maybe it's not ALL plants in here, the earth is here too
sorry for the pun, just couldn't resist -
But it is a bit of a dig.
So why are the colors so different? Is there a difference between Bentonite and Montmorillonite? And is French Green Clay really from France?
All of the clays are good for skin, but there are clear choices for your skin at this moment in time - -a couple bits of earth are good to keep on hand because they can be used to treat a variety of conditions... mixed thick or mixed thin.
Sometimes called by a name that reflects the mineral content, sometimes by historical use, and sometimes called by where it is 'harvested'.
Just to confuse things? It can also happen that a clay is known by more than one name.
Clays are naturally ocurring bits of earth with trace minerals, varying levels of detoxification, exfoliation, balancing and even moisturizing.
easy pink clay mask recipe
1 T pink clay (kaolin)
hydrosol or herbal tea
2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil
If you want a quick draw, mix thin / as a nourishing mud pack, mix thickly and apply to face, neck and decolete
* Generally the rule of thumb is the lighter the color of the clay, the gentler the clay. Stay light for stressed, mature, dry or sensitive skin. For oily, undernourished, or super congested skin, go darker.
which clay is what?
French Green Clay - detoxifying: ('sea clay') silky, blends smoothly is gently detoxifiying and takes it's color from ancient reserves of preserved plant materials. This particular mineral content is also found in the Western U. S. and Eastern Europe.
french green clay mask
with jasmine & matcha
2 T French green clay
1 t of organic matcha tea
prepared, cooled jasmine tea
3-4 drops jasmine essential oil^
The matcha adds a buttery soft, creamy feel to the clay mask (and the French green is already creamy). ^ Aura Casia is an easy to find essentail oil brand, the jasmine is pre-diluted in jojoba oil and makes a lovely post-mask moisturizer.
monique herzig, alchemist, aesthetician