Gentle Cleanser And Mask for Sensitive Skin

Heather Dessinger

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Soothing & Detoxifying Cleanser/Mask

Note from Mommypotamus: Today’s guest post comes from Becca of The Dabblist. Check out her blog for real food recipes, tutorials, life hacks and inspiration to live a healthy, happy life. Thank you for sharing with us today, Becca!

This year has been the year of skincare for me.

It started off with a bit of a bang. My hormones went completely out of whack after a minor medical procedure, and my skin was the first to let me know. I had cystic acne, patches of dry skin, and overall discomfort.

I’ve been a fan of store-bought natural skincare products for some time but, when they would do nothing for my skin, I went back to basics and looked to nature’s purest ingredients (because nature seems to always know best, right?). I started cleansing my face with raw manuka honey every day, and started making my own cleansers, masks, and moisturizing oils. Within several weeks, my skin started to re-balance and I felt like a normal person again. But this time, I had so much knowledge about making my own effective skincare and wanted to share it with everyone!

This recipe is for a delicately fragranced, gentle cleanser / mask double whammy, and it’s great for those of us that don’t wear a lot of makeup day to day.

What I love about this product is that it won’t spoil as long as you don’t let moisture get into the container. You can take it in your bag on a flight no problem, and it makes a really lovely handmade gift for a dearly loved lady in your life.

The Star Ingredients

Oatmeal – A great gentle abrasive base for facial scrubs that soothes all type of skin irritations.

Lavender – Soothes irritated and acneic skin. The oil is one of the most gentle and widely used essential oils for the skin.

Rose Petals – Promote skin cell regeneration while acting as a mild astringent.

Bentonite clay – Absorbs and removes toxins and impurities from the skin, while allowing oxygen to get to cells.

Rosehip Seed Oil – High in essential fatty acids that helps heal environmental damage to the skin.


Lavender & Roses Gentle Cleanser and Mask for Sensitive Skin

Combine the oatmeal, lavender, and rose petals in a clean coffee grinder and grind into a powder. Combine with clay in small bowl, then drop in the essential oils. Mix thoroughly (I like to use a whisk) to evenly distribute the oils all throughout the powder.

Package the finished powder in individual jars or bags for gifting. No refrigeration is required, but it should be stored in a cool, dry cupboard and used within 6 months for maximum freshness.

To Use:

As a Cleanser

Place 1-2 tsp of the powdered cleanser into the palm of your hand, and sprinkle in water (I like to use homemade rose water or some milk if my skin is feeling dry) and work into a spreadable paste. Apply the entire mixture to cover the face, throat, and décolleté, massaging in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water.

As a Mask

Follow the same directions as above, but gently spread the paste across your cleansed skin and let sit for 10-15 mins, or until mask completely dries. Rinse with warm water.

About Becca

Becca is the face behind The Dabblist – her manifesto to declare freedom from the taboo of being known as a “dabbler.” She has found that, through sharing our stories and creations with each other and not being afraid to get our hands dirty, we can remember what our great great great grandmothers once knew – that we can be the creators of our own joy.

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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17 thoughts on “Gentle Cleanser And Mask for Sensitive Skin”

  1. Stefani Allen Wood – I posted some resources in the link above and also next to the recipe in the post. Some you can find at your local health food store, but some you’ll probably find it easier to order online.

  2. Becky Peters – I think it’s great for tooth whitening but can be a bit drying/harsh for some skin types. May take some experimentation to see what works for you.

  3. Wouee wow wow!!! This stuff is amazing! Tons of fun to make…Lots of room for experimentation …smells extraordinary, and the skin loves it! I am a holistic Esthetician and can’t wait to bring this into my practice! Thanks for sharing!

    • Paula, it depends on your skin type. If your skin is really sensitive or reactive, I would only use it once a week. I would also substitute the Bentonite clay with white kaolin clay instead. Bentonite is pretty much for skin that is super oily and congested. Kaolin is much gentler. Hope this helps! Victoria

  4. can this be made using a food processor i do not have a coffee grinder but my food processor has lots of “functions” also is there a cheaper oil that is still as eeffective as the rosehip seed oil?? thank you!!!

  5. I just stumbled upon this post a few days ago and boy am I glad I did…I ordered most of the I gradients on and they arrived in 2 days. It’s a treat to make this mixture and smell the aroma of it fill my kitchen. I have ever it on my face now as a mask, my first time trying it. Thank you for sharing all your amazing recipes and ideas.