Over the course of my DIY adventures, I’ve had my eye on powdered cleansers. LisaLise had this fabulous milk cleanser on her blog and I knew I had to make it one day. It’s been one of those things I’ve always wanted to try, but just couldn’t get my hands on the few key ingredients to do so. Like milk powder. Who knew milk powder would be so difficult to get my hands on? I could buy kilos of the baby powder stuff if I wanted it, but I just wanted a couple of tablespoons of various milk powders. Then, when I did find something I could use, it was fortified, strengthened, this that and the other thing… where all I wanted was just plain old fashioned milk powder. Where is a Bulk Barn when you need one?
Yeah, it actually took three years to get my hands on milk powder. All it took was me moving to another country.
There are countless ways to make this recipe, and countless substitutions one could make. And because I brought some of my favourite extract powders to Ireland with me, feel free to swap things out! I’ll even help you with that!
To use this milk cleanser, take about a teaspoon of final product in the palm of your hand and add about a teaspoon of water. Mix with your finger, and wash your face. That’s it! Just remember, this recipe does not contain a preservative, so be very careful about getting any kind of moisture into it. Now because I am a wee bit lazy, you can also use this as a mask by apply this to your face and then just letting it dry and wash clean with warm water.
In my recipe, I decided on goats milk. Everyone seems to have gotten on a goat milk wagon and I really want to join the band. There will be a few more recipes coming out soon that contain goats milk so keep an eye out if you are curious about products with goats milk! Goats milk contains some Vitamin A which is pretty awesome in skincare, especially when we want to rock our age. It also is said to help with adult acne. And because it is in a powder form, it helps to exfoliate which means healthy skin is regenerated. Please feel free to swap out goats milk for any milk powder you have! Almond, coconut, cows, mares, camels, ass, walnut, rice, soy… the list is endless! The cool part? Each one will impart a different benefit to your skin!
I also decided to use Pink Clay, for I had it for some soap recipes. Feel free to use any clay you’d like really, a good substitution would be Kaolin Clay, but French Green would work too! Clay is one of my favourite facial cleansing ingredients as it is an amazing exfoliating the skin so very gently.
Next up is where it begins to get a little… fun. And where you can switch things up a little. I wanted a product that was super duper hydrating so tossed in some colloidal oats. Colloidal oats are really a freaking awesome ingredient and one I shall be playing with over and over again! Due to it being a wickedly small particle, it means that it can dissolve fully in water, so this makes it great for lotions, toners, and more! They help the skin by retaining moisture and is rich in beta glucans.
Now, what kind of a person would I be if I didn’t include some extracts in this recipe? I decided on mango and banana extract because my skin loves them! Mango for brightening and “purifying” (so have to air quote that) and banana for moisture. Mango extract is high in Vitamin A and C and that means, it’s on age duty and brighten you up! Banana is wonderful for anyone with dry skin. And guess what? Anything that helps keep moisture in or on the skin? We can classify as ingredients that help to rock your age! Keep that moisture where it belongs! In the skin! If you don’t have mango or banana extract, feel free to toss in cucumber, wheatgrass, strawberry, papaya, bamboo, tea, shavegrass… there are many possible options as long as they are in their powdered form! If you don’t have any, don’t worry! You don’t have to include them.
Now to be a wee bit of a rebel, I decided to use sweet orange essential oil to scent this and because I really like sweet orange essential oil! I love the way it smells! It’s so bright and cheerful and happy! You can certainly add in lavender, or chamomile, or leave it plain.
As you can see, this recipe is wickedly flexible. So what are you waiting for? Go raid your cupboards!
- Prepare your work space by wiping everything down with ISP alcohol; your tools, equipment, and don’t forget your whisk!
- In a small measuring cup, weigh out all your ingredients.
- Using a small cosmetic whisk (a fork will also do!), gently stir. It will look like nothing is mixing well for a little while, just keep stirring. This step might take up to three to four minutes.
- Once everything is properly blended, decant into a small pot.
- Store in a cool place out of direct sunlight.
Because this does not contain any water or other liquids, it does not need a preservative. Be very careful to not get any water into this mixture.