by Emma Peters February 05, 2018

When you’ve had a busy week and need some peace ‘n’ pampering, there’s nothing quite like a natural face mask. They’re a great way to cleanse away the grease and grime of the week and nourish your skin as you go - a bit like a health tonic for the face.

Another thing I love is that, unlike conventional masks, face masks made from natural ingredients are super simple to replicate and make yourself. Whenever my skin needs a good, deep clean I can whip up a cleansing mask with few special things I keep in my pantry.

Here’s the lowdown on four key ingredients along with my full DIY natural face mask recipe. It’s incredibly easy to make and even easier to love - especially when you know about all the good stuff that goes in it!


diy clay charcoal face mask

Bentonite Clay (1 tsp)

This powdered clay is formed from volcanic ash and contains minerals such as iron, sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium - all helpful for skin cleansing.

Adding a little bit of water to Bentonite Clay gives it a negative charge, helping it draw toxins out of the skin to be rinsed away later.

Not only does it help to clear pores, it also works to make them smaller and regulate the level of sebum they produce too. Bentonite Clay helps to reduce breakouts, keeps the skin super smooth and adds a healthy glow for good measure!

Activated Charcoal (1/2 tsp)

Charcoal becomes ‘activated’ after a special steaming that creates thousands of tiny pores in the charcoal particles. These pores bind to dirt and toxins, drawing them out and lifting them away.

What’s more, charcoal isn’t absorbed by the skin at all - meaning it’s perfect to use in face masks even for sensitive skin.

For this face mask any genuine active charcoal will do the trick, but my absolute favourite is Tailor Noir Dust. It’s totally natural and can be easily added to your favourite natural cleanser or exfoliator if you’re in a rush - perfection!

Apple Cider Vinegar (1 tsp)

This is an absolute must-have for any healthy pantry! Apple Cider Vinegar works wonders in so many different ways - weight loss, gut health, blood pressure issues, you name it!

The teaspoon I mix in to this particular natural face mask though is there to improve skin appearance and texture.

Apple Cider Vinegar is full of pro-biotic enzymes and is known for its antibacterial properties, meaning it’s great for fighting acne and healing the skin naturally. It reduces scarring, improves skin pigmentation and will make your face feel mega-soft as it works its magic.

Melaleuca/Tea Tree Oil (about 3 drops)

I am a massive fan of Melaleuca Essential Oil. I love its fresh scent all the wonderful ways it can help your skin too.

Melaleuca leaves were used for centuries by Aboriginal Australian people to cool the skin and senses, and that’s exactly what it does in this recipe.

Its antiseptic properties help to clean the skin and combat breakouts, while its lingering scent helps clear the mind and reinvigorate the senses. 

I love doterra's Melaleuca oil.

Instructions (don’t worry, there’s not many!)

  1. Mix the Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal together in a small glass bowl.
  2. Add in your Apple Cider Vinegar and Melaleuca Essential Oil.
  3. Stir all four ingredients together until the mixture is smooth (if it’s too dry, add a little warm water until the texture’s perfect)
  4. Apply your mask to your face, neck, or any patch of skin that needs a little love!
  5. Leave the mask on for 15mins or until it’s dry, then wash of with a flannel and warm water.

Don’t have time to make a face mask from scratch?

No worries! Making your own D.I.Y facemask can be fun, but there are loads of great natural brands out there creating brilliant ready-made masks too. Here are just a few of my favourites for when you’re pushed for time but still need a little luxury.

Girl Undiscovered Stumble Across Paradise Mask

Girl Undiscovered Stumble Across Paradise Mask

This gorgeous Kiwi creation helps to exfoliate and hydrate the skin, restoring luminosity and soothing irritation.

Kanuka Honey works to calm redness, while Balinese Coconut Oil deeply nourishes and heals - great for breathing new life and youth into your skin.

Nahaia Sea-Me-Cleanse Energising Mask

Nahaia See-Me-Cleanse Mask

If you’ve got oily, breakout-prone skin this is the mask for you!

Nahaia’s Sea-Me-Cleanse Mask combines Organic Bentonite Clay and French White Clay to purify, detoxify cells and brighten your complexion.

This mask works with the skin’s natural oil production rather than against it, keeping it healthy and hydrated without any excess grease.

Tier for Teens Burdock and Crushed Rose Mask

Tier For Teens Burdock and Crushed Rose Mask

It might say ‘teens’, but in reality this mask works a treat for skin of all ages!

French Rose Clay gently draws toxins to the surface as Oats help soothe and Wild Orange exfoliates, leaving your skin squeaky clean and super soft.

A combination of healing antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic botanicals help heal and NZ manuka honey reduces skin scarring - this one really is the whole package.

Emma Peters
Emma Peters

Emma Peters, organic makeup artist, creative director and founder of Belle & Sage, is committed to leading the conversation around beauty and wellness. With over twenty years of experience as a make-up artist, she knows you don’t have to sacrifice quality for clean.

She’ll help you find the what, learn the why, nail the how, and everything in between.

Letting you know more, wear better, and start making beautiful choices: from the inside, out.

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