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Fresh Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar

What it is:A purifying treatment bar for the face and body, made from 100 percent Umbrian Clay.What it is formulated to do:This versatile essential can be used as a deep cleanser, an instantly detoxifying mask, or a spot treatment to heal blemishes and irritation. Umbrian Clay, a proprietary ingredient to Fresh, has supreme anti-inflammatory and absorbent properties. Thanks to its high mineral content, Umbrian Clay absorbs toxins, soothes irritations, reduces breakouts, and aids in the regeneration of healthy skin cells.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- PhthalatesWhat else you need to know:Umbrian Clay occurs naturally and solely in the Italian town of Nocera Umbra. It has been the basis of therapeutic treatments for centuries, dating back to the 6th century B.C.
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Questions & Answers for Fresh Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar

Question
Can you use this clay daily?
If you can't use it daily, what can you use that won't clash with the clay and what moisturizer would be best with it as well?
asked 4 years ago
miscece
(Washington, DC)
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have extremely oily skin and I use this 2x every day! It does not dry out my skin. Just be sure you don't use anything to harsh or drying afterwards. I was still trying to use my regular toner after this and it made my face too dry.You only need this bar. It has helped clear my acne. Just this and nothing else. Stop everything else and you will see the difference.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
cdm77
(Wheelersburg, OH)
answer 2
Depending on your skintype, but yes. If you have oily or oily combination skin it will have a less drying effect, however if your skin is dry then every other day may be a better way to use this.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
heyitsydney
answer 3
I'm using it once or twice a day, everyday, until my skin clears up, and then probably most days after that. It's that good, but also so gentle. Unlike virtually any other acne product, this doesn't dry or burn or sting. What a great idea!!! I've suffered enough from the breakout - I don't need to suffer from the cure!!!!
I'm using Pangea Organics facial creams or argan oil or DeCleor Ylang Ylang Night Balm. I think anything natural would be the best complement; mine range from light (PO) to an oil to very intense (DC YY is natural oils and waxes, almost like a vasoline texture) just as my skin varies.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
SoCalGal
(Southern California)
answer 4
I use mine daily, I use it at night as a cleanser and in the am I use it as a 5 min mask while I'm in the shower it works out great. I started using Koeres oak and something else lotion and the 24 hour rose lotion and my skin is loving it
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
hlnelson74
(la mirada, ca)
answer 5
So far (for 1 week), I've used the clay daily --- and I can't see why you wouldn't. It's like any other facial cleanser you may have... it's just made of clay. :) I have somewhat oily skin (in my T-zone), so I only use a moisturizer 1x/week --- except around my eyes.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
jobolomo
(Victoria, BC Canada)
answer 6
I use it every day, but I'm sure you could use it every other day or every few days if your skin gets too dry.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Sandradevi
(Chandler, AZ)
answer 7
I use this as a daily mask after washing with Purity Made Simple. This keeps my face clear and tightens my pores without drying my skin. However, I do use a light moisterizer afterward.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
karing
(Mishawaka, IN)
answer 8
Don't use it daily! It's too drying that way. Weekly is the way to go, twice a week tops.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
Question
how to use as a mask?
i dont really understand how to use this product in general.. do u lather it up to cleanse and how do u use it as a mask?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
pinkglitter07
(Philadelphia, PA)
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
The best way to use this bar is to only wet one side of it, rather than wetting the whole bar, like the instructions say. I wet the shorter end of the bar with my fingers first then wet it again until the texture is creamy. Apply this "cream" with your fingers or with the bar, onto your face (wet or dry- however works better wet). Then just keep repeating. You will need to repeat wetting the bar because it is clay, which tends to dry fast. After applying the clay where you want, store it in a plastic bag because it will last much longer. Wait 5 minutes. Rinse off. Viola! easier right?
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
heyitsydney
answer 2
Just wanted to give everyone the best way to user this bar for a masque.

First wet your face with warm water.

Second, drop water on the bar (or spritz with water if have a spray bottle) and rub the water in a circular motion to create a thin, muddy layer. Rub bar gently over your face. Repeat if necessary.

You should not put the bar under water. This will cause the bar to disintegrate quickly. If you simply wet your face and rub a dry bar over it - the mask won't have the correct consistency. The mask should on the thinner side and dry completely in 7 minutes max. 5 minutes should do it. If you use this in the shower - there's enough time for the treatment and removal. Also the steam in the shower also helps me.

Store in a water proof soapbox.

I've had my bar for 3 years :) It's in two pieces but still going strong.

Fabulous investment.

Again - don't immerse in water!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
suzx
answer 3
You can run the bar under water and smear it directly onto the face or run it under water put some on your hands and then place it onto your face. Let it dry completely. It won't hurt your skin if you leave it on longer than what is suggested. I use it as a spot treatment sometimes on pimples I can feel coming, just like toothpaste, but better!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
hollylocks12
(Lumberton, NJ)
answer 4
Either or. The best way is to literally rub one of the ends on your damp face ad is you were rubbing on deodorant (that's the best way to describe it.) after 5 minutes it will dry and just wash it right off!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
nycjillian
(New York, NY)
answer 5
I cleanse my face first with my normal cleanser. Then I wet the clay bar with warm water and simply rub the bar over my face, which will leave a thin layer of the clay on the skin. Let that dry, then rinse with warm water and follow with your favority moisturizer, if desired.

Though it is in bar form, I wouldn't recommend trying to use it as a soap -- lathering in your hands, we'll say. First, its doesn't lather, and second, it doesn't take very much at all to coat the face. For a "mask-type" use, I simple leave it on my skin for 5 minutes (it dries in about a minute), and just lay down and relax during that 5 minutes. I think the extended time on the skin draws out more impurities.

I store my bar in a plastic travel soap case, rather than on the sink or in the shower (that will shorten the life of the bar).

Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
myfavoritestore
(Fayetteville, AR)
answer 6
I choose to use it sparingly because it is hard to find in stores, plus I'm frugal. I wet my hands, then use one side of the bar. It's a mask, so you only need enough water to get some "soap/mask" on your face to form a thin film. If you are lathering it up that's too much. You have to wait until it dries, then I use a warm wet towel to remove.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
haliaaloha
(Kaneohe, Hawaii)
answer 7
I rub either the end of the bar across my damp face or take a finger, put a drop or two of water on it then rub it across the bar then my face. If you want to use it as a mask, just put as much as you want on your face and let it dry for at least five minutes. It rinses off easily, unlike some clay masks.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
suzsays
(Utah)
answer 8
1) Cleanse your face as usual.
2) Wet the short edge of the bar.
3) Rub wet edge of bar DIRECTLY on your face. (You will have to re-wet the bar often, but try not to wet the ENTIRE bar--it will last longer if you keep it from getting too wet)
4) Let clay dry (it's mask-like)
5) Rinse off, pat your face dry.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
elles13
(Chicago, IL)
Question
Is the Umbria clay treatment bar available in stores?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
7 answers
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answer 1
My local Sephora, Park Meadows Mall CO, did not carry it as of August 2011. Hopefully they'll start!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
skiqween
(Littleton, CO)
answer 2
If you go to fresh.com it will tell you what stores the Fresh skincare line is available in.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Sandradevi
(Chandler, AZ)
answer 3
Readily.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
karing
(Mishawaka, IN)
answer 4
Yes, its available in all Sephora stores and on Sephora.com.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
skinsense
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
I haven't seen it yet.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
answer 6
I live in Toronto and I first thought they were not on sale in Canada, so I ordered it online. And of course, once I ordered it online, I saw it on the shelf in Toronto a few days later.

Oh well, at least I got 3 free samples to try out from the online order.
answered 4 years ago
ehduh
(Toronto, ON)
answer 7
I bought mine in a store in Calgary, Alberta.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
medzi
(Calgary, Alberta)
Question
Long lasting
is this long lasting?
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Calgary, AB)
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
6 answers
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answer 1
yes. I use my bar as a mask about 5 times a week and it lasted about a year.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
emilyhill
(Harrisburg, PA)
answer 2
All of the reviews stress that it lasts for months - one even said 2 years!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
SoCalGal
(Southern California)
answer 3
It seem to be long lasting and is easy to use.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
californiauser
(Carmel, CA)
answer 4
Let's put it this way, I've been using it once a week for a month and it still looks brand new. Not a dent!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
answer 5
once again, xtremely long lasting!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
zulai
(alexandria, va)
answer 6
Yes, you just use a small amount at one time and it's easy to control how much you use if you wet your face and then rub the bar over it. Don't keep the bar in the shower! let it dry and then keep it in the box.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
echopod
(East Lansing, MI)
Question
Is this product good for oily/sensirive skin?
I have read reviews on this product, but wanted to know if anyone with really oily skin, that is sensitive as well, has had good results with this product? Thanks.
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
Dre82
(Detroit,mi)
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
6 answers
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answer 1
my forehead and nose are really oily but the rest of my face is super sensitive. I stopped using all my acne washes and lotions and my face is sooo much better just using this and I also use the Fresh cleanser it has cucumber in it and is really soothing as well. Try it you'll love it I waited so long and tried so many other things I wish I would have found this years ago.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
hlnelson74
(la mirada, ca)
answer 2
My skin is oily in areas and also pretty sensitive and I haven't had any problems with it. The product doesn't overly-dry my skin and it also effectively soaks up that extra oil.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
cajd
(AZ)
answer 3
Yes, Yes, Yes!!!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Sandradevi
(Chandler, AZ)
answer 4
I'm your girl, skinwise. I have used this bar every week for a month and it's been wonderful! Just don't use any exfoliants that day or your cleanser directly before or after using it as a mask.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
answer 5
I have oily sensitive skin and this soap really helps mattifying and cleaning my face. skin feels very soft, clean and smooth after every use. Very pure and gentle, don`t be afraid to use it.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
georgi
(green bay, wi)
answer 6
I have combination skin, but I can tell you that those oily areas benefit from this bar (especially when used as a mask). The clay pulls the excess oil from the oily areas (forehead/nose/chin) while not over-drying my dry areas. If you have acne and use prescription topical medication, you may experience irritation and/or excessive dryness. As far as sensitivity, there are no chemicals, fragrance or fillers in the product. It is 100% white clay so you shouldn't have any issues there.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
lorntor
(Gaffney, SC)
Question
Help with redness? Discolouration? Brightening?
Did this mask have any effect on these concerns?
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
versepie
(Toronto, ON)
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, it reduced redness and evened out my skin tone. It made the overall appearance of my skin brighter and healthier looking for sure.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
kjd196
(Denver, CO)
answer 2
yes all of them
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
dtz1985
(englewood nj)
answer 3
This clay bar significantly reduced redness in my case.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
mcgillchic
(Montreal, QC)
answer 4
Yes, it will help with all of those issues. Clay is probably one of the best properties you can use to reduce redness and brighten the skin!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
hollylocks12
(Lumberton, NJ)
answer 5
YES- that is one of the only things this abr did for me. It reduced redness and made my skin feel very fresh and glowy. A nice mask if you suffer from facial redness!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
court21
(KY)
answer 6
This definately helped with my uneven skin tone-- it has a great calming effect on redness and is healing blemishes unbelievably well, which of course contributes to a more even appearance. I do think it helps with brightness, as well, as it pulls toxins and debris (which cause dullness) out of your skin and absorbs it. Plus it isn't over-drying, which can make skin dull, also. This is an EXCELLENT products for a number of skin concerns...give it a try! Besides, if you're not happy, Sephora's amazing with their return policy :)
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
margieupstateny
(Albany, NY)
Question
still use another cleanser?
I just received this yesterday in the mail. I LOVE it already, but I'm confused if I should be using a cleanser to remove my makeup first.
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
mrslexington
(Lexington, KY)
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use my regular cleanser first, then follow with this bar. I find it behaves better on my skin as an additional "treatment" than as a cleanser.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
myfavoritestore
(Fayetteville, AR)
answer 2
I probably would use a makeup remover separate; why waste the bar? Plus, it's not a normal cleanser--you can use it as a cleanser/mask. And you wouldn't use a mask to take off make up...right?
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
haliaaloha
(Kaneohe, Hawaii)
answer 3
If you wear makeup, I recommend cleansing normally and applying the mask afterwards. The clay does not remove any makeup when I've used it.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
elles13
(Chicago, IL)
answer 4
I've been using mine after my usual cleanser...and it seems to work great that way. Good luck!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
random12345
(South Florida)
answer 5
I don't and my face feels very clean after using. I still remove my eye makeup and sometimes use a toner after but no pre-cleansing necessary. When I use it as a spot treatment I do cleanse my face (sometimes with the bar and sometimes with another cleanser) and then wet the bar and wipe clay on any pimple I might have.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
saavy87
(portsmouth,NH)
answer 6
i guess that would depend on how much makeup and other porducts you use. the label says to rinse your skin first. when in doubt, i reach for one of my old standbys: cteaphil or noxema
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
wittyname
(New York)
Question
How do I cut this?
I was recommended to cut this by the girl at sephora. We brought it home and could not cut it. How would you recommend cutting it?
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
smasherasher
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I find it very useful to cut the bar, so I can use the pieces differently. I wrap it in a towel and hit it with a hammer. Bigger pieces I use like soap, smaller pieces I often soften and use like a mask.
answered 11 months ago
chuas
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 2
Girl .... the employees at sephora dont always know whay they are talking about. When i asked the girl about this product she literly just read to me whst the box said lol. If you must cut it you can break it into pieces or use one of those really fine and sharp knife but be carefull!!!!! if you dont need to cut it.... dont
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
yossy
(san diego ,CA)
answer 3
When it is wet.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
irishcherokee
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
answer 4
Don't bother, just use the corner. I actually just slit the plastic wrapper so I can slide it down to access the clay without removing it , and it stays dry no matter how wet my hands are.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
tkko
(PA)
answer 5
I cannot fathom how you would cut this, and can only imagine that the employee at Sephora did not know what she was talking about.

On the upside, you don't need to cut this bar. Just wet your face, get the end of the bar damp, and rub it until your face is covered. (Then let dry completely before rinsing off.)

See? No need to cut! : )
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
mmcl
(sf, ca)
answer 6
I'm not sure why she would recommend you cut it. It seems like thats just going to lead to it breaking and falling apart. for me the best way to use it is too wet my face and the bar and run the small side of the bar over my face leaving a thin layer. Maybe there is a benefit to cutting it but I don't think its needed!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
skiqween
(Littleton, CO)
Question
How many times....
How many times a week should I use this product on my face
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
momoooo
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I can use it every day if I use it as you would soap, rinsing before it dries :)
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
irishcherokee
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
answer 2
I have been using the product two to three times a week. I would not use the product any more, because it may cause redness.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
klcatt
(Gas City, IN)
answer 3
I use it twice a day. This is my face wash morning and night. When I have the time I let it dry and leave it on as a mask.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
skiqween
(Littleton, CO)
answer 4
I use it every day and I find it isn't too abrasive or drying whatsoever.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
danielaa21
answer 5
This has multiple uses (cleanser, mask, spot treatment), so it all depends on what your skin type is and what you're using it for. I use it twice daily to help control oil production and stem breakouts because I suffer from mild acne. You could use it once or twice a week if you just wanted to add something to your skin care regimen to detox and exfoliate, whereas a spot treatment would be used as needed. Hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
flamingjune
(Fort Lauderdale, FL)
answer 6
I think that depends on your skin and what you are using it for. Since I'm using it to keep persistent acne at bay (and it's really successful at that!), I'm using it every morning and evening. FWIW, things are going great even though my skin tends towards dry.

You can always try it once a day, say, and then go up or down depending on your skin's reaction.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
mmcl
(sf, ca)
Question
SENSITIVE, DRY SKIN
I have pretty fragile, sensitive, dry skin and a lot of allergies. Is this Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar something I could use on my face and body? It sounds gentle and I really like the idea of applying it like a soap and letting it dry. Also, it would be great to use on my body in the shower! I am definitely all about detoxifying!! Is it drying?? I would appreciate any thoughts you all have, and thanks!
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
irishcherokee
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
When I first started using it, it wasn't not drying. I have been using it for awhile now as it has started drying my skin. I use a regular face moisturizer from aveeno. If you are using it on your body I would have body lotion on hand just in case it starts to feel drying.
answered 6 months ago
larissa101
answer 2
If your skin is already dry, you may notice it drying you out a bit. I have sensitive skin as well, but more of a "normal/combination" on the dry/oily scale. I notice my face feeling a little tight afterward, but putting on a good moisturizer feels great! Face is baby soft! So far I haven't noticed any sensitivity to the product which is a plus. Hope that helps!
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
lfulbright
(Houston, TX)
answer 3
This product is perfect for sensitive skin. my skin is sensitive to the point where it immediately gets red on contact and since i've been using this daily my skin never gets irritated. if you have dry skin i wouldn't recommend letting the product completely dry on your skin because it may dry it out even more. i use it like a regular cleanser, i wet my skin and the bar and then run the product in little circles on my face for a couple minutes and then rinse off. i find it just as (if not more) effective and not as drying. i hope this helps
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
librahhottie
(san diego, CA)
answer 4
I wouldnt use it in the shower.... it wouldt melt. But its natural and i think it would be ideal for someone with sensitive skin. Its not harsh at all. Whyn it dries it feels like a shell. It doesnt dry your skin but you should defenetly moisturize after because you skin absorbs better when its clean
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
yossy
(san diego ,CA)
answer 5
This would probably dry out dry skin, as it works wonders on my oily skin, but it might depend on the cause of your dryness. If it comes from allergies, this may get the allergens off your skin, but I would proceed with caution in your shoes.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
tkko
(PA)
answer 6
I also have very sensitive skin. It's so sensitive, I cannot use any products with parabens in them. This clay bar has been a life saver for my skin, making it feel so soft and clean. I'm not sure about using on your body, but I feel if it is good for your face, it can't hurt to use on the rest of your body.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
starrynight72
(Norwalk, CA)
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