Preparation time: 20 min aprox.
Dietary guidance: v v
125 ml glass mason jar ( minimum size, and use only glass)
1 whole lemon
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract (or more or less depending on how much you enjoy the smell of vanilla)
1/4 cup honey (slightly under that amount)
1 1/2 Tbsp. raw organic sugar (crystals)
3-4 Tbsp. Olive oil (leave a little room at the top of the jar)
1/4 tsp. (heaping) turmeric
1 Tbsp. aprox. dried chamomile (I use an organic tea--open the tea bag and pour in) (Another good tea to try would be a chamomile lavender)
1 Tbsp. aprox. dried Echinacea (again, I use a tea bag)
Finely grate the entire lemon, including the peel into the glass jar. (I grated it on a plate first and then put it into the jar.) Also, do not worry about leaving a bit of the lemon ungrated--just grate until you become more or less concerned about the safety of your fingers... I left part of the peel ungrated. Remove seeds from mix.
Mix together the rest of the ingredients in order listed, except for the chamomile and Echinacea. I use a fork for this process.
After the first part is mixed, add the chamomile and Echinacea, mixing in completely with a fork.
Now it is ready to use. Make sure your hands are freshly clean when using this, as you will need to dip our fingers into the mixture to use. There should be little chance of spoiling with that amount used, due to the mixture of ingredients. However, monitor it, and keep it as cool as necessary with refrigeration.
When you use it, you can use it as minimally as possible, depending on your facial needs. It is mildly abrasive (due to the lemon grated lemon rind), and one should be careful of sunlight, also due to the lemon. It is mildly moisturizing, and so it may be beneficiary to use at night without following with a night cream/lotion.
It will remove most makeups, because of the oil in it. When I use it, I rub a small amount all over my face in gentle, circular motions, using my fingers. I then will rinse away with mildly warm water, and I particularly enjoy using a warm damp cloth at the end.
If using as a face mask, simply coat heavily on entire face, and leave on at least 10 minutes or until desired.
Common sense cautions: This is a homemade recipe, and carries no guarantees in usage... Please use your brain when making your own at home. If spilled, there will be an oil stain, and potentially a change in tint of the fabric on which the mixture is spilled. It is best when using all organic ingredients, as there will be less chemicals to encounter, which could change the benefits of the mixture.