Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lush Inspired - Homemade Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask with Rhassoul Clay

Lush Inspired Series

My skin is combination and acne-prone and I need purifying masks at least twice a week. Since December last year I was using a simple mask on the basis of grounded Wheat Germs mixing with Lemon Juice and it was perfect for my skin, but a little boring! Before two weeks I decided to try something new and come up with my version of

Lush Inspired Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask with Rhassoul Clay

From Lush web-site:

Chocolate heaven for oily and teenage skin. Its action removes excess oil and calms breakouts. Rhassoul mud cleans and soothes, linseed, cocoa butter and cocoa powder soften the skin. Balancing peppermint, spearmint and sandalwood oils complete this effective and delicious experience. Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave for five to ten minutes, then rinse away with warm water. Keep chilled.
Many commercial facial masks contain herbs or herbal extracts, clays, vegetable oils and essential oils and Lush Cupcake is not an exception.

Take a look at the 
List of Ingredients:
Rhassoul Mud- a purifying and exfoliating agent, you can use any other Clay, I like Rhassoul, Dead Sea Mud and French Green Clay - 10ml (2 teaspoons)
Linseed Infusion (Linum usitatissimum)- a mild gel agent, grounded Lin seeds infuse in boiled water for 15 minutes before using, you can substitute it with Cellulose Gum, Xantan or Guar - 2.5ml seeds (1/2 teaspoon)+5ml hot water (1 teaspoon)
Glycerin- a humectant, you need just a few drops, otherwise your mask will be sweet and sticky - 0.2 ml.
Talc- I prefer Corn Starch- thickener agent - 2.5ml (1/2 teaspoon).
Cocoa Powder (Theobroma cacao)- a gentle exfoliating agent - 2.5ml (1/2 teaspoon).
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) well-known moisturizer, if you don't like Butters in face treatment products, use any other vegetable oil: Olive, Sunflower - 5ml (1 teaspoon).
Fresh Mint (Mentha piperita)- Fresh Mint Tea - 2.5ml (1/2 teaspoon).
Sandalwood Oil(Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus) - super anti-aging EO - 1 drop.
Vanilla Absolute(Vanilla planifolia) - I don't have it, so I substituted it with my Ginger EO- 1 drop.
Spearmint Oil(Mentha spicata) - purifying and soothing EO - 1 drop.
Peppermint Oil(Mentha piperita) - purifying and soothing EO - 1 drop.
*Limonene, Perfume *Occurs naturally in essential oils

Mix Rhassoul Clay, Cocoa Powder, Corn Starch (or Talc) together.
Prepare Linseed Infusion and Fresh Mint Infusion, mix them, let it cool to room temperature, add Glycerin.
Melt Cocoa Butter, let it cool a little bit, add Essential Oils.
Blend Infusions with Cocoa Butter, add Powders, stir well.
Pour the mixture into a small sterile container and let it cool at room temperature.

Shelf life:
his amount (about 30 ml) is enough for 2 applications on face and neck. Please store this mask in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or add preservative.

This mask smells like minty chocolate with citrus undertone. The smell is awesome!

May be a little bit complicating to make, but except the amazing smell it is great for taking away dead skin cells and clear up the pores, may be a bit milder than a Kaolin mask, but just as effective.

How to use:
The mask has a creamy consistency, with a bit of texture from the Cocoa Powder and Rhassoul Mud in it. It smooths on easy onto a damp skin. When applying be sure not to tug the skin! I like to use a very thin layer of this mask on freshly cleansed skin, left it on for about 10-15 minutes, until it is completely dry. Then I mist the face and neck with the Rose Water and gently rub with fingertips. Wash it off with plenty of lukewarm water, pat dry with a paper-towel, apply a toner and moisturizer. This fresh gentle Facial mask leaves the skin soft, refreshed, more evenly toned and looking much brighter and cleaner and it smells delicious!

I hope you'll enjoy it too:)

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1 comments to "Lush Inspired - Homemade Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask with Rhassoul Clay"

Anna Kaczmarek said...
December 03, 2015 8:37 PM

Great idea inspired by Lush! Thanks for the recipe.

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