A while back I posted about making these lovely clay face mask bars from a recipe on one of my favorite sites for DIY beauty, Humblebee & Me. I’m back today to share with you what an abject failure they were. Not because of any problem with the recipe as written, but because I am the problem. I am habitually unable to follow a recipe as written. This is great for cooking, as I often just sort of toss things in and see what happens. This is not so great for DIY projects.
Sometimes, sometimes, every now and then my experimentation and “let’s see what happens!” attitude result in some pretty awesome things. And since there are very few recipes out there using tallow, a lot of those projects have been heavy on the experimentation aspect and turned out pretty great. This was not one of those times. I knew as soon as these babies dried I had gone horribly awry.
I didn’t have all the ingredients that Marie used in her original recipe, so I improvised a bit. And thought, why not add some ground up flowers in one? When I’ve made traditional face masks in the past, I’ve often added these types of things, so it seemed like a good idea to try to replicate those in bar form. No.
Okay, well maybe it would have worked, but I didn’t manage to grind my flowers (lavender, rose petals) fine enough. It wasn’t obvious at first, but once the bars dried and they looked more like pumice stones than anything I’d want to rub on my face, it was abundantly clear. As soon as I wet a bar, all the tiny stems and bits that didn’t grind up were sticking out like tiny barbs. Ouch. I didn’t fancy a face mask that started with taking off the first 12 layers of my skin.
Use on your face only if you’re looking to remove all your skin.
Okay, so a big fail. But I also hate wasting stuff. So I tried to think of other ways I could use these. Clearly never getting near my face. First I thought, maybe a body scrub bar of some kind? But again, like sandpaper. Then I’m standing there in my shower, holding this little puck of horrors and realized that their resemblance to a pumice stone was my answer. Feet bars! So I’ve now been using these as a combo foot scrub and clay mask for my ugly ugly dry cracked feet and they’re lovely! My feet feel all soft and smooth.
My recipe combined the French Green Clay bars I linked above, plus these Pink Rose Clay bars, because they used coconut oil, which I had on hand. I also made a few with tallow, because if you’ve read my blog with any regularity at this point, you know I try putting tallow in EVERYTHING. So if you want to make your own DIY FAIL Clay Foot Mask Scrub Bars, just mostly follow Marie’s recipes, and add some not so finely ground flowers (I also made one with green tea and jasmine flowers), some essential oils if you want, and scrub your sad feet pretty just in time for spring!