If you’re into organic beauty products, then let me introduce you to Ghassoul a.k.a Rhassoul : A mineral-rich, 100% pure volcanic clay from the Moulouya Valley in Morocco. The clay is mined from rock layers from the rhassoul mines along Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Ghassoul has been used by Moroccan women for ages for their daily skin and hair care. The clay got its name from the Arabic word “rassala” which means “to clean/to wash”. I had never heard of this rock clay before until my trip to Marrakesh last December. It was during my visit to a Moroccan Hammam(steam room/sauna) where I had my first encounter with this lovely, organic beauty product. My skin felt so good after my Hammam treatment that I had to bring some of this clay back home!
Ghassoul comes in either powder or raw pieces of clay. This organic clay is packed with minerals like magnesium, sodium, iron and silica and has great exfoliation, detoxification and cleansing benefits. It can be used as a facial/body cleanser(instead of soap), a mask, a scrub and even as a alternative for shampoo. What makes this clay so great is that it’s ideal for any skin or hair type, even for people with sensitive and impure skin. It’s proven that Ghassoul illuminates impurities, clears pores, deep cleanses and also helps tighten and even out skin.
I’ve been using Ghassoul for the past two months for my face, body and even my hair! It really cleared up my skin and makes it feel soft again. As for my hair, I’ve used it once as a mask..the only thing is, it’s kind of hard to remove(after all, it’s pure clay!), but once I managed to get it all out(after using lots of water!), it left my hair feeling soft and bouncy.
So how do you prepare and use Ghassoul?
It’s actually very easy! Let’s use my facial mask routine as an example in 5 easy steps.
Step 1: Put 1 tablespoon of clay pieces into a small bowl.
Step 2: Then add warm water(about 2-3 tablespoons) and wait about 30 seconds for the clay to soak in.
Step 3: Mix it all together with your fingers until you get a nice creamy paste.
Step 4: Apply the clay using your fingers(or brush).
Step 5: Relax for 10-15 minutes, as you would normally do with any other mask. You can also place 2 slices of cold cucumbers over your eye to get rid of the tiredness and puffiness. When the relaxation time has passed, rinse off the mask(thoroughly!) with warm water.
Et voila! It’s that easy.
I would recommend to add Ghassoul to your own skin and hair care regimen. Where can you get Ghassoul? Don’t you worry; You don’t have to make a trip all the way to Morocco to get your hands on this volcanic clay, because it’s available in most local/online Arabic (beauty)shops and even on Amazon! Nice to Know: You can also mix Ghassoul with any other organic oil like argan, coconut and almond oil.
Have you heard of Ghassoul before? If so, what’s your experience with this organic beauty product?