is currently backordered. You may still purchase it now but we won't be able to ship it until it becomes available again.
Great For All Skin Types
The Earthwise Beauty skincare line is often about getting a sense of a faraway land: Ethiopia, Brazil, the Bulgarian countryside. With Imhotep's Balsam, Earthwise wants to transport you to Ancient Egypt. This mask is named after Imhotep, a prominent historical figure who served as Pharaoh Djoser's chancellor. Imhotep's legend grew for centuries after his death and transformed over time, and eventually, he was mysteriously elevated to the position of god of medicine and healing by the Ancient Egyptians.
Earthwise Beauty restorative face mask was designed to feel like a reparative balm, a Nile Delta mud medicine, a fragrant compress made of roots, barks, and freshly crushed Elemi Resin tears.
Imhotep's Balsam is a finely milled powder mask that turns into a pleasantly sticky, easy-to-spread, comforting roots-and-herbs paste once you add water. The powder is a blend of laboriously ground Hawaiian Alaea Salt, nourishing Chickweed, and redness-calming Chamomile Flowers, plus soothing and hydrating mucilage-rich roots of Marshmallow and Comfrey, brightening Licorice, and more. This is a moisture-replenishing, barrier repairing, deeply conditioning mask for all skin types, especially dry, imbalanced, stressed, or with a compromised skin barrier.
- Color and Texture: The dry powder is a beautiful tan color.
- Scent: Evocative of mystical temples and cedar forest.
Handcrafted in the USA.
1.1 oz./ 32 g
Measure out 1 tsp of the powder and mix with just enough water to achieve a workable, moist paste. Apply onto freshly washed, towel-dried skin and leave on for 30 minutes. Mist with a hydrosol or face toner while wearing the mask. Remove with cotton rounds or a wetted face towel.
Birch Bark: The bark of white birch, also known as peeling birch, has been known in Poland since pagan days as the herb to use if one wants beautiful, bright, healthy skin and strong, abundant hair. The sustainably obtained, dried, and milled bark has a characteristically invigorating scent reminiscent of wintergreen. Birch bark contains a high concentration of betulinic acid, which has been studied for its stimulating effect on collagen synthesis and for its elastase-inhibiting properties, making it an outstanding ingredient for the care of mature skin concerns such as wrinkles and skin sagging.‡
Astragalus Root: This spleen qi tonic and immune-supporting herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine has a special affinity for the skin. People who consume astragalus as part of their herbal regimen often notice an improvement to the clarity, texture, and moisture level of their skin.
Marshmallow Root: Mature roots are rich in mucilage with soothing, softening, hydrating properties. American herbalist Matthew Wood recommends marshmallow root for breaking up hardened tissue.
Licorice Root: This root is an ingredient in most classic herbal formulas in Traditional Chinese Medicine. One of its properties is that it makes other herbs work better. In cosmetic science, licorice has come to be known as a skin lightening ingredient for addressing brown spots and sunspots.
Chickweed: This ubiquitous herb is considered a nutritional powerhouse (it is a favorite of the American folk herbalist Susun Weed, who recommends eating it daily in salads). Chickweed improves skin moisture levels, reduces surface redness, and alleviates itching.
Comfrey Root: The comfrey plant, especially the roots, is rich in allantoin, which is a well-established, reliable cosmetic ingredient with moisture-retention, protective, and soothing properties. In Western herbal tradition, comfrey is thought to be particularly regenerative and useful when working on scars. Comfrey is an excellent ingredient to alleviate dry skin and has balancing properties for eczema and psoriasis.
Plai: This plant from the Zingiberaceae plant family (the same family as ginger and turmeric) grows in abundance in Thailand, Cambodia, and Malaysia, among other countries. It has been studied for its analgesic (pain-reducing), antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. Unlike ginger and turmeric, which are warming, Plai is cooling. Its scent is spicy, cool, uniquely rich—unforgettable! We are using wild Plai essential oil in Imhotep's Balsam in part because it is a very sustainable ingredient (Plai is an invasive plant in many countries), and because it can be helpful for painful conditions including facial neuralgia and some types of acne blemishes.
Elemi: This resin comes from the tree Canarium Luzonicum, which belongs to the same family as frankincense, and is thought to have wound-mending properties. Filipino women have traditionally used elemi to ensure youthful-looking, supple skin.
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Leaf Powder)*, Sodium Chloride (Red Alaea Salt)*°, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile Buds)*, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow Root)*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed Leaf & Stem)*, Astragalus Membranaceus ( Huáng Qí Root)*, Betula Lenta (Paper Birch Bark)*°, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice Root)*, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root)*, Cedrus Atlantica (Atlas Cedar Extract)*°, Canarium Luzonicum (Elemi Resin Essential Oil)*°, Zingiber Cassumunar Roxb. (Plai Essential Oil)*°.
* - Certified Organic
° - Ethically Wild-Crafted
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free.