Pore Shrink Deep Cleansing Mask
2 fl. oz. for $15
Last Updated:02.27.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This clay mask dips below standard because of its many irritating plant extracts and oils. It is capable of causing irritation, which hurts the skin’s healing process and stimulates oil production in the pore.


Organic ingredients detoxify skin and diminish the appearance of pores. This deep cleaning clay mask helps to remove oils and bacteria from the skin. Cloves, tea tree, lemongrass and other natural, organic and aromatherapeutic botanical extracts clean and smooth skin’s appearance.


Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Kaolin, Bentonite, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Caprylic Acid, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Roman Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Foeniculum Vulgara (Fennel) Extract, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Glycine, Cymbopogon Schoeanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Oil, Mentha Piperata (Peppermint) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Oil, Potassium Sorbate

Brand Overview

Kiss My Face At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; generous sizes; some very good sunscreens, occasional use of antioxidants without troublesome plant extracts; some fragrance-free products.

Weaknesses: Nearly all products contain one or more problematic plant extracts or volatile plant oils; the Obsessively Organic line is a dud; no products to treat acne or lighten skin discolorations; several bar soaps; no reliable AHA or BHA products; irritating toners; problematic self-tanner.

Lining the shelves of many health food stores and the "natural" skin-care aisles of quite a few national grocery store chains is this sweetly named line of skin-care products. Similar to competitor Burt's Bees (where Burt himself sold handmade products out of the back of his pickup truck), the owners of Kiss My Face are also vegetarians. (What does dietary preference have to do with skin care? We don't know, but it's mentioned several times in the information about this company.) Also similar to Burt's Bees, the founders of Kiss My Face started on a farm and took their products and concept to the big city, where it was well received.

Of course, the farm setting juxtaposed with the urban success speaks to the company's desire to maintain their natural image, despite using several ingredients that aren't natural in the least. If anything, many of the natural ingredients Kiss My Face chooses are a problem for skin because they cause irritation. Even more upsetting is that they do so without exerting a benefit. The company claims to use the latest scientific research mixed with the best nature has to offer, saying that doesn't leave any room for "unnecessary chemical additives," but there is a lot of research about all kinds of ingredients, natural and synthetic, that indicates they are excellent for skin. Kiss My Face must be doing some inadequate or extremely limited research.

What Kiss My Face lacks is a product range that keeps up with state-of-the-art options from neighboring lines in the mass market. We are leery of any skin-care company that claims to be using the latest research and yet sells sunscreens without reliable UVA protection, toners with irritants, and far more bar soaps, which are also a problem for skin, than water-soluble cleansers. Again, what research are they using? Although the natural slant here is more a front than factual, there are some winning products to consider, and the price point is very attractive, as is the simple packaging. Shopping Kiss My Face carefully can result in some great beauty bargains.

For more information about Kiss My Face, call 845-360-2060 or visit www.kissmyface.com.

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