Aktualisiert: 22. Dez 2019
The actual name should be Kombucha Scoby Face Mask or just a Scoby Face Mask. But there are two problems with that - the first name is a bit too long & in the case of the second form - not everybody is familiar with the Scoby name (SCOBY = Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria & Yeast). Especially here in Germany, where the old terminology of a Tea Mushroom (Teepilz) still rules.
But let's get back to our Super Special Face Mask. Why Super Special? Because we do not use a regular Scoby to make this mask. We use our Super Scobies that grow during our Chaga X Kombucha fermentation. And Chaga (a wild, medicinal mushroom) contains up to 25% melanin by volume & melanin is a pigment that gives skin its color, among other things.
To find out more about Chaga, please check our other blog entries on Bärbucha Kombucha's blog page.
So here's how we make this Mask.
When we make our Chaga X Kombucha
We save some of the Scobies that grow on top of the Kombucha
And we keep them till we're ready to make a new batch of the Scoby Mask. Next we place them into a food processor, along with some Kombucha Vinegar
And we puree them till they are of the right consistency
Which looks like this
Next, it's time for Bentonite. Bentonite or Bentonite Clay is a substance that is composed of volcanic ashes & has been used as as medicine, usually as a detox medium or in external & internal cleansing.
Here's a bit more from Wellness Mama (1*)
"Healing clays like bentonite have a high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium. It also absorbs and removes toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals.Because of this, Bentonite clay is a common ingredient in detox and cleansing products. Common external uses include poultices, mud packs, detox baths, and skin care recipes."
" Bentonite clay is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid its electrical components change, carrying a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins.When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release its minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead."
Here's more from Paleo Hacks (2*)
With regards to Chaga, here's a chart from Feng Shui London (3*)
So back to our Face Mask & the Bentonite Clay
When the Scoby is pureed, we add the Bentonite
And few drops of the Lavender Essential Oil by DoTerra
There's more than just the aroma factor, why we use this particular oil. Lavender EO has been used for skincare for quite some time. Some of the reasons are beautifully described by 100% Pure in one of their online posts (4*). Listed here are only the titles of the chapters, for more please visit their blog:
"1. Fights Acne
2. Soothes Eczema and Dry Skin Conditions
3. Anti-inflammatory Superstar
4. Detoxifies Skin
5. Heals Injured Skin
6. Helps Prevent Wrinkles"
Next all the ingredients get mixed thoroughly
And they go into the the fridge for 24 hours so that we can check the consistency. Once we're happy with it, the mixture goes into our retails jars & it looks like this:
And the label:
We have described the benefits of Chaga, Bentonite & Lavender Oil. Scoby also contributes to those benefits, as it contains a wide variety of organic acids, enzymes & probiotic bacteria. Just organic acids have a detoxifying effect on the skin. Plus they make the skin feeling firmer & younger.
The application & the use of the mask is quite simple. Just apply a thin layer over your face & let it sit for 15-20 min.
Then wash it off with warm water. Some skin reddening can occur & it is quite normal.
Remember to keep the Kombucha Mask refrigerated below 6 C.