The Most Opulent Recycled Face Wash
I don’t like to waste. I’m assuming you read the post on how to make the richest almond milk. Well, with the leftover almond pulp, I’m going to make the most opulent face wash. I don’t usually put anything on my skin that I wouldn’t eat. I grew up using Dr. Hauschka’s Cleansing Cream. My mom’s been using it longer than I can remember, so when I started washing my face, that’s what I used. I used it regularly until about a year ago, when I started washing my face less often. Towards the end of my Dr. Hauschka career, I got their book. It gives directions on how to make most of their basic products. Cleansing cream? Almond Butter. Toner? Apple cider vinegar. Looking back, it’s so obvious!
I like things to be simple, so this face wash recipe is really easy with few ingredients that are all edible: Almond flour, coconut oil, and essential oils. I usually use frankincense and lavender. Both are known for their beautifying qualities.
The first step is making almond flour from the pulp. The longer you blended the milk, the finer your flour will be. However, don’t fret if you have a chunky pulp. Spread it out on a sheet to dehydrate. Try to break up any big clumps, they can start to ferment on the inside if they get warm and don’t dry. Drying the pulp exponentially extends the shelf life. In these images here, I did not dry the pulp as I only made a small amount that I’ll use in a few days.
Once they’re dry, I mean really dry, toss them in a blender and grind again, so you get a consistent texture. Store any flour you’re not using in the freezer. Now that you’ve got the flour, I’m just going to walk you through the steps I take to get a face wash.
1/2 Cup Almond Flour
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
I like to be gentle with this, mixing it by hand in a non-metal bowl using a wooden spoon. I store it in a little short mason jar. I only make a little at a time, so I can’t speak to how long it will keep. When I take a shower or bath, I put it on my face and let it sit. I like to open my pores and let my skin soak up the oils (I’m assuming you either have clean running water, or filter your shower water). I rub it in not long before I rinse it off. The almond meal makes a great exfoliant.
A few notes on essential oils:
I’m not brand loyal, I’ve used Elizabeth Van Buren, YoungLiving and I have a doTerra Frankincense, which so far has been my favorite Frankincense. But I think it’s important to get good oils. Look for 3rd party tested (with great results) and food/therapeutic grade. Depending how good you want your oils to be, you can also look where they’re sourced.
I also think it’s important to go by latin names. There are roughly 30 different species of Lavendula (Lavender). My preference is Lavendula angustifolia, or True Lavender. The doTerra Frankincense I have is Boswellia frereana. Something else to consider is the source. Lavendula angustifolia is native to the western Mediterranean, while Boswellia frereanna is native to eastern Africa. I want my essential oils to be made from Di Tao herbs.
While I enjoy making my own skin-care products, I’m currently trying out a few different Living Libation’s oils and creams, which I am in love with, but not ready to report yet.
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