Ummmm….wow. Bentonite has left me totally speechless! I wanted to try it once more before posting this review in order to make sure my initial go round wasn’t a fluke. I’m officially swept off my feet.

First things first, what is it?

  • Mineral Content:
    Silica– 61.4%
    Aluminum- 18.1%
    Iron– 3.5%
    Sodium- 2.3%
    Magnesium- 1.7%
    Calcium- 0.04%
    Titanium- 0.02%
    Potassium- 0.01%
    Moisture- 7.8%
    pH – 8.3 – 9.1
  • Bentonite can be applied topically to skin and wounds or taken orally to draw toxins and impurities out of the body quickly. Bentonite Clay removes poisons (bacterial poisoning, salmonella, etc.) and intestinal parasites out of the intestinal tract while alkalizing the body.
  • Bentonite Clay is excellent to rejuvenate and cleanse the skin. Topical applications are helpful for acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, wound healing, and help draw poison from ant, bee, wasp, and similar bug stings and bites. It draws excess oils and debris to the surface, boosts circulation to tighten the skin and stimulate blood flow, and whisks away dead skin cells that can clog pores.
  • Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it is mixed with water, it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.
  • Bentonite Clay may also be used like a shampoo trapping and removing dirt, debris, build up and other particles from your hair and scalp.

Taken from here.

I’ve slept on this deep claryifying mud for some time now. A natural friend of mine recommended Bentonite about a year ago, and I’ve read many positive reviews on naturallycurly and longhaircareforum. I ‘heard’ that bentonite, a mud mask, would leave my hair clean (but not stripped), soft, and defined. I honestly didn’t believe it, but needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The best part is that upon rinsing, my hair behaved as if I had just henna’ed-looser curls, tons of definiton and lots of body and shine. It felt (and still feels) so soft, almost unreal. I think I’m in love 🙂


I followed Anita Grant’s instructions:

  • Mix 1 to 2 parts Bentonite clay
  • Slowly add *warm water to the clay until you achieve a pancake mix texture.
  • Apply the lumpy mixture to your wet hair in sections (with the same ‘smooshing’ action I described in the henna vid)
  • Allow to set for between 15 – 20 minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly with conditioner, until it’s all out of your curls, kinks and coils.
  • Apply leave-in and style as usual (I didn’t DT afterwards)

*water can be replaced with your choice of liquid for example:
Organic Coconut Milk
Herbal infusion
or anything you like…

I loved the 5 minute prep, and 20 minute set time! Easy peasy. I haven’t henna’ed in more than a month due to scheduling and down right laziness. I’m elated that I’ve now found something that will produce the smooth results of henna without the time, effort or cost. I’m planning to do both treatments once a month, spacing them out bi-weekly.

Key things to remember:

  • Do not let the mixture dry on your hair- I used a plastic baggie the second time
  • Use conditioner to rinse thoroughly, or you’ll be left with ‘wierd’ feeling hair.

I used AZTEC Secret brand, purchased from Vitamin Shoppe. The color is grayish and the consistency is very fine like powder. This particulary clay comes from Death Valley, California, where it is sun- dried for up to six months in temperatures that sometimes reach 134 degrees.Good stuff.

Please don’t be like me…don’t sleep on this one ladies. It’s the perfect poo replacement and you can use it as a face mask too! Hell, I’m going to purchase the liquid kind to take internally. Why not?!

Later Gators,

p.s. Pics coming soon…