Apply lotions with clean fingers or cotton wool and massage gently into the skin to loosen
dirt and remove make-up. Avoid dragging the skin and use light, stroking movements upwards
across the face. Wipe off with soft tissue or cotton wool, or used tepid herbal infusions to
For Oily Skin
For simple cleaner you can be use tepid infusions of either elderflowers, yarrow, sage,
lady’s mantle, calendula or chamomile to rinse the face. Rose water is also useful, Cucumber
is and ideal cleanser for oily skin. Mix a little cucumber puree with half a pint of milk and
keep it in the refrigerator for up to three days. Shake well before use. Alternatively if you
grate half a cucumber and boil it in half pint of milk gently for three minutes, cool, sieve
and bottle it, it will keep for a week. Fennel helps to remove dirt and impurities from oily
skin. Bran, oatmeal or cornmeal can be used daily as facial scrubs to help absorb excess oil
on the skin. Take a small handful of fine oatmeal and mix a little water, milk or buttermilk
with it to make a paste, and wash the face gently with it to make a paste, and wash the face
gently with it. This will help prevent blackheads.
Almond Milk Cleanser
2 teaspoons ground almonds
¼ pint of rose water
Blend for 2 minutes, strain and bottle.
Buttermilk And Fennel Milk Cleanser
½ cup (125ml) buttermilk
2 teaspoons fennel seed
Heat double boiler. Leave to cool and infuse for 2 hours. Strain and bottle ; this keeps in
a refrigerator for up a week.
For Dry To Normal Skin
Sweet almond oil is cleansing and nourishing and is excellent for removing dirt and make-up.
Remove excess oil with elderflower or chamomile in tepid infusion.
Orange Flower Cleansing Cream
1 oz (25ml) soya oil
1 oz (25ml) almond oil
1 oz (25ml) orange flower water
1 oz (25g) cocoa butter
1 tablespoon (15g) beeswax
5 drops essential oil of neroli
Mix and warm the oils. Melt the coca butter separately., then stir into the oils.
Melt the beeswax and stir it into the oil mixture. Add the orange flower water, leave to
thicken and cool. Stir in the essential oil as the mixture thickens; spoon into jars.
Neroli stimulates the formation of new skin cells.
Glycerin and rose water cleansing cream
4 tablespoons (60ml) lanolin
2 oz (50ml) almond oil
1 tablespoon (15ml) glycerin
3 tablespoons (45ml) rose water
6 drops essential oil of rose
Melt the lanolin in one pan and heat the glycerin and almond oil to the same heat in another.
Mix the two together, slowly stirring all the time. Add the rose water gradually, leave to
cool and stir in the rose oil.
For Dry Skin
Apricot oil is nourishing and moisturizing and makes a good cleanser.
Wash off any excess oil with a tepid infusion of chamomile or elderflower.
Lemons will help restore the acid pH of the skin.
Chamomile Cleansing Milk
½ cup (125ml) full fat milk
2 tablespoons (30ml) chamomile flowers
Heat together very gently in a double boiler for half an hour, but do not allow to boil.
Leave to cool for 2 hours, strain, refrigerate and use within a week.
Lemon Cleansing Milk
½ small pot of natural yoghurt
½ tablespoon (7.5) lemon juice
1 tablespoon (15ml) safflower or almond oil
Blend the ingredients together and use within 3 days.
For Dry Skin Type
Buttermilk makes and excellent cleanser and can be mixed with juice or puree of lemon,
strawberries, tomatoes, honey or beaten egg white.
Olive Oil Cleanser
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
Mix together and apply; rinse off with a tepid infusion of chamomile or elderflower.
Sage Cleansing Lotion
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 drops cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sage infusion
Combine the oil and honey, and warm. Add warm sage infusion and the vinegar; stir well.