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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
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 5 years, 5 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 3 years, 10 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 4 years, 3 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 5 years, 2 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 5 years, 2 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 5 years, 3 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 5 years, 3 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 5 years, 3 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 5 years, 4 months ago
elles13
(Chicago, IL)
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 5 years, 11 months 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 3 years, 1 month 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 3 years, 10 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 5 years, 10 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 5 years, 10 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 5 years, 10 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 5 years, 10 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 5 years, 10 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 5 years, 11 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
Question
Is the Umbria clay treatment bar available in stores?
asked 6 years, 1 month 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 4 years, 9 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 5 years, 10 months ago
Sandradevi
(Chandler, AZ)
answer 3
Readily.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
karing
(Mishawaka, IN)
answer 4
Yes, its available in all Sephora stores and on Sephora.com.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
skinsense
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
I haven't seen it yet.
answered 5 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 5 years, 11 months ago
ehduh
(Toronto, ON)
answer 7
I bought mine in a store in Calgary, Alberta.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
medzi
(Calgary, Alberta)
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 6 years, 5 months ago
Dre82
(Detroit,mi)
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
7 answers
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answer 1
Yes organic. ONE ingredient. Clay is great for oil absorption
answered 1 month ago
joyeuxOXO
answer 2
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 5 years, 10 months ago
hlnelson74
(la mirada, ca)
answer 3
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 5 years, 10 months ago
cajd
(AZ)
answer 4
Yes, Yes, Yes!!!
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
Sandradevi
(Chandler, AZ)
answer 5
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 5 years, 11 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
answer 6
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 6 years, 5 months ago
georgi
(green bay, wi)
answer 7
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 6 years, 5 months ago
lorntor
(Gaffney, SC)
Question
How long does this bar last?
This product seems really expensive. I'm wondering if the price is worth it. I have really large pores and I hear good things about it. How long will it last if it's used as a mask and how long does it last if used as a daily cleanser?
asked 6 years, 3 months ago
kitkatkay
(Toronto, ON)
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
7 answers
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answer 1
Long! But it cracks over time. Little goes a long way.
answered 1 month ago
joyeuxOXO
answer 2
I don't know yet, I haven't had it very long, but you don't need much. I literally haven't made a dent yet, and all of the reviews say months and months, even one said 2 years!!! That's a heck of a lot cheaper than any other acne product!
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
SoCalGal
(Southern California)
answer 3
With shipping, duty, etc., this bar cost me about $50 to ship to Canada. And I would pay it again in a heartbeat. It's worth EVERY penny --- and then some. They say the bar can last up to a year, but even if it only lasts 3 months, it's so worth it. Why? Because when your skin is clearer, you don't have to gunk on a lot of makeup to cover up your zits. So, as silly as it may sound, you could save money on makeup along the way. (BTW, I use it as a daily cleanser and, 2x/week, as a mask.)

Of course, I'd much rather spend $50 on a product that works than $25 on a product that doesn't. :)
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
jobolomo
(Victoria, BC Canada)
answer 4
I tried to use this daily and kept it in the shower so I wouldn't forget. However, the daily moisture started to make it break down pretty quickly. Now that I allow the bar to dry completely, it seems that it will last a long time. I've been using it 4-5 times per week for about a month and I can't even notice a difference in the size. It makes my skin feel amazing so I definitely feel that it was worth the expense.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
cajd
(AZ)
answer 5
I used my bar for about three months before it broke into teeny, tiny pieces. I continued to use those teeny, tiny pieces out of a baggy for month s after that. It lasts a loooong time and is definitely worth the price. I haven't tried the tube, as I think I would use more and go through it much faster. You only need a thin layer to get results. If you're careful with this bar and keep it dry when not in use (don't drop it!), it will last for months.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
karing
(Mishawaka, IN)
answer 6
It's completely worth it! It lasts forever! When you run the bar over your face to use as a mask, it puts the perfect layer of product on your skin and hardly any ends up on your fingers if you dry your hands first. I've had mine for a month and after using it weekly for said month, it's shown no sign of wearing down. It still looks brand new!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
answer 7
dear friend, i, as well have very large pores, and uneven skin tone, sensitive skin, very oily...uffff, to sum it all up i have the worst skin. i m always looking for something really good to buy. i thought this was pretty expensive, too, bad since sephora is so good with their return policy, i decided to go for it. this soap i believe will last u 2/3 months at least. u just wet ur face, and wet the soap also, rub it against ur face, to make sure u cover the entire face, i go as far as my bottom lashes, and on top of my eyes, carefully so i dont get it inside the eye. u may need to wet the soap several times, and rub more so that u get more of the product. after that, u wait a few minutes, it will dry on ur skin, i keep it much longer though. then just wash it off. i liked this product so much that i bought one the next day for my sister-in-law. the whole process may become a little messy if u r as careless as i m, getting it on the sink, and around the sink, but it cleans very easily. i say do give this a try for couple of days, keep it f u like it, return it f it is not doing u any good! o, one other thing, the soap may break, after a few uses, which i think is not bad, this way, u can store all the pieces in a ziplock bag, and use one piece every time, it will even make it easier to be applied on ur face, around the curves and all. so i hope this was helpful and good luck!,
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
zulai
(alexandria, va)
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 5 years, 6 months ago
mrslexington
(Lexington, KY)
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
7 answers
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answer 1
Yes! I suggest so. Cleanse with another first if u use make up before using the clay bar.
It is pure Umbrian clay it only absorbs oil and impurities so NOT a makeup remover.
answered 1 month ago
joyeuxOXO
answer 2
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 5 years, 3 months ago
myfavoritestore
(Fayetteville, AR)
answer 3
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 5 years, 3 months ago
haliaaloha
(Kaneohe, Hawaii)
answer 4
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 5 years, 4 months ago
elles13
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
I've been using mine after my usual cleanser...and it seems to work great that way. Good luck!
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
random12345
(South Florida)
answer 6
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 5 years, 5 months ago
saavy87
(portsmouth,NH)
answer 7
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 5 years, 6 months ago
wittyname
(New York)
Question
Do you use a toner after cleansing with this bar?
Right now I am loving Mario Badescu's cleansing products. I used to have extremely horrible acne, and it is the only line of products that completely got rid of my problem. Therefore I am enjoying completely clear skin for the first time. However, I use several different things. Cleansers, toners, spot treatments and masks. - Now that I'm soon going to need replacement, I'm considering just buying this bar - since it supposedly does it all - it would be a cheaper alternative, and better for travel.
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
merendina
(Greenville, NC)
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
7 answers
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answer 1
I personally use May Coop Raw Sauce afterward, it tones and also moisturizes.
answered 2 weeks, 5 days ago
ashley29
(Mebane, NC)
answer 2
Sometimes I use a toner after this, but the bar cleans my face so well, that I don't feel the need to use a toner
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
Dennybeau
(Washington DC)
answer 3
I don't know if I would say it does it all...I still find myself reaching for my Mario Bedescu Cleanser with Salycillic acid from time to time!

But I will say that after the cleanser, I will follow up with this bar and then add my miracle oils and that's it.

I say this bar is worth it .
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(San Diego, CA)
answer 4
The bar doesn't remove makeup.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
bellaboomerang
answer 5
I use a toner after and haven't had any problems. I also have acne prone skin and I always follow this with my Clinique Acne Solutions 3 step.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
sedgar
(Kelowna, BC)
answer 6
yes.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
micheleraes
(Alameda, CA)
answer 7
I use a toner after using it but it also depends on how my skin feels. Or if have been using a lot of makeup lately.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
dlish
(Daly City CA)
Question
comes with container?
does the bar come with a container/ some sort of storage? I'm worried about it getting dirty from the microbes in my bathroom.
asked 1 year, 7 months ago
ronis
(Los Angeles, CA)
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
No, it just comes in a box.
answered 2 weeks, 5 days ago
ashley29
(Mebane, NC)
answer 2
No container
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
Linda777
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 3
The clay block comes in a box. I suggest using the clay then holding it with a couple fingers for a few minutes to let it dry (don't worry it dries super fast) and then putting it in the box so nothing gets wet
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
lizzicronin
(Boston, MA)
answer 4
No container. I use a spare soap dish
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
vangirl78
(Windsor ON)
answer 5
I only tore off the top portion of the plastic wrap it comes in. Because you only need to wet and smear off a little bit of product this seemed to be an effective way to use it. Some people also use a brush to remove and apply product to their face, if you think that's more sanitary than using your fingers. Hope that helps.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
jasLA
(Los Angeles)
answer 6
It does not. I would recommend buying one, though, because if left out in the bathroom it will collect moisture and crumble more easily over time.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
AmandaMaJones
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 7
mine just came wrapped in plastic cellophane. i did buy it a couple of months ago tho.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Ramieee
(Nyc)
Question
Makeup
Should i use my normal face wash to take my makeup off prior to using the Umbrian Clay bar, or should I use this alone? Will it take off my makeup?
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
SD1981
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
7 answers
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answer 1
I personally clean my make up off first. This is more of a mask than it is a cleanser.
answered 2 weeks, 5 days ago
ashley29
(Mebane, NC)
answer 2
Talk makeup off first and then apply.
answered 11 months ago
AnnieDDS
(Nashville, TN)
answer 3
This is soley a clay mask, not face wash or makeup remover. I wash my face before applying and then use a bit of cleanser to take it off. Then I'll follow up with a wee bit of moisturizer.
answered 1 year ago
vangirl78
(Windsor ON)
answer 4
Remove all makeup before using this bar. I don't think it would be as effective if its not being used on clean skin.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
alysards
(Houston, TX)
answer 5
Do NOT use this to take off makeup! It is a clay mask not makeup remover. I suggest using makeup remover, then a cleanser or your regular face wash, and for the very last step use the clay
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
lizzicronin
(Boston, MA)
answer 6
Don't waste your money.... Wash your face before using the treatment bar. You wouldn't slap on a serum prematurely would you? Wash your face with a cleanser first! Then treat after.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
Mayapisiw
(Edmonton, AB)
answer 7
Hi SD1981, I would recommend removing your makeup before using the Umbrian Clay bar for best results.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
ZannaBT
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Would you recomend this to someone with blackheads?
I have Blackheads and i am really self-consious about them. I have tried everything under the sun and I need to know if this works. I don't want to waste 40 dollars if it doesnt.
asked 7 years, 1 month ago
Rooch5789
(Pittsburgh, PA)
on Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I've had blackheads since age 9 with no luck, and this nearly took them out in one go. I did extract after with a loop tool, of course. The boyfriend said my pores looked significantly better as well, even before extracting, so there is objective proof.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
tkko
(PA)
answer 2
It killed mine. I NEVER could get rid of the blackheads on my nose (and I'm over 50!!!) until I used this. It is important to take your time cleansing (2 minutes is ideal) or leave it on as a mask. That's how it gets the gunk out of your pores.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
SoCalGal
(Southern California)
answer 3
This softens and lifts clogged pores, so should work on blackhead. Press area near blackheads when clay is rinsed off.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
californiauser
(Carmel, CA)
answer 4
This helps a bit, but it should only be used once a week. For better results, I'd suggest investing in a cleanser with 2% salicylic acid and using it daily. Also, every other day or at least twice a week, exfoliate with a gritty scrub immediately followed by the cleanser. It worked for me. Blackhead free for six months after seeing this method in Glamour.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
answer 5
you can use this to help PREVENT blackheads, but with regards to actually making blackheads go away, it really depends. Since blackheads are hardened oil, drying them out more which the clay does temporarily, will not make them worse but will not make them go away. Blackheads need to be softened and extracted (if they have properly surfaced, DO NOT pick at whiteheads, aka, the ones that are still stuck below your skin). You can use a moisturizing treatment (or albolene) on the heavily blackheaded area ONLY, and leave on for like 10 minutes after you have washed your face, then the blackheads will soften and you can extract them with a tool or clean towel (don't use your bare fingers because no matter how careful you are, you can traumatize the skin). The wash the area again to prevent infection. The clay though CAN and will help close everything up and keep it from becoming infected again, so you can use it after. Plus the clay is so calming that it soothes any irritation so in a sense it helps your skin to heal better on its own. Hope this helps!
answered 7 years ago
missknowitall
(Mahwah, NJ)
answer 6
I use it to prevent blackheads from developing into something worse.
answered 7 years, 1 month ago
adriluv
(Bay Area, CA)
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