DIY Beauty: get smoother skin with Bedak Sejuk

A number of you mentioned Bedak Sejuk in my entry on skin brightening with rice powder and I was curious because I thought I have not seen them. Then Alexandra of My Organic Journey who bought them from Ipoh kindly offered to send me some. *waves* When I received them this week, I realized they look and smell familiar but I just can’t recall where or when I’ve come across them.

Making of Bedak Sejuk
Bedak Sejuk is a Malay name given to rice powder pastilles or rice cooling powder. It is used as a cooling powder for babies as well as when one has chicken box. When applied on our skin, it can provide skin whitening and smoothing effects. These Bedak Sejuk Alexandra bought were homemade using a traditional method. According to her, these were made by soaking clean and high quality rice grains for three months or until they are dissolved. After this, the rice paste is filtered out and then soaked again in clean water but this water is changed every two to three weeks to get rid of the unpleasant smell. I’ve even learned that it is possible to soak the rice for a year as in the video I’ve embedded here on the making of Bedak Sejuk.

Fragrance maybe added
The rice paste is then poured into a cone made of pandan leaf or mango leaf and from the cone, tiny droplets of the rice paste are then dropped onto a large clean surface and placed under the sun to dry with pandan leaves for three days or more. During the packing process, they would place the dried pandan leaves or jasmine flowers together to get rid of the bad smell. Alexandra also mentioned that these days, the process is shortened to two weeks and they may include fragrance in the making. And some pastilles may be white in colour because they are made using normal bleached rice and not organic rice.

Mix with some water
Bedak Sejuk dissolve easily in liquid and you can easily blend them into a paste that you can apply to your skin. In fact, they are easily crushed even when dry.

Smell lingers
Compared to normal rice powder that I’ve used, this one is not so thick when made into a paste. But the smell, oh the smell…they stink all right and the smell actually lingers! So it’s quite difficult to use this unless you do not mind the smell. Otherwise, you can mix a little of it with other ingredients like oat flour for example.

Commercial vs homemade
I guess the commercially made ones will not smell as bad and would be easier to use. But it’s kind of interesting to know how rice can be made into a powder to benefit the skin. Maybe I can start to soak some rice for a year just for fun! (#k8SjZc9Dxko#k8SjZc9Dxk)


  1. Alexandra says:

    *wave back* Glad to know the Bedak Sejuk made it safely to your place…hehe:D
    Ya, up until now, I also have a difficult time adjusting to the smell..however, the effects that it gives rocks! I like the paste to be more thicker and ‘pasty’ for easy application. What I do is adding water little by little to reach the desired consistency.
    Alexandra last post is: Review: Trilogy Cream Cleanser

  2. sesame says:

    Yes, I tried and I like the results although not the smell…heheh. Oh, to add the water bit by bit…what I did was add some water into the container and then the bedak sejuk. I also like it more ‘pasty” and not runny. Next, I’m going to use it with the normal rice powder as well as with oat flour…think the smell can be better camouflage that way. ?

  3. Moon says:

    i used to apply bedak sejuk on my face when i was a teenager, whenever i see a pimple about to appear. it gets rid of them super fast! and yes, it’s cooling to the skin. love them…!
    Moon last post is: Is 3D Printing "Creating A Whole New World?"

  4. Stephanie/Yukaeshi says:

    Ooooh. I recall seeing a bottle of them at my late grandmother’s when I was young, but it’s hard to find now here in KL/PJ ? The only time I saw them was in Ipoh and Malacca!

    Could this be a precursor or a slight variation to SK-II? Haha ?
    Stephanie/Yukaeshi last post is: I Survived My GRE!

  5. sesame says:

    Can get rid of pimples quickly? That’s very interesting! I’ve just cleared a few small pimples or I’ll try them too but I guess using as a face mask also helps.

  6. sesame says:

    That’s an interesting thought…it might be a variation since Pitera is fermented from yeast right? Seems like fermented stuff are good for skin. ?

  7. Chris says:

    I love these posts on natural skin care. ? I’m going to try and find bedak sejuk in my town.
    Chris last post is: EOTD: TF Natural Palette Look #4 (Special Guest Star: MAC Dark Diversion Fluidline!)

  8. Loi says:

    This is interesting. I never knew that rice can be applied and good for the skin, rice powder I mean. This I gotta try for myself. Thanks for sharing.

  9. sesame says:

    Hope you can find them…heard it’s not too easy to get them these days.

  10. sesame says:

    Yes, you can benefit from getting some skin whitening when you use them over time.

  11. Swati says:

    I have never heard of this but you can make rice powder also at home, right? I mean you need not only buy it so its not like commercial vs homemade….my mom makes rice powder at home and if you want an organic one, you can buy organic rice and then make it???
    but I think rice powder doesn’t suit everyone…actually when I used it, it made my skin peel off first time and second time, it didn’t show any difference regd the skin brightening or anything!!!
    Swati last post is: My Skin Care Routine by Ansh {Guest Post}

  12. sesame says:

    Yes, sure you can make this but the soaking process can be tedious. I think the fermentation process makes a difference to the end product. Rice has exfoliant qualities and so that might account for your peeling. I think this might not suit you although many girls raved about it and that’s why I gave it a try. Personally, it works pretty well for me. I also read that rice bran maybe better…Japanese women use that.

  13. Joshinleeras says:

    I LOVE bedak sejuk! I think it is great as a deep cleanse mask and also to firm the skin!

  14. Swati says:

    hmmm that’s true that not everything suits everyone but I would love to try the rice barn oil. Have you ever come across it on any online store. Its not there on Mountain Herbs.
    Swati last post is: My Shelf is overfull – Body Care {Beauty Products}

  15. sesame says:

    Yes, we had it here but the shop has closed. How about garden of wisdom? Anything there?

  16. Swati says:

    oh yes…its there on garden of wisdom…thanks ?

  17. Aida Mustapha says:

    A great natural traditional product! Do you know the Japanese also use rice as natural beauty product. The word ‘komenuka bijin’ means rice brand beauty is usually refers to naturally beauty woman…

  18. sesame says:

    Yes, have come across those type of rice facial wash…there is a brand Komenuka Bijin if I’m not mistake.

  19. Alia says:

    I absolutely love bedak sejuk! All the girls in my family uses it and it’s gentle enough to be used everyday

  20. sesame says:

    It’s great! I’m hoping to get more of them soon.

  21. sharon says:

    I am medium brown skin and is suffering scarring from acne do u think bedak sejuk will work for me

  22. Sesame says:

    It should work but I suggest you use it on your whole face or you might get patches of white. But you do need to be patient.

  23. kiran says:

    kindly provide information on how to enlarge breasts natrually without using chemicals and surgery.

  24. kiran says:

    any permanent remedy to get fair skin permanently.

  25. Sesame says:

    You need to keep using the recipe to get long term results…not permanent though.

  26. D says:

    Use fennel seed oil and massage daily you will see a difference in 2 weeks.

  27. Mel says:

    Thanks for this article and the information.

    I read about this all natural traditional supplier of bedak sejuk and just received my package. Its only RM 13 for 500grams, very good customer service too, handling the postage etc. Thought to share with ladies here who might have trouble finding the ‘original’ and natural bedak sejuk

  28. Madalina Anton says:

    Hello, My name is Madalina and I am from Romania a little father in Europe.
    I have seen on TV a documentary about -bedak-sejuk, those rice pills.
    My boy has a face problem with an acne skin.
    The question is how can i buy -belak-sejuk or where to buy if I am from Rom

  29. Danial says:

    I think it’s quite difficult to be found in Europe. But you can make it from scratch, pretty sure there are tutorials somewhere on the Internet

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