Detoxify Your Skin the Bentonite Way With a DIY Bentonite Clay Mask

Published in: Beauty Tips, Guest Post, Skin Care

NadegeAbout the Author
This guest post was written by Nadege of Atomic Beaute. You can also find Nadege on Twitter and Facebook.

Bentonite clay face mask

With what our faces face on a daily basis — sun exposure being the big one — clay masks are a great way to treat common skin challenges. I like to give my face a good detoxing once a week to make up for not taking good care of my skin during the week (I’m definitely guilty of this!).


Take a night, and treat yourself to a nice, calming bentonite clay mask.

Bentonite clay is here to save the day! — scratch that. The week! This soft volcanic clay is suitable for all skin types. It absorbs toxins, draws out blackheads, kills acne-causing bacteria, and it’s great for spot treatments, too (just mix it with a little bit of water). It also has anti-aging benefits, because as it exfoliates the skin, it helps with cell turnover.

So, are you ready to detoxify the bentonite way? 🙂 If you are, here’s…

What you’ll need

  • A few small stalks of sage
  • 2 tbsp of bentonite clay powder
    (carried at most health food stores)
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • Half a lemon

Sage (enough to fit in a small bowl)

Bentonite clay face mask

2 tbsp of bentonite clay (available here and here)

Bentonite clay face mask

1 tbsp of honey

Bentonite clay face mask

1 tbsp of coconut oil

Bentonite clay face mask

Half a lemon

Bentonite clay face mask

This should make enough for one application. If the clay gets too thick, too quick, you can add a little more lemon before adding the oil.

Directions: Step by step

Remove the stems from the sage leaves, and grind the sage with a mortar and pestle until it’s fully ground.

Bentonite clay face mask

Bentonite clay face mask

Add your honey and sage…

Bentonite clay face mask

Squeeze the lemon into the mash, and mix! You can also use lemon juice, which I sometimes do, but I think there’s something refreshing about using an actual lemon. Plus, you can use the other half of the lemon for something else. 🙂

Bentonite clay face mask

Next, pour the coconut oil into the bowl…

Bentonite clay face mask


Add the clay, and mix.

Bentonite clay face mask

By this point, it should be firm and greenish gray.

That means it’s ready to go. Apply to your face, and let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing.

Voila! Enjoy your newly detoxified face! 🙂

NadegeAbout the Author
This guest post was written by Nadege of Atomic Beaute. You can also find Nadege on Twitter and Facebook.


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  1. shwinlewin says:

    Holy loveliness! Will be trying this out as soon as I can get my hands on the ingredients! Thank you so much ! Checked out your blog too 😀

  2. Rads says:

    This seems quite easy…need to try this out!

  3. Beny says:

    this seems very easy…will definitely try it out

  4. Advah says:

    Oooh I already use clay quite often but combining it with all those ingredients is genius! Thanks for the info! 🙂

  5. sarahc says:

    I bet this would do wonders for my skin. Thank you for reminding me. I’ve had a bentonite mask before at a spa, and it made my skin look and feel amazing! I think Whole Foods carries the clay too.

  6. Melody says:

    ooo, sounds so refreshing! I’ve used Rhassoul clay and fuller’s earth before but I’ve never tried bentonite. I’ll have to check the health store down the street for it.

  7. Stacie says:

    Where did you get the coconut oil?

  8. Audrey says:

    This sounds really interesting, but I really, really love your bowls!

  9. Helz Nguyen says:

    This mask sounds so interesting, never heard of it before. Let see if I can get some bentonite powder soon, Ill try this out 🙂

  10. Hiddy says:

    Love homemade clay masks! Is it possible to substitute coconut oil with other oils like olive oil or grapeseed?

  11. Sonia Bourke says:

    Just tried this. I’m not sure if I got the consistency exactly right, because it was a little runny, but my skin felt great afterwards. I’ll definitely be trying this again soon 🙂

  12. BettyS says:

    Don’t use metal bowls or utensils when mixing bentonite! It affects the composition and reduces its effectiveness.

  13. Nadège, beautiful, beautiful pictures. I think they may be the highest quality I’ve seen in the guest posts.

    Keep up the great posts!

  14. Daisy finley says:

    Hi, i try it with just the clay and the water.but I love the ingredients you often can you use it as a mask??

  15. Sairah says:

    I have to agree with previous commenters: I LOVE your bowls and your pictures are exquisite.

    This sounds like a fabulous recipe–what a stroke of genius to add honey and coconut oil with the clay! Thanks for sharing! =D

  16. Eva says:

    Karen i love clay masks it is also great to add green tea powder and later rinse it all with chamomile tea cheers 🙂

  17. Glenny says:

    I tried your mask! My face feels very clean! Is it normal to have after using the mask? Other than that Im very happy with results

  18. Kari says:

    I was wondering if you can use this stuff every night like a bedtime routine. If not any other mud mask recipes with bentonite clay that i can use.

  19. Kate says:

    Great recipe! I was looking for some additives to my normal bentonite + water mask. However, you should never use metal anything with bentonite – it neutralizes the negative charge and decreases the effectiveness of the clay.

  20. Shyla says:

    Hey! Love the recipe, not sure if this was mentioned before but I noticed in the pictures that you used a metal butter knife to mix your ingredients.

    From what else I’ve read in the interwebs this is a no-no that can reduce the effectiveness of the clay due to the metal reacting with the ions that make the clay so good at drawing out impurities.

    Just thought I should mention it!

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