The inspiration for this mask came from a recipe request from Alexandra, who wanted a homemade alternative for an $80 mask/cleanser from a luxury brand. I took a look at the original and decided to wander off in my own direction, and I’m really happy with where I ended up.

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One of the first things that caught my eye in the original ingredient list was the amount of honey. I’ve used honey in masks before, but it was the top ingredient—the mask had more honey than anything else. Colour me intrigued.


I decided to blend a good amount of raw honey with some Dead Sea mud for extra minerals, rich borage oil, and astringent witch hazel for my liquid base.


To this enzyme rich, mineral and vitamin spiked base I added smooth white white kaolin clay (USA / Canada) and some silk peptides. And last but not least, a blend of essential oils—bright wild orange and cardamom with soft Peru balsam and cedarwood.

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The final mask is thick, creamy, and luxurious. Unlike most clay masks it doesn’t dry out, nor does it dry the skin—I didn’t need any follow up argan oil (USA / Canada), even here in dry Calgary. Definitely give this creamy mask a go, I think you’ll love it.

Silken Muddy Honey Mask

2 tsp runny raw honey
1 tsp Dead Sea mud
10 drops borage oil (or other rich carrier oil)
1 tsp witch hazel

11 tsp (3 tbsp + 2 tsp) white kaolin clay (USA / Canada)
¼ tsp silk peptides

3 drops wild orange essential oil (can substitude other citrus essential oils)
1 drop cardamom essential oil
4 drops Peru balsam essential oil (can substitute benzoin essential oil)
6 drops cedarwood essential oil

Whisk together the honey, mud, oil, and witch hazel in a small bowl. The Dead Sea mud I used is from Saffire Blue, and it’s quite runny. If yours is more paste-like, use ½ tsp of the mud and add another ½ tsp of witch hazel.

Sprinkle in the silk and clay a little at a time, whisking between additions. Next up, whisk in the essential oils.

To use, smooth over your face and leave it for 20–30 minutes before rinsing off.

This recipe will make enough for about three applications, so you can either share with a couple friends, or cover the leftovers (I recommend some clingfilm right on the surface of it to keep it hydrated) and store them in the fridge. Use within 4 days.