Inspired by Indian ayurvedic traditions, volcanoes & pizazz, this mud powder blend softens and brightens both dry and oily complexions, whether used as a quick cleansing mousse (it fizzes up into an airy, light texture when you add water!) or as a clarifying mask (Moroccan Lava clay is one of the gentlest, suiting all skin types; read more about the ingredients below!). You can also use it as a hair wash (when mixed with water) or dry shampoo powder – it’s a beautiful way to refresh and clarify scalps and strands. Containing no preservatives whatsoever, you add a tiny bit of water to create a paste and apply (see below!), meaning the pot lasts ages and contains completely pure ingredients only.
One of my favourite things about this amber-sand-coloured mask (other than how my skin feels afterwards; you will want to stroke yourself – fair warning!) is the delicious scent; fresh coffee beans plus apricot & mandarin is such a fragrant combination and truly makes you feel awake!
Available in two sizes (60ml and 200ml), this isn’t only for your face. Apply it over the skin of your body (arms, torso, décolletage, legs) before rinsing away in a bath or shower as a special treat.
10 potent plant extracts plus rose quartz & mineral mud power combine to brighten, soothe & clarify dull skin. Organic white tea & coffee (antioxidant & caffeine-rich) pep up. Organic neem, hibiscus, sandalwood, mallow, apricot, aloe vera & rhassoul clay help heal & prevent blemishes. Draws out impurities to leave a smooth glow.
Uses & Directions:
– Face and body: Mix a small amount of the powder with a little water in the palm of your hand & stir with your finger (or with a spoon if you’re using a bowl) to create the mousse texture. Massage into your skin to cleanse before rinsing away, or for a deeper, radiance-boosting mask, leave on for 5-10 mins first to allow the clay to dry and draw out impurities.
– Hair: Use as above to massage into roots and wash away with water before the clay hardens, or use as dry shampoo, brushing out the powder to clarify and refresh hair between washes.
MOROCCAN LAVA CLAY (RHASSOUL): Mined deep beneath the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco, rhassoul is known for boosting skin elasticity as well as for its ability to mop up impurities via its strongly negative charge (excess oil/dirt is usually positively charged, so is lifted and washed away with the clay). Very high in minerals (notably magnesium & silica), it draws out the bad stuff but instead of leaving skin dry, just leaves it beautifully textured and soft. Worth getting muddy for.
SANDALWOOD: Sandalwood powder has been widely used in ayurveda to treat various skin conditions. Its antibacterial properties are good for fighting acne-causing bacteria, and it’s soothing and brightening, leaving skin supple.
SUN-DRIED HIBISCUS: Hibiscus is a much-adored plant in the Asian beauty world, not least because of its reputation to help boost the elasticity of the skin (which makes things look a bit more fresh and youthful). It’s also mildly exfoliating (due to its natural, gentle acids) and contains antioxidants, which help protect against external/environmental damage. Its naturally high mucilage content (which helps the plant store water and food) is nourishing and moisturising for skin and hair.
ORGANIC WHITE TEA: White tea is produced from the youngest leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, and is minimally processed. It’s known for its high antioxidant content (meaning it fights free radical damage) and is anti-inflammatory. It’s a beautiful thing to connect with your skin, hence this page!
ROSE QUARTZ: Ground and infused through the powder, quartz is one of the most abundant minerals found on the earth’s crust, and the blush-hued rose version gets its colour from trace elements of titanium, iron and manganese. In the crystal healing world, it’s said to help in areas of the heart; namely, love (and self-love), healing, acceptance and balance. It’s a beautiful thing (I hope you’ll agree) to smuggle into a beauty recipe, and many believe it helps lessen redness and aggravation.
MARSH MALLOW ROOT: Anti-inflammatory and mucilaginous, this wonderful plant is a traditional healer (its Greek name, Althea, literally means ‘to heal’). Gently soothes irritation.
ORGANIC NEEM LEAVES: Another star in the ayurvedic world, neem has a whole host of benefits, most of which are related to its antibacterial, healing qualities (the leaves are also antifungal and antiviral). Among other things, it’s frequently used to help soothe and fade acne scars and problems of pigmentation.
COFFEE BEANS: Even a tea addict can appreciate the gorgeous scent of freshly ground coffee beans, and this characteristic flavour rings boldly through the mixture, awakening the mind as well as the skin. Everyone knows coffee is full of caffeine, and this same component is what can help skin tone and reduce swelling/inflammation. A classic pep up.
MANDARIN & APRICOT: Included as essential oil and fruit powder form, these fruity divinities are potent and delicious and infuse things with the happy-boosting power. They smell delicious (with no synthetics!) and also add some skin boosting powers of their own.
ALOE VERA: A well-known healing plant (a famous sun-damage diminisher!), aloe vera has all manner of brilliances; it helps reduce blemishes, it soothes, it moisturises (the aloe particles, when rehydrated with the water that you add, become decadently hydrating, water-logged sponges, to plump up skin) and it contains over 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid. So now you know.
Moroccan lava clay, Althaea officinalis (Marsh Mallow) root, Coffea arabica (Coffee) seed powder, Hibiscus sabdariffa (Hibiscus) flower powder, Sodium bicarbonate, Citric acid, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) fruit extract, Melia azadirachta (Neem*) leaf powder, Camellia sinensis (White Tea*) leaf extract, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf juice powder, Santalum album (Sandalwood) extract, Glycerin, Quartz (Rose), Xanthan gum, Citrus nobilis (Mandarin Orange) peel oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Limonene**
**Natural component of essential oil.