Borghese Fango Mud Review

fango muds to go

I’m no stranger to putting mud on my face. The weirder the treatment, the more likely I want to try it. Borghese’s Fango muds are pretty mellow in the “weird” department, so they’re certainly an accessible beauty product for every stage of curiosity, and are sold on Amazon. No need to trek to a specialty beauty store here.

Borghese Fango Mud Review

Borghese is an Italian beauty brand, but made right here in America (two thumbs up!). I received the Fango Active Mud for Face and Body (dark green mud), Fango Delicate Active Mud for Delicate Dry Skin (light green) and the Fango Brilliante Brightening Mud Mask for Face and Body (pink). These also came with a sponge, which I didn’t use because I’m a bit paranoid about bacteria growing in them. Additionally, I was sent the Fango Muds To Go – a truly ingenious product which I haven’t seen before from a mud line. These little travel pods are perfect for the girl-on-the-go – if you have a friend heading on a trip, they would make a fabulous gift.

Packaging
At first glance, these products are beautifully packaged. These are gems that sit in your bathroom and make house guests think you live a really glamorous life. Even if you savor these muds, they’re perfect for displaying. The sturdy glass containers seem like they’re straight from the spa.

borghese dark green mud

Fango Active Mud for Face and Body
Of the three, this was my favorite. This is your classic “beauty mud,” with its slightly earthy scent and great texture. The ingredients include sweet almond oil and avocado oil, but it does include several types of parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, butylnparaben and isobutylparaben). While parabens haven’t been proven to cause cancer or illness, there has been a lot of media hype to avoid these as of late. I imagine most of these parabens are used to discourage bacteria growth in the moist, dense mud. I really enjoy this product, but would love to see a bit less of a paraben presence.

Of course, when you use this in the shower, your entire shower ends up being sprayed with the mud. It will take a bit of elbow grease to get it off of your tub, so I recommend trying to stay slightly contained while you’re getting your mud on. Afterward, my skin felt very, very soft. This is a product I would consider using in a daily regimen, or at least a couple times a week. If you’re feeling ashy from winter, this is your go-to product. I’ll definitely be taking the Fango To Go version of these on vacation with me in April – just to get a hint of that beautiful, earthy scent.

borghese light green mud

Fango Delicate Active Mud for Delicate Dry Skin
I made the mistake of trying to use this as a shave gel when I ran out of my regular stuff and let me say – NOT recommended! Of course this is not what the stuff is for, but steer clear of bringing a razor anywhere near it without washing it off first. I had gnarly, GNARLY razor burn that was not fun to experience. Otherwise, this scent was fresh, clean, with a hint of laundry and sea salt. Basically, if you were a gorgeous Italian woman washing clothes by the Mediterranean – this is the scent it would be.

borghese pink mud

Fango Brilliante Brightening Mud Mask for Face and Body
This was my least favorite of the three. I used this product on my face, and followed the directions, leaving it on for about three minutes before my face began feeling VERY itchy (recommended time is 5-10 minutes). I washed it off, and also did an arm test to see if it was just my face that was sensitive to the product. My arm was fine, so it’s a bummer this product wasn’t a match with my face because the scent is really nice – a bit maternal and rosy. I checked Amazon reviews and it looks like folks with sensitive skin should steer clear of this product.

Overall, the Fango Mud products were beautifully packaged and very classy. If they could limit some of the parabens, I would definitely purchase it.

Editor’s note: All opinions are my own. Borghese sent me this product for review.