The Earth that Heals

Monday, December 08, 2008 | Tips & How-Tos, ingredient close-ups

Ingredient Close-Up: Pascalite

Sure, minerals are all the rage in the beauty industry these days. There’s titanium and zinc for sun protection, mica to reflect light and iron oxides which give us those rich, beautiful colors that we love. And then there’s pascalite, the versatile mineral complex that treats blemishes, ulcers, cataracts, insect bites and of course, softens your skin.

This rare form of calcium bentonite clay is hand-mined at the Big Horn Mountain Range in Wyoming, where it was formed 30 million years ago. American Indians utilized the cream-colored, cheese-like substance for medicinal purposes and referred it as “the earth that heals.”  

Pascalite’s healing properties are so strong that it’s purported to be the only known cure of the brown recluse spider. In addition to bug bites and bee stings, pascalite is used to treat burns, sores, rashes, and psoriasis. It’s even used in deodorant and toothpaste. Skin care products containing pascalite can be used to smooth wrinkles, unclog pores and soften skin—an especially important feature during these cool, dry winter months.

When mixed with water, pascalite turns into a potent, mineral-rich paste, or as we in the glamorous beauty business like to call it, a mud. At Pür Minerals, we’ve harnessed the extraordinary benefits of pascalite in our Mineral Mudd Masque, a remarkable, deep-cleaning, detoxifying facial mask that literally draws impurities out of your skin.

Pascalite is surprisingly inexpensive despite its exclusivity. The only existing supply is that found in the mines of the Big Horn Mountains, so when this rare gem of a skin care treatment runs out, the search is on for a new miracle mud.