Now that I’ve been making all kinds of make up, I find myself needing a way to get it off my face. This probably sounds a bit odd, but since I’ve never really worn make-up before, this is a new problem for me. Now, I know the OCM does a good job, but I’ve been stepping away from it lately as a bit of an experiment. Soap is also an obvious choice, though it’s pretty harsh for daily use.
When I do use soap on my face, I really like black soap. It’s a wonderful all-natural soap from Africa, made with all kinds of good things like shea and cocoa butters, turned into soap with lye made by roasting palm leaves. It has a tendency to look like clods of dirt, but it’ll clean you right up. I’ve had major success with it when it comes to acne. Any kind of it, anywhere. I was first introduced to it by the incredibly enthusiastic man who runs Tribal Eye in Toronto’s Kensington Market. He thrust tiny tied-off bags of it at me while enthusiastically recounting a (most likely embellished) story about a girl who used black soap on her terrible acne and cured it in three days. I was curious enough to try it, and I’ve made sure to have some on hand ever since.
I also love clay for my face, so I started thinking. Clay… black soap… hmm. Coffee grinder? Yes. That’s when I hit upon the idea of a finely ground clay and black soap facial scrub. Something mild, natural, and gently exfoliating. Something I could work some good essential oils into and count on cleaning my face without stripping it too much. Something lovely, basically.
The beauty of this recipe is its flexibility. I used a wide variety of ingredients (most of which are optional) because I had them and felt that I should probably be using them, but you can really make this scrub with just three or four ingredients, and it will work just as well. This is what I did, but feel free to strip out all of the ingredients I’ve marked optional. I wasn’t kidding, they really are. You’ll just want to replace the volume with some more clay. And you can use whatever clay you have on hand. Green, red, from your backyard—whatever.
I no longer recommend using baking soda or soap to wash your face; read this for more information.
Gentle Clay Facial Scrub
1 tsp seaweed powder
1 tsp mango powder
¼ tsp peppermint extract
½ tsp honey powder
½ tsp citric acid
(If not used, add 3 tsp extra clay)
Combine all the dry ingredients in a coffee grinder and grind until smooth. Add the essential oils, one at a time, blending between additions.
To use, scoop about half a teaspoon into your palm. Add a bit of water, rub your palms together, and massage into your face, adding more water as needed. Rinse off and enjoy your smooth, clean skin!