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French Green clay…..

The benefits of french green clay

French Green Clay…….I had no idea this easy to find and affordable ingredient would do so much for my complexion.  I could not believe the difference in my skin with just one 10 minute mask!  My pores were non existent, my skin tone was more even and my skin looked smoother and clearer.  So, if you’re intrigued, read on for new refreshed skin!

There are a lot of skin care rituals that are recommended for radiant skin.  Steaming your skin often does so much for dehydrated skin.  While I don’t condone extractions, sometimes you have to manually remove blackheads and whiteheads.  You should exfoliate weekly and replenishing masks should be applied weekly as well. Serums and eye creams are a GOOD THING and should be used nightly.  BUT-if you want to see immediate results, a clay mask is a cheap and easy solution!  Clay masks are so helpful in removing impurities from your skin.  It is definitely a worthwhile habit to add to your skin care regime!

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French Green clay is a natural material that is made up of essential minerals of decomposed kelp and seaweed.  It absorbs toxins in your skin.  It promotes circulation which in turn helps with healthy cell turnover.  Green Clay comes in powder form so in order to make a mask you will have to add a liquid.

The best thing about french green clay is that it acts as a magnet to dirt and impurities!  It’s like a spring cleaning for the pores!  After applying this mask, my skin feels awake.  I can actually feel blood flow and tingling.  Skin is much smoother and supple.

French green clay can be beneficial for all skin types but it truly is a life saver for oily/blemished skin.

The Benefits of French Green Clay

I added Aloe Vera Gel to mine plus Lavender.  I knew the clay would pull impurities from my skin, but along with the impurities it will pull moisture as well.  Be sure to drink lots of water afterwards and use a moisturizer once you washed the mask off your face.  If you don’t have Aloe you can just add water.  You can also use Apple Cider Vinegar or Witch Hazel as well.  Just use equal parts of liquid to powder.

French Green Clay

Lavender Green Clay Mask

1 tsp. French Green Clay

1 tsp. Aloe Vera Gel (or water)

4 drops Lavender Essential Oil (optional)

Mix ingredients into a paste and apply to your skin.  Leave the mask on until the masks starts to  harden and then remove.  Leave on no longer than 10 minutes.  If you are sensitive, remove after 5-10 minutes.

It is tempting to let a clay mask completely harden after applying it to your skin, but this is a mistake.  The clay will suck the moisture right out of your skin and you will be left with tight, dehydrated skin that is way out of balance.  DO NOT LET THIS MASK HARDEN!  Read more on the proper way to clay mask HERE.

I did feel some tingling while the mask was on.  The uncomfortable feeling subsided quickly.  Once you rinse your skin it will be very pink.  You will be alarmed.  Don’t worry-this is blood flow-it’s a really good thing!  It will go away after about 20 minutes.

Warning–Your kids will make fun of you while you are wearing this mask.  I was known as the Wicked Witch of the East!

**You can use this clay as a spot treatment as well!  Add water to make a thick paste, apply to blemish and leave overnight.  Tea Tree essential oil can also be added for more of a boost.  I applied this mask after doing some extractions and the inflammation and redness was greatly reduced.**

I prefer to get my clay from Mountain Rose Herb.  I trust their quality-they have the best.  Find it HERE.

For on of my favorite recipes that includes french green clay go HERE.

xx, Jenni


French Green Clay


  1. Anonymous says:

    can you use Bentonite Clay instead? It’s price is cheaper. Thank you.

    • Hey Anonymous and Jenni!
      I am a big fan of clays also. I actually mix French Green Clay with Bentonite Clay, Rhassoul’s Clay, Baking Soda and a few other essentials (powdered fruit and botanical extracts). I also use it with Aloe Juice and I prefer a citrus EO. I mix enough dry ingredients to make 8 ounces and then combine 1/2 Tb with Aloe Juice, plus a few drops EO, for each use. Clays are awesome for skin care!
      Great post Jenni! 🙂

  2. Bentonite Clay is really great too, from what I’ve heard-I will be trying it soon and posting about it! All clays are great in pulling out toxins so you can’t go wrong! Bentonite is much more popular and more info. is out there about it. It is very calming as well!
    Thanks for visiting!

  3. Awesome recipe! Thanks. How long with this mixture last? Do I need to make a fresh batch each time or can I put it in a jar and keep it for a period of time?

    Thanks, Nora

    • Nora-You have to add a liquid each time. I just scoop a bit out, squirt some aloe or even water, mix and apply. It’s super potent this way. I think the clay will harden if you mix it in advance, plus it won’t be as beneficial. Thanks!

  4. I wonder if this would work on reducing cellulite.

  5. OH NO mountain rose herbs is out of the 1lb clay. Have you ever ordered the French green clay scrub they have mixed already?

  6. Monica says:

    I’ve read some people say they cover the area after applying. Any reason for needing to do this other than to not dirty clothes, etc.? Would love your feedback.

    • Monica-I’ve never heard this! I don’t know what benefit you would get from this. This mask tightens and dries so I wouldn’t put anything over your face. I love using french green clay. It’s not great for dry skin but it’s so good for detox. I use it on my problem areas only. Thanks!!

  7. I notice your photo shows you are mixing in a small metal container – I have read many sources saying the clay should never come into contact with metal of any kind as it changes its properties and affects the way it draws out impurities. Any thoughts on this?

  8. RMH is all out of the recommended clay. Are there any other brands you recommend?

  9. Jenni,

    I have a friend who has very oily skin but no acne. Would the french green clay reduce the oil?

  10. Hi Jenni,
    Where do you get the metal container from? Alsothis is random but I made the coconut hair treatment with essential oils rose hip along with almond oil…… I had a lot of extras and just stored itin a glass container and other in a plastic container. It’s ok? And how long is the shell life for this? I made this 5 Days ago .

    • Hi! I find my metal containers from Specialty Bottle online.
      I would suggest storing all your creations in glass containers if you can. Plastic isn’t too healthy and essential oils will react with it. It’s totally ok to store it though. Oils have a long shelf life-at least 6 mos. You only need to worry about water. Anytime you add water to anything your shelf life will go down to about 4 days without a preservative!
      Your all good-I would just switch your plastic container for glass within a couple of weeks.

  11. jane saffery says:

    hi jenni,
    moutain rose herb still doesn’t stock the french clay. would you recommend other products that would be just as good?

  12. Jenni, any reason you use spark oils and not RMH?

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