One of my favourite movies growing up was Disney's 'A Little Mermaid' - I loved watching Ariel's adventures and loved singing along to songs such as 'Part of This World' and who could forget 'Under the Sea'? Living and being raised so close to the beach in Australia - there was nothing that I wanted more than to be a mermaid like Ariel and to swim with dolphins. Of course, as you start to grow up, you start to understand the world more and start to realise that to be a mermaid like Ariel is almost close to impossible as you have a better understanding of the world around you. However, every now and then you see something or you do something that triggers the magic of childhood nostalgia and Leah Lani Skincare's Mermaid Mask does exactly that.
Leah Lani Skincare was founded and created by none other than the beautiful Leah herself. Her story is one of self discovery, having suffered from cystic acne for years, Leah was on a quest for some self healing. She says on her website that 'fate lead her to Spa Luna, a holistic aesthetician school on the Hawaiian Island of Maui'. From there, Leah and her husband packed up their life and moved to Maui so that Leah could learn from Spa Luna and she immersed herself in the world of holistic skincare. She later became the Spa Director at Hilton Spa on Kauai and even opened her own practice. Leah found a love for connecting with and healing her guests and feeling inspired and empowered by this - she went to create her own line of skincare. The aim of her range was to change people's perspectives on skincare and transform what many would think was a routine into a ritual. Leah started to sell her range online on Etsy and the rest is history and brings Leah to where she is today. Her range is still made by hand and each and every Leah Lani Skincare concotion is made with much love, care and aloha from Hawaii.
As mentioned the other week, in my August Skincare Haul post, my interest in Leah Lani's beautiful products all started with a simple hashtag on Instagram #mermaidmask which will reveal ladies (and gentlemen) with an interesting green coloured 'goop' on their face. With a bit of clicking I discovered that this 'goop' was none other than Leah Lani's infamous Mermaid Mask - a superfood mask for the skin. When I discovered that this Mermaid Mask was coming to Eve Organics (and a haul from the lovely @lisa_loves_skincare made me suffer a severe FOMO), I decided to take the plunge and purchase both this mask and the Bless Beauty Balm. I am so glad that I did as I am loving both products so far - with the Mermaid Mask already being added to my routines a number of times over the past 2 weeks.
What Is It?
The Leah Lani Mermaid Mask is a superfood facial mask that is a Leah Lani cult favourite which is suitable for most skin types. It is a really rich dark green in colour (like a green smoothie rich in spirulina) but smells like fruit and honey.
What Does It Do?
The Leah Lani Skincare Mermaid Mask aims to purify, cleanse and soften the skin in the most gentle way possible. It features potent and nutrient rich superfood ingredients such as chlorella, spirulina (both organic and harvested from Hawaii), raw honey and soothing chamomile which promise to feed the skin with so much nourishment and to leave the complexion, radiant and detoxified. Every single jar of the Mermaid Mask is made with love and aloha from the soils and nectar of Hawaii.
Organic Hawaiian raw honey, organic Hawaiian spirulina (Spirulina Maxima), pure organic chlorella (Chlorella Vulgaris), french green clay, pure sea clay, luminess algae, organic sea buckthorn CO2 (Hippophae Rhamnoides), vanilla CO2 (Vanilla Planifolia), essential oils of: (organic orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis), moroccan chamomile (Tanacetum annuum ), roman chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), bee balm (Monarda fistulosa) , geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens), palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini), lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), ylang ylang (Canaga Odorata), rose (Rose Damascena), white lotus flower absolute (Nelumbo Nucifera), beeswax absolute (Apies millifera), coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum), and LOVE.
This ingredients list was taken from the Leah Lani Skincare website. As you can see from the ingredients listing, this product is an all natural product with no synthetics. There are no 'parfums' or 'fragrance' added but it does contain essential oils which do contribute to smell. None of these ingredients seem to ring any alarm bells, unless you are allergic or have any allergies to certain essential oils.
In the short time that I have used this mask, I can tell that I really do enjoy using this as I get instant results. My skin does indeed feel softer, cleaner and clearer after washing this off but it does also act to soothe the skin if it is feeling a bit irritated or dry as well. The other thing I have to note about the Mermaid Mask is the fact that it is so different to what I currently own in terms of masks. It's not quite a clay mask, its not quite a honey mask nor is it a hydration mask - the Mermaid Mask by Leah Lani is a little bit of everything and it does do this quite well.
I have to say, that I am incredibly impressed by the ingredients of the Leah Lani Skincare Mermaid Mask. The first 3 ingredients are not clay, or water or anything that is considered to be 'cheaper' - this mask is full of raw honey (and if you ever own this mask and mix it around, you can feel this in terms of its texture), spirulina and chorella - which give the mask it's unique green colour (and gave the Mr quite a fright). The spirulina and chorella is why this mask is also called a superfood mask as the benefits from these to the body are amazing in terms of detoxification, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals (generally when ingested). Many of us know the benefits of raw honey for the skin - its a great antibacterial, soothing ingredient and gives the skin plenty of nourishment. Ingredients such as spirulina and chorella are types of micro-algae which according to a journal review article in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology are a rich source of bioactive proteins which are necessary for tissue repair as it aids in skin renewal. They are also rich in antioxidants which help the skin and the body to protect itself from free radicals and also essential vitamins and minerals which help to protect and nourish the skin. Other ingredients that the Mermaid Mask contains in its formulation is French green clay which helps to purify the skin and also to absorb excess sebum and sea buckthorn which has known anti-inflammatory properties and is also rich in fatty acids which provides fantastic nourishment for the skin. Overall, the ingredients that Leah Lani has used in the Mermaid Mask all exhibit some fantastic properties for the skin in terms of nourishment, protection and purification.
When I first opened my jar of Leah Lani Skincare's Mermaid Mask, the consistency of this had slightly hardened, however after a bit of mixing the consistency of this was like a thick, goopy, honey like, dark green syrup. I would recommend to use a spatula or a spoon to remove the product from the jar as 1) it is more hygienic and 2) it makes application a lot less messy! I found that the mermaid mask was quite sticky but still very easy to spread, as once the product is on the face, it does warm up and application becomes a breeze. Upon application, I found an instant soothing and cooling effect - there is no tingling or hot sensation with this mask. This mask also does not harden and I found that I could easily leave this on for an hour or so without my skin starting to feel dry. I found that my skin would feel quite calm when wearing this. A word of warning though, if you are heavy handed with your masks, be careful with the Mermaid Mask, as due to its honey like consistency, it can drip if there is too much mask on certain areas. I found this out the hard way watching Masterchef Australia and noticed that I got some green mask on my pajama top, hahaha.
Rinsing the Mermaid Mask is also quite easily as I found the product to come off quite effortlessly. I sometimes would dampen my hands before rinsing this off fully and give myself a little bit of a facial massage to stimulate circulation on my face. Due to the syrup like consistency of this, it makes this sort of additional step a more luxurious treat to add to my skincare ritual. Once the mask has been removed completely, it reveals a beautiful, clean, purified and radiant complexion. My skin just glows after using this and not only that, it feels really nourished, hydrated and soft to touch. My skin looks healthier, brighter and calm - whilst I think it does purify the skin to some extent, it isn't as potent as some of my other clay masks. However, in saying that, it is important to note that this isn't a dedicated clay or purifying mask, it just has some purifying effects amongst other wonderful qualities. If you are wanting a mask that just purifies the skin, then Leah Lani does do a more purifying mask. The result that this mask does add to the skin however is an overall brighter, glowing and nourished complexion that feels calm and smooth - especially if you have sensitive skin like myself.
In terms of scent, there is a light floral scent to this, so if you are sensitive to floral notes, then do try to get a sample of this if possible. Leah Lani Skincare however, does not contain any fragrances or artificial fragrance. All of the lush and beautiful scents come from the essential oils used in the formulation.
What I really do love about the Leah Lani Skincare Mermaid Mask is that it does do a bit of everything, and does it well and isn't a half arsed sort of effort. Its a great mask if you are feeling lazy and need a pick me up in every area of skin possible whether it bit a bit purification and detoxing as well as some hydration and nourishment. The Mermaid Mask will do all of this and enough of it to reveal a really radiant complexion. The ingredients in this are gentle enough for most skin types, however, it does contain a few botanical extracts - so if you have allergies, do look into the ingredients closely. Those with oily/combination skin will love the clean feeling this gives without stripping your skin of too much oil, acne types will benefit from the antibacterial qualities of honey, dry skin types will love the extra nourishment that the Mermaid Mask gives and those with sensitive skin will benefit from its calming and soothing properties. I personally think it will be a great mask addition for most people as the ingredients are potent enough but are also quite gentle overall.
Repurchase YAY or NAY:
Although this product is quite new in my skincare stash, I think I will repurchase this when I run out as the mask really is such a unique and different mask. I haven't seen or used anything like this before in terms of ingredients, colour and that all in one effect. Whilst you might look like something from the sea when using it (like I said, I gave the Mr quite the fright and nothing like Ariel from 'The Little Mermaid'), what the mask does reveal afterwards is a healthy, glowing and radiant complexion.
The Leah Lani Skincare Mermaid Mask can be purchased directly from the Leah Lani website (she does internationally shipping) for USD$32 for 50ml. Australia ladies, you can buy Leah Lani Skincare, including this mask from Eve Organics for AUD$45.
Have you used Leah Lani Skincare before? What have you tried and what are your thoughts? I'd love to hear as I am contemplating on a serum next!