Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask Review

Today, I’m finally going to give my Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask review. I’ve been meaning to write this since I started the site last month, lol. I realized when I used the mask yesterday that I’m almost out of this product, so I chose to review it ASAP before I forgot again and used it up entirely – I want to be good and include pictures!

While I don’t really consider pore refining/detox/etc facial masks to be particularly important to my skincare regime, I usually do try to keep one around for days where my skin just feels particularly gross – whether it’s from extra oil/clogged pores due to a bad product, greasiness from humidity, or just a few days of being under the weather leaving my skin particularly sallow and sluggish, sometimes just the routine of doing a ‘purifying’ facial mask can help you shake off the mental blah and anxiety about bad skin days – even if it’s just temporarily.

So, to make it clear, when I review masks it’s within that frame of reference – I don’t expect a facial mask to give me any long-term benefits; they’re temporary treatments and their effects usually only last a day, sometimes two at maximum. What’s important to me is that said mask DOES do SOMETHING, at least, and that it doesn’t irritate my skin and make a bad situation worse. Additionally, the mask has to be pleasant to use, with a good texture, inoffensive/nice scent, no side effects like itching/dryness while it’s on, and it can’t be too complicated/time-consuming to use.

As I’ve said before, I usually use My Beauty Diary Sake Yeast Sheet Masks for a temporary radiance boost and Holika Holika’s Acetyl Medi-Medi Mask for soothing inflammation and helping angry breakouts calm down/heal faster. So what role has Boscia’s Clarifying Detox Mask been playing for me?

boscia clarifying detox mask

Boscia markets this particular mask as follows:

A deep-cleansing clay mask of beneficial botanicals that absorbs impurities and controls oil to detoxify and refine your skin.

For Skin Types
Normal to Oily

So, basically, it’s an oil control/deep cleansing mask, which is pretty much what you would expect given the name. The formula is Kaolin-based, with added ingredients like green tea and willow bark to boost its acne-fighting properties. Frankly, you’ve probably used some permutation of this mask before in your life if you have even remotely troubled or oily skin – this is pretty classic.

Yes, yes, yes, but does it work?? …is probably what you’re thinking right about now, right? Click the read more and let’s get down to business!

First, let’s look at the ingredients:

Water, Kaolin, Sorbitol, Butylene Glycol, Bentonite, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow herb) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Phellodendron Bark Extract, Green Tea Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Zanthoxylum Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Copper Chlorophyll, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex, Menthol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Carbomer, Eucalyptus Oil

As I said above, nothing particularly ground-breaking here that I can see. Kaolin and bentonite are pretty traditional bases, willow bark is, aside from being one of Boscia’s favorite ingredients, anti-inflammatory (it’s aspirin!) and I personally tend to find it useful for my particular brand of irritated/inflamed hormonal acne. Green tea extract, Jojoba leaf, glycerin, you’ve probably seen all these ingredients time and again.

According to Paula’s Beautypedia, rosemary, peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus are all irritating. I’ve seen some debate about this – it’s worth noting that CosDNA doesn’t seem to ping them as dangerous (they only call out Jojoba Seed Oil as being potentially comedogenic and irritating and Butylene Glycol as a low-risk acne trigger), but all that means is that the sites they pull their data from don’t consider them notably irritating or comedogenic. For what it’s worth, I can certainly imagine how they could each be irritating, and I know that essential oils and botanicals tend to be very YMMV for people. Personally, I’ve used this mask almost to empty status – as you can tell from the image, probably – and obviously I wouldn’t have done so had I believed it was inflaming or irritating my skin.

That said, if you are cautious or already know that you have troubles with any of those ingredients, this mask isn’t such a miracle worker that you should tempt fate by any means.

Rather, I’d say this is a pretty average kaolin mask, elevated slightly by the inclusion of willow bark. I feel like I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, so let’s move on to how you use the mask before I give my overall thoughts!

Apply thin layer to cleansed face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for five minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Follow with Balancing Facial Tonic and the appropriate moisturizer. Use twice a week at your convenience.

Very straightforward. This isn’t a super drying, time-consuming mask. Rather, you’ll find that in five to ten minutes, the mask probably won’t even dry all the way. That’s fine. This isn’t intended to be a stripping, dried-out-so-much-the-mask-cracks-when-you-talk kinda deal. Here, I’ll show you rather than just tell:

boscia mask applied

Here is the mask immediately after application. This is actually more than you need – probably twice the amount, but I’m at the point where it’s hard to dispense ANY product without squeezing really hard, so I just used what came out. I’m seriously at the very end of the bottle, maybe one more application left, haha.

Upon application, you’ll notice a cooling sensation (from the mint) and a fantastic smell. It’s a cool, fresh, lightly botanical scent that you’re probably already familiar with if you’ve tried Boscia’s main product line before. To me, the scent and cooling feeling is like 75% of this mask’s appeal – it simply feels and smells so nice when you have it on that I feel like it gives you more psychological benefits than actual skincare effect, haha. On a day where you feel gross and grungy or you’re stressed out about a breakout, this might not solve all your problems, but it certainly feels amazing. Since it doesn’t really dry up, it thankfully avoids the itchy feeling that a lot of clay/mud masks can deliver.


This is ~8 minutes later. You can see that it’s dried somewhat, but by no means has it dried out. This is about how it would look when it’s time to remove the mask.

The product washes off very easily, so you don’t have to worry about hairlines/eyebrows so much. You won’t get stuck having to scrub at one stubborn dried spot like some other clay masks, just wet your hands with warm water and start massaging the water into the mask. It will become creamy and emulsified once again, and rinse off like it was nothing more than a thick cleanser.

I don’t know how much it actually does for “deep cleansing” – obviously that’s kind of hard to see visibly unless you have incredibly clogged pores on your nose (which I never really have), but I do find that my skin feels soft and clean after using this. The one noticeable effect is that your skin looked brighter/whiter, due to the titanium dioxide. Look at my hand here after I’ve washed off the mask – you can see the line where the area that had the mask on is much, much lighter than the area that wasn’t treated.


This is obviously only a temporary effect, but like I said, on a really bad skin day even just a temporary reprieve can be worthwhile.

I personally experienced ZERO ill effects from using it once or twice a month as directed. No breakouts, residue, clogged pores, etc.

Soooo, overall, do I recommend the Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask?

Personally, I’d say yes, IF you don’t already have something similar. I think this mask is on it’s way out – most retailers have stopped carrying it and the Boscia website has it marked down to half price – so at it’s current price, it would definitely be worth a shot. I purchased the mask in November 2013 and, at the rate of a couple uses per month, it’s lasted me until the end of August 2014. So it’s not really a bad buy at $12.50 (or less!) as long as you’re not sensitive to any of the ingredients.

I probably won’t repurchase this particular mask again, just because A)I suspect it’s being discontinued and B) I want to try other ‘clarifying’ masks just to satisfy my skincare shopping cravings, but I really enjoyed it while I had it and don’t regret the purchase at all. I’ve been pretty happy with every Boscia product that I’ve tried thus far and this one is no different, so I think I’ll continue to purchase from the brand even if I don’t feel the burning need to buy this specific product again and again.


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