A simple recipe for a cleanser that suits even sensitive and dry skin.
The recipe was taken from a book called Cook, Brew and Blend your own Herbs by an English organic cosmetics brand Neal’s Yard Remedies.
This cleanser has great soothing and nourishing properties, a subtle and calming scent, it’s easy to make and the only drawback is that it has a rather short “shelf life”. It’ll last just around three days in a sterilized, tightly closed glass jar stored in a fridge. Nevertheless, it’s definitely worth a try.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Oats have long been used in cosmetics recipes for their skin-soothing properties, as they are rich in natural polysaccharides that become glutinous in water to create a nurturing wash for delicate skin. Almond oil also soothes and enriches skin, helping to prevent moisture loss, while lavender calms both the skin and the nerves with its gentle fragrance.
- Put the oats in a small bowl, pour on enough mineral water to cover, and leave to soak for at least one hour.
- Sterilize your jar, thoroughly rinse it and put on a paper towel until completely dry on the inside.
In the meantime whisk the egg yolk in a blender or food processor, adding a drop of almond oil at a time. The mixture should be a thick emulsion when all the oil has been added, so whisk the hell out of it, otherwise your cleanser will end up too runny. Add the lavender essential oil, one drop at a time so it blends in well. The result should look something like this:
Strain the oats through a piece of muslin, squeezing all the liquid (oat milk) into a bowl. Reserve the oat milk, but discard the oats. Add the oat milk slowly to the egg mixture, stirring or blending it in gently so that it thins to the consistency of a lotion (you don’t have to use all the oat milk, stop adding any more, when you’ve reached the consistency you’re pleased with).
If you aren’t up for the challenge of making your own cosmetics yet, try some of Neal’s Yard‘s products that are almost as good as homemade: for a example Calendula Cleanser or our all-time-favourite Wild Rose Beauty Balm (which can be used both as a cleanser, a moisturizer and a mask).
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