Body Product · Face Products · Herbalism

Our Herbal & Clay Masks

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Camellia Juniper Facial

white kaolin clay, green & silver needle tea, juniper berries, & chamomile.

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Cleansing Grains – Calendula/Chamomile

bentonite clay, chamomile, calendula, & plantain.

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Cleansing Grains – Roses/Poppy

white kaolin clay, oats, lavender, rose, & poppy seeds.

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Hibiscus & Fireweed Clay Mask

kamarouska clay, hibiscus, fireweed, & roses.

(this mask is a tightening mask, we don’t recommend blending it with other strong astringents)

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Gentle Herbs Red Clay Mask

rhassoul clay, oats, chamomile, & calendula.

(We recommend adding an oil to this mask. + is a great hair mask.)

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Rose of the Sea Mask

french green clay, lavender, marshmallow root, & rosemary.

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 Sea Kelp French Clay Mask

french green clay, sea-kelp, & spirulina.

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

Our herbal facials come as powdered bases to be blended into a paste with ingredients from your kitchen, growing herbal apothecary, and home spa. Offering them this way allows for longer shelf life and the added bonus of customizing them for the needs of your skin.

Use non-metal tools to mix the masks. In general, when working with clay, using tools made of wood, glass, and/or ceramic is recommended. This is due to their properties  depending on their ability to produce an electric charge when mixed with water.

Do spot tests or patch tests when using new products and ingredients. Put a small amount on the inside of your arm and wait 5- 10 minutes, or overnight even, to see if you have any adverse reactions or allergies.

If you are interested, keep an eye out for our workshops on learning to make your body products at home from a radical home economics perspective (zero waste, sustainable, accessible, and affordable).

CLAY PROPERTIES

Bentonite or “Green” Clay

Bentonite clay, mostly composed of montmorillonite, is made from the weathering of volcanic matter and is rich in mineral content. Great for medicinal purposes & healing wounds. This clay draws out impurities & unwanted chemicals in the skin. It has strong oil absorbing qualities and is good for normal to oily skin types.

White Kaolin Clay

The mildest of all clays and suited for folks with sensitive skin. It absorbs excessive oil but does not draw oil from the skin and so is suited to dry skin types and can also benefit normal to oily types. Koalin clay also gently exfoliates and cleanses while helping to stimulate circulation.

French Green Clay

A high absorbent mud, also referred to as “sea clay”.  that has los of minerals (from ocean plant matter) and iron oxides. Recommended for normal to oily skin and especially for trouble spots & acne.

Kamarouska Clay

Harvested in the Laurentian region and used for dull, dry, and sensitive skins. It cleanses, softens, and is rich in minerals.

Rhassoul Clay

This clay is from the Atlas Mountain range in Morroco. Rhassoul is the clay with the highest concentration of silica and magnesium. It is used for skin and hair to nourish, clean, reduce blemishes, even out skin tone and improve skin elasticity. It used by some instead of soap, make-up remover, and all purpose face wash. Works for all skin types but for dry to sensitive skin types, mix in an oil.

SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR BLENDING

Water

H-2-O

Green, White, and Black Tea

Packed with antioxidants.

Herbal Infusions

Hydrosols: Rose Water, Chamomile Water, Orange Blossom Water

Witch Hazel 

Common astringent that cleanses and tighten pores. It has a cooling sensation.

Aloe Vera

Soothing, hydrating, with lots of amino acids, minerals, and vitamins.

Fruits: Avocado, Banana, Apple 

Avocado is nourishing for the skin and hair and has healthy fats that are deeply moisturizing. It also helps repair environmental damage.

Banana has lots of vitamin A and is moisturizing and soothing for the skin. It lightly tightens while reducing inflammation.

Apples are tasty. They also contain acids that helps gently exfoliate b dissolving dead skin cells. Apple Cider Vinegar & juice can make some good additions to beauty care routines. Apple Juice is ph balancing.

Raw Honey

Honey is a good moisturizer that draws fresh blood to the surface of skin, removes impurities, smooths and softens. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. It helps repair and protect skin.

Coconut Water & Milk

Nut Milks

Oat & Oat Milk

Soothing and nourishing. Oats hydrate and rejuvenate skin while helping to soothe irritation & inflammation.

Carrier Oils

Plant-based oils that come from nuts and/or seeds have a variety of properties. For the face, we generally recommend light and quickly absorbed oils such as sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, argan oil, rosehip-seed oil, hemp oil, and jojoba oil.

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The information found here is intended for educational purposes. It is not meant to replace advice from your practitioner. When using new herbal products, make sure that the ingredients are not contraindicated for any pre-existing medical condition nor medication that you are already taking. As well, when trying new herbs, start with small doses and  always listen to your body.

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