Herbs & Honey Pink Clay Mask

Today’s project is inspired by a face mask I spotted on Instagram that rings it at about $100/100mL. It definitely had some good ingredients in it, but nothing that should make it that sort of wince-worthy expensive. My version blends two different clays with some herbs, honey, and some other good stuff for an easy to make face mask that you can personalize every single time you use it. And it’s definitely not $100 😄

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Canada Day Clay Face Mask

Happy Canada Day! For anyone who doesn’t already know, I’m Canadian, and Canada Day was yesterday—a day where we celebrate red and white, maple leaves, apologizing to people who bump into you, and our delicious decision to elevate doughnut holes into their own food group. In honour of Canada Day I thought we’d celebrate with a simple clay face mask made from 100% Canadian ingredients!

How to Make a Canada Day Clay Face Mask

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Bentonite Clay and DIY Beauty

Today I’m really excited to share with you an interview on clays (specifically bentonite) with Ian Hutcheon, Professor Emeritus in Geochemistry at the University of Calgary. Bentonite clay has quite a bit of lore surrounding it in the DIY world. It’s not at all difficult to find people suggesting that ingesting it or applying it topically will result in miraculous “detoxing”. Its charge is frequently cited as the reason the clay should never, ever come into contact with metal of any kind, lest the clay be rendered useless or harmful. A quick search of Pinterest tells me I can use it to detoxify my armpits, heal bug bites, make mascara, eliminate food allergies, cure food poisoning, and prevent breast cancer. There’s enough ra-ra sentiment out there about bentonite clay to pique the interest of pretty much anyone. Whenever I publish a recipe calling for a clay that isn’t bentonite, people want to know if they can use bentonite instead. Out of all the ingredients I use, not one has prompted more people to call me a know-nothing idiot than bentonite clay—the “no metals” thing gets people quite aggressively worried. However, for all the worry, it’s been difficult for me to find verifiable information about what is actually up with bentonite clay in the realm of DIY and beauty. So, I sought out an expert and asked.

Bentonite Clay and DIY Beauty

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10 Recipes to Make With Kaolin Clay

Kaolin clay is easily the most versatile clay I own, and if you were only going to own one clay, I’d recommend white kaolin without hesitation. Kaolin is a lightweight, soft, silky clay that’s available in a variety of colours—pink, white, and red are most common, but I find white to be my top choice for pretty much everything. It’s inexpensive and useful in everything from soap to cosmetics to dusting powders, so I thought I’d collect a list of ten great recipes to make with it. After all, chances are if you have any, you probably have quite a lot—given how light and fluffy it is, it’s easy to buy 500g or so and get a surprisingly large amount of clay in the mail!

10 Recipes to Make With Kaolin Clay

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Coconut Clay Facial Cleanser

Last year, the first thing I ever made with Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) was a Gentle Foaming Clay Scrub that I really, really liked—I polished it off in a matter of weeks! For some reason or another I got to thinking about it again, and then I got to missing it, but I’m not one to re-make something if I think I can re-vamp it, so here we are! This Coconut Clay Facial Cleanser adds SCI to a base of clay, with added fragrant coconut milk powder for a rich, creamy feel and some marshmallow root for slip and some emolliency. Add a touch of water to work this creamy powder up to a rich, velvety lather. Oooooh, bubbles.

How to Make Coconut Clay Facial Cleanser

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Cranberry Clay Facial Scrub

As the days get drier, I am loving this soft, silky cranberry clay facial scrub that’s lightly studded with wee bits of bashed-up cranberry seeds for a touch of exfoliation. It has a low, creamy lather that leaves your skin glowing, gently buffing away any dead, dry skin. With added coconut milk powder and rosebuds, it’s gentle enough to use morning and night. It smells awesome, is unbelievably easy to make, and it looks great in cute jar next to your bathroom sink.

How to make a Cranberry Clay Facial Scrub

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