Leejiham (LJH) has just released a new version of their Tea Tree Facial Mask Sheet, which inspired the popular Tea Tree 90 Essence. I bought a mystery mask box (now sold out) from Glow Recipe that turned out to include this mask (and the completely new LJH Vita Propolis sheet mask), so I’ll quickly compare the new mask to the original.
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LJH Tea Tree Soothing Mask Review
Let’s Talk Some Sheet
Sheet Size and Fit
Fine even on my giant face. There are gaps in coverage near my ears and around my nose, but it should be fine for most faces.
Sheet Material and Thickness
The biggest upgrade would be the VASTLY improved mask fabric. It’s thin and backed by a plastic liner to help it maintain its shape. The new fabric is soft and pliable, so it clings and hugs one’s face like a Taiwanese silk mask or a cupro (whispy cotton fiber) mask. The old mask was something to be endured due to the thickness and stiffness of the fabric, but the new mask is quite enjoyable to wear.
This is a one-piece, fairly standard design that should work well for most face types.
Getting to the Essence
Old mask ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Grapefruit Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance. CosDNA analysis.
New mask ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance. CosDNA analysis.
The essence is completely different in the renewed mask. One notable change is the absence of simple alcohol in the new version. When I compared the smell of the two masks, it was evident to me for the first time that the old version had alcohol: I had never smelled it before!
Both the new and the old mask essence feel very watery and thin upon application.
Whereas the old formulation had a very lightly moisturizing feel and almost no detectable finish (it was almost like putting water on your skin), the new mask is lightly hydrating and has a finish that feels as if there’s a tiny film on the skin that causes a bit of dry friction when you run your hand over it. This contributes to a slight feeling of tightness as the mask dries and an almost powdery sensation on my skin, I suspect. I have normal-to-oily skin, so I actually prefer the super light moisture of the original.
After using the mask, I applied some Cosrx Birch Sap lotion to see if it would make my skin feel more smooth. It worked really well. The mask essence seemed to “grab” the lotion and my skin ended up feeling really hydrated.
The mask has a light, but noticeable fruity/herby/vitamin c-ish scent? It’s difficult for me to place, but it’s not at all like a face full of tea tree oil. It’s mild and disappears quickly.
LJH Leejiham Tea Tree Soothing Mask Results
My skin in general looked pretty calm after using this. My blemishes certainly remained, but they’re cystic and tricky, so that’s to be expected. My skin ended up far more moisturized than I expected.
The great thing about the old LJH masks was that they were really cheap — about $1/mask, if you got them on sale. The price of the new mask is higher and they likely won’t be available for less for a long time. The essence is certainly better on paper (and on skin, for those who need more moisture) and the mask fit is vastly improved, but I doubt I’ll be stockpiling these when masks that blow me away are available for the cost of this mask or less.
Where to Find It
New LJH Tea Tree Mask
These just launched in Korea, so the buying options are limited at this point. Expect most sellers to still be offering the old mask version, but double check with them first if it’s a dealbreaker.
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