Matcha Monday: Rose Matcha Latte & Facial Mask!




Happy Monday! 

I’m not sure if you have noticed, but there is a trend on the Internet for having matcha on Monday, aka, Matcha Monday!  For readers who aren’t familiar with Matcha, it is a powder made from ground green tea leaves. It’s full of antioxidants and a super great alternative to coffee. You get all of the wonderful uplift and focus, without the horrible crash. It tastes absolutely delicious. I love making it in tea lattes especially. I add different flavorings to achieve all kinds of new tastes. 

Today I decided to make one of my favorites, a Rose Matcha Latte. You’ll find my recipe below. This feels like a fabulous treat and so much better than driving through the big coffee chain. Why is that, you ask? Well, of course, no judgment on anyone who drives through and picks up a latte. I do it myself from time to time. But I love making my tea lattes at home because I can control everything and make it just how I want. I can control which type of plant-based milk I use, the choice of sweetener and just how much, other flavors I want to add, and of course the quality of the tea I choose. I also save money when I make my Matcha lattes at home and most importantly, I don’t create waste by using a single-use cup and plastic lid. Instead, I reuse a glass or ceramic tea cup. I can also put my Matcha tea latte in a reusable to-go cup and head off on some errands. 

I decided to up my "Matcha Monday" game by also pampering myself with a homemade Rose Matcha Face Mask. This facial mask is so easy to make. Why spend tons of money on a store-bought facial mask containing who knows what kind of chemicals in it when you can make whip up this mask at home using just three beautiful ingredients? This is the perfect facial mask to wake up your skin and give it a beautiful glow. While matcha is known for energizing and detoxing us internally, the caffeine in the tea powder is wonderful for bringing circulation to the surface of our skin. The matcha acts like clay, clarifying any oily areas, but it's not drying to the skin. I love the simplicity of this mask and it's so much fun to make. I highly recommend enjoying a Rose Matcha tea latte along with it! 



AND NOW FOR THE RECIPES...


 Easy Rose Matcha Latte

1tsp Ceremonial Grade Matcha from Magic Hour. This is my absolute favorite matcha. Use MINDFULTEAQUEEN10 for a discount!

1/4 cup 150-degree water

3/4 plant-based milk (my favorite is Barista Oat Milk)

1-2 tablespoons Monin Rose Syrup - adjust to your taste
 
  • Mix the matcha & hot water in a small bowl with a whisk until smooth. Add more water if needed.

  • Warm the plant-based milk and rose syrup together either in a frothing machine or on the stovetop. 

  • Pour the milk/syrup mixture into your tea cup or mug. Add the matcha. Give it a stir & enjoy! 


Rose Matcha Facial Mask


1 drop Rose Otto essential oil. Florihana is a trusted brand from France. Of course, Rose is THE QUEEN of precious essential oils & VERY expensive so feel free to substitute Rose Geranium or this Rose & Rose Facial Oil

Filtered Water as needed to reach desired consistency

Two washcloths (that you don't mind getting green)

  • Using a spoon mix together the matcha and essential oil in a small bowl. Add the filtered water a half teaspoon at a time until you reach a smooth paste. 

  • Apply the mask to your face using your fingertips or a clean cosmetic brush. 

  • Put your feet up, enjoy your Matcha Rose Latte and allow the mask to stay on until it is dry (about 15-20 mins). 

  • When it's time to remove the mask, thoroughly wet and wring out a washcloth using warm to hot water. Place the washcloth on your face and gently press to begin to soften up the mask. Use the washcloth to remove the mask, rinsing & re-wringing it as necessary. Your washcloth will be quite green! 

  • Splash your face with water and dry with a clean cloth to remove any leftover facial mask.
DONT STOP THERE...KEEP GLOWING...



  • Add a few drops of my FAVORITE Rose Facial Oil to the palm of your hand, rub palms together, and gently press into your skin. 

You will be amazed at the glow radiating from within you and right out of your pores. I thought I looked so revived ...like I just got back from a fun vacation. Things are looking rosy indeed! 

Think you'll try either of the recipes? I'd love to hear about it! Also, let me know if there are other DIY tea and beauty topics you'd like me to address - I'd be happy to as this is a bit of a passion area for me! 


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