Since I declared AveSeena’s HoneyActive Beauty Mask as May Lindstrom Honey Mud’s younger cousin the review and comparison post was inevitable. I’ve been using AveSeena for a few days now and I’m ready to spill the beans.
A uniquely thick, decadently rich beauty treatment, designed to offer natural nourishment leaving the skin looking illuminated and full of vitality. The brand claims, Delicious pure honey-based mask enriched with sublime botanicals smells sumptuous upon application, while gently releases the face from impurities with a sense of creamy smoothness and silky comfort. Based on my experience, I agree with every word in their claim, its honey heaven, decadent and intoxicating smell transcends me to milky smoothness on skin.
Anyway, lets dive in the specifics of the product, packaged in a classic violet miron glass jar. This treat smells very similar to Honey Mud, i.e. cocoa velvetty aroma wrapped around fresh orange blended with beautiful floral. Formula is decadent honey mixed with cocoa absolute, clay, lush oils and botanical extracts. Also the colour of the product is identical to Honey Mud.
Note: Click here for my Review on May Lindstrom The Honey Mud
For both these masks, the heart of formulation is enzyme rich Honey, purifying clays, moisturizing oils and healing plant oils and botanical extracts. Main differences between the two honey based product reside in texture and consistency due to the choice of ingredients in the formulation. The use of type of clay and oils explain the density of AveSeena’s clay mask. Below I have dissected the formula based on category of ingredient. Also note the order of ingredients is same as well.
|Category||AveSeena HoneyActive Beauty Mask||
May Lindstrom The Honey Mud
|Honey||Mel (Honey)||Raw Honey|
|Clay||Kaolin Clay||White Halloysite Clay|
|Oil||Coconut Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil||Macadamia Nut Oil|
|Other||–||Witch Hazel, Colloidal Silver|
|Cocoa Absolute Oil||Cacao Absolute Oil
Sweet Orange Oil
Ylang Ylang Oil
Vanilla CO2 Total Essential Oil
(Fruit & Flower)
|Orange Fruit Extract
Orange Peel Extract
Lavender Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract
Cardamom Seed Extract
Gardenia Flower Extract
Apple Fruit Extract
Apricot Fruit Extract Hibiscus
Rose Mallow Extract
Clove Flower Extract
Jasmine Flower/Leaf Extract
Vanilla Fruit Extract
Tuberose Flower Extract
Spiked Ginger Lily Extract
Plumeria Flower Extract
Another Major Distinction in the formula is the use of essentials oils versus botanical extracts. AveSeena developers believe the use of essential oils in a formulation wouldn’t allow very sensitive skin types to explore and enjoy this mask. They perform their own extraction on botanicals with their proprietary technology (which they cannot provide deets on). In saying so, Honey Mud has Witch Hazel and Colloidal Silver which helps soothe and purify the skin.
Next up is the comparison on Texture, Performance and Results on skin.
|Category||AveSeena HoneyActive Beauty Mask||May Lindstrom The Honey Mud|
|Texture & Consistency||Dense, firm, very mildly grainy for very very mild exfoliation
Think of honey based body butter
|Air, light, smooth whipped like a pudding.
Airy thick lotion, think meringue mixture.
|Mixing with Water||Both the masks feels exactly the same on skin once few drops of water is mixed. It spreads and emulsifies nicely. The clays allow the milky emulsification while drawing impurities.|
|Results||SAME – soft, nourished skin, healthy skin|
Both these masks can be very versatile in use and can be used multiple ways:
Morning cleanse – Scoop some goodness out of the jar and schmear all over the face. It’s not possible to massage this for long. Take a few drops of water and it starts emulsifying and can be massaged longer. Gently cleanses the skin, wonderful for sensitive skins.
Stand Alone Mask – Same step as above, except leave it on till I finish my other chores. However if you’re lucky and don’t have other chores to do, lay back and wander away in your thoughts. Few minutes later wash it off and skin is plump, hydrated and feels clean. Both masks will not dry on skin where you’d need a chisel to remove.
Boosted Mask – Mix couple of drops of serum for more boosted treatment on skin. AveSeena recommends their own serum however I’ve tailored serum based on skin concern and need.
Mix with other powdered masks – Spoonful of any powdered mask concoction, such as spoonful of May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver (TBS) or Mahalo Care Pele Mask, or any other powdered mask concoction. Apply the mask with a brush, sit back or do whatever that is therapeutic to your mind while this rockstar couple does magic to your skin. One look at my skin and it radiates, it’s firmer, pores appear tighter, overall texture is calmer.
DIY Mask: Like I mentioned in my Honey Mud post, if you’re hesitant to spend that much or have a limited budget here is an alternative: white kaolin clay powder, 1tbsp raw honey or manuka honey, few drops of witch hazel toner, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder, a drop of any essential oil (optional). To boost the results, you can also use milk or yoghurt (lactic acid bacteria help with overall radiance).
Personally, I would happily walk past Honey Mud knowing there is another comparable, equally fine performing product with stellar ingredient listing at a competitive price point. Why would I want to fork out additional $23? In addition, for many the formulation differences may also be a deciding factor, i.e. essential oils or botanical extracts for your skin.
Of course it really comes down to personal preference and brand loyalty for some. I have my own thoughts on that, and this is certainly not the post to express that. What are your thoughts?
Disclaimer: I was gifted the AveSeena Honeyactive Mask.