The Honey Mud

enzyme & acid facial pudding

100ml / $90.00
or 4 installments of $22.50 using Afterpay_Badge_BlackonWhite
The Honey Mud The Honey Mud

a honeyed hug for day and night

lush. velveteen. cozy.

The Honey Mud

enzyme & acid facial pudding

100ml / $90.00
or 4 installments of $22.50 using Afterpay_Badge_BlackonWhite

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.

This cushy, luscious pudding frees you of the day’s pollutants, infusing skin with enzymes as it plumps, softens, and revives circulatory rhythm to restore optimal hydration and luminance.


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.

the result

Reveal a revitalized complexion that is plush, clear, and breathtakingly soft.

the ritual

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.

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"Reformulated and tweaked, the essence of this beloved mask/cleanser remains the same. May describes The Honey Mud as “lush, velveteen, cozy,” and honestly, that checks out. Indeed, I think that “lush” is the most apt description for this deliciously decadent treat. The main difference between the reformulated version and the original is the addition of natural salicylic acid from wintergreen extract (for the fans of The Honey Mud’s chocolate pudding scent, the extract isn’t scented and does not change the scent profile). Although my skin is not crazy-sensitive, I tend to be fairly sensitive to acids, but I experienced zero flushing or irritation when using it as either a cleanser or a mask. Instead, my skin was left soft, comforted, and bright. And smelling of chocolate pudding."


"This marshmallowy pillowy mud is not like anything I've tried before. This product is truly different, and the experience is completely unique. I slather this on before my morning meditation, and when I rinse it off after 20 minutes my skin is refined, glowing. Once applied the mask's scent wafts, and is somewhere between a creme brulee and a campfire. I love all of May Lindstrom's products, and The Honey Mud might be my favorite."


"Not only does the new formula have improved glide (which I really appreciate) but the exfoliating powers from those delicious raw honey enzymes have been boosted by salicylic-rich wintergreen which means baby soft skin awaits. And don’t fear, all the other stuff you loved about the original formula - the satisfying non-drying gloop, the heavenly cacao scent, the smart versatility from mask to cleanser - it’s all still there! Thank you, May, I knew we were in safe hands."


"The Honey Mud is so gorgeous and has actually allowed me to improve the texture and health of my skin during this crazy and stressful time. I loved the Honey Mud as a cleanser before, but I now use it as a weekly mask, and I’ve become addicted to the flush and tingle and the way my skin feels like velvet when I wash it off - I’ve never had a product make my skin feel this way (not even the original Honey Mud)! Thank you again for all you do to continue to make products and safely send them out - I look forward to being able to continue using them for months and years to come. "


"As someone who has had acne since age 8, the Honey Mud has been transforming. It’s the only cleanse that I have ever used that truly helped to clear and calm my skin. I love all of your skincare products but this by far has made the most difference. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. "


"I just wanted to tell you that the Honey Mud has CHANGED my life. I am not just saying this to say it either. I had cystic adult acne after giving birth to my son 8 years ago and decided to go on Accutane. It cleared it beautifully and I had no other real breakouts until about 6 months ago when I moved to Florida.  I tried a few new things but nothing worked. I finally got the email that it was my turn for The Honey Mud and within a week of my jar arriving, YES A WEEK, my cystic acne had cleared. I have never had anything work like this on my skin EVER!!! So THANK YOU!!!! A HUGE THANK YOU for making me feel like me again!"


"I can't have any spoons around to measure it out or I swear I would eat it! It's even more wondrous than I remembered. It's soooo smooth when I use it as a cleanse, and silky in water on my skin. The clay feels like it's sticking to every piece of impurity and grime from the day and rinsing it away. Then, I added it as a Masque Day to my week. I honestly didn't want to rinse it off, just for the smell. I used my beautiful golden wand to spoon some into my hand (can't have a spoon, remember?) and applied it to skin freshly cleaned with The Pendulum Potion (so I was already in olfactory heaven.) I'm so happy to have The Honey Mud back!"


"I don’t know what to tell you about The Honey Mud! I almost cried when I first used it. I had drawn a bath and put it on and, between the water and the aromas from the mask, I felt a year's worth of distress melt away and my skin didn’t feel dry, stretched, or irritated. You’re a maverick!  And then when I put The Blue  Cocoon on afterward and massaged my neck and chest I felt even more calm and rejuvenated. Your products are an experience."


"I'm just sinking into the couch with a cup of tea and the mask on my face for the first time in way too long and I'm... giddy. I want to eat it. I want to roll in it. I think in the age-old childhood question of whether you'd rather drown in a bowl of milk or something else, I'd choose this. I am just so happy it's back."


"I was a bit worried about the change only because of how much I loved the aroma but I’m happy to report, the scent is still that chocolaty, malty, earthy goodness. I’ve been using it as my evening face wash just so that I can open the jar on the daily. Thank you May Lindstrom Skin for all you do!"


"The Honey Mud is hands down the best skincare product I’ve ever tried, and I’m a clean beauty junkie. It is my desert island, holy grail, can’t-live-without product & I want to thank you all for working so tirelessly to bring it back to us. I can’t tell you how much having this treat back in my life means to me - it gives me something to look forward to at the end of stressful 12-hour workdays. Even just opening the jar & inhaling the delicious aroma calms & re-centers me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"


"I received my jar of the new formula a couple of weeks ago and I literally get out of bed in the morning because I get to use The Honey Mud, I kid you not. I just want to say thank you for your diligence and for giving your customers a product that actually makes them excited about cleansing their face! I already can't wait to use it tomorrow!!"


"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."



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.

The honey mud looks like ice cream! What is the chocolatey fluid I am seeing? Is this normal?

Yes! Ribbons of caramel coloring lacing over the top of the jar are absolutely normal and expected in The Honey Mud. We do not use fillers or stabilizers in our formulas whose purpose is simply to maintain a perfectly consistent aesthetic appearance in your jar. We choose to focus instead on incorporating only results-oriented ingredients that truly feed and nurture the skin. 

The inherent nature of plant oils is to separate from anything they are mixed with. This is not harmful in any way, and in fact, I love being able to show you the richness and beauty of this nutrient-dense goodness in all its raw glory. 

If you wish, you can just give your jar a stir with a clean spoon or our gold dandelion wand and you’ll be good to go. You can also enjoy this exactly as it is! 

If you lean in close, you’ll see The Honey Mud shows off tiny little flecks of goodness reminiscent of the very best vanilla bean ice cream. Let me introduce you to the gorgeousness of our fresh-made cacao oleoresin! This galaxy of goodness practically bursts with antioxidant power and smells like a dream.

Raw cacao blocks free radicals, protecting skin against damage to collagen and elastin while promoting and renewing skin cell tissue. Cacao contains omega 6 fatty acids and raw enzymes, both of which help in cellular repair and rejuvenation. Topical use increases blood flow to the skin, reducing inflammation and redness, slowing the visible aging process, and supporting healthy moisture content. Enjoy this luscious superhero!

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
*Certified Organic
**Wild Harvested
***Raw, local honey with bee pollen & propolis
† Sodium Chloride and Water as saltwater
+Component of Essential Oil

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***Raw Honey

*With Bee Pollen and Propolis

Colloidal Silver

Argentum Colloidal


Theobroma Cacao

*Sweet Orange

Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil

*Wintergreen (salicylic acid)

Gaultheria Procumbens


Juniperus Virginiana (Virginia Cedarwood) Oil
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