My friend Meredith is super awesome for many reasons, but the reason I would like to broadcast today is how she is always finding awesome things for me to make, and cool new ingredients for me to try. She’s the lovely lady who got me hooked on argan oil back in university (at the time I was horrified at the idea of putting oil on my face… how far I’ve come!), and then she did a big research project on all the schmag in our body care products, and I took that and ran. The rest is history, I suppose.

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This awesome face mask is based on something she saw on the Mario Badescu website. The entire website is a treasure trove of easy, natural DIY project ideas (I also find it a source of a good laugh as many of the products are so simple, and still so expensive). Meredith told me about it months ago, I’d had it on my “to scour” list for ages when she preempted me and tried out a super simple pore shrinking face mask. The original ingredients were kaolin, zinc oxide, and calcium carbonate. She swapped the calcium carbonate for baking soda and raved about the end results. So, obviously I had to try it.

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I used French green clay instead of kaolin, and added a few essential oils designed to help with healing and acne, but other than that, I didn’t change much. I blended everything together in a coffee grinder before adding water to ensure a super smooth mask. It goes on beautifully. I do find the baking soda can make blemishes sting a bit at first, but other than that it’s pretty similar to other face masks.

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After you rinse it off your face will feel wonderfully refreshed and exfoliated, and you will delight in your newly tiny(er) pores. This has become my new weekly face mask—I love it!

Pore Shrinking Mask

3 tbsp French green clay
2 tbsp zinc oxide
1 tbsp baking soda
5 drops chamomile essential oil
3 drops honey myrtle essential oil (or tea tree)
1 drop helichrysum essential oil (optional)
5 drops benzoin essential oil (optional)

Blend everything together in a coffee grinder.

To use, mix 2–3 tbsp of the powder with warm water until you get a smooth paste. Spread on your face and let dry for 15–20 minutes. Rinse off and moisturize with argan oil. Awesome!

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