The season of the Witch is upon us! As the last of the harvest festivals draws near, we have a unique opportunity to release the old and embrace the new. What better time for a simple yet powerful beauty ritual?
At twilight on the evening of Samhain, begin by concocting these luscious and highly effective beauty potions to celebrate the witchy New Year:
HARVEST SPICE BODY SCRUB
2 cups organic coconut sugar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
½ cup organic avocado oil
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl until the spices are beautifully mingled with the sugar. Now add in the oil, and mix it well. If you need, you can add more oil. Spoon it all into a glass jar or container and cap it tightly. Let rest for one hour.
PUMPKIN RADIANCE MASQUE
3 tbsp. organic pumpkin purée
(not pie filling)
⅛ tsp. ground cinnamon
⅛ tsp. turmeric
1 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
Combine the pumpkin and the spices in a bowl, and mix it well. Add in the almond milk, and blend it all together.
When your scrub is ready, gather your potions, along with one orange candle and one black candle, and set up your altar in the bathroom. Feel free to adorn the space with any other magical pieces you like: stones, flowers, herbs, statues, etc.
Lock the door, get undressed, and light each of the candles. Sit comfortably, breathing deeply and focusing on the candlelight. Direct your focus to the black candle. Choose something to release with the old year—a habit, a negative thought pattern, perhaps even a job, dwelling, or relationship. Get a clear and strong visual of it, yes, but the key here is also tapping into the feeling of that which you wish to release. Really be in it, and allow emotions to surface. Now take the scrub and begin massaging it into your body in circular motions. Draw with your fingers in, raking them gently along the surface of your skin, like delicate but strong branches, toward the heart. Inhale the luscious scents, knowing that with each outward breath you’re shedding old skin, and with it that which no longer serves you. When you’re ready, step into the shower and literally rinse away the old, giving thanks as the last grains leave your body and soft new skin is revealed. Step out, pat yourself dry, and as you blow out the black candle, say aloud, “It is done.”
Now for your gorgeous visage.
First, wash your face with a gentle, natural cleanser. Rinse well, and pat dry with a clean towel. Take the masque and apply it generously to your face, neck, and décolleté. Sit comfortably and focus now on the orange candle. What would you like to bring in with the new year? Love, money, new adventures? Be specific. Do not focus on a particular person or resource, as this can be manipulative and result in negative consequences, but rather on the feeling of having what you wish for. Allow all the positive emotions to arise, the confidence, the sense of well-being and love … breathe them all into your heart, your entire being. Allow your mind to create. As this energy builds, you will feel the masque tingle, active and alive with possibilities. Got it? Now you are ready to remove the masque with a cool cloth, followed by a thorough rinse. Allow your face to air-dry as you give thanks, and blow out the orange candle, saying aloud, “So it shall be.”
Finish by applying gentle, natural products such as toning mist, serum, and moisturizer as you would during your regular evening ritual.
There you have it, beautiful Fae! You have just treated your body to not only a mineral-rich exfoliation but also to a host of nutrient-dense plant magic: Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg are a triple threat—all three are ruled by fire to help you manifest while bringing forth the energies of love, money, and psychic awareness. They are also all highly effective in deeply cleansing your skin while protecting against premature aging. Avocado is in there for a Venusian charge of beauty and love while also nourishing your skin with essential fatty acids.
Your face has also been lovingly gifted a precious potion: Lunar-ruled pumpkin is rich with active enzymes and a treasure trove of vitamins that increase cell turnover and help boost collagen production. Turmeric, or haldi, is an ancient Ayurvedic beauty secret that clarifies and brightens the skin with both practical and protective magic to keep wrinkles at bay. Cinnamon is present again for its fiery love and money prowess, and its ability to keep skin clear and plumped with oxygen. Almond brings healing on a spiritual level, along with locking in essential moisture to the skin.
Please note: The cinnamon and turmeric will give you a little tingle, so if you have very sensitive skin you may want to omit them and just use the pumpkin with the almond milk.
You need to use only a teeny bit, so this recipe will make enough for you to use and share. Store it in the fridge, and use it at intervals of three to five days. It’s an excellent masque to include in your monthly repertoire, particularly effective during a waxing to full moon cycle.