Natural Skin Care with Zakia’s Morocco Ghassoul Clay

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Disclosure: Product provided for review and compensation on behalf of Zakia’s Morocco. All opinions and photos are my own.

I love a good clay powder. In my opinion they are one of the most versatile skin care products you can own. Think of it as the foundation or base product for creating custom products to suit your “at the moment” skin care needs. This is my first time using Moroccan Ghassoul Clay – hard to believe considering how much I love trying new things – but it most certainly isn’t going to be my last. First I want to share a little more about what it actually is and what it can be used for. 

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What is Ghassoul clay?

Ghassoul – pronounced Rhassoul – is a mineral rich clay found in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. When sun-dried and untreated it makes for the most useful of a multitude of skin and body care applications by just adding water and mixing. It also contains a higher content of calcium, magnesium, silica and potassium. It’s 100% natural and that is something I can beauty co-sign on.

What can it be used for?

So here is the beauty of this product – you can use it just about anywhere. That means you can do a full body, face and hair masks all with the same product! A little goes a very long way and the texture is smooth and very fluffy so mixing it in with things like your shampoo is a cinch.

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Testing…testing

So I am pretty much a skin care junkie. I will try almost any healthy product for my skin at least twice – once to figure out what works best for me and once to actually enjoy it. My experience using this clay powder for a face mask was pretty standard as far as applications go but the way my skin felt during after use is what really sealed the deal.

First I washed my face after having a nice warm – never hot – shower. One of the suggestions with using product is that you apply it after your skin is well hydrated and warm which means after a shower for me.

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I mixed and applied with a Coastal Scents BR-B-S45 Elite Multipurpose Flat brush. It was like playing with paint! And I actually enjoyed not getting it all under my fingernails so thinking of using the same technique for the body application.

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During the process my skin felt super relaxed and good. Can skin feel good? In my head that makes sense but if I had to describe it better I would probably it felt like I had gotten a facial massage. And the drying wasn’t too bad either – my skin didn’t get that itchy feeling, I could still make silly faces half-way through drying!

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The after was pretty amazing. I think I went makeup free for pretty much the rest of the day. After rinsing off the clay I let my skin dry for a bit before using one of my moisturizing facial sprays. All in all it was a pretty great experience and my next use for this will be in a hair mask.

You can find Zakia’s Morocco products here including their Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder.

Disclosure: Product provided for review and compensation on behalf of Zakia’s Morocco. All opinions and photos are my own.

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DIY Indoor Herb Garden

indoor herbs to plant for summer

So I love having fresh herbs to add daily to our meals at home but I am so chicken when it comes to dealing with spiders and snakes – we have plenty of those here! We buy a lot of our herbs already dried and packaged but there are just some that are best fresh. A DIY indoor herb garden is my solution to all of that problem.

This entire project cost less than $40 – including the herbs. I thought about planting seeds but I’m usually pretty honest with myself and I love instant gratification when I can get it.

Herb Garden Metal Tin

The metal container cost me around $13 from Marshalls. They had so many to choose from so I let my husband pick from about 4 that I really liked. At that point he really couldn’t go wrong and I actually love what he chose. This one had more character with all of the rope detail.

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It didn’t come with any holes for drainage so we added some. And to be totally honest I let my DH handle that part because his drill is super heavy duty and I know my limitations when it comes to handling some tools. We figured one hole per plant would suffice.

diy indoor herb garden gravel drainage

I added some pea gravel before putting in dirt for a million and one reasons but ultimately I don’t want dirt falling through or bugs crawling up since this is going to be traveling between our kitchen and back patio.

diy indoor herb garden plants

Love how this started to fill in with just a few herbs.

indoor herbs to plant for summer

We planted lemon thyme (good for seasoning fish and repelling mosquitoes); lemon balm (also good for cooking, teas and repelling insects); rosemary (so many uses for this herb like infusing herb oils, adding to dishes like roasted potatoes or creating natural disinfectant); sweet basil (used in a lot of the dishes I make, including tossing it with fresh salads) and mint (love using fresh mint in teas and adding to my cucumber water).

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So this was slightly messier than I cared for – dirt under the nails is no fun – but I love the final results and I had enough supplies leftover to add my new citronella plant and an extra lemon balm plant to a large pot we decided to reuse since it’s no longer fit for cooking with.

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Love the way these turned out – makes me wish I had some more old pots to re-purpose.

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Top Six Spring Beauty Products

New Spring Beauty

 

It happens every Spring – the air gets a little warmer and my skin gets a little happier and my products get just a bit more fun. I switch up creams for moisturizing sprays and play with mascaras that give my lashes a little more dramatic flare but overall I just like to try something new once in a while to keep things fresh!  So here’s what I’ve got going on so far…

Swimsuit ready…no appointments necessary

Schick Hyro Silk Trimstyle

Fell in love with the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle and don’t care who knows it! This is probably my most favorite new little beauty gadget and can’t believe I almost passed it up in Target a couple of months ago. And it was a pretty good deal going along with using Cartwheel so I ended up saving a few dollars.

Schick Hydro Silk Trimstyle trimmer

So it’s a dual shaver – razor on one side and a bikini trimmer on the other with an adjustable and removable guide – and it’s waterproof! I have never been so impressed, really I am.

Any new mascara – let your pretty peepers do the heavy lifting this season

Spring Mascara

So far I’ve grabbed Pacifica’s Dream Big mascara – it has this crazy dual action brush thing going on that I love and Tarte’s Tarteist mascara – it was recommended during a quick trip to Sephora when I realized they were out of Lashgasm – nothing but good things to say about it!

Tarte and Pacifica Mascara Wand

The best thing about both of these is their wands – a good mascara wand can take you fabulous places!

Spray-on Moisturizers – don’t mind if I do!

Spring Skincare

So this is a little new for me even though I am a huge fan of using rosewater a moisturizer in a spray bottle is just as refreshing – and they actually work! A few of my favorites that I’ve been using for the past couple of months are Quandong & Chamomile Skin Radiance Aqua Mist by Coast to Coast, Sparkling Glacier Complexion Mist with Fragonia by Aubrey Organics and – this one is technically a toner but doubles as my nighttime moisturizer – Clementine + C Illuminating Toner by Andalou Naturals. These are my absolute favorites and they work wonders.

Trying something new this season? Do share!

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