Cleanse with hydrating honey and soothing lavender
It’s commonly thought that the English word ‘Lavender’ derives from the French word lavandre and latin word lavare – both meaning to wash. Just as in Roman times, we still use sweet lavender to scent our baths and toiletries. Not only does it have a pleasant scent but it also has properties that relax the mind and soothe the skin.
This soapless facial cleanser recipe that gently removes oil and dirt while leaving your face feeling soft and hydrated. The secret ingredient is homemade lavender infused honey. Raw honey is great for your skin but it’s also a fantastic ingredient to infuse lavender and other herbs into.
Lavender & Honey Soapless Facial Cleaner
Creates a two week supply.
¼ cup (25g) Ground almonds
¼ cup (20g) White Kaolin clay
1tsp (10.5g) Lavender infused honey (instructions on how to DIY are below)
20 drops Rose water (or homemade rose infusion)
¼ tsp dried Lavender flowers
20 drops Lavender essential oil
Step 1: Create the infused honey
Homemade infused honey can be used in many skincare recipes so you should make more than you’ll need for just this recipe. Fill a pint sized jar with ½ cup dried lavender flowers or lavender buds. Fill the rest of the jar with honey and set in a warm window. Give it a daily shake and after a 7-10 days, strain the out the plant material and re-bottle the honey.
Store in a cool, dark cupboard and use in both beauty recipes and the kitchen. The shelf-life of honey is indefinite but to stay on the safe side, use it within a year.
Step 2: Make the facial cleanser recipe
Mix the lavender buds, clay, and almonds in a small bowl. Stir the essential oil into the honey and then spoon it onto the dry ingredients. Sprinkle on the rose water and then mash it together using a small fork.
It’s a little like making pastry dough and you’ll need to work the small amount of wet ingredients into the dry until it’s a crumbly mixture. The honey should be incorporated fully and don’t be tempted to add more water – the mixture should be relatively dry.
Store the cleanser in a sealed glass or plastic container at room temperature and use within two weeks.
To use, place a pinch in the palm of your hand and mix it with a little water. Massage onto your face and rinse.