A few weeks ago my friend Kristin asked if I wanted to make a DIY face moisturizer using washed ghee.
I had no idea what “washed ghee” meant but whenever I hear the phrase “DIY” I’m already in. Then the more I read about this ancient beauty secret the more excited I got, and I really think you will be, too.
First things first, what the heck is ghee?
Ghee is a very pure type of fat made from simmering butter until the fat, also known as clarified butter, separates from the milk solids. It has also been called the “most refined end product of milk.”
If you really want to get technical, ghee is slightly different from clarified butter in that is it taken one step further and simmered to bring out a nutty flavor.
Ghee originated in India around 3,000 years ago and is now frequently used in south Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines for its high “smoke point” (no smoke detectors going off there) and basically because it lasts forever unrefrigerated. We’re talking decades. And here’s an extra fun fact, many people that can’t tolerate dairy can eat ghee just fine.
Ghee is also rich in Vitamins A, D, K and E, making it excellent for both your health and beauty routine. I know people that make their own ghee and I hear it’s pretty simple. If this interests you, Wellness Mama can help you out.
BUT WHY ARE WE WASHING THE GHEE?
Washed ghee is an ancient beauty “secret” passed through the Indian culture, also known as Ayurvedic medicine, or Ayurveda for short. It’s considered a holistic, or whole body, treatment. It is used in many traditional medicines to treat constipation and ulcers (quite a range.)
The Ayurvedics (PS – I might have just made that word up) believed that when you “wash” ghee 100 times it completely removes all purities from the butter, leaving a pure, non-greasy, light-as-whipped cream moisturizer that reaches all seven layers of your skin. Guys, I didn’t even know my skin had seven layers; but now I want to reach them!
BENEFITS OF WASHED GHEE
- Clears your Skin
- Reduces Wrinkles
- Clears Rosacea
- Soothes Burns
- Heals Scars
- Reduces Sunspots
- Clears Eczema
- And many more….
So how do you wash it? What will you need?
WASHED GHEE INGREDIENTS
- Cup of ghee (organic, please)
- Kitchen Aid or hand mixer
- Copper bowl *Optional, but there are extra benefits
- Purified water (3 or more gallons. We just used filtered water from my fridge dispenser)
STEPS TO MAKE WASHED GHEE
- Warm up ghee first until it becomes a liquid.
- Place in either a Kitchen Aid bowl (jealous), copper bowl, or regular mixing bowl if you have neither.
- Add two cups of cool water – things will get sploshy so wear a cute apron
- Mix for 3 -5 minutes.
- Pour out as much water as you can. We mixed it with a spatula to get out the excess water
- REPEAT 25 – 100 times
If you do some quick math you will wonder if that will take forever, and you will be correct. However, the more you wash, the more it removes impurities and the butter smell, as well as increases the copper benefits.
The end result so be an almost white (or completely white) whipped, light, airy product, much like whipped cream.
I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS…
So how does this process work? Why the copper bowl? Must I do it the 25 times?
First, I’m no chemist, but every time you “wash” the ghee, it infuses the product with water by fat-splitting (please real chemists, forgive me if I am explaining it wrong) creating that light and airy moisturizing and non-greasy texture.
Second, the copper bowl acts like a catalyst to speed up the fat-splitting process, as well as adds copper content to the product, which is known to help with inflammation.
And thirdly, my friends and I did it 16 times for 5 minutes each. Do it longer than that if you can (it makes it more pure and gets rid of the butter smell!) However, the amount of times we did it still was sufficient in creating a great product.
PRO TIP: START EARLY – it does take a loooooong time. Also, enlist the help of many friends unless you want the best arm work out of your life!
SHELF LIFE: 4-6 months in a clean and tight container. No refrigeration necessary.
Now onto the fun stuff – how to use it!
Disclaimer: DO NOT stick your fingers straight into the pot because it will contaminate the product. Use a wooden flat spatula or even just a Q-tip, instead.
1. The WORLD’S BEST FACE MOISTURIZER
I already talked about the benefits so scroll up if you missed them. BUT for even more benefits you can add essential oils to customize the scent and extra goodness. I added rose & lavender essential oil to mine to fight both acne and wrinkles.
Tea tree oil and frankincense would also be great options.
Start with this DIY mask to deep clean your pores first!
So far it’s been beautiful on my skin. It absorbs fairly quickly (maybe a minute) and then my skin has just looked clear and bright all day. It also LOCKS moisture into my skin. I use it for day and night.
2. Pre-shower moisturizer.
Just slather on a good bit all over your body, or where you need extra moisture, wait 30 minutes and shower as normal. Feel free to clean the bathroom while you wait.
3. Deep Conditioner
Apply to dry ends, wait 30 minutes to an hour, and shampoo as usual. The time on your hand depends on the ratio between how dry your hair is, and how patient you are. Again, cleaning the bathroom is an excellent option while you wait.
4. Foot Moisturizer.
Add peppermint oil to it and make a refreshing foot moisturizer. Not only will it reach the “seven layers” of your feet’s skin but the peppermint will fight any odors.
5. Cellulite Fighter
Add grapefruit essential oil to it, apply on back of legs to fight cellulite.
Of course it makes a great hand moisturizer too.
I hope you try it not only because it’ll be such a treat for your skin, but also because it’s just a really fun experience. What’s the most unusual DIY you’ve ever made?