04.02.2015
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Clear Skin Probiotic Masque
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2 fl. oz. for $58
Category:Skin Care > Facial Masks
Last Updated:04.02.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is a disappointing, overpriced mask for those with breakout-prone skin or enlarged pores. Cucumber juice (which is 96% water) has no special benefits for acne-prone skin. The problematic ingredients, at least for those with breakout-prone skin, is the amount of corn oil and shea butter this contains. Neither is a bad ingredient, but chances are if you're struggling with breakouts and large pores, your also dealing with oily skin—and this mask delivers heavy-duty emollients that are much better for dry skin!

Another disappointing aspect is that all of the helpful natural ingredients this mask contains will see their potency and effectiveness reduced because of jar packaging. See More Info to find out why jar packaging is a problem for ingredient integrity and general hygiene.

Despite containing yogurt and yogurt being a source of probiotics, there's not much research showing probiotics applied topically help skin, breakout-prone or not. Of course, the jar packaging is a problem for the stability of the yogurt, too; think how long a container of yogurt would last on your bathroom counter if you opened it each day, ate a spoonful, then replaced the cap. In better packaging, probiotics may stand a chance of being helpful to skin, assuming they somehow survive the manufacturing process.

Pros:
  • Contains a nice mix of beneficial, soothing plant ingredients, it's just that they're much better for dry skin!
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't keep all the natural ingredients stable and effective once opened.
  • Probiotics in yogurt are not proven beneficial for topical use on skin.
  • The amount of oil and shea butter in this mask can be a problem for breakout-prone or oily skin.
  • Unlikely to promote clearer skin.
  • The mix of oils, emollients, and absorbent clay is likely to leave oily skin confused, not less oily.
Claims

Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Masque gives your skin a dose of highly nourishing and cleansing ingredients to soothe inflamed skin and clear breakouts.

Ingredients

Cucumber Juice, Corn Germ Oil, Shea Butter, Marigold Oil, Yogurt, Vegetable Glycerin, Kaolin Clay, Stonecrop Juice, Tea Tree Oil, Cyclodextrin, Glycine Soja Oil, Zea Mays (Corn ) Starch Oil, Xanthan Gum, Vegetable Squalane, Ubiquinone, Tocopepheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester).

Brand Overview

Eminence Organic Skin Care At-A-Glance

Strengths: All of the sunscreens provide UVA protection via zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide; one worthwhile moisturizer.

Weaknesses: The inclusion of irritating ingredients with no proven benefit for skin; lack of preservatives in every product along with jar packaging; limited choice of sunscreens; very irritating cleansers and toners; expensive products that have short shelf lives (due to the jar packaging).

Originally hailing from Hungary, Eminence Organics is now distributed from Canada, and is a huge assembly of products sold primarily in spas. As the brand's name states, its claim to fame is the use of organic ingredients. Moreover, it uses more food-based ingredients than any other line we know of, except for Lush. But are "organic" ingredients enough reason for you to consider this line? Possibly, if you're looking for lunch—but if you're looking for great skin care, you'll find dozens of options superior to this one.

The whole issue of organic cosmetics could fill a book, but to put it briefly there are still no FDA-approved standards to meet for labeling cosmetic products as organic. The same is true in Canada, except in the province of Quebec. Beyond that, another element complicating this issue is the fact that even though lots of cosmetics contain organic ingredients, it's rarely the case that the entire formula is organic. Why? There are various reasons, but mostly it's because a number of synthetic ingredients, such as preservatives, are essential components of many cosmetic formulas. And they're there for a reason: The organic ingredients are not stable and will deteriorate without them. It also helps to remember that you can't put avocados (or any other food item) on your face to "feed" your skin. To make a long story short, these factors help explain why, until acceptable standards are in place, any cosmetic can sport an organic label without having to prove the claim.

More important than getting labeling standards in place is the fact that lots of plant extracts and essential oils have irritating properties that won't help skin in the least—so what difference does it make if they're organically grown or not? Environmental impact and sustainable farming notwithstanding, peppermint is a problem for skin, whether it's grown with or without pesticides. And lest we forget, the process of extraction is anything but natural.

One of Eminence's main issues is that not one of its products contains a reliable preservative system (or any ingredients with known preserving qualities, at least against a wide spread of molds, bacteria, and fungi). This in itself is a problem, but it becomes a bigger problem because Eminence uses so many spoilage-prone food ingredients, including fruit pulp, yogurt, and pumpkin. Also, jar packaging is rampant, which means these light- and air-sensitive ingredients will degrade much faster than they would in better containers. According to correspondence we had with the company, they preserve their products with a blend of honey, lemon, and salicylic acid. Honey is not known to have any preservative qualities in the small amount present in cosmetic products. Lemon oil has some preservative ability due to its limonene content, but it must be present in at least a 4% concentration unless it is paired with other preservatives (and that amount would most definitely be irritating), and that is not the concentration used in these products. Salicylic acid is the most reliable preservative of the three, but even this is subject to formulary restrictions that Eminence doesn't consistently follow. Considering that salicylic acid is not a broad-spectrum preservative, you'd likely end up with a microbial soup (Source: Preservatives for Cosmetics, 2nd Edition, Allured, 2006).

Another questionable issue is Eminence's incorrect listing of certain ingredients. Of course, the plant and food ingredients are spelled out clearly, but the phrases "natural cream base," "glycine derivative," and "natural moisturizing factor" keep consumers in the dark about what these products really contain, and they don't meet the labeling regulations of Canada or any other country. We suspect that the wordplay has to do with Eminence's goal of making sure that their labels appear to list only natural ingredients.

There really is very little to recommend about this line; even their decent products could easily be made at home with food ingredients, oils, and a blender. We wouldn't recommend making your skincare products in your kitchen, however, because your skin deserves better support. For those who are intrigued by the concept, the homemade option would beat spending the amount of money Eminence Organics products cost.

For more information about Eminence Organic Skin Care, call (888) 747-6342 or visit www.eminenceorganics.com.

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07.16.2015
Masked Saved Acne

I have struggled with acne most of my life. I have never seen such quick results as I did with this mask. I found this site trying to research other Eminence brands. This review really saddens me.

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Cris
01.03.2015
Love this product

This mask saved my skin when my acne was flaring up. It calmed my skin and cleared it up within a few days! I left it on overnight and the results were amazing.

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Anonymous
11.26.2014
best mask ever

This mask amazing! As a medical esthetician for 7 years i have learned that more often then not acne can be cause by the skin being too dry and lack of exfoliation and this mask is amazing for both of those problems. I personally have combinatiin skin and i get hormonal breakouts and i have been blown away by the results of this mask and so have many if not all of my clients. A little hydration is not bad for oily skin, it actually promotes healing. Stay away from drying products for this reason

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renee m
04.10.2014
Eminence Clear Skin

This must be a joke, this is the best skin care line ever. I love every product!

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