Also called “Ghassoul”, rhassoul is a natural clay native to the Atlas Mountains, in Morocco. Since the dawn of time, women have used it for the care of their hair and skin. If you like natural products and preparing your own cosmetics, rhassoul will quickly become your beauty ally!
In Morocco, rhassoul is part of the essentials of the hammam ritual, like black soap and horsehair gloves. Used for skin and hair care, it is one of the traditional beauty secrets passed down through generations for millennia.
What is rhassoul?
Rhassoul – or ghassoul – is a natural volcanic clay collected only in Morocco, in the Atlas Mountains. It is given excellent purifying and cleansing properties. Also called “washing earth”, rhassoul has a very strong capacity for absorption and adsorption of impurities and toxins, which allows for a deep but gentle treatment. Extremely rich in minerals such as magnesium, iron, sodium, zinc, phosphorus, and potassium, rhassoul has cleansing, exfoliating, regulating, soothing, and softening properties. It is therefore ideal for all types of skin and hair without attacking them.
How to prepare rhassoul?
The preparation of rhassoul is extremely simple. Just mix equal amounts of clay with lukewarm water until you get a smooth paste.
The benefits of rhassoul on the face
- Cleans all skin types: rhassoul cleanses impurities and absorbs toxins without damaging the protective hydrolipidic film of the skin.
- Balances oily-prone skin: rhassoul helps eliminate blackheads while regulating sebum secretion.
- Unifies the complexion and refines the skin texture: rhassoul tightens dilated pores and gives the skin a “baby skin” appearance.
- Soft, satin the skin and gives a healthy glow
- White rhassoul lightens the skin and restores radiance to dull skin
The benefits of rhassoul on the hair
- Cleanses and degreases hair and scalp (use in shampoo)
- Gives resistance and strength to the hair
- Softens and shines hair
- Helps regenerate the scalp by reducing dandruff and itching
Some rhassoul recipes
1. Rhassoul shampoo
In a small bowl, mix:
- Two tablespoons of rhassoul
- Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- A tablespoon of honey
Dilute everything with a little water and possibly a little lavender water until you get a paste with a consistency similar to that of shampoo. Apply the preparation all over the hair beforehand. Massage to make the clay penetrate well, then leave for about 5-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly while combing your hair.
2. Rhassoul and rose face mask
In a bowl, mix:
- A tablespoon of rhassoul
- Two tablespoons of rose water
Apply a thick layer to the face and leave on for ten minutes before rinsing off with clean water.
3. Rhassoul body or face scrub
In a bowl, mix the rhassoul with a little lukewarm water or hydrosol until you get a smooth paste. Apply the preparation on the face and/or all over the body and massage in using circular movements. Emphasize the elbows, knees, and heels. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. To finish the treatment, apply a moisturizer.
4. Hair mask
In a bowl, mix the rhassoul with lukewarm water or a hydrosol (floral water), a few essential drops (ylang-ylang, lavender, etc.), and vegetable oil (castor, coconut, etc.). Apply the preparation all over the hair including the roots. Leave on for about 30 minutes, then rinse.