The instructions I received said to “mix one teaspoon (of powder) with one teaspoon of olive oil and two teaspoons of water”, so I did this and ended up with a very runny, lumpy liquid that resembled nothing like a clay face mask. I wondered if there had been a mistake and that it should have read two teaspoons of the powder, so I added another teaspoon of powder and ended up with a beautiful, light-clay coloured, chocolate scented paste that was easy to apply to my skin.
I left the paste on my skin for 5 minutes and found that it started to get itchy around the edges where the paste had started drying out and cracking. It was fairly easy to wash off with warm water (which would have been a breeze if I’d applied it before getting in the bath or shower!) and my skin was left feeling very soft, smooth and pampered with extra clean-looking pores. Even the stubborn blackheads across my nose looked like they were gone!
The plastic sachet that the powder comes in is a little messy when first opened (thankfully I’d opened mine over the sink) and it does need to be decanted into a jar or tub as the plastic sachet is not resealable. I do prefer my face masks to come pre-mixed but this was fun while it lasted. It was a very nice product, worked well and can be mixed with plain water or add a little olive oil for extra indulgence.
Would I recommend it? Yes. Would I buy it again? Unlikely, I just prefer a “no mess, no fuss” approach to my skincare.
It looks like The Cosmetic Kitchen may have changed their packaging since I received this mask and their masks may now come in tin tubs. If you do happen to get one it a plastic bag, store the clay powder in an empty screw top tub instead.
The Cosmetic Kitchen’s clay mask is available online.
Note: Only mix as much as you need to use. I tried mixing up a larger batch (with olive oil and a little water) and stored it in a screw top tub. It was fine for a little while but after a few weeks it turned a horrible greenish-grey colour, looked mouldy and smelled so bad that it was gag worthy!