Origins RitualiTea Masks: a review
I've always been one to love long beauty regimes. While some women complain about the relatively new inclusions of serums and essences beyond cleansers, toners and moisturisers to the standard daily beauty ritual, I'm all, "YES MORE PLEASE". That also explains my obsession with Skin Inc's Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light - 10 minutes in the morning and another 10 in the evening? Sure thing! But that's a review for another day.
I don't see slathering skincare products onto my skin as a chore. Applying beneficial goodies to my body while being able to smell the deliciousness of the products - why would that be an annoyance?
That is why in this age of facial sheet masks, I welcome the arrival of the new Origins RitualiTea face and body masks. The powder face masks, especially, captured my intrigue. I've tried many different forms of face masks but powder is a first I'd heard.
When the Origins' RitualiTea press kit arrived, I was curious to see there was a a mixing bowl named CaliBowl and a dual-ended tool (S$20 for both). Then I saw the names of the tea-based powder masks (S$68 each): Matcha Madness (with matcha and green tea), Oolong-La (with oolong black tea and chai spices), Feeling Rosy (with rooibos tea and rose) and Mind Over Mate (with yerba mate and citrus) and realised the concept was that we mix our own facial masks.
The craftsman in me loves loves loves the idea and couldn't wait to get my hands dirty (well no, they actually don't get dirty at all) with the mixing process. In the instant-gratification times we live in, I embrace being involved in the process and the return to knowing what we are putting onto and into our bodies.
Using the dual-ended tooI, I added two level spoons of the Matcha Madness powder mask with two spoons of warm water into the CaliBowl. Then with the spatula-looking end, I blended the powder and water and immediately, the mix started to foam up just like how it looks like when you blend hot water with real matcha powder!
If you follow the recipe of two spoons of powder mask with two spoons of water, the texture turns out creamy, which makes it very easy to apply. And two spoons are sufficient for both the face and the neck. To maximise the effects of the powder mask, I sprayed three spritzes of Origins' Maskimizer (S$22) onto my face before the application of the powder mask. The Maskimizer was supposed to help with spreadability and rinse-ability of masks.
After a few seconds of application, there was a cool sensation on my skin and the matcha scent relaxes the senses quite immediately. I love how I could continue to smell the soothing scent of the powder masks (I tried on Oolong-La too and it had a slightly woodier and spicier scent and has a more exfoliating function, thanks to its ingredients) while waiting for them to try within the next 10 minutes. The washing off was effortless and the results were a continuous cooling touch and softness to my face.
To be used only twice weekly (I do wish I can use it more frequently), I appreciate the slow-life aesthetics Origins' RitualiTea Powder Mask has introduced into my life.
Photography: Sharon Leisigner