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REVIEW | Fig + Yarrow Facial Ritual: 4 Season Herbal Steams + Clay Mask {Black}

Fig + Yarrow 4 Season Steams + Black Clay Mask Review

 Price

$24 |  4 Season Steams Sampler Set {pictured above}

$22 | Herbal Steams, 2 oz. each {individual seasons, pictured below}

$18 | Clay Mask {Black},  1.2 oz.

Description

4 Season Herbal Steams – A sampler set of steams to cleanse pores, draw impurities, deeply hydrate + detoxify.

Clay Mask {Black} – Drawing intensity: strongest. Specially formulated to address challenged + oil-prone skin types.

Fig + Yarrow Herbal Steam-SPRING-ReviewSPRING

A pretty polychromatic assortment of purifying, soothing and nutritive botanicals for skin-nourishing hydration and deep cleansing of pores.

Ingredients: Tilia cordata (linden) blossom*, Chrysanthemum x morifolium (chrysanthemum) blossoms*, Lavandula x intermedia (lavender) flowers*, Matricaria chamomilla (chamomile) flowers*, Rosa damascena (rose) petals*, Urtica dioica (nettle) leaves*, calendula officinalis (marigold) flowers*, Trifolium pratense (red clover) blossoms*. *certified organic, **wildcrafted

Fig + yarrow Herbal Steam-SUMMER-Review

SUMMER

A vibrant herbal blend of nutritive botanicals beneficial for skin hydration, purification and deep cleansing of pores.

Ingredients: Helianthus annuus (sunflower) petal*, Helichrysum arenarium (immortelle) flower*, Trifolium pratense (red clover) blossom*, Mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf*, Hibiscus sabdariffa (hibiscus) flower*, Tilia europaea (linden) flower*. *certified organic, **wildcrafted

Fig + Yarrow Herbal Steam-AUTUMN-Review

AUTUMN

A brilliant mélange of autumnally evocative colors and aromas for skin nourishment and purification as well as mental calm and clarity.

Ingredients: Scrophularia nodosa (figwort)*, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf*, Centaurea cyanus (cornflower)*, Rosa canina (rosehip)*, Citrus sinensis (orange) peel*, Juniperus communis (juniper) berry*, Illicium verum (star anise)*, Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom)*. *certified organic, **wildcrafted

Fig + Yarrow Herbal Steam-WINTER-Review

WINTER

A sweet, spicy, woodsy and warming blend providing nutritional and pore-reducing benefits for skin and respiratory support.

Ingredients: Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf, Juniperus communis (juniper) berry*, Sambucus nigra (elder) flower*, Citrus sinensis (orange) peel*, Zingiber officinale (ginger) root*, Thymus vulgaris (thyme) leaf*, Thuja plicata (cedar) leaf**, Illicium verum (star anise)*, Syzygium aromaticum (clove)*. *certified organic, **wildcrafted

Fig-and-Yarrow-ClayMask_Black-Review

{BLACK}

An exceptionally detoxifying + pore de-congesting blend; especially suited for challenged + oil-prone skin types. Black clay, activated charcoal + palmarosa essence penetrate deeply to assist in the removal of skin-aging chemicals + toxins while sweeping away dull surface cells.

Ingredients: Kaolinite (black clay), activated coconut charcoal powder, Cymbopogon martinii (palmarosa) essential oil. 

Packaging

The 4 Season Sample Set comes with 4 individually wrapped packages – 1 for each season, in non-resealable, clear cello bags. The full sizes come in round tins, with a clear window on top. The Clay Mask comes in a glass jar, with a black plastic, screw-on lid.

Scent

Sweet, floral, herbal + spicy… depending on the season. Spring + Summer are floral + herbal, while Autumn + Winter are herbal + spicy. It’s amazing how these smell exactly like the seasons they represent. Totally nostalgic! Clay Mask smells slightly rose-like scent when wet.

Texture

Steams are dried, loose herbs, flowers + spices. Clay mask is a dry powder.

Pros

  • The steams are SO pretty + they smell ahhh-mazing!
  • Mask does as it says +really draws the gunk out!
  • No preservatives since everything comes dry!
  • Excellent quality.

Cons

  • They’re loose herbs, so clean up can be a pain.
  • Steam Sampler packages weren’t resealable.
  • The mask can stain towels, so use something old that you don’t care about.

Recommend + Repurchase

Yes, yes, + YES! Facials are my #1 beauty ritual, + Fig + Yarrow’s Herbal Steams + Black Clay Mask are an amazing addition to my routine! I make time for them at least once or twice a week, +  let me tell you… there’s nothing that clears up your complexion, quite like steaming your face + applying a mask right after!

I’ve used facial masks for as long as I can remember, but started steaming after weening myself off Proactive a few years ago, {aka, crack for your face!}, when my skin threw a fit + I needed something STAT! So, I began using Dr. Hauschka’s Clarifying Steam Bath {which I loved!}, but couldn’t afford the habit. Being the Kitchen Beautician I am, I began making my own Facial Steams because I didn’t know of any other skin-specific products like this at the time. So, I was excited when I cam across these babies!

I steam for several reasons: I LOVE makeup + wear a lot of it! I’m always trying so many different products for the sake of reviewing, that sometimes I just need to give my skin a break + sweat it out, before trying something new. {I know. Rough job, but somebody’s gotta do it, Lol. #beautybloggerprobs}. In addition, I also have major hormonal acne issues post Cancer, with Estrogen Dominance {I didn’t take Tamoxifen, remember?}. Sooo… the steams really do the trick in detoxing, + the mask gives it the extra kick with it’s magnetic pulling-powers!

As for the Steams themselves… I love all of them in the set {SO pretty!}, but after a blind-sniff test, I apparently tend to lean more towards Fall + Winter. I can honestly say, these are so vibrant + fragrant, + that I truly appreciate every single element that went into them. Totally gorg!

FYI, I only needed about 1/2 TBSP per steam, + I got about 7 – 8 uses per bag. So, in total, I got about 30 little tea bags from the set of sample set of all 4. Yes, I said Tea Bags. Since I’m not a fan of floaty things + prefer easy clean-up, I took about 1/2 TBSP + used Fill Your Own Tea Bags to make little steam packets. I’ll write more about that soon + link it here when I do. In the meantime – if you want to do what I did, just follow the filling + sealing instructions on the package.

One thing I wanted to mention about the Steam Sampler though, was that when I initially opened the packages, I thought about cutting them, but was hoping to reseal them. So, I tried to gently tear where they were sealed with the label. BIG mistake! 2 out of the 4 completely ripped {to shreds!} down the center, + herbs flew everywhere like confetti! On top of that, the bags were also super-staticky, making it impossible to get what was left in them, out. Needless to say – I wish they came in resealable bags, so I didn’t have to find something else to store them in after opening, + so that I could save the rest for my next facial.

About the Black Clay Mask… love, love LOVE the the drawing intensity of it! I’ve mixed it with water {where it dries completely}, organic yogurt {somewhat dries}, + with Wedderspoon Manuka Honey {my preference, + stays just moist enough not to pull!}. Definitely up there on my list of faves, + looking forward to trying the rest of their masks + doing a comparison!

So, here’s how I roll with facials on the reg… If I have the time, I’ll do an all-out steam sesh, which lasts anywhere from 10-15 minutes + mask time. If I don’t, I opt for just a mask during / after a shower when my pores are already open. Obvi, the steaming ritual + mask together provide way better results, without a doubt.

To save time, I try to multi-task. While I’m bringing my water to a boil, I set up my “spa” with: a large bath towel + a large, glass or stainless steel bowl – with my steam packet in the bottom. I also mix my mask at that time to allow it to swell. Then, I pour the hot water over the herbs, set a timer, + drape the towel over my head to create a tent. Afterwards, I gently exfoliate + then immediately apply my mask.

Bottom line, these are definitely worth checking out, especially if you love pampering yourself with a facial! These are my first F + Y products… + I’m totally in LOVE! Thanks Fig + Yarrow!

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FTC Disclosure | Reviews never paid. Products provided. May contain affiliate links. Opinions are my own. Deets here!

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Margot
    November 12, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Very Very Intrigued about these herbal steam facials….

    • Reply
      Danielle
      November 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      Margot! They’re so gorgeous! You should definitely look into them! ;) XO <3

  • Reply
    Margaret
    November 12, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    So curious on how that 4 season steams works. they seem like great products to try out since it contains very impressive ingredients.

  • Reply
    Dream & Scheme
    November 22, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Fig+Yarrow sounds absolutely gorgeous! I am definitely eyeing the Black Clay Mask. I love the idea of mixing it with raw honey, which I also am a fan of.

  • Reply
    thrudur
    June 21, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    hi! i found this blog by accident and it is great! one thing though, i do the same ‘spa’ ritual as you do but i really recommend against exfoliating after a steam! opening the pores and then exfoliating can really damage the skin. I recommend doing it vice versa.
    otherwise everything looks and sounds amazing

    • Reply
      Danielle
      June 22, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks so much for your input Thrudur! :) I also sometimes reverse it as well – depending on how gritty, or gentle the exfoliator is. <3

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