This mask is bound to leave oily, combination, skin terribly confused. It contains a mix of absorbent and oily ingredients, so they essentially cancel each other out (though the absorbents like clay are more prominent so they take precedence). If the mix of absorbents and oils wasn’t confusing enough, this also contains irritants such as witch hazel distillate (the most concentrated form of witch hazel, it includes a lot of alcohol) plus fragrant oils known to be irritating. Applying irritating ingredients to oily skin stimulates excess oil production at the base of the pores, so skin ends up being more oily and pores become (or stay) enlarged. If you want to see improvements in oily skin, the best approach is to treat your skin gently with effective products designed to absorb excess oil, exfoliate inside the pore, and help normalize pore function (Sources: Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360–366; and Dermatology, January 2003, pages 17–23).
Creamy smooth, emollient, botanical formula deeply cleans without drying. Nature's own purifying clays refine and revitalize the skin. Pure premium aroma-therapeutic essential oils and herbal extracts tone and improve skin's texture and feel. Your skin will be renewed and invigorated. Benefits all skin types.
Purified Water, Kaolin, Montmorillionite, Glycerine, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Stearic Acid, Sodium PCA, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil (Organic), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panthenol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Extract (Organic), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract (Organic), Allantoin, Tocopherol Acetate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexylglycerin, Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Oil (Organic), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil (Organic), Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil (Organic), 5% Organic Content
Beauty Without Cruelty, established in 1963, is a British import that began by selling makeup. At the time, they had a unique angle, in that they did not test their products on animals, and in 1963, most cosmetics companies did test their products on animals. But today, many companies can (and do) proudly boast that they do not test their products on animals, and, technically, that is true. However, despite the fact that these companies (including Beauty Without Cruelty) don't test their finished products on animals, the formulations they sell are based on ingredient research that was done primarily on animals. Sunscreens, vitamins, myriad plant extracts, and a vast range of other cosmetic ingredients have established their efficacy and safety based on recent or current animal testing. Although it is wonderful that companies like Beauty Without Cruelty do not test their products on animals, many of their formulations, just like those from every other cosmetics company in the industry, include ingredients whose effects are based on the results of animal research. Otherwise, how else would they know if their ingredients worked or if they were safe?
If Beauty Without Cruelty does excel in one area, it is that none of their ingredients are sourced from animals, which is somewhat unique in the industry and definitely a plus for vegans. However, it would be naïve to believe that any company can stay abreast of what is and isn't healthy for skin without the animal testing of the ingredients in their products. The companies may not be doing the testing, but someone is (or did), and this knowledge forms the basis for numerous new discoveries about what various ingredients can and cannot do for our skin.
Much like the rest of the cosmetics industry, Beauty Without Cruelty makes elaborate claims about the benefits of its plant extracts. And, as is also the case for many other cosmetics companies, they use plant extracts and essential oils that are both irritants and anti-irritants. For the most part their products are a mixed bag; there is one good sunscreen and some average cleansers, but many of their products are not recommended due to the presence of irritating fragrant oils. Beauty Without Cruelty is typically sold in health food stores, but also can be found in some drugstores. Their makeup line, once the driving force behind the brand, is difficult to find in the United States, and as such is not reviewed here.
For more information about Beauty Without Cruelty, call 800.824.6396 or visit www.beautywithoutcruelty.com.