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Face Mask Alchemy Subscription Review – October 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 popping out

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

contents of Face Mask Alchemy

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 October 2018 Review

info sheet

You’ll find an info sheet in your Face Mask Alchemy delivery which goes over what I received, the ingredients, how to use/make it and some extra tips.

mesh pouch with 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!

Lokelani Face Mask Powder open Lokelani Face Mask Powder

Lokelani Face Mask Powder, 0.50 oz.

The face mask powder this month is called “lokelani” which is the Hawaiian word for “beautiful rose”. In addition to the organic rose powder, this also has white kaolin clay, organic Arriba cacao, organic hibiscus powder, organic coconut milk, organic collidal oats, and (accidentally left out of the info sheet but emailed about later) organic honey powder. Reading the sheet, I learn that the rose powder helps with toning and clarifying, the cacao is antioxidant-rich and decreases redness (yay!), and the hibiscus is used for gentle exfoliation. Excited to try this one!

Lokelani Face Oil hand holding tiny dropper for Lokelani Face Oil

Lokelani Face Oil

This month, Marie included the cutest little bottle with a dropper full of organic rosa rubiginosa oil, organic rosa mosqueta oil, organic Madagascar vanilla bean-infused organic jojoba oil which makes up the accompanying lokelani face oil. This can be added to the mask as a humectant (I learned that new word, which means “hydrating ingredient”), or used after masking for a facial oil treatment. I’m definitely going to give this a whirl inside the mask! Rosehip oil is full of beta-carotene and antioxidants while the jojoba oil is super moisturizing.

Lokelani Face Mask Powder in small bowl

I started with the mask powder in a small bowl (I just got this one on a trip to Maine with this subscription in mind).

water added to powder

As Marie suggested on the info sheet, I added extremely small amounts of water slowly to the powder and ended here with a thicker paste because I knew I wanted to use the face oil this time, as well as the honey. It was right when I first started mixing that I got a strong chocolate scent which made me go back to see what all was in the ingredients. Organic Arriba Cacao! Yum!

oil added to powder

Next, I added two small drops of the lokelani face oil that was included this month. It made it just so slightly creamier.

honey added to powder

Lastly, I squeezed a small amount of honey into the bowl as well to get this really smooth consistency. It was a little too runny at first, so I just added a bit more of the lokelani powder. That’s what being a junior alchemist it all about! Trial and error!

mask swatch on hand

Here’s a little swatch of the deep rose colored mask on my hand.

When I was done mixing, I spread it in a thin even layer on my face, avoiding, of course, my eyes and mouth. I let it sit for 10 minutes until it dried to an even deeper rose color. I just adore this hue. This washed off really easily with warm water and as I removed it I could feel the slightest bit of grit working as an exfoliant. Once completely removed, I could feel the effects of the added lokelani face oil which left a really hydrating feel behind that was vaguely oily but not greasy at all. It just left my face feeling ultra-moisturized. I was able to get at least two full masks out of this with some powder, honey, and quite a bit of oil still leftover.

Verdict: Face Mask Alchemy is quickly becoming one of my favorite subscriptions. I learn about the ingredients and benefits each month through the info sheet and blog post and have such a fun time mixing everything together to make a custom mask. I can see how Marie got into masking and I’m excited to learn so much that one day I can make my own concoctions! 

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, but sign up today to get November as your first!

Value Breakdown: For $10.88 I received enough ingredients to make well over two custom face masks with some leftover, as well as a bamboo spoon and a honey stick.

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What do you think of the mask from this month’s Face Mask Alchemy?

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 | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. I could no longer resist. I can’t wait for my first delivery! Now I just need to buy a nice vessel to mix my masks in.

    • Right?? My friend made fun of me when I bought a tiny bowl JUST for mixing masks but I couldn’t help myself. She was like “couldn’t you just use a tupperware bowl or whatever?”. AS IF!!

  2. Wow – great review and a cool sub. I just entered my 40s and my skin needs are changing, so I’m still looking for a couple of holy grail items to add to my new routine – one being a good mask. This sub sounds like a good, affordable way to try out some different ones. Times like this I miss the forum so I could hit people up for suggestions. If anyone on the blog has any, lemme know! And thanks Marne!

    • No problem, Sammee! Glad you liked the review. This was my third month and so far it’s a really great straightforward sub that I think delivers a really nice result! And you’re right- the price point is great! Even more than the end result, I find the journey to be super fun too. 🙂

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