Review (SWISSE): Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask / Combination Skin /


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The Item


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Swisse: Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask/ Thick vs Light Layer/ (70g)

Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask is a naturally absorbent facial mask, luxuriously formulated to purify and detoxify the skin, while leaving it feeling smooth and hydrated. Ideal for congested and blemish prone skin. Apply to clean, dry skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, or until the mask feels firm and dry, then rinse off with warm water.

Swisse, (2016)

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The Formulation

Aqueous Extract of Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf, Kaolin, Tapioca Starch, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (White Clay), Charcoal Powder, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Honey (Mel)*, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract (Seaweed), Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Myroxylon Pereirae Oil (Balsam of Peru), Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan (Irish Moss), Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol.


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The ‘Irritants’

  • Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil: Has beneficial properties for the skin (anti-inflammatory), but is also a fragrance that can irritate the skin. However, this wasn’t a problem for me. The smell is not present in the product, and it is far down the ingredient list.
  • Benzyl Alcohol: This product is flagged in a lot of skin care databases, due to the high risk of irritation it can cause towards the skin. However, this can only happen when there is a high concentration of this  in a product. Note that this ingredient is low on the ingredients list, so it generally should be quite safe to use.



The ‘Stars’

  • Aqueous Extract of Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf: This ingredient helps with soothing our skin. Aloe ( maybe known to you as Aloe Vera), contains antioxidants & traces of Vitamins A,C & E. This is a natural anti-inflammatory agent & anti-bacterial. This is why we apply pure aloe over our sun burns, to help soothe the area.


Aloe in cosmetics can increase the moisture content on your skin after one application (Dal’belo, Gaspar, Campos, 2016)

shooting-star-147722_960_720Aloe has anti – inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant. (Benson, Newman, Jenson, 2015)

  • MineralKaolin (clay): Is a soft clay that is normally white in texture. The clay is also thick making it perfect for forming a mask. The thick texture of this ingredient will allow other ingredients to be held together, and to  aid in the delivery of ingredients deep down into our pores. In doing so, this clay will help nourish & soothe our skin.  Additionally, this type of clay has particular minerals & nutrients that will help in reducing our oils.  When introduced in a mask, kaolin will help cleanse & exfoliate our skin cells topically.This will help in detoxifying our skin, as it will allow our skin cells to regenerate topically. This ingredient also has multi purpose functions. When the clay starts to harden, it is able to help clear our pores, and helps with problematic skin. Scientific studies have shown that this detoxifying process is only shown if the mask stays on for about 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Glycerin: Is found naturally topically on our skin, and helps our skin stay soft & supple. It ‘draws’ water from beneath our skin layers to the top. This will result in this ingredient treating dry skin conditions topically. However, when too much pure glycerin is added in a product, this can actually be negative for you. Needless to say, too much of pure glycerin will continue to take water from our layers underneath our skin, until it is dehydrated.
  • Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (White Clay): This is classified as a thickener. It’s main function is to draw out oils in the skin.
  • Charcoal Powder*: A possibly gimmicky ingredient that has popped up recently within the last 3 years in mainstream skin care, with claims of brightening and drawing out impurities like oils. Sadly none of this seems to be true.

shooting-star-147722_960_720Here is an interesting read for people out there who want extra information: The Truth about Activated Charcoal. 

  • Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran ExtractAn amazing ingredient! Avena Sativa helps protect, soothe, reduce flakes, and has anti inflammatory properties. ( Revnertson, Garay, Nebus, Chon, Kaur, Mahmood, kizoulis  & Southall, 2015)honeycomb-309384_960_720
  • Honey (Mel)/ Manuka Honey/The effects of Manuka honey depends on the quantity called ‘Manuka Quality Factor’. However, it claims to soothe the skin, and has anti -inflammatory, bacterial (powerful) and antioxidant properties.
  • Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract (Seaweed/algae)*: Mainly used because of it’s antioxidants properties to nourish the skin. Not much research has been done on this in regards to skin benefits.
  • Salicylic Acid: As a BHA, it exfoliates the skin topically and cleans within the pores. This can promote the epidermis to shed more quicker, which can lighten blemishes over time and reduce texture problems.
  • Carrageenan (Irish Moss): Another powerful antioxidant, containing proteins, vitamin A&B, irons and calcium. Irish Moss will keep the skin nourished and healthy.



Product Review

Scent (2/5): The smell is very ‘medically’. Something like a cough syrup.

Texture of the product(5/5): For a drug store product the texture is amazing! It is really liquidly, and not thick.

Application(5/5): The mask texture is very liquidly, and this provides for a smooth and clean application.

Quality of product (5/5): Looking at the ingredient list, this product is packed with beneficial ingredients: BHA, vitamins, natural plan extracts, aloe & glycerin! Also the irritants  (alcohol & fragrance) didn’t seem to aggregate my skin.

Performance/ Effects:

  • Cleaned out my pores
  • Drys from liquid to a clay mask in 10- 15 minutes
  • We can actually see the effects from the mask: as the mask turns into a solid texture, tiny holes are formed in the mask as it draws out any impurities.
  • Lacks hydration
  • Anti- inflammatory/ calmed down large pimples
  • Washes off your face easily, like a high end mask

Price: $17


Results from Other Bloggers

It’s That Time For:

  • Pulls out impurities
  • Leaves skin fresh & smooth
  • Soothes the skin
  • Hydrates the skin


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All products are purchased with my money. I am not sponsored to review any products, nor do i have affiliate links. I am however a proud affiliate with WishTrend, and I truly adore how they promote good skin health. All opinions are 100% honest, and written from my personal experience.

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7 thoughts on “Review (SWISSE): Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask / Combination Skin /

    1. Yes it is true that Kaolin can have traces of Bentonite in it!

      Sadly with the limited ingredient list, we won’t know if the Kaolin won’t have traces of Bentonite. My guess is that the traces of Bentonite in the Kaolin will be small. However, Bentonite is a devitrification of volcanic ash, and ‘Swisse’ markets this mask as a Charcoal, Kaolin & Manuka Honey mask, rather than volcanic ash. Volcanic ash (Bentonite) would have also been labelled in the ingredients list if it were main ingredient.

      Hope this helps!

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      1. That’s good to know, it may mean although bentonite is present, it is in a minimal percentage compared with Kaolin… ? This is my guess. I take note of your mask. I’ll get a sample if I can , if not I will get the regular size. I can’t use the one by Innisfree, it really irritates my skin. Thanks for the info! ❤

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    2. Yeah! thats exactly what i mean. The Kaolin might have small traces of Bentonite in it, but not a lot. The Innisfree mask ( i am assuming the Volcanic Pore Clay Mask), uses volcanic ash (Bentonite), so thats probably why that mask irritated your skin. The Swisse mask is a really nice drug store mask though!

      Thanks for commenting !!

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  1. Are you in Australia? It seems I can’t find this product in the US… I have checked Amazon and Ebay. Their page on twitter is about Paralympics more than anything. It’s an Australian brand.. oh well.


  2. I think in India I can’t find it. But what I like, is your honest review. Whatever you have said about charcoal, absolutely true. I have used a charcoal scrub and I found no claims to be true. Thanks for sharing. Want to see more.


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