Well, the second cleanser of my nightly double-cleaning routine ran out, so I’m product-making again. The other day I made my Lavender/Citrus Creamy Cleanser, which I use for removing makeup and grime. The second cleansing step involves a milky cleanser to deep clean the pores that have just been opened. I have dry, sensitive skin, so I like something that is gently exfoliating, nourishing and soothing for step two. This is a very easy and quick cleanser to make.
Here’s what you need:
- Powdered goat milk (best you can afford; on a tight budget, you can use regular milk).
- Powdered oats (I use oat flour in pie crust, so I always have some on hand, but you can do just fine grinding up regular old oats in a food processor or coffee mill).
- Liquid castile soap, like Dr. Bronner’s. I usually get the unscented stuff. Want to know how to make a gallon of liquid castile soap on the cheap? Buy a bar of castile soap, grate it up, and melt it down in a pan of water over low heat. Add to a gallon jug (old vinegar jug is great) and add water the rest of the way. Shake it up. A gallon of Dr. Bronner’s unscented castile soap is currently listed as $59.99 on Amazon. A single bar of the same thing is about $4 at my local natural market. I actually save my soap slivers from my olive oil bar soap until I have about one cup full, and use them to make mine. Some people are weirded out by this, but I’m the only one using it, and they’re perfectly good soap IMO. To each their own.
- Vanilla essential oil (or a tiny amount of organic vanilla extract or powdered organic vanilla bean) (optional): I chose vanilla because my creamy cleanser has such strong aromatherapy effects with the lavender and grapefruit that I wanted something which would pair nicely overall. I could have gone without fragrance, but the gentle effects of vanilla layer beautifully with the others. Full effects listed at the end of the post.
- Glass marble or bead: I like adding a glass marble or bead to items like this to aid in shaking it up before use. It’s a nice alternative to the chemical emulsifiers/anti-separating agents found in commercial products.
I used a 2 ounce jar, but you can adjust the proportion of ingredients up or down very easily. It is best to make this in small amounts more often for the sake of freshness (that sound like a tampon commercial!) If you choose to make more than two ounces, only keep out a small amount and store the rest in the refrigerator.
If you use a blender or other mixing apparatus, use very low-speed or the milk will get VERY frothy. I am choosing to be lazy and throw all the stuff right into the jar, following it with a good hearty shake.
Here’s the process:
Step one: Combine 2 tablespoons of powdered goat milk with 2 tablespoons of powdered oats and mix them up. If you use powdered vanilla, add it here with the dry ingredients.
Step two: Cover the mixture with castile soap (you basically have equal parts powdered mixture and castile soap; you can make this cleanser as thick or as thin as you want). If you find castile soap too drying, dilute it with water (approximately equal parts). Mix everything thoroughly. If you’re smarter and less lazy than myself, you’ll be using a blender or something and dealing with fewer clumps.
Step three: Shake/blend thoroughly until you have a creamy, frothy mixture. Add 2-3 drops of vanilla essential oil and shake it up. Vanilla pairs nicely with the ingredients. This cleanser smells edible!
- Goat milk: Extremely moisturizing and soothing to many types of skin irritation; pH is very similar to human skin, protecting skin from bacteria and chemicals that can irritate and dry it out; nutrient rich (high in vitamins E, C and D); high in acids like lactic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid that have anti-aging effects (break down old skin cells and mildly exfoliating).
- Powdered oats: Soothes many types of skin irritation; gently exfoliating; relieves dry, sensitive skin.
- Vanilla essential oil: Balances mood; reduces stress; calming; softens other fragrances; sedative (perfect for bedtime when paired with the sedative effects of lavender).
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