Make your own beauty products
Natural ingredients make your skin feel great, and chances are you already have some of the items needed to make your own beauty products. The following beauty recipes are easy to make, and you control the ingredients. Because these homemade products don’t contain preservatives, they can’t be stored long-term. So make them, then use them up!
2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup sea salt
colorant, herbal, mineral (1/8 teaspoon) or FD&C liquid dyes (a drop at a time), optional
18 drops of lavender essential oil (or cosmetic-grade fragrance oils)
In a large bowl, mix salts and add the other ingredients slowly. Store in a glass mason jar. To use, add 1/2 cup mixture to bathwater.
Strawberries-and-cream bath bags:
1/2 cup oatmeal (regular or quick)
1/2 cup powdered milk
4 tablespoons ground almonds
6 drops strawberry essential oil
Combine dry ingredients in bowl, stirring to mix well. Add essential oil and blend. Divide mixture among three muslin or organza bags and tie them at the top. Hang one from the bathtub faucet as the water is running into the tub or place directly into bath water. Store the other two in an airtight jar or a baggie. — Diana, New York
Make a paste of equal parts cornmeal and water and apply it to your face. Use a circular motion to scrub and rinse off. For added citrus scent and as a natural astringent, squeeze the juice from half an orange or lemon into your paste mixture.
Combine equal parts water and witch hazel. Apply with a cotton ball.
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon pure honey
4 teaspoons brewed and cooled chamomile tea
2 drops lavender essential oil
Mix all ingredients together and apply to face. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse.
Salt scrub and massage oil:
Make them for yourself or give them as gifts. One reader, C.M. from New York, shares: “To make scrubbing salts, use kosher salt (boxes of it are on sale after most holidays) or sea salt, olive oil and essential oils, which cost $6 per bottle at the health food store, but go a really long way! Fill small canning jars with the salt and cover it with olive oil (2:1), then add a few drops of essential oils.
“You can find pretty colored bottles with corks at the dollar store and fill them with a light olive oil and some essential oil drops to make homemade massage oil. If you give them as gifts, you can use a heat gun to attach labels adorned with silver and gold embossing crystals and stamp art.”
5 drops essential oil
1 ounce liquid glycerin
1 ounce coconut oil
1 (4-ounce) bar Castile soap, grated
4 cups distilled water
Mix ingredients together. Store in spill-proof container. Add to bathwater.
It’s very easy to make. Visit greenbeesbees.blogspot.com/2008/09/homemade-lip-balm.html for a lip balm recipe, but a basic formula is:
1/4 cup vegetable or nut oil
1/4 ounce beeswax
1 teaspoon honey or glycerin (humectant)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon natural flavoring oil, such as peppermint or lemon
Heat the vegetable or nut oil and beeswax in a double boiler until the beeswax is melted. Remove from heat and whip with an electric beater until creamy. Add the honey or glycerin and flavoring oil; whip some more. Store in small glass jars. Try different oils on your lips to choose the best one for your skin. — F.L., Illinois
For more skin care and beauty recipes, visit frugalvillage.com/forums/make-yourself.
photo by saaleha