A daily cleansing routine with natural cosmetics can be a delightful experience. First, use a combination of flowers and grains to cleanse your face and then close your pores with an application of rose water. Finally, use home-made cream to keep your skin moist. I learned the basics for the following recipes while studying with herbalist Rosemary Gladstar.
Cleansing Flowers and Grains:
Grind and combine the following ingredients in an electric coffee blender.
1/2 cup finely ground oats
1 cup white clay
1/8 cup finely ground almonds or cardamom
1/16 cup finely ground lavender
1/16 cup finely ground roses
After mixing these items, pure essential oils of lavender, frankincense, orange, or another of your choice may be added to enhance the scent. Young Living Essential Oils are recommended. To order essential oils visit: https://www.youngliving.org/517938
To wash the face, add enough distilled water to a tablespoon or so of dried powdered mixture to form a paste. As you apply to the face, enjoy the coarseness of the mixture which serves to exfoliate dead skin and cleanse your face.
Apply rosewater to a pad of cotton and rub over a clean face to close pores. Enjoy the scent!
Moisturizing Face Cream (and great for the whole body as well)
Melt over low heat the following:
3/4 cup apricot, almond, or grapeseed oil
1/3 cup coconut oil or cocoa butter
1 teaspoon lanolin
1/2 oz. (1/16 cup) grated beeswax
Pour melted liquid into a glass and let cool to room temperature.
Blend in a blender 2/3 cup distilled water, 1/3 cup aloe vera gel, and desired essential oils.Turn blender on the highest speed. Then, in a slow drizzle, pour the room-temperature oil mixture into the center vortex. The blender should begin to sputter as the cream thickens and turns a whiter color. Turn the blender off at this point so as not to over beat. Pour the cream into attractive jars and store in a cool place. The cream will thicken as it sets up. I like storing it in the refrigerator to maintain its thickness and it is lovely to apply this way.
Note: Fresh aloe vera can go bad after just a short time so it is important to use the store bought aloe vera gel.