Over the weekend, I made a trip to Lush where I purchased their Berry Ogenki? "Are you doing 'berry' well?" (Known as Catastrophe Cosmetic in the UK) face mask. The vegan, blueberry mask is supposed to help clear imperfections and soothe irritation. Because it is made of fresh fruit, the mask has to be refrigerated and used up within three weeks. You can purchase the mask in three, six, and I think twelve servings. I opted for three servings and even after applying a generous amount of the mask on my face, I found that I had more than enough left for three or four masks. Unless you plan on using the mask several times a week, three servings should be more than enough.
Though Berry Ogenki? is supposed to smell like chamomile and orange, it has a very powerful rose fragrance with a hint of lemon and a very faint scent of blueberries. I cannot say that it is pleasant. I think it is tolerable for some and too strong for others. If you are sensitive to smell and experiencing a queasy stomach, you should probably forgo the mask until you are feeling better. The fragrance gave me a headache and unfortunately, the scent lingers even after the mask has been washed off and it made me feel a little sick. This is my main complaint.
The mask should be applied while your face is still wet after cleansing and removed within 5-10 minutes. Before applying the mask after I washed my face, I sprayed some Avène thermal spring water on first. After I applied Berry Ogenki? the mask dried immediately and tightened around my face. Some of it flaked off onto my shirt so be aware that it can get a bit messy. I removed the mask with lukewarm water after 7 minutes and noticed that the redness in my face had reduced and some impurities had diminished. However, about ten minutes later, some itchy red blotches appeared along the outline of my face, particularly near my chin. I think I left the mask on too long and if you have sensitive and/or dry skin, you should probably remove Berrry Ogenki? within 5 minutes. The mask also contains talc which could explain some of the irritation. I still think it is a good mask if you are suffering from breakouts and probably works best on oily skin. I like the idea of a fresh, vegan mask and if Lush could just do something about the smell, Berry Ogenki? could be an excellent product. The next mask I would like to try is Kagami yo, kagami "Mirror mirror on the wall" (AKA The Sacred Truth) which contains green tea and papaya. I am also interested in their Ningyo hime "The Little Mermaid" (AKA BB Seaweed) mask. This was my first experience with Lush and I now understand why so many are addicted to their products.