Rhassoul clay : Benefits and uses in natural cosmetics

The rhassoul also called ghassoul (pronounced rassoul), is a particular clay being part of the customs of Morocco and Tunisia. It is traditionally found in the culture of hammam associated with Argan oil. Its thicker grain than other types of clays and its cleansing properties make it a clay of choice for body scrubs. Highly absorbent, it naturally retains impurities and fats, so it is suitable for skin and hair with an oily tendency. INCI name: Moroccan Lava Clay. Origin: Morocco.

Modes of use of clays

In cosmetic care
  • Mask for skin or hair;
  • Exfoliating care;
  • Mud bath.
In therapeutic care
  • Cataplasm ;
  • Clay water;
  • Clay water.

For combination to oily and acne-prone skin

Rhassoul clay has strong cleaning and particularly absorbent properties. It will thus help regulate excess sebum to reduce the oily skin effect, while reducing imperfections.

  • Use as a mask: make a clay paste (water + clay) to apply directly to the skin as a mask, once a week for 15 minutes.
  • Complementary essential and vegetable oils: for greater effectiveness, you can add Jojoba vegetable oil to your paste, as well as a few drops of Petit Grain Bigarade or Tea Tree essential oil to your mask.

For oily and flaky hair

Rhassoul clay is ideal for hair that regrays quickly, thanks to its absorbent and purifying properties, it will clean and reduce excess sebum. Exfoliating, it will be ideal for eliminating dandruff and thus sanitizing the scalp.

  • Use as a mask: make a clay paste to spread over the entire wet scalp, then massage like a shampoo. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with clear water.
  • Complementary essential oil and hydrosols: for greater effectiveness, you can add 2 drops of essential oil of Cade or a few drops of Atlas Cedar or Green Tea hydrosol to your clay mask.

For fine hair, lacking volume

In hair care, Rhassoul clay will bring volume to fine hair. It will also fortify the hair while providing a silky and shiny effect.

  • Use as a mask: make a clay paste (water + clay) to spread over all wet hair, from roots to ends. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with clear water.
  • Complementary vegetable oil and hydrosol: for more effectiveness, you can add a few drops of Argan oil or Bay Saint Thomas hydrosol.

As a no poo, Rhassoul shampoo

Rhassoul clay has natural cleaning and absorbing properties. It allows to capture a good number of impurities, fatty bodies while bringing volume and softness to the hair.

  • Use in no poo: mix your Rhassoul powder with very hot water to obtain a homogeneous paste, thick or more liquid as you like. Apply the paste to the scalp, massage, rub as with a conventional shampoo. Rinse, the rinsing can be long according to the types of hair.

As a body care product

Rhassoul clay has cleaning and exfoliating properties, ideal in body care to promote cell renewal. The clay will thus allow to eliminate the impurities present on our skin and to gently exfoliate the skin. This clay will therefore be suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

  • Use in exfoliating care: make a clay paste with water or hydrolat then apply to the body by massaging gently in circular motions. Leave on for 10-15 minutes then rinse.
  • Complementary vegetable oil: to finish the scrub, you can apply a moisturizing vegetable oil like Argan.

Main properties of Rhassoul Clay

  • Absorbent, cleaning, purifying: rhassoul is a specific clay associated with Moroccan care. Like all clays it benefits from absorbent and cleansing properties. The toxins secreted by our body and impurities present on our skin are attached to the clay to be eliminated.
  • Exfoliating: the powder aspect of the clay and its granulometry give it cleansing and exfoliating properties ideal for gentle skin scrubs. This exfoliating property is also interesting to promote cell renewal.
  • For oily to combination skin: rhassoul clay is known for its cleansing and particularly absorbent properties to regulate excess sebum. It is therefore appropriate for oily to combination skin.
  • For sensitive skin: rhassoul clay is quite soft and has the advantage of being suitable for sensitive skin.
  • For oily hair and / or dandruff: rhassoul clay is a hair care of excellence in its country of origin Morocco. It is suitable for all hair types, especially oily hair with a tendency to dandruff. In mask, it will allow to clean and absorb the excess of sebum and the impurities. It is a foaming clay, interesting property for the washing of the hair.

Characteristics and composition

Cosmetic characteristics
  • Skin type: any skin type, but special mention for oily skin
  • Hair type: oily, flaky, fine hair
Mineralogical characteristics
  • INCI name: Moroccan Lava Clay
  • Country of origin: Morocco

Physical Characteristics
  • Humidity: < 10
  • Particle size : 90 % < 50 µm / 100 % < 100 µm
  • pH : 8,5 to 9,5
  • CEC: 45 meq/100 g
Organoleptic characteristics
  • Appearance : superfine powder
  • Color: brown, beige
  • Odor: odorless
  • Moroccan Lava Clay: 100
  • Pb < 15 ppm
  • As < 15 ppm
  • Cd < 0.2 ppm
  • Hg < 0.2 ppm

Precautions for use

  • Ingesting, people prone to constipation should not use clays. Their use is also contraindicated in people with a digestive hernia, in cases of high blood pressure, a history of intestinal obstruction or nausea. Beware, ingestion of clay can counteract the effects of drug treatments. It is important to drink enough water during a clay treatment.
  • By skin, clay should not be reused, be sure to discard a clay that has already been used. Avoid letting a clay dry. Rinse with clear, cold or warm water. On the most hairy parts of the body, for maximum comfort, place a compress between the clay poultice and the skin.
  • When handling, beware of air currents, the clay is powdery. It should not be inhaled. In case of excessive inhalation, it is important to get fresh air. In case of contact with eyes or mucous membranes, rinse thoroughly with water. Caution, when handling clays, do not use metal utensils, they would lose much of their effectiveness.
  • Pregnant and nursing women and young children should seek medical advice before use.
  • Store preferably in a dry place, away from light and heat.
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