Review: Asarai Earth Tones Australian Red Clay Mask ★★★★☆
Asarai Earth Tones Australian Red Clay Mask is a rich, buttery wash-off mask that contains Australian Red Clay from the Outback. This mask delivers natural anti-oxidants and vital nutrients to detoxify and brighten for a healthy glow and satin-soft skin.
This brought back a rush of memories as I went to college in Australia. One time, a sand storm passed through Sydney during the night and I woke up thinking I was abducted by aliens. There was a cloud of red dust everywhere, the scene looked liked horrifically like Armageddon or something.
Back to the product. It is:
not tested on animal
You know, all the good stuff.
Australian Red Clay – Instantly revives and detoxifies impurities.
Australian White Kaolin Clay – A soft clay that increases localized circulation to fight inflammation.
Kakadu Plum – The most potent plant based form of vitamin C to firm, smooth and brighten.
Rainforest Lime Fruit Extract – A natural exfoliant and high in anti-oxidants.
Sunflower Seed Oil – Rich source of fatty acid to replenish and sooth skin.
Aloe Vera Juice – A powerful anti-oxidant which seriously soothes.
Asarai’s packaging is on-point. The product came in a branded bubble zip lock bag, inside a sunny yellow box. It was such a joy to receive and unbox such a cheerful-looking package. I could always reuse the yellow box to send a friendmail and the bubble zip lock bag is perfect for holding travel-sized skincare products. The sunny yellow tube makes for an aesthetic #shelfie and really stands out among my other skincare products.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, White Australian Kaolin Clay, Red Australian Clay, Glycerin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Castor (Ricinus Communis) Seed Oil, Natural Betaine, Cetearyl Olivate, Potassium Palmitoyl, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Microcitrus Australis (Rainforest Lime ) Fruit Extract, Microcitrus Australasica (Caviar Lime ) Fruit Extract, Citrus Glauca Fruit (Desert Lime) Extract, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid
75ml / 2.5oz of product came in a yellow aluminum tube with a screw-on cap. Kinda like toothpaste or artists’ paint tubes. I personally loathe this packaging to the core because it’s hard to get the product out halfway through; it’s dents easily and gets ugly; squeezing it hurts my delicate hands. But the company has thoughtfully included a turn key with the product, resolving 2 out of 3 issues I stated above.
One thing that concerns me is the lack of expiry date. In that case I will go by the rule of thumb to use up a product within 12 months once it is opened. I also couldn’t, for the life of me, find the usage instructions anywhere. So I assumed it’s an application of a thin even layer with a wait time of 10 mins, like most clay masks.
The turn key is in the same sunny yellow shade and came in this card that required multiple unfoldings to get to it. What a cute idea!
It’s about 75% of the size of the tube, which means I don’t have to struggle with not having sufficient material to grab onto while I turn. I love nifty things like that! Now I’m able to squeeze from the bottom and get every last drop of clay mask!
Upon opening the cap, I was please to see that the opening of the tube is sealed. This seal is broke by puncturing it with the sharp point on the top of the cap.
The red clay mask comes oozing out with a slight squeeze of the tube. The brick color reminds me of Uluru, or Ayers Rock in Northern Territory Australia. That region exemplifies the Outback, which is where the red clay was sourced.
As pretty as it looks, I did not enjoy the scent at all. Such is true for most products without added fragrance. This clay mask smells earthy, slightly greasy, and a tiny bit chocolate-y. I’d take this any day over having fragrance in my skincare products.
The clay mask is creamy smooth and glides across the skin very easily without dragging. The red clay is so finely-milled, I did not detect any grainy texture between my fingers.
My skin is feeling dry and slightly irritated. I’ve cleansed, exfoliated, and lightly toned my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.
It was really easy to get a thin and even layer with just a small dollop of product. I applied it with my fingers, a mask brush is optional. A little goes a long way. If you look closely, you might find out to which parts of my face did I apply the clay mask first (answer: cheeks). The mask dried down pretty easily so you gotta work fast. Nevertheless, I did not experience any harsh tightening effect nor sensitivities after 10 mins. Granted, I did mist twice during the wait time to prevent it from drying out my skin. I do this with all clay masks.
Upon contact with water, the mask started emulsifying. I was able to rinse the mask off really quickly and easily without the aid of my handy dandy silicone cleansing pad. However, I noticed my sink, counter, and shirt sporting a latte-colored stain. I was able to remove it from the sink and counter easily. But I’m afraid my t-shirt is ruined. It’s a good thing I have a habit of wearing the nastiest rags whenever I mask.
My skin felt clean yet deeply hydrated. There was no dryness nor tightening sensation within 10 mins after toweling off. This was a record since I’m used to an immediate shriveling effect after cleansing. My skin also felt supple, smooth, and soft. Pores were looking cleaner and smaller.
Visually, there wasn’t much of a difference. My skin still looks slightly red with no obvious increase in radiance. However, my skin felt great and ready to take on the day.
Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
Asarai’s brand is built on the belief that nature has all the answers when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. It was founded by a naturopath afterall. To achieve such results from an all-natural product is mighty impressive. I feel safe using it often on my sensitive skin. And since a little product goes a long way, I estimate I could get 30-40 uses out of this tube, making it very cost-effective.