Sonia in the Woodlot studio
Detoxifying + Exfoliating Mask

This weekend Sonia will be sharing the origin story of Woodlot with our friends at Feisty Feast. Each guest will dine on home-cooked French cuisine, and create their own French green clay face mask. We hope you can make it (tickets are here), but we've laid out the face mask steps here in the Woodlot blog, so you can make it at home too.

French green clay is amazing because of its enormous absorbency powers. It's really great at drinking up the oils, toxins, and impurities from your skin.

This is Sonia's go-to detox mask; she applies it a few times each month.

1 tbsp French green clay (you can get it here)
1 tsp floral water (or your favourite herbal tea)
1 tsp honey (optional)
5 drops of essential oil, I like Frankincense 

Combine ingredients and apply the paste to your skin while avoiding your eye and lip area. You can expect to feel a light tingling and tightening; that means it's working its magic. Try a small sample on the inside of your wrists before applying to your face directly. After 10 minutes, wash off the mask. If the mask beings to itch excessively, wash it off early with warm water. Using a soft, gentle cloth is important too. Sonia likes to use one by the Vancouver textiles maker, Lissu Linen.

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Photo credit: Wilson Lau
Photo credit: Wilson Lau

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