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Written by Li Wong of Earth Alkemie   

     Happy Mother’s Day!    Use this simple fruit mask to nourish, brighten, remove toxins, and lightly exfoliate the skin.  Perfect for pampering on Mother’s Day or once a week!

Papaya Mask

a small slice of papaya (no seeds or skin)
1 teaspoon clay
distilled water or a hydrosol if needed
1 drop of essential oil, optional

Mash the slice of papaya.  Add the clay and essential oil, and mix well.  If it is too thick, add a little distilled water or your favorite hydrosol to thin the mask.  If it is too thin, add a little more clay.  Apply to your face and neck, and leave on for 5 to 15 minutes (for sensitive skin, leave the mask on for only 5 minutes).  Rinse well.
(Make this recipe fresh each time).

Papaya contains papain, which is a natural enzyme that mildly exfoliates.  Papayas also contain many vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins C, A, E, and K.

Suggested Clays:
If your skin is more on the oily side try bentonite (if you use bentonite, you will definitely need to add distilled water or hydrosol to the recipe, since this clay absorbs a lot of liquid) or French clay.  If your skin is on the dry side (including dehydrated skin) I suggest rhassoul or blue clay.  Very dry skin may want to omit the clay and just use plain papaya on the skin, or mix the papaya with a little honey or agave.

Essential Oils:

I suggest lavender (anti-inflammatory/soothing, good for general skin care, blemished), rose geranium (balancing, blemished), or lemongrass (good for oily, blemished skin).

You can use any of your favorite hydrosols in this recipe, but you may want to try using lavender, rose geranium, or lemongrass hydrosol!

About The Author:

Li Wong has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy.  She has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001, and is currently a student of Jeanne Rose’s Aromatherapy Studies Course.  Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception.  She is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and mineral makeup company.


For more information on environmental issues, Eco Living, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, and herbalism check out: Solarkat’s Eco Blog.  http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/

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