Zakia’s Morocco asked me to participate in an ongoing campaign launched by Brandbacker, and I happily accepted! This is the first in a series of reviews for Zakia’s Morocco line of products, and I can’t be more excited to tell you about my experience with Zakia’s Morocco Clay Mask. Also, stay tuned until the end of the post for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Zakia’s Morocco!
About the Product
Unique to Morocco, this ancient clay is naturally found deep under the Atlas Mountains and mined for its unique properties. The Moroccan clay is also called Ghassoul clay, derives its name from the Arabic word for cleansing, ‘Rhassala’. This mineral rich clay is known for its extraordinary power of absorption of impurities from skin and hair. It can be used as soap, skin conditioner, shampoo, and facial and body mask. As Rhassoul contains higher percentages of silica and magnesium along with potassium and calcium, than other clays, Rhassoul appears to be far more effective. In addition to this, due to its greater smectic qualities, (i.e. its ability to swell with the addition of water) Rhassoul achieves better results in skin treatment. Zakia’s Clay Mask contains no PETs, no mineral oils, and no parabens.
- Included: One (1) 8oz jar of Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder
- Retail Price: $19.99 (now on sale for $10.99!)
- Discount Code: “ZMBLOG-128″ – good for 20% off your order!
- Availability: on ZakiasMorocco.com
First I really want to talk about the presentation of the package I received! In came in a normal mailer, but Zakia herself included a personalized letter and How-to Guide addressed to me (not “Dear blogger,” like I’ve received in the past!) and signed in ink at the bottom of the note. I really appreciated the extra effort included in the shipment!!
Now, about the product: I don’t know what I was expecting when I signed up to receive “clay powder”, but I was surprised by what I received. My initial thought was, “Oh no. I’m totally going to mess this up.” Then, I read the How-to Guide, with step by step pictures included, and it was so easy that I surprised myself!
I took pictures of the process and I hope I can recreate the guide for you here as well as it was presented to me!
Mix 1 part clay powder with 5 parts water (1:5 ratio) for a thin, cookie dough texture. Zakia suggests 1 tablespoon of powder to 5 tablespoons of water. I tried this, but I found my consistency ended up too watery so I had to add a bit more powder. That was okay, because I really needed more than 1 tbsp of product for my body anyway. The next time I mixed, I just poured some powder in the bowl and then added a little water at a time until I found a consistency I liked.
My favorite part of the guide was where it actually instructed me to apply a thin layer to SAVE MONEY! That was a huge deal for me, as it proves that the company isn’t just out to make money by scamming you with a cheap product. You know the instructions on any shampoo bottle: “Apply, rinse, repeat.” Who actually repeats the shampoo process? No one, because that’s a lot of extra money! Give me a product that works the first time, and I’m happy. Go above and beyond and tell me to only use a tiny amount to save money, like Zakia’s Morocco did? You’ve got my loyalty.
Testing the Product
The guide says that you can apply the mask to your face, your hair, or your whole body. My husband and I went swimming one afternoon and then felt like our skin was so dry, so we took the opportunity to make this test a bit of a “mini DIY date” and get muddy before taking a shower. I sort of felt like I was in an episode of the Bachelor, so that was the best thing.
It was really awesome to have fun with a beauty product, for once!
I found the powder to be so finely ground that it almost feels like baby powder, but without that chalky feeling. The powder itself has almost no scent, but once mixed you can smell just a bit of mineral scent. It’s not overpowering at all and it’s probably the least-scented clay mask I’ve ever tried. Also, the powder actually expands when wet, so you’re getting a lot more than 8oz worth of clay mask compared to a wet product.
As for results, I felt like my skin had immediately recovered from the time spent in the chlorine and sun all day. And I did see a bit of acne pop up a day or two later (which I consider to be a good thing!) as a result of the minerals pulling impurities from my skin. My husband liked it, so I’d say that’s a win!
- Likes: The versatility of the product, the amount you receive in one package, and the muted scent.
- Dislikes: The only real negative thing I can say is that the recipe seemed a bit off for me, in terms of amounts you mix together. I really have nothing negative to say about the product itself!
- Would I Purchase? I would probably purchase again to have another “spa day date” with my husband. Though, I’ve still got 3/4 of a jar left so I won’t need to purchase for a while!
Zakia’s Morocco is not only offering a 20% off discount code (ZMBLOG-128) for my readers, but is ALSO sponsoring a giveaway! Use this link to enter to win one of ten (10) gift certificates for $50!
What do you think about the Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!