Turmeric and Bentonite Clay Mask

If you follow me on Instagram (you don’t? Why not? Go follow me for daily doses of The Nicole Code, pictures of plantain chips, and general shenanigans that may not make it on to the site), you’d see that I’ve mentioned using this mask. It was recommended by Butterfilledskin and UG in my Comments section- which by the way is the hottest beauty blog Comments section in history, you guys are FIRE. Thank you Ladies!



Turmeric is amazing for blemishes as it is antibacterial (thereby killing any acne causing bacteria on the skin) and it is anti inflammatory (reduces the size of those suckers). It is also apparently good for fading acne scars. I had tried using Turmeric a few years ago. But I think I mixed with my cleanser or something? Can’t really remember. I just remember going to the bathroom at work and almost passing out because I looked in the mirror and my face was bright yellow! Disaster! But after trying the Turmeric Black Soap from Fig Health Store and really liking it (read more about it HERE), and after it was suggested by my two babes, I decided to trust them and mix it in with my Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (read more about this amazing clay HERE).




So Google instructed that I use 1 tablespoon of Bentonite Clay and 1/4 tablespoon of Turmeric.  I thought it was too little so I used 1/2. I left it on for about 40 minutes, rinsed off with warm water and moisturised. I skipped toner because my skin felt a bit sensitive afterwards.





The results were incredible- my skin felt thoroughly purified and baby smooth! I’ve used this almost every night since. Some nights I follow up with toner, some nights I don’t- depending on how my skin feels. If you have sensitive skin, you should probably only do this once or twice a week. My skin had been going through a SERIOUS crisis (A hormonal thing, and a story for another day), and now its a good 65% better at least. And I really think its down to this mask and my Image Skincare toner (Read more about this toner HERE).



The thing is. It stains. Heavens above, IT STAINS! My nails are not on fleek anymore, and some of my pillowcases are ruined- so you need to be careful when applying and rinsing off. Also, no matter how well you rinse, unless you use a toner afterwards you WILL NOT be able to get all the turmeric off your face. And it is not recommended to use a cleanser after using turmeric. So only use this at night. In the morning you can cleanse and tone and be rest assured that you don’t look like a bottle of Fanta at work or school.



I use Organic Turmeric I got from Fig Health Store in Lekki. Ensure you get the organic kind, apparently its waaaaaaay more effective.



Have you tried this mask?


Let me know,


  • Ona
    Posted at 19:23h, 12 November Reply

    This mask combo is AMAZING on its own but adding in the tumeric made it magic! God bless the ladies who suggested this combo. It made my skin radiant and reduced my breakouts from my oil glands going haywire. I’ve tried it twice and had to wash my face over the kitchen sink cause sonnnn tumeric stains lol.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 15:55h, 13 November Reply

      Hi Ona! Isn’t it awesome?? I’m so pleased that you like it too- and for real God bless the ladies for sharing! And thats actually a GREAT TIP re: kitchen sink, because those stains are NOT CUTE xx

  • Observing
    Posted at 05:25h, 13 November Reply

    I spot the repurposed sweet kiwi spoon…

    • Nicole
      Posted at 15:43h, 13 November Reply

      LMAOOOOOO! That’s exactly right! I’m all about that life- plus its such a pretty colour for my pictures. And now I owe you some froyo. Email me thenicolecode@gmail.com if you are interested xx

  • butterfilledskin
    Posted at 12:20h, 13 November Reply

    I swear by this mask every other day, I also now add Amla powder, Vit C and loads of other herbs to help my pores and side burns, like Nicole said don’t over do it if you’ve got really sensitive skin, opt for a water based paste instead of ACV….xoxo DatFabSkinCare

    • Nicole
      Posted at 15:45h, 13 November Reply

      Hi there! Thanks again for the tip, and please keep them coming- we are all here to learn! And thanks for reminding me re: water based paste, I forgot to mention in the post that I don’t use ACV- I just use water. Using ACV every other day alongside turmeric sounds pretty intense. Is that what you do? xx

  • Unoma
    Posted at 13:51h, 13 November Reply

    Yay! Glad you like it. I do this once a week and I thought it was over kill! Stepping my game allllllll the way up!! I must be on ‘fleek’ lol the staining is the worst though but I’m glad it’s not only me 😀

    • Nicole
      Posted at 15:50h, 13 November Reply

      Hi there! If your skin can take it then why not?! I literally do it 5x a week now. But Lord, the staining. My nails are ruined. I actually bought gloves today because I Kent take it no more lol xx

      • Ms_dee
        Posted at 23:49h, 14 November Reply

        I use an old foundation brush to apply to avoid staining my nails. That way your nails don’t get ruined.

        • Nicole
          Posted at 14:55h, 18 November Reply

          OMG YOU ARE A GENIUS! Readers take note- this is an excellent tip! Thank you so much for sharing xx

        • Sabrina
          Posted at 22:22h, 05 June Reply

          Just use an old makeup brush to apply the mask!

          • Sabrina
            Posted at 22:23h, 05 June

            Oops didn’t realize it was already mentioned lol

          • Nicole
            Posted at 16:53h, 12 July

            Hi Sabrina! Thanks so much, I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me for so long! Best tip ever xx

  • cathy
    Posted at 18:51h, 13 November Reply

    Pls where is d fig store located at?i knw u’ve mentioned it b4…bt ve forgottrn n can i get d aztec bentonite clay there too?

    • Nicole
      Posted at 18:22h, 14 November Reply

      Hi there! Fig Health Store is at 20A Fola Osibo street, off admiralty way in Lekki. I’m not sure if they have the aztec indian healing clay, but I get mine from the Sizelle store which is at Cherub Mall near chevron roundabout.

  • Bianca
    Posted at 16:06h, 14 November Reply

    hello,i subscribed for your blog but i don’t receive email alerts when you have new posts

    • Nicole
      Posted at 18:23h, 14 November Reply

      Hi Bianca! Hmm. Thats weird. Will talk to my developers and thank you for taking the time to let me know xx

  • cathy
    Posted at 15:48h, 15 November Reply

    Tnx nicole!

  • lizzyjolie
    Posted at 13:09h, 16 November Reply

    Cant wait to try this beauty… patiently waiting… too excited, the testimonies are just awesome. cool xx

  • Jade
    Posted at 21:13h, 18 November Reply

    Hi Nicole.

    Have you tried the ice melt?

    That is after the mask is washed off, rub an ice cube all over your face until it goes away.
    You can freeze green tea or whatever else instead of clear water. You wake up with a perfect and relaxed complexion.

    Try for once week and you owe me some sweet kiwi if you see result 🙂

    • Nicole
      Posted at 00:50h, 19 November Reply

      Hi Jade! I have never heard of the Ice Melt! That sounds interesting actually, so afterwards follow up with moisturiser right? I’m actually going to try it, and if I do see results I will put it up on the site AND buy you some Sweet Kiwi with like 10 toppings! xx

  • UG
    Posted at 17:39h, 23 November Reply

    Yaayyyy! Glad you found the tip very helpful. Tumeric is everything. And yes, I use mine with the ACV, it’s not too harsh for me. Also, I use one of those plastic spoons from any take away pack, to mix it and rub on my face. Yes, I do the rubbing with the plastic spoon (looks like yours up there, actually!) LOL. It’s far more convenient for me but the sound of a brush sounds even cooler! I will have to admit.
    Again, great great blog!! Haven’t bn here for sometime now and I knew in my belly I was missing out on something somewhere.. lol.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 00:17h, 25 November Reply

      Hi UG, thank you so much for your comment. It is an amazing blog isn’t it?! LOL. I’m having so much fun doing this, so thanks for the support.
      P.S- Using a brush has changed my life. It makes the application process much less messy and much quicker actually. Definitely worth a try

  • Ify
    Posted at 13:28h, 28 November Reply

    Hello Nicole. My face is very dull. Darker than my body and has spots.I have never used a mask before.please can you recommend something to help take off dull skin and exfoliate my skin?thanks

    • Nicole
      Posted at 23:18h, 29 November Reply

      Hi Ify. Pretty much everyone has a darker face than their body so you are not alone. This mask will help even out your complexion (turmeric brightens the skin). I’m not a big believer in granular exfoliants (i.e. facial scrubs). I much prefer acids (i.e. toner). So a good toner would help. What toner are you using currently? xx

  • Aggie
    Posted at 05:55h, 16 December Reply

    Can bentonite clay be replaced with rhassoul clay? Just asking cos that’s what I have….

    • Nicole
      Posted at 08:25h, 16 December Reply

      Hi Aggie! Rhassoul clay is fine! It just isn’t as hardcore as bentonite, so it is recommended for dry/normal skin. Either ways it is a good clay. Hope this was helpful xx

  • coverallsandlipstick
    Posted at 07:53h, 12 February Reply

    Will definitely try this. My mum got fresh tumeric. Will get this powder too!

    • Nicole
      Posted at 11:48h, 13 February Reply

      It is AWESOME! Please try it and let me know how it goes xx

  • desola
    Posted at 05:04h, 13 February Reply

    I enjoyed reading this. Please where can one get these products(turmeric, clay etc) on the mainland.
    I have an oily skin, with acne and dark spots. What are the other regimens you would recommend?
    Also, how can I make my natural nails to be on fleek.I am a health practitioner, and so can’t do much of artificial nails, besides those do spoil my natural nails.

  • Teey
    Posted at 15:59h, 10 March Reply

    Hey Nicole…..
    Great post, really did not know you were funny.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 17:01h, 10 March Reply

      Hi Teey!

      Thank you so much! And I try I try xx

  • Jenjen
    Posted at 10:01h, 17 March Reply

    Hey dear! great post! where do i get bentonite clay here in lagos?

    • Nicole
      Posted at 10:14h, 17 March Reply

      Hi JenJen! Thank you so much! I got my bentonite clay (Aztec Indian Healing Clay) from a store called Sizzelle (www.sizzelle.com). I have also seen other brands in Ebeano. Hope this was helpful and please let me know if you try it. Thanks again love xx

  • onyi
    Posted at 16:17h, 17 March Reply

    please where can i buy the clay?

    • Nicole
      Posted at 17:13h, 17 March Reply

      Hi Onyi! The clay is available on sizzelle.com x

  • Topsinroy
    Posted at 09:19h, 22 March Reply

    hi Nicole,
    i enjoy reading your blog and had to follow you on IG.
    you are so cooooooool.
    thanks for the tips.
    i am kinda confused tho.
    how do i mix this paste? do i use the tumeric powder with the clay and also ACV or just tumeric powder and the clay?
    would appreciate your response.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 14:12h, 22 March Reply

      Hi Topsinroy! Thank you so so much hun! I personally don’t use ACV in the paste- I use a teaspoon of turmeric and a teaspoon of bentonite clay, and enough water to make a paste with the consistency of melted ice cream. Sorry thats the only way to describe it lol. Hope this was helpful xx

  • Blessing
    Posted at 07:03h, 26 March Reply

    Obara jisox. I tried this yesterday and the results were muahhhhhhhh I swear this is the best decision I have ever made . In fact my skin feels like a baby’s skin . Nicole chukwu gozie you n ur blog .
    Still awaiting the bath kandy day .

    • Nicole
      Posted at 11:52h, 30 March Reply

      YAYYYYYYYYYYY! I am so pleased to hear that- this mask is AMAZING! The BathKandy collaboration is officially available now at the store and on bathkandy.com so go have a look xx

  • Wendie
    Posted at 12:45h, 26 April Reply

    Hi Nicole,. I have heard so much rave about this and can personally attest to it. Works wonders mehn.. Also heard that tumeric could be used as a hair removal so it’s bad to get it onto your eyebrows and hairline.. Just saying … Should mention that I keep falling in love with you and your blog the more..
    Also, pls what are the websites of butterfilledskin and UG? A babe has to constantly keep up with skincare opinions from the gurus nwanne… LOL .. xoxo

    • Nicole
      Posted at 16:36h, 11 May Reply

      Hi Wendie! Thank you SO MUCH love! Butterfilledskin is on Instagram I think! And UG’s IG handle is @uganze so go check them out hun xx

  • Katie
    Posted at 20:12h, 06 July Reply

    I used this turmeric mixed with bentonite clay amd rose water.. I. Only started doing it so am hoping to see great results!! 🙂 am going to continue this every other day I think 🙂

    • Nicole
      Posted at 16:21h, 12 July Reply

      Hurray! Please let me know how it goes love xx

  • Oma
    Posted at 13:28h, 25 July Reply

    Lovely post!

    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:40h, 28 July Reply

      Thank you so much gorgeous! xx

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