Saturday, January 11, 2014

Wash Your Face With Flowers, Dirt, and Food


Here's an all-natural way to wash your face – with flowers, dirt, and food. I'm not kidding. Done correctly, combining ingredients from these 3 groups will gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth, supple, glowing, and nourished.

Not only is it easy to make and fun to use, it's not even pricey!


I've been working with several different combos over the past weeks and my skin is loving this method.

Are you curious to try it? Then read on!

You Can Too

In the near future, I am going to show you how to put together your own personalised, customised, all-natural face wash. Not only will your personal face wash be long lasting, you will be able to create several versions by mixing and matching the different ingredients to suit your personal preference (and pocketbook).

Shopping List

If you want to get a head start, you can start shopping ingredients right away. Choose 1-2 ingredients from each of the 3 groups below.

There is only one requirement: every ingredient must be dry/dried. No fresh leaves or anything containing moisture of any kind for this project!

Here's the list

Plants

Lavender - dry, sensitive skin
Rose - normal, dry skin
Chamomile - all skin types
Calendula (Pot Marigold) - all skin types
Green tea - combination and normal skin
Cornflower - sensitive skin
Mallow - all skin types (note! this plant has powerful coloring properties)
Rooibos - normal skin (perhaps others as well - no available documentation on topical use)


Clays

White clay - all skin types
Yellow clay - sensitive and oily skin
Rhassoul (also known as Ghassoul or Moroccan Soap Clay) - oily, normal, or combination skin
Red Clay - dull, tired skin
Pink Clay - dull, tired, or sensitive skin
Green Clay - all skin types


Foods

Raw Oats - all skin types (even oily and problem skin)
Almond meal - dry and normal skin
Spirulina - all skin types
Cranberry - combination or problem skin





Don't Forget Containers

If you want to shop containers while you're at it, look for clear bottles with narrow-ish openings at the top (without insert). Unless you are comfortable with glass bottles in the bathroom, I'd go for a recyclable PET plastic approved for cosmetics or foods. The pictured bottles are from Danish Urtegaarden. French Aroma Zone has a lovely selection of fun bottle shapes in clear PET plastic as well. (find links on the sidebar).

Have fun shopping – next time, we'll get busy!

6 comments:

Jana D. said...

Great post! I've been mixing some ground oats to my cleanser and it works great! Can't wait to see your recipes :) x

Lise M Andersen said...

Hi Jana and a happy new year to you! I am totally in love with oats as well--- it is a beautiful, gentle exfoliator that doesn't dry the skin - what's not to love?

alicyn said...

i already have something from each category! can't wait to see the next step. :)

Lise M Andersen said...

Hey there Alicyn! Cool! :)

María Zamora said...

My work last week didn't let me time to try, but I just want to make one of these cleansing bars and try also with some surfactant, just to know how it works!
I hope I don't forget to take some photos to show you :)

Lise M Andersen said...

Hi María - Great! Promise to let me know how it goes!