This recipe is great for those pressed for time. It is easy to make and creates a two-in-one cleansing and exfoliating product.
1 cup finely ground oats
2 cups white clay powder
1/4 cup finely ground almonds
1/8 cup finely ground dried rose petals*
1/8 cup finely ground dried lavender flowers
1 tsp finely ground dried kelp
Lavender pure essential oil (optional)
*Tip: Buy whole dried rose flower heads and pick off the petals by yourself as purchasing just the petals can be very expensive. If your local health food store or bulk herb shop does not keep whole flower heads in stock ask if they can special order them for you.
1. Separately grind the following ingredients to the desired consistency.
- oats: finely grind
- almonds: finely grind but leave a bit of grit
- rose and lavender flowers: powder as much as possible
An electric coffee grinder is best but only if you do not use it to grind coffee. A blender can be used successfully but I prefer to have a separate coffee grinder for herbs because of its easy pulse system. For optimum freshness purchase herbs whole and grind as needed.
2. Mix the first six ingredients together and add three drops of the lavender oil if desired to enhance the scent and effect of the grains.
3. Store in a glass container.
Use mix 1-2 teaspoons of the cleansing grains with enough rosewater to make a paste and gently massage the face in a circular motion towards the nose to offset gravity and stop wrinkles. Rinse off with warm water. Gently pat skin dry with a soft towel (do not rub dry). Before using the grains do a skin patch test.
To make a larger batch of moist cleansing grains: add enough honey and a small amount of rosewater to some of the dried powdered mixtures to make a nice paste. Mix only enough needed for a week to prevent spoilage. Store tightly and leave beside the sink. My teacher, Rosemary, stresses that honey is excellent for facials because it brings blood to the surface, removes impurities, smooths, and softens the skin. Honey is also a natural preservative for the grains and will keep them for up to two weeks; however, I feel a week’s supply at a time is best since some of us do not cleanse daily (although my grains are gentle and should be used daily). Please store the remaining dry grains away from moisture in a dark cupboard.
Your Skin Care Routine
After cleansing with the grains you should close the pores with your favorite astringent and then massage in light cream. You may choose to do this routine in the morning or the night…whichever suits you best.
You may wish to adjust this recipe to suit your unique skin type by adding a pinch of this or that…like vitamin E oil, or cornmeal. Likewise, you may not enjoy the scent of lavender oil and wish to replace it with something more refreshing such as neroli oil. Any floral water can be used to replace rosewater depending on your needs. Remember to research each change to know what its purpose is and how it works.
Changing the recipe is entirely up to you. To simplify the recipe you may omit the essential oil and kelp altogether and mix as you go with plain distilled water instead of floral water. This variation would be beneficial for those sensitive to fragrances.
Purchasing Quality Ingredients
Let a local herbalist help you decide where you can buy the best ingredients… never compromise the quality of your herbs – they should be freshly dried, have a distinct fresh smell, and look vibrant and alive with the same rich color as if they were living. I use herbs I grow myself plus those I purchase from Clef des Champs and Frontier Co-op. Use only 100% pure essential oils such as those made by Heliolab or Essentia. More importantly, try to purchase organic products where possible – only the finest ingredients should be used on your face.
Good luck and please let me know how your recipe turns out! Leave a reply below with your questions or comments. If you wish to adapt this recipe for a specific skin type or use different herbs I would be happy to offer advice.
Almonds: gentle, moisturizing exfoliating for dry and sensitive skin
Honey: brings blood to the surface, removes impurities, smooths, and softens the skin.
Kelp: nourishes the skin – especially with carotenoids.
Lavender: promotes tissue regeneration; good for aging skin, as well as oily, dry, cracked, scarred, and sensitive skin, a truly universal skin flower; antidepressant, antiseptic, and nervine.
Oats: gives skin a smooth silken appearance; heals wounds and cuts, soothes irritated skin, nutritive, antidepressant, and nervine
Rose: helps control thread veins, good for cracked, scarred, and sensitive skin; heals wounds; helps skin keep elasticity.
Rosewater: gentle astringent and antiseptic.
White Clay: cleanses and draws out toxins; helps the skin to rejuvenate, stimulates circulation, and soothes inflammation.