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June 11, 2013

Indulgent Skincare: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Origins is a brand I've always wanted to try, even more so once I started blogging. Origins' products are hailed here, there and everywhere as Holy Grail items not so much to be used but rather to be treasured, adored and indulged in. Having psyched myself up to refuse to give into product hype (I blame that disastrous Rimmel Apocalips purchase that left me particularly critical of online over-excitement) I'd avoided Origins for fear of wasting my money.

Nevertheless, the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask lurked in the back of mind, it's presence fueled by the great promise of clearer skin and, more importantly to me, fewer blackheads. So when my best friend, the lovely Tom, (how he earned this adjective will soon become apparent) offered to buy me a gift of my choosing, for no reason other than that he is a lovely person, I asked if the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask would be too much to ask for. The tale was thus concluded with a shake of his head followed by the request that I tell him exactly how and where to find it and then, only a few hours later, to my utter glee and bewilderment it was placed in my hands.

And oh how thankful I am. After a very agreeable experience with another clay mask (read about that one here) I was expecting good things but I have to admit that this Origins mask went over and beyond what I had hoped for it. The rumours are true, Origins is a wonderful brand. It now occurs to me that all the pledges  that I'd read towards their products were almost certainly honest and now I feel obligated to add my own two cents. The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Masks just sucks out all the nastiness lurking in your pores and the difference it makes to your skin after use is drastic, visible even. I love it! Now, don't get me wrong, it doesn't vaporize visible pores or cause all your blackheads to evaporate but it does improve the appearance of my pores and significantly reduce the size of my blackheads. Incorporated this into my weekly routine has made so much difference and I can tell that this tube is going to last months, most likely half a year. 

I still wouldn't call it cheap but at £20* it is affordable and for at least 24 applications (which is what I imagine it contains) it works out to be cheaper than buying individual one-use face masks. If you were hesitant like I was, if you didn't believe the hype, then my advice to you is to bite the bullet and find a way for one of their products to enter your life. You don't need to try this face mask but if you've been hunting for something that really helps with congested skin then I'd definitely recommend it as it's the best clay mask I've tried so far!

Have you tried Origins' Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask? Do you have a favourite face mask?



  1. I really want this but it's a bit more expensive than I usually go for :/ I'll have to think about it x

  2. Fabulous review, I've been looking for a charcoal product for a while this sounds so perfect!

    Jamie-Lee | Glitter Infatuation | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog!

  3. I absolutely love the Clear Improvement mask, I've just bought the Out Of Trouble mask but I haven't tried it yet.
    : ]

  4. I love love love love love Origins, I have a little sample of this mask and I have about one good squeeze left. Stop making me want things! ;) x

    Amy /

  5. This was on my list. Now, it's going in my cart! Yay! Thank you!

  6. i've tried this before and really liked it... right now I'm using Caudalie's Purifying Mask, not sure how I feel about it yet:)

  7. What a lovely friend you have! I always worry about things like this as since they are more expensive I worry about not liking them, might try and get a sample :)
    Kirsty x

  8. I Really want to try this mask but need to finish my huge collection first lol
    a very reasonable price for this size too


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