For the past couple of years, beauty and self care have been ridiculously popular especially products and recipes made from natural ingredients. Just the other day, I walked into my aunt’s kitchen to find my teenage cousin mashing up an avocado for a face mask. Trust me, the kid has zero interest in cooking or health food, but she was so enthusiastic to work with the things around her house to make her feel more beautiful. I have to chuckle because Wiccans, Witches, and Pagans have been using the beauty of nature to enhance their own natural awesomeness for generations. Working with plants, herbs, honey, clay, and oils are an easy way to connect to Mother Earth and to personal power through self love and self appreciation. It also strengthens your relationship with the Goddess to use her bounty to boost your confidence.
This mask is my go-to when I want to relax and make my skin glow while connecting to the Goddess within. I’ve used it as part of my pre-ritual cleanse as well as a way to destress and relax. It’s adaptable to any skin type or condition. All ingredients (except maybe the rosewater) can be purchased at the grocery store. It’s a fun and easy way to explore self care as a way to connect to the Goddess.
- 1/2 a cup of plain yogurt (regular, Greek, and whole milk all work fine): Milk products have been used in the worship of deities associated with beauty, for example Hathor the Egyptian goddess of beauty, women, and the arts. Yogurt is also a fabulous base for a mask because it simultaneously moisturizes and clarifies, making it appropriate for all skin types.
- 3-5 strawberries: Strawberries are associated with the goddess Freya, Nordic goddess of love. Bonus: strawberries contain salicylic acid which help with acne and clogged pores!
- 1 tablespoon of honey: The Druids used the bee as a symbol of the Goddess. Honey also is antimicrobial and makes the mask stick to your face.
- Juice of half a lemon: Lemons are connected to the Moon and lunar deities. They also help brighten the complexion and help heal scarring.
- A splash of rosewater: Roses are symbolic of a number of love and beauty deities including Aphrodite, Hathor, Isis, and Aurora. Rosewater is also my all time favorite beauty product because it is beneficial for all skin types.
- Optional ingredients: French green clay, essential oils (lavender, sandalwood, rose), turmeric, avocado, banana, blueberries, aloe vera gel, corn meal
Throw all your ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until it forms a thick paste. Smooth a small amount over your freshly washed face and neck, avoiding your mouth, eyes, and hair. Relax as the mask sits for 20-30 minutes. Wash off with warm water and close your pores with your favorite toner. Finish your usual beauty routine.
This mask will keep in an air tight container for up to 5 days in the fridge.
© Ariadne Woods