Review: Skinfood Black Sugar Wash-Off Mask

5. February 2014


One of my first posts on this blog almost one year ago was about Skinfood’s Black Sugar Scrub Foam. Since then I’ve always been curious about Skinfood Black Sugar Wash-Off Mask, because I loved the scrub foam so much. Finally, I bought it a while ago and I don’t regret it ♥ Skinfood offers quite a wide range of different masks and packs, each addressing a different skin concern and provided in tiny plastic buckets.
Skinfood is one of these brands which are competing with Etude House in terms of design – in my opinion at least. It is a Korean brand with vintage appearing design of their products which occupied my heart very quickly. The products are using the beneficial effects of ingredients, which are familiar to us in terms of “food” like vegetables and fruits. Their motto “Food that is good for your health, is also good for your skin.” reflects this brands’ ideology nicely. The Skinfood Black Sugar Wash-Off Mask comes in a cute plastic jar with a vintage-like styled label on the lid. It is simple, but I love this kind of design.
The description is written in English and in Korean on the plastic jar. You can see from the ingredients list, that the main ingredient is sugar, but it also contains various fats and oils. Black sugar has several benefits. It is rich in potassium, iron, calcium and other minerals. Brown and black sugar are often used as mechanical skin exfoliator, as in several skincare products (also see the Klairs Gentle Black skincare line). Here they help to remove the dead cells while massaging. Also, molasses contains vitamin B, which is an antioxidant that prevents and reverses signs of photo-aging of the skin. You can check the ingredients list on COSDNA, too. Two ingredients are red flagged, which are PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, a surfactant and BHT (Butylhydroxytoluol), an antioxidant. If you know that you are sensitive to these two ingredients, keep in mind to test the product previously on your arm.
Below the lid you’ll find another separating plastic lid, which prevents the product to lick out. Nevertheless, due to the rather solid consistency, especially in cool areas, it is practically not necessary.
I was really surprised about the solid consistency, somehow I thought it would be more creamy…Anyway, the scent of it is the same citrus-ish scent that I found with the scrub foam. On the ingredients list is written that they used caramel perfume, but I don’t smell any caramel scent to be honest. When I tried the scrub foam back then, I didn’t like the scent too much in the beginning, because normally I like flowery scents more. But I grew fond of it, because it gives you some refreshment in a way.
If you have sensitive skin you should also keep in mind to don’t use this product on dry skin, but to make your skin wet or damp before. The more water you add while massaging, the more do the sugar grains melt and they won’t irritate your skin anymore. Another way of using this would be in combination with a cleansing oil, like I showed in my Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil review. I think this makes the application even more suitable for sensitive skin.
By the way, the jar doesn’t come with a spatula or a spoon, but I would recommend to use one. Not only because it is more hygienic, but also because it makes it easier to take out product from the jar  (I don’t know if they give you spoons with it, if you buy it at a store). How did it perform on my skin? You can achieve a nice peeling on your skin while massaging this mask into your skin. While leaving it on the face, you can either enjoy the fresh scent, or observe a slight heating effect of the skin, because your blood circulation was promoted while massaging. After I wash off the mask, the skin has a soft feeling. I don’t have a dry feeling nor is my skin greasy.
If you love using masks and you don’t mind leaving a product on your skin for a couple of minutes, I will recommend this mask to you. If you don’t like waiting so much, you can optionally also go for the Black Sugar Foam Scrub. In principal it has the same effects, only it is a cleansing foam on the same time.
You can buy a jar containing 100 g at:

W2Beauty for US$ 9.50


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  • Wei Song (Gin) 6. February 2014 at 2:24

    I have the serum for this; I love it! <3
    I need to try out the face mask. I’ve heard many good things about it. *A*
    Thank you for the review. <3

    • Fräulein Schnee 11. February 2014 at 13:29

      I tried the serum, too and I liked it. I think the black sugar line is a really nice line :) Thanks for commenting ♥

  • Gloria Li 6. February 2014 at 2:44

    This looks like a nice exfoliator~ I’ve heard a lot about this so I really want to try it. I have the Skinfood Rice Mask and it’s just so-so, but since the Black Sugar Mask is one of their bestsellers it must be really good. ^^ Thanks for the review Fraulein! I’ll have to try this sometime :)

    • Fräulein Schnee 11. February 2014 at 13:31

      Oh, I was curious about the rice mask, but then I will try another mask of skinfood. Did you try the sesame warming mask? (I think it was called like this, but I’m not sure). Thanks for commenting ♥

  • Ying Lam 6. February 2014 at 15:29

    I have really sensitive skin. This family friend I get facials from told me to use peeling gel instead of exfoliator but I’m interested to see how this one would work on my skin.

    • Fräulein Schnee 11. February 2014 at 13:32

      If you have very sensitive skin I would rather use the scrub foam. It is more gentle. and also use warm water while massaging, so the sugar grains melt a bit and are not that much irritating. Thanks for reading ♥

  • moon 6. February 2014 at 22:58

    I had a few sample pouches of this and I totally loved the scent! :D The peeling itself was really good, but there was too much if it in one pouch so I used it as a body peeling too and I really liked it too:D

    • Fräulein Schnee 11. February 2014 at 13:33

      Oh, I should try it as a body peeling as well XD I love body scrubs *_* Thanks for your comment ♥

  • Sample Hime 7. February 2014 at 2:05

    This one is so different from the Strawberry Black Sugar line but I really want to try this one more. It looks so hard in the container!

    • Fräulein Schnee 11. February 2014 at 13:38

      Yes, this one is much harder than the strawberry one. But I still have a sample of the strawberry mask. I could make a comparison between those two :) thanks for commenting ♥

  • Arya De Guzman 7. February 2014 at 5:23

    it looks like chocolate and I would appreciate the product more if it really smells like caramel…great mask! hope to try it soon

    • Fräulein Schnee 11. February 2014 at 13:38

      Oh, I’d love a more intense caramel scent…or a chocolate scent *_* Thanks for reading dear ♥

  • Sooyoona 7. February 2014 at 17:52

    Ich liebe diese Maske :3 Aber hast du die mit Erdbeere bereits getestet? Fand die etwas angenehmer und nicht ganz so grob.

    • Fräulein Schnee 11. February 2014 at 13:40

      Ich hab noch eine Probe von der erdbeermaske und hab direkt gefühlt dass das Produkt in der Verpackung sich weicher anfühlt. bin schon gespannt darauf sie zu testen. :D Ich habe auch die ganze Zeit zwischen der mit Erdbeeren und der ohne geschwankt und mich dann doch erstmal für den Klassiker entschieden.

  • Bethany 8. February 2014 at 19:07

    I just noticed you have my banner in your sidebar. xD I’ll try to remember to fit you in somewhere too when I get a free moment.

    I keep meaning to try more things from Skinfood. It’s been a while, except for my HG concealer.

    • Fräulein Schnee 11. February 2014 at 13:43

      Haha, don’t worry about it. I didn’t want to force you into putting my banner somewhere, I simply wanted to show, that I enjoy reading your blog ♥

      You should try some of their masks at least, they have so many different types. And I think it is always fun to try out masks :D

  • Aleena 11. February 2014 at 10:41


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  • Emi 6. December 2014 at 18:56

    Very interesting ^^

    I’ll check it out !!!
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  • Sakuranko 6. December 2014 at 19:40

    This product was the worse for my sensitve skin. I don´t like this. But is god know that your skin works good!
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  • Ou Ma 21. April 2015 at 23:06

    I tried it and I really love it, but I think its scent is quite annoying…
    check my review if interested ^^

  • batrisyia 8. December 2015 at 18:28

    Im wondering if i have to leave this on my face for how many mintues than i wash it off or is this like a cleanser where i just wash it off when i finish applying it on my face?

    • Frl. Schnee 10. December 2015 at 22:50

      First I massaged, then I left it for around 10 minutes and then washed it off. Hope that helps! :)

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  • Nyx Knacks 30. December 2016 at 7:04

    The Black Sugar Mask Wash-Off is one of my favorite products from Skinfood. It helped greatly in my whitening regime due to its exfoliating properties. It also lessened the dry skin patches on my face. I will be posting a review on it also soon on my blog! :)

  • sha 28. January 2017 at 10:04

    will this work in removing blackheads?

    • Frl. Schnee 28. January 2017 at 10:33

      No, I guess tthe only way to deal with blackheads properly is AHA/BHA.