The Honey Mud
gentle enzyme cleanse & masque
100ml / $90.00
a honeyed hug for day and night
lush. velveteen. cozy.
The Honey Mud
gentle enzyme cleanse & masque
100ml / $90.00
An exquisitely distinctive union of raw honey, white halloysite clay, silver, and aromatic plant oils marry to envelop you in an intoxicating and highly addictive ritual.
This silken, pudding-like treat infuses skin with active enzymes while restoring your optimal hydration and individual rhythm.
Cushion your morning and evening
The Honey Mud is exquisitely nourishing and helps bring balance and comfort to stressed skin. Equally luscious as both a gentle daily cleanser or as an indulgent masque, it is formulated to be true skin food.
This decadent treat is designed to be non-stripping, respecting and preserving our delicate acid mantle and ensuring skin is left plump, hydrated, and thoroughly fed.
In periods of heightened dehydration or sensitivity, wear The Honey Mud into the shower to protect the easily compromised natural oils of your skin from evaporation in the heat and water, rinsing as your last step.
Reveal a calm and balanced complexion that is plush, clear and breathtakingly soft.
Massage a plump-pea sized dollop into wet skin to emulsify into a gorgeous and silky cleansing milk, or smooth over clean, dry skin to do double duty as an enzyme masque. Rinse thoroughly, while massaging with the pads of your fingertips.
"I think my skin sighed after I washed it off the first time!"
"Tonight as I applied Honey Mud silk to my face, I realized that as much as I enjoy the brand discovery process, yours is the only brand I won't live without in my future years."
"…I'm smitten with Honey Mud - my skin has been glowing since I started using your products! Love it! :)"
"As someone who has dry, but blemish-prone skin, it's nearly impossible to find a face mask that works. It needs to be hydrating and nourishing to my skin, but strong enough to get rid of blemishes. This is the first and only mask I've EVER found that accomplishes both (and I've tried dozens and dozens, as a beauty blogger).
It smells like a little piece of heaven, and applies easier than any other honey-based product I've come across. The creamy consistency spreads easily, and I usually leave it on for about 45 minutes before washing it off, only to reveal simply glowing skin."
"Besides it smelling absolutely yummy, it makes my skin feel so wonderful. I couldn't wait to get up this morning and wash again."
"I adore this product! I have oily/acne prone skin and I swear using this product daily for the last 6 months (along with the Problem Solver once a week) has calmed my skin down. I made the mistake of not purchasing more before I ran out. I thought my face would stay clear and I could return to less expensive non-green products...Mistake!! My face broke out again. So this is my second time purchasing this product and I will not go without it again. It has truly worked for me."
"This stuff is seriously heaven. Nothing compares. Its rich, creamy, hydrating, and literally smells like luxury!"
"The Honey Mud is amazing. I have acne prone skin, with some scarring from my teenage years and sometimes get breakouts at 35. This cleanser makes my skin feel calm and nourished, it's not heavy. I also used it as a mask and my skin looked supple and reduced some redness I get. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a new routine - you'll love the results."
"The hype is true, and it's all organic. I've got dry, sensitive skin and have been searching, for quite a long time, for a mask that, first and foremost, doesn't irritate my skin. Enter The Honey Mud. The Honey Mud does the job of drawing out the impurities without ever drying out my skin.
And the glow it leaves... well, you need to just try it and see for yourself. This mask is pure unadulterated bliss."
"I used it as a mask after cleansing and it did wonders removing dirt and shrinking my pores…It smelled like the most decadent chocolate pudding!"
"The Honey Mud was addiction at first try. And I mean addiction in the most perfect way. I came pretty close to tasting! :) This is the most different and incredibly good experience I've ever had with any beauty product, ever! This is not only an innovation but one that delivers the most supple skin - immediately - after the very first use (easier said than done)! For me, your line of products delivers an "all-senses experience". Absolutely amazing!"
"Can't live without. My skin is very sensitive and I have suffered with acne since a child. Nearly every cleanser I have used has made my skin even more sensitized or has made my acne worse. Even products that seemed to have worked to begin with ended up doing this to my skin, but not the Honey Mud Cleansing Silk. I have been using this product every day for the past year and it has helped my skin in leap and bounds. It helps with my dry skin, clears out my pores and has helped keep boils at bay. I have found that even my monthly hormonal boils have dramatically reduced since using this product. Another thing I love about this is that you can use it as a mask. When my skin is really bad and just a normal cleanser wouldn't do, I put this on as a mask and my skin is instantly calmed and back to normal. I will continue to use this product for the rest of my life (as long as it never disappears!)."
"…I have finally found the cleanser I don't ever want to be without!"
"Such an amazing product! I use as a mask before bed and it leaves my skin smooth and firm. Smells wonderful and super gentle - great for sensitive skin types like myself."
"The entire May Lindstrom line has been hands down some of the best products I've ever put on my face. The Honey Mud is no exception. It makes my skin dewy, soft, plump...all the things I've been looking for. I even mix it with The Problem Solver once a week & use it as a mask. My 15 yr old daughter loves it too, as it's helped even out her adolescent, problematic skin issues with redness & normal teen acne. Can't recommend this entire line enough."
"My skin is in full-voltage glow-mode this morning from Honey-Mudding it last night!"
"I can definitely tell a difference in my skin once I use this mask. It speeds up the healing process of spots and prevents new ones. As soon as I take it off my skin looks moisturized, less red and inflamed, and oxygenated. I'll use this as an overnight spot treatment as well and it's honestly amazing."
"The Honey Mud is the literal only thing that matters in my life. I'm obsessed."
"Miracle multi tasker, it really works. This cleanser is just beautiful. It's very calming, my skin reacts to everything - too cold, dry, hot, hormonal breakouts - plus I have a lot of allergies. This just instantly calms my skin down. It's too lovely to use to take my makeup off, although it does that brilliantly, so I tend to use it as a second cleanse or morning cleanse or face mask. It's great at getting deep down into the pores, keeping your face clear and spot free. My skin feels really soft and smooth after use, never tight or stripped dry. I am a great believer in the science of skincare, but May Lindstrom has proved to me that purely natural products can be even more effective than the ones built in a science lab. My skin has never looked better.
I know that finally my hunt is over - I have found the perfect range to make my skin clear, spot, oil and dryness free, pores are the smallest I can remember, redness and sensitivity completely gone, and lines are softened or eradicated. All in four weeks! I'm amazed, stunned and excited to see how it looks after a few months, as unlike many products, the results just keep getting better and better. I know I sound like I have shares in May Lindstrom but I'm just so very impressed with every product!!!!! This range has transformed my skin, I don't think it has looked this clear since pre my teen years, or felt this soft, and I only wish I'd tried this collection years ago. The best secret of all - my laughter lines and forehead lines are completely gone. I still have the lines between my nose and mouth but they are substantially reduced. I would have never believed a natural range of face care could have had so dramatic a result in such a short amount of time."
The Honey Mud
THIS JAR LOOKS DIFFERENT THAN THE LAST ONE, DID ANYTHING CHANGE?
Given the "nature of nature", there is a constant evolution of our treats as we incorporate each new harvest of fresh ingredients. Changes are usually subtle and we quietly work to raise our quality standard with every single fresh batch...but sometimes we secure access to new sources that are so exciting we want to celebrate with you!
If you have a jar of The Honey Mud made fresh after July 2017, you're going to see tiny little flecks of goodness reminiscent of the very best vanilla bean ice cream. You may even note a golden caramel swirl in this galaxy of pudding-like goodness. Let me introduce you to the gorgeousness of our new cacao oleoresin! We have procured a very special source of this precious and integral ingredient this evolution is something to celebrate. Each fleck and swirl you see now contain more of the great healing power of this superfood than ever before.
The first batch of The Honey Mud to receive the new cacao was #172851. The 28 is the week number (the 28th week of 2017, which is mid-July), so anything that began with 17 (the year) and then a number less than 28 (the week) would be our original cacao, and anything from 28 and above is our new cacao.
While the ingredients listing and the formula itself never changes, each individual plant is unique, as is each collection of raw honey, mineral-rich clay, fresh-made raw cacao extract and so on.
We do not use fillers, stabilizers or synthetic fragrance to ensure 100% consistency in appearance or texture. We prefer instead to focus on ever-improving the nutritional content and efficacy of each small batch, always seeking to get closer and closer to the source to deliver you the freshest, most active and potent treats on the planet.
I encourage you to embrace any variances from jar to jar - these represent everything I stand for as a formulator with Mother Nature as my boss.
CAN I USE THE HONEY MUD AS A MASQUE AND A CLEANSER?
This beauty does double duty as both a masque and cleanser.
To cleanse daily - massage a plump-pea sized dollop into warm, damp skin (where it will turn instantly to a silky milk), making circular motions with the pads of your fingertips to release makeup and debris before rinsing clear.
To masque - smooth liberally over clean, dry skin (maintaining the pudding-like texture) for a 10-60 minute gentle enzyme treatment.
MY SKIN FEELS VERY SOFT, BUT ALSO LIKE THERE IS A LIGHT RESIDUE AFTER I RINSE, IS THIS NORMAL?
The Honey Mud is designed to be non-stripping. A "squeaky clean" can actually be telling us that we have damaged our acid mantle, which can cause sensitization in our delicate skin.
As you rinse away The Honey Mud, be thorough - massaging lovingly with the pads of your fingertips. This is all you need. If desired, you can accompany this massage with a very soft warm cloth or sponge for a deeper, but still gentle cleanse.
Your skin should ultimately feel plump and fed, and not tight. This can take some mental adjustment, but we promise that any trace of the gorgeous ingredients that remain are intentional and designed to feed goodness back into your complexion for the ultimate health and radiance long term.
DOES THE HONEY MUD REMOVE MAKEUP?
The Honey Mud is safe and gentle for all skin, including your eye area. If you wear light makeup (including most natural mascaras), you should be perfectly fine to remove with The Honey Mud. If you are wearing a bit heavier makeup, a soft and damp cloth will help to lift away the residue as you cleanse, or you may wish to first remove your makeup with The Pendulum Potion prior to a second cleanse with The Honey Mud.
I'M INTERESTED IN THE HONEY MUD, BUT AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE BEES. IS THERE ANY HONEY LEFT FOR THEM?
I completely understand your concern and take the sourcing of this vital ingredient very seriously. Our raw honey comes from a local apiary where the honey is collected from the hives of bees that forage on unsprayed wildflowers. These bees are fat and happy off their own honey and are thriving - which contributes to the life and sustainability of the fields and flowers and surrounding wildlife and our ecosystem as a whole.
WHY DID MY HONEY MUD SEPARATE?
The raw, natural, total skin-food ingredients in this formula can occasionally separate, resulting in caramel colored streaking throughout. This is perfectly fine - simply give your jar a little stir with a clean spoon and it will restore to its pudding-like goodness.
***Raw Honey with Bee Pollen and Propolis, Kaolin (White Halloysite) Clay, *Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, *Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Colloidal Silver, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Oleoresin, *Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Co2 Total Essential Oil, *Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, **Boswellia Serrate Gum (Frankincense) Oil, **Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil
*Certified organic **Wild harvested ***Collected from unsprayed & unfertilized local California wildflowers
A Closer Look
My dear friends,
Over the years, you’ve all gotten to know me for my obsession with quality and service, and my dedication to our beautiful, life-filled, truly natural ingredients. It is an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with your care and I do not take this responsibility lightly.
Today, I’m writing to let you know we are temporarily ceasing sale of The Honey Mud.
Recently, we've found ourselves confronted very directly with the challenging side of what it means to be an uncompromisingly plant-based, natural brand. Working with the world’s freshest, direct-sourced, food-grade ingredients in their least processed and most potent state is our foundation and with this comes both the benefit of these live enzymes and rich nutrient activity, as well as the potential for this "activity" to result in rare instances of bloom or mild fermentation - the same as that can happen in any fresh, organic food. We have now observed this occurrence within certain batches of The Honey Mud in our lab, which brings us to this conversation.
We are investigating a theory that previously undetected, dormant microbes within clay can be brought to life when fed with the nourishment of our raw honey. We are implementing additional pre-screens on “inert” individual ingredients like clay to further expand our visibility into the invisible. Further, I am exploring subtle variations on this unique formula, dreaming of ways to make it not only more stable, but even more extraordinary and beautiful for the skin.
I realize that for many of you, The Honey Mud is a part of your treasured daily ritual, as it is for me. It breaks my heart to not be able to share this for some undefined period of time and I know some will be upset as there is no opportunity to stock up. As much as I want you to have this special treat in your world, I want more to be always worthy of your trust.
Stability, the "nature of nature", and what happens when something goes wrong is an important conversation that is often skipped over, but is vital to this community's understanding around natural formulation and the ongoing trials that come with it. My commitment to always embrace an open conversation with you has never been stronger and this moment will no doubt provide a catalyst for even greater innovation within our in-house production team and the work we do. The Honey Mud will be back and will be more glorious than ever before! :)
I'll be in touch as we progress and have news on an updated version of The Honey Mud's availability, but know that my responsibility and priority is to proceed with my research, reformulation, and testing with thoughtfulness and thoroughness, and not necessarily speed.
I welcome any questions. It is always important to me to be an open book, and no subject is dearer to my heart than that of our precious fresh ingredients and the dedicated loving care of YOU.
With love always,