Shhh… Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask

by Bionic Beauty on 12.Feb.2009 · 52 comments

Bionic Beauty's DIY Aztec Secret Green Clay Face Mask Recipe

So, I bet you didn’t expect to see my face covered in green goop staring back at you, did ya? Admit it. You were surprised.

With this crappy economy, and time being precious, I never get to a salon for a facial. Instead I do them weekly at home. Using what, you ask? Well, this green goop, of course.

Actually, this is Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. It’s 100% natural calcium bentonite green clay which is exceptional for drawing out impurities in the skin. I even remember using it as a teenager to draw abscesses out of our horses’ hooves.

I mix mine twice a month with all-natural Apple Cider Vinegar and then twice a month (every other week I rotate, follow?) Apple Cider Vinegar and some organic Honey. Add in one heaping scoop (a coffee scoop works well) of your Clay, stir well and then apply to your face. Let it sit while you watch TV, relax, and read my blog (Hee!).

Most health food stores, like Trader Joes and Whole Foods, have the Aztec Secret clay in stock. My tub was $8 at a local natural food shop and it will last me over a year with the weekly use. Very, very economical. And your face feels SO AMAZING afterwards.

Definitely a Bionic Buy!

Have any Bionic Beauties used the Aztec Secret clay as a mask? What’s your favorite face mask and how often do you do them?
Stay bionic and muddy,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog


1 hazel February 12, 2009 at 4:29 pm

8 bucks a rub? Sounds like something to try, even if it doesn’t work for me, it’s hardly any money compared to other beauty products out there. =D

2 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics February 12, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Hmmm… My Oil Absorb is bentonite clay, calcium carbonate, kaolin and a lil silica. I think I’ll mix with some apple cider vinegar and give it a whirl! Do I have to do it when no one is around to complain about me being stinky?

3 Bionic Beauty February 12, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Hazel, It’s SUPER cheap! And a tub will last you a long long time. That mask I have on in the picture is really thick and I only used 1 heaping tablespoon of the dry mud!

Robyn, Once I mixed in the vinegar, I think the mud killed some of the scent. Well, at least my dogs didn’t complain. 😉 Ha! And the version I make with the honey smells even better!
I just looked at your Oil Absorb. Sounds like it would certainly work. With the B. Clay & Kaolin you’ll have super smooth skin! Let me know how it goes!!


4 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics February 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Maybe I’ll try it tonight while watching Survivor! I don’t have to take a picture though, right? LOL

5 Bionic Beauty February 12, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Ahh… I miss Survivor! We don’t get CBS at our house. So I don’t get to see Survivor, CSI, etc anymore. Of course, I could watch them online, but then again, I’m already addicted to House, Fringe, Chuck and Torchwood. That’s enough shows I guess. 🙂 And no, you don’t *have* to take a picture… but you could!

P.S. I’m on your website right now checking out the new items!!

6 The Lush List February 12, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Darn cool you’ll post a pic of yourself in a green mask!
I’m not so brave.

7 Bionic Beauty February 12, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Lush List, Thanks! A few years ago, I never would’ve photographed myself like this, but now I figure, what the heck.

And Welcome to Bionic Beauty! I hope to see you around here in the future.

8 Nicki February 12, 2009 at 10:42 pm

This is soooo weird! I was just reading a thread on an african american hair board about using this clay as a deep conditioner for natural hair ladies or those transitioning.
I think I may have to pick this up!

9 joycey couture February 13, 2009 at 11:44 am

Ah, I LOVE face masks! It’s instantly relaxing to have one on… I can’t wait to try this one!! I’m heading to Whole Foods before work today… so excited to have the house to myself tonight! 🙂

10 SerendipitouslySarah February 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Sounds like a wonderul mask. Next I make it out to the city with our Whole Foods, I may have to pick this up. Thanks for the tips!

Right now I’ve been using the Queen Helene Mint Julep mack. It’s about $3 a tube, and it’s almost the only mask we can find on our drugstore shelves anymore, and I couldn’t wait because I had been out for two weeks! I’ll review for y’all soon!

11 Bionic Beauty February 13, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Nicki, Thanks for that link! I didn’t realize people used it as a deep conditioner. I’ll have to read up! I do know that people use the clay on body parts that are hurting, painful, swollen, etc. It has a drawing & calming affect and also is great for detoxing your skin.

Let me know if you decide to try it. I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts!
Jami (BB)

12 Bionic Beauty February 13, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Joycey, Let me know if you pick it up! I know we have similar skin, so this should work wonders for you! 🙂

Sarah, I’d love to hear if you try it! I used to love that Queen Helene mask. The sulfur in it really helped my acne when I was a teen. However, since I ‘grew up’ I developed an allergy to glycerin which is a major ingredient in the mask. So booo… I don’t get to use it anymore. 🙁

13 Abbster March 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Hey there!! I love this stuff, but I have been using for a few years now. I have gotten to where I experiment with adding different things to the mix. I do add Apple Cider Vinegar to the mix, but I have added different essential oils to try out. I love to add Weleda brand Rose oil to help calm and soothe my skin, plus it makes it smell better. 🙂 Enjoy!!

14 Bionic Beauty August 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Hi Abbster, Have you tried adding Tea Tree Oil? It makes it smell nice and I really like it in summer because of the slight cooling effect. Plus it helps even further with any potential breakouts.

And for Weleda, you should sign up for their free magazine. I have it listed somewhere on here ( that way you can get lots of great coupons! (just a hint anyhow)

15 Amber May 10, 2009 at 8:01 am

they sell this stuff at trader joe’s?

16 Bionic Beauty May 18, 2009 at 9:56 am

Hi Amber, Yes it should be available at Trader Joes or Whole Foods. I don’t have any Trader Joes’ near me now, but in my previous area they had it. If yours doesn’t stock it, check your locally-owned natural markets or ask the TJ manager to order it in for stock. They are usually great about that. 🙂


17 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics May 18, 2009 at 10:00 am

Amber – I’ve been checking my TJ’s ever since this was first posted, and have yet to find it there. I did find it at Whole Foods though!

18 Bionic Beauty May 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Oh and I found mine at Whole Foods and Natural Food Supply. 🙂

19 Lisa May 22, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Hey I was just wondering if anyone knows if this can be found in Canada? I don’t think we have Whole Foods… at least not where I am. Would most health food/drug stores have it though? Or what about places like Sallys Beauty Supply or even Safeway? I hope I can find it here!!

20 Bionic Beauty May 24, 2009 at 10:54 am

Hi Lisa, I’m trying to get some friends to check in their areas of Canada. When I hear back from them, I’ll let you know. 🙂

I don’t think Sally’s Beauty Supply has it (at least not down here). Let me try to find some places for you.

Have a great weekend!
Jami (BB)

21 Bionic Beauty June 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Lisa, You can order the Aztec Secret Green Clay from for $7.95 for the 1 lb tub. They’ll ship it to you in Canada.

Let me know if you decide to order. I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts too!!

22 Bionic Beauty June 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Hey ladies, I came up with a new variation if you suffer from acne or the occasional pimple- add 2 drops of Tea Tree Oil to your mask mix! It’s all natural, gentle and makes the mask smell amazing. Plus it’s got great anti-bacterial properties that will help clear up those pimples. I’ve added this mix to my rotation.

If you’re dry and have some breakouts, do the apple cider vinegar plus honey plus Tea Tree. If you don’t need the extra moisture punch, just leave out the honey. And if you’re out of vinegar- mixing the mask with water also works great!

Hope this helps! (I’m sitting here with my weekly mask on as I type this…/grin/)

23 Lisa June 11, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Thanks so much! I will just have to order it online for now I guess… if you hear of any stores in Canada in the meantime, please still let me know! Thanks again


24 Tashi June 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Glad I found this thread! I have started using Queen Helene Mint Julep masque (after hearing about it from Erin “The Cheap Chick”, here in MN), after not using anything for a few years. At 40 years of age, I still have minor skin issues (blemishes, that sort of thing). I do the QH stuff at least once a week. I later do the University Medical Acne Free kit, even though I saw on another post of yours, BB, that it was voted #3 worst treatment (I’m sure to moisturize, even during the summertime.). It seems to work fine for me, even if the tiny grittiness is a tad annoying. It still does its job for me, for what it’s worth. I will have to seek out the Aztec masque you mentioned, and try your variations as well, perhaps. I can’t afford the fancier stuff marketed to women my age, but I wouldn’t want them anyway. It’s crazy. I’ll stick with other options. P.S. Would adding lavender essential oil to the masque be a problem? I have that, for a hair mist I use with bottled water on my curly hair, when not washing it every day. Thanks! 🙂

25 PrettyCute76 August 5, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Hey there! Just like Nicki above, I also read about the Aztec mask on the same website. Recently, I was in a health food store and a girl was talking about the mask and how she mixes it with the Apple Cider vinegar twice a week. Her skin was flawless! Needless to say with your reviews Bionic Beauty as well as the others I have received, I will be going to purchase some immediately (because I do suffer from acne one in awhile- so annoying).

26 Bionic Beauty August 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Hi PrettyCute76,
It’s really a great mask. If you can’t find this exact brand just keep your eyes open for “Bentonite Clay”. It should look like a really fine gray-khaki powder.

I can always tell when I skip a few weeks of doing my mask, because my pores start to clog up and then breakout again. I have been tailoring mine by season and needs too. The Apple Cider is great, but I also add a few drops of organic honey (or whatever honey you have around) for a little extra moisture; or lavendar oil (2 drops) if I want to really relax; Tea Tree Oil for anti-blemish; etc. The possibilities are endless!

And don’t freak out when you wash off the mask- the first few times your skin may be a bit pink. It’s quite normal and it should be back to normal within 30-60 minutes. 🙂

I can’t wait to hear about your experience! I suffer from acne like you occasionally too. But this has REALLY helped. Plus I’ve been using some sulfur-based treatments instead of the harsh benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid ones that you normally find. The sulfur has done wonders! I’ll get a full review up soon (here’s a bit of reading if you want:

Thanks for being a Bionic Beauty reader!

27 Robyn @ Purelycosmetics August 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Prettycute76 – at least Jami warned you about turning “a tad pink” (translation: BEET RED). She forgot to mention that when I tried it. But she’s right; it goes away quickly.

28 Bionic Beauty August 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm

I’m never gonna live that down, am I? 🙂

29 Bionic Beauty August 5, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Oh and my skin was just pink. Ha ha! But like everything, we all react differently. I *do* have very sensitive skin so I thought I’d end up red, but for once my skin was semi-nice to me. 🙂

30 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics August 5, 2009 at 11:14 pm

I should have taken a picture of me after washing my face. You could have put it up next to yours wearing the mask, and you’d have a Halloween post 🙂

31 Patti G August 25, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Is this mask for oily skin only? I have the occasional breakout but my skin tends to be more dry than oily. I would like to try this mask because it sounds interesting but I don’t want to contribute to more wrinkles!!! Thanks!

32 Bionic Beauty August 25, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Hi Patti, I really depends on how you mix it. If you have normal skin, I would use the Apple Cider Vinegar and then add a dollop of organic Honey to the mix. That will keep a great moisture balance while detoxing your skin. 🙂

I hope this helps! You could also do my new recipe with the Jojoba Oil:

Jami (BB)

33 Lauren January 5, 2010 at 7:50 am

I just bought a tub of this mask and I’m super excited to try it! I think I’ll add a little tea tree oil to the mix.

34 Bionic Beauty January 5, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Hi Lauren, First off- welcome to Bionic Beauty!! I hope I continue to see you around the blog. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and results with the Aztec Mask. I recently packed my house and moved quite a distance. Due to this, my weekly mask routine has been interrupted for a few weeks and I can definitely tell a difference. The pores around my nose and chin are much more prone to “congestion” when I don’t use the mask. I swear by it now! Just don’t freak out if after the first few times, when you rinse, that your face may be a bit red due to all the increased blood flow.


35 bluestoneclay April 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm

i have found sacred green clay and am amased by it.

36 Miade Shah-mirany June 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I am sooo excited to try the mask. I’m going to get it tomorrow. I break out alot and have SUPER oily skin. any suggestions? I know vinegar and tea tree oil will help but i’d also like to try a few different ones.

37 Fashion Puttana October 7, 2010 at 6:57 am


I don’t think my face has ever been this soft,except maybe when I was born.
When it first started drying I felt like my face was being suffocated from the pulling. After about 10 minutes I had to wash it off instead of letting it dry all the way because it felt like I couldn’t breathe. I will DEFINITELY use this again and get rid of all the store bought stuff because they’ve never worked this good. : )

38 jj6892 October 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Can anyone tell me where I can get this to buy in stores, specifically in New Jersey. Thank you!

39 Bionic Beauty November 2, 2010 at 10:49 am

Hi JJ, Welcome to Bionic Beauty! I would try your local Natural food stores/groceries, Trader Joes, or Whole Foods. Those all reliably carry this clay. Or you can order it online from the links in the articles above.

I hope this helps!

40 Heather May 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

Would this also work as a deep cleaning shampoo or leave on treatment? I have very oily hair..

41 Sherry May 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

I have purchased the clay at Vitamin Shoppe! Love it!

42 LaShaun June 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I saw this product at my favorite grocery store. I was hesitant on purchasing so when i went home I researched the product. I hadn’t heard not one negative thing about it so I bought some. I just moved and my Apple cider vinegar is WAYYY to far down in my boxes so I opt for water. I applied my mask and watched a movie (lost in translation). Like advertised I did feel my face pulsing! When I rinsed it off my skin felt great but the true test is the day after and let me tell you, my oily skin is so tammed. It’s soft but firm and the same time. My pores look great and I have no shine. Also, when I woke up in the morning I saw little pieces of gonk that was clogged in my pores on the surfaces. I just wiped them off before I washed my face. I’ve never been so happy about a face mask. I can’t wait to use it again.

43 Rebecca November 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I purchased it on 1 lb costs $5.99 but use the code MUK551 and you get $5 off for the first purchase.

44 Lillian Mae October 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I love Aztec Indian!

I even use it as a hair mask for my kinky-curly-coily hair 🙂
Here’s my recipe:

45 Julie November 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm

It also works really well if you mix in a pinch of turmeric. I use it this way and it leaves my skin looking like porcelain.

46 Minna Andrzejewski February 19, 2014 at 6:33 am

Hiya! Quick question that’s totally off topic.
Do you know how to make your site mobile
friendly? My site looks weird when viewing from my iphone.
I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to fix this issue.

If you have any recommendations, please share.
Many thanks!

47 Bionic Beauty February 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Hi Minna,
Welcome to Bionic Beauty! I’d recommend you research responsive themes for your website or one that is fully scalable. Bionic Beauty is currently a scalable website meaning that everything shrinks/grows in size to be viewable on smaller/larger screens. My other blog,, is an example of a responsive website. Responsive means that the site is built on a grid that arranges based on the size of the screen it is being viewed on.

I am also a graphic designer and website developer, so you are welcome to reach out to me if you’d like a site designed!
I hope to see you around Bionic Beauty in the future.

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