Rhassoul Clay – A Luscious Alternative for Washing Your Face

by Andrea Butje on October 4, 2012

Rhassoul Clay for skin careRhassoul clay for skin care is a great alternative to using soap to wash your face.

Rhassoul clay is a beautiful reddish-brown clay from the mountains of Morocco (also called Red Moroccan clay). Rhassoul clay for skin care has been used as a soap and hair treatment for centuries. The clay is highly absorbent–my skin feels like silk after I use it!

I keep a small jar of Rhassoul clay in the shower. I simply add a bit of the clay to my hand, add water or hydrosol to it, and make a paste. I use the paste to wash my face, leave it on for a few minutes while I shower, and then rinse it off.

You can also make a mask from the clay and leave it on longer. I like to add German Chamomile hydrosol (Matricaria recutita) to the clay. I use a small bowl and add 1 tablespoon of clay with enough hydrosol to make a paste. Sometimes I add 1 drop of a skin nourishing essential oil, such as Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia), to the paste. Apply the mask, leave it on until it feels very dry (5–10 minutes) and then rinse off gently with warm water.

Following the mask, you can spray your favorite hydrosol on your face. Some nice hydrosols are Rose (Rosa damascena), Sandalwood (Santalum album), German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), and Helichrysum (helichrysum italicum).

So simple and incredibly healing for your skin!

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Liz Fulcher March 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I’m ordering some of this from AI for “playtime” with my ACP students next week. I’m really grateful for this blog post which gives a great explanation of what it is and how to use it. Thanks Andrea! I always learn so much from you.
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K. Mangewala July 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Rhassoul quickly became one of my favorite “natural beauty” ingredients after the first time I used it. It leaves my face feeling ridiculously soft, smooth, clean, and soothed.

During my experiments one thing I came up with was a pretty nice scrubby-wash that can be used all over. I don’t remember the proportions I used, but I just added some ground coffee & cardamom to the clay and thoroughly mixed it into enough liquid soap (African Black &/or a good quality Shea Butter based Castille) until the desired consistency was reached & added some Sweet Orange & Lavender Essential Oils.

But my two favorite ways to use it as a face scrub/mask, other than on its own, are:

1) A variation of Rosemary Gladstar’s Miracle Grain recipe which can be found here: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/newsletter/08/November/radiant.html
If you’ve got a coffee grinder, it is ridiculously EASY and FAST to make, but if not, a blender works too.
I make it like this:
1-2 cups clay, 1 cup ground oats, 1/4 cup ground almonds, 1/2 cup dried ground herbs (i like lavender, chamomile, & rose, but calendula, comfrey, & nettles are also nice). Sometimes I add poppy or fruit seeds and lavender essential oil.
I’m sure essential oils like Chamomile, Rose, Lemon Balm would be heavenly if one can afford them.
When ready for use, it’s great mixed into a paste with Rose Water &/or Honey!

2) An even simpler but equally, if not more, heavenly recipe is to simply mix into the Rhassoul as much Turmeric powder as you can get away with and then use that as a mask and/or face wash. Alone or with your favorite essential oils and/or hydrosols. Sometimes I will add a little cardamom powder to this for it’s wonderful scent and a little extra grit. It’s like bathing with deliciously yummy smelling curry that leaves your face smooth and beautiful hehehe.

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