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DIY Cleansing Clay Mask

0 Posted by - May 26, 2013 - Skincare

A couple of weeks ago I ran out of both of my favourite clay masks, REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask and Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque. Just before pressing order on new tubes of both, I thought it might finally be time to give a DIY mask a try.
I’ve tried DIY masks before but only in the context of sleepovers as a teenager, raiding the kitchen for oats, avocados and honey to come up with some slimy concoction that slid off our faces after couple of minutes. This time I had a look at the label of my favourite mask and found that the ingredients were really quite cheap (the clay in particular which is about £2 per 200g but I recommend going for the most refined you can find), and easy, to get hold of. The only thing I skipped was the rather scary sounding ‘methylchloroisothiazolinone’ and ‘methylisothiazolone’, both preservatives, and alcohol – all of which I was more than happy not to have in my mask, but I would suggest keeping to small batches as a result. I ordered all of the ingredients via Amazon and eBay and, with the exception of the lavender and Rosehip oil which I already had, they came to about £23. It feels like quite a lot to order initially, but there is enough here for literally hundreds of applications and they’re all useful for other DIY beauty experiments too.

For about three applications worth, you will need:
1.5 tsp Water 
1 tsp Kaolin Clay
0.5 tsp Calcium Bentonite Clay 
0.5 tsp Aloe Vera Juice or Gel (make sure there’s nothing added) 
0.5 tsp Vegetable Glycerin 
10 drops Evening Primrose Oil
10 drops Rosehip Oil
8 drops Lavender Oil
5 drops Chamomile Oil
5 drops Parsley Seed Oil
Put all of the ingredients into a glass or plastic bowl and mix thoroughly with a non-metal utensil until it forms a smooth paste. You may need more or less water depending on how absorbant your clays are and you can also reduce the essential oil content if you’re aware of sensitivities. Store in an airtight glass or plastic container (I’ve been keeping mine at room temperature and it’s been fine). I recommend using an old foundation brush to apply it so you can give it a slight stir before applying, although the glycerine seems to keep it all together. 
BOO! 
The scent and results are very similar to the readymade version, although the texture is slightly less refined. As the mask dries it can feel quite tight, but the oil content left my skin looking and feeling really moisturised, clear and soft. I’ll definitely be whipping up another batch once this runs out. 

44 Comments

  • Steph Lau May 26, 2013 - 4:07 pm Reply

    mmm great idea! I’m an avid user of clay masks, this seems like lots of fun!

  • Katie May 26, 2013 - 4:10 pm Reply

    This sounds really good!

    And Katie / Beauty & Lifestyle x

  • Valérie May 26, 2013 - 4:10 pm Reply

    Oooh yay I’m definitely going to try it! :D Great post!

    X Valérie
    scribblesofvalerie.com

  • Joana May 26, 2013 - 4:15 pm Reply

    Here you probably have enough to make clay masks for at least a decade, if you only wear them once a month or so :p This looks pretty great, I must say.

    xo Joana
    Grow In Fashion

  • Tabitha May 26, 2013 - 4:17 pm Reply

    I love your DIYs Meg, this is a great idea! I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to try making my own, but it’s good to know that it can be done!

    - Tabitha at scaredtoast.com x

  • Michaela May 26, 2013 - 4:19 pm Reply

    This sounds perfect for little diy project on my next day off. Mys kin could certainly use the benefits, that’s for sure!
    Michaela xoxo

    http://www.hellomichaela.com

  • Jana May 26, 2013 - 4:29 pm Reply

    Great post! I love making my own products, it’s a really good feeling when you know exactly what your using:) xx

  • the chic addict May 26, 2013 - 4:30 pm Reply

    Awesome, Meg! You’re the best.

    http://thechicaddict.blogspot.com

  • Georgie Wootton May 26, 2013 - 4:49 pm Reply

    I really want to DIY a body scrub (super basic) and if that’s a success I’d love to attempt this!

  • RINA May 26, 2013 - 5:08 pm Reply

    Wow, I never knew u can make a clay mask at home! Thanks for that tip!

    Rina
    xxx
    http://rinasbeautyrinas.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Amy May 26, 2013 - 5:45 pm Reply

    Fantastic idea! I’ve been considering buying the REN Invisible Pore Mask as I’m very much in a love affair with REN at the moment but this really does sound a nice alternative.
    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

  • Lauren L. May 26, 2013 - 6:14 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for this post! I love beauty DIYs, I’ll definitely be trying this, especially as I’ve been after the REN one for months! x

    Alavish.blogspot.co.uk

  • Mariam K May 26, 2013 - 6:41 pm Reply

    I really LOVE DIY stuff! I will be doing this just after I make the body scrub that Essie Button posted about! Thank you for the awesome post! helloiammariam.com :)

  • City Girl’s Fashion Box May 26, 2013 - 7:12 pm Reply

    This a fabulous post Meg – I don’t quite trust myself to make this (looking at my E Science GCSE shh) but just shows you can whip up almost anything yourself! x

  • Natalie Stubbs May 26, 2013 - 7:16 pm Reply

    Amazing idea, especially considering how expensive clay masks can be. I’ll definitely be giving this a go! xx

  • CatrinTeleri May 26, 2013 - 7:41 pm Reply

    I’m rubbish at making my own masks, I’ll Definatly give this a go
    catrinteleri.blogspot.co.uk

  • Isabel May 26, 2013 - 7:48 pm Reply

    My favorite DIY mask is Cocoa powder, water, manuka honey and essential oils (optional). Makes my skin super smooth and hydrated, keeps those nasty spots at bay. I do DIY masks all the time, of my breakfast or other, and I don’t really see the difference in my or the commercial ones. At least I know with most certainty exactly what’s in my mask and what working and not.

  • Natasha May 26, 2013 - 7:59 pm Reply

    Great idea! You always have well researched DIY beauty ideas, I’m always learning so much from you.
    xo Natasha
    http://thenightiswild.blogspot.co.uk

  • Georgina de Pear May 26, 2013 - 8:12 pm Reply

    Never thought that clay mask could be DIY too!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!! X

    http://Www.forksandbrushes.blogspot.co.uk

  • Salihah M May 26, 2013 - 8:27 pm Reply

    This looks really good! I can’t wait to try it! And your blog is amazing, tbh and I’m now following!
    My blog: Teeniolect

  • Sarah May 26, 2013 - 8:34 pm Reply

    This is such a great idea, it’s definitely inspired me to try this out myself! x

    Sarah | sarahcptr.blogspot.co.uk

  • Krystel May 26, 2013 - 8:39 pm Reply

    Beautiful post and just what I have been looking for yet another one bookmarked ;-) I love clay masks and especially DIY ones that are the same as the company branded ones but for half the price, so thank you for sharing x

    http://www.krystelcouture.com | Shamballa Bracelet Giveaway ♥

  • Sam Wilkinson May 26, 2013 - 8:59 pm Reply

    This looks amazing! I’ll definitely have to give this a try as my skins been acting up lately.
    Sam xx
    amodelinlondon.blogspot.com

  • Maddy May 26, 2013 - 9:02 pm Reply

    Looks so nice, love making masks! xx

  • Shannon Lei May 26, 2013 - 10:10 pm Reply

    The ingredients are quite similar to the LUSH Mask of Magnaminty, which I actually just did a review of on my blog, haha! It’s seriously the ultimate. I suggest adding peppermint oil for more of a refresher and it’s great for clearing your mind as well. Great post x

    shannonleiMUA.com

  • Lilly May 26, 2013 - 10:49 pm Reply

    I’ve no idea why but this makes me so happy! It just brought back visions of gooey oats, egg, avocado and numerous other kitchen items that I’d mix up and slather on during my teenage years!

    I love a clay mask so I’ll definitely try this out :-) Thanks!

  • Daphne May 27, 2013 - 4:58 am Reply

    i love a good clay mask so i’ll definitely want to try this out some time soon – preferably when i’m feeling more confident in my DIY beauty product skills….xx

    peanutbutterandchocolatelife.blogspot.com

  • Jem May 27, 2013 - 5:30 am Reply

    Your skin looks INCREDIBLE. Loved this post, Meg!

    http://jemaroons.blogspot.com

  • Giulia May 27, 2013 - 10:52 am Reply

    I really like the idea, I love your DIY posts, they are so well written!
    Are you not making videos anymore? We miss your voice!

  • little t May 27, 2013 - 12:54 pm Reply

    Good idea to just check out the ingredients on your favourite products. I did something similar with a body scrub I loved when I couldn’t find it here (in the UAE) and it worked out well.

  • Lizzie Schofield May 27, 2013 - 4:22 pm Reply

    What a great post, I love finding DIY beauty treatments to try on myself!

    http://lux-rose.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Lorilee E May 27, 2013 - 8:13 pm Reply

    This is a great idea. I love finding DIY treatments :)

    Lorilee

    http://lorileeslondon.blogspot.co.uk

  • Cordelia Earle May 27, 2013 - 9:57 pm Reply

    Hi,

    I think I might have a go at this, one question if I may?

    I have combination to oily skin, would this work well for me?

    Cxx

  • Laura Neuzeth May 28, 2013 - 5:52 am Reply

    What a great idea! I think I’m going to spend my summer doing your DYI’s because they’re honestly great.

    Laura Neuzeth

  • Tree Mushroom May 28, 2013 - 10:44 am Reply

    There is some sort of pleasure in doing things yourself, and more pleasure trying them.

    Thanks a lot.

    http://treesmushroom.blogspot.com/

  • Kathryn May 28, 2013 - 8:35 pm Reply

    Impressed by your effort! Good value too :)

    Kathryn x

  • Xlovehappyx May 29, 2013 - 4:43 pm Reply

    “boo” hahahaha love this recipe, thanks for sharing it!

  • Leyla Wright June 1, 2013 - 11:52 am Reply

    looks fantastic, i will have to try this too, thanks for posting!

    Leyla xx
    mythoughtsandboredom.blogspot.co.uk

  • Charlotte Brady June 2, 2013 - 8:43 am Reply

    Great idea! I will have to try this!

    charlotte
    http://www.charlottebeauty568.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sylvie Helen June 2, 2013 - 5:15 pm Reply

    This is so clever! Might have to give it a try over the summer x

  • whenthesaints June 5, 2013 - 12:44 pm Reply

    I mixed some rosehip oil drops with my clay mask yesterday thanks to this post :) Really liked the result.

  • Tatiana October 10, 2013 - 11:29 pm Reply

    Anyone able to share results?

  • Mark Tennis December 1, 2013 - 7:36 pm Reply

    In addition to a clay mask, you should also use Citrus Clear’s Spot Treatment after you wash of the clay mask. I had HUGE nose pores and crap in the pores. I’ve tried strips and other garbage and nothing has worked as well. One week after the clay mask + Citrus Clear Spot Treatment the pores shrank and my skin is blackhead / black pore free compared to only a week ago.

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