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Friday, June 11, 2010

Cleansing Facial Mask

During a community theater play I needed to apply a facial mask for one scene and then quickly remove it before going on again. All I could think of was how dry my face would be by the end of the run so I started thinking about ways to make the mask beneficial and easier to remove than traditional clay masks. What I came up with was better than I expected and it makes my face feel so clean and fresh! Now that the play is over, I think I'll keep some on hand to use on a regular basis.

Cleansing Facial Mask
I started with a basic cold cream recipe Galen's Cold Cream;

1/2 cup distilled water
3/8 tsp borax
1/2 cup almond oil (may use oil of your choice)
2 Tbsp grated beeswax
See directions

To this I added;
1 Tbsp sea clay
1 Tbsp kaolin clay
(or other clay of you choice)

5 drops lavender essential oil (for its healing properties plus I love, love, love the fragrance!)
5 drops peppermint essential oil (to provide a fresh, perky feeling)
Use any combo of EOs to customize your mask.

In a heat resistant container dissolve the borax in the rosewater and set aside.
Mix almond oil and beeswax in another heat resistant container. Heat in a water bath or microwave until beeswax is melted; stir well.
Heat water/borax to same temp. as oil/wax; hot but do not boil.
Begin to whip the oil/wax mixture with a stick blender while slowly adding the water/borax.
Then whip to a light, cold cream texture.
Continue whipping while adding clays and essential oils.
Allow the mixture to cool and store in a clean container with a lid.
Gently massage a small amount onto your skin.  You can allow the mask to dry a little on your face or you can remove it shortly after applying.  To remove, tissue off or use a warm wash cloth to gently wipe away the mask. Rinse with warm water and follow with cold rinse.

Leaves your skin feeling soft, fresh and invigorated!  Makes a great gift!

I'm sharing this post with
Wildcrafting Wednesday-Hygiene Edition
Wildcrafting Wednesday and Stangers and Pilgrims on Earth Body Care link up


  1. This sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing this on Wildcrafting Wednesday!

    I would love to have you share this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop today!

  2. Great post. This week over on Wildcrafting Wednesdays we’re hosting a special Hygiene Edition and this post would be perfect in the carnival. I’d love it if you would pop over and share this post again with our readers.


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