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Anyone want to take a trip to the Himalayas via your bathroom? If so, choose The Body Shop.

The Body Shop’s Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask costs £16, and can be purchased online or in store. Those who have used it before me had given it a 5* review on the website, so I had to give it a try for myself…

Like L’Oréal’s Detoxifying mask, this one is made of clay. The only striking difference (aside from the ingredients) is the colour, this was more brown/green than black charcoal.

Refine and revive your skin with our Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, this 100% vegan tingling clay mask is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. And it’s been formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. This invigorating charcoal face mask draws out impurities and refines the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow that shows. Complete your facial at home expert by applying this purifying blend with our Facial Mask Brush

The good thing about this mask though is that it claims to be formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. I don’t exactly know if parabens went into the making of L’Oreal’s, so I can’t comment.

My verdict is that it’s good – just good. It reminded me a lot of Younique‘s one in that it “rice, crackled and popped” on my skin, as I felt it getting rid of the toxins and impurities.  Also, it’s got a similar consistency and drying texture as L’Oréal’s. However, in terms of price, did it measure up to L’Oréal or Lush? Sadly, I don’t think it did…

As I said, it’s a good mask, but I could have bought two or three L’Oréal or Lush ones for that price… The thing is, because I had found the Holy Grail of masks in L’Oreal and Lush, I can’t say this one went above and beyond what I’ve experienced from the others. If I’m honest, it’s definitely better than Younique’s, just not better than L’Oréal and Lush’s (affordability). The only thing this one does that the others fail to is provide the afterglow. Having said that, I could in effect spritz Lush’s toner waters or lather on my moisturiser to get that though, so… Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with less noticeable pores of late, so I couldn’t tell you if this mask helped with that – something which is states to do, but my skin did look healthier and have a glow to it (as it also claimed).

Look, it’s good, and you might decide it’s great for you because everyone’s different… I don’t have anything bad to say about it, other than the price. However, it’s got Himalayan charcoal in it, so that must be expensive to get hold of, I’d imagine. I’m not complaining, I just wish I hadn’t tried the other two first, because maybe then I wouldn’t have any preconceptions? Who knows…