Breast Mud

Breast Mud

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‘Discover the secrets of Balinese beauty’, claims the box, with delightful artwork including some very suggestively shaped hills. ‘The mud mask is made from mud which has a strong tightening, straining and shaping effect…’

Look more closely and you will discover that the mud is actually from the Dead Sea, and there is no suggestion that the coconut extract and various other herbal ingredients in there come from Bali itself or even anywhere else in Indonesia.

But I was on the loose in Jakarta looking for shopping entertainment, and this seemed like a good idea at the time.

Fast forward to the point when I decided to try this out. For a start, having experienced a DIY all-over mud mask at the Dead Sea for real, I can tell you that this bears no resemblance. It smells a lot better, but otherwise there is simply no comparison.

This could better be described as Dead Sea sand, because it is pinkish and gritty, not to mention impossible to mix into any useful consistency. I tried for ages, adding water as instructed, adding more product in the hope of producing ‘mud’ which could easily be applied. But all I got was either wet sand, or sand at the bottom of a bowl of water.

It really did not stick as expected, with grit ending up everywhere – I tried this in the bath and ended up showering several times afterwards then still finding bits the next day. On the other hand, it did function fairly well in the way of an exfoliating salt scrub, and my skin did end up feeling silky smooth.

There is enough in the pack for several applications, but there was so much mess in my bathroom I do not expect I will be using this product again.


Magnetic Face Mask

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This is so hilarious it probably would not matter if it didn’t work at all, but my skin felt so nice afterwards that I am seriously tempted to buy some despite the price.

It comes from Premier Dead Sea, a US company which uses highly concentrated minerals from the Dead Sea to make skin care products. As they say: ‘Nature’s unique wisdom is combined with the newest technologies to indulge your skin with science and nature’.

This particular mask is called Miracle Noir, and it really is black, presumably with Dead Sea mud, although the product details say that is refined until nothing is left but firming minerals like calcium, bromide, magnesium and potassium.

But there are 2 layers to this mask… whilst the mud minerals are firming the skin and lifting out dirt to unclog pores, there are also essential oils including musk rose, eucalyptus and gingko biloba to treat fine lines and hydrate the skin, all of them penetrating deep into the skin thanks to a secret liposome complex.

The best bit is the magnet, which comes in its own compartment in the top of the pot. After you have had the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes, you wrap the magnet in a tissue and sweep it over your face to remove the mud. It sounds mad, but it really does work. What is left behind is a layer of essential oils that you massage in then leave on overnight for ongoing hydration.

If this did not cost a whopping S$188 a pot, I would have bought some on the spot.