I have an interest in handmade bath and body products, so I am continually experimenting with new soap-making recipes and techniques.
After purchasing facial cleansing grains a few times and liking the experience of washing my face with them, I decided I’d like to try making my own. I prefer to make most of my own skincare products, but sometimes I will try someone else's product to see if it's something I want to pursue. Cleansing grains appeal to me for a number of reasons:
- With only dry ingredients, they don't need a preservative.
- They are travel-friendly since they aren't liquid.
- They are exfoliating without being coarse. Some exfoliants are just too damaging to delicate facial skin.
- Milk and oatmeal provide hydration.
I loosely based my recipe off of the ingredients of a cleansing grain powder that I purchased. The ingredient list included:
- kaolin clay,
- coconut milk powder,
- honey powder, and
- lemon peel.
Since I didn’t know how much of each ingredient was used in their recipe, I referenced other cleansing grain recipes online to decide on my ingredient ratios and mixed things up a little to suit my own tastes.
Here is what I came up with.
Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Cleansing Grains Recipe
- 1 T Oat Flour
- 1 T Milk Powder
- 1 T Honey Powder
- 2 tsp Kaolin Clay
- 1 tsp Powdered Orange Peel
- 1 tsp Rosehip Powder
Yield: Just over 2 oz
If you can't find oat flour or powdered orange peel, you can just buy them whole and grind with a coffee grinder. I stirred all the ingredients in a bowl with a whisk until they were combined, and then funneled the finished product into a 2-ounce square French glass bottle.
How to Use Cleansing Grains
It’s easy; just splash water on your face and leave your hands wet, then put about a teaspoon of the product on your fingertips (just eyeball it). Add a few more drops of water, rub your fingers together, and then apply to your face. The grains won’t be fully moisturized before you put them on your face, but your face is wet, so that will hydrate the rest of them. Now scrub your face with it and rinse. Easy peasy.
The verdict: I love the facial cleansing grains. When developing your own recipes, you can’t always tell if it will be a flop or not. I really lucked out that my first try at this turned out so well. My face loves this stuff—it has the gentlest of exfoliation and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2018 Kat McAdams
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 22, 2018:
I have never used facial cleansing grains. I have very dry skin so I have been using good facial cleansing soap and cream. I don't know how the grains would work for me, but I would be willing to try them.