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OSEA MALIBU: RED ALGAE MASK REVIEW

By: Skin Care Ox

Written By: Diane Elizabeth K. // First Published: 04/15/2020

OSEA Malibu’s Red Algae Mask is a little known anti-acne organic facial mask which claims to gently reduce breakouts and blackheads without stripping the skin of its natural, protective oils. Can this pretty pink mask really do all that it says it can? Are the ingredients in the Red Algae Mask actually rated as safe, organic, and all natural? Can an acne mask really be effective without causing dryness? Well, to get to the bottom of those questions and more, we put the Red Algae Mask to the test for a two week trial! During our trial, we researched each and every ingredient, analyzed hundreds of real customer reviews, and faithfully used the product as instructed in order to bring you this comprehensive review.

At the end of our review trial, OSEA’s Red Algae facial mask earned high scores in almost every category. Not only is the formula made with a blend of clean, natural, and organic ingredients, it also delivers on many of its promises of producing clearer skin. The mask is made with potent anti-acne ingredients (like French clays, fermented beet-derived lactic acid, willow bark, tea tree oil, juniper oil, and rosemary) as well as ingredients designed to hydrate the skin (like red algae, jojoba oil, and sesame oil). It’s got a noticeable, but not overwhelming herbal scent (mainly tea tree oil) and has a refreshing “cooling” sensation on the skin. The cream mask doesn’t fully dry on the skin, which helps to leave skin feeling super soft after application. Best of all, this mask is brainlessly easy to use. Just apply a thin layer of this pre-mixed mask on your face 2x per week (or apply directly to acne as an overnight spot treatment) to see good results. Luckily, you don’t have to take our word for it! Customers from retailers across the web have also left hundreds of glowing reviews for this anti-blemish mask (check out our summary below).

Want to read more? Just scroll down to find a complete summary of our in-depth review of OSEA Malibu’s Red Algae Mask. Our reviews are organized into three categories: The Clean Ingredient Score (is the product made with clean ingredients?), Product Design & Effectiveness Score (does the product actually work?), and the Online Customer Review Score (what is everyone else saying?). Combined, this review should provide everything you need to decide if the Red Algae Mask is right for you. Enjoy!

OSEA MALIBU RED ALGAE MASK

Product Name: Red Algae Face Mask

Product Description: A pretty pink organic facial mask with a whipped texture that is packed with anti-acne, pore cleansing, and anti-blemish ingredients for normal, combo, oily, and acne-prone skin types. Size: 1.7 oz Packaging: Thick frosted glass jar Consistency: Pre-mixed creamy mask Scent: Tea Tree + Herbal Samples Available: No

Price: 48

Currency: USD

Availability: InStock

Overall
4.8
  • Clean Ingredient Score
  • Product Design & Effectiveness Score
  • Online Customer Review Score

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CLEAN INGREDIENT SCORE
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Osea Malibu’s Red Algae Mask earns a Clean Ingredient Score of an “A” for its acne fighting organic and all natural formula. This facial mask is non-gmo, vegan, 100% natural, and cruelty free. The Red Algae Mask is made with 30 ingredients of which 11 are certified organic ingredients (red algae, glycerin, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, grapefruit peel oil, juniper oil, cypress seed oil, and green tea extract). The Atmosphere Protection Cream lost a few points for its preservative system, potassium sorbate. Potassium sorbate is a naturally-derived food-preservative with links to skin irritation in high concentrations. Osea Malibu uses very low concentrations of potassium sorbate in the Red Algae Mask formula (in fact, potassium sorbate is the very last ingredient listed on the formula–indicating a low quantity relative to the other ingredients on the list). During our two week review, the Skin Care Ox team experienced no signs of irritation while trialing the Red Algae Mask.

Clean Ingredient Summary

| 100% NATURAL | VEGAN | NON-GMO | CRUELTY FREE |

Top Clean Ingredients

  • Red Algae Extract: Chlorophyll containing ocean dwelling organisms. Contains a plethora of potent vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Known for its ability to help skin retain a lot of moisture (an alternative to hyaluronic acid).
  • Montmorillonite Clay/French Pink Clay: A naturally pink earth clay which gently absorbs excess oil, sebum, and dirt from the pores. Packed with minerals and helps to keep acne-causing bacteria at bay.
  • Illite Clay/French Red Clay: A naturally red earth clay that is rich in iron oxide (which gives the clay its red color). Beneficial for clearing pores.
  • Rosemary Leaf Oil: Rosemary oil has a blend of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-fungal properties. Because of this, rosemary oil is often used as an anti-blemish treatment for its ability to fight acne-causing bacteria, balance sebum, and soothe irritation.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Often criticized for its signature scent, tea tree oil is a powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-fungal agent. Tea tree oil is most often found in skin care remedies designed for oily, acne-prone, and blemish-prone skin.
  • White Thyme Oil: A highly medicinal oil known for its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Used commonly in cosmetics (and food) as a natural preservative, but can also be used as an anti-blemish treatment.

Preservatives Used:

  • Potassium Sorbate: Natural | EWG Score: 2
  • Tocopherol/vitamin E: Natural | EWG Score: 1
  • Thyme Oil: Natural | EWG Score: 1
  • Citric Acid: Natural | EWG Score: 1-2

Concerning Ingredients
  • Potassium Sorbate: Potassium sorbate is the potassium salt of sorbic acid and can be derived from natural sources such as fruits. It is used primarily as a preservative instead of parabens because of its strong antimicrobial anti-fungal properties. Potassium sorbate has caused some controversy because of evidence that it can cause irritation due to allergic reactions in rare cases. There is scant evidence, however, that the low concentrations used in skin care (below .5%) create a high risk for skin irritation. (source | source)
All Ingredients

Ingredients as of: 04/15/2020

water, gigartina skottsbergii extract*, glycerin*, sodium lauroyl oat amino acids Natural | Cleansing Agent | Skin Conditioning | EWG Score: 1 , french pink montmorillonite clay, french red illite clay, coco-glucoside Natural | Sufactant | Cleansing Agent | EWG Score: 1 , coconut alcohol Natural | Emulsifyer | Surfactant | EWG Score: 1 , magnesium aluminum silicate (natural smectite clay), sodium palmitoyl Natural | Skin Conditioning | EWG Score: 1 , nymphaea alba flower water lily extract, sodium cocoyl amino acid Natural | Surfactant | EWG Score: 1 , sesamum indicum seed oil*, jojoba seed oil*, canadian willow bark extract, resveratrol, tea tree leaf oil*, rosemary leaf oil*, lavender oil*, white thyme oil, grapefruit peel oil*, juniper leaf oil*, cypress seed oil*, lactic acid (derived from fermented beets) Natural | Exfoliant | Humectant | EWG Score: 1 , tocopherol/vitamin e, green tea extract*, potassium ascorbyl tocopheryl phosphate Natural | Antioxidant | EWG Score: 1 , xanthan gum Natural | Binder | Stabilizer | EWG Score: 1 , citric acid Natural | Preservative | EWG Score 1-2 , potassium sorbate Natural | Preservative | EWG Score: 2 *indicates organic ingredient

PRODUCT DESIGN & EFFECTIVENESS
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Overall, the Red Algae Mask earns a Product Design & Effectiveness Score of an “A+”. The Red Algae Mask scored highly in a number of areas. First, the mask comes pre-mixed and ready to use out of the jar. This makes it very easy to just grab and apply without the need to mix powder with water. When you first open the jar, there is no denying the herbal/tea tree scent. It’s not overpowering, just noticeable. The Red Algae Mask has a silky, slightly elastic cream texture that’s not too thick and not too thin. It’s easy enough to apply using your finger or a facial mask brush. The jar is small (only 1.7 oz), but the texture of the mask makes it easy to apply a thin layer (making a little go a long way). It has a slightly cool sensation upon application which is refreshing. The best part of the Red Algae Mask is that it is truly a non-drying facial mask. Meaning, it doesn’t harden and overly dry-out the skin like a clay mask would. Instead, this organic mask still feels like a soft cream even while “dry”. After using the mask ask directed (2x/week and as a spot treatment when appropriate), our reviewers reported significant improvement in active blemishes and a reduction in recurrent blemishes. The mask did a fantastic job at reducing excess oil while maintaining hydration. The vast majority of our reviewers reported experiencing “softer,” “hydrated,” and “clearer” looking skin after two weeks of use.

Product Effectiveness Summary

Works Best For: Oily skin, Combo skin, Acne-Prone Skin, Congested Skin.

Official Usage Instructions: Wash face with preferred OSEA cleanser. Apply a thin layer of mask for 10-20 minutes for an at-home spa experience. Rinse with warm water. Follow with OSEA serum and moisturizer. Use 2-3 times per week or as needed. Pro Tip: Use as a spot solution overnight on blemished skin.

Ease of Use: A super easy mask to work into any routine. The mask comes pre-mixed and ready-to-use right out of the box (no need for mask bowls or measuring spoons). Can be worn for as little as 5 minutes in a time crunch. 

Most Notable Results

  • Ready-to-use formula (no mixing)
  • Skin looks & feels hydrated after use
  • Did not dry out skin
  • Gently soothed existing breakouts
  • Works well as an overnight acne spot treatment
  • Balanced excess oil
  • Clearer pores after a few uses
  • Noticeable scent of tea tree oil

Claims Not Met

  • None: This product does not make claims of effectiveness that we did not experience.

ONLINE CUSTOMER REVIEW SCORE
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Our team analyzed 144 customer reviews for the Osea Malibu Red Algae Mask from 5 different online retailers (including OSEA, Petit Vour, Neiman Marcus, and Credo Beauty). Across all retailers we analyzed, the Red Algae Mask earned an Online Customer Review score of 4.7/5 stars–resulting in an Online Customer Review score of a solid “A”. Overall, customers across the board were impressed with this organic facial masks ability to control oil, blackheads, and acne-related blemishes. Many customers describe the mask as “gentle,” “calming,” and great as an “overnight” spot treatment. While there were few negative reviews, the majority of the negative reviews revolved around the product not causing a big enough difference to warrant a repurchase. Out of all 144 reviews that we analyzed, only 3 individuals left 1 star reviews related to not seeing any results and experiencing skin sensitivity.  See Pros & Cons below for more details.

Customer Review Summary

Reviews last evaluated: 04/15/2020

  • *Osea Malibu: 127 Reviews | Average Score: 4.8 Stars
  • *Petit Vour: 5 Reviews | Average Score: 4.6 Stars
  • *Credo Beauty: 9 Reviews | Average Score: 4.6 Stars
  • Neiman Marcus: 1 Reviews | Average Score: 5.0 Stars

Pros

  • Non-drying, hydrating formula
  • Pre-mixed/Ready to use mask
  • Tea Tree/herbal scent
  • Cooling/tingling sensation
  • Shrinks appearance of pores
  • Gentle mask for sensitive skin
  • Calms existing breakouts
  • Reduces future breakouts
  • Great as overnight spot treatment

Cons

  • Strong tea tree/herbal scent
  • May not be strong enough compared to other more aggressive anti-acne masks
  • May be too strong for very sensitive skin types
ABOUT THE BRAND
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This Product Was Made By...

OSEA Malibu

website: www.oseamalibu.com | year founded: 1996

OSEA Malibu is an organic skin care brand that has been committed to non-toxic skin care for over 20 years. OSEA was the first company to sign the Environmental Working Group’s “Compact for Safe Cosmetics” pledge and has lead the charge ever since. The line is totally plant-based, vegan, and free of synthetic ingredients. Responsibly sourced organic seaweeds are the star ingredients in nearly all of OSEA’s products. Top products include the Ocean Cleanser, Vitamin Sea Serum, and Hyaluronic Sea Serum.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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This Article Was Written By...

Diane Elizabeth K., Founder at SkinCareOx.com

Diane Elizabeth founded Skin Care Ox in 2016 after her personal struggle to find truly clean, natural, and organic products. Leveraging her background in biomedical engineering, scientific research + analytics, and entrepreneurship, she created Skin Care Ox to be an easy-to-use resource to find real clean beauty options. Since then, her articles have been read by over 3 Million people and have helped millions choose cleaner alternatives. She currently lives in Colorado with her husband and growing family.
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Finally, every product we review undergoes our Research and Review Process. This includes faithfully trialing the products for a minimum of two weeks, rigorously researching each ingredient, and consolidating real user reviews from across the web.

PRODUCT BADGES LEGEND
100% NATURAL

100% NATURAL

The product contains only natural ingredients (non-synthetic or lab created). It does not contain anything artificial or synthetic.

100% ORGANIC

100% ORGANIC

The product has been formulated with 100% organically sourced and/or certified organic ingredients.

GMO FREE

GMO FREE

This product does not contain ingredients which have been genetically modified.

GLUTEN FREE

GLUTEN FREE

All of the ingredients contained in the product are free from gluten, wheat, and ingredients which are commonly contaminated with gluten.

VEGAN

VEGAN

The product is made without animal products or byproducts such as beeswax, honey, milk, eggs, etc.

CERTIFIED ORGANIC

CERTIFIED ORGANIC

The product has received an official organic certification from a third party organization such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA Certified Organic), ECOCERT, Australian Certified Organic, and others.

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