Should you ever find yourself feeling utterly depressed, I have a surefire fix for you. Go out and buy yourself a dozen roses, then shred them into a zillion little pieces. The fragrant, colorful confetti is just about guaranteed to raise your spirits. If not, at least your kitchen will smell amazing.
While I was working on The Natural Beauty Workshop I stumbled upon the practice of incorporating minced flower petals into ubtan body scrubs. How luxurious, I mused, then suddenly flipped the thought on it's head and remarked, how practical!
We add flower essences by way of essential oil or hydrosol to facial products all the time. Why not cut out the middle man by using whole flowers instead? Sure, the amount of active components that will make it from the petal down through your skin may be slim in comparison to rose essential oil, but facials don't need to be intense in order to be worthwhile.
This particular recipe celebrates simplicity with its gentle nature and soothing additives. It starts off with a mild kaolin clay, exfoliating yogurt, and soothing aloe vera. The flower petals add color, scent, and a touch of their balancing rose oil to the mix. This mask is pretty enough for a party but gentle enough for everyday use on almost any skin type.
Speaking of which, this recipe would be the perfect choice for a spa party. Maybe call a few friends and share a bottle of bubbly while you treat yourselves to a fresh mask. Or better yet, let my new business, Make it Good Apothecary, set up a DIY Facials Bar for you! What better way to ring in the new year?
Flower Petal Confetti Facial Masks
Makes enough for about four 1-tablespoon servings
- 2 tablespoons white kaolin clay
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera juice
- 15 fresh rose petals, minced
- Combine the white kaolin clay, plain yogurt, and aloe vera in a small non-metal bowl and stir together using a non-metal spoon or spatula.
- Top with rose petals. Take a moment to bask in the beauty of color, then stir them together with the other ingredients.
- Apply a damp, hot towel (but not TOO hot) to your face and leave it there to steam for about thirty seconds.
- Remove the towel then apply about one tablespoon of the mask mixture to your face – avoiding your eyes, lips, and nostrils.
- Allow the mask to set for about twenty minutes before rinsing it off. It may not dry completely but that's OK.
- Follow with a toner, and with a moisturizer, if needed.