REVIEWS // The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

Hello! Like many of us in the blogosphere, I'd been hearing an awful lot of good things about The Bodyshop's Drops of Youth B...



Like many of us in the blogosphere, I'd been hearing an awful lot of good things about The Bodyshop's Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask and was just itching to try it out. Although at first I have to admit I thought it was a strange bouncy version of, well, a sleeping mask! Needless to say I was a little disappointed to find out it wasn't some kind of bizarre sleeping contraption, but actually a supposedly useful mask for your face.

My expectations were significantly raised by The Body Shop excluding this product from a 20% off deal on Vouchercloud, which annoyed me slightly as it was fairly expensive for a pot, and it was the only thing I actually wanted to buy, aside from the Argan Oil Body Butter which was also excluded! So I stumped up the full price for Drops of Youth (£22 for 90ml) but left the Argan Oil on the shelf.

Usually in a review, I'd either avoid the subject of packaging or make a small passing observation on it, but this time I'm going to dedicate two whole paragraphs to it because for once, I find the packaging to be important. It comes in a lovely green box with a close-up photo of a plant which immediately makes you think of freshness and nature and stuff. I'd recommend that you don't throw this box away, it does come in handy later on!

The product comes in a glass jar, the same shape and size as the body butter tubs, but because it's made of glass and not plastic, is much heavier and gives it a luxurious and expensive feel. Also within the box comes a tiny little white spatula. It really is a tiny spatula, and it makes you feel like a scientist conducting some kind of chemistry experiment when using it to extract the product from its jar. As cute as it is, it's also vitally important, as I found out on holiday. I left the box and spatula at home, and found when using my fingers to extract it, it literally slid off my finger and back in to the jar!


On to the product itself then, The Body Shop describe it as a 'Smoothing, Refreshing & Replenishing night cream-gel'. It has a botanical aroma with a hint of chemicals which makes it smell a bit like a floral Fairy liquid, I quite like that though. The texture is unfamiliar and actually tough to describe, it's a gel-based gloop with memory foam-type properties. If you stick your finger in, it's like touching chilled custard with an unbreakable skin. In a way it reminds me of Wella High Hair's Bouncy Dip styling product from back in my college days - I used to love that stuff.

One tiny little spatula full of the product is enough to cover your whole face, and when applied to the skin you'll notice it feels quite slippery. It's nowhere near as slippery as an oil would be, but much more so than your typical face creams. It'll remain wet on the skin for about a minute or so, so it gives you time to massage it in properly, making sure you can rub it in all over the face.

Obviously it doesn't have any immediate effect, aside from cooling your face down, but it works its magic overnight as you sleep. I've been using this religiously, every night since purchase, and have definitely noticed that when I wake up my skin feels different.

My skin is Oily/Combination but also dehydrated, using Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask every night has helped to hydrate my skin and makes it feel a bit plumper. I've even found that it's safe to use under the eyes without irritation, and it's helped to prevent bags under the eyes, even on the roughest of Mancunian Monday mornings! It's almost like caffeine for the face!

So from initially thinking that The Body Shop were being stingy by excluding it from their 20% off deal and setting the price quite high at £22, I found myself thinking that actually they've been pretty generous. Because you only need one spatula-ful per night (about a 5p piece), one jar will last ages. I've had my jar for two months, used it every night and even let the other half use it every night too and I'm about halfway through it. So if you're not one for sharing, it'll probably last you about 6-8 months. Not bad for £22!

Looking back at the claims on the jar, I'd say The Body Shop are spot on with 'Refreshing, Replenishing night cream-gel' - that describes it perfectly, but as for 'Smoothing' I'm not sure if it's made any difference on that front. It certainly plumps and firms up the skin, but I can't see that it's smoothed anything.

Despite that, I really like this product and would definitely recommend Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask just for its refreshing and replenishing qualities. It's made my skin feel good every morning, which has been a bit of a life saver for me, what with starting a new job whilst using it. It does seem a touch expensive, but it will last long enough to be worth the investment.

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  1. This sounds like a lovely mask! Normally I wouldn't pay so much for one, but this sounds like it's worth it. My skin is combination and dehydrated too so it could be perfect for me.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

  2. Ooh this sounds really interesting - love the fact that it slides right off your fingers!

  3. Might have to invest in this! I love the Body Shop skincare, and I love it when people say products make your skin feel refreshed. xx

  4. This sounds perfect for my skin, I love doing treatments overnight. Also your blog is fantastic ! You're doing something original , I'm loving it

    Oresiri xx

  5. Really want to try this now, i have the same sort of skin so hopefully i'll recieve the same results! thanks for the post
    Jennifer's Journal x

  6. This sounds like a great mask! Does it feel strange to sleep in it all night? Your right though £22 does seem like a fair price if its going to last so long!

  7. I've been eyeing this mask up since it was launched but I like you was reluctant to spend £22 on it and the one time I did go in store to buy it I was misinformed by the shop assistant that the coupon code I had would work and then when she took me to the till, informed me it wouldn't. So irritated I left it but afterwards wished I'd just purchased it... Now I think I'm going to just do it after reading this review. I too have oily/combination skin and this sounds like just what I'm looking for. =)

    Samio x

  8. The price is steep but if it lasts for so long it seems quite economical. I love the packaging, I don't usually like tubs but with the spatula it seems quite smart as it's more hygienic. It seems to work well as well (I find I like most Body Shop products), I might try it out for summer when my skin feels a little dull.

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

  9. I have this mask and love it as well!

  10. oh this sounds like an interesting product, I've never used an overnight mask, I'd be scared of it ending up on my pillow, sounds like it does the job though.
    Great post x

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  12. My skin is the same, dry but also oily, so I think I'm going to try this out! Although £22 does seem a little pricey! xx

    Lauren |

  13. Cool review! Sounds like a mask I'm going to have to try :)

    xoxo Iris

  14. Fabulous review- I have skin like you that's oily but dehydrated too. I'd really like to try this out to see if it has the same impact on my skin as it has on yours xxx

  15. Love The Body Shop, but every product I have tired reacts to my skin :( Sounds wonderful though xx

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  17. Lovely review, sounds like something I better be picking up asap! x

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  18. This sounds nice :) just love the name of this and it sounds like a brilliant product, I am tempted to get this but I have far to much skincare products at the moment haha :)

    Melissa xx ||

  19. sticking this on my list of things to buy... bring on pay day! I just recently bought a coupla clinique products for travel.. not sure how i feel about them, didnt wow me, this however sounds good and little kinder to the bank.


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