Today’s review is about the Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask made by The Body Shop. It is the 5th one I own and my nr 1 most loved mask from this entire series. Yes, yes, I know, sneaky me, reviewing my holy grail mask as the last one from the entire bunch ? It does everything for my skin what I’m expecting a good wash-off mask will do!


Claims from the manufacturer:

Give your skin a new lease of life with our Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask. Inspired by Chinese traditions, we have blended ginseng extract, rice extract and sesame seed oil into our 100% vegetarian creamy exfoliating mask, that has been formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. Use two to three times a week to reveal brighter-looking, even and supple feeling skin.

❇ 100% vegetarian
❇ Creamy exfoliating face mask
❇ For skin that needs an intense treatment to remove dullness and unevenness.
❇ Illuminates, evens and revitalises skin
❇ Formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil
❇ Ideal to create a facial at home
❇ Blended with rice & ginseng extracts from China and organic Community ❇ Trade sesame seed oil from Nicaragua

Directions from the manufacturer:

After removing makeup and cleansing the skin, use the Facial Mask Brush to smooth an even layer of the Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask onto the face avoiding eye and lip area. Apply to neck and décolleté if desired. Leave for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with warm water and a muslin cloth in circular motions to gently exfoliate. Use 2 to 3 times a week. Use various masks in different areas to target specific areas of your face.


Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit, Kaolin, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, PEG-100 Stearate, Alcohol Denat., Decyl Glucoside, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Perlite, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter,Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Limonene, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Menthol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Citral, Citronellol, Linalool, Menthoxypropanediol, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Eugenol, Dextrin, Oryza Sativa Extract/Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide

My experience:

I’m in love with this mask since the day 1 when I’ve actually got the sample of it in the shop. It is my go to mask if my skin is dry and looking grey that frequently happens after a sleepless night. I apply it on my face and in 20 minutes my face turns back to normal. After using this mask in the morning, my skin turns into the ultimate and oh so perfect canvas for my make-up.


The texture of this mask is clay based. It is filled with bits of the of ginseng root and small rice particles. Mask itself is opaque white and you have to  apply it in a thin layer. It never dries entirely, hence there is no pulling or tugging on the skin. 5 minutes into the application I feel cooling effect that is caused by menthol oil. By the way, there is plenty of alcohol added into the ingredient list which is a big no-no for me but somehow this entire thing is so well balanced that my skin is never dry nor dehydrated after use. I love what The Body Shop has done with this mask in terms of formulation.


After the mask is on your face for 10 minutes simply rinse it off. If you want skin exfoliation, you can make your hands wet first and gently rub the mask on your face in circular motion. Due to the ginseng and rice particles it is quite abrasive and works very well as a scrub-mask. The jar is very big and lasts me forever if I use it in thin layers for skin brightening purposes. It does an excellent job and in my eyes meets it’s claims 100%


+ Paraben and sulfate free formula
+ Contains UV filter and anti-blemish and anti-ageing ingredients
+ Economic in use. I get +/- 20 uses out of one jar
+ Perfect product for multi-masking
+ Good at soothing, brightening and purifying results on my skin
+ Excellent exfoliatior
+ Cruelty free and 100% vegetarian



– Contains alcohol
– May not be suitable for very sensitive skin
– Absence on discounts from the manufacturer on the Skinfoods mask series


Where to buy:

❇ NL and BE: thebodyshop webshop
❇ Internationally: thebodyshop online webshop and regular stores in your country of residence
❇ Price is 20€ per 75ml jar


Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂