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Green Tea diy Face wash

Hi Friends!!

Like you I have also  been using various face washes on my face, untill I got to know that all these ingredients used in our skin care products & cosmetics are really harmful. Find a list of them here.

So I decided to dump all these chemical based products & switch to my grand ma recipe of using gram flour(besan) which works better on my skin than any other face washes available in the market. I used to mix gram flour  with milk, cucumber juice, orange juice  etc or water to make it a lil liquidy & pasty before applying. And trust me it worked wonders every morning.

Then I came across OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) as one of the best methods based on the principle oil attracts oil. After doing a lot of research & reading recommendations from internet friends, I was ready to try the same. But still the thought of using oil directly on a dirty face makes me a little skeptical. So I decided to create a home made face wash before I use  OCM on my face to clean & hydrate at the same time. Plus guys don’t forget the fact that if you have to travel you cant carry gram flour all the time. On top of it What do you offer to your guest when they ask for a face wash. Embarrassing right! :)

So I decided to go for an organic facewash, which every second month created a hole in my pocket. And Every time i use to run over the ingredients of the same, i use to find loop holes like Base QS etc in forest essentials and other brands. So I decide to make my own recipe best suited for my combination & dull skin.

The recipe that I am going to create is based on green tea as a key ingredient. This will create lather & foam as your other face washes you have been using. But will be 100 times better for your skin. Green tea helps in reducing wrinkles & blemishes.


  • Cleansers
    • 1 tbsp. liquid castile soap
    • 2 tbsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. xantham gum or Guar gum (easily available in India)
    • 2 tbsp. witch hazel
  • Key Ingredient: 3/4 c. organic green(chamomile) loose tea steeped in distilled water
  • Base/Carrier Oil
    • 15 drops Rosehip oil
    • 1/4 tsp. vitamin E (or 1200 IU) or Sweet almond oil
  • Essential Oils
    • 6 drops peppermint essential oil
    • 8 drops lavender essential oil

    Or you can try the following depending on your skin type

    • Oily Skin: Antiseptic EO like tea tree, bergamot, geranium, or lemongrass.
    • Dry Skin: Mild EO like chamomile, sandalwood, lavender, or rose.
    • Mature Skin: lavender, neroli, jasmine, or geranium
  • Moisturizer : 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • Bottling: Any clean Pump or a squirt bottle

Preparation, Instructions & Application

Start with brewing a cup of chamomile(strong) tea  in distilled water and set cup aside to cool. Remember not to pour green tea while the water is boiling, rather add green tea after you have boiled distilled water. Mix the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl and add the brewed tea once it is completely cooled. Pour the mixture in a small squirt clean bottle or pump bottle.

Where to buy these ingredients?

Castile Soaps are not available in India, some site like Snapdeal & evitamins does import them, but you might have to pay a hefty amount of tax on them. So the best way is to ask any of you relative to get it from abroad. Some good brand are Dr Bronners, Kiss my face etc

Baking Soda: Use only Naturally mined sodium bicarbonate and the processed one. So Bob Millers or frontier are the options we should look at than Arm & Hammer. Read more about the difference here.

Xanthum gum: Bobs Red Mill provides Xanthum Gum, & here’s the best news. After a lot of research i found out that Gourmet India,  Zansaar, keeps them. While surfing if you don’t find them online you can request an order with them.

Gaur Gum: Buy it from any high end grocery store.

Carrier Oils & Essential Oils: You can buy all of them from either Kama, Forest Essential or Soulflower , Health 1st, Barleans Organic Oils

Honey: Various types of honey that you will find in the market with range from local, raw, 100% organic certified, flovaored etc. Now what does all these types of honey means and which one is the best for you, can be read here. But on a quicker note you need to buy 100% raw & organic honey. Some brands can be YS Eco Honey, 24 Letter Mantra – Organic Himalayan Multiflower Honey, Claridges Manuka HoneySociete Naturelle etc..

Benefits & Workings?

  • Castile soap is a luxuriant, gentle & extra liquid soap which is manufactured from certified organic materials & pure plant derivatives. It contain no harsh chemicals sudsing agents, additives, or colorants.
  • Baking Soda: It contains a lot of sodium and gets absorbed by skin, so if you are advised to reduce your sodium intake, please dont add this. Otherwise baking soda is known for its cleansing properties and has been used in the kitchen for ages. It is also known as a mild exfoliator for skin.
  • Gaur Gum: It is edible thickening agent extracted from guar beans. Because of it properties of forming gel in water it is widely used in cosmetic & food industry.
  • Xanthum Gum is an emulsifier or a thickener which helps ingredients like oil & water stay blended while waiting on shelf. It is obtained by fermenting corn sugar with a bacteria,Xanthomonas campestris.
  • Rest ingredient as we all know are moisturizing, cleansing, radical fighting etc… in case you need more details on them you can write to me


Let me know, if you tried it and how did it work for you. :) :) XOXO!


Ingredients to Avoid in Skin Care

Here is a list of ingredients that should not be present in any of yours skincare & cosmetic products, & if present should be discarded right away. Because when absorbed by the skin they can be hazardous.

  1. Formaldehyde,
  2. Synthetic colorants, Phthalates/Fragrance i.e. DHP, DBP5, DEHP and dibutyl phthalate,
  3. D&C or FD&C varieties,
  4. 1,4 Dioxane,
  5. Parabens listed as methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl,
  6. Coal Tar Dyes,
  7. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  8. Petrolatum
  9. Triclosan
  10. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
  11. Phenoxyethanol
  12. TEA (triethanolamine), DEA (Diethanolamine) and MEA (Monoethanolamine)

Read more about individual chemical ingredient here.


Honey, types & Best Brands

Various types of honey that you will find in the market will range from local, raw, 100% organic certified, to flovaored etc. Now what does all these types of honey means and which one is the best for you.

Local Honey : So local honey is nothing except for honey produced from local bee. Its only useful to you in case you are allergic to some pollens. Because then the raw unfiltered honey from local producer will probably be non allergic to you.

Raw Honey: This is non pasteurized honey which means not been heated to lose beneficial nutrients. Raw honey is full of Vit B & Vit C.

Pasteurized Honey: This requires heating which delays onset of visible crystallization, darkens color, taste & fragrance. This destroys yeast cells and reduces enzyme activity.

Flavored honey: Honey when produced by bees who feed on specific flowers like Clover(most common), Manuka, Blueberry, Oranges Blossom, Wildflower (polyfloral honey), Macadamia Nut, Eucalyptus etc. To know more you can read this chart detailing honey flavors.

Which one should you buy?

When it comes to Honey you must seek for 100% organic & Raw honey which in unprocessed. Some brands to look for is YS Honey Bee, Societe Naturelle, etc


Oil Cleansing Method

Hey friends!

I know you have been reading a lot about Oil Cleansing Methods & by now must have seen like 100s of Pins on pinterest about this. So let me help you demystify OCM for Indian Skin.

OCM is very effective for Indian Skin Too, however I personally prefer it doing in the night as my night care routine so that I don’t have to go in pollution even if some traces of oil are left on my skin. Plus I always prefer using a clean pillow cover every time I sleep.


It contains majorly three ingredients

  1. Base Oil: Your Base oil have-to have-to be Castor Oil. It is the most cleansing & highly antibacterial oil which is suitable for all skin types.
  2. Nourishing Oil (The second oil which you can use can completely depend on your skin type. these some of them you can try. please note if you are pregnant you might want to see which is the most suitable one for you.)
    • All Skin Types: Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, Sunflower, Tamanu
    • Oily Skin: Grapeseed, Jojoba, Hazelnut, Rice Bran
    • Dry Skin: Avacado, Apricot, Seasame, Wheat Germ,
    • Normal Skin: Apricot, Avacado, Sunflower, Camellia
    • Aging: Argan, Rosehip, Carrot, Emu
  3. Healing Essential Oil (these are optional & also depends on your skin type)
    • Oily Skin: Tea Tree, Lavender, Germanium, Rosewood, Neem
    • Dry Skin: Germanium, Lavender, Sandalwood

Don’t use Olive or Coconut Oil, because I have read maximum complaints about these ones only.

Preparation, Application & Instructions

The ratio in which the above oil needs to be mixed are:

  1. Oily Skin: 2/3 Castor Oil + 1/3 Carrier Oil +2-3 drops of Essential Oil
  2. Dry Skin: 1/3 Castor Oil + 2/3 Carrier Oil +2-3 drops of Essential Oil
  3. Normal Skin: 1/2 Castor Oil + 1/2 Carrier Oil +2-3 drops of Essential Oil

Once mixed together, Apply the same on your face, you dont need to clean dirt or makeup from face, but I prefer to clean the same with gramflour (besan) before applying it. Then gently massage the oil in circular motions all over the face for 2 mins. Let the oil sit on your face for 2 mins. Take a washcloth & dip the same in hot water for 10-15 sec. Squeeze the water out & then wipe your face with the same. Repeat cleaning 2-3 times.

Where to buy Ingredients?

In India You can buy all of them from either Kama, Forest Essential, Soulflower ,or Health 1st