There are some products that are intriguing because of their name. Then there are those that you are curious about because of their packaging. The boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding, $38, is a product that falls into both categories. You’re probably thinking “A pore pudding? What?” when you stare at the cool swirled jar. The full name of the product is the boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment. The boscia website describes it as, “A delicious swirl of charcoal pudding for a zen-like complexion!” But what it actually is is a mask that combines white and black charcoal that help balance skin and minimize pores.
Charcoal has been a popular beauty ingredient in recent years thanks to the way it absorbs impurities and cleans out your pores. We have seen it appear in everything from sponges to cotton swabs. Black charcoal is the kind we are most familiar with because it gives beauty products that distinct inky finish.
White charcoal may be newer to the game, but it’s just as good. The boscia Pore Pudding uses Binchotan White Charcoal Powder, and Binchotan is apparently the most prized form of charcoal in Japan.
The boscia Pore Pudding also contains kaolin clay to reduce excess oil, and boscia’s proprietary botanical blend of jojoba leaf and willowherb to reduce inflammation.
To use the mask, you mix a bit of the white and black charcoals together to make a gray paste. Then you can use the included spatula or your fingers to apply it to your face. You leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse it off.
The thing everyone is probably wondering is whether the actual product is a swirled as the jar. The jar I was using had been tipped and was not sitting flat before I opened it up, but there still was a bit of a white and black swirl. Jillian got a sample of it as well and has a better picture here. boscia also points out that as you use the mask, it will naturally start to mix together more.
One other thing that struck me about the mask, besides the swirl, was how good it smelled. Charcoal and clay aren’t two ingredients at the top of the fragrance chart, but the mask also contains grapefruit and different flower stem extracts and oils that make it smell great.
The spatula may look small when you compare it to the size of the jar, but it delivers a good amount of product without dropping it everywhere. It’s also great if you want to keep your hands clean. Just make sure you wash it after every application.
The consistency of the mask is also great. It’s rich and thick enough that you don’t have to worry about it dribbling all over your shirt and bathroom counter. You also don’t need to slap it on to get a nice thick, opaque layer.
I applied the mask and left it on for the recommended 15 to 20 minutes. Some charcoal and clay masks can get crumbly or very tight, but this one dried without making my face feel like it was frozen in one position. It was surprisingly very comfortable to wear. Furthermore, it rinsed off fairly easy without leaving any telltale residue.
Verdict: I have sensitive combination skin that can be a bit drier in the winter and the mask did an excellent job of balancing out the oily areas without sucking all the moisture from the dry ones. It also didn’t irritate my face. My skin actually looked much calmer.
The mask does have a higher price tag, but the jar is quite large at 2.8 fl oz. You can also use the mask to spot treat areas instead of applying it your entire face. I’ve also used it only on my T-zone and it still does a great job. It’s good to multitask with because the thick formula won’t run into any other products you’re using.
(Photos: Heather Cichowski/The Gloss)