Luxuries of the Sea Fango Seaweed Scrub/Masque (Discontinued)

$36 - 9.5 fl. oz.
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This clay mask/scrub hybrid product is best used as an absorbent mask by those with oily skin. However, it’s best to use it only from the neck down because the fragranced formula contains pumice as the scrub agent, which makes it too abrasive for use on the face. Even if you use it on the body, we advise against using it as a scrub unless you’re exceptionally gentle.

Not a single ingredient in this product can detoxify your skin. That’s a longstanding spa myth and, not surprisingly, no spa professional has ever been able to explain exactly which toxins products like this supposedly pull from your skin.

Consider this a non-essential product that can be an OK option for a spa day at home, provided you don’t go overboard using it as a scrub.

  • Absorbs excess oil and rinses easily.
  • Makes skin feel smoother (as do most masks).
  • Pumice is the abrasive agent, making this a scrub you must use very gently, and avoid using it on your face.
  • Cannot detoxify skin as claimed.
  • Contains a borderline high amount of fragrance, and fragrance isn’t skin care.
Fango Seaweed Scrub/Masque is a double-duty treatment offering the detoxifying and skin refining benefits of a masque and the exfoliating benefits of a scrub all in one product.
Water, Silt, Bentonite, Kaolin, Pumice, Glycerin, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Fragrance, Skeletonema Costatum Extract, Butylene Glycol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sea Salt, Yellow 6 Lake, Blue 1 Lake

Texas-based BeautiControl has been around for nearly three decades and has maintained a consistent focus on skin care. Most recently they have shaped their line around the concept of creating your own in-home spa, which the company uses to entice women to host BeautiControl parties for their friends and family. Whether you find out about (or end up purchasing) these products by attending a BeautiControl party or you happen across their Web site, there are some compelling reasons to consider several BeautiControl products. Let's start with the positives.

The best face forward side of BeautiControl is that their price point is not over the top, and mostly reasonable; plus several of their products are exceptional. We also think their overall approach to taking care of skin is well-intentioned. Without question, the ingredients in their best products demonstrate they're keeping up with the state-of-the-art. If they stopped including problematic ingredients and discontinued the poorly formulated products this line would be a much stronger option for consumers looking to take excellent care of their skin while remaining brand-loyal.

BeautiControl's focus on launching more and more miracle products with incredibly misleading claims might help them sell more products, but it doesn't always make for good skin care. And how come they have so few facial moisturizers with sunscreen? Protecting skin from sunlight indisputably keeps it looking younger, firmer, smoother, and even-toned far longer than anything else you can do for skin.

BeautiControl's makeup collection has been streamlined a bit, and that's good news. The foundation colors are divided into warm, cool, and neutral tones though the warm tones (those that begin with the letter Y) are more neutral than warm, which is good news. The cool shades (those that begin with the letter P) are the least impressive. Throughout the color line are some happy surprises, such as the improved powder blush and eyeshadow trios but also some really bland products such as the eye pencil and some gimmicky primer-type products. You'll find some great products whether you want to shop BeautiControl's color line piecemeal or assemble a complete makeup wardrobe, and the prices are reasonable.

For more information about BeautiControl, call (800) 232-8841 or visit

Note: We would like to acknowledge and extol how exceptionally helpful the staff at BeautiControl's main office has been in allowing my team and me to compile the information necessary to complete this review. Very few cosmetics companies extend such a high level of service and reliable information to us, and we truly appreciate it.

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