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Homemade Rhassoul Clay Face Mask Recipe

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Skin & Hair Care | 7 comments

Rhassoul clay is unique because it’s rich in magnesium, silica, potassium and calcium. The magic of rhassoul clay is that it exchanges its minerals with the toxins in your skin to clarify and condition it, so it’s both a cleanser and rejuvenator.

This is the first clay I ever worked with and the most difficult part was learning how to hydrate it. All the recipes I tried at first were oil heavy and created a clumpy mixture that was so slick it slide right off my face. I decided to substitute most of the oil those recipes called for with organic whole milk, which mixes well with the clay for a smooth consistency and it keeps the clay on my skin. Whole milk is also full of healthy fats and proteins which help skin retain moisture after the mask is removed.

Rhassoul clay face mask

Once I learned to properly hydrate the clay I could add other ingredients. The rhassoul clay face mask recipe below uses sweet almond oil, which is hydrating and easily absorbed into the skin. If you have oily skin you may choose a lighter oil, such as apricot kernel oil, or no oil.

For essential oils, I’ve recommend lavender and rosemary which both help heal the skin, but you can substitute them with your favorites. You can also take into account the benefits of aromatherapy from the essential oils you choose. When I was congested I included eucalyptus essential oil because it relieved my congestion for hours after the face mask was removed.

Rhassoul Clay Face Mask
Serves 3
A rhassoul clay face mask to rejuvenate, soothe and tone your skin.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 3 tablespoons whole milk
  2. 1 tablespoon rhassoul clay
  3. 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil
  4. 3 drops lavender essential oil
  5. 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a non-metal bowl and mix using a non-metal stirrer.
  2. Apply a thin layer of the paste over the skin on your face and neck. Avoid the sensitive area around your eyes.
  3. Let the mask dry for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wash the mask off with warm water, pat your skin dry and moisturize.
  1. You may refrigerate any leftovers and use it until the milk sours, which is usually the same time the milk is marked to expire.
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  1. minni

    P.S. re: my poison ivy, I already tried the official doctors’ stuff – including methylprednisolone pills, HCL pills, and various creams ranging from blue, to red, to yellow tubes. All were dead ends, and the Red-colored tube of cream BURNED so discontinued. I also tried Technu-basic (no good). Also tried Caladryl and Aveeno-anti-itch-4oz. The latter were pretty good, as were peppermint-oil baths and white-tiger-balm. So now I’m wanting to sorta mix some regenerative oils with Pascalite, to make a good ointment. Where can I find an Effective Basic (minty) Pascalite-Ointment-Recipe for poison ivy?

    • Nicole

      Hi Minni,

      Remember, the milk is serving 2 purposes in this recipe, it’s a wetting agent and it’s providing protein and healthy fats to the skin to help rejuvenate it. Using low-fat milk will work, but you will have less healthy fats than you would using whole milk. Using Greek yogurt probably won’t work because it is too thick and not wet enough to create a paste from the clay.

      We also have 2 recipes on the blog for using jewelweed to make your own poison ivy treatments: If you can get your hands on some jewelweed you might want to try one of them.

      Good luck!

  2. devon

    Hey. Im from Pittsburgh!

  3. C Hamm

    Hey I’m also from Pittsburgh!! Do you know of any places that sell rhassoul clay here?

    • Nicole

      Unfortunately I haven’t found any stores in the area that sell more than the most basic ingredients for the products I make, so I purchased my rhassoul clay online.

  4. Jenny

    Thanks for the recipe–I never would have thought of using milk! One thing we always have in the house is raw, local, grass-fed whole milk. It worked great. I used coconut oil since I didn’t have any other good types on hand, and that worked very well too.

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