A good friend of mine raved about Terressentials Mud Wash, billed as an alternative to shampoo with the added power of detoxing the hair of chemicals, coatings and preservatives. Having used both Bentonite and Rhassoul clay treatments that I mixed up myself, I was curious about a commercial clay product and the ingredients used, so I looked it up.
Terressentials Organic Lavendar Garden Earth Wash Ingredients: USDA Certified organic Aloe Vera juice, clay minerals (aka Bentonite clay), organic extract of organic linden flower, essential oils of organic true lavender and organic sweet orange, extracts of organic nettle, organic chamomile and organic shavegrass, essential oils of organic rose geranium, organic Ylang Ylang and organic clove bud.
From reports all over You Tube and various websites, this Terressentials stuff is the bomb. Naturalistas report that Terressentials Mud Wash not only gently cleansed their hair, but moisturized their hair and scalp while restoring damaged hair to health at the same time. Detoxing the hair is important if you’ve used products on your hair with no-no chemicals like parabens, petroleum, lye, ammonia, peroxide, or if you’ve been on several different medications.
However great this stuff is, it’s not cheap! The price is prohibitive for me at $11 for 8 oz. and $21 for 16 oz. – plus shipping if there is no local retailer in your area and you have to order it from their website.
Paying that kind of money made no sense to me when I scored an entire pound of Bentonite clay for around $6.00! I have no problem admitting that I am cheap. My grandmother was cheap, so I have the gene! That woman had a reputation in the San Francisco neighborhood in which she raised her family for being so stingy with a dollar, everyone used to call her “The Black Jew”. This was during the 1940s through 1960s, before such things were considered not politically correct, but I’m just sharing some family history.
Besides the cheapness aspect, I enjoy making my own products and already have all that I’d need on hand, so I decided to whip up something I thought would give results similar to Terressentials.
So, I gave serious consideration to what the ingredients in Terressentials Mud Wash do for the hair and scalp, then I went through my stash of natural hair mixologist ingredients to see what I had in stock. I began pulling things out and putting them on the kitchen counter then made my final decision.
So, into a glass bowl I measured
- 1/2 cup Rhassoul or Bentonite clay
- 1/3 cup Aloe Vera juice
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup oil (I used sunflower on this round, but highly recommend avocado, olive or grapeseed oil)
- 1/4 cup nettle root/saw palmetto berry tea* (you can use chamomile tea, coconut water, coconut milk, even plain water)
- 3 drops each of Ylang Ylang, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, Lavender, Chamomile, Cedarwood, Tea Tree, Jasmine, Carrot Seed or Rosemary Essential Oils (choose 3-4 oils)
Turn heat off and let sit on burner covered to steep for about an hour. Can use what is left in a shampoo or conditioning treatment. Keeps in refrigerator for up to a week, or you can freeze it.
Mix ingredients together with a plastic or wooden utensil, then sit aside for 20 minutes or so and let thicken slightly.
Apply to hair in sections starting in the back, being sure to cover hair thoroughly from root to end.
Cover entire head with plastic cap, then a towel. Let sit on your hair for 30-45 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water. Blot dry soft towel or old t-shirt.
Debessentials mud wash was a big hit! lol! My hair felt very soft and conditioned. My hair cuticle was smooth, and my hair did not feel stripped” or “squeaky clean.” As I combed my hair the tangling was minimal, as was the shedding. In case you didn’t know, both nettle and saw palmetto are top herbs used in commercial hair loss and hair growth treatments, which is one of the reasons I chose to use a tea instead of plain water in the Debessentials mix.
I didn’t use a moisturizer or a conditioner after the wash, but I did spritz my hair with a daily leave in moisturizing spray, then twisted my hair with Shea butter whip, and that was that. Essentially, I used the same two products I would use on my hair mid-week to add moisture and seal the moisture in – nothing special.
Bottom line, I love my cheapy Debessentials mud wash and how it made my hair feel, and will be doing this treatment again in a week or so. I think I’ll try coconut milk or coconut water next time instead of the tea mixture to see if my hair is more elongated and I have less shrinkage.
For more information about Terressentials Mud Wash, take a look at the Terressentials Pure Earth Wash FAQs.
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