Women are ruled by Venus, who is all about love, compassion, and prosperity. In India, she is represented by Lakshmi. I have been honoring her now for a few years and see signs of her popping up in my life all the time. The scents of rose and sandalwood instantly transport me back to the buzzing markets in Iran. In Persian and Ayurvedic teachings, sandalwood opens your third eye and rose opens your heart, and this captivating fragrance uplifts your spirits. Astringent sandalwood cools with antibacterial properties that help prevent acne, while rose petals deliver anti-aging moisture. (Hydrate your lips with my 4-ingredient lip balm recipe.) I love how beautiful and indulgent this mask feels as it balances skin and makes it absolutely glow. Don’t miss these health and beauty benefits of evening primrose oil.
Venus Beauty Mask
For normal to dry skin types
Recommended use: Twice a month or as needed to moisturize
5 tablespoons oat flour
3 tablespoons milk, preferably raw
1 teaspoon sandalwood powder
A small handful of crushed dried rose petals, plus 1 teaspoon ground
Mix the oat flour with the milk in a bowl and stir until it forms a paste. As it does, sprinkle in the sandalwood powder and the rose petals. Stir until you achieve a smooth consistency. Wash your face and pat it dry, then scoop the mask into the palm of your hand and apply it using upward strokes. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
Excerpted from Whole Beauty by Shiva Rose (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2018. Photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo. Used with permission from the publisher.