Recipe for a Gentle Facial Cleanser based on Lush’s ‘Angels on Bare Skin’
Copy-cat version of Lush’s ‘Angels on Bare Skin’
Angels on Bare Skin is a popular soap-less cleanser that uses the exfoliating power of ground almonds, the moisture of pure vegetable glycerine, and the deep cleansing power of natural clay powder, along with deeply scented and therapeutic essential oils.
At the prompting of one of my friends, I spent some time working on a recipe that I think is very close to the original and have even started using it myself on a regular basis! I think that you’ll find my version both easy and cost effective since you can make it at home in literally a few minutes and at a quarter of the price you’d pay for it at the shop.
Soap-less Facial Cleanser Recipe
(print this recipe) Makes 60g
25g Ground Almonds – the finer grade the better.
20g Kaolin Clay
13g Vegetable Glycerine
25 drops Rose Water
1/4 tsp Lavender Flowers
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
Place all the ingredients, except 1/8 tsp of the lavender buds, in a bowl and mix. Next pour the the mixture onto a sheet of grease-proof paper and squish it into a ball. Using part of the paper between your hand and the ball, flatten the ball and then sprinkle on the remaining lavender buds.
Roll it up and store it a water-tight container with a fitted lid. There are no preservatives in this recipe but due to its low water content it will keep for up to three months.
How to use it
You use this gentle cleanser by taking a pinch in your hand and mixing it with a little water to release the ‘Almond milk’, according to Lush. In actuality this step helps to wet and disperse the ingredients and the milkiness comes from Kaolin Clay. Use the wet paste as a normal scrub all over your body but it’s especially great as a soap-free cleanser for your face. It’s gentle enough for most skin types and will leave your skin feeling bright and silky smooth.