Review – Skinfood Freshmade Coconut Mask

Skinfood has a reputation for some really great wash-off masks, particularly their sugar scrubs and rice mask. I got incredibly excited when they released a new range of masks, dubbed the Freshmade line, and I’ve had the chance to try a couple of them out now. The Apple Mask has been reviewed already, and the Coconut Mask was the next in line for me to try. I love the smell of coconut, and this mask made me think of smearing thick, rich coconut cream on my face, which I just couldn’t resist.

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http://www.theskinfood.us

Full Disclosure: This review contains no affiliate links, and the product was purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal use and testing of the product.

What is it?

Skinfood Freshmade Coconut Mask is a leave-on type mask that contains coconut extract, claiming to firm and soothe skin for a radiant complexion.

  • Size: 90 mL
  • Price: $10.89 CAD from Jolse
  • Texture: A thin cream that turns watery upon application
  • Scent: Like fresh coconut cream
  • Packaging: Small plastic jar with a screw-on lid; it has a clean and simple aesthetic, but the quality of the plastic definitely makes it feel cheap

skinfood coconut mask

Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Sodium Chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), PEG-10 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Hizikia Fusiforme (Hijiki) Extract, Portulaca Oleracea (Purslane) Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tocopherol, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen.

CosDNA breakdown. Dimethicone and butylene glycol flags a 1, coconut oil flags a 4, and tocopherol scores a 2 for comedogenicity. Coconut oil gets a 2 and tocopherol a 1 for irritation.

This ingredients list has me raising some eyebrows. There is indeed coconut extract and coconut oil in here, which is to be expected of a product that features coconut. The problem is that both of those sit below sodium chloride. That’s right, there is more salt in this mask than there is either of the coconut ingredients. I got curious and decided to taste the mask to see if I could detect the salt content (don’t try this at home, kids). The answer is: kinda? Which leads me to believe that the majority of the coconut experience this mask provides is coming from the fragrance because how much coconut could there possibly be in here?

That means this mask is mostly water and silicones. It does have a sprinkling of other plant extracts and other things to turn this into a skincare product, but again, none of those are going to be in any significant amounts if they come after salt. So far, this mask has really not impressed me.

skinfood coconut opening

Experience

The jar itself has a nice aesthetic, but it has quite the opposite of a luxe feel. The plastic seams on the lid have discolored and collected dirt (you can see on the second picture in this post), which isn’t something I see on other products, even the cheaper ones. I’m not at all opposed to having cheap products, but a product can be cheap without being crappy. The plastic packaging of this product makes it feel crappy.

The scent, however, is totally delicious. It smells like very fresh coconut. It’s creamy and sweet and I would love to have a cake covered in icing that smells like this.

The texture was supremely disappointing. I was expecting something thick and emollient, something that would feel rich and soothing on my skin. This mask has the texture and density of a very thin (and almost weak) cream. It spreads very easily and turns watery when rubbed in. On top of that, it has a really hard time sinking in all the way. When I use this I’ll still have patches an hour or two later that feel like an oil slick. I try to rub those in, but then of course it causes all of my other skincare layers to pill up. Even in the areas where it does sink in, it doesn’t leave a great finish. There’s still this tacky/oily feeling leftover. Since this is marketed as a leave-on mask, I’ve been using it as a sleeping pack. A layer of oiliness is not the kind of finish I want for the last thing to go on my face before bed.

skinfood coconut swatch

Results

I’m sure it will come as a surprise, but this mask does a whole lot of nothing. There aren’t too many ingredients that will actually improve skin’s firmness and elasticity, and none of them are present in this product. It doesn’t live up to its other claims either: the mask doesn’t soothe my skin, nor does it improve my skin’s radiance in any meaningful way. It’s not even all that moisturizing, even when it does manage to sink in all the way.

It makes an okay body lotion, I guess? Except it does this weird thing where the product beads up like dew droplets, and they just smear around for a while before sinking in. That mostly happens when I try to use this on my legs. I just don’t understand, man.

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Would I Repurchase?

Nope. This mask has been really, really unpleasant to use. I’ve been unimpressed with both of the Freshmade masks that I’ve tried so far, and I think I’ll stop trying them out at this point. This mask has essentially been demoted to a foot cream, only because it doesn’t smell as awful as my AmLactin lotion.

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