Rhassoul clay is prized for its outstanding ability to wash, detoxify, nourish and condition the skin and hair. Clays are used by mammals and birds in the wild all over the world, as well as early and contemporary humans. In that respect, human skin, even trouble-prone, sensitive and allergy prone skin is well adapted to using clay.
What is rhassoul clay used for?
- Hair mask
- Face mask
- Soap / Shower gel
- Natural Facial Cleanser
- Body Scrub
- Body Wash
- Facial Care
- Body Wraps, Partial Body Wraps or PoulticesRhassoul is multi-functional, helping to de-clutter bathrooms and ultimately landfill sites of packaging.
What is rhassoul clay?
100% Montmorillonite (minerals, rare earths and trace elements)
Rhassoul is a 100% natural mineral clay powder formed by natural geothermal processes and volcanic activity. Nothing has been added to it or taken away.
It soap free and fragrance free and will not foam or lather during use.
Rhassoul clay is one of the most versatile of natural skin care products. Using Rhassoul simplifies the daily washing and detoxifying routine, while preventing pollution of our bodies, home environments and the river systems.
How do you mix rhassoul clay?
Mixing the clay is easy, all you need to do is to add water to the clay powder. It is better not to stir the clay while it is hydrating and often there is no need to stir it all.
These instructions are to hydrate the clay to its optimal form, a colloidal consistency, where the powers of detoxification are at its maximum. Many people use this consistency as shower gel, to wash short hair, face and body washing, bathing, as a make up cleanser, face mask and poultice. It is also easy to thin the clay when it is in this consistency, for example when washing long hair.
Put some rhassoul clay into a stone, clay, glass or wooden bowl. The clay will hydrate more quickly in a shallow bowl. Shake the clay powder level and just cover it in water. Leave the clay alone to hydrate and activate for a few minutes.
If you want to measure by weight, then 100g of rhassoul clay needs 140g of water a ratio by weight of Clay:Water or 1:1.4.
If you want to measure by volume, then 1 container or clay needs 1.2 containers of water, so the ratio by volume of Clay:Water is 1:1.2
However it won’t be long before you are familiar with hydrating the clay and you will able to get it just to you liking automatically.
The clay can be stirred before use to assure a homogeneous consistency. If you do wish to stir the clay, perhaps to add essential oils or other ingredients, do use a wooden spoon. You can also add more water or powder if needed to achieve the right consistency for the intended use. For most uses, a yogurt or mousse like like consistency is ideal. With a little bit of practice you will become an expert at mixing your rhassoul.
For convenience rhassoul mud can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container, or a little water can be poured over the clay to prevent evaporation. We generally make up enough for a few days at a time.
How do you use rhassoul clay to wash and condition the hair?
To use rhassoul clay for washing the hair, mix the clay as described above.
Method 1 for Short Hair Wet the hair, then massage the clay-water mix into the scalp for a few minutes. Rinse the hair and allow it to dry naturally.
Method 2 for Long Hair Make the clay mix thinner than for all other applications, so that it can be poured. The consistency is similar to milkshake. Wet the hair and pour the clay liquid onto the scalp. Spend time rubbing the scalp. Then before rinsing, comb the clay mixture down the length of the hair, or rub the hands across the locks of hair. Rinse the hair thoroughly and allow it to dry.
How do you use rhassoul clay to make a face mask?
For a clay face mask, make up the clay up into a mousse-like consistency. Spread the rhassoul mud over the face, avoiding the eyes. Wash the clay off the face before it dries (about 10 minutes). If you wish to prolong the face mask, cover the mask with a thin damp cloth, or spray with a mister. For help with skin outbreaks, steam the clay mask over a bowl of hot water, using a towel to create a steam chamber.
How do you use rhassoul clay as a facial cleanser and for removing facial make-up or simply for washing the face?
To use rhassoul clay for facial care, and as a face wash or facial cleanser, first tie the hair back and use argan oil on a tiny piece of cloth to remove oily eye make up. Then just wet the face and dip the fingers into the hydrated clay and dab onto the face. Spread the clay over the face and neck, keeping the clay moist and using a washing motion with the hands, a flannel, exfoliating glove or a sponge. Allow time for it to clean, exfoliate and detoxify. Rinse off. Most people do need to moisturize the delicate and visible skin on the face, neck hands and nails. Argan oil, famous for its anti aging properties is the best moisturizer to use for the face, neck, hands and nails. Rhassoul clay and argan oil have been used together for thousands of years.
How do you use Rhassoul Clay to replace Shower Gel / Soap / Body Scrub?
Rhassoul clay is great as a natural shower gel, instead of soap. Turn the shower on briefly to wet and warm the body. Turn the shower off. Apply the clay as a shampoo or body wash to the skin. Use an exfoliating or massage glove to spread the clay thinly over the body. Massaging a little more where the body needs extra deodorization. With the shower turned off, the clay has time to clean, deodorize and detox the skin.
Then turn the shower on to rinse the body and hair using the exfoliating glove to remove the clay from the skin. The shower is just used for wetting and rinsing, reducing water and energy consumption. Apply the alum crystal if you need a deodorant and argan oil if you need to moisturize or to protect the exposed skin.
Rhassoul is very kind to skins prone to:
- Dry or oily patches
- Sensitive skins
- All skins
- Fine hair
- Thinning hair
- Everyday use
What are the generic properties of rhassoul clay?
Rhassoul possesses a strong negative charge and high absorption rate —carrying away excess sebum, toxins, heavy metals, chemical residues and impurities. The high detoxifying powder make the use of rhassoul clay ideal for skin treatments, face skin care and washing the hair. At the same time, many essential minerals and trace elements are released from the clay particle into the dermis, encouraging better skin health and reduced signs of aging. Follicle health and hair quality are also improved.
With regular use of rhassoul clay for hair washing expect…
- A perfectly clean scalp and hair
- Relief from dry and dandruff-prone scalps
- A better nourished scalp and healthier follicles
- Reduced frequency between hair washing
- An increase in hair volume and body
- An increase in hold, flexibility, smoothness and shine
- No build-up
- Less itchy skin, when itchiness is caused by sensitivity to chemical soap, shampoos and conditioners.
- Improved deodorization of the skin.
With regular use of rhassoul clay for washing the face and body expect…
- After a single usage expect your skin to be perfectly clean
- More translucent
- Much reduced in flakiness
- Increased skin elasticity
- Better nourished skin with a firmer texture
- Silky smooth skin all over
- Less reliance on deodorants and moisturizers due to the natural deodorizing and emollient effect of Rhassoul clay
- A reduction of oily shine on the surface of the skin
- Cleaning of excess oils from inside and around the comedons (pores) giving improvement to acne prone skin
- A reduction in the need to moisturize dry skins.
The ethics of using rhassoul clay for washing
- Highly effective and economical
- Vegan (100% mineral)
- Transported by sea (sea transport has the lowest emissions compared to other forms of transport)
- Ethically traded, helping to sustain a desert economy
- Supporting traditional lifestyles, helping to prevent rural depopulation
- Respecting and acknowledging indigenous Berber tribal knowledge
- Kind to water systems and rivers
- Clay naturally biodegrades. Safe for septic tanks.
- Recyclable packing and envelopes
- Rhassoul clay was made by a volcano, using the ‘free energy of nature’
- Small scale-production – hand dug, hand washed and sun-dried.
- Expert product support from Natural Spa Supplies who use Rhassoul Clay everyday.
Note: This clay comes with complete low usage instructions (i.e. from 10g for a shower). This is a result of pioneering new low-use parameters through the ‘Go Prehistoric Clay Challenge’ with journalists. They trialed 100g per week for all of their washing – hair, face and body. The results were very promising. Some clever athlete customers are averaging 6-10g of rhassoul powder for washing their hair, face and body everyday. However dermatologists recommend that people only shower/bath every other day. In between you can strip wash with clay, using very small amounts, making washing with rhassoul clay more economical still.
Can I use clay if I have eczema?
Yes, definitely! If you have eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, itchy skin, sensitive, allergy prone or trouble prone skin, you will find that clay will be well accepted. Do a patch test first to be sure. In fact once you stop using foaming products, products which contain synthetic ingredients and in general commercial products, and change over to clay, don’t be surprised if the skin becomes easier to manage.
Can the Rhassoul Clay Wash Really Greasy / Oily Hair?
If you hair is exceptionally oily, then instead of using just water or seaweed extract to hydrate the clay, use some soapnuts extract. The natural soap, made by soaking soapnuts in water, really helps to cut through the grease. On this video, you can see me demonstrating a mixture of rhassoul clay, soapnut liquid and seaweed extract. Not only did it cut through the grease, but thanks to the seaweed, it left the hair in superb condition too.
Does Clay Block the Drains?
No. You are using clay in small quantities for washing the hair, face and body and the clay particles are suspended in moving water. If you have been using thick layers of clay – for example with a face mask or in a body wrap, place the semi-dried clay in the compost bin.
Can you use clay if you have a septic tank, a reed bed or grey water system?
It is even safe for septic tanks, reed beds which function better when natural products are used and for grey / gray water systems.
Is rhassoul clay certified organic?
I haven’t had it certified. Many certifying agencies will not certify clay because technically clay is inorganic i.e. it is a mineral. However, Rhassoul Clay has got to be one of the purest clays in the world. It is a primary clay, mined directly from the place where it originally formed in a range of extinct volcanoes. It is washed with fast flowing ‘living’ river water and sun dried in the desert. It is processed in a pristine and pure environment. You can’t get purer than that! Some companies claim that the Rhassoul clay is Ecocert certified, but I know that the last valid Ecocert certificate expired in 2008. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions!
There is only one Rhassoul clay mine – it is all the same clay. What is important is that the clay is correctly transported, stored and packaged so that it’s purity can be maintained.
Order to destinations in Europe and The rest of the World. Try to keep the weight of the order below 2kg to obtain the best postage rates. Email me if you want to place a large order and together we can work out how to reduce the cost of postage before you place the order. Orders weighing more than 2kg will not be accepted without prior arrangement.
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