This recipe is inspired by Rosemary Gladstar’s “Cleansing Grains”. I have tweaked it to me my individual needs.
- 1/2 cup fullers earth clay
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 1/4 cup of dried lavender flowers
- 1/4 cup of dried calendula flowers
- 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds
- 1/4 cup of almonds
I use organic ingredients. They are better for the planet and people. Smearing chemicals all over your face is not good for your health and isn’t going to lead to healthy skin. If you can, opt for organic.
I have both an electric coffee grinder and mortar and pestle. For this recipe, use the electric coffee grinder. You need everything to be a very fine power for a non-irritating and gentle exfoliation. Always use a separate coffee grinder for herbs and spices. Lavender scent doesn’t seem to come out no matter how much you clean it out! 😄
I blend each ingredient separately and in small amounts to be sure everything is very fine and soft- including the poppy seed. You want powders. You don’t need to grind the clay. I dump everything into a large mixing bowl and combine well.
This recipe makes quite a large batch. I would cut it in half or even by a quarter if you just want to try it out. I keep a small amount in an old spice shaker. The spice shaker is ideal because you avoid getting the mixture wet before you’re ready to use. You can also sort left overs in an air tight container, placed in the freezer. Freezing it will keep the oils from going rancid.
For a face wash: sprinkle a small amount the mix into your hand and add water. You’ll want a wet, thin paste like consistently. You should be able to clearly see your skin through the paste. Massage into damp skin, gently for about a minute. I even rub it on my lips to exfoliate them. But I rinse the mask from my lips if I plan to let this set for a mini mask. I don’t want to dry out my lips. You can let the thin mixture dry if you like for a mini mask. Thicker pastes will be drier on the skin, so keep it on the very thin side for a daily cleanse/ mini mask. Rinse completely. I follow up with a witch hazel toner, due to our hard water this is necessary.
This mixture offers a very gentle form of exfoliation. It has a soft grit to it, but not as hard as exfoliators with fruit pits… I have found that daily, extremely gentle exfoliation is what my skin needs. If I don’t exfoliate, I break out. My dead skin cells just shed slowly. Exfoliators that are to be used two to three times per week tend to be harsh, even if they are “natural”. This leaves my skin irritated and in constant repair mode which just leads to further trouble.
For a mask: Add double the amount of the mix you use for the wash to a small bowl. Add enough water to form a paste. A thicker paste is more drying. Rub into the skin and wait for it to dry. Rinse and follow with a witch hazel toner or your normal kin care routine.
My skin likes the fullers earth clay. So, I choose this type. However, feel free to substitute with any clay that suits your skin.
In the future, I’ll make a post of my complete skin care routine. 😀