I purchased Andalou Naturals Avo Cocoa Skin Food Mask sometime last year after reading some good reviews of the same brand’s Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask. I chose to go with the Avo Cocoa mask instead, since it’s meant for dry skin, unlike the Pumpkin mask for normal/combination skin.
While I liked one of Andalou Naturals’ shampoos, I hadn’t tried any of their skincare before. After using this Avo Cocoa mask intermittently for about six months, I must say that I am really pleased with this product.
Like the shampoo I had success with, this product is also from Andalou’s line of “Fruit Stem Cell Science” products. I don’t believe a bit of the frankly strange claim that plant stem cells will make human skin look younger when applied to the skin, but this product does contain some nice ingredients, anyway.
From Andalou Naturals:
For Dry & Very Dry Skin
Fruit Stem Cell Complex, organic avocado, Vitamin E, and pure dark cocoa, abundant in antioxidants and amino acids, effectively slow cellular damage and stimulate healthy cell renewal, replenishing moisture balance and dermal structure for soft, smooth skin.
OUR DIFFERENCE: Fruit Stem Cell Science® and 3 Levels of Synergistic Age Defying Innovation in Every Product:
‘Clinically proven advanced plant power harnessed and delivered to where you need it most.’
Fruit Stem Cell Science® renews skin at the cellular level. Award-winning Malus Domestica (Apple) and Solar Vitis (Grape) Stem Cells provide ‘universal’ cells to energize skin cell function for enhanced immunity, longevity and vitality. Fruit Stem Cell Science® accelerates the skin’s own ability to repair and replenish health cells effectively replacing older, weak and damaged cells. These universal cells become activated skin cells and elasticity and resilience are restored.
The ingredient list:
Resveratrol Q10: Resveratrol combined with Coenzyme Q10; super antioxidant complex that helps to defy wrinkle formation, inhibit cellular damage, stimulate skin-firming collagen and elastin to decrease fine lines and smooth skin.
Cocoa Powder: Antioxidants and amino acids sustain healthy cells and protect against elemental damage.
Green Coffee Extract (caffeine): Perks up the complexion by stimulating blood circulation.
Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Powder*^, Vegetable Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter*, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*^, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) and Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oils*, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Sclerotium Gum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Juice*, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Extract*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) and Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oils*, Lecithin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract*^
Non-GMO verified *Organic ^Fair Trade
First of all, it really does smell like cocoa! And, thankfully, it doesn’t smell like avocado, as well. It’s like a dark chocolate, slightly more liquid-y version of Nutella. Who hasn’t wanted to smear Nutella on their face, right? (No, I didn’t try that!)
After applying about two tablespoons of the mask to my clean and dry face, I would leave it on for about 15–20 minutes (you’re supposed to do 10 or so, but I always lose track of time) and go about scaring unsuspecting family members with my freshly cocoa’ed visage.
The mask doesn’t really harden—it remains sticky for the whole time, so avoid getting things stuck to your face! It also remains pleasantly cocoa-y smelling, though other people can’t seem to smell it unless they shove their noses right up to my face.
It rinses off quite easily and cleanly with water, and let me tell you, my skin feels so nice and smooth after using this mask! To be honest, I don’t know whether it has any lasting effects, but it feels super good and I will certainly continue to repurchase this product. It expires a year after being opened.
I purchased my jar at Well.ca for CA$16.56; it retails for CA$21.49 (I think the price has gone up a bit since I bought it last year). I have on occasion seen Andalou Naturals skincare at Winners (the Canadian version of TJ Maxx), where it runs a bit cheaper, but you’ll want to check that the expiry date is far enough away.
Andalou Naturals Avo Cocoa Skin Food Mask contains 50 mL and retails for US$14.95 / CA$21.49.
Andalou Naturals was founded in 2011 by Stacey Kelly Egide and Mark A. Egide. The founders have previously been associated with developing similar natural brands like Avalon Organics (which they sold in 2002), Alba Hawaiian, Alba Botanica, and Beauty Without Cruelty. Andalou Naturals products are cruelty-free, vegetarian (some products are vegan), eco-friendly, and made in the USA. The company is based in Novato, CA, USA.