16 Responses to “Balancing Parsley-Cocoa Facial Mask and Sister Oil”


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  1. Love this story!! Great mask pic too – even through the food – your eyes are sparkling. :)
    PS. Parsley essential oil is a fave for helping reduce the appearance of tiny broken blood vessels in the face, so you’ll probably get some action there too with this mask.

  2. I totally got your “choppin’ par-saa-lee” reference! HAHAHAHA! Now I’m going to have it stuck in my brain all day! :)

  3. Hahahah me too! Now I’ll be singing that phrase and inserting my own veg alternatives all day long!

    I have a lot of redness going on so I’ll be trying this mask out very soon,thanks!

  4. Rebecca

    I got my summer scrub today. I’m so excited to start using it!

  5. “Blending portal”… I love it! So sci-fi!

    Would this work with any kind of parsley? I’m thinking the Italian flat leaf kind? I need to plant some so I can make this mask all the time.

  6. Heather

    Ooooh. I am definitely going to make this mask this weekend! I adore cocoa – And I can NEVER figure out what to do with leftover parsley either! This is perfect. (PS – Love the story about your neighbor, Leslie! Now I’m half hoping someone will ring my doorbell when I have this stuff on my face!)

  7. Darn! Hubby used the last of the parsley for his pesto. But it was real good! I’ll have to try this the next time he has a bunch growing. Love the picture!!

  8. I loved this post! I was actually thinking about trying to create a parsley-based facial mask about a month ago, but never got around to it – now I’ll have to try yours. Though I have some pretty high-power blenders around – and a juicer – so I don’t think I’ll heat up the parsley in the oil beforehand – just blend it or juice it and mix it with the cocoa and sour cream.

    Meanwhile – if you have extra parsley left over, from ANYTHING – use it in fruit smoothies! It adds a lovely fresh grassy flavor, and it’s so loaded with vitamins and minerals that it’s a great addition, health-wise. I’ve got a few recipes (that I use ALL THE TIME) on my website.

  9. Amber

    i heard that you should only use dry parsley because of the risk of botulism…
    is this true?
    should i be worried about it?

  10. Matildaforever

    i heard of a use of parsley before, just it’s for your hair. i forgot the exact recipe,but I think it went something like this. Get parlsey, put it in some water, just enough to make a paste. Oh, and don’t forget to slice the parlsey. heat it up, and when its on the pasty side, put in a bowl, let it cool, and put in your hair! don;t forget to wear a cute shower cap, and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash it out. I call this parsley pre-condictioner

  11. .M.ill.E.

    Fear not! You can keep fresh parsley for quite a long time actually. All you need to do is put it in a glass of water like you would with flowers in a vase, and loosely cover the leaves w damp paper towels (which you should secure around the glass with a rubber band) and then place the bag it came in over the top. My best friend is an executive chef and he can keep parsley for WEEKS like this without any of it ever going bad! Just make sure you change the water once a week or so.
    Also, I wanted to comment on your article about cuts, burns, and scrapes, but couldn’t so I’ll just put it here- Neroli essential oil is AMAZING for helping to reduce the appearance of scars, and whenever I get a cut or anything that might leave a mark I dab some on it a few times a day as Neroli has been shown to stimulate cell re-growth. It is also anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and anti-spasmodic, and in addition to making a wonderful substitute for neosporin, it can be used to aid in digestive and menstrual upsets as well. Next to Lavender oil, Neroli is my second MUST HAVE essential oil.

    • .M.ill.E.

      and btw, with ylang-ylang and sweet orange being two of your favorites, neroli should be right up your alley because it’s derived from the bitter orange blossom.

  12. carochka

    I’m dying to try out this mask, but I’ve got acne-prone skin and I’m not sure about using olive oil. Would jojoba, argan or grapeseed oil make an all right substitute? Has anyone tried this?

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