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Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Mask 3.4 fl oz

Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Mask- reader reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Emily October 30, 2013 3 Comments

Pros

Deep cleansing and hydrating, organic ingredients

Cons

Medicinal scent
A gentle, detoxifying mask that can be used multiple times a week

I’m a big fan of charcoal-based products and was very pleased to test Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask ($34) when TIA offered it. I was especially pleased to learn that this treatment targets dry, mature, and sensitive skin. I was not disappointed. This is a very nice and effective product that provides deep but gentle cleansing; and the addition of hydrators, vitamins and antioxidants means it never leaves the skin feeling dry or out of sorts. So it’s a bit of a two-fer as a mask, both nourishing and cleansing.

It’s recommended for use two to three times a week, so a bottle (it’s an unfussy purple plastic pump bottle) will clearly last a while – I’ve just been using a few pumps spread across face and neck with each application. It’s a moderately textured, not particularly thick grayish-lavender glop, and spreads easily. It has a distinctive (and hard to describe) scent, which is faintly medicinal. I used it as directed, allowing it to absorb for about 15 minutes and then rinsing it off and finishing with my usual night and eye creams.

I was a bit doubtful that it could deliver the results I’ve seen from other charcoal products, which are very deep cleaning. I’m a very long-time fan of Japanese charcoal cleansers. And by coincidence, I’d recently purchased the terrific new Osmotics Micro Peel System ($86), a three-part protocol that starts with a charcoal mask (and goes on to a gentle exfoliator and then a soothing cream). But the Michael Todd Mask was duly cleansing – I really noted that pore-cleaning, minimizing effect. And, yes, due to the various oils, vitamins, and extracts, this aloe-based mask is also hydrating, so that the effect afterwards is very comfortable, smooth, and refreshed.

The brand was new to me, so I did look at its website to learn a bit more. Michael Todd True Organics (obviously) makes a point to use organic ingredients and, while the products may not boast unique ingredients or formulations, there’s a long list covering every skincare category, skin type, and need. All at moderate price points. Simply put, this looks like a line worth exploring.

I will certainly be glad to use up the rest of the Charcoal Detoxifying Mask, and will probably re-up as well. I suspect that it will be especially useful as the weather turns warmer – a deep cleanser that is this gentle and can be used multiple times during the week will be very welcome.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Juice, Aspalathus Lineans (Rooibos Tea) Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Organic Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), DL-Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) Pulp Powder, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Charcoal, Salix Nigra (Black Willowbark) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Essential Oils

  • May 11, 2013

    by Naheed

    Marta, I am also using KNU, anti aging face lift for more than a month now, but really don't find anything positive about it except that the ingredients are all natural. But if these ingredients are not being absorbed by my skin and making any difference, they are no good to me. I am glad I didn't spend $150 for it and bought it on Livingsocial for $25. It just sits on your skin and when I wash my face in the morning, I can still feel it on my face. No wonder it's always on sale on Livingsocial and Groupon for $25. They sold more than 30,000 last time I checked. So may be in meeting the demands for so much, they lost the original formula or something. Very disappointed. I'll wait for your review though.

  • May 1, 2013

    by Marta

    Great review Emily. I have just started testing Michael Todd Anti-aging Face Lift. It is like a pot of freshly whipped cream - light, airy and paced with exciting ingredients. This line could be one of our new finds.

  • April 30, 2013

    by Jan

    Great review - I will be trying this as I too am a big fan of charcoal products, my skin seems to really like charcoal a lot.

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