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Body & Soul: Fresh Grapefruit Cleanser

This cleanser is perfect for oily skin types because it is mildly acidic and astringent. Citric acid (from citrus fruits) helps tone the skin while restoring a natural acid balance. Heat is used in this recipe to release the essential oils from the grapefruit peels. You can substitute other citrus fruits, such as orange, lime and pomelo.

• Peel from 1 grapefruit  
• 2 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
• 1?2 cup olive oil  
• 1?2 teaspoon borax

1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and gently heat in the microwave or over a pan of water on the stovetop until very hot but not boiling.

2. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool completely. Strain the mixture and pour into a clean container. To use: Use in place of soap to cleanse your skin.

Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt and Company , 2002). She and her daughter, Lauren Cox, co-authored a book, EcoBeauty (Ten Speed Press , 2009).  Find them at

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  • Published on Jan 12, 2011
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