Lavender and Rose Gentle Cleansing Powder

This lightly fragranced cleanser doubles as a face mask and gentle exfoliant.

| March/April 2019

Lavender essential oil is one of the most universally useful oils, and is very gentle on all skin types.
Photo by Michael Piazza

This lightly fragranced cleanser doubles as a face mask and gentle exfoliant – simply spread it on cleansed skin, let it dry for 20 to 30 minutes, and then rinse. If you prevent moisture from entering the container, this cleanser won’t spoil.

Yield: 1 cup.


  • 1⁄2 cup powdered white clay
  • 1⁄3 cup and 1 tablespoon finely ground oatmeal or oat flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered lavender buds
  • 1 tablespoon powdered rose petals
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops rose otto or geranium essential oil


  1. Combine the clay, oatmeal, powdered lavender buds, and powdered rose petals in a medium bowl and stir to blend. Add the essential oils by the drop, and stir again to thoroughly incorporate. Scoop the mixture into a storage container, label, and date.
  2. To apply, scoop 2 teaspoons of cleanser into a small bowl or the palm of your hand and add 2 teaspoons of water, coconut water, coconut milk, almond milk, or dairy milk. Stir until the mixture forms a spreadable paste, and leave undisturbed to allow paste to thicken for a minute.
  3. To use as a cleanser, use your fingers to apply the entire mixture over your face and throat (avoiding the eye area). Massage in circular motions for 1 minute. Immediately rinse with warm water, and follow with astringent or toner.

Note: No refrigeration is required, but for maximum freshness and potency, use within 6 months. Store in a cool, dry place.

Stephanie Tourles has been practicing and teaching healthy living for over 25 years. She is a licensed skincare herbalist and certified aromatherapist. Stephanie is the best-selling author of 12 books. Visit her at Stephanie Tourles. Excerpted from Pure Skin Care © by Stephanie L. Tourles. Used with permission from Storey Publishing.

2/20/2019 9:43:29 PM

What exactly do you mean by clay and where will I find this? Thank you.

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