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Lavender, Honey, and Clay Face Mask Recipe

Updated on August 01, 2016
Lavender, Honey and Clay Face Mask Recipe
Lavender, Honey and Clay Face Mask Recipe | Source

Traditional Remedies ~

A deep pore cleansing treatment does not need to be done in a beauty salon, nor does it require expensive ingredients that will end up sitting dormant, reach their expiry date and be resigned to the rubbish bin.

While it may appear to be a new phenomenon, homemade beauty solutions have been around since the early days of civilization.

Cultures from every corner of the globe have their own folk remedies, lotions, potions and makeup recipes utilizing plants, herbs, nuts, oils and unusual ingredients from natural sources.

Many do not have local shops, internet or even phones we all take for granted in the western world.

I have always found it fascinating learning different customs from travelling and from research. Some recipes have logical benefits and other ones we find hard to imagine or even stomach.

Versatile Ingredients Not Dust Collectors ~

This recipe was inspired from looking at some of my favourite ingredients that are super beneficial for skin care products and have many other uses around the home. I have used all these ingredients in a variety of ways.

Exceeding expiry dates, gathering dust or costing a fortune does not feature in this house for ingredients and nor should it in yours.

There are way too many exceptional ways to use these gorgeous gifts of nature so let’s take a look at some of them:

Nectar of the Gods

a natural way to nourish the skin
a natural way to nourish the skin | Source

Honey

Said to be the one food you could survive on if you had NOTHING else (including water) it is not one to dismiss from the kitchen.

A jar of honey is good for the skin whether you apply it straight or take it internally through food recipes. Even a spoon of honey is magic for a sore throat.

Apart from an array of culinary ways to use honey, why not try any of these ideas:

  • Face Toner
  • Skin Cleanser
  • Facial Scrub
  • Face Mask
  • Moisturizer
  • Lip Scrub
  • Lip Balm
  • Lip Plumper
  • Bath Elixir
  • Hair Treatment
  • Acne Treatment
  • Pimples Remedy
  • Cough Lozenge
  • Sunburn Remedy

Aloe Vera

 full of healing properties
full of healing properties | Source

Aloe Vera Juice

The aloe Vera plant is easily grown at home and may be used for its gel. Known as a universal healer, aloe vera is a commonly found plant in homes.

Aloe Vera juice is an equally useful ingredient if you have no plant or gel.

Here is an idea of homemade recipes using the juice:

  • Face Toner
  • Face Wash
  • Sunburn Remedy
  • Mouthwash
  • Hair Rinse Treatment
  • Facial Scrub
  • Face Mask
  • Spot Treatment
  • Inflamed Skin Remedy
  • Insect Bites
  • Cooling Body Spray
  • Foot Soak

American Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana is a species of witch hazel that produces the witch hazel astringent.
Hamamelis virginiana is a species of witch hazel that produces the witch hazel astringent. | Source

Witch Hazel

This versatile plant has been used through the centuries as a cure for various ailments and skin conditions. Here are some of the ways you may incorporate or use witch hazel at home:

  • Face Astringent
  • Face Wash
  • Skin Cleanser
  • Facial Scrub
  • Face Mask
  • Facial Steam
  • Spot Treatment
  • Eye Gel
  • Eye Mask
  • Mouthwash Recipe
  • Sunburn Recipe
  • Insect Repellent

French Green Clay

quality green clay should be green or geyish green in appearance and not white.
quality green clay should be green or geyish green in appearance and not white. | Source

French Green Clay

This natural quarry mined clay has amazing absorbing properties and great for “sucking” toxins, oils and impurities from the pores.

One of the most widely used clays in cosmetics, it lasts indefinitely however, 5-6 years is recommended by mountainroseherbs, an excellent stockist of this ingredient and hundreds of other homemade recipe favourites of mine.

They are predominantly organic, of top quality and competitively priced, check them out! Here are recipe and remedies for French green clay:

  • Face Scrub
  • Facial Mask
  • Deep Pore Cleanser
  • Foot Scrub
  • Acne Treatment
  • Back Mask
  • Spot Treatment
  • Loose Face Powder

Lavender Buds

lavender oil may be extracted from the buds or spikes.
lavender oil may be extracted from the buds or spikes. | Source

Lavender Lip Balm

a basic lip balm recipe suddenly has more benfits to the lips when lavender is added.
a basic lip balm recipe suddenly has more benfits to the lips when lavender is added. | Source

Lavender Essential Oil

What is not to love about lavender?

The MOST versatile herb you could buy in my opinion, you have unlimited choices of using lavender essential oil, dried lavender buds or even fresh lavender. Here are a number of my favorites:

  • Floral Water
  • Face Wash
  • Cleansing Lotion
  • Bars of Soap
  • Sunburn Solution
  • Face Scrub
  • Facial Mask
  • Moisturizer
  • Facial Serum
  • Eye Serum
  • Eye Cream
  • Bath Salts
  • Hair Treatments
  • Body Oil
  • Perfume
  • Lip Balm
  • Cooling Body & Face Spray
  • Mouthwash
  • Insect Repellent
  • Potpourri
  • Air Freshener

Super Cool Cucumber

use some refreshing and hydrating cucumber slices while you are waiting
use some refreshing and hydrating cucumber slices while you are waiting | Source

Which of these ingredients do you currently have at home?

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Face Mask Recipe ~

1 tsp Clear Honey

1 tsp Witch Hazel

2 tbsp Aloe Vera Juice

1-2 tbsps French Green Clay

1-2 drops Lavender Essential Oil

2 Slices Chilled Cucumber (optional)

You Will Need:

Small bowl

Sieve

Spoon

Face mask Brush (optional)

Method:

  • In your bowl, mix together your aloe vera juice, witch hazel and honey.
  • Start to sieve the green clay into this mixture. Use your spoon to help the clay through the mesh.
  • When complete, mix your mask into the consistency of a paste.
  • Add 1-2 drops of Lavender essential oil and combine it into your paste.

To Apply:

  • Totally cleanse the face and neck, making sure to remove all makeup.
  • Run over the skin with a quick wipe of skin toner to remove any oily residue left.
  • Apply your mask (with fingertips or a face mask brush) starting at the neck working up the face. Avoid the delicate eye area.
  • When fully covered, relax for 15-20 minutes, lie down and pop the two slices of cucumber on the eyelids. This has a cooling, moisturizing and rejuvenating effect to keep your eye area in top condition.
  • Rinse off with tepid water with fingertips or use a dampened moist warm facecloth.
  • Use a cotton pad of witch hazel or aloe vera juice to remove the final traces of the mask.
  • Don’t be alarmed if the skin looks a little red, it is normal as this is a deep cleansing treatment that removes any dead skin cell build up and has stimulated the blood flow and increased circulation by revealing fresh skin. It should cam down within half an hour.
  • Apply your normal moisturizer when it has calmed down.
  • This recipe is for one use only and best to make up fresh whenever you want.
  • Apply this mask once a month as part of your monthly beauty regime.

If you have sensitive skin, do a small patch test first in an unobtrusive area. Leave for 12 hours and check for any sensitivity or redness.

  • Do not use this recipe if you have any allergies to the the ingredients mentioned or substitute with a different ingredient.

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Awesome hub, Suzie! I definitely look forward to using some of your ideas here. I appreciate all your hubs on facial treatments and makeup. Voted up! :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Abby,

      So good to see you here! I was so excited about this idea as I love these ingredients for the skin and all of them can have many benefits. They are inexpensive and a little goes along way so really cost effective. To know this mask costs way less than a dollar to make, about 30c is more like it, it is a great one to include in a spa night with the girls! Cheers for your thumbs up!!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Fantastic hub full of useful tips and information. I am bookmarking for quick reference and shopping lists. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great information as always, Suzie. Nice job! :)

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I love all the options you offer for everything. I immediately feel like making a brew...I am thinking of doing a mask.Actually today I am making a pain cream...will see how that works. Love it all Suzie!!!!Up and pinning of course.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Phyllis,

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I hope it is useful for you and you give this a go when ingredient hunting!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      As always, I love hearing from you. Delighted this got the thumbs up from Sir Bill!!!!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Thought this one may appeal to you, so glad it ticked the box for you! it is quite addictive this making products that ooze goodness for the skin. Your pain cream sounds rally interesting, love to hear more! Appreciate your interest as always my friend and for your votes of confidence shown in comments, votes and pin! Have a great weekend!!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love my lavender essential oil. It's such a great all-arounder. I use it for burns, in my facial oil, I spray it on my pillow if I'm feeling restless and can't sleep. I wouldn't be without it.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      i had NO idea that we could live on honey alone! WOW - I love learning new things!

      You my friend are FULL of it! (Great ideas i mean, of course)..

      Have a wonderful weekend, Suzie..

      sharing..

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      Susan Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      I had never heard of French Green clay. I will look out for this. I like a good face mask. Pinned,shared and voted up.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi phoenix,

      Glad you are a confirmed fan too of lavender, I LOVE it! i find it so relaxing and great for my migraine when I get a bad attack. Thanks so much for your comment!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vishakha,

      Appreciate your interest, thanks for stopping by.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Leslie,

      Many thanks for commenting! So I'm FULL OF IT am I?? LOL

      Thanks for the lovely compliment, I do try to be full of it!! Cheers for passing on and have a good one up yonder in Canada!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks so much for commenting. Hope it was okay to link to your honey and cinnamon hub on here? Cheers for votes, shares and pin and hopefully you will give it a go the clay is fabulous and works so well on all skin types.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love how you can use so many of the same ingredients for multiple beauty recipes! Another fabulous option here.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      I love honey and lavender. This is a great recipe. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Sounds like a great combination to me! Lavender and honey should compliment each other really well. Great DIY beauty recipe!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the sound of the mask, Suzie. All the ingredients sound nice on their own, and together they sound wonderful! I'll try your recipe sometime this summer.

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Brilliant information here Suzie, thank you for sharing. Have a good weekend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Many thanks for checking this out. Love that you love the versatility in ingredients for beauty ideas!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      I am a fan of these two myself and honey infused with lavender is gorgeous! Cheers for commenting and your continued passion!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rebecca,

      Delighted you enjoyed this, do try it sometime your skin will be soooooo grateful! Thanks for the comment and support as always!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Alicia,

      I love all the ingredients too which for me is key to whipping up different ideas. Some are more favorites than others but all these I love! Thanks for commenting and have fun making it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi livingsta,

      Thanks for popping by. Delighted you enjoyed this and I appreciate your support and it is a pleasure to share it and spread the word! have a great weekend and thanks again :-)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I just want to come and visit you while you are at work. The sights and smells in your corner of the world must be amazing. Every time, you write a new one, I pin it, bookmark it and send it to friends. I then promise myself I will make it. I do try but only do about a third! One of my friends is making a wedding shower next month. It is a tea party theme and they are making several of your recipes! I'll let you know how it went! Thank you, Suzie for ever enlightening! up+ and of course, pinning!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Randi,

      You are always welcome in my kitchen! My world is very chaotic at times and making my own products is a dream come true. When I was working as a Make-Up Artist I always thought how wonderful to have my own brand and range of makeup. Little did I know some 15 years later . . . . I would find hubpages! Oh how wonderful you are, passing on my work to others and spreading the word!! I am so honored and appreciative, thank you SO MUCH! I would love to know how it goes and which recipes they try! Cheers for your continued support and for votes and pinning, you rock girl!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I love the idea of the french green clay treatment. It sounds so soothing. Great article, as usual, Suzie.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Suzie you have some amazing hubs and thank you for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Many thanks for your comment, delighted to know you enjoyed it, appreciate your thoughts!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      So happy to hear you find them appealing, there is a vast amount of ways to use natures best! Appreciate your thoughts in commenting!

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      hubsy 3 years ago

      This was such an informative hub, thank you so much for posting! I love making home-made face masks! I'm just curious, have you ever gone to Lush? It's this organic cosmetics store that has some really cool fresh-made face masks that only last for three weeks, but are completely natural and preservative free and made with fair-trade ingredients.

      THanks again!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hu hubsy!

      What a cute username, love it! So good to hear you enjoyed this recipe and are already a fan of face masks. Lush I know yes, there is lush in Dublin that I have been to through the years, not in recent years though. I have seen some mixed press on them in some forums saying they are not as natural as they claim to be but i always thought they were lovely products and different. Thanks for your interest and input hubsy!

    • Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

      I love how detailed this is! A+ for effort and A+ because it was fabulous!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Phoebe,

      Thanks so much for stopping by appreciate your support and love the A+, long time since I got one never mind 2!!

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