Honey is a great skincare ingredient. It is moisturizing since it is a humectant, anti-aging due to the antioxidants, clarifying/purifying due to enzyme and it have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. I previously did a review of honey sheet masks before, but I then fell in love with Fresh Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask, which is pretty expensive at $150 a jar. My friends love the much cheaper option, the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask so I have to give it a try. And last time I was at a Guerlain counter, the sales rep was telling me how amazing Guerlain Abeille Royale Repairing Honey Gel Mask was so I decided it’s time to try and review them all.
Of course, if you don’t want to spend $50 to $150 for a honey mask, you can also try pure honey instead. I’ve used normal honey, manuka honey and raw honey as masks before. While they do exfoliate and hydrate, they are sticky, messy to use and the skin doesn’t feel as smooth as from these masks since there’s other skin nourishing ingredients added.
The mask is a thick gel with pale yellow color and very sweet honey scent. It’s not sticky but slightly difficult to spread. There’s no sensation when it’s on the skin and it doesn’t dry. There’s no need to rinse but they ask you to follow up with a toner, so it leaves a moisturizing residue but the toner takes away the excess so it doesn’t feel too stuffy or rich. It make skin feel smooth, plump and hydrated. It’s appropriate for all skin types except for oily.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Methyl Trimethicone, Mel (Honey), Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Alcohol, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Royal Jelly, Phenoxyethanol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glycerin Polymethacrylate, Polyacrylamide, Parfum (Fragrance), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, C1314 Isoparaffin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Peg-8, PPG-28-Buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Adenosine, Limonene, Sodium Hyaluronate, Benzyl Salicylate, Caramel, Sodium Lactate, BHT, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Linalool, Benzylbenzoate, Citral, CI 19149 (Yellow 5), CI 14700 (Red 4), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tocopherol
It is a thick yellow gel with a medicinal honey scent. It’s not sticky and spreads easily on the skin. It doesn’t dry completely or rinse off completely. The honey leaves a moisturizing residue that makes skin feel soft, smooth and hydrated. My pores and skin texture looks better next day and my pimple is smaller, less red and less irritated. I would recommend it for all skin types especially acne-prone.
Ingredients: Mel (Honey), Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil PEG-150 Esters, Pentylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Propylene Carbonate, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Sucrose Laurate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Osmanthus Fragrans Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Sodium Metabisulfite, Citric Acid, Limonene, Citronellol.
It’s a yellow gel with a faint hint of ginger and honey scent. It turns into white cream as you rub it on. During the 10-15 minutes the mask is on the face, the cream warms up slightly. Unlike the other two honey masks, this one rinses off easily and leaves the skin feeling clean. My skin feels soft, smooth and clean. If you have oily skin or don’t like the moisturizing residue of the other two masks, I recommend give this one a try.
Ingredients: Glycerin, Diglycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Honey, Water, Flavor, Vanillyl Butyl Ether.
Fresh and Guerlain are both $150 and feels very similar on the skin, but Fresh is 3.3oz while Guerlain is 1.6oz and uses organic ingredients. Guerlain and Farmacy contains honey and royal jelly but in smaller amount with more filler ingredients while Fresh’s main ingredient is honey. With Fresh mask, I was able feel my blemishes are smaller, less red and irritated in one use. Farmacy rinses off cleanly and is not as moisturizing as Guerlain or as potent as Fresh, but it does clarify and make the skin more supple. Unless it being organic is very important to you, I’d recommend Farmacy or Fresh. Farmacy might be better if you have oily skin since it rinses off cleanly but Fresh might be better for mature skin or acne-prone since it’s a bit more potent. Both of them are great, depending on your preference and budget.