Friday, 9 January 2015

REVIEW: Aroma Actives – Affordable Skincare with Premium Brand Heritage

So it’s time to switch up our skincare regime, right? Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do at the start of a new year?

In theory, it’s a great idea.  I’m sure we’ve all got products in our stash we don’t like, or that do nothing for our skin. What better excuse than the beginning of a new year to have a sort out.

In practice, it’s not quite that simple. Change is likely to involve spending considerable dosh on new products to replace those we’re throwing out. That’s not something many of us want to be doing in January, when we’re still counting the cost of Christmas!

Shop wisely, though, and we can lessen the financial blow by picking up skincare that is both good and affordable.

Aroma Actives is a brand I’ve been wishing to try for some time. It’s a range of skincare offering the staple cleanse, tone and moisturise options, as well as extras like eye cream, face oil and face masks. Products cost between £7.50 (certain cleansers and masks) and £17.99 (Neck & Décolleté Cream).

What marks this brand out in particular, though, is its heritage. Aroma Actives was founded by Geraldine Howard, co-founder of the uber luxurious Aromatherapy Associates! That’s some legacy!

Rejuvenating Anti-Age Mask

I was recently sent a sample of this mask to try. It contains antioxidants, omegas and skin plumping ingredients to tighten, nourish and perk-up the complexion. I’ve been using it twice-weekly since Christmas.

This mask is very light in texture, falling somewhere between a cream and a lotion. It has a strong menthol fragrance to it – menthol is about a third of the way down the ingredients list – and felt immediately tingling on my skin. 

Mine is not sensitive (skin that is) and the tingling does subside. However, if yours is then you may want to test the mask on a patch of skin first - menthol can have quite a kick to it (though that makes it incredibly reawakening too).

Aside from menthol, other key ingredients include:
Sacha Inchi
Sodium Hyaluronate
Blueberry extract

The mask is left on for 20 minutes. Goodness! I can’t remember the last time I used a mask with such a long treatment time. Most masks I use are ‘express’: to be removed after 1- 5 minutes.

I decided to make a virtue out of this particular feature, using the time to run a bath and have a soak while the ingredients got to work. This forced me to relax in a way I perhaps don’t with express masks. I’ll take that as an unexpected bonus!

To remove either rinse off with warm water, or tissue off any excess. I tried both and much preferred the former – I found the mask difficult to remove with a tissue, it pilled and things got a bit messy!

This mask made my skin feel instantly firmer. I was impressed with the results, especially given the price point. I see myself using this as a quick fix, for giving lacklustre skin a pep ahead of an evening out say (before make-up application, obviously!) .  If you do too, just remember to give yourself an extra 20-minutes to get ready!

The Rejuvenating Anti-Age Mask costs £12.00 for 100ml, here. The Aroma Actives range is available exclusively at Sainsbury’s.


  1. This looks lovely I need a new face mask so Might have to go and buy this one now

  2. Great review - I love having a nice bath with a face mask and hair treatment, but nowadays I rarely have the time! Might give this one ago.

    Lilla @

  3. I should probably invest in some skincare... the trials of 3 young children are definitely taking their toll on me. This looks great... although finding 20 minutes may be quite difficult.

    1. I know what you mean about the 20 minutes. We all lead such busy lives these days but running a bath meant I made good use of the treatment time and it really did help me to relax. Tx

  4. I'm a huge fan of the Aroma Actives range. x

    1. I'm impressed so far. I'm definitely going to check out more from the range. Tx

  5. I always have a bath if I'm going to use a face mask, it's far more relaxing! I never spend enough on skincare and masks aren't something I use regularly but probably should. I like the idea of a firming mask and the price is pretty impressive.

  6. I need, need, need to get my skin sorted this January but as you said...January is the longest month. I have run out of all my fave products and am now on my contingency stuff which of course, isn't that good so my skin has gone red and dry ( sniffles!) this sounds very tempting though. I need a really mask, stat! X

  7. this sounds lovely although my skin tends to feed on thicker creams or butters , im currently loving my cream at the moment and no whre near ran out yet but will take a look into the brand , thank you for sharing , great review

  8. Oh, wow, that mask sounds so nice! I don't think we get Aroma Actives here, but I'll see if I could order online. :o)

  9. Hmmm the price seems pretty good ! might have to give this one a try ! really need to use masks more often ! x

    Rachael , from -

  10. I don't use face masks very often, but I like what you are saying about this mask. Unfortunately, I don't shop at Sainsbury's anymore as there isn't any near me, only a little one, which I doubt would be selling face masks. At the moment I use Ogra's peat mask, but only very rarely, because I am too lazy. :)

  11. Firmer skin... Sounds fab! T.

  12. Anything that makes your skin feel firmer can only be a good thing. Certainly something I will look at more closely. Stephen :o)


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