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