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It’s Another Clay Day: Hair and Body Products

Mud products

After having tested Facial Mud Masks for us a few months ago, Hazel Davis now turns her attention to other types of mud- and clay-based products for various parts of the body...

If I die tomorrow, let it be known that I want my body to be covered in Lush Dark Angels Face and Body Cleanser (£6.35, 100g) and buried underneath Piccadilly Station in Manchester. In thousands of years when my body is discovered, it will be perfectly preserved and smell absolutely amazing. I am addicted to this gorgeous product. It looks absolutely crazy, but, once you add a drop or two of water and spread around your body, it makes complete sense. The aroma is really fresh and, like a lot of Lush products, lingers long after usage. It’s also slightly abrasive, which makes it more effective than your average cleanser. It is really great on one’s décolletage. My only problem with it is that I don’t want to use any moisturising lotion afterwards because I love the smell so much.

I’m a huge fan of Dead Sea Spa Magik’s products but I still can’t decide whether or not I love its Conditioning Scalp Mud(£9, 330ml). I have used this product quite a few times now and each time my emotions are mixed. When it goes on (you apply it to wet hair) it feels really strange and wrong, as if it’s going to take weeks to wash out. This could be because I have very thick and long hair and every hairwash takes about three times longer than anyone else’s. But it smells absolutely stunning! (Dead Sea products have this gorgeous clean, spa smell that I really like.) Once washed out, my hair certainly has body but at the same time it feels slightly stiff. It’s the sort of body your hair gets if you put hairspray in it, so sometimes this is quite a nice feeling but, much as I love the product, my hair always feels softer and lighter when I don’t use it.

I don’t really like the packaging of the Monepris Mezzanine Rhassoul Clay Shampoo (£12, 100ml). However, the shampoo itself is lovely – all nice and earthy – and much less sticky than it might seem. It went on smoothly and washed out surprisingly easily, leaving my hair nice and shiny. The first time I used it I didn’t even use any conditioner and it did the job admirably on its own. My pot was quite small and my hair is quite big so it hasn’t lasted too long. I might actually buy some more of this one.

The aroma of the Bareskin Beauty Citrus Green Clay Cleanser (£29, 60ml) is a little offputting and it’s tempting to pop the lid straight back on again. The idea of smearing the contents on one’s face is a bit terrifying, I admit. However, after use my skin felt really very springy – in a good way – and I was impressed with it, and its pure, natural credentials. This is seriously good stuff and the cleansing effects really seemed to last after each use. But I did have to liberally apply perfume to my hands and pat over my face to cover up the fragrance, which really wasn’t for me.

I adore the Malki Dead Sea Natural Black Mud Mask Soap(£3.75, 90g) for its packaging alone. It’s as if Shirley Valentine called a focus group, asked “What’s cool about Abroad?” – and put the result in a picture. I am pretty sure it’s not deliberate but the box has such a retro feel that it’s a pleasure to look at in the morning. The soap itself is okay. The smell is mild and skin feels clean afterwards, just as you’d expect. Despite its black colour, it doesn’t result in particularly grimy bathwater though, which is very pleasing.

I will never, ever get bored of using and trialling mud products. If you’re a mud freak all these – and the mud mask products I reviewed for the face – are worth a go. There is something so deliciously virtuous about applying mud and clay to your skin, whilst at the same time it’s slightly naughty too ...

February 2014

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