In our third Gifts from the Garden posts, we’re creating herb and flower petal-infused clay facial masks. If you still haven’t finished your list (like me!) this is a perfect DIY holiday gift. It’s simple enough to do in an hour or less and you can make a little extra for yourself too!
The winter weather can be hard on your skin, which is an extremely important organ! It works hard to remove toxins from your body, regulate your body temperature, and is actually about 15% of your body weight! So… let’s nurture this important part of ourselves with an all natural, glow producing, mood enhancing facial mask.
I use benonite clay as the foundation for the mask. Benonite clay is great because it helps to pull out nasty toxins and chemicals. Even better, Bentonite clay is rich in beneficial minerals such as: magnesium, silica, and calcium. To that, we will add plain old oats from the grocery store, which actually contain anti-inflammatory properties and saponins, a cleansing agent. This makes oats perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Now pair that with our garden gifts: healing calendula petals, rose petals, and/or lavender petals, and some essential oils for instant aromatherapy and healing properties!
What you need:
- Containers: I reused baby food jars, painting the lids and decorating with scrap paper, but for a more professional look, you can buy small beauty product containers from Amazon and other online suppliers.
- Oatmeal: I buy basic (not quick cooking) oatmeal from the grocery store.
- Bentonite clay: you can typically buy this from any natural food store or from Amazon or other online sources.
- Essential Oils: Rose and Lavender essential oils or others as listed further below.
- Dried flower petals: I used lavender and rose petals dried from my garden. If you need to buy dried flower petals, I recommend only purchasing organic, since the chemicals can be absorbed by the skin.
What to do:
1) Use the ratio of 1 tablespoon of benonite clay to 1 teaspoon of ground oatmeal. To make enough facial mask to fill 3 small baby food jars, I used 10 tablespoons of benonite clay and 10 teaspons of ground oatmeal.
2) Put the bentonite clay in a non-metal bowl or container large enough to mix the ingredients in. If it is lidded, it can also be the container used to store the extra in.
3) Use a food processor to grind the oatmeal into a fine powder. Add in the lavender or other flower petals and process until ground and thoroughly mixed. Add in 10 drops of lavender and/or rose essential oils. You could also try any of the following: Cedarwood, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, rosewood, vetiver, bergamont, and/or lemon.
4) Put the scented oatmeal mixture into the bowl with the clay and mix. Voila! The dry facial mask is finished.
5) Next, to fill the jars, I made a simple funnel with a piece of paper to make this process easier.
Now the fun part! You have to test out the product!
To use the facial mask:
Now that the dry mix is finished, all you need to add is a wet ingredient when you are ready to use it. This way you just mix up a small amount as needed and the dry mask ingredients will last for a long time. Using a small bowl, add a scoop of the dry facial mask, then add your wet ingredient until it is a creamy consistency. (You don’t want it to be too wet or it won’t stay on your face very long.)
Wet ingredient options:
My favorite option is Greek yogurt. It creates a nice smooth, creamy facial mask and the yogurt is great for skin.
Water, milk, aloe vera juice, and herbal tea also make great wet ingredient options.
That’s it! Another gift from the garden! Cross another one off your list!
Now store your extra dry mask and enjoy mixing one up for yourself during the harsh winter weather and busy holiday season.
Special Note: The first time you use a facial mask, it might bring a lot of toxins to the surface resulting in breakouts. In order to detoxify deeper layers in the skin, continue to use the mask a few days later, then wait 2-3 weeks before doing another treatment.
Click Here to read Kristen’s 1st Gifts from the Garden post on creating healing lip balms
Click Here to read Kristen’s 3rd Gifts from the Garden post on creating soothing lavender eye pillows