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March 3, 2010

review: life warming orange mask

I actually bought this for my mom, who is super hardworking when it comes to taking care of her family, but totally lazy when it comes to makeup and skin care. She never got around to using it, so I decided to give it a shot and post a review while I’m at it!

Life is Shoppers Drug Mart’s brand, so you will only find it there. There are a variety of facial mask packets, but the one I’m reviewing today is the Warming Mask with Orange Oil. Since it’s their in-store brand, it goes on sale pretty often.

Here’s the description from the back of the packet:

This self-heating mask soothes and pampers weary skin. Active ingredients help to open pores and removes impurities. Vitamin E retextures skin, leaving your complexion deeply cleansed and moisturized, with a sparkling spa quality.

And ingredients:

Aqua, isopropyl myristate, glyceryl stearate, glycerin, kaolin, PEG-100 stearate, cetearyl alcohol, cocoglycerides, caprylic/capric triglycerides, sodium lactate, PPG-1-PEG-9 lauryl glycol ether, CI 77891, ceteareth-20, prunus armeniaca kernel oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, glucose, parfum, lactic acid, triethanolamine, disodium EDTA, tocopheryl (vitamin E), acetate, panthenol, retinyl palmitate, anthemis nobilis flower oil, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) oil lactoperoxidase, glucose oxidase, sodium thiocyanate, potassium iodide, CI 19140, CI 15985


The instructions say to put the unopened packet in hot water for a minute. I put it in a bowl with a spoon on top to keep it from floating. Mine was in the water for more like 2-3 minutes though (whoops).

My first tip is to tear just a small opening, and not rip open the entire top edge like I did! Maybe it’s because I let it sit in the hot water for longer than I was supposed to, but the product inside was very runny/watery. I lost a lot of product in the sink (this turned out to not matter) because I was expecting it to be thicker.

Tip #2: don’t pour a bunch out into your hand until you know exactly how hot the product is! I wouldn’t say I burned my hand, but it was pretty uncomfortable. Being able to hold the pouch on the outside is unfortunately not indicative of how hot the insides are.

You get 15 ml of product per packet, which is more than enough for your entire face and neck. You could probably split one packet with your mom, a friend, or sister. I applied generously on my face and had tons left over.

I have this mask on my face as I type this post. Although it was runny in my fingers, it isn’t going anywhere once you apply it. There is a smell to it which I don’t really like, but it’s not too strong and is bearable for the 10-15 minutes you’re supposed to leave it on for. It’s sort of citrusy, so probably from the orange oil. P.S. the warmth of the product disappears pretty much as soon as you open the packet and begin applying to your face, so it feels like any other non-warming mask.


After something like 20-25 minutes (because I was writing this), it rinsed off very easily. My skin felt a bit softer, but a little tight and I had some dryness on my nose and forehead. This is probably because of the kaolin, which is an ingredient often used in facial masks for its absorbency—i.e. draws out both oils and impurities. This is probably better suited for combination or oily skin (mine is normal/dry). The before/after pictures I took are too awful to post, but my skin looked a little brighter, like it had just gotten a pick-me-up.

  • super cheap (~$2 regular price)
  • creamy consistency once applied on the face
  • slight brightening effect to my complexion
  • can be slightly drying for normal to dry skin
  • smell might bother some people
  • not very warming, heat dissipates almost immediately

It’s worth checking out. It’s only $2 and there’s enough product for two faces. The “self-warming” descriptor is not all that accurate, since you need to put the packet in hot water to heat it, and after that it cools before you can appreciate any warming sensation on your face. Personally, I would not buy it again because it wasn’t suited to my drier skin and I prefer Freeman Pineapple Enzyme Mask (review coming soon!)

Shoppers Drug Mart: $2

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