
Uh so, suffice to say, this will be YET another rave review of this product that I picked up a while ago, and never got round to talking about it. But I want to, because it’s very nice, and it’s very good, and it smells delicious – like slathering warm manuka honey all over your face. Mmmm….
There is one thing I don’t quite like about it, but I’ll tell you more, once I’ve stopped oohing and ahing and generally raving about this. Bear with me 😀
The Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask is, as the name implies, a face mask. It is a cream based, wash off product, that squeezes out from a metal tube, rather like toothpaste. I find that rather surreal so if you’re wont to make mistakes as you stumble, bleary-eyed into the bathroom in the mornings and grope about your sink, I’d suggest that you keep this away from your dental supplies.
The product is a fairly lotion-like cream (if that even made sense) that spreads very easily on skin. I tend to be very generous, for a good reason I’ll explain below, so I squeeze out far more than I usually need, pampering my skin with a thick layer of creamy goodness.
And there’s that smell. Do you like manuka honey? I do. I absolutely love it, because it’s not sweet like regular honey, but has a faintly sourish smell and taste. Manuka honey is also well known for its anti-bacterial properties and this facial mask is infused with this.
The scent is fairly strong, but it smells very natural, so I don’t mind it. Despite it being creamy, it also washes off very easily with just water, leaving your skin feeling so soft and plumped and smooth! I love it! I’ve even left a thin layer on as an overnight mask, and it’s lovely as well, except that it doesn’t quite hydrate my skin as well. But as an intensive layer, it’s good stuff.
But what really wows me, is how it works on blemishes. Minor blemishes, I might add. When I have a spot or pimple, I find that after I use this mask, it will go away more quickly. So when I’m feeling extra-spotty, or if my skin is acting up, I slap this mask on. Sometimes, I leave it on the spot overnight and it helps to defuse the situation.
I also like using this mask after a clay mask or glycolic peel mask. The former tends to leave my skin feeling a little dry and I like using this cream mask to “replenish” the moisture in my skin. It feels lovely and luxurious anyway, so why not!
But what is it that I don’t like?
The size. The tube is a good-sized 75ml tube, but because it’s an organic product, I find that it will degrade more quickly than most. There is a 6 month expiry date from opening, as stated on the tube, and if you’re the sort who tries to do a face mask every week but don’t always succeed, you may not finish it in time.
I know I haven’t. I’m past the 6 month expiry, and perhaps it’s not working as well now. Who’s to really know. I can’t measure it. The fact it comes in a tube is a good thing – less exposure to the air. But organic products do degenerate more quickly so I try to stick to their use-by date. So, this is why I’d recommend that you be generous when you use this mask. Slap on a thick layer – your skin will love it, and you’ll use it up before it expires.
Personally, I’d prefer if this lovely mask came in a smaller size, with a correspondingly smaller pricetag. That way, it’s a win-win for everyone.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask is a cream mask that helps boost skin hydration and also to help work on blemishes and pimples, without drying it out. It has a sweet-sourish creamy smell of manuka honey, and is very easy to apply. It doesn’t really dry out, and I feel like it “absorbs” into my skin once I leave it on. It’s also very easy to wash off with just water, without any greasy or sticky feeling after. I use this very regularly, and I think it does well to protect my skin and also to heal my skin when I have the odd blemish or two. Good stuff – check it out!
PROS: Lovely smell and texture, Skin feels hydrated and calm after use, Easy to wash off, Works well to defuse pimples
CONS: Packaging is too big to use up within the recommended use-by period
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants a facial mask for hydration or antioxidants, Anyone who wants an effective organic skincare range
Here is the ingredient list for anyone interested.
Have you tried this Antipodes mask? Do you like manuka honey?
I know of people who don’t, because it doesn’t taste like regular sweet honey that we’re used to. I love it though. Whenever I feel a bug coming on, I dose myself with a spoonful every hour and it usually keeps it at bay. So having it in my skincare is a bonus for me LOL! 😀