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#1 of 10 Old 05-24-2007, 12:14 PM - Thread Starter
 
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im going to my farmers market this weekend to buy some honeyfor face wash..is their anything i need ot look for/watch out for?

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I use expensive, local, organic, unpasteurized honey. It costs $12 per quart. I justify this with the following logic.

-This money is going to a good place. Local, non polluting agriculture is good for the economy.

-Even tho' I'm not eating it, all those probiotics have got to be good for my face.

-It comes in a Mason jar- a container that I'll have forever, no need to recycle, no space taken up in a landfill.

-I make a strong green tea, and, while it's still hot, drizzle the honey in. So my face wash is 50% honey, 50% green tea. So for $12, plus the cost of a few teabags ($0.50?), I get a half gallon of face wash. Which really is pretty inexpensive compared to commercial facewashes. It will never go bad (reading about the preservative properties of honey convinces me it'll have me looking 25 when I'm dead).

A half gallon of face wash lasts me and DH about 18 months, so we are spending, what $0.75 per month on facewash? Not too shabby.

Since I started my (almost) all natural skin care regimin, my skin has never looked better.

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Good rule of thumb is the darker the honey the better it is, but that doesn't always hold true because different pollens produce different colors of honey. Sage and clover honey are always good. I just went ahead and kept one bottle for my kitchen and one for my bathroom. I will use the honey by itself sometimes, or mix it with baking soda (even the baking soda used for cleaning that has bigger particles works extra nice and scrubby), and if I feel like I need some acne control, some drops of tea tree oil into that mixture. I barely use anything else to clean my face, except for the Dove soap that I use in the shower. On rare occasion, I'll use the Cetaphil extra gentle cleansing lotion. Honey seems to be doing quite nicely.

Make sure the bottle has nice honey in it and it's not too old of a bottle (you'll see hard crystals in the bottle if it's lacking moisture or has been exposed to air). Mine don't come with honeycombs, but I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not.
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So when one of my local, raw honey bottles got really, really gritty in the bottom, that's not so good?

I've since bought some raw clover honey (from not too far away) at whole foods. It's only $4 a bottle, and it's light, but I really like it. I had some dark honey but it was SO thick that I hated using it.
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So when one of my local, raw honey bottles got really, really gritty in the bottom, that's not so good?
I use it anyway...I figure it's comparable to using brown sugar as a scrub.

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Just means that it has the moisture seeping out and it's been there for a while. It's a lot harder to get out of the bottle when it's retardedly chunky. You have to microwave it all the time and you destroy the bottle. Just a pain. I've found that the ones that don't have a speck of crystalization stay free-flowing longer, even until the entire bottle is finished.
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I have never heard of using honey for face wash. How do you use it? Do you mix it with something? I use burts bees orange facial wash and looking for an alternative.
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Yup, I do raw, unpasteurized, local honey. Really nothing else to look out for. Good luck.
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Plain old raw honey.

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Just wanted to note that crystallized honey is perfectly ok. All honey crystallizes, in fact the only way to keep it from doing so is to pasteurize it. If you wish to get rid of the crystals, simply warm the honey up and *poof* they're gone!

This tidbit brought to you from Jeanie, DIL of a beekeeper.
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