From the mask zone of cosmetic franchised stores such as Watsons and Mannings, we can find there are a lot of big and small brands on the market are launching silk masks. In addition, fashion lounges on major portals are all promoting and evaluating silk mask products. Moreover, about 100,000 silk masks can be found on E-business websites, with the price of some being 1 yuan, and that of some being 100. The highest price is 100 higher than the lowest price, and this makes people have to doubt that does the silk mask really contain silk?
Early "silk masks" contain no silk
Most consumers interviewed believed that the mask fabric of silk mask is made of silk materials. However, many promotions and advertises concerning the silk mask are misleading for many customers. It is usually seen a picture that one reeling silkworm contains a piece of mask. As revealed in the interview of many shop assistants, though these shop assistants recommending silk mask to customers, they actually don’t know why these masks is called silk mask and what is the silk content. “It contains silk, thin on face, and has good effects”, one of the shop assist in Watsons said. "These products are nonwoven with two silkworms on the packages”, said a senior industry insider who declined to give his name.
"G1 or G2 silk masks contain no silk, not even 0.1%. By then, the silk mask was just a concept. The real raw materials of G1 silk masks were made of cheap cotton linters discharged by Chinese people, and we should not mislead customers in promotion”, revealed by Ms. Liang Hongli, General Manager of Foshan Beihao Biochemistry Technology Co., Ltd., one of the first companies launching silk masks. “G1 silk mask launched by Beihao Company in 2008 and G2 silk mask launched in 2010 are only concept”, frankly said by Ms. Liang Hongli, “we were going to indicate the detailed content on the packages and asked our raw material suppliers whether there was silk in it. If yes, it would be beneficial to our promotion. It was disappointing that there is no silk in our raw materials at all, but cheap cotton linters purchased from China. The cotton linters are processed with the patented processes and advanced raw material recycling technology into super-long fiber products.”
However, there are also insiders said that some silk mask did contain silk, mainly in form of an addictive into the mask essence rather than substrate of mask.
Test methods for telling real silk masks from false ones
"Although we, as producers, had tried our best to restore the truth, but some brands, channels or terminal operators did not do so. They believed that this concept was very good, consumers like it, so they kept on boasting" said by Liang Hongli ruefully.
"Good mask experience requires excellent moisture absorption and perfect skin fit. Compared with ordinary nonwoven mask papers, silk mask has an far better adsorption, absorbs more essences, and fits the skin perfectly", told by Miss Song, one having years of experience in cosmetics OEM, and she pointed out that later: “the real silk mask is not stretchable and easy to folded up. Many silk masks on the market are not made of real silk but with a silk process, thus having certain stretchability. Therefore, the silk mask on the markets is divided into two: real silk mask and processed silk mask, both of which can be called silk mask.”
"Customers can identify products with disguised silk mask concepts", said Liang Hongli. The real silk mask can be tested in two ways. One test method is fire: when burn, real silk mask gives out a smell similar to that of the burning of fairs, and this indicates there are silk in mask substrate; the second test method is chemical decomposition: immerge the mask into the bleaching water completely. Real silk will completely dissolve in the bleaching water. So, the less the residual part leaves, the higher the silk content is.