Catharsis Face Mask

Firming, acne-reducing soft powder mask

The Story

Our own, innovative take on the powder-form face mask is a healing, hydrating, firming, and invigorating powerhouse blend of just active ingredients: finely milled herbs and green algae. From the first application, you can expect ultra-clean, breathing skin that is moisturized and energized, yet with its natural protective barrier preserved.


Aloe leaves (containing naturally active skin-damage-correcting vitamin C), gently dried and ground into a fine powder, are this mask's moisturizing base. The aloe particles are like miniature sponges, waiting to become transformed by water. What happens when you give these cactus sponges water? They re-hydrate, creating waterlogged bits that deliver moisture and gentle scrubbing action for a highly effective cleansing that hydrates with the water and the plant's juices. The intelligence of a desert plant is to hold on to water; in your skin cells, this results in plumped-up, thoroughly moisturized skin. 

The Indian neem tree has been revered by Ayurveda for thousands of years and has often been called for to heal and beautify the skin. It is strongly antimicrobial, healing for acne of all types (yet it isn't drying), and its cooling nature is of great help with inflammatory conditions (apparent as redness on the face) such as rosacea. Neem regenerates healthy skin cells and encourages a healthy skin coloring.  

Our organically grown spirulina and chlorella algae clean the pores, detox, and nourish the skin with their wide range of phytonutrients, from amino acids, B vitamins, and beta-carotene, to vitamin K. Green algae have a firming, cooling, and strengthening effect.

This mask contains no gritty or overly scrubby particles that might scratch the surface of the skin and cause irritation or scars. There is no clay to avoid any drying effects and to make the mask easier to remove, and no isolated nutrients.

There are so many different types of masks, and many have drawbacks: some are drying, some pore clogging, and some contain potentially irritant or allergy-causing preservatives or emulsifiers. Catharsis removes impurities and provides a strong detox and skin brightening effect, but is nonstripping, nondrying, moisturizing, and gentle. 

The scent and its aromatherapy benefits: bitter and green, powerfully "re-awakening" to the senses. Allows one to shake off sluggishness of body or spirit, drowsiness, and a spacey feeling. Promotes mental sharpness and focus. (Smell the prepared paste, not the powder.) 

How does this compare to the other masks we offer?

Catharsis is extremely versatile and offers visible, immediate results, even though it is mild, with no essential oils, preservatives, or clays. It has an invigorating, slightly bitter and green scent from the algae, aloe, and neem, and works well when time is limited as an in-the-shower mask. The soft powder has a long shelf life, does not need to be refrigerated, and is easy and exciting to customize by adding a hydrosol, honey, and/or a few drops of facial oil.

While Catharsis is cooling, our other powder-format mask, Sungod, is nurturing. With Catharsis, you can expect immediate results after each use, while Sungod is designed to produce longer-term changes and heal the skin gradually over time. Catharsis is vegan, while Sungod contains humanely-gathered flower pollen.


WOW! It’s unlike any other powdered mask I’ve used . . . it feels so soothing, as opposed to tight and drying like other masks for congestion. My skin was instantly smoother, less congested in the target areas that prompted me to order this mask in the first place, yet my skin didn’t feel dried out from it or scratched up when removing. It’s incredible. My husband even commented on my skin, saying, “so this stuff really makes a difference!”

- Dr. Nadia Musavvir


Skin Types

For all skin types, especially acne-prone, mature, and with rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema.

Neem is a powerful plant that can send out a message when its healing has been accomplished and it is time to take a break from it: either you may start forgetting to use the mask, or no longer feel drawn to its powers, or, if you overlook the subtle messages and continue using neem religiously, you may even develop a mild rash or itching. If neem tells you that it is time to take a break, heed its advice and switch to a different mask for a while. (This phenomenon happened to Ava's husband on one occasion, and then several years later she read about exactly the same chain of events in a renowned book on the science of aromatherapy, in an anecdote about a different strong antimicrobial, bay laurel.)


Aloe barbadensis leaf powder*, Azadirachta indica (neem) leaf powder* (India), organic Spirulina platensis powder, organic broken-cell Chlorella vulgaris powder, Citrus sinensis (orange) peel powder*.

*Certified organic.

Certified cruelty free, vegan, cold process, handcrafted, small batch, no fragrance added. Gluten free.


Measure out ¼ to 1 teaspoon of the powder into a ceramic bowl and mix with a very small amount of warm (not hot) water, adding the water drop by drop, to achieve a paste consistency. We also recommend adding a small amount of honey. Apply onto freshly washed, towel-dried skin and leave on for 10 to 30 minutes, then rinse off. Also try it as an in-the-shower mask. The mask can be used as often as desired. Avoid inhaling the powder.

More and more customers and green beauty bloggers have suggested a very savvy tip that we recommend as well: mist the face with any hydrosol, facial toner or mist, or even just water periodically while the mask is on; this will keep the mask moist. This reduces the drying effect of any mask and enhances the nourishing benefits of our Catharsis Face Mask ingredients.

For a cooling, detoxing whole-body treatment (particularly recommended during hay fever season or at the end of a hot summer day), use in a shower: separate a small amount of Catharsis into a dry bowl, taking care not to introduce water into the jar, then sprinkle onto a wet natural body brush, rub the powder all over the body, avoiding sensitive areas, leave it on for a minute or a few, then rinse off. 

Freshness guaranteed for 6 months. Full size 0.7 oz. (20 g/30 ml jar); travel/sample size 0.15 oz. (4.2 g/5 ml jar).

Due to the very high cost of our ingredients and the labor-intensive (highly time consuming) small-batch production process, we are unable to accept returns of opened or unopened products at this time. But most products have a sample size option for purchase, so we encourage you to buy a sample first to ensure that the product suits your skin's needs and that you enjoy the texture, fragrance, and healing properties. 

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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews

This is a favourite of mine, super effective and truly transformational as it's name. I had tiny bumps around my jaw and first two uses and the bumps and inflammation settled. Im in love with this one!! Non drying and balances the skin. An absolute must have

Another must have from Ava

It's a really nice thing for those who have sensitive, allergic, dry skin and inclined to acne at the same time. I use it 2 months, several times in a week. Ii calms and nourishes skin. As a result there's less acne and no so often as usual.
Lasts for a long time.

My miracle!!!

I can't put into words how much I love Catharsis. I have hormonal cystic acne and extremely sensitive skin. I am taking Spironolactone from my dermatologist because of the acne. I was still getting breakthrough breakouts occasionally. I began using the Catharsis, and immediately my skin began to change. The texture is smoother. I had one cyst and the Catharsis dried it up completely. I will not be without this product!!!!!! Thank you Ava!!!

great multi-use product

though i only got the smaller sample size of this product, i've gotten many uses out of it already, both as a scrub and as a mask. for both this is very mild, gently exfoliating skin. It is a very thin mask, not what you're used to traditionally; good to use gently mid-week or after a long day.

Skin Changing

I've had about a month of trying this out, so here's what I have to say so far. I didn't see any reviews simply because this is a new product, I want to be able to give people the idea of what this product is like. You can use this as a cleanser or a mask. The ingredients in this are so beautifully formulated, each ingredient giving your face a kiss from the skin gods! After using this you can see your face is more bright, plump, and hydrated. I haven't had any instances in where this clogged my face, made it irritated, or caused pimples; in fact, it has done the opposite. In using this, I haven't had any pop up acne, except for the occasional pesky hormonal acne that you just can't get rid of!
I specifically love using this in the shower, I feel it is most effective way to get reap all of the benefits. Ever since I have started using this, I have noticed myself more drawn to aloe and neem in particular. Ava is a pure skin alchemist who knows her way with skin.
A definite must have!