Ilike Seven Herb Mask ($36) is not something I want to greet my mailman wearing as I look like I had a fight with a jar of pesto and lost. This face mask, aimed at soothing troubled skin, is green and has chunks of vegetable matter in it. The smell is earthy and leafy and I associate it with a damp lawn (in a good way). After rinsing away, my skin feels tight, clean and super soft.
As befits a brand that is big on botanicals (handpicked in Hungary, no less), the Seven Herb Mask is pretty much what it says on the tin: chopped leaves. And I mean, it really does feel like the real thing has been put through a blender – none of your abstract “extracts” here. First up is aloe arborescens, a member of the aloe family that is an effective wound healer and, according to some recent research, a possible cancer treatment that prevents cell proliferation.
Hens and chicks plants aren’t something I would have classified as herbs, but here they are under their posh name of sempervivum tectorum. Apparently, this plant is astringent and has been used for centuries to treat skin disease. Also worth a shout out is sambucus nigra (elder), an antioxidant and softener and soother of irritated skin. The other herbal calmers of irritations include coltsfoor, plaintain and ilike favorite yarrow.
ilike Seven Herb Mask is almost like a poultice. I dabbed some on a scratch under my chin that I was given by a disgruntled cat and I could almost feel the skin knitting back together. It will also head off the beginnings of zit that is lurking with intent. There is a slight tingling when first applied that quickly dissipates. If your skin is oily, out of sorts and prone to breakouts, give this a try (suitable for any age).
Sodium benzoate is unwelcome as it is an irritant, dna killer and possible carcinogen. Unfortunately it is in many European natural cosmetics as it got the endorsement (goodness knows why) of the European organic standards body. Perhaps it isn’t even needed as the aforementioned aloe arborescens has been shown to be an effective anti-microbial that can send four different types of bacteria on their way.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerine, Mel, Aloe Arborescens, Sempervivum Tectorum, Methyl Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Zinc Oxide, Sambucus Nigra, Achilea Millefolium, Tussilago Farfara, Plantago Major, Mentha Pulegium, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Magenesium Silicate, Melissa Officinalis, Silica, Citric Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Cymbopogon Citratus, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate Phosphate, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citral*, Citronellol*, D-limonele*, Geraniol* *components of natural essential oils