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The reasons we should start creating our own cosmetics are many maybe too many to even list. But I’ll give you my reasons and maybe they will inspire you to adopt some of these very easy recipes into your daily routines.
Caring for your skin Naturally is also about knowing that any natural product you can make is going to be far superior than any mass-produced chemical-filled jar of marketing exaggeration. A good example is companies boasting that a product has lycopene in it, isn’t that the same lycopene found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon, guava, rosehips, papaya?
Recipe .1 start your day off by boosting your metabolism and helping your body to cleanse it’s self naturally. One cup of distilled hot water 1/2 of a fresh squeezed lemon, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar.
~Body Butters and Oils~
The term just makes me want to eat something rich and buttery!
Exotic Natural Butters and Oils:
There are so many exotic butters on the market that the skies the limit on creation possibilities. With all the choices it might be difficult to pick which you want to start with?
Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Mango butter, Kokum butter, Sal butter, Cupuacu butter, Muru muru butter, shealoe butter, Pista chio nut butter, Olive butter, Macadamia nut butter, Mochacchino butter, Illipe butter, Hemp seed butter, Babassu butter, Coffee bean butter, Avocado butter, Bacuri butter, Apricot butter, Aloe Butter, Mowrah butter.
I’m seeing more and more made butters on the Internet such as Shealoe Butter recipe will follow. This recipe is great for hair and skin, you might try using Jojoba oil also. Recipe below for Shealoe Butter hair mask listed below.
Mash the cucumber. Add rose-water, and glycerin and mix well. Strain before use. Refrigerate.
Toner for Oily Complexion: 2 ounces witch hazel 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel 5 drops cedar wood essential oil 3 drops lemon essential oil 1 drop ylang-ylang essential oil Combine ingredients. Shake well before using. Toner for Oily Complexion.
Toner for Mature Complexion: 2 oz aloe vera gel 2 oz rose-water 1 tsp vinegar 6 drops geranium essential oil 4 drops each frankincense and carrot seed essential oils 2 drops jasmine essential oil (optional) add a few vitamin E caps for extra healing. Combine ingredients shake well before using.
Mask for Acne:1 tsp bentonite (or other facial) clay 1 tsp ground strawberry leaves, (optional)1 drop chamomile, sage or rosemary essential oil 1 drop tea tree essential oil. Mix ingredients and apply to face. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse off.
Intensive Treatment for Acne:½ teaspoon powdered goldenseal root tea crushed would work 12 drops tea tree essential oil. Combine ingredients into a paste, adding water if needed. Apply directly on acne spots. Let dry and leave on the skin for at least 20 minutes, rinse.
Lemon Toner /Brightener: Lemon juice, cup distilled water, 2/3 cup witch hazel. Combine, pour into a clean bottle or decorative cosmetics container. Shake well before using.
Protein Toner: Beat together 1 Tbsp milk, 1 tsp honey and 1 egg. Apply to face and neck. Leave on as long as desired and rinse. Lactic acid is another type of alpha hydroxy acid that not only exfoliates superficial skin cells but is also used to hydrate and soothe flaky, dry skin. Lactic acid is found in milk and yogurt, and Cleopatra purportedly bathed in milk to keep her skin supple.
Strawberry Brightening Mask: Mash strawberries, use as an astringent and cleansing face mask, also used to whiten teeth.
Natural Teeth Whitner crush one strawberry into 2 tsp baking soda apply only on teeth wait 10 minutes and rinse brush as usual, I would only do this once a week.
Witch Hazel Toner, Astringent: Use an extract of witch hazel as an astringent, toner, a skin freshener and to soothe skin irritations.
Lavender Toner: 3 drops lemon oil, 3 drops lavender oil, 3 teaspoons of distilled water. Use a soft cotton ball to massage mixture into the skin after cleansing. Follow with a moisturizer if desired. Antibiotic, cell regeneration, long-lasting calming scent lavender sent. health benefits blood circulation, respiratory.
Hydrating Honey and Goat Milk Mask: 1 medium banana, goats milk and honey. Mash the banana into the goat’s milk and add just enough honey to thicken apply. Bananas are a good source of ascorbic acid and vitamin C/B6/ Potassium, Honey contains trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids, Goat’s milk contains Alpha-Hydroxy acid and over 50 nutrients, including the vital vitamins of A= C and B-complex, minerals and other elements that nourish and rejuvenate dehydrated skin slowing down the effects of aging.
Oatmeal Yogurt Facial Cleanser: 1/2cp of Rolled Oats not instant oatmeal and enough organic yogurt to form a paste. If you have a mortar and pistil I would mash the oats to a fine powder to reduce the abrasion to skin, you could also soak the oats in warm water to soften. If you are making this as you use it such as I do use less oatmeal to achieve desired amounts. Oatmeal is great for your skin, highly absorbent, hypoallergenic, relieves dryness restoring natural moisture, removes surface dirt and impurities while providing very gentle exfoliation, plus a great binding agent. Yogurt is a source of riboflavin/ B12, protein, antibacterial, anti fungal properties helping prevent skin infections.
Hempie Body Butter Almond & Hemp Body Butter: 1 tbsp hemp oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, 3 tbsp coconut oil, tbsp bee’s wax, essential oils of your choice. For an exotic flavor you could use Coconut, Grape seed, vanilla eo’s amazing scent that I really enjoy and the vanilla eo will compliment the hemp oil which has a scent all it’s own.
Shealoe Butter: 1/2 cup Shea Butter, 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel, 2 tbs of coconut oil, 1 tsp vitamin E Oil. Soften coconut oil and Shea butter in micro wave or stove top, once soft add aloe vera gel, whip with electric mixer, bottle and put away in a cool place to set up. These recipes are subjective to personal taste soft, light, color, fluffy, stiff ? add Essential Oils based on preference. 10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil makes a wonderful hair mask!
Add what essential oils would work best for you and your family.
Aromas Of Time Hand and Foot Butter: 1oz grated Bee’s Wax 1 1/2oz Shea Butter 11/2oz Aloe Vera Gel OR (3 oz Shealoe butter recipe above), 4oz Almond Oil Several drops 1 part Carrot Seed Essential Oil,2 part Frankincense Essential Oil ,1/2 part Myrrh Essential Oil
Using a small double broiler slowly melt the bee’s wax, next add Shea butter till dissolved, add almond oil, low temperature is perfect, just enough to thoroughly incorporate all ingredients.
If you don’t have scales or they aren’t in ounces use Volume Liquid Measurements Based on American standard measurements.
|2 tbsp||1 fl. oz.||30 ml|
This may very some what but it’s hard to ruin this recipe. Add Essential Oils when you are satisfied with your results, Essential Oils can be added when temp is still warm but not hot.
Why pay someone to create this very simple butter, add the essential oils of your choice.
Organic Tropical Body Scrub: Juice of 1 (lemon, lime, orange), 1/2 cup honey (Local Organic),1/2 cup organic coconut oil, 1/2 cup organic olive oil, 4 cups organic brown sugar. Fresh squeeze fruit, mix juice and oils with blender/food processor, add brown sugar, blend the brown sugar manually you will not need any help to incorporate the sugar to the oils and juice. Store in refrigerator but keep smaller amount in the shower for use.
Skin Radiating Mask: 2 tsp whole or split red lentils soaked in one cup of water over night. The oil you use should be dependant on your skin type~ coconut oil for oily complexion, almond & olive for dry and normal etc. Combine lentils and oil of your choice mix w/blender, mixer allow to rest on your face for 5 or 10 minutes. Collect a small wool cotton blend cloth to wash your face with using a small circular repetitivemotion, very light cleansing, rinse with cold water. If you don’t have fabric that consists of a wool blend emphasis you could use a sock, old wool shirt could be made into some great wash clothes. Many options your skin will love you for it, the environment will thank you for it.
Exotic Vanilla Body Butter : 3 oz Aloe Vera Butter, 2oz Mango Butter, 1/2 oz Cocoa Butter, 2 oz Shea Butter, 1 oz Caster Oil, 1 oz Coconut Oil, 1/2 oz vegetable Glycerin, 1 oz corn starch, 2 parts Vanilla Absolute Oil, 1/2 part Grape Fruit Essential Oil, 1/4 part Sweet Orange Essential Oil, 1/4 part Clove Essential Oil. Melt solids (Coconut oil should be first) when soft add, Aloe Butter, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Caster Oil, essential oils. Allow to cool, when it’s just starting to stiffen up whip with an electric mixer when mix becomes light and fluffy add vegetable glycerin very slowly continue whipping, add corn starch, whip 10 minutes. Bottle up store in cool area out of direct sun light.
I wanted to post this information for anyone wanting to create lotions creams for extended shelf life. Thank to Green Aromatherapy for this information.
I would love to hear your thoughts on preservatives in toiletries such as vitamin E, grape seed extract, ascorbic acid and so on.
I will be adding recipes to this site all this week so keep checking back.
Kianas Peppermint Patty Lip Balm: 2tbsp Shea Butter, 1tsp Almond Oil or Olive, 1/2 tbsp Cocoa Butter, several drops Vitamin E, bee’s wax optional if you would like to make chap stick, 3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil. Heat Cocoa butter in double broiler, then add, then add the rest of the butters and oils, allow to cool to check for firmness, if satisfied heat again and add peppermint essential oil, poor into container. Another option is Grapefruit Essential Oil and Lemon Essential Oil, children love the scents, it’s a great introduction into creating green beauty products.
Dedicated to my Granddaughter Kiana from our weekend together. This is an extremely easy recipe and children love it!
Some information from Green Aromatherapy about preservitives.
Phenonip and Germaben II, and Germall Plus are actual preservatives. They inhibit the growth of microorganisms, yeast and fungus in lotions, creams, etc. If one is making products for resale, the FDA requires that you put a preservative in any cosmetic that is not a soap. If you are simply making products for your personal use, you do not have to include preservative. However, if you choose not to preserve your lotion or cream (or other formula) then you must treat the finished product as a perishable food item. Either use it up quickly or store in the refrigerator and use within two weeks.
Germaben II and Germall Plus are water soluble. This means that they will only work if water is the major ingredient in your recipe. These products do not withstand high temperatures well, so they must be added when your recipe is finished and cooled to 100 degrees F or below.
Phenonip is oil soluble, and so is better for products where oils comprise the majority of ingredients in your formula. Phenonip can also withstand much higher temperatures, allowing more flexibility regarding what stage you add the preservative to your recipe.
Recommended usage rates are meant as guidelines only.
All new formulations should be challenge tested to ensure proper preservation.
Lotions and Creams must be protected against Bacterial, Microbial and Fungal attack and also from rancidity. Good hygiene and usage of safe Preservatives and Antioxidants protects you and your customers from potential injury. Preservatives protect against microorganisms, yeasts and fungus while Antioxidants guard against rancidity. The use of both a preservative and a antioxidant while lengthen the shelf life of your lotions and creams.
Thanks goes to Green Aromatherapy!
Have you ever dreamed of making your own hair-quenching concoction? You have more reasons today then ever to start making different choices in your hair care. Did you know that shampoo’s very well might be the culprit of many a balding women and men… we are applying more toxins willingly to our skin then ever before. Be sure to check the labels even the (all natural) labels you will be shocked. I knew toxins where there but I didn’t realize to what degree.
Try one of the recipes below, depending on needs of your hair I think you’ll find a recipe here to satisfy both needs and likes!
You will find natural treatments and remedies for hair loss, growth, conditioners, shampoo’s, hot oil treatments in this section I will be updating this week (more to come) I almost always use Essential Organic Oils in all of beauty supplies but if price is an issue EO’s are great also but I would not suggest scented, perfumed oils you will not achieve the same results that you will with EO’s.
Aromatherapy can really work! There was even a Scottish study that took 86 people with alopecia and divided them into two groups. Each was given a formula of essential oils to massage into their scalp daily. One group had essential oils of rosemary, thyme, lavender, and cedarwood in a base of jojoba and grapeseed oils. The others used the unscented carrier oils alone with no essential oils added. At the end of seven months, the study showed that 44% of people who used the essential oils had improvement in their alopecia. Pretty amazing considering most products on the market for hair loss are toxic bad for the environment. Try some these don’t get discouraged give yourself a few months to see true results, your hairs condition didn’t happen over night and it wont be corrected but you will see some amazing results right away.
Quick homemade Shampoo: 1/2 cup distilled/spring water, 1/2 cup castile soap, 1/2teaspoon Jojoba oil add essential oils of your choice.. Rosemary is great for restoring hair! mix ingredients keep in an old shampoo bottle for further use.
Quick Essential Oil Treatment for Hair Loss: 1tsp carrier oil and a few drops of rosemary essential oil. The choice or carrier oil is up to you but may I suggest Jojoba is amazing for hair if this isnt available Olive oil… and so on. If you have the time make an infused herbal oil using Basil,Bay, Arnica, Sage sage can have a darkening affect so caution here. Add Essential Oils to your herbal infused hair treatment. I will be adding a lot more on this topic soon.
Natural Hair Shampoo: 1 Tbsp baking soda and 1 cup of warm water. Stir until mixture is clear. It’s really that simple and it works great plus will balance your scalps PH.
Hair Loss Mask: Cinnamon, Honey, Olive oil Those suffering from hair loss or baldness, may apply a paste of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder before a bath and keep it for approximately 15 minutes, and then wash the hair. Now this mask will also lighten our hair with beautiful golden high lights, note this before using that this mask will lighten hair the color of your hair and how often you use the mask depends on how much lighter it will become.
Rose Mary Herbal Hair Treatment: Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil: 1tsp rosemary EO, 1/2 cup dried chamomile flowers 1/2 cup dried rosemary leaves 1 cup jojoba oil (or oil of choice) Stimulates blood flow and circulation, relieves discomfort, provides tonic and astringent qualities.
Hot Oil Hair Growth Treatment: 1tbs jojoba oil, 4tsp grape seed oil, 3 drops rosemary oil, 3 drops cedar-wood oil, 3 drops lavender, 2 drops thyme oil, Mix ingredients, heat on low just warm slightly apply to hair and scalp with massage leave on for at least an hour or wrap in towel over night will give you added benefit.
Essential Oil Blend Stimulates Circulation: 2 oz almond oil, 2oz jojoba oil, 6 drops rosemary EO, 6 drops lavender EO, 6 drops cedar wood EO, 6 drops thyme EO, Massage into scalp, don’t forget the ends of the hair as well. Leave in for 1/2 an hour, wash and condition.
Hair Product/Build up Remover: 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 cup water after conditioning the hair use this as a final rinse. Leaves your hair soft and shiny while removing build up. You can also just rinse with vinegar the smell will dissipate after a while leaving you with soft silky build up free hair.
Nourishing Hair Mask: 1/2 a banana, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 cantaloupe, 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil, 1 tablespoon yogurt. For extra conditioning, squeeze in the contents of a vitamin E capsule. Leave in hair for 15 minutes.
Egg & Olive Oil Hair Mask: 1 egg, 2 tbsp olive oil blend well then add with massage to hair covering scalp and ends for 15 minute minimum rinse with cool water wash and condition as normal.
Natural Dandruff Shampoo: Make a shampoo by mixing 100g each of amla (Indian goose berry), reetha, and shikakai, and boil in two liter of water until the liquid reduces to half. Use this shampoo for one month. Dandruff will vanish and your hair will become thick and silky.
Ayurvedic Cures for Hair:
Add 6-8 drops of lemon juice to an egg. Beat well and apply on your hair followed by washing with an herbal shampoo.
Use a very mild shampoo and condition your hair at least twice a week. Make sure to rinse out the conditioner thoroughly.
Amla, shikaki powder mixed with curd is a good conditioner and should be made use of.
Massaging with aroma oils once a week reduces hair fall and makes them soft and silky. Rosemary oil and titri oil can also be used.
Mix curd, lemon and mustard oil, apply gently on hair and wash your head after about half an hour.
Add few leaves Hibiscus (China rose) to a glass of water. Heat it. The juice of a lime should be squeezed in the sieved mixture and it should be applied to the hair before shampooing.
Take amla (100gm), shikaki (100gm), brahmi booti (10gm), shilajit (1/2 gm), anaarchhilka (20gm), bhringraj (10 gm). Soak them overnight in an iron utensil. Blend and make a paste. Apply well into the scalp. Keep it for 1-2 hours and wash it off with warm water.
The oil from the amla, prepared by boiling dry pieces of amla in coconut oil, is a hair tonic for enriching hair growth and prevent hair loss.
Use lavender or lemon shampoo if your hair are oily and if dry, use titri oil or rosemary shampoo too.
Rinse hair with lemon juice or vinegar
Soak a towel in hot water and squeeze lightly. Cover your hair with this for 10 minutes and do try this for almost a week.
Squeezed lemons can be soaked overnight and the water can then be used to clean the hair.
Dry peels of lemon and oranges should be used. This will maintain soft and silky hair and also removes dandruff from the scalp.
Drink 10-12 glasses of water daily and have a high protein diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and dairy products.
Two tablespoons of fenugreek (methi) seeds soaked overnight in water. The softened seeds should be grounded into a fine paste in the morning and applied over the scalp & left for half an hour and then washed thoroughly. This is highly affective to remove dandruff.
Mustard oil:boiled with henna (mehndi) leaves is useful for the healthy growth of hair.
Thanks goes to Ayurvedic-Medicines for this insightful information!
Oily Hair Mask: 2tsp fullers earth, juice of one lemon, 3tsp distilled water, 3oz of beer. Mix ingredients well add to hair and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes.
Chemically Treated Hair Conditioner: 1 tsp honey, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 tsp papaya, 1/2 or less of a banana. Blend well hand mixer or blender apply to scalp cover hair with shower cap or towel leave for 30 minutes.
Ant-dandruff mask: 1tsp neem powder, 1/4 tsp black pepper powder, 1tsp fennugreek methi, 1 egg, 2 tbsp fullers earth, pinch of camphor. Blend well hand mixer or blender apply to scalp cover hair with shower cap or towel leave for 15 to 30 minutes.
Moisturizing Healing Treatments
Tamanu Psoriasis and Eczema Treatment: 2 tsp lanolin,
5 tsp jojoba oil, 4 1/2 tsp Castor oil, 4 tsp Shea butter, 1/4 cup emulsifying wax~ heat these ingredients in a double broiler until completely melted,then add 2 1/2 tsp Tamanu oil, 2 tsp blackCumin oil, 1 tsp pure Vitamin E oil~ in separate container warm up 8 tsp distilled water 1/2 tsp Vegetable Glycerin~ slowly drip 2 tbsp of the oil mix into your hot water and glycerin till the cream is well emulsified stick blender works nicely. Store your remaining mixture in the refrigerator for next use.
The same process 2 tbsp oil to 8 tsp water and 1/2 tsp glycerin.
A Great home beauty remedy for puffiness under the eye is cucumber slices . While that certainly works, brewed black tea bags are even more effective. Place them on your eyes keep your eyes tightly shut for five minutes tannin will produce a stinging effect if in the eyes.
Tannin constricts the capillaries beneath the surface of your skin, reducing eye swelling and puffiness, the tannins reduce inflammation!