This mask is a confusing mix of beneficial and detrimental ingredients. For example, rather high up on the ingredient list is wild daisy flower extract, and while daisies might be attractive in an open field, on your skin the extract can cause a negative reaction if you are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many other herbs. In short, this is not an ingredient you want on your face.
Although there are some good plant oils in here, there also is a great deal of fragrance, both synthetic and natural, and it can cause irritation. If that weren't bad enough, the few good ingredients in here won't remain effective due to the jar packaging.
One more point: L'Occitane seems to have a reputation as being an all-natural product line, but it absolutely is not—this product is about as natural as polyester. Synthetic ingredients aren't automatically bad for your skin; in fact, there are hundreds of brilliant synthetic ingredients that are beneficial for your skin. What you want to be aware of are the misleading marketing claims, which is what brands like L’Occitane capitalize on to make you think the products are something they're not.
Please see More Info to find out why fragrance, irritation, and jar packaging are all a problem for your skin.
- Contains some good, lightweight hydrating ingredients.
- Jar packaging won't keep the most helpful ingredients stable during use.
- Contains a high amount of plant extracts known to be irritating, especially for those prone to plant/ragweed allergies.
- Overpriced; there are less expensive moisturizing masks that easily outperform this.
Irritation From Fragrance and Fragrant Oils
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Why Irritating Ingredients Are a Problem for Everyone's Skin
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
The fact that this mask packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).