Honey-based Exfoliating Mask Reviews: Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator, Mahalo The Bean & La Bella Figura Purifying Manuka Mask

I thought I’d review these masks together because they are all honey-based exfoliating masks with similar textures (they all have a jam-like consistency) and ingredients (turmeric, for instance, one of the many common ingredients). Also, while they all smell different, they have sweet/savoury scents that are somewhat related. Technically, the Josh Rosebrook is marketed as an exfoliator, but it’s meant to be left on the skin like a mask, so I’ve included that as well.

Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator: As the name suggests, this is a very ‘active’ mask/exfoliator. In fact, I feel a slight tingle (I think it must be the enzymes working) as soon as I apply it to my skin. In addition to the enzymes, it contains powdered walnut shells that manually polish the skin. Walnut shells sound abrasive, but the honey and emollient oils in the formula cushion the skin to make sure it doesn’t scrape the surface of the skin.

Of the three masks featured here, this, in my experience, offers the most immediate results. I see a difference in the tone and texture of my skin as soon as I rinse it off. The instructions on the jar state that it can be left on for 10 minutes to an hour, and I find that I get better results when I leave it on for longer (45 minutes to an hour).

Unlike most exfoliating products, this doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight and stretchy. The emollient oils and natural extracts make sure that the skin is left soft, hydrated and glowing.

It has a unique scent that is very different from the rest of the line (all the other products I’ve tried from Josh Rosebrook have a pleasing vanilla-esque scent). The herbal extracts (neem, for instance) in this formula give it a bitterness that is an interesting contrast against the sweetness of its honey base.

This label states that this mask will suit all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone, and despite the ‘active’ nature of this product, it will suit most skin types. Highly recommend.

Ingredients: *Honey, *Vegetable Glycerin, Water, *Soy Lecithin, *Avocado Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Sunflower Oil, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Neem, *Echinacea, *Hawthorn Berry, *Alfalfa, *Ashwagandha, *Goji Berry, *Beetroot, *Bilberry, *Black Cohosh, *Rosemary, *Fennel, *Dandelion, *Calendula, *Fo ti Root, *Turmeric, *Sage, *Stevia, *Chamomile,  *Rose Hips, *Licorice, *Chickweed, *Horse Chestnut, *Eyebright, *St. John’s Wort, *Coriander, *Burdock, *Elderberry, *Yucca, *Thyme, *Lavender, *Olive leaf, *Raspberry leaf, *Red Clover, *Papaya Enzyme, Walnut shells, *Guar Gum, * Gum Arabic, †Lemon Essential Oil, †Cypress Essential Oil, †Fennel Essential Oil, †Bergamot Essential Oil, Lime Essential Oil. *Certified Organic †Organic


Mahalo The Bean Antioxidant Mask: In my opinion, this is the gentlest – and the best-smelling – of the three. It has a spicy coffee/chocolate scent that makes it a pleasure to use, and it’s a great mask to unwind with after a long day.

This would be a great option for those of you who are looking for a decadent, nutrient-dense mask that really delivers. The exfoliants in this mask are very gentle but they do visibly brighten my skin. The results are not as instant as the Active Enzyme Exfoliator, but I find that I tend to use it more often because it’s  super gentle. I use The Bean up to three times a week as opposed to the Josh Rosebrook, which I use just once or twice.

I didn’t instantly fall in love with this mask when I first used it (I preferred The Petal, which gave me more instant results), but the more I used it the more I fell in love with it. In fact, it is currently one of my favourite Sunday night pamper masks, and I will repurchase it when I run out.

Ingredients: mel (Hawaiian raw honey)*, theobroma cacao (raw cacao) powder*, santalum paniculatum (Hawaiian sandalwood) powder*, bambusa arundinacea (bamboo carbon charcoal) powder, red morrocan rhassoul clay, camellia japonica (thea seed) oil*, coffea arabica (green coffee bean) oil*, coffea arabica (coffee) hydrosol water*, leuconostoc ferment filtrate & lactobacillus ferment, hibiscus sabdariffa (hibiscus) flower*, curcuma longa (turmeric) root*, zingiber officinalis (ginger) root*, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)*, non-gmo mixed tocopherols, haematococcus pluvialis algal (astaxanthin) extract, solanum lycopersicum (tomato lycopene) extract, leontopodium alpinem (edelweiss) extract*, salix nigra (willow) extract*, beta vulgaris (beet root) extract*, curcuma longa (turmeric) supercritical extract*, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) supercritical extract*, daucus carota (carrot seed) supercritical extract*, cinnamomum zeylanicum (ceylon cinnamon)*, rosmarinus officials (rosemary) supercritical extract*, eugenia caryophyllus (clove)*, coffee arabica (coffee) supercritical extract*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) oil*, theobroma cacao (cocao) absolute, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot fcf) oil*, vanilla planifolia (vanilla) extract*, elettaria cardamomum (cardamom) supercritical extract*, santalum paniculatum (Hawaiian sandalwood) oil*, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil*, phytosterols, psidium guava (guava) extract, potassium sorbate, citrullus lanais (watermelon) extract *organic + local and/or wild harvested

La Bella Figura Purifying Manuka Mask: While I love all three masks, this is the one that suits my pigmentation/acne-prone skin the most.  It was specifically handpicked for my skin type by La Bella Figura founder Victoria, and it truly balances and decongests my skin.

In terms of how ‘active’ it is, it falls right in the middle. It contains both physical and enzyme exfoliants, but it doesn’t feel too strong or too gentle (perfect for all the Goldilockses out there). The mask uses manuka honey (UMF 15+) as the base, and it contains a long list of healing ingredients to purify and rebalance the skin.

I don’t love the smell of this mask as much as the other two (I mainly get the black cumin seed oil, which, unfortunately, is one of my least favourite smells), but I really love how great my skin feels after I rinse it off (clear, soft, happy).

Although it is a purifying product, it doesn’t leave the skin feeling taut and dry. It leaves it supple and hydrated. I think it will suit most skin types, but oily/acne-prone skin types will love it.

Ingredients: Organic Leptospermum Scoparium Mel 15+ (Raw Manuka Honey), Kaolin (Amazonian White Clay), Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, OrganicNigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil*, Wild Crafted Carica Papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil, Organic Moroccan Lava (Rhassoul) Clay, Activated Charcoal, Wild Crafted Citrus Aurantium Amara (Orange) Flower Water, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract*, Organic Arctium Lappa (Burdock Root) Extract*, Organic Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus Flower) Extract*, Organic Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Powder*, Organic Helichrysum Stoechas (Helichrysum) Extract, Organic Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Powder, Organic Petroselinum crispum (Parsley) Seed Oil*, Organic Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil*, Organic Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil*, Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Oil*, Wild Crafted Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Organic Santalum Album (Australian Sandalwood) Oil, Non-GMO Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Wild Crafted Leuconostoc (Radish Root Extract) Ferment Filtrate *Certified Organic

Final Thoughts: These honey-based masks are a great alternative to clay-based masks that can overdry the skin (some of these masks do contain clay, but the honey stops it from being too drying). In addition to purifying the skin, these masks exfoliate the skin without weakening the skin’s barrier layers. Unless you are a beauty junkie like me, you do not need all three masks at once; just choose the one that best suits your skin type.

© 2017 JustAskArjun. All opinions/views are my own. Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator was gifted to be my BeNaturallyYou, Mahalo The Bean came in a Beauty Heroes box, and La Bella Figura Purifying Manuka Mask was sent to me by the brand. Although I do accept press samples for review consideration, all products are treated with the same level of scrutiny.

1 Comment

  1. Ana
    October 18, 2017 / 4:02 am

    Thanks for your opinion! I adore the honey based masks. 🙂

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