Cleansing With Dirt – AKA 3 Mud Cleansers I Love

From what I can remember, as a kid I was never into playing with dirt.

I’ve never liked getting my hands dirty (you should see even now how many times I wash my hands while I’m cooking or how I eat chicken/ribs/shrimps with knife and fork!), so no mud pies for little Carol.

The only type of dirt I would tolerate was (and still is) sand, as I’ve always been massively in love with the beach and everything relating to it.

But growing up I definitely got to appreciate the cosmetic version of mud in the form of clay masks and, more recently, clay cleansers.

These cleansers are an oily-skinned girl’s best friend, as they remove excess oil leaving the skin perfectly clean but not stripped.

I’ve tried three mud cleansers so far and have loved them all. Here’s the lowdown!

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser ($45/£35)

The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser contains French Green clay and Moroccan Rhassoul clay to remove excess oil as well as Vitamin C to brighten the skin, among other ingredients. It has a pretty unusual earthy smell, which kinda put me off the first time I used it, but now it’s grown on me and I quite like it!

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser ($18/£18)

Besides Diatomaceous Earth clay and Glycolic Acid, Pixi’s Glow Mud Cleanser boosts a mix of nourishing oils and hydrating ingredients, which make it a good option even for the not-so-oily skin types.

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser ($62/£52)

Similarly to the Pixi, Tata Harper’s Purifying Cleanser not only unclogs pores with different types of clay, but also nourishes the skin with plant oils and gently exfoliates it with fruit enzymes. Besides, it has a very invigorating citrus scent that makes it a real pleasure to use.

I use all these as morning cleansers or, sometimes, for my second cleanse at night, after I’ve taken my makeup off with the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (the best makeup remover of all time and the only one I’ve used for the past four years). Since they all contain beneficial active ingredients,  I usually massage them on my wet face for about 30 seconds and then leave them on for 30 more seconds, so that they have a little time to act before being rinsed down the drain.

Honestly, I think the effects of these three cleansers on my oily skin are pretty similar: they all do an amazing job at removing excess sebum without leaving my skin feeling tight or stripped.

So, which one should you choose?

Well, if you’re on a budget, definitely go for the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser, which I also recommend if you want to ease your way into the world of acid exfoliants with a pretty gentle product (if you want to know more about exfoliation, check out this very informative video by my friend Anne).

The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser is probably the strongest and less hydrating one, so I recommend it to the oiliest skin types, especially if you like the feeling of deeply cleansed skin (almost as though you had used a mud mask).

Finally, if you like your skincare to give you a whole luxurious sensory experience, you should definitely opt for the Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser and its uplifting scent. I promise you’ll rush out of bed every morning, just so you can get it on your face. 😉

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  • Reply
    February 23, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Two out of three I have tried, not bad! And I agree with you in every point. I use Ceramic Slip about two times a week for a thorough cleanse, Glow Mud on the other days and the Tata one… Not yet. But I will, someday, and then get back to you.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    February 23, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Such an interesting post: I believe I would choose the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser as my skin is quite sensitive and, at this price, it’s a great introduction to mud cleansers and not such a risky choice indeed! Having said that, Tata Harper is a brand I still need to discover and explore, Sunday Riley as well, but the Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser definitely sounds too harsh for me!

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    Shireen L. Platt
    February 23, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    I have dry skin so mud cleansers are not the best for me so I only have one, GlamGlow ThirstyMud Foam cleanser which I really love. I use it only as second cleanse because anything more than a milk cleanser in the morning usually dries out my skin even more. I would love to try something from Tata Harper but the price range is way too high for my liking.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    Danielle Beautyblog
    February 23, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I haven’t tried the others but I absolutely love the Pixi glow mud cleanser! Perfect for my morning cleanse!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

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    February 24, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    All of these sound so amazing! Especiallt the Sunday Riley one I really want to give a go 😀

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    February 25, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I really want to try Sunday Riley products but they’re so hard to get a hold of here. 🙁

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    February 25, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I used to be the same as child, not liking to get dirty in the mud, haha!
    I’ve only tried the Pixi Cleanser and I really enjoyed it, I need to actually repurchase it. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    February 25, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I love the Sunday Riley cleanser and Pixi’s mud cleanser-they really do the business for my oily skin! I’ve tried the super-budget version from L’Oreal recently-its definitely more on the mask side of mud based cleansers but does the job!

    Beekeyper – latest – Little Ondine Review and swatches

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    February 25, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    The Glow Mud Cleanser by Pixi is on my shopping list right now after reading loads of positive reviews on the product! This post has definitely inspired me to get more into mud cleansers 🙂

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    February 27, 2017 at 9:23 am

    My skin is getting dryer so clay or mud cleansers are not the type of products I’m using these days, but I had heard a lot of good things about the one from Sunday Riley. Definitely not for my skin type though!

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    February 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I normally have really oily skin but this winter my skin ended up being really oily+really dehydrated with so many dry patches, so I stopped using mud cleansers because I need hydration! I don’t think I could justify paying £52 for a cleanser, maybe if I win a lottery 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

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    Fashionably Idu
    February 28, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    I used to have oily skin and tried a few mud cleansers but for some reason, my skin is not oily anymore so I find them drying. But if i had to do it again, out of these 3 amazing products, id probably go for the pixi.

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