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Face Mask Alchemy Subscription Review – September 2018

Face Mask Alchemy mailer

Face Mask Alchemy is a monthly DIY mask subscription that sends you everything you need to create a new at-home face mask experience. Hawaiian-born subscription box lover Marie began “hacking” face masks on YouTube and would look up all the ingredients to see if she could recreate it, and thus, FMA was born.

This month’s box is being reviewed thanks to an MSA reader request!

Face Mask Alchemy mailer with items coming out

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

mesh bag of items

About Face Mask Alchemy

The Subscription Box: Face Mask Alchemy

The Cost: $10.88/month with free shipping!

The Products: A months supply of dry face mask, a unique oil or other potion, a Hawaiian honey stick and bamboo spoon

Ships to: U.S. only

Face Mask Alchemy September 2018 Review

info sheet

Like last month, I received a full sheet with my Face Mask Alchemy delivery which goes over what I received, the ingredients, how to use/make it and some extra tips. Owner Marie suggests using masks no more than twice a week, and to not let a clay mask fully dry (shocker to me). I’ll keep this into consideration when using mine this month.

mesh bag of items

Everything comes in a mesh pouch to keep it together.

bamboo spoon

Bamboo Spoon

You’ll always receive a bamboo spoon in your package to get things stirred up!

hawaiian honey stick

Hawaiian Honey Stick

You will also find a Hawaiian honey stick in each one that you can choose to add to the mask!

lavender hydrosol

Billy Goat Ranch Lavender Hydrosol, 4 ml. – Retail Value $0.50

The additional ingredient this month is in the form of a hydrosol. Since the mask is all about soothing your summer skin and settling things down, the hydrosol is made lavender, known to help you chill out. Hydrosols are the byproduct of distilling (in case) lavender florets to make essential oil. Think of it as a refreshing toner! It can be added to the mask powder in lieu of water, or just to hydrate and calm your skin after using the mask (what I’ll end up doing). Smells amazing, of course!

Settle Down mask powder open Settle Down mask powder

Settle Down Clay Mask Powder, 0.5 oz.

This month’s mask is made with a blend of clays like white kaolin, pink, glacier, Amazonian white, along with coconut milk, oatmeal, honey, chamomile, and organic aloe powders, plus comfrey, and chamomile extract. There’s not much of a scent with this one besides a clay one, but I love clay masks so I’m excited to try it out.

powder in dish

I started with 1 tablespoon of the mask powder in a small dish. Last month I used my hand and it got messy pretty quick.

water added to dish with spoon

Since I used 1 tablespoon of the mask powder, I matched it with the same amount of water. I probably should have started a with a little less since it seemed a bit liquidy instead of a thicker paste.

honey added to dish with spoon

I decided to add the honey stick because… why not? I was unsure if this would make the mask thicker or thinner since it is a liquid, but a sticky one. It did end up making it a bit thinner, so I should retain that knowledge and perhaps use less water for that reason.

thicker consistency

I added more powder to get the mask to get a consistency that I liked. That’s what this is all about, right? Being a junior beauty alchemist. When I achieved what I liked, I slathered it on using the bamboo spoon and then let it (mostly) dry.

I liked the look of this one since it has a nice natural oatmeal hue which matches it’s all natural ingredients. It felt nice and cool at first and stayed that way as I allowed the benefits of calming chamomile, softening oats + clay, clarifying honey + clay, and soothing comfrey to do their thing. As I washed away the now darker and slightly thicker mask about 10 minutes in, I noticed it had just a little grit in there that acted as a gentle exfoliator which I can appreciate. Even after washing it away, my face still felt cool in addition to now being super soft. Yay!

Verdict: Face Mask Alchemy was a hit with me once again. I am going to begin looking forward to this delivery each month so I can feel ultra DIY by making my own facial masks which will be unique since they include different ways to make it my own! Next month maybe I’ll take Marie up on her suggestion to add some oils? So much fun!

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? Yes, this box is still available!

Value Breakdown: For $10.88 I received enough “Settle Down” mask powder for roughly 2 masks, and a 4 ml bottle of Lavender Hydrosol, plus a bamboo spoon and honey stick to help me doctor it up.

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Face Mask Alchemy Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: face mask alchemy | 8 comments

Comments (8)

  1. Love this review and ready to try this sub!

  2. Thank you so much Marne for another very nice review. This box does look interesting to me, and I love the idea of DIY facial masks. One little question, though, the lavender spray is 4ml., and not 4oz., correct? I would be absolutely ecstatic if it was 4 oz. , but I’m sure that is wishful thinking. Thanks again.

    • Dang my typos! Sorry about that one, it’s definitely 4 ml. 🙂

  3. I LOVE Marie and am so happy that you reviewed this sub! All you maskers should try this one out!!!

    • I love Marie too! I love her humor and overall personality 🙂 I’ve been subbed off & on since she started, and I think it’s cool that she’s mixing things up with the non-mask product. I know in past boxes it was always a facial oil (which I always loved), but it’s fun to see what other concoctions she creates too! I’m currently not subbed, but I plan to re-sub next year (just taking a little break), and I’m actually bummed that I missed out on the cleansing oil she included in last month’s box.

    • Oops… correction… I think she’s also included tea bags in the past too.

  4. I’m interested in this subscription, you have it listed as 4 oz of the spray in the value breakdown. I love the smell of oatmeal and honey so what a great time to try it.

    • Ack! Just a lil typo on my part. Thanks for catching!

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