Since reading about Jillian Wright’s Apothecary Mask Bar on Well + Good earlier this month, I knew I had to try it. I’m basic and product loyal when it comes to beauty and skincare, but I had never tried a face mask before. Let alone a custom face mask made with all food-grade ingredients. When you live in a city filled with toxins and are constantly sweating, your skin deserves to be pampered sometimes. Jillian kindly invited me to her Upper East Side spa on Sunday for a Mask Bar experience.
The Mask Bar is set up in a series of glass jars on a wooden cart in Jillian’s reception area. She explained that she wanted to create an experience that felt like walking down a side street in Paris and discovering a shop filled with hidden treasure. Jillian has been developing the idea for quite some time but wanted to get all the details right–location, presentation, sourcing, etc. The bar currently offers about 15 ingredients that will be switched out over time, but will always encourage healthier skin. To create a $40 mask, Jillian combines 1 base (clay) + 6 actives (food-grade ingredients) + 1 essential oil.
Jillian started by asking me about my skin type. My skin is combination–a little dry in the winter, a little oily in the summer. I don’t often have blemishes or irritation. Jillian asks questions about each customer’s skin to create a mask that will best suit their needs. My mask started with Moroccan Lava Clay for sensitive skin. I asked Jillian to add Green Tea because I love to drink it. From there, she added Kale, Rose Hip, Lavender, Rockweed Seaweed, Spirulina, Aloe, and Japanese Honeysuckle. Out of the four essential oils, I chose the Lemongrass scent for my mask. Jillian combined my ingredients in a bowl and mixed it into a paste before scooping it into a small jar.
The mask is meant to be applied in a thin layer and worn for 10-20 minutes. Between use, it’s best to keep the jar in the refrigerator since the ingredients are food-grade. I tried the mask later that evening and loved the feeling of my skin tightening while it soaked up the natural goodness. I immediately noticed that my skin was softer and had a more even texture. I can’t wait to continue using it! Jillian also sells her all-natural skincare line at the spa, which was developed with green chemistry and formulated with environmentally secure, organic, and natural “of the earth ingredients.” Jillian’s products would make wonderful gifts or treats to yourself. She also offers spa parties and is considering sharing her Mask Bar concept with other spa owners.
All images via Jillian Wright
NOTE: Jillian Wright allowed me to visit for an apothecary mask bar experience, but I was in no way compensated to review it on my blog. These are honest opinions.