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18 May, 2014

The Mudsplosion: My Accidental Home Spa Day with Adovia

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Tell me if this has ever happened to you: You're using skincare that comes in a tube, so you're squeezing hard to get everything out, and then suddenly the ass-end of the tube pops open and all of the product gets pushed out the wrong side and onto whatever is in front of you. Splat.

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I guess I must be a vigorous squeezer, because this is something that has happened to me more than once. And it happened again just this weekend as I was testing out the Adovia Purifying Mud Mask. But I decided to turn lemons into lemonade (rather than be a sourpuss) and incorporate that mask into a whole-body spa experience instead - and what an experience it was!

After the mud exploded (which happened over my sink, thankfully) I decided that rubbing it all over my body would be a good idea. Unfortunately I still get body acne and random patches of dryness occasionally, and thick mud treatments such as this one are excellent for minimizing those problems, so it made made sense to me to just go ahead and smear it everywhere. Here's a frightening picture to illustrate the experience:

That was the least creepy snapshot I took, amazingly enough. I made sure to dance around our living room covered in mud for a bit while my boyfriend cowered in fear.

After 20 minutes or so it was time to wash the mud off, so I hopped in the shower. What to wash the mud mask off with? Why, Adovia Dead Sea Mud Soap, of course! The soap is also mildly exfoliating, so it was very effective at sloughing off the dry mud.

My skin didn't feel especially dry or stripped after the mudsplosion, but there are a couple of areas (mainly my arms and legs) that tend to get really dry anyway, so I followed up with an oily sugar scrub. I used what was left of the scrub sample I got in my March Vegan Cuts box, but if you don't have anything like that lying around just take one part olive oil to two parts coarse sugar and you'll have yourself a basic sugar scrub. It won't smell as delicious as the storebought stuff but it'll still do the trick.

Taking a long, hot shower left me feeling... hot. Shocking, I know. Iced herbal tea or cucumber water makes an excellent refreshment after a long steamy scrubdown. I brewed some orange rinds and rosehips in ice water, kicked up my feet and sipped it slowly to cool off. Ahhhhh.

Looks gross, but tastes fruity and refreshing.

After all of this was over I decided I didn't smell nearly enough like cake, so I slathered myself with Haus of Gloi Ye Olde Cake of Fruit body butter and Suds N Sass Embers (toasted marshmallow) perfume oil. My skin was soft as freaking rose petals and I smelled like a bakery. Could be worse, right?

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In the end I ended up liking Adovia more as a body mud than as a facial mud, so I guess this is what you would call a "happy accident". Next time I'm totally going to do some advance planning and rig up some sort of foot bath too. Sorry to leave you out of the fun this time, feet.

Have you had any happy beauty accidents recently? What do you do for at-home pamper sessions?

Disclosure: The Adovia skincare products featured in this post were provided to me for review purposes, however the opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.


  1. Yes, I definitely know how to party. :P

  2. Hmm, looks like the mudsplosion worked out quite well! I can't say I've ever had a bottle explode from the other end, though, lol.

  3. Creeped out the boy. Got a facial. Smelled like a bakery.
    Sounds like a full win to me.

  4. That sounds pretty nice! Our current apartment has a really tiny bathtub (it's like 3.5 feet long but still has high walls like a regular tub - weird). So no bath bombs for me. I miss them though!

  5. I guess I'm just a rough squeezer then! Like The Hulk of beauty products.

  6. Yeah, all that plus a marathon of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman reruns. What an exciting evening.

  7. Dude, your eyelashes look so long in the scary pic!
    I saw a Monk rerun yesterday where a woman settles into a relaxing mud bath and suddenly a dead body pops up out of the mud :)
    Once a week I use my Innisfree clay mask and scare my cat. The mask comes in a jar so no mess. I have had that happen to me once with a tube of lip gloss.

  8. I don't think my eyelashes are really that long. Thanks for the enhancement, shitty phone camera! Jar packaging would probably be better for a mask like this, because it was really really thick. Thick mud + overenthusiastic squeezing = POP! goes the tube.

  9. I have never tried a body mud type thing before but now you have me thinking I need to try one! I can say I have never exploded the closed end of a tube before. You must have superhuman strength! lol

  10. If you have any face mud masks around you could try just using those! I think the Adovia mask is mainly marketed as a facial mask, but since it was so thick it worked really well on my body. No dripping while I waited for it to dry, haha.

  11. How nice that a beauty accident turned into a wonderful spa day. I'd just be grumpy and not able to enjoy anything the rest of the day.

  12. I'll say this: Exploded mud is way easier to deal with than shattered blush or eyeshadow. Now that would make me sad.