My new book, Home Spa Formulary – Versatile Recipes for Bath, Body and Home, was published this week on Amazon.com. In order to promote the book, I am offering this free chapter so you can sample a wonderful recipe and get a feel for the overall style of the book.
This book offers over 56 recipes and countless combinations of options that will allow you to make many more variations of each product. Plentiful inspiration is offered for different combinations of ingredients so that you can customize the recipes and make them your own, tailored for your own unique preferences and skin type.
Goddess Glow Cleansing Grains:
Natural cleansing grains are all the rage these days. High end beauty product lines, fancy stores, and boutiques all seem to carry them. Unfortunately, they often come with a hefty price tag. For the price you would pay at one of these stores, you can have a year’s supply or more of your own brand of cleansing grains that is tailored for your specific skin type and preferences.
Cleansing grains are a mixture of powdered ingredients such as clays, and ground whole grains that are good for your skin and provide gentle exfoliation. They are also easy to make and cost very little (depending on the ingredients you choose to use).
The ingredients in this recipe make a cloud soft, extra gentle facial scrub that is perfect for dry, sensitive or mature skin. The gentle vanilla scent of Peru Balsam essential oil adds to the softness of the product by providing a light, pleasant, and comforting scent.
This recipe makes between 3/4 to 1 cup of cleansing grains (depending on how many options you add). You only need to use about 2 tablespoons per use, so this enough for approximately 12 to 16 facial washes using the product.
Cleansing Grains Tailorable Formula:
– All ingredients in this recipe are measured by volume
- Whole Grains or Grain Powders – 1/4 cup, finely ground
- Make your own grain powders by grinding the raw grains in a blender or dedicated coffee grinder until it is a very fine powder. White rice, brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal and dried chickpeas are all suitable options. Pre-ground flours such as colloidal oats, arrowroot, tapioca, almond, chickpea and rice flours are also acceptable.
- (Optional) Cosmetic clay – 1/4 cup
- You don’t have to use clay, but it does add some skin cleansing benefit. You can use just the grains listed above if you prefer and omit the clay.
- Choose a clay suitable for your skin type.
- Kaolin clay is a good choice as it is gentle and good for all skin types. Rose clay and Yellow clay are other gentle alternatives.
- French Green Clay is great for oily or acne prone skin. Rhoussal clay is another option for this skin type.
- Fuller’s Earth Clay will work well for combination skin. Bentonite clay is another option for combination to oily skin.
- (Optional) – Other Additives – 1 to 4 tablespoons
- Some potential options are: green tea, honey powder, or dried milks.
- You can also add just about any skin-safe herb powder for nourishment, such as carrot, nettle, aloe, or chamomile.
- You can also add a little extra nourishment and conditioning by adding about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of allantoin or panthenol powder.
- (Optional) – Exfoliants – 1 to 3 tablespoons
- Be careful not to choose exfoliants that might scratch the skin. Jojoba beads are great as they are round and soft.
- If you want more scrub you could try granulated sugar, activated charcoal, or fine salt. If you used colloidal oats already, this can also make a gentle exfoliant.
- (Optional) Essential Oil blends
- The amount to use is up to you. If you are using this on your face, you may wish to keep the scent light.
Goddess Glow Cleansing Grains Recipe:
– This is the recipe for the example product shown in the picture below
- Colloidal oats (finely ground raw oats) – 1/4 cup
- Kaolin Clay – 1/4 cup
- Dried milk powder (coconut, nonfat, full-fat, goat, or similar) – 4 tablespoons
- (Optional) Allantoin Powder – 1/2 teaspoon -If omitting, add 1/2 teaspoon more colloidal oats.
- (Optional) Peru Balsam Essential Oil – 1 milliliter
- Add the clay, oats, and powdered additives to the blender and blend it to make sure everything is well mixed and finely ground.
- Pour the blended ingredients through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl to remove any large particles which could scratch the delicate facial skin.
- Sprinkle in the essential oils (if using them).
- Mix well, breaking up any clumps caused by the addition of the essential oils.
- Put the mixture into a jar, bottle, or other container.
To use the cleansing grains:
- Wet your face.
- Take about a tablespoon or two of mixture out of the container and put it into the palm of your hand.
- Slowly (so as not to “poof” the powder into the air), add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to your hand and wet the mixture thoroughly.
- Alternately you can use another liquid such as almond milk, yogurt, or any other skin-safe liquid. You can also use a small amount of facial lotion if you like.
- Spread the wet mixture on your face, paying attention to problem areas such as the t-zone. Avoid scrubbing too much under the eyes, around the lips, and other delicate areas of the face. Avoid getting the mixture into your eyes.
- You can either let it dry until it cracks and then rinse it off, or you can gently scrub it around the skin and rinse it off when done washing.
- Apply an astringent such as witch hazel, and then moisturize with a nourishing facial serum or lotion for best results.
- Keep water out of the bottle of grains or it will be spoiled.
Acne Prone Skin:
Use French green clay, rice flour, green tea powder, allantoin and tea tree essential oil.
Relaxing cleansing grains for normal skin:
Use bentonite clay, colloidal oats (or brown rice flour), aloe powder, panthenol and a mixture of lavender and chamomile essential oil.
Beautiful glow cleansing grains for all skin types:
Use rose clay, either rice flour, tapioca flour, or colloidal oats, chamomile powder, allantoin and either 1 drop of rose absolute or jasmine essential oil or a mixture of frankincense and lavender.
I hope you enjoyed this free sample chapter from my book and I hope this recipe sparked some creative thoughts on how you might use it to make your own wonderful facial grains product, custom formulated for your skin type. Most of all, I hope you enjoy using the product, and reap the benefits from using it to care for your skin.
This book is available on Amazon.com in the Kindle Store:
Versatile Recipes for Bath, Body and Home