As I’ve said before I think honey is an amazing ingredient that has tons of awesome benefits, not just making a biscuit delectable. *smile* I have made a few variations of the “Honey Bear Cleanser” in the Ecobeauty book, by Lauren Cox. It’s actually what inspired me to start using honey in a facial soap (Acne Bee Gone Soap). I want to share this incredibly easy recipe with my favorite variation since I’m not feeling well enough to work on my projects.
“1/4 cup of honey
1/4 cup of water
2 tablespoons of liquid soap
Gently stir all of the ingredients together, being careful not to beat the mixture, as this will cause it to foam up. Pour the cleanser into a clean plastic honey near container or a container with a pour spout or pump. To use, pour a small amount in the palm of your hand, then massage it gently into your skin or even your hair. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, then pat dry.”
I’ve never claimed that I’ve made the perfect product for my face and doubt I ever will, honestly. I figure the big wigs with the labs have a better chance at that, especially when my illness makes things kind of complicated. So I use my favorite-for-the-moment facial cleanser in place of the liquid soap. When things really go wrong and I start breaking out on my face I even dab a dot of honey on the spot (after the night ritual), and usually when I rinse in the morning it’s at least a little bit better. Or I switch to my honey soap for a few days, sometimes.
Any way you look at it honey is amazing. Try adding a little to your favorite cleansers or “a dab will do you” when needed. *gestures for you to come in close and then whispers* I’ve even added it to my bath water when I’m having a lot of trouble with my skin. If your honey is a little too thick, it’s not bad. Just give the closed container a warm water bath (mine always tips – i hope you have better luck lol) and the crystals should turn back. It still works though, so I just take a butter knife and scoop some out. Local honey tends to crystallize a little faster in my pantry than commercial stuff, so I learned to not freak out over the crystals. *grin*
Hope this quick and easy recipe, plus the variation and tips, help you. Sometimes I feel like a folk doctor from olden times. “You have a boil? Ouch! Have you tried a little honey on it while letting the spot air out?” 😉