This is an awesome Lavender Chamomile Facial Cleanser that can be used year round. I developed this recipe many years ago for my skincare line “Flower of Flowers”. It gently lifts and washes away impurities while bringing oxygen and a light circulation to the skin. This is my favorite cleanser because it is effective yet mild and the scent is absolutely intoxicating!
I have been infatuated with essential oils ever since I was a teenager. They do something to me. It’s like they are little bottles of magic potions. My mom moved from L.A. to Sebastopol when I was 19 to study at the California School of Herbal Studies. I wasn’t ready to leave L.A. so stayed and I rented a house in Venice with my friend Maggie.
One day, my mom called to let me know about a herbal workshop retreat that she hoped that we could attend together. She said that there was going to be a workshop covering essential oils and skin care. I jumped at the chance. I was excited because the owner of Simplers Botanicals (one of my favorite brands) taught the workshop. I have been hooked ever since!
After I closed my restaurant, I immersed myself in the studies of essential oils and their effects on the skin. I started to obsess over essential oils and the effects they have on the skin. I developed all natural and organic skin care recipes that I eventually turned into a small business that I named “Flower of Flowers” after the flower Ylang-Ylang. My mom joined me on the venture for a couple months and then decided it wasn’t for her. A few weeks later, my friend Tamera joined me and we were the perfect team. I was the creative side developing the recipes and she was the business side doing the books, setting up skin care parties and editing the catalogue descriptions. We made everything; from eye oils, face oils, body oils, toners, tonics, steams, face cleansers, body cleansers, bath oils, bath salts and face and body sprays.
Tamera eventually moved to Maui and I let the business go and immersed myself into my next venture, my jewelry line “Venezian”. My skin care line was a fun experience and I still have all the recipes. I continue to make them for myself to this day including this cleanser.
- 3/4 Cup Baby Castile Soap
- 1/2 Cup Lavender Hydrosol
- 2 Tablespoons Pure Aloe Juice
- 1 Tablespoons Jojoba Oil
- 1 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 12 Drops Grape Seed Extract
- 50 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 28 Drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
- 8 Drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
- 8 Drops Orange Essential Oil