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Discontinued Beauty Products

By Amalah

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For more years than I care to admit to, I’ve been a faithful devotee of Mudd Original Facial Masque — even had a Sekkrit Stash of several tubes tucked away.

Well, the unthinkable has happened, the apocalypse is here — my stash is depleted and the company has discontinued the Mudd.


I’ve already scoured amazon,, and even eBay in hopes of finding more but have come up empty.

Can you (or your faithful readers) suggest any other places that still might carry this product? How ’bout a replacement for said Mudd????

Any and all suggestions would be most welcome – my pores await your wisdom!

Two problems, right up front, about trying to locate and buy discontinued products:

1) You are buying an *old* and possibly *expired* product. This means it may have lost a decent bit of its efficacy, or even worse, may arrive congealed, separated or otherwise gross.

2) Once you’ve exhausted the obvious shopping options (which you have), any site claiming to still have stock may not be the most reputable place to spend your money, or have the best quality control procedures, if they are still selling something that has either sat in a warehouse for ages (point number 1) or…ahem…fell off the back of a truck. I tend to avoid places with names like, even if they do have what I want at an incredible price.

Basically, once a product gets discontinued, there’s a fairly small window of time where I’m personally comfortable buying up whatever I can get my hands on. Nothing longer than the product’s usual shelf life — six months to a year, for most things. And even that’s assuming the bottle you’re buying was produced *right* before the discontinuation.

Of course, this SUCKS. Because most of us are completely clueless about something getting yanked off the shelves until AFTER we’ve run out and are attempting to buy more. So you don’t always even know when they stopped making it.

All of this to say: I’m sorry. It’s time to let your beloved Mudd go. I know, it’s hard. Here’s a tissue. Try to focus on all the good times.

As for a replacement: Ahava! My favorite mud mask EVER. Available for both normal-to-dry and oily skin. Worth every penny of the $30 price tag, and will last for ages — it’s labeled with a shelf life of 24 months, and one bottle will actually last about that long, since you only need to use it once or twice a week to see results, and a very thin coat will do it. I’ve used a LOT of masks (and masssssques) in my battle against my blackhead-ridden t-zone, and I have never found anything better than this one. (I use the oily skin version about once a week.) (Then it works and clears things up, and I get lazy, or forget to buy more once I’ve run out, or get tempted to try something different, and suddenly I’m like, “what the HELL, blackheads?”)


About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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Ulta’s website advertises the mask at $25 – a bit of a savings :o) Think I’m going to try it and wage war on my clogged pores! Thanks Amalah.


I’ve never used a mud mask, but Queen Helene’s Mint Julep mask…OMG. I’ve used it since I was like twelve. It smells GREAT, like spearmint gum. I’ve got tr√©s oily skin. How oily, you might ask? As in, within two hours of waking up and washing it, you could run the frier on my face.
This stuff works SOOOO well, and it’s cheap and again…Smells great!


I second the Queen Helene’s Mint Julip Masque. I love watching it suck the gross stuff out of my pores (too much?).
I also really love the free mask that comes with the Proactiv three piece system….I’m such a Proactiv whore…but my skin was FUHREAKING out last night and I used that masque and this morning my fianc√© was talking about how soft my skin is and low and behold no scary breakouts!

Cheryl S.
Cheryl S.

Just ordered the Ahava mask. I’ll have to look into Queen Helene too. I need serious oil help. I hope it works!! Thanks for the recommendation!