The skin is the largest organ of our body and is very important to our overall health and wellbeing, so for a while now I’ve been looking for a way to make my own nourishing cleansers instead of the chemical laden commercial products. I finally learned how to make an all natural, nourishing cleanser that I have come to absolutely love!
My recipe (below) was inspired from Rosemary Gladstar’s “miracle grains” recipe in her book, Herbs for Natural Beauty. This mixture can be used as a daily cleanser & scrub for your face, as a body wash & scrub, or as a facial mask. I’ve used it for all of these and have been very pleased with the results.
I often run a bath and add oatmeal tied loosely in a thin kitchen cloth. As the oatmeal softens in the hot water, it adds a luxurious and milky silkiness to the water that is very moisturizing for skin. I also use the oatmeal filled cloth to rub all over my body as a nourishing wash, and then used my homemade scrub to slough off dry skin from my knees, elbows, and feet.
During these leisurely baths, I like to also use a mask on my face and neck. For this, I mix the scrub with raw honey and a little distilled rose water, smooth the mask all over my face and neck, and leave it to sit while I bathe in the oatmeal water. When I rinse the mask off, my skin is always dewy moist, radiant, and very soft. I love the way it feels. I’ve been using the scrub as a daily facial cleanser too. It’s just wonderful all around.
Here is the recipe:
- 1 cup finely ground oats ( just regular oatmeal like you would make for breakfast)
- 1/4 cup finely ground almonds (buy raw, organic if possible, available in bulk from most health food stores)
- 2 cups white clay cosmetic powder (available from www.mountainroseherbs.com)
- 1/4 cup finely ground dried rose petals (available from www.mountainroseherbs.com, or many health food stores)
- 1/4 cup finely ground dried calendula flowers (available from www.mountainroseherbs.com, or many health food stores)
Use a coffee grinder to separately grind the oats, almonds, and flowers to a very fine powder. I bought an inexpensive grinder for about $10 that I use exclusively for grinding herbs, which is very convenient. I’ve heard that you can also use a blender, but I’ve not personally tried that.
Once ground, mix everything together very well in a large bowl, then store in a clean, dry glass jar with a tight fitting lid. You don’t want to dip your wet hands into the storage jar each time you bathe, so use a large shell to scoop out the amount you need before each shower or bath.
To make a facial mask, mix with honey and just a little distilled water (or distilled rose water) to the desired consistency. You can also add other nourishing ingredients, such as mashed avacado or banana — there are many possibilities that are very good for the skin (but that’s another post!).
I also added a few drops of pure lavender essential oil to my dry mixture, but really wish I hadn’t. I think it smells a little too heavy, but some may like it. I really prefer the more earthy smell of the clay and the lighter scent of the dried roses. Next time I make it I will not add any fragrance.