Scottish Craft Focus: Face Masks from The Beauty Apothecarist

I’m going to be honest: I never scrimp on skincare. Spending a week’s food shop budget on a luxury cleansing balm has never bothered me (since my student days at least). I always believed that spending that bit more (or breaking the bank in some cases) was in the best interests of my skin. Does that make me sound crazy? Seriously starting to wonder because since I discovered The Beauty Apothecarist, I’ve done a complete 180 on everything I thought I knew about good skincare. Fun fact: it doesn’t need to cost the earth.


Let me take you back to September when I first met Tara. I was at Milngavie Makers Market and her stall drew me in – it was BEAUTIFUL. Her infectious personality (I mean that in the most sincere way, she’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met) and knowledge kept me chatting, whilst ooo-ing and ahh-ing over her products.  This couldn’t have happened at a better time (I don’t generally believe in fate, I’m more of a plan your own destiny kind of person) because my skin had completely fallen out with me; it was dry, irritated and I was at the end of my tether. Thankfully, Tara wasn’t willing to give up on my skin so easily..


Monster Mask

Turns out monster masks aren’t just for Halloween! Tara recommended that I try her Monster Mask Superfood Antioxidant Mask (£7.00) to help to soothe and calm my irritated skin. At first, I was a little bit sceptical because nothing was working, but once she explained the mask a bit more to me, I warmed to the idea and made a purchase.


One of the main ingredients in Monster Mask is beetroot juice powder.  Beetroot juice is packed full of vitamins and minerals which helps to reduce dark spots/blemishes, moisturises even the driest skin (trust me, I can vouch for this) and also helps to decrease wrinkles and fine lines. As well this, it’s perfect if you suffer from acne or extra pigmentation – such a wonderful vegetable! I had no idea about all these benefits until Tara told me and that was it – SOLD!

I make up this mask using one or two teaspoons of powder, a couple of tablespoons of natural yogurt and a dash of honey (that’s as close to becoming Gordon Ramsay as I’m going to get). You could easily use water instead, but I prefer yogurt because it’s so cooling – my skin loves it. Leave it on as I soak on the bath (I love the smell of beetroot…it smells SO GOOD!) and relax. That’s another thing that I love: I can leave these masks on for a good fifteen/twenty minutes and my skin doesn’t get aggravated. And it’s PURPLE which just makes everything in the world better.

I’ve been using this mask once a week, every week and my skin is reaping the rewards.  It looks plumper, more hydrated and happy. All at a cost of £7.00.  There’s so much product in the jar it will easily see me through the next month or so. (Another tip: if you make up too much face mask mixture to use in one go, cover it over and leave it in the fridge for your next pamper session).


Pumpkin Spice

Fast forward to October’s Milngavie Makers Market and I couldn’t wait to tell Tara how much I loved her Monster Mask. She barely got a word in edge ways to begin with (sorry Tara!) but something I did notice: she was genuinely happy for me. I can’t even think back to a time I’ve revisited a beauty counter and had the same reaction. Yet another thing I love about the crafting community.


As it was Autumn, Tara had yet another face mask that I had to try: Pumpkin Spice. I can;’t even begin to describe how amazing this mask smells because I won’t do it any sort of justice. It’s everything I love about Autumn. Even upon smelling it, I knew it was coming home with me. My skin suffers terribly in these colder months and Tara recommended I give this a go to get me through the chilly days ahead (it’s getting freezing!).

Tara’s Pumpkin Spice Brightening Mask (£7.00) is made up of  pumpkin powder, turmeric powder, French pink clay, ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon (you now understand why it smells so good!). Again, I make up this mask the exact same way as I did before. leave it on whilst I soak in the bath and then rinse of with a warm water. Oh and I try not to lick any off because it smells good enough to eat!

Whilst Monster Mask has really calmed and hydrated my skin, Pumpkin Spice has given my skin a natural glow (I don’t think I’ve ever had glowy skin before). There’s actually been days that I haven’t reached for one of my beloved foundations  because I’m so pleased with how my skin is looking. Using each of these masks one a week has brought my skin to life.


And I genuinely owe it all to The Beauty Apothecarist. In such a short space of time, Tara has taught me so much about skincare. I’m now more interested in what I’m putting onto my skin (I spend more time reading over ingredients lists than I ever have done in my life). What I’ve learned is that my skin craves products that are natural, organic and made with love. Thankfully, that’s everything Tara herself believes in.

I’m going to end this post here but I genuinely want to thank Tara for all the help she has given me recently, particularly in relation to my transplant recovery. She took time out of her hectic crafting schedule to work with me on products that I could use throughout my recovery (I’m not allowed to wash my face), making sure they were perfect before sending them to me. I’ll do a follow up post soon on my new skincare routine soon but I’m definitely converted and my skin is SO happy!

Be sure to visit The Beauty Apothecarist and view the full range of skincare products  offered (as well as body scrubs and bath melts that smell like jaffa cakes). Tara offers FREE UK Mainland delivery and a free gift wrapping service – perfect for the festive season.  You can also keep up to date with Tara’s latest creations on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

My skin and I have made a friend for life!



  1. November 14th, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    I’m going to check these out it sounds like something my skin truly needs and they’re super affordable x

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:33 pm

      Would love to know how you get on. I’m really impressed with how well they are working and how affordable they are.

  2. November 14th, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    First of all, I am loving your photos! That place looks so cute! The masks seem very nice, I am very interested in the Pumpkin Spice mask! 🙂

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:35 pm

      Awww your comment made my day – thank you! Would love to know what you think of the mask if you decide to try it (it smells SO GOOD!). Hope you’re having a wonderful day and thanks so much again. xx

  3. November 14th, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    Very new brand to me, I like the sound of the Pumpkin Spice mask

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:35 pm

      It smells so good. So glad I discovered Tara and her products.

  4. November 14th, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Ooooh, the natural. Firstly, you took us on a tour of her shop, thank you. Secondly, the natural (which seems first, there, but…anyway). I love natural. We aren’t made to become immune to a bunch of chems and lots of times, lots of folks simply can’t use that stuff. Naturally made, organic ingredients, I’m sold. Too bad I’m way over here…but I’ve bookmarked her to revisit later. Thanks again. 🙂

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:36 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment. You should definitely contact Tara if you’re interested in any of the products. She’s always more than willing to help and ship what she can.

  5. November 14th, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    I am loving these products and would love the mask. I have not seen these before but I was on their page and there are so many things I would want to get. I am going to ask if they ship to Austria. I also saw a scrub I want. All good things for my sensitive skin.

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:37 pm

      Awww that’s wonderful! Tara will definitely look after you. Would love to know how you get along (my skin is so sensitive too so I understand exactly what it’s like).

  6. November 14th, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    I’m an aromathapist so I’m loving all these natural ingredients. So beautifully packaged too.

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:38 pm

      Taa’s stall always looks so beautiful. I really want to try the bath melts next!

  7. Sarah Bailey
    November 14th, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    Ohh what a fantastic sounding brand I think some of these little brands make the best products!

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:39 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Sarah! I’ve been using some of Tara’s other products on my skin whilst I’m recovering and they are working so well. Wish I had found her before the first op! Hope things are good with you xx

  8. November 14th, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    I love this post – I think the pumpkin spice brightening mask is my iea of heaven x

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:40 pm

      I can’t even begin to describe how good it smells!

  9. November 14th, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    These sound great – I love the idea of them smelling fab and working brilliantly too (and not costing the earth!)

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:32 pm

      They just tick all the boxes, haha!

  10. November 14th, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    It’s awesome that the new monster mask has been having such positive effects on your skin! I didn’t know beetroot could have so many benefits. I wonder if I’d like that one or the pumpkin spice one.

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      I’m so glad it’s working too. The pumpkin spice mask is so nice. It smells amazing and has definitely made my skin brighter.

  11. November 15th, 2016 / 12:09 am

    Hadn’t heard of the brand before, but will check it out. Always looking for good face masks 🙂

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      I’d definitely recommend trying them out. I’m so glad I did.

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      Thanks so much Ellie! It smells so good – I love it.

  12. November 15th, 2016 / 3:37 am

    ooh these sounds great. I love how natural they and free from chemical nasties xxx

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:29 pm

      Me too! I’m definitely more interested in using natural, organic products. My skin is finally happy.

  13. November 15th, 2016 / 7:56 am

    I love homemade products and discovering things at craft fayres – the face mask looks wonderful

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:29 pm

      Me too. That’s one of the best things about craft fairs – you always discover something new.

  14. November 15th, 2016 / 8:53 am

    Great product and very interesting and beautiful packaging. Thank you for the review and sharing this product to us, as I never try it or heard about this product before.

    Kintan XO,

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:28 pm

      Thanks so much!

  15. November 15th, 2016 / 10:57 am

    I’m so going to check these products out! I love that they’re natural and I also really really like the packaging

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:28 pm

      Thanks! Let me know how you get on. Everything is packaged so beautifully. Tara’s stall always looks so pretty and Instagram worthy!

  16. November 15th, 2016 / 11:02 am

    I love beetroot juice! I would like to try the Monster Mask. I just checked out their website. They have bandanas too and I love the prints and colors.

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:27 pm

      The Monster Mask is so good! I have two of the bandanas and brushes for apply the mask too – I love them. Tara will definitely look after you and I’d love to hear what you think of the mask. xx

  17. November 15th, 2016 / 11:16 am

    I love using homemade products and these face masks sound amazing! x

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:26 pm

      They are my favourite part of my pamoer routine.

  18. November 15th, 2016 / 11:35 am

    Oh the pumpkin spice one sounds amazing. I don’t mind spending a reasonable amount on skincare as I think you get what you pay for x

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:25 pm

      I think you do in some cases, but I’ve learned not in all and I’m definitely not interested in more natural, organic products that come from companies who share the same ethics.

  19. November 15th, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    How lovely to find really natural, affordable skincare. This stuff sounds great.

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:24 pm

      The masks are so good. So glad I found them.

  20. Rachel
    November 15th, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    This brand sounds great, their masks sound lovely especially the pumpkin one

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:24 pm

      It’s so good – I love it.

  21. November 15th, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Pumpkin Spice sounds amazing! I love natural skincare, and a hand made one is even better!

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      It smells AMAZING! Just everything I love about Autumn. I’m exactly the same – love handmade products too.

  22. November 15th, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    Finding an amazing skincare product is one of life’s best moments!! 🙂

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      It definitely is, haha! It’s one of those moments you just want to high five everyone, haha!

  23. November 15th, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    This is a totally new brand to me, but I really need to check it out. I love that there is a gift wrapping service as well, I need to remember that! x

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:22 pm

      I think the free gift wrapping service is a beautiful touch.

  24. November 15th, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    the two facemasks sound too good to be true and all for only £7 that’s incredible, thanks for sharing will be checking them out 🙂

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:21 pm

      Thanks so much. Would love to know what you think of them. They’ve made such a massive difference to my skin.

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:21 pm

      I’m really impressed with how far the masks go!

  25. November 16th, 2016 / 12:43 am

    These sound lovely and it’s great that they are natural and well priced.

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:20 pm

      My bank balance is definitely a lot happier, haha. I’m really glad all the ingredients are natural too – great to know exactly what I’m putting on my skin.

  26. francesca
    November 16th, 2016 / 11:50 am

    Wow!! The monster mask sounds amazing and these would also make amazing little Christmas gifts!!

    • November 16th, 2016 / 6:19 pm

      It’s so good! That’s exactly what I think – perfect stocking fillers.

  27. November 16th, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    This looks like something that I would really enjoy!

    • November 16th, 2016 / 7:13 pm

      The masks are so lovely – perfect for a pampe evening (who doesn’t enjoy that?! Haha!!)

  28. November 17th, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Awww how very nice of Tara, hope you’re recovering well. I am a lover of a good mask that helps my skin

  29. November 17th, 2016 / 11:23 am

    I love things like this, I would be in heaven! I need to increase my face mask collection as I don’t have as many now, my stash has depleted haha

  30. November 17th, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    We like they use lovely natural ingredients a great treat for your face! Would make a perfect stocking fillers x

  31. November 17th, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Ok, Sarah, you’ve totally drawn me in with that write up! I too am a product junkie and happily blow £100 on Charlotte Tilburys magic cream in the winter because my skin becomes just so darn rubbish as soon as the weather turns, However, you truly have convinced me to try these masks out, and who knows, maybe I can ditch the mega expensive winter creams!
    I will let you know, Anna x

    • November 17th, 2016 / 3:33 pm

      Hi Anna, hope you’re well! What did you think of the magic cream? I love Charlotte Tilbury make up but I just couldn’t decide whether to purchase it or not! My skin has responded so well to Tara’s face masks though and I’m definitely glad I introduced them as weekly steps in my skincare routine. Let me know how you get on! Sarah xx

  32. November 17th, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    All the products look so cute! I really like the sound of the Pumpkin Spice mask and I love that it is at a bargain price

  33. November 17th, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    What a fabulous range I am loving the sound of pumpkin spice.

  34. November 17th, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    I love handmade beauty products and these masks sound like something I really need to try 🙂

  35. November 17th, 2016 / 11:48 pm

    These products sound amazing, love the sound of the Pumpkin Spice mask, what a cute name! x

  36. November 21st, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Omg i’ve never heard that products before ! How cool that name “Monster Mask” !
    Gonna visit their website and take some for sure !
    Thanks for review and sharing them Sarah !
    Happy Holiday !

  37. November 22nd, 2016 / 4:06 am

    I’m looking for mask to hydrate my skin, I’ll try Monster Mask
    Great product, thank you for sharing

  38. November 22nd, 2016 / 5:28 am

    The Monster Mask seems fit on my skin, what does it smell like?
    If the smell is not too strong I will try it, because I have used a lot mask product but the result not good at all.
    Thanks for sharing those products.

  39. November 23rd, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    i love the natural products for my skin too. their quality is equal to the products from luxury brand or sometimes even more and it save my budget. haha. at home, i usually use mask which made from honey and curcumin power to reduce dark spots/blemishes. You should try sometimes.

  40. November 25th, 2016 / 5:57 am

    Thanks for your post. It not only looks like good for the skin but also “tasty”. 🙂 The photos are so attractive and I love it. I love the pumpkin masks and I will try it definitely. Thanks,

  41. November 28th, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    I must really buy this for my daughter! You are so kind for writing and sharing such a detailed post. Look like it’s a powerful therapy for skin with a very good price 😛

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