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  1. Very fun! Shall I spring clean my house, or my skin first??? I shall have to wait for the weekend to decide ;-)

  2. LarissaA

    It’s funny that you posted this. I just made (something similar) this morning.
    My routine was (grandma taught me):
    1)exfoliate with lemon and sugar: cut lemon in half, dip in a 1-2 tbsp of sugar and make circular motions on your face without pressing too hard against it. Let it dry. Rinse it off (I jumped in a hot shower, it’s easier)
    2) then: 1 drop tea tree oil, 1 tbsp grapeseed oil, 1 tsp olive oil, pinch of oats (I didn’t use honey this time because it crystalized): mix it all, spread on your face, let it dry. Rinse in off with hot water (I actually step back in the shower and let the hot shower do the job.
    And voila!!

    On another note, about your no ‘POO thing: grandma used to go to the garden and get a big aloe vera leaf, cut in half and spread that transparent gunky stuff on the hair to mosturize it. And tea made with onion skins (the very thin thing) is good if you want shinny hair. It leaves no smell residue. Also if you decide to put a whole egg in your hair (or add one to your mixture) she always said to remove that little egg membrane because apparently that’s the key thing for not have your hair smell like an egg afterwards.

    Anyhow, I cane across your blog a few weeks ago because I need to same money ASAP and I’ve really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for doing it!!!

  3. Karla

    Looks so great. Can’t wait to try it this weekend. Thank you!!!!!

  4. Crunchy Betty

    Crud, you guys. I lost a couple of great comments in the move (there was a period of about 5 hours there where if you commented, it just got lost in the ether.

    Sorry about that!

    If you don’t see your comment here, leave it again.

    (PS – check out the sidebar over there up at the top.)

  5. Fun! Just the kind of spring cleaning I like. :)

  6. Merry

    Perfect! I needed an inspiration to get started with my season-changing beauty routine, and here it is. Thank you! ^.^

  7. Can you imagine, I’ve never steamed. Well, I have a close steamer and have turned it out myself a time or two. I can’t wait to try this with lavender and rosemary. I bet it made your house smell great.
    I’m on spring break and haven’t been to the grocery store yet, but will be trying this tomorrow. I’m really in the mood to cleanse!

  8. Does the rosemary have to be fresh or can it be dried? I only ask because I literally JUST got 5 garbage bags of it harvested just yesterday. I’m drying one bag but I have no idea what to do with the other four bags besides try to give it away. I hate to have the rosemary go to waste so I’m scrambling trying to find DIY projects to use with it (I don’t do much cooking with rosemary). I love this, though – I’ve been so focused on spring cleaning around the house my skin sure has been neglected!

  9. Alison

    Thank you so, so much for this — I have a big week coming up for work and this is exactly what my little cara needed…all of your recipes have had a dramatic effect on my life — around Thanksgiving I was in Buenos Aires and had read an article in the NYT about older women with longer hair (granted, I’m 27, but in the professional world, it is hard to get away with anything past the shoulders). The article mentioned the importance of not washing with shampoo every day, so I started looking for more information how to live without shampoo. Long story short, since no one in Buenos Aires knew me, I figured that I could go through the unattractive phase there. Now, I use baking soda for shampoo, your face scrub on my face, a body brush in the shower, body oil that I whipped up, avocado oil for my face moisturizer and homemade deodorant…I barely recognize the woman I used to be, but man, am I healthier, with a calmer complexion and beautiful, strong hair.
    Thank you, thank you, for all you do.

  10. Elisa

    I love this! I tried this last night as I was procrastinating from studying, and my skin feels amazing! I have acne prone skin, so I used the nutmeg/milk scrub, and I absolutely love it.

  11. Danielle

    mmmm love this!
    on occation i like doing a honey & egg yolk (no white) mask…it stays a little more unguent rather than tightening (from lack of egg white), so i always give myself a bit of a facial massage as well while lying down.

  12. LarissaA

    I forgot to mention, cupuacu butter has great sunscreen properties!!

  13. AJ

    Heavenly!!!! My husband thought I was a complete nut, as I stood over a pot of steaming herbal water, and then slathered egg on my face, but when I told him that I could go spend $200 at a spa for the same thing, he shut up ;) My face feels fantastic, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  14. Chloe

    Absolutely amazing! My skin hasn’t felt this nice in years. I used the nutmeg and milk exfoliation and almost had to stop there because it made my skin feel so nice. But I pressed on through the other two steps and was not disappointed. What an innovative, cheap, natural and glorious way to be beautiful. I had so much fun putting food on my face (I have never tried it before). I am so excited about finding Crunchy Betty. Well done!

  15. Margie

    So I wasn’t sure whether to use the baking soda scrub or the nutmeg and milk, so I just mixed them together, then mixed some more because the consistency was too runny. So I ended up with enough for a full body scrub and took it with me into the shower. WOW! I’m trying not to touch my face too much. And I lost a build up of dry skin on my knee that I didn’t realize was there until it was coming off. Thanks for giving me the means to get silky smooth and smell like a cookie!

  16. LarissaA

    Leslie, what’s your personal opinion about Neutrogena Naturals??

  17. Bree

    Tried this today, and, um…loved it! Thank you!

  18. Simplyhenya

    any home remedies to reduce redness? And hea
    l current and past blemishes? 

    • Kristin

       this is my issue, too.  i’ve tried dabbing honey on redness from past blemishes and leaving it on overnite, but haven’t really noticed anything helpful

  19. Ppl Not Profit

    i…love…you.  that is all.  :D  (seriously though – your writing, the simplicity of it all – this is a GREAT site!)

  20. Caroline Côté

    I love dit! I tried it last week and kept the steamed herb infused water from step 2 to make my No-poo and ACV rinse with it… :D

  21. When you said ”Splash your face with distilled water” after the steaming, did you mean the hot water from the pot with herbs?? Lol, i’m confused ~

  22. Lynne

    So…I’m allergic to eggs, is there anything else i could replace it with for this recipe?

  23. Kimmie

    Looks fantastic! I just started using the oil cleansing method-I’m 31 and my acne is worse than when I was in high school. Every cleanser dries it out too much, and every moisturizer breaks me out! So far it’s working well-a few new pimples, but they’re healing quickly. Can’t wait to try this facial! (if I have lime juice, can I use that in place of the lemon juice, or will it be best to use lemon?)

  24. Alannah

    I have have combo skin and i want to learn which moisturizer would be best for my case, of if there was recipe for me to make at home. Seggestions?

  25. Sarah

    I just tried this for the first time and am in LOVE! How often can I use this? Is once a month too much?

  26. Torrie

    If I don’t have nutmeg can I substitute cinnamon?

  27. christina

    thks! i first steamed my face with a wet microwaved clean face cloth then i used milk and sugar as my facial scrub to exfoiliate- worked very nicely and felt good. Then i polished face off with apple cider vinegar as an astrigent. Now im thinking- use the last of my milk in shower with sugar as a body wash…. next time i will try with herb distilled water etc and maybe honey mask.

  28. africanstardust

    I just tried this today and I love how my skin feels – not overly moisturized/oily but not dry either…just soft :D My honey is super thick and sticky though, so I had to add a few drops of hot water to the mask mix to actually be able to mix it…in the future I’ll make sure to warm the honey in a jar in some hot water before I add it, but it still seemed to work really well. This was the first homemade thing I’ve tried and now I’m hooked – thanks!

  29. Deb

    Boyfriend and I just did the cleanse. Can’t believe the years it took off. Thank you for sharing and please keep it up. Always looking for ways to be kind to myself.

  30. I so have to try this.

  31. andrea

    I don’t have a moisturizer at home..but can i moisturize by using an avocado mask?

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  34. Sarah

    Thanks for the detailed recipe! I never do much besides wash my face with water, so all this attention made my skin positively radiant.

    A couple things: I don’t get why you really need purified or distilled water, especially for the steaming. Boiling the water is itself a purification process; water as a gas carries no chemicals/minerals/salt – it’s pure H20.

    Secondly…what do you do with all the leftover rosemary water? Throwing it away seems like a bit of a waste, and I’ve never used so much rosemary in one sitting.

    I totally support the use of food for skin beauty, but I can’t help but be frugal with this resource – food is for eating, after all. I guess you argue this is “Skin food,” but how much food does the skin really need slathered directly on it? I understand the skin absorbs nutrients more effectively this way, but how much more effective is slathering on avocado than just eating it? (I don’t expect an answer to this; I’m just musing).

    Anyways, my point is, the measurements in the recipes could probably be cut down by more than half; I only had to use a spoonful of egg and a dab of honey to cover my face. The rest I used to scramble for my dinner. :)

    That said, your blog is awesome and I really enjoy reading your posts – they’re funny, useful, and well researched. Thanks again for the natural beauty tips!

  35. trish

    In step 3, can I use calamansi instead of lemon?

  36. shannon

    I am a believer! in the Crunchy Ways!
    I have never had this effect with commercial products in my life to this point!

    I tried this as my first home facial, not only did I think my skin looked improved (softer look, fewer blackheads, smaller appearing pores), a co-worker almost didn’t recognize me! ha!
    I definitely will be working this into my routine!
    As a note, I used the nutmeg/milk microdermabrasion in place of the baking soda one just due to my at home resources….maybe I’ll try the other one next time.u

    Thank you very much for your blog and posts! I am off to buy your book right now.

  37. Jessy

    Hi. I’m a teenage girl and I wanna know if there is any remedy to lighten ur skin? I have a normal skin but i want to make it more lighter and shiner.

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  40. rachelle

    Can I just say thank you for this awesome 3 step cleaning facial! it is absolutely the best facial I have ever done. Have tried literally hundreds of products to give me radiance and also to give me smooth skin plus I also have sensitive skin, but every product has failed so far… Until one of my friends recommended me to do this 3 step facial. Yet again I thought that this is just a cleaning system that won’t work… I just thought you won’t lose anything by just trying. I have done everything step by step and even timed myself with a timer with the different prep times. After I have done this I can actually see a difference in my skin… No dullness and no redness anymore and all the products are so cost effective… This is the only thing that does not give me a rash… And the honey, egg and lemon juice is just the most effective mask ever… The honey is the thing that soothes the skin and does not dry your skin out. I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Will definitely put this in my book of favorites.

  41. Ankita

    Hi…u’ve got some great DIY’s here which i ‘m dying to try. A ques though, is there any replacement of the eggs in the mask?

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