Spring has sprung here in Calgary! We’ve got blooming tulips, budding roses, leafy trees, green grass, and lovely bumbling bees again, and all of this makes me unbelievably happy. In honour of our recently returned bumbling bee friends I whipped up this silky honey bee face mask on a sunny spring day. It’s loaded with bee goodness and is easily made with a handful of ingredients you probably already have. Woo!
The liquid part of this mask is lovely raw honey blended with some warm water. There’s lots of honey; it’s a third of the liquid bit. This makes for a mask that goes on a bit like caramel and never dries out fully, so it’s nice and gentle on your skin. Raw honey is loaded with all kinds of beneficial active enzymes, and when blended with water it releases peroxide that’s great for cleansing skin and battling acne.
Up next, some added bee propolis and pollen. Both of these are optional, so no worries if you don’t have them, but they’re both pretty cool. Propolis is a powerful antibacterial and antiseptic healing ingredient. The bees make it by collecting essential oils, resins, and saps from the plants around their hive, and they use it to repair the hive and do things like mummify mice that sneak into the hive so they don’t end up with a rotting corpse on their teensy little hands (adorable, no?). Pollen, of course, is gathered from nearby flowers and is an amazing source of vitamins and minerals.
All that’s left now is the clay. I chose gentle white kaolin, but French green, French yellow, or zeolite would also be good choices. I don’t recommend bentonite or rhassoul as they’re both quite heavy and bentonite is just generally a very weird clay that is super different from kaolin and all other clays.
Once we’ve brought all of this together we’ve got a lovely, silky paste. Spread that honey bee face mask on your pretty face, let it dry for about twenty minutes, and rinse it off. This one does take a bit of convincing to rinse off, but some patience, warm water, and a wash cloth will get the job done.
I find this mask leaves my skin beautifully smooth without leaving it feeling too dry, making it a great choice for dry or sensitive skin. Give it a go!
Honey Bee Face Mask
8 tsp kaolin clay
Combine the raw honey and warm water in a small dish and whisk to combine. You may need to leave it to soak a bit before you’ll be able to fully blend the honey together.
Once you’ve got a uniform honey/water mixture, whisk in the pollen and propolis, and then begin whisking in the clay a teaspoon at a time. When you’ve got a thick, creamy, smooth paste you’re ready to apply the mask!
Smooth the paste over your face and leave it to dry for about twenty minutes before rinsing it off—you’ll definitely need a wash cloth for this bit, and as far as face masks go, this one is a bit more difficult to wash off. Follow up with some argan oil.
Makes enough for one thick mask that can go down the neck a bit, or two thinner masks.
This mask is not a good candidate for pre-mixing in larger amounts and using over an extended period of time due to all the yummy bacteria food in it—even with a broad spectrum preservative I doubt it would have much of a shelf life.