Home DIY Projects + Tutorials Favors + Gifts {Product Review} Gift Idea: Mud Masks and Bath Teas from Garden Apothecary

I am thrilled!  This post is a review of an all-natural, eco-friendly line of health and beauty products that has me touching my skin non-stop.  I almost cannot believe the results.  For anyone who buys all natural beauty products, add these to your must-have list.

Introducing Garden Apothecary, brought to you from Dirty Girl Garden, founded by Horticulturist, Jennifer Lee Segale, in Half Moon Bay, California.  Jenn makes the most luxurious mud masks a girl can buy (kind of an oxy-moron, but so true).  These would make any bride or bridesmaid happy because the skin is left feeling amazing! Give these as a gift, favors, or keep for yourself!

Jenn was gracious enough to send me a sampling of single-use mud masks and bath teas.  I knew as soon as I heard about these products that they were going to be awesome.  DIY Bride is really interested in homemade health and beauty products like these.  They’re organic, beautifully packaged, handmade, affordable, and completely wonderful.

I was most impressed by the Garden Apothecary mud mask.  The product is a dry powder made from French green clay, packaged in an eco-friendly, one-time use container, for about $3 each.  You can buy in bulk and save at Etsy. Add water for a refreshing, skin-tightening mud mask twice a week. Also, mix with a bit of honey or agave nectar for a gentle face scrub.

French Green Clay Mud Mask // Face Mask

Here’s what I noticed about my skin after using the mud mask:

  • Putting the mud mask on felt great – cool and refreshing.
  • There was no itching or burning while the mask was on, but I did feel my skin tightening like it should.  I already knew it was working wonderfully!
  • After about 20 minutes, I washed off the green mask.  My skin was baby-butt smooth, smooth as silk.  And 12 hours later, it’s still feels amazing.
  • My skin was a bit red after removing the mud mask, but that went away in about 10 minutes.
  • I can tell a real difference in my skin’s appearance.  It’s firm, radiant, and looks like I am wearing a silky finishing powder.  No joke!  Even my neighbor tried the mud mask with me and she had the same results: refreshing, firming, simply wonderful, and cannot wait to do it again!
  • Using the mud mask as a face scrub (mixed with honey instead of water) gently exfoliated my skin, leaving it feeling perfect.

Jenn recommends using the mud mask biweekly.  I suggest also using it as a face scrub between masks.

Another popular seller at Jenn’s Etsy shop is the Garden Apothecary bath tea.  It smells like tea leaves and creates a wonderful, relaxing aroma for your bath.  I wasn’t overly impressed with the bath tea like I was with the mud mask, but that’s probably because I am used to bubble baths!  It’s base is Epsom salt with added notes of lemon, orange, and other natural ingredients.  No soap here, and no chemicals.  It leaves your skin feeling silky and smelling great.

All Natural Bath Salts // Jasmine Bergamot Violet Leaf

The bath tea is a completely different concept for relaxation, and one which I think might grow on me.

Garden Apothecary also features a line of body scrubs that I cannot wait to try.  Just look at the pictures of these sugar scrubs!  You can see the quality ingredients in every recycled bottle.

Sugar Scrubs // Lavender – Mint – Rose

Part of what makes Jenn and her Garden Apothecary products (go check out her Etsy shop!) is her background in horticuluture and gardening.  Her passion for plants and the Earth have made her successful, and she is truly deserving of the success.  Take a peek at her blog (I love this post about glamorous gardening), and get know Jenn better.


Disclosure: DIY Bride has a financial relationship with Garden Apothecary, meaning we may have received compensation for this content and/or related content.  We firmly stand behind our review and recommendation, and are committed to promoting only those companies we feel offer our community excellent products, ethical business practices, and outstanding customer service.



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