With the enormous growth of cosmetic beauty products in the past two decades, the charm of our traditional heritage “Ubtan” faded. It is only in the past few years we started to realize the the disadvantages of using the chemical loaded products we have been using on our skin. Ubtans and Homemade face masks are an indispensable part of our history and culture. Today I am sharing natural facial masks made with Mustard. These mustard powder ubtans and face masks for glowing skin work wonderfully on skin.
Benefits of Mustard For Skin
The most common form of using mustard on skin and hair is the oil which is extracted from the seeds.
Mustard Seeds are packed with oil that is know to be good anti-inflammtory oil.
Homemade Mustard Powder Face Mask #1
Mustard Seed Powder 1/2 tsp
1 tsp of Bengal gram flour ( besan )
Sesame oil 1/2 tsp
Water 1 tsp (or as needed)
How to Make and Use
Take the ingredients in a bowl and mix everything well to make a fine paste.
Apply this On application mild itching might happen which is normal, but if the skin feels burning sensation after applying this mustard face pack just wash your face immediately.
The phenolic compounds present in Sesame oil give it its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E is the nutrient contained in Sesame oil it can potentially protect the skin from the damage caused by pollution, and toxins and even from UV rays.
This mustard powder mask will rejuvenate the skin, repair damage and will also fade away fine lines . It is also hydrating and nourishing mask that makes the skin flawless and supple.
Mustard and Rice Face Mask For Youthful Skin #2
While the mustard powder will make the skin flawless and supple due to its antioxidant properties Rice powder (flour) will brighten up the skin and prevent signs of aging.
Like how here in India we use Gram Flour as a common base of our face masks, Japanese women use Rice extensively in their skin care regime. In Japanese Skin care Rice is used in form of Rice water, Rice flour and boiled Rice.
Rice is incorporated in face masks and body scrubs as well.
Rice Flour 1 tsp
Mustard Seed Powder 1/2 tsp
Honey 1/2 tsp
How To Use
Mix all the ingredients and apply the face mask on face and neck except eyes and mouth. Leave it for 15 minutes.
Gently wash it off with lukewarm water
Apply this homemade Rice and mustard powder face 2 times in a week to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
Mustard Seed Ubtan For Glowing Skin #3
This last skin care recipe with Mustard powder is an Ubtan. Ubtan is a traditionally used in India as an exfoliant as well as a mask.
I have shared several recipes of Ubtans on this website. You can check them also.
How to make The Sarson (Mustard ) Ubtan
2 tsp Fullers Earth (Multani Mitti)
1 tsp Gram Flour
1 tsp Mustard Seed Powder
Pinch of Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Mustard Oil
Water to make the paste
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and water to get a smooth thick consistency. It should not be too runny as it will start dripping after applying on the face. A thick lump-free paste is what you are looking for.
How To Apply
Apply the face mask on the face and leave it for 15 minutes. When the face mask becomes dry, wet your hands and scrub the face gently to remove tha mask.
Do not apply too much pressure while scrubbing as it may cause redness and burning sensation on the skin.
This Mustard Powder Ubtan can be used once in a week along with any one of the above two face masks being applied twice a week.
Making Sugandhi Utne At Home – Recipe and Ingredients
Sugandhi Utne is a herbal bath powder that is prepared by mixing several herbs. It is used as ubtan while bathing. It makes the skin free of irritation, acne / pimples and leaves the skin youthful, supple, radiant and flawless.
Use of Sungandhi Utne
Sugandhi Utane or sugandhi Utne is the fragrant therapeutic herbal bath powder that is used in the tradition Royal bath ” Abhayang Snan”.
Abhayang Snan is a bathing ritual performed early morning on Narak Chaturdashi. This ritual includes a full body oil massage followed by a holy bath. In Indian state of Maharashtra a luxurious homemade herbal bath powder is used in place of soap. This fragrant homemade bath powder is called ” Sugandhi Utane”.
Traditionally used ingredients in making Sugandhi Utane
Masoor Dal Powder
Grind Red Lentils to make fine powder
You can use the regular gram flour that you may be having at home or buy Besan from any grocery / provision store
Crush dried Turmeric root in a mortar and pestle and then grind to fine powder in a mixer grinder)
Amla Powder (Indian Gooseberry Powder)
Buy from a trusted Ayurvedic shop as adulteration is a common problem in powdered herbs / jadi bootis. You can also buy from a good brand that sells online. Amla powder is rich in Vitamin C and has an important role to play in any homemade face / hair mask. Sugandhi utane is not an exception
Vacha is the Calamus Root in powdered form. It helps in keeping the skin pimples and acne free.
Anantmool Powder (White Sariva)
It has Anti-oxidant, Anti-microbial and Anti-bacterial properties. Anantmool Churna (powder) helps in dealing with several skin related problems.
It helps in reducing pigmentation and brightening the skin. It boost collagen in the skin and makes it even and plump. Babchi powder is derived from the seed of babchi plant.
Nagarmotha ( Nut Grass)
It is known for its fragrance and is thus used in incense making and perfumes. Adding this to the Sugandhi Utane will make the utane fragrant. It is said that the royal princesses used Nut grass in their bathing routine as it imparts glow to the skin and also prevented body odor. That is exactly what it does to your skin when added in the Sugarndhi Utane or any other homemade ubtan.
Rose Petal Powder
Rose petal powder is an anti-oxidant and a natural coolant. It helps in keeping away skin problems like eczema, irritation, acne etc. It is a natural coolant thus it is very soothing for skin .
Rose petal powder is also an essential ingredient of another traditional bath powder i.e Chiksa Powder. It is a herbal bridal Ubtan that a bride to be uses to get radiant flawless skin.
This Himalayan herb is an excellent cleanser. It is a wonderful remedy for those whose skin gets exposed to dirt and pollution daily. It fights the free radicals and prevent skin damage. Jatamasi also stimulates collagen production and helps in reducing wrinkles and fine lines, leaving the skin youthful and radiant. Its Sanskrit name is “Kantiprada” which means something that imparts radiance.
Jatamasi is also mentioned in The Holy Bible, the ointment that ‘Mary of Bethany’ used to anoint Jesus’s feet was made from spikenard or Jatamasi.
Kachur (White Turmeric Powder)
Imparts fragrance to the Sugandhi Utane.
Khas (Vetiver in English)
Vetiver root powder helps retain moisture in the skin thus preventing excessive dryness. It also maintain oil balance of the skin. It have soothing and calmin effect as well, thus it is use
How To Make The Traditional Luxury Herbal Bath Powder – Sugandhi Utne At Home
Ingredients For Sugandhi Utne
Red Lentil Powder – 4 tsp
Gram Flour – 4 tsp
Turmeric Powder 2 tsp
Babchi Powder – 2 tsp
Vetiver Root Powder – 2 tsp
Vacha Powder – 2 tsp
Amla Powder – 2 tsp
Nagarmotha Powder – 2 tsp
Kachur Powder – 2tsp
Anantmool Churna – 2 tsp
Jatamasi Power – 2 tsp
Rose Petal Powder – 2tsp
Method To Make the utne
Combine all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
Mix everything well
Sift the powder to remove coarse particles from the sugandhi utne.
Store in and air tight jar. Keep it away from moisture to increase the shelf life.
India is a country that boasts on its rituals, culture, traditions and customs. We have a rich cultural and traditional heritage in almost all the aspects of human life, beauty being one of it. We love ubtans and oils, all homemade running down from generations and passed on to the genext. Be it Haldi ceremony during wedding when we apply Haldi Ubtan for bride and groom, or Abhayang Snan done one day before the grand festival Diwali, on the day of Narakchaturdashi, we cherish our traditions. Ayurvedic herbal bath powder, ubtan and homemade oils were the daily requirements in Royal India but today its glory is fading, the major reason being the shortage of time in our daily schedules.
Homemade Ubtans, Oils, Keshkalps (Hair packs) and bath powders are prepared and used in Indian homes since time immemorial, although the busy and competitive life of present day has changed the scenario and such things have now been reserved only for festivities and ceremonies yet the rituals are still alive and celebrated time and again with full zest.
Homemade Indian Herbal Bath Powder (Utne / Ubtan)
This recipe may resemble the “Sugandhi Utane“, the herbal Bath Powder applied before Abhayang Snan, but I do not claim it to be authentic, I am still searching for the authentic recipe and once I succeed in finding the traditional Sugandhi Utane (Ubtan) recipe, I will post it here. For now this recipe is given by an acquaintance, its an amazing bath powder that is nothing less than a treat for the skin.
“Utane” as its called in marathi or “Ubtan” in Hindi is a combination of herbs and spices that cleanses and nourishes the skin leaving it radiant and smooth. It is mixed with fragrant oils,rose water or milk and applied all over the body. You do not need any soap with this, the herbal bath powder is just enough to clean and enrich your skin.
Red Lentil Flour (Moong Dal powder / ata) 250gms
Sandal Wood Powder (Chandan Powder) 25 gms
Turmeric Powder (Ambe Haldi Powder) 5 gms
Camphor (Kaphoor ) 5 gms
Manjishtha Powder 25 gms
Orange Peel Powder 100 gms
Rose Petals Crushed 1 tbsp
Khas (Vetiver) 10 gms
How To Prepare
Mix all the ingredients and store in an airtight jar.
To use this fragrant bath powder, mix the ubtan with water or Rose water and apply all over the body, leaving the parts where the skin is too delicate and sensitive.
Gently scrub this ubtan on the skin, this will exfoliate and clean the skin. Rinse off with warm water. Now massage your skin with an aromatic / fragrant herbal oil. Use a natural soap for bathing, this will help removing the oil. If you are not going in for the oil massage, soap is not required while bathing as the Bath Powder works well all by itself.
Benefits Of Using Natural Homemade Herbal Bath Powder – Ubtan on Skin
Masoor dal is known for its skin brightening properties, Camphor and Vetiver adds fragrance and soothing effect. Vetiver also helps is reducing the appearance of dark spots and will also deals acne due to its antiseptic properties. Rose petals makes the bestows glow to the skin, Orange Peel powder removes spots and provides even tone to the skin.
The biggest plus point of using a bath powder is that it does not strip off the natural oils from your skin, thus leaving it supple.
Overall this herbal bath powder is quite therapeautic for the skin as well as the mind. The fragnaces removes negativity and relaxes the mind, and the other ingredients provides deep pore cleansing and exfoliation to the skin leaving it smooth, glossy and fresh.
If all the ingredients of this bath powder are not available to you, try the Masoor dal Ubtan it simple and has less ingredients, but an effective brightening mask.
The Importance of Haldi (Turmeric in Indian Culture)
Among the various preparations that are done to make a wedding ceremony the perfect one, is one tradition that involves applying a turmeric paste on the bride’s body. Turmeric is considered auspicious in Indian culture and we Indians possibly make the most use of it. In India Turmeric is used as a spice in every household, it is also given a very high regard in our ancient medicine system i.e. Ayurveda. The classic Haldi ubtan for bride is not just a face pack or a beauty regime but in true essence it is a tradition that has been followed since time immemorial.
Haldi, Halad or Haridra all these names refer to the golden spice Turmeric which comes from the Ginger family. Turmeric is used to improve blood circulation, ensure digestive health and is also a very good and effective home remedy for cough and cold. Apart from numerous health benefits of Turmeric, it is also acknowledged as a beauty aid. It is used in several beauty formulations like sun screens, fairness pack, anti acne creams, antiseptic creams etc. and thus in an Indian wedding a whole ceremony is dedicated to Turmeric, to beautify a bride and groom prior to their wedding day.
The Haldi ubtan is applied on the arms, legs and face of the bride and is gently scrubbed and is followed by a customary bath. The Uban helps in brightening the skin and removing the tan, it also gives glow and radiance to the skin.
How To Make Haldi Ubtan For Bride
Ubtan is a paste made with different ingredients like besan, haldi, masoor dal powder, sandalwood powder, fuller’s Earth etc. to improve the complexion, smoothness and radiance of the skin. Using Turmeric in the ubtan will not only bestow glow and suppleness but will also help in treating pimples, fading the scars and killing the bacteria from the surface of the skin.
Also Read: Skin Brightening Masoor Dal Ubtan
The base of ubtan used by brides in Indian culture is Haldi, a few more ingredients are added to balance the intensity of turmeric and to make the ubtan more enriching for the skin.
To Make Haldi Ubtan You Will Need
1. Dried Turmeric Roots : 1 part
2. Besan (chikpea Flour) : 3 parts
3. Rose Water
4. For Dry Skin: Mustard Oil / Sesame Oil or Buttermilk
For Oily Skin : Lemon Juice
5. Sandal wood powder : 1 part
So if you take 1 tsp of haldi paste you must add 1 tsp of chandan or sandal wood powder and 3 tsp teaspoon of besan
The reason for adding the ingredient listed under no. 4 is to tackle the dryness that can be caused to the brides who already have dry skin. Those who do not have dry skin can delete the oil from this ubtan.
How To Make The Turmeric Paste For Bride (with sandalwood)
1. Soak the Turmeric roots for 24 hours so that they become soft and convenient to be ground or pounded. Pounding is the traditional approach applied while preparing Haldi paste for brides.
2. Make the paste from the soaked roots
3. In a bowl, mix turmeric paste, besan and chandan powder
4. Add rose water to adjust the consistency and finally the oil or buttermilk if you are willing to use it.
Voila you are ready with your pre-bridal Haldi ubtan, this ubtan can be used in Haldi ceremony and also as a face pack before wedding for that unparalleled glowing skin every bride deserves to flaunt on her big day.
If you find soaking and grinding turmeric roots a little tedious, you can replace the roots with turmeric powder. Ensure that you get your turmeric powder from a herbal store and not from the spice shelf of a supermarket.
If you loved this article Im sure you will also like to make your own bath powder i.e snan ubtan.
In Indian culture using ubtan has been a tradition followed since the vedic times, it was used by the queens and princesses as a pre-bath ritual, in modern times the store bought face packs and soaps have taken the place of traditional ubtan. In the present day the use of homemade ubtan (eg. the masoor dal ubtan) for skin glow and fairness is narrowed down to weddings only, and is used by the brides as she prepares herself to look the most beautiful on her big day.
However there are many women who still prefer to use homemade and natural face packs and body scrubs for their skin. Natural beauty recipes are gaining their glory back and a lot of women are now returning to the roots and have started showing interest in herbal and homemade preparations. Although the market is full with Herbal and Ayurvedic products but many of those contain preservatives which means they are not 100% chemical free.
Making a homemade ubtan is not as messy and time consuming as the homemade scrubs are, Ubtan can be prepared easily and stored, you can make it in small batches and use them twice a week. The recipe im sharing today is for skin brightening and for fading the dark spots and blemishes.
This Homemade Ubtan recipe prepared with masoor dal / red lentil /orange lentil as the base ingredients reaps the best results if applied twice a week, you will notice the difference after first application itself. it can be used by brides-to-be one month prior to their wedding or you can also use Haldi ubtan for bride if you are preparing to carry that unmatched radiant and flawless skin on your wedding.
Benefits of Using Red Lentil Ubtan For Skin
This ubtan / body pack will give your skin that radiance you ever wanted to flaunt. Masoor dal or Red lentil as it is called in English is a wonderful pack all by itself, combined with other marvelous ingredients its properties enhances and it becomes a complete nourishing body pack.
Nourish Your Skin
This ubtan howder will enrich your skin and make it flawless.
Naturally Brighten The Skin
The orange peel powder and rose petals will help is removing tan and make skin fairer and brighter.
Get the Smooth And Supple Skin
Has your skin lost its suppleness due to aging and exposure to environmental pollution? This body pack will help you get that childlike suppleness and smooth skin.
Reduce Dark Spots and Blemishes
It will also fade those dark spots and give you an even skin tone.
Homemade Masoor Dal and Orange Peel Ubtan For Fair Skin
This ubtan contains red lentils and orange peel and both these ingredients works good on dark spots and for skin brightening a few more ingredients will be added for smoothness and fragrance.
Masoor Dal (Red Lentil) ground to powder
Orange Peel Powder – dried and ground
Dried Rose petals
Sandal Wood Powder
Ubtan should be prepared as a paste just before application, but here we are making it in powdered form to make it more convenient and handy. The most precious thing today is time, so we will just be preparing a small batch in powdered form which can be hydrated before application by mixing it with water.
You can store this mixture in an airtight jar and keep it for a month. The only precaution that you need to take is that you dont drop water or put wet spoon in the ubtan powder as moisture will lead to fungus formation.
Grind the masoor dal and keep.
For making the orange peel powder dry some orange rinds and grind them in a grinder.
Crush the rose petals
Now Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
Making sandal wood powder at home is a lot of hard work so it is always wise and convenient to grab a pack of ready made but pure sandal wood powder. You can buy it from any Indian herbal / Ayurvedic store, it is known as Chandan Powder in India.
How To Use Masoor Dal Ubtan For Glowing Skin
Take the quantity that you will require for the application, now add water and make a smooth paste, if you are making only for face than make a thick paste. For using it as a body paste you will want to make it slightly thinner in consistency so as to ease the application. While using it as a body pack you can add Olive oil or sweet Almond oil to the paste, this makes the pack even more enriching.
Once your ubtan is ready, just smear it on your body and gently massage, leave it for 5-10 mins. (but dont let it dry) and then take your shower. Do not use any body wash or soap after rinsing off the ubtan.