Hall of Fail: REVIEW Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey & Jasmine Peel Off Mask

I have always loved face masks from the Montagne Jeunesse range: the fabric masques; the muds; scrubs; self-heating; clay and aromatherapy ones. Even though I have some very expensive face masks, if I’m in Boots I will usually chuck one into the basket, it’s become a habit. I have a sneaky suspicion it’s the bright colours and pretty packaging that attracts me. #hopeless

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks

At £1.00 they are incredibly cheap, more so for me because apart from the fabric and self heating ones, I’ve always managed to keep half to use for another time. There’s too much product (10ml usually) for just one application. Only open a little corner, use half, fold up, wrap the packet in cling film and use within a week.

‘Manuka’ (the Maori name for the flower shrub where the bees collect the nectar from) honey is well for known for its unique antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s not a surprise that this soothing and healing ingredient is found in many beauty products.

Manuka flower (Photo credit: pluckytree)

Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey  & Jasmine Peel Off Mask

Busy Bees have collected nectar from the Manuka Bushes of New Zealand creating Manuka Honey – a natural anti-bacterial cleanser. They source pollen & we add the flower power of fragrant Jasmine.

For Combination and Oily Skin

Cleanse face with warm water, apply mask, leave dry and relax for 20 minutes, finally peel away.

Sounds great! The scent is sublime, the honey and jasmine are delicious, I’m not surprised there’s a tongue in cheek warning on the packet not to eat it!

It’s runny, but not overly thin. Yes, it’s a little messy, but easy enough to apply. Always leave a wide area around the eyes when applying face masks. With a peel off one, allow a huge border around the eyes, it’s not good to drag the skin around the delicate eye area.

I applied it in an even layer, avoiding eyes, lips and neck. There was a lot left over.

The colour is a really intense, unnatural looking gold. As it dries, it becomes almost transparent and shiny. If you talk when it’s drying, then it wrinkles up and looks a bit ‘old lady’ scary.

- Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Peel Off Manuka Honey & Jasmine Mask

I waited for 15 minutes and tried to peel it off. I say ‘tried’ because it was like peeling off a huge plaster super glued to my face.

OH.MY.GOD! What an awful experience. I knew I was in trouble when I tried to lift a little patch underneath my chin and it wouldn’t budge. I griped it and began to peel and it hurt like hell. I moved to my forehead, hmm, not too bad and it was starting to peel off in one piece, this is better I thought.

When I got to the top of my cheeks I was almost screaming in pain. I’ve never had my face waxed (at least not yet – here’s hoping the menopause doesn’t get that bad), but if I had, it would feel like this. The problem was that unlike a wax strip, I couldn’t pull it off in one ‘hurts for a second only‘ go. It’s a slow process.

I tried dabbing the mask with warm water, but that was a mistake as it becomes gunky and you have to scrape the rest off.

15 painful minutes later and it was off. I also had to keep rinsing my face to get rid of the weird yellow glow that was left behind. My skin underneath was very pink, sore and unsurprisingly, very smooth. Two words to sum up this review – never again.

To add insult to injury, I’d forgotten that I already had an expensive jar of Manuka honey sitting in my First Aid box next to cough mixtures.

Manuka Honey

I had a look at Manuka Honey Treatments on the MakeupAlley website. It appears that a lot of people use this honey for blemishes, chapped lips (didn’t know that) spots and home-made face masks. A very simple mask which I will try, is Manuka honey mixed with a little (¼ teaspoon ) of cinnamon OR turmeric, left on for 15-20 minutes and rinsed off.

Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey & Jasmine Peel Off Mask 10ml £1.00 Boots
Check out the one review – kindred spirit!


  1. rhon503
    April 30, 2014 / 12:13 am

    I had just applied the Manuka Honey Peel-off Mask, when I decided to read your review…I know, should have done that first, right? Well, as I sat reading the mask was drying, I started to get kind of nervous. Anyway, I have to say, that I’m quite surprised at your overstatement of almost “screaming in pain”. I had no such experience, other than the slight – and I mean, slight – pulling that you would normally feel if you were pulling off anything a little sticky on your face. I also happen to have very fair, thin skin on my face with mild rosacea on my cheeks. Once the mask was removed, my face felt smooth with no other negative effects. I’ve used other peel-off masks over the years, and not one ever felt like I was peeling off a huge piece of plaster. All I’m saying is that I’m actually quite surprised by your review, considering my experience was very different.

  2. April 30, 2014 / 10:11 am

    And this is precisely why it’s best to read lots of different reviews. What works for one person, might not necessarily perform the same way for another.

    Here’s a review from a kindred spirit (mine, not yours!) on the Boots website:

    Wouldn’t Peel Off

    The mask itself smells lovely, a nice honey smell, and all was well until I tried to peel it off. It wouldn’t come off, normally these Montagne Jeunesse peel off masks come off really easily in about 3 or less peels to get it all off, however this took at least 10 minutes to pull it all off, and it was so stuck to my face it made it feel sore. I used in the same way as the others a thin layer, but this one just didn’t work for me sadly.


  3. November 27, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    I used this mask yesterday, it came off easily and pain free! Lovely mask, skin feels lovely after it! Loved the smell too!

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