Gentle Rose & Clay Cleansing Powder

Yield: 1 cup

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If you’re new to cleansing powders, your world is about to change. This skincare product is a two-in-one exfoliant and face mask. So whether you’re looking for a quick clean or are in the mood for some pampering, a cleansing powder offers the best of both worlds. Preparing the cleansing powder is same for both uses. The ratio of powder to liquid is about 1:1 or 1:2, depending on the consistency you’d prefer.  

I used to think that I couldn’t use an exfoliant on my face. As someone with dry skin, store-bought exfoliants always left my face feeling drier than the desert of Death Valley. It’s no surprise, since the majority of exfoliants I tried when I was younger were probably made with plastic microbeads. Now that Canada has (rightfully) banned microbeads due to environmental concerns, plastics are being swapped out for crushed nuts or kernels, like apricot pits. While a natural ingredient is always preferred to plastics, nuts and kernels can be really hard on the skin! 

This gentle cleansing powder is the first exfoliant I’ve tried that doesn’t have me immediately reaching for a facial moisturizer afterwards. Clay is one of the gentlest natural exfoliates out there, but because of its absorbent properties it can still leave skin feeling parched. To prevent this, I’ve added ground oatmeal to this cleansing powder. Oatmeal is so soothing for the skin (think about the legendary oatmeal bath parents plunk their kids into when they get the chicken pox). Oatmeal naturally softens and moisturizes the skin, but is also textured enough to gently exfoliate as well. 

The result is luminous. Never has an exfoliant left me feeling both deeply cleaned and all buttered up… until now!

Psst… anyone else have really dry or sensitive skin? When preparing this cleansing powder, try using an emollient liquid like coconut milk or dairy cream. Conditioning liquids like these will help keep this product extra gentle. 

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Ingredients 

  • 1/2 powdered clay 

  • 1/4 cup finely ground oatmeal*

  • 1/4 cup dried rose petals

  • 10 drops rose otto or geranium essential oil

  • Optional, 6 drops ylang ylang essential oil 

  • When applying, 1-2 tbsp liquid of choice like water, coconut water, nut milk, coconut milk, dairy milk, or dairy cream.

*If celiac or gluten-free, make sure you’re using certified gluten-free oatmeal.

Instructions

  • In a bowl, stir the powdered clay and ground oatmeal together until combined. 

  • Separately, measure out the dried rose petals and then crush into a fine powder. There are a few ways to do this. You can blitz the petals in a food processor, crush them with a mortar and pestle, or place the petals in a sealed ziplock bag and roll over them with a rolling pin. Whatever method suits you best, make sure you end up with a fine powder. 

  • Add the crushed rose petals to the clay and oatmeal mixture and stir it together. Add the essential oils drop by drop and stir again to incorporate. 

  • Spoon the cleansing clay into a storage container. Label and date. 

How To Use

  • In a small bowl, mix 1 tbsp of the cleansing powder with 1 tbsp of liquid of choice. (Water will work just fine here, but if you have dry skin consider mixing the cleansing powder with coconut milk, nut milk, or dairy cream. For oily skin, stick to water or coconut water.) If the paste feels too dry, stir in more liquid by the 1/2 tbsp. 

  • Spread the clay mixture over your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Use small circular upwards motions to massage and exfoliate your skin for a minute or two. Rinse with warm water. 

  • This cleansing powder is a two-in-one product! To use it as a face mask, mix 1 tbsp of the powder with 1 tbsp liquid of choice and spread it over your neck and throat. Allow it to set on the face for 10-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Option to follow with a face oil or moisturizer.