May Lindstrom Skin Clean Dirt Mini Review

May Lindstrom Clean DirtI grew up in Kerala, India, where most skincare rituals are homemade. Most women (and men) massage their face with coconut oil before a bath and rinse it off with a paste of chickpea flour and water (the double cleansing trend started centuries ago!). The oil melts impurities, while the chickpea flour ubtan (the Ayurvedic term for cleanser/mask that you make by mixing a dry ingredient with water to form a paste) offers gentle exfoliation without upsetting the skin’s acid mantle. As a teen with bad skin, I was often asked to follow this double cleansing regime, but I wanted the latest foaming cleanser that left my skin squeaky clean and made it smell like a fruit or flower that didn’t exist in nature.

I am reminded of these ubtans when I use May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt. Unlike the humble chickpea ubtan, this powder cleanser smells like vanilla and spices and turns into an airy mousse when you mix it with water. It’s an ubtan executed in the most luxe way imaginable.

If you wear makeup or sunscreen, you will most definitely need an oil cleanser before you cleanse with this.  Cleansing with Clean Dirt is not the best option for a quick cleanse when you are running late for work. You need to take your time with Clean Dirt, mix  it in a bowl and inhale its relaxing scent as you massage it on your face. The exfoliating particles are gentle but invigorating, and it’s a great way to start the day.

I recently recommended this cleanser to my housemate. He loves his skincare rituals, and he has successfully incorporated this cleansing ritual into his daily routine. For me, this is a cleanser for those special days when I want to slow down, relax and take my time to pamper my skin.

Where to buy:

I Am Natural Store, in Australia. Cult Beauty internationally (they offer free worldwide shipping!)

 

3 Comments

  1. June 10, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    Well written post Arjun. I have had a love-hate relationship with Ubtans because they always ended up drying my skin. And May L has been on my radar till I read that it had baking soda in it. Nope. Not using that on my skin because I just fear the ph of my skin would be wrecked. Maybe I am wrong. All her rituals look so dreamy and I might try the Jasmine Mist but the rest seem like a no-go for me.

    • askarjun
      June 10, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      Thanks Swapna! I was expecting it to dry my skin like a traditional ubtan, but it leaves my skin soft and hydrated for such a gritty/clay-based product. I wasn’t sure about the baking soda, either, but it doesn’t seem to irritate my skin. Don’t use it if you think it may wreck your skin, though! Not worth the risk! haha Btw, ML’s The Honey Mud could be an option for you because it’s baking soda-free.

  2. askarjun
    June 10, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Thanks Swapna! I was expecting it to dry my skin like a traditional ubtan, but it leaves my skin soft and hydrated for such a gritty/clay-based product. I wasn’t sure about the baking soda, either, but it doesn’t seem to irritate my skin. Don’t use it if you think it may wreck your skin, though! Not worth the risk! haha Btw, ML’s The Honey Mud could be an option for you because it’s baking soda-free.

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