The Honey Mud
gentle enzyme facial cleanse & masque
100ml / $90.00
a honeyed hug for day and night
lush. velveteen. cozy.
The Honey Mud
gentle enzyme facial cleanse & masque
100ml / $90.00
An exquisitely distinctive union of raw honey, silver, white halloysite clay, and aromatic plant oils marry with our unique, natural exfoliating acid to envelop you in an intoxicating and highly addictive cleansing and masking ritual that leaves you glowing.
This silken, pudding-like treat frees you of the day’s pollutants, infusing skin with enzymes as it plumps, hydrates, and revives circulatory rhythm to bring out your natural softness and radiance like nothing else.
The much-anticipated update to The Honey Mud is here! For the safety of our small team on the ground here in Los Angeles, this will be a slooooow and methodical rollout. Our waitlist is currently at 9k individuals. We are able to safely ship 500 fresh units per week, and are sending invites to 100-200 waitlisted individuals weekdays until we make our way through. This is the ONLY way to shop The Honey Mud. We’ll send you an email with a special link to shop when you’re next in line.
This is your moment! Act fast, as we are shipping your segment of the waitlist next. Quantities remain limited, and will sell out shortly. We can’t wait to share with you!
Our gentle hero has been given a glow-inducing boost
Get ready for some power enveloped in this cushy, luscious pudding.
Our very special form of salicylic acid, extracted from wintergreen leaves, enhances the skin’s natural shedding process to free dead cells, both on the surface and in the pore lining, releasing the accumulation of environmental debris, makeup, and sunscreen that mixes with your natural oils and built up tissue.
It is normal with acid exfoliation to experience tingling and a temporary pinking of the skin, with an increase of heat and blood flow as fresh oxygen rushes to your cells. This is a good thing, and key to the magic ahead. Not everyone will experience this sensation or flush of color, but many of you will. Don’t be nervous, get excited!
This decadent formula is designed to be non-stripping, respecting and preserving your delicate acid mantle, microbiome, and pH levels.
Reveal a revitalized complexion that is plush, clear, and breathtakingly soft.
Massage a fat, blueberry-sized dollop into wet skin to emulsify into a gorgeous and silky cleansing milk.
To enjoy this multi-tasker as an enzyme masque, smooth extra generously over clean, dry skin, leaving it to work its magic from a few minutes up to an hour before rinsing clear as you massage 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
WILL I FEEL ANY TINGLE OR REDNESS FROM THE NATURAL SALICYLIC ACID (WINTERGREEN EXTRACT)?
It is normal with acid exfoliation to experience cool or warm tingling and a temporary pinking of the skin, with an increase of heat and blood flow as fresh oxygen rushes to your cells. This is a good thing, and key to the magic ahead. Not everyone will experience this sensation, but many of you will. Don’t be nervous, get excited! There’s some power enveloped in this cushy, luscious pudding.
Our gentle hero has been given a glow-inducing boost via the inclusion of our new and very special extract of wintergreen. This unique addition is the first 100% naturally-derived salicylic acid obtained from wintergreen leaves; an incredibly effective alternative to traditional synthetic salicylic acid.
Be sure to read more about this truly special ingredient, both in the next question below, and HERE in our ingredient glossary where you can dive into the full story of every single ingredient we use in our kitchen lab, from sourcing to skin benefits.
If you find that pinking or heat sensations persist beyond 15 minutes, reserve The Honey Mud for nighttime use in these early weeks of introduction until your skin acclimates. This formula is especially beautiful before an early bedtime and long sleep, and for days you can ease into softly.
Note that pinking and heat sensations occur most frequently in skin that is sensitive, inflamed, or recently exposed to the sun, exercise, temperature extremes, other acids and exfoliants, retinol, and for individuals who have never, or rarely use, skin actives. The Honey Mud was formulated for delicate skin and works in support of these conditions and in complement to your existing ritual.
For me personally, flushing or pinking of the skin happens only very rarely now, particularly when I've been neglecting my skin or skimping on massage and other practices that keep my circulatory system moving. It tends to appear in areas needing attention, serving as a gentle reminder to slow down and tune into the needs of my own skin, and truly, to keep coming back to this formula and the unique gifts it has for me every single day.
While our original formula was as soft and sweet as its pudding-like goodness looks to be, the update doesn’t mess around. Expect results. This ingredient update gives oomph to The Honey Mud on a level I didn't even know was possible. I love it so much!
Massage a fat, blueberry-sized dollop into wet skin to emulsify into a gorgeous and silky cleansing milk, or smooth extra generously over clean, dry skin to do double duty as an enzyme masque.
Slow your breathing and massage your skin lovingly with the pads of your fingertips as you rinse The Honey Mud clear after cleansing or masking. I like to begin with warm water as skin softens and dead cells and pollution are released, completing with a final cool water rinse. Immediately follow with The Blue Cocoon and The Youth Dew, massaged directly into the water on your skin (skipping your towel entirely). Mist generously with The Jasmine Garden to saturate, press gently across face, neck, and décolleté, and your ritual is complete.
I can’t wait for each of you to experience this luscious, transformative, deliciousness.
I AM EXCITED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE UPDATED FORMULA! CAN YOU BREAK DOWN EXACTLY WHAT CHANGED?
There is so much to share with you! I've listed out the new updates in detail below. Some are actual changes to the formula, and others are not fundamental to the recipe, rather, an adjustment of how that ingredient needs to be listed for EU regulations on our label.
You can see the full ingredients listing on this page, and read more about the story behind each and every one of our unique contributors to this formula on Our Ingredients page to go even deeper.
Now for what's new:
1. Kaolin + Titanium Dioxide
This ingredient (Kaolin, also known as White Halloysite) has not changed from the original formula, but the naming convention on our label has. Our kaolin clay, and all kaolin, naturally contain a certain content of the mineral titanium dioxide. The titanium dioxide is not an added ingredient, but a component of this raw ingredient that is required to be called out separately in the INCI to adhere to European labeling requirements. The naturally-occurring titanium dioxide content is less than 1% of the formula.
2. Water + Sodium Chloride
Water was included in the original formula as a clean and neutral base for the magic of our colloidal silver (read about the incredible benefits of this favorite ingredient of mine HERE), as well as to facilitate the assimilation of water-soluble vitamins and nutrients. This update introduces "Sodium Chloride", that while listed separately from "Water" due to labeling requirements, is in combination with the water, ultimately as a saline solution (salt water).
As saline has the same properties as human tears, it is incredibly gentle on the skin, yet effective in creating an environment that's resistant and inhospitable to pathogens and other organisms. Water alone assists in the growth of unwanted factors (and renders preservation necessary), but when water + sodium chloride are combined in a formula together as saline, it works by reducing the water activity in our product. Given that The Honey Mud is primarily clay-based, the addition of salinated water forms a kind of gel, consisting of a nano-network of clay particles that is inhospitable to growth of unwanted organisms.
We have utilized multifunctional, skin-beneficial natural ingredients in order to safeguard The Honey Mud and optimize the results your complexion receives - versus opting for a standard synthetic that only adds value as a preservation system.
By utilizing "hurdle technology", which is basically intelligent formulation using several different natural preservation factors, we can control microbial growth in the absence of traditional preservatives. The final formula of The Honey Mud has been through extensive stability and preservative-effectiveness challenge testing and easily received its "pass" mark.
Further, our skin loves salt. When applied topically, salt acts as a natural detoxifier, helping to gently shed dead skin cells. When you swim in the ocean, enjoy a salt bath, or indulge in salt as an ingredient in skin treatments, this vital mineral reduces fluid retention, relaxes tissue, and helps to keep skin clear and bright. It's particularly wonderful for acne-prone and easily-irritated complexions.
3. Potassium Sorbate
Potassium sorbate is a naturally-occurring organic salt of sorbic acid. It is non-toxic, food-grade safe, GRAS (official classification of Generally Recognized As Safe), and widely considered one of the safest and most natural preservatives. Potassium sorbate can be found in seemingly everything from cheeses and baked goods to wine and pickled vegetables. It is used prolifically in natural skincare formulation for its preservative abilities and its support in regulating pH levels. This is included in The Honey Mud's updated formula at far less than 1% (just 0.2% in total), ideal for even the most sensitive skin.
4. Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract
I am so excited to share this new-to-us ingredient with you! Our wintergreen extract is the first 100% naturally-derived salicylic acid obtained from wintergreen leaves; an incredible alternative to traditional synthetic salicylic acid. Beyond its immediate benefits to the skin's appearance, in the plant world, salicylic acid plays a key role in the resistance of plants to pathogens. This special quality allows this unique extract to offer itself as one more player in our natural preservation system.
Despite its minty-sounding name, our extract is odorless and does not impede the magnificence of The Honey Mud's lush aromatics. With a long history of use in traditional medicine, wintergreen is an evergreen shrub from Canada which grows in the pine forests and underbrush of North America. It was known by the native populations who used it in traditional medicine to treat various ailments, including within compresses to ease skin inflammation.
To extract this natural acid, our supplier first distills the leaves of the wintergreen plant, then uses a process called hydrolysis - which sounds like a fancy word, but can be explained simply as using water to break down the oil, which in turn produces salicylic acid.
What results is an anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory compound ideal for gently purifying oily and breakout-prone skin, visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, easing redness and discomfort, decongesting clogged pores, and bringing a glow and radiance that surpasses even the beauty of our much-loved original formula.
Our wintergreen extract works similarly to beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) to target certain protein bonds in the skin. The goal here is to enhance the skin's natural shedding process that can become inhibited due to damage from the sun, environmental factors, the natural aging process, genetics, and inflammatory conditions such as acne. Natural salicylic acid helps to release dead skin not just on the surface, but also in the pore lining, where accumulation of pollution, makeup, and sunscreen mix with your natural oils and dead cells. Without effective exfoliation on both levels, skin may present as congested, dull, bumpy, rough, irritated, and simply lacking the glow of health. This buildup also impedes the effectiveness of all other products you use, blocking their delivery to your skin.
The Honey Mud's pH range is from 3.7 - 4.2, rendering it ideal for effectiveness, while remaining very gentle for the skin, which is naturally acidic.
For light daily exfoliation, enjoy The Honey Mud as your twice-daily silky cleanser, massaging into wet skin where it will turn instantly to a milk.
For enhanced results, smooth richly over clean, dry skin as a mask, maintaining the pudding-like texture, and leave on from a few minutes up to an hour or more. Skin will be left incredibly soft, smooth, and even-toned, particularly over time and with consistency.
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. This is my absolute favorite for a gentle morning cleanse, and an equally gorgeous way to close out the evening following a first cleanse with The Pendulum Potion.
To masque: Smooth liberally over clean, dry skin, maintaining the pudding-like texture, for a 10-60 minute gentle enzyme treatment. I've also been known to leave this on for an entire Sunday! It's perfect to wear into a shower, preserving the natural oils of your skin from evaporating in the heat. The Honey Mud offers protection and hydration, feeding your skin as you shower. Rinse to finish, and follow with The Blue Cocoon and The Youth Dew, massaged into your soft, warm, still-wet skin.
MY SKIN FEELS SO SOFT! I'M USED TO A "SQUEAKY CLEAN" AND THIS IS SO DIFFERENT.
The Honey Mud is formulated 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. Our goal is to build up the resilience of your glorious skin for ultimate health, glow, and radiance long term.
DOES THE HONEY MUD REMOVE MAKEUP?
The Honey Mud will remove light makeup, along with with sweat, dead skin cells, pollution, and debris from daily exposure. It is not formulated for removal of eye makeup. If you are wearing a bit heavier makeup and sunscreen, a soft and damp cloth will help to lift away the residues of the day as you cleanse. In the evenings, we encourage a first cleanse with The Pendulum Potion to clear the slate, prior to a second cleanse with The Honey Mud to feed all the goodness back in, leaving skin happy as can be.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR SOURCE OF HONEY?
The unparalleled attention and obsessive dedication to the thoughtful sourcing of our fresh ingredients is our very foundation and one of our greatest points of pride. Never is this more important than when retrieving gifts from another living being.
We looked into many, many, many honey makers prior to finding our perfect fit to ensure that this was the best of the best on every level. Our gorgeously golden healer comes from a local, family-owned apiary who follows sustainable practices, honoring the health of their bees - including removing only what is needed and leaving plenty to nourish the hive, rather than fully stripping these friends of their fuel. The bees are never relocated or trucked across the country as often happens in commercial beekeeping. The apiary is well respected, carries Kosher and Organic certificates, and is 100% solar powered - known for their commitment to the environment as well as the treatment of the bees. Additionally, they use a process called "gravity straining", rather than filtering, which allows our honey to retain its natural, perfect, skin-food components.
These free-range bees spend their days exploring California’s Ventura County flower blossoms, mountains, and farms. They are flourishing - vibrant, healthy, and thriving from the fulfillment of their work - which contributes to the life and sustainability of the fields and flowers and surrounding wildlife and our ecosystem as a whole.
Kaolin (White Halloysite), ***Honey, †Water, Theobroma Cacao Extract, *Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Colloidal Silver, Titanium Dioxide,*Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Boswellia Serrata (Frankincense) Oil, **Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, *Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Extract, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, †Sodium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, +Benzyl Benzoate, +Limonene, +Linalool
***Raw, local honey with bee pollen & propolis
† Sodium Chloride and Water as saltwater
+Component of Essential Oil