The Autumn Equinox marks the end of summer, when the days become shorter and the nights longer. This time is associated with giving thanks for the harvest and honouring the natural world: traditional Equinox rituals often involve feasts and celebrating outside with friends and family.
If you're looking for a nifty potion that celebrates Mother Nature this Autumn Equinox, we think Karen Gilbert's all-natural Apricot Face Scrub is perfect. Designed for brightening dull skin, ideal as we enter the colder months, it's a great way to utilise the natural world within your skincare regime. Because it is completely natural, Karen recommends either applying the scrub freshly-made or making in small quantities that can be refrigerated for a couple of days.
1 teaspoon (5ml) apricot kernel oil
1 teaspoon (5ml) castor oil
1 teaspoon (5ml) honey (manuka, if possible)
4 teaspoons (20ml) kaolin (white clay)
1⁄2 teaspoon ground rice or rice bran
A few drops orange flower water, if needed
Small glass bowl or egg cup
1. Measure the apricot kernel oil, castor oil, and honey into the small bowl or egg cup.
2. Add the kaolin and ground rice or rice bran, mixing everything thoroughly with a teaspoon.
3. If the mixture is too thin or if you prefer a thicker texture, simply add more clay and stir until you get the consistency you want. If the mixture is too thick, add some orange flower water to thin it down slightly. Store any leftover scrub in a small pot in the refrigerator and discard after a few days.
Apply a small amount to damp skin and massage in very gently (ground rice can be quite abrasive, so use a light touch). If you find it too harsh or have sensitive skin, try ground almonds instead or jojoba beads, which are available from many online suppliers that specialize in natural product-making ingredients. You can replace the kaolin with green or red clay, if you prefer. To remove the mask, rinse with warm water and a face cloth. This scrub is great to use on the body, too, if you need to use it up.
This recipe is from Natural Beauty by Karen Gilbert.