Alpha-H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask

Hey everyone! Let’s talk skincare! After my disaster with the Origins mask, it was a relief to find a deep cleansing mask that didn’t dry me out horribly.

Everyone, meet the Alpha-H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask. Heavily lavender scented, it’s a very light olive (pista) coloured soft clay mask. It’s a bit clumpy and thick in consistency but easy to distribute. I leave it on for 10 minutes, by then the mask is almost white in colour with no uncomfortable stretchiness! It does feel a bit tight, but an adequate amount. I usually rinse it off a bit before I go in with my warm washcloth to remove it completely. It just feels so refreshing!

My skin looks so squeaky clean and brighter after using this! It doesn’t leave my skin too dried out and tight. Spots, if any (usually on my chin), come to the surface the next day. Overtime this mask and the rest of my routine has really helped me with blemishes on my chin. Now I usually only get them during that time of the month and they are miniscule, gone in 1-2 days kind.

Despite being an Alpha-H product, does one does not contain AHA. It’s also free from nasties like alcohol ( except fatty alcohol which isn’t bad) and synthetic fragrances. Aside from kaolin and bentonite (clay), it also contains macadamia seed oil to provide moisture and a fungus extract to promote skin elasticity. The scent comes from the Lavandula oil and the rest were a lot further down the ingredients list for me to delve into. 😉

I use this once a week and I follow it up with a hydrating face sheet or just my Origins 10 minute mask. It’s part of my mid week routine and so relaxing!

I like the packaging, the tube is opaque but I can still tell how much product is left. It feels high end in a minimalist way. You get 100ml of product for around Rs. 2100. It’s priced at £35 on CultBeauty. If you’re in India it’s cheaper to buy on BeautyBay or Luxola.

I actually find the Aesop Parsley Seed mask similar. The lavender scent in the Aesop one is much milder and the consistency is more runny. I find both comfortable to use and right now I’m unsure of which one I prefer. I’ve been using the Alpha-H one a lot more because I opened it up first and I want to use it up before it expires. But I feel Aesop would be a great option for winters when my skin is more dry and Alpha-H for other months.


Alpha H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask 1

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Name : Alpha-H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask

Ingredients : Aqua, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Zea Mays Starch, Zinc Oxide, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Linalool, D-Limonene.

Product Amount : 100ml

Price : £35 / Rs. 2079 on Luxola

Available from : BeautyBay, CultBeauty, BathandUnwind, Luxola

Final Rating : 4/5


I’m thinking of doing a skincare routine post soon, it’s been more than a year since the last one and a lot has changed. What kind of post structure do you find most easy to follow? One long rambly post or broken up into 2-3 posts?

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  • Divya

    aah another one for the “list”! :-) Sounds pretty good to me if its anywhere close to my favorite Aesop mask! :-)


    • Xuvious

      Oh god, the “list”, ever expanding for me. 😉

  • fiona furtado

    Sounds like a good mask! Need to try it out.

    • Xuvious

      This or Aesop are pretty good. :)

  • Linda Libra Loca

    I like Alpha-H a lot, so I will give this mask a go someday.

    And for the skincare post: I would prefer one broken down in several pieces.

    Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Xuvious

      Suggestion taken on board! :)
      Which other products do you like? I was thinking a lot about Liquid Gold but I don’t know if that + acid toning will be overkill.

      • Linda Libra Loca

        I love Liquid Gold, and I pair it with Sunday Riley Good Genes, which is another chemical exfoliant, about two times a week without my skin reacting badly, on the contrary! So if you have been eyeing it, give it a go, just introduce it slowly, maybe once a week at first and work your way up to every other day.

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Oh nice! I doubt we can get it here but if we could I’d check it out.

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I’m surprised it doesn’t have any glycolic in it. Sounds great though.

  • Erin and Katherine

    Oooh I was lost at “squeaky clean” – I have dry skin and that is a big no-no for me. Great review!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

    • Xuvious

      I have dry skin as well but as far as cleansing masks go, it doesn’t leave me feeling too tight. I always follow up with a hydrating mask anyway. :)

  • Krithi Marla

    sounds like a good one and Pista color -bring me that :)
    Yay at skincare post ….would love to know your routine

    • Xuvious

      Hope you get to try it at some point! :)