I first heard of Andalou Naturals, a natural skincare brand, a long time ago. However, it wasn’t until recently that their products really caught my attention. That’s because I now almost always look at ingredients before anything else when considering new skincare products. Andalou Naturals products are packed with some of the most interesting ingredients I’ve ever seen, like fruit stem cells, pumpkin, and honey! All three of those ingredients can be found in a product I recently purchased, Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask.
I haven’t had the best luck with most masks I’ve tried in the past. Most of them have been purifying or hydrating masks. They don’t usually seem to do anything special, which is a bit frustrating when they add extra time to my skincare routine. This Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is the first mask I’ve ever tried that’s meant to exfoliate and brighten the skin. Keep reading to find out if this product really is special!
Importance of sun protection with exfoliants
I want to add a quick note about the importance of wearing sun protection when using exfoliants on the face or body. When you have a layer of dead skin cells on top of your fresh new skin, that layer provides some sun protection. Once that layer is exfoliated away, the new outer layer of skin is more sensitive to the sun, and more likely to burn. Make sure you always wear sufficient sun protection, especially when using exfoliating products in your skincare routine.
Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask product claims directly from Andalou.com
Fruit stem cells, vitamin C, and glycolic AHA blended with manuka honey and organic pumpkin, rich in beta carotene, gently dissolve and sweep away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for even tone, smooth texture, and a luminous complexion.
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Other product details
- Price: $12.79 (this price fluctuates slightly, so it may be different when you view the product on Amazon)
- Net weight: 1.7 oz. | 50 g
- Made in the USA
- Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
- Vegetarian (not vegan due to this product containing honey)
- 98% natural ingredients
- Appropriate for normal to combination skin
- Shelf life: 12 months
- Where to buy: Amazon.com
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- Overall rating: 8.8/10
- Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
- Exfoliation: 10/10
- Ingredients: 8/10
- Ease of removal: 9/10
- Price: 10/10
Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.
Packaging/ease of application
Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is packaged in a transparent orange plastic jar, and that’s one of its very few downfalls! The jar looks nice, don’t get me wrong. Unfortunately, jar packaging allows both air and light to reach the product inside.
A lot of skincare ingredients will degrade more quickly when exposed to light and air. Plant extracts in particular are quite sensitive and will break down more quickly in this type of packaging. There are several plant extracts in this natural skincare product, so I had to take a few points away for the packaging. I’m not sure if a pump would work with this mask’s texture, but a squeeze tube would’ve been a better choice than a jar for protecting the integrity of many sensitive ingredients.
I know that was a rough start to the review, but don’t despair! I’ve found this mask to be quite enjoyable. The experience begins when you open the jar and the smell of pumpkin pie hits your nose…it literally smells good enough to eat (but please don’t)!
The texture of this product matches the scent, as it looks and feels almost exactly like pure pumpkin puree. The great thing about that, is that it’s very easy to apply and smooths over the skin effortlessly.
Andalou Naturals warns that once the mask is applied, you will feel a tingle on the skin. Usually you don’t want skincare products to tingle, but they state that it’s normal in this case, as that’s how you know the AHAs are working to dissolve dead skin cells. I don’t find the tingling from this mask to be unpleasant, and it also doesn’t last very long. I wanted to be sure to mention this since I know that sensation can be alarming when you aren’t expecting it!
The exfoliating power of Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is undeniable. As I mentioned in the previous section, you can feel it working! Most skincare products don’t provide any instant results, but this one does. As soon as the mask is washed off, skin feels smooth and soft as a baby’s bottom! After using this mask, I feel like my other skincare products penetrate the skin more effectively due to the top layer of skin being swept away.
I’ll go into detail about this mask’s ingredients in the next section, but I’d like to provide a little preview here. The main ingredient, pumpkin, contains enzymes that may work to exfoliate skin. There isn’t research to support that claim, but even if pumpkin doesn’t exfoliate, there are three other ingredients that definitely do!
The exfoliating ingredients in this formula are also largely responsible for the brightening effect this mask provides. Fresh healthy skin always looks brighter and more radiant than dull dry skin!
If you look through the ingredients for several Andalou Naturals skincare products, you’ll find that they all (or at least all the ones I checked) contain fruit stem cells and a BioActive Berry Complex. I was intrigued by these unique ingredients, as I hadn’t ever seen them before. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find much information on those, but there are a lot of other really interesting ingredients that I researched to find out what makes this mask work.
Andalou Naturals made a minor change to the formulation of the Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask, so you might notice that online it shows Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract which was removed. While that ingredient was eliminated, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract was added. There are 29 total ingredients:
Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Puree, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Purified Water (Aqua), Vegetable Glycerin, Manuka Honey, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Malus Domestica (Heirloom Apple) Fruit Stem Cells, Solar Vitis (Grape) Fruit Stem Cells, BioActive Berry Complex, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Glycolic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Powder, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Powder
The breakdown of these ingredients is pretty amazing! By that, I meant the proportion of “good” ingredients (the ones that provide skincare benefits) outweighs the “neutral” and “bad” ingredients. As I mentioned before, there were some ingredients I struggled to find information on, but I have 19 ingredients labeled in that “good” category. Let’s start with those! (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):
- Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Puree
- Rich source of fatty acids and antioxidants
- Enzymes found in pumpkin may exfoliate skin, but according to Paula’s Choice, there is no substantiated research supporting that claim
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
- Helps wound healing
- Vegetable Glycerin
- Natural moisturizer
- Manuka Honey
- One of the oldest skincare ingredients recorded
- Moisturizing, soothing, and antioxidant properties
- Potent antibacterial
- Tocopherol (vitamin E)
- Strengthens skin barrier
- Malus Domestica (Heirloom Apple) Fruit Stem Cells
- May support longevity of skin cells and reduce depth of wrinkles (per Andalou Naturals)
- According to Paula’s Choice, fruit stem cells can’t work as stem cells within skin, instead providing an antioxidant property
- Solar Vitis (Grape) Fruit Stem Cells
- May protect skin from UV rays and other environmental stress (per Andalou Naturals)
- According to Paula’s Choice, fruit stem cells can’t work as stem cells within skin, instead providing an antioxidant property
- BioActive Berry Complex
- This ingredient seems to be specific to Andalou Naturals, but they didn’t provide any details on its benefits
- Berries are generally great for antioxidants, so this should be a beneficial ingredient
- Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
- Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
- Loaded with fatty acids
- Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil
- Loaded with fatty acids
- Has a strong healing property which can even reduce the appearance of scars
- Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil
- Emollient plant oil that absorbs quickly
- Contains antioxidants
- Glycolic Acid
- Popular AHA that gently removes dead skin cells
- Increases collagen production
- Fades brown spots caused by sun damage
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
- Stable form of vitamin C
- Doesn’t absorb as well as ascorbic acid
- Boosts collagen production and brightens skin
- Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract
- Moisturizing and smoothing
- Acids (like malic and gallic acids) provide mild exfoliation, skin brightening, and antibacterial properties
- Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract
- Contains bromelain, a group of enzymes that gently exfoliate skin
- Also contains fruit sugars and amino acids to soothe and moisturize skin
- Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract
- Moisturizing humectant
- Sodium Hyaluronate
- Sodium form of hyaluronic acid
- Water-binding agent
- Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract
I know that’s a lot. Ingredients can be overwhelming! I feel like I’d be cheating you out of a full review if I didn’t include this information, since ingredients are what make skincare products effective, after all!
Andalou Naturals sure did pack a lot of wonderful ingredients into this mask. I think it’s brilliant that they included soothing, strengthening, and healing ingredients alongside the exfoliating ingredients. It’s important to keep a good balance in skincare so skin doesn’t become over-exfoliated or irritated in other ways.
The ingredients discussed above make up about 65% of this mask. The other 35% are “neutral” ingredients, as well as a few “bad” ones. The ingredients I’m calling “neutral” here are a solvent, thickeners, preservatives, and safe masking agents (to disguise potentially bad-smelling ingredients). These don’t help or hurt the skin in any way.
Lastly, the “bad” ingredients… There are a lot of controversial natural ingredients that may cause adverse effects on skin. Some natural skincare advocates claim they’re harmless, but there is research showing that there is risk for certain natural ingredients. In this product, those ingredients are: Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, and Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Powder. Lemon extract is a potential skin-sensitizer because of its high acidity. This ingredient may have been included for its citric acid, which is a mild exfoliant. Clove flower extract and cinnamon bark powder are fragrance ingredients which could aggravate skin.
Overall, I’m very happy with the ingredients in this mask. The first half of the ingredients list is made up of good ones, and that’s wonderful since ingredients are listed in order of highest concentration. The potentially harmful fragrance ingredients are at the bottom, where they belong!
Ease of removal
With the exception of my Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask which is a leave-on overnight mask, many of the masks I’ve tried have been quite difficult to wash off. Peel-off masks are fun, but they’re the hardest to completely remove. Even the ones that are meant to rinse off with water can take a lot of scrubbing to wash off completely. In fairness, most of the masks I’ve tried are meant for purifying and contain clay, which really dries down on the face.
The Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask does dry slightly on the face, but it doesn’t become completely dry and cracked like a lot of clay-based masks. I’m able to remove about 95% of this mask from my face by splashing with water and wiping it off with my hands without looking. When I check my face afterwards, there will usually be a couple of stubborn spots (like around my nose) where a bit of the mask is still hanging on. I’m able to remove those spots with my hands easily enough, I just scrub over them until they come off.
Usually price is one of the easiest categories for me to rate a product on, because I’ve bought so many products these last few years and usually have an idea of reasonable price range. It’s a little bit more difficult with this mask because I haven’t purchased many masks, and never any similar to this one.
I looked through quite a few exfoliating masks online and it seems that there aren’t very many affordable options. There is one from Bliss that makes similar claims, but its ingredients don’t impress me as much as this one from Andalou Naturals. Also, it’s more expensive!
Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is $12.79. I don’t mind that price at all! In fact, I think it’s a great value since this type of mask shouldn’t be used very often. Andalou Naturals advises 1-3 times per week, but it would be safest to only use it once per week if using other chemical or physical exfoliants throughout the week.
Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask has some of the best reviews I’ve ever seen for a skincare product. It’s definitely well-loved by many, including me! I appreciate the instant results this mask delivers.
The product claims for this mask are concise, but also accurate! Andalou Naturals claims that the Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask gently dissolves and sweeps away dull, dry surface cells to even tone, smooth texture, and create a luminous complexion. I’m still a bit baffled about the fruit stem cells and BioActive Berry Complex, but I’m sure they contribute to the product’s benefits. I think this mask is a great choice for anyone looking to gently exfoliate without the need to apply an exfoliant daily.
Andalou Naturals recommends this product for normal and combination skin types. Honestly, I think almost everyone could benefit from this mask. With that being said, people with very sensitive skin may be unable to use this mask due to the lemon extract and fragrance ingredients.
Ready to indulge in some pumpkiny goodness? Give this mask a try!
If you’ve already tried it, let me know what you think in the comments below. 🙂