Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, this green-tinted ebony face mask looks a bit strange, but packs a detoxing, healing punch.


The base of the mask is Dead Sea mud and French green clay (USA / Canada). Dead Sea mud is thick—something like chilled peanut butter—and smells like the air just before it rains. Coming from the Dead Sea, which is a very dense and mineral-rich body of water, Dead Sea mud is rich in magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium. It’s said to help with eczema and acne as well as skin elasticity.


French green clay is a favourite clay of mine, helping to cleanse pores and gently exfoliate. If you don’t have it kaolin, French pink, or Fuller’s Earth would all be good alternatives. I don’t recommend Bentonite here, as it is far too heavy.


To this potent base I’ve added some raw manuka honey for antibacterial goodness and awesome enzyme action. Manuka is famous for its unique flavour and antibacterial properties, which comes from the bees who make it feeding on the nectar of the manuka tree (which is part of the same family as the plant that gives us tea tree essential oil—the Myrtaceae family). If you don’t have any manuka honey you can use whatever raw honey you have on hand and add a few drops of tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil.


All together the final mask is dark, creamy, and smells vaguely of rain and manuka. It left my skin cleansed and refreshed, and helped heal up some lingering zits. Highly recommended!


Dead Sea & Manuka Honey Face Mask

1 tsp Dead sea mud
2 tsp French green clay (USA / Canada)
½ tsp raw manuka honey
1 tsp warm water

Mash together the Dead Sea mud, clay, and honey in a small dish, and whisk in the water a little at a time (to avoid clumps).

To use, smooth the mask over the skin and let dry for about 20 minutes before rinsing off. Follow up with some argan oil.