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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.