I’ve never been a huge fan of the chemical laden make-up removers available at the drug store. They always stung my eyes, left an oily residue, or had cloying aromas I wasn’t fond of. In essence, I wasn’t thrilled to have to use them if I broke out my super-duper waterproof mascara, cuz let’s face it, nothing short of a nuclear slurry will take THAT stuff off.
So, on my journey to discover some alternative, it occurred to me that oil had always been an excellent cleanser. Sure, it takes a bit of elbow grease to remove especially stubborn mascara, but it generally does a fair job of it in the end and I’ve been recommending The Oil Cleansing Method for years now. But what could I do to make oil work even better?
Transfigure it into a cleansing balm, and voila! Now we’re talkin’!
Rose Cleansing Balm
This balm is the bomb dot com if I do say so myself. It’s super smooth and silky and leaves my skin feeling perfectly clean without feeling squeaky or stripped. Its gentle rose scent calms the emotions while the little snapshot of peppermint essential oil gives you a lovely boost in the morning. Cardamom rounds out the blend with its cheerful undertones.
Your day is bound to start out great after using this rosey yet cooling cleansing balm. I absolutely love it.
It may seem weird that this recipe isn’t soap based, but I can assure you that it cleanses just as well. It gets its cleansing kick from the emulsifying wax which is surprisingly soap-like when lathered in your fingers and worked into the skin.
Here’s what you need to make a 1oz size of rose cleansing balm:
• 7.5g emulsifying wax (make sure it is a complete form – this is what “lathers”)
• 7g jojoba oil
• 3.5g castor oil
• 3.5g coconut oil
• 3.5g mango butter
• 2g candelilla wax or carnauba wax
• 2g rosehip seed oil
• 7 drops peppermint essential oil
• 2 drops rose absolute or rose otto (this one smells just like a garden rose!)
• 1 drop cardamom essential oil
I use this highly sensitive kitchen scale for measuring tiny amounts of ingredients.
Consider adding .25g of menthol crystals while melting down the ingredients for a cooling cleansing balm that’s perfect during the summer months! Swap out the essential oils with douglas fir, tea tree, or lavender for some added variation.
Loving Preparation – Rose Cleansing Balm
1. Add everything to a clean pyrex measuring cup except the essential oils.
2. Place the pyrex measuring cup in a saucepan of simmering water (about half an inch or so) and heat everything through until thoroughly melted.
3. Use a rubber spatula to stir things up a bit to ensure that everything is mixed well.
4. Remove the measuring cup, wipe the bottom dry with a kitchen towel, and place it near the 1oz tin you will be using to store the balm. I like keeping the pyrex on a towel to keep the mixture from hardening too quickly.
5. Once the mixture has cooled slightly (but hasn’t begun to harden) it’s time to add the essential oils. Use the spatula to mix them in thoroughly.
6. Next, pour the mixture into the 1oz tin you will be using for storage.
7. Allow the balm to harden completely, cap closed, and it’s ready for use!
Wet your face thoroughly with warm water.
Then simply scoop out a pea sized amount of rose cleansing balm with a clean dry finger, or use a tiny spatula like this one. This will keep the product as germ free as possible.
Rub the balm between your fingers to “lather it up” and then massage it into your face, focusing on areas with tough make-up.
Use a clean wet cloth to wipe away the balm and expose fresh clean skin!
I have used this cleansing balm to remove a full face of make-up without a hitch – even stubborn mascara. It’s really that good! I hope you give it a try!
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