I have been making my way through Lush’s Fresh Face Masks as I trade in my empty pots and my latest one has been Lush’s Oatifix, a banana mask for sensitive, dry and/or irritated skin. I often have dry and/or dehydrated skin so Oatifix seemed like the natural next mask to try for me. Oats, specifically Avena sativa, is a commonly used cereal grain that we can harvest, eat and in this case, put on our faces! Oats in combination with bananas can really soften and moisturize dry and irritated skin making it a perfect product for the colder season when dryness and redness are more of an issue with my skin.
Packaging: Those classic black recyclable plastic Lush containers with screw-top lids.
Scent: I only smell banana even though there is supposed to be vanilla as well. Banana is one of the most pungent scents ever and tends to permeate and overpower most other scents!
Formula: Easily spreadable with no stray chunks and bits like the BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask. I found both the scent and formula very comforting and so far, this mask is a definite winner for me! My face doesn’t feel stripped of moisture after using Oatifix and feels soft and hydrated after rinsing. Some masks give me that squeaky clean feeling which is fine when I want a clarifying mask, but with Oatifix, I almost don’t feel the need to wear a moisturizer upon rinsing. I can leave my face as is without it feeling tight or dry.
You can see from the ingredients list that glycerine, oatmeal and bananas are the very first ingredients all before water which is always nice to see. Glycerine is often used as a soap for people with sensitive or easily irritated skin because of its moisturizing properties. Glycerine draws moisture through the skin slowly preventing evaporation and drying.
Ingredients: Glycerine , Fine Oatmeal (Avena sativa) ,Fresh Organic Bananas (Musa paradisica) ,Water (Aqua) , Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis) , Illipe Butter (Shorea stenoptera) ,Kaolin , Talc , Vanilla Pod (Vanilla planifolia) ,Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia) ,Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill) , Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre) , *Coumarin ,*Benzyl Cinnamate , *Linalool , Perfume ,Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides)
Final Verdict: The smell is usually the first thing that sells me so having a mask that smells like banana bread made me fall in love with Oatifix prematurely! The actual product was something my skin really enjoyed as it did feel soothed and hydrated after use and was not a hassle to apply. Although there is no sun out now, I can see how soothing this mask would be after a day on the beach. As far as my Fresh Face Mask journey goes, Oatifix is one that I would certainly buy again and recommend to anyone with dry or winter-irritated skin.