Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Mud-Tox Menthe-Tea Vanilla Body Cleanse Review
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Every Saturday morning for the past several months, I’ve made it part of my morning ritual to do some sort of clay-based facial mask. I find it to be an indulgent way to start the day, lounging around in my bathrobe with a mask on my face, drinking hot tea and catching up on my Internetting. I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m pretty sure I’ve discovered a way to take my Saturday morning session to the next, spa-like level: Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Mud-Tox Body Cleanse in Menthe-tea Vanilla.
What is it?
Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Mud-Tox Body Cleanse ($18) is a Ghassoul clay-based, mask-style, body cleanser that promises to remove impurities, cleanse, heal skin, and dramatically decrease acne.
Moroccan mud (Ghassoul), vanilla bean extract (vanilla plantifola), peppermint essential oil and leaf (menthe piperita)
I think the short, straightforward ingredient list will appeal to a lot of folks. I am personally a fan of it, primarily because no fillers translates to more of the “good stuff” in this instance. The “good stuff” in this product includes:
Moroccan mud – Also known as Ghassoul, Ghassool, Rhassoul, and Rhassool clay, this clay is high in silica content. Silica (not to be confused with silicone!) is a naturally occurring element that slows the degeneration of skin cells by helping collagen and elastin retain moisture. Additionally, Moroccan lave clay is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and extremely absorbent, which is why it’s often recommended as an acne treatment. It also possesses skin-softening properties, and has been used for centuries as a beauty treatment in Morocco.
Peppermint essential oil and leaf – In addition to being cooling and refreshing, topically applied mint is also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. It’s a wonderful ingredient when used properly, but beware – applying straight, undiluted, mint essential oil, can be extremely irritating and even cause contact dermatitis. If you want to reap the benefits of mint oil, stick to a well-formulated product (like this one) that contains the ingredient.
There are so few ingredients in this list, I didn’t even have the option to save it in COSDNA. However, when I enter the ingredients for analysis, COSDNA shows no red flags in terms of potential acne triggers or irritants.
Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Mud-Tox Menthe-Tea Vanilla Body Cleanse comes packages in an amber-colored plastic jar, with a label donning the stylish, signature Shea Terra stripes. The product comes in the form of a powder, which is a lovely shade of brown – it almost looks like cocoa powder to me.
Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Mud-Tox Body Cleanse smells like mint – wonderful, fresh, invigorating mint. The smell is present in the product’s dry form, but the wet form is even more aromatic.
The directions for Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Mud-Tox Body Cleanse instruct that a few spoons of Mud-tox be mixed with spring water, milk, aloe juice, or floral water to create a spreadable paste. The paste should be applied to wet skin, allowed to dry, and then showered off, using hands to cleanse the skin.
I find that 2 heaping tablespoons of Mud-tox mixed with about 7 tablespoons of spring water gives me a nice, smooth consistency and plenty of product to spread over my entire upper body, stomach, lower legs, and the front of my upper legs. I don’t apply any Mud-Tox to the back of my upper legs or my buttocks. I need those for sitting as I spend the next 15-20 minutes reading while the clay dries.
Waiting for the clay to dry is a pretty amazing experience. I would not advise trying this particular flavor of the Mud-tox in the winter if you don’t have central heat! Fortunately, my house is nice and warm. The mint is extremely cooling, and I could feel my sinuses clearing as I breathed it in. The feeling is spectacularly invigorating and refreshing, though toward the end, it bordered on being too cool, as if I were transforming into an ice breathing, X-men character. I liked it though.
The clay came off just fine in the shower, though there were a few patches I had to rub off with a little more effort. I was delighted to find that the minty feeling stayed with me even after the Mud-tox was completely rinsed away. In fact, I felt minty for nearly an hour after my shower was over! I imagine this experience will be extra amazing in the hot, humid months of summer.
So far I’ve only tried the Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Mud-Tox Body Cleanse with spring water, which is magnificent, but I really want to try this out with aloe juice!
I’ve used Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Mud-Tox Body Cleanse twice in two weeks, and each time, my skin felt extremely soft and smooth when I got out of the shower. I’m fortunate not to have any body acne, so I can’t speak to it’s effect on that, but I did have a couple of troublesome bug bites that stopped itching as soon as I applied the Mud-tox, an itch which never returned even after rinsing the clay away. Additionally, the bug bites appeared to be far less red and inflamed after using the Mud-tox. Once again, as much as I am enjoying this product in the wintertime, I’m really looking forward to using the Mud-tox in the summertime, when the number of mosquitos in my yard is straight-up biblical.
I also enjoyed how clean I felt after using the Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Mud-Tox Body Cleanse. That lasting mint feeling is a real treat, and has become something I daydream about during the week when I’m too busy to indulge myself in a body mask.
Overall, I’m extremely pleased with the Moroccan Mud-Tox Menthe-tea Vanilla Body Cleanse, and look forward to incorporating this as a lasting part of my Saturday morning ritual. In fact, I’m going to Mud-tox right now.
• Invigorating and refreshing
• Softens and smooths skin
• Alleviates the itching and swelling of bug bites
• Feels luxurious and relaxing
• It might be too refreshing for those with very sensitive skin
Skin & Tonics Rating:
Performance: 5/5 – Refreshing, cleansing, and relieves minor skin troubles such as bug bites
Packaging: 5/5 – Sturdy, pretty to look at, and easy to spoon the product of the wide opening
Ingredients: 5/5 – Excellent ingredients with no fillers.
Is it worth the money?
Absolutely. It’s a wonderful product, and this $18 jar is large enough to last a couple of months.
Where to Buy
Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Mud-Tox Body Cleanse retails for $18.00 on the Shea Terra Organics website. Shea Terra Organics sends out a monthly 30% off coupon to all of its email subscribers, which would price this product at $12.60. This month’s coupon code is FEB2014.
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