Face Mask Alchemy Subscription Review – October 2018
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!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
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
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.
Everything comes in a mesh pouch to keep it together.
You’ll always receive a bamboo spoon in your package to get things stirred up!
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, 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
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.
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).
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!
Next, I added two small drops of the lokelani face oil that was included this month. It made it just so slightly creamier.
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!
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?