Monday, September 22, 2014

Cris Reviews | Freeman Charcoal Mask and Peppermint & Plum Foot Scrub

A month or so ago, I picked up a few Freeman products at Rite Aid for $4.29 a piece. They intrigued me. I don't think I've used anything from Freeman since I was...13 or so, but the descriptions sounded up my street. 

I've been wanting to invest in the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask for a while but it just seemed so pricey. When I came across the Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask, I decided $4 was a risk I was willing to take to find an alternative. 

Now if you're expecting this to work like a typical mask (as I did) then think again. Instead of a creamy consistency, this mask has the texture of a sugar scrub: wet and grainy. This texture makes it really hard to spread evenly across your skin. You end up with lumps falling off your face and a really patchy application. I've found it's much easier to use if you put a nice quarter-size amount into your palm and then pat the product onto the different sections of your face. 

The mask works in just 7 minutes but don't expect it to dry and harden like a traditional mask either. It'll still be damp when you wet your hands and scrub it off in circles, as recommended on the tube. This exfoliates and allows the black sugar to polish your skin. Another surprise was that, when scrubbing, the mask gives you a bit of a warming sensation. It actually felt really nice and soothing but it only happens right when you start scrubbing and lasts only a few seconds.

In terms of results, it really does leave my skin feeling plump and polished but not overly dry as often happens with masks. It feels like I actually got a deep clean. So if you're looking for a deliciously sweet smelling, face polishing scrub/mask hybrid, definitely give this a go. Just make sure that when applying and removing the product from your face you stand over a sink because I can guarantee bits will be falling.


Mask on the left, Foot Scrub on the right.

I'm pretty much awful at taking care of my feet. Moisturizing them, using foot scrubs and soaks, all of it just seems like so much work. I mean, they're just feet right? But feet deserve some love too! I know mine put up with a lot. So when I saw the Freeman Bare Foot Peppermint & Plum Foot Scrub I decided it was just the treat my feet needed.

My heels had been really dry at the time and the idea of a peppermint and plum scented scrub sounded like heaven. Let me be clear, THIS STUFF SMELLS FANTASTIC. I love the smell of peppermint in my body and hair products but it had never crossed my mind that plum could smell so good. It definitely has a primarily plummy scent with just a whiff of mint. I wish my feet could just always smell like this stuff.

In terms of scrubbing capabilities, I think it did a decent job. I have pretty awful calluses so I wasn't expecting a miracle and I didn't get one. What I got was smoother, refreshed heels that smelled marvelous. And that's all I really needed.

In terms of both products, I definitely got some surprises, but the results were just what was written on the label, and for $4.29, getting results that match the claims is pretty much like winning the lotto. 

After browsing their website I've definitely found another few products that are calling my name. Foot Balms, I'm looking at you. Lavender & Mint. Lemon & Sage. All I can say is Freeman's got some strong scent game going on. 

Have you tried any other products from Freeman? Any recommendations?

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