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Rose Chamomile Face Scrub

 

I love the smell of roses. Fresh, dried, in toners, in my bath. Roses are the queen flowers of heart opening and vibrational expansion. There are so many ways to incorporate rose medicine into our lives and today I am sharing one of my go-to scrubs that highlights this majestic flower.

As some of you know I went through a rough period of acne in my life a few years ago. To be honest there are still times when I get a pimple and I have this deep reaction like oh shit, my skin is going to freak out again! After years of taking herbs to balance my cycle, practicing breath work to soothe my nervous system and eating foods to nourish myself from the inside out, my skin has been very happy. Another big part of that has been creating my own simple beauty products and making sure I use roses as often as possible.

Rose Chamomile Face Scrub by Ashley Neese Rose Chamomile Face Scrub by Ashley Neese

The scent of the rose takes me back to my childhood. My Grandmother grew a variety of roses on her porch and when the flowers died she saved the petals and kept them in silver jars all over the house. Every room smelled of roses year round. I loved watching her tend to them in her little garden during the afternoons. I found myself taking little handfuls of the dried petals and inhaling their fragrance. It always made me feel like royalty to have access to these incredible flowers year round.

Making roses part of our everyday experience can be as simple as placing a drop of rose essential oil on your wrist and breathing it in. I often add a drop to my face oil in the evenings as a way to prepare myself for sleep. Roses are cooling in nature and very healing for our emotional body.

Rose Chamomile Face Scrub by Ashley Neese Rose Chamomile Face Scrub by Ashley Neese

To make this scrub you just need a few basic ingredients. Often times you can find dried chamomile and roses in the bulk sections of your local organic market and they shouldn’t be expensive. I’ve also linked to sources in the recipe below. Chamomile is often used in beauty products because like rose it is anti inflammatory, cooling, and very gentle on the skin. Honey and oats have a very long history of being used to soothe the skin, cleanse pores and gently exfoliate sensitive faces. If you’re looking for a good face mask, try my Avocado Honey Mask, it uses oats as well.

The recipe calls for an oil as the base. My preferred face oils are jojoba, rosehip seed and sesame and if my skin is super dry coconut oil. In our recipe I used rosehip seed because it is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids that work wonders to correct blemishes, reduce dark spots, and it is very hydrating. Be sure to purchase cold pressed oil as it retains nutrients and healing properties and use all organic products in the recipe. You can make a delicious tea or face steam with your left over flowers!

Rose Chamomile Face Scrub by Ashley Neese

Rose Chamomile Face Scrub

Ingredients //

 

Method //

Add the roses, chamomile and oats to a nut and seed grinder (a coffee grinder will work too) and pulse until ground fine. Pour into a small jar.

Warm the honey by placing the jar in a bowl of hot water. Let sit for a few minutes until the honey is easy to work with. Add honey and rosehip oil to the jar and stir to combine. Add a few drops of rose essential oil make this even more delicious.

When you’re ready to use the scrub wash your face with a mild cleanser and apply the scrub with a little bit of warm water. Make circles with your fingers and gently massage scrub all over face and neck. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry and finish with a spritz of rose water toner and your favorite face oil.
Store leftover scrub in the jar sealed with a lid. It will keep fresh for several weeks. This scrub is mild enough to use 3 times a week. It’s best to exfoliate skin every couple of days.

xoa

 

Photos by Asami Zenri

4 Comments

  • I can’t even tell you how much I love this face scrub! I’ve been looking for a DIY recipe for a while now and this is it. Do you use Manuka honey when you make it? I know Manuka is pricey so I might mix Manuka & raw honey (1 tbsp of each?). Thank you so much for posting! And totally agree that anything with rose is magic:). xo!

    • ashley

      Hey Jess! Thanks so much for writing. You will love this recipe, it’s super easy ad nourishing for the skin. You can use Manuka honey, it’s great! I use a local raw honey. Feel free to mix and match your honey as well, I know how pricey Manuka can be. Wishing you a beautiful Sunday. Lots of love. xoa

  • Alanna

    Ashley,

    Do you have any tips for someone who can’t use oil on her face without it being absorbed by her hair? I’ve tried coconut oil in the past and, more recently, both jojoba and almond, but shortly after applying any of the above my hair gets really greasy. It’s a dilemma for me, because I have dry skin and could certainly use the intensive moisturizing, especially with this drier fall air and the even drier winter air that’s still to come.

    I’d be grateful for anything you might be able to suggest. :)

    • ashley

      Hi Alanna,
      Thanks so much for reaching out. I can see this is a dilemma and I wish I had an answer for you. My best advice is to pull your hair back when putting the oil on and use less oil. If it’s getting in your hair you might be using too much. Another option is to cover your hair with a bandanna when applying the oil and wait until it has absorbed before taking it off. Hope this helps and wishing you a beautiful week. xoa

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