By Heidi Bethel

Smooth on the buttery green mask. Feel as it begins to cool the minute it touches your skin. Wipe away to reveal refreshed, hydrated, beautiful skin.

While this may sound like an ad for the next big beauty product engineered in a lab somewhere with a slew of ingredients designed to give your face that special glow, this amazing cosmetic anomaly was made by miss Mother Nature herself. It’s MudPot. It’s amazing.

When Shelly Egbert’s father, David, purchased land on the Black Rock Desert outside Gerlach, Nev., he did so with the intention of flying the falcons he so lovingly raised for decades. He had no idea he was trekking upon a mini Yellowstone with geological features abound. Hot springs, cold springs, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles. You name it and they’ve got it.

“We’d see these little mud volcanoes,” Egbert says. “This rich, bubbly mud comes boiling out of the ground. We found it had some amazing healing properties with sunburn, bug bites and acne.”

Seven years ago, Egbert was teaching a homeschool lesson to her children. The conversation quickly led to the need to create a business that would be mindful of the environment. One of my more sarcastic sons made a comment, “All we have is a bunch of mud.” Bingo!

Black Rock Mud Company was born.

Black Rock Mud (Mark Hammon)
Black Rock Mud (Mark Hammon)

Potting the mud

With a mission to bring their organic mud to the market, they also wanted to build a company encompassing earth-friendly values. Green. Recyclable. Made in the U.S. It took them two years to find a jar, lid and seal that fit those parameters, but they did. Complete with a plantable box made of paper containing wildflower seeds, the packaging has even won a coveted design award among the biggest cosmetic companies.

Inside the trendy jar is the good stuff. From shovel to shelf, Black Rock Mud Company’s MudPot is just that … mud. This illite clay contains over 50 naturally occurring trace elements that are beneficial and promote healthy skin. Free of chemicals, dyes, fillers, preservatives and scents, Mudpot leaves the skin feeling clean, energized, refreshed and revived. Egbert explains that this is due to three very important properties:

  • Detoxifying: It pulls the gook out drawing toxins and impurities from the skin.
  • Ph Balancing: Doesn’t matter if you have normal or oily skin, the pure clay tailors to any skin type or condition.
  • Healing: A toning action brings fresh blood to damaged cells, revitalizing the complexion and tightening pores.

What’s more, if you’ve been to a geothermal hot spring you may have noticed a sulfuric smell. The site for Black Rock Mud Company has no odor, making its MudPot even more enjoyable.

“You won’t find any clay on the market like it. I hate to be bragging about mud, but it’s really awesome mud,” Egbert says.

To purchase MudPot or find out more about Black Rock Mud Company, visit blackrockmud.com. Use code GETAWAY for a 20% discount on your purchase.