Many of the same ingredients, techniques, and equipment used in making
soap can also be used to make your own cosmetics. You won't ever have to pay
those high prices for creams and lip balms again. The only difference will be
products with natural ingredients and no chemicals. This means that they will
be gentler to your skin. (Of course, it also means that the cosmetics won't
last for years-so use them!)
One of the news magazine shows had an interesting piece on those fancy
cosmetics counter promises. $100 creams that were supposed to create incredible
results. Their conclusions were that these creams were mildly effective in
retaining moisture. They, however, were no better than something a person could
make themselves at home. The advantage of manufactured cosmetics is that they last
longer, are prettier and make you feel like you are doing more. As far as long term
results it seems clear that you don't need to spend those high prices. Make a few things
yourself, maybe have a couple of drug store brands you like, and you will look as good
as if you had spent twenty times as much.
A final note before the recipes start. It has been the experience of many that changing
what you use periodically can be of benefit. Just like shampoo, you need different qualities
for different environments (seasons) and conditions. This is a great opportunity to throw a
homemade brew into your cosmetics mix. So, the next time you finish a jar of cream or bottle of
toner, sterilize it and fill it with your own creation!
The variety of toners you can make is up to your imagination and resources (for availability of
materials). Using vinegar as a base, just dilute with an herbal infusion to get the particular
qualities you desire.
Basic Herb Vinegar Face Toner
|1 part vinegar |
|6 parts herbal infusion (try sage, lemon balm, lavender or elderflower)
- Make infusion like tea and when cooled mix with vinegar.
Saturate a cotton ball and use to clean off traces of a face mask or makeup after regular cleaning.
Never use undiluted vinegar as it will burn your skin. Diluted it effectively and gently restores the
skins protective acid mantle. It also has antiseptic properties.
Sunburn Relief Gel
|2 Tbsp. Aloe Vera gel (or amount from one "leaf") |
|5 drops lavender essential oil |
- Mix essential oil with aloe and put directly on sunburned or mildly irritated skin.
Make in small amounts as above and use immediately.
|1/2 cup chopped pineapple |
|1 apple-cored, chopped, with peel on |
|1/4 cup finely ground almonds |
|1 tablespoon lemon juice |
|1 tablespoon lime juice |
|1/2 banana |
|1111/2 packet unflavored gelatin |
- Mix all ingredients in a blender, except gelatin. Add gelatin and blend for an additional
20 seconds. Let sit for 10 minutes. Apply to face and neck. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse with
This should last for three days in the fridge. Use on first and third day and discard
|1 tablespoon ground oatmeal |
|1 tablespoon ground dried lavender blossoms |
|1 tablespoon ground thyme leaves |
|1 tablespoon ground almonds |
|4 drops lemon essential oil |
- Grind all dry ingredients finely and mix until uniform. Add essential oil and mix well. Store
in a glass container. Use 1 1/2 teaspoons with enough water to make a paste. Gently massage into
skin and rinse thoroughly.
Do not use if your skin is very sensitive. It's a great exfoliant.
|1 teaspoon olive oil |
|1 teaspoon honey |
|2 teaspoons cider vinegar |
- Mix ingredients. Apply to face gently and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Excellent for dry skin.
|3 tablespoons olive oil |
|1 tablespoon aloe vera gel |
|1 tablespoon shea butter |
|2 teaspoons grated beeswax |
|1 tablespoon rosewater |
|1/4 teaspoon lecithin |
|oil from two capsules of vitamin E |
|3 drops chamomile or lavender essential oil |
- Melt oil, butter, and beeswax in heatproof glass measuring cup, over boiling water or in
microwave. (low heat) Remove from heat just before beeswax is completely melted. Finish melting by
stirring in warm oil. Add the vitamin E oil and lecithin and stir in between additions. Mix
rosewater and aloe together and slowly add to main mixture. Continue stirring with a small metal
whisk. Once mixture is cooled, add the essential oil and stir. Store inside drawer or cabinet.
Try to keep away from sun and heat.
Use nightly-especially in cold or dry weather.
|1/4 cup fresh or dried lavender buds |
|1/4 cup fresh mint leaves |
|1 1/2 cups vinegar |
- Put herbs in a jar with tight cover. Cover herbs with
vinegar and set in sunny window for two weeks. Strain out plant
material and dilute with 1/2 cup distilled water. Pour into
Apply with cotton ball morning and evening
after cleansing and before moisturizing.
|3 teaspoons grated beeswax |
|3 teaspoons avocado oil |
|1 teaspoon glycerin |
|1/8 teaspoon lecithin |
|1/2 teaspoon honey |
|contents of two vitamin E capsules |
|4 drops tea tree essential oil |
|5 drops grapefruit essential oil |
- Melt beeswax in avocado oil-use a double boiler. Remove from
heat and add vitamin E and lecithin. Combine honey and glycerine and then add
to mixture. Finally, add essential oils. This will start setting
right away so have a glass jar ready.
As you use up any commercial cosmetics, make sure to
save the containers. A nice wide mouthed cosmetic cream jar would
be great for this recipe. Use it each night before bed to
prevent chapped lips.
|1 1/2 parts cocoa butter |
|1 1/2 parts grated beeswax |
|3 parts olive oil |
- Melt the cocoa butter and beeswax slowly in the microwave, or over a double boiler. Add oil and stir well. Cool slightly before pouring into containers.
After all the ingredients are melted, you can add a few
drops of peppermint flavoring oil. If you want a softer balm,
add more oil. If you want a harder balm, add more beeswax. Simple!
Lemon Mint Toner
|1 peppermint tea bag |
|1 cup boiling water |
|1/4 cup witch hazel |
|1 tablespoon lemon juice |
- Place tea bag in boiling water and steep for 15 minutes.
Discard tea bag and allow liquid to cool. Add witch hazel and lemon juice
and store in glass container in the refridgerator. Apply daily after
This toner is best on normal or slightly oily skin. It will remove
any residue of dirt or make-up and close pores.
Basic Cold Cream
|1/2 cup mineral oil |
|1 ounce beeswax |
|1/4 teaspoon borax |
|1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon distilled water |
|essential oil scent, if desired |
- Heat oil and wax in double boiler. Dissolve borax in water and boil.
Add to wax in a thin stream, stirring vigorously in one direction.
When mixed remove from heat and check temperature. At 140º, add scent.
At 120º, pour into jars.
Makes one cup of cream.
Getting Started – Make Your Own Lip Balms
Lips can be sensitive to the actions of the sun, wind, dry air, bacteria
and salty foods. They require extra protection.
There are many different fats, waxes and Vegetable Oils which
can be used to make a lip balm base and different active ingredients which can
be added to create particular kinds of lip balm. The waxes protect the lips
while the Vegetable Oils soften them.
The lip balm base needs to contain
more wax than the base ointment so that it will remain hard even on a warm
summer's day and so it doesn't deposit too much fat on the lips.
Base Lip Balm
|Recipe 1 (for Jars)
||Recipe 2 (Jars and Lip Balm Cylinders)|
65ml Vegetable Oil
2 ml Essential
|28gr Beeswax |
20gr Cocoa butter
50ml/gr Vegetable Oils
2 ml Essential oils (40 – 50
*Orange Lemon, Mandarin, Lime, Grapefruit, Anise, Fennel or a small
amount of Peppermint. We use large amounts of Essential Oils to compensate for
|Heat all the ingredients except any Essential Oils in the beaker or
stainless steel cup immersed in a pan of hot water (double boiler). |
|Stir and melt fully. |
|When everything has melted, add 30 drops of each Essential Oil (or 60
of a blend of them). |
|You can pour this product into a glass jar or professional lip balm
|When pouring into cylinders, pour up to 3/4 full, allow to cool and
then, after 10 minutes, top up (the contents will have contracted slightly).
|Leave for a few minutes before putting on the lids.|
Different kinds of lip balm can be made through the addition of other
fat-soluble ingredients (see below). For every e.g. 5ml of anything else which
is liquid you will need to remove 5ml of the Vegetable Oil. Most of the
additional ingredients, apart from Essential Oils, will need to be heated with
the main ingredients.
Here are some examples of what you can add to
the base lip balm to make the type of lip balm you want:
for sun protection - add Tiosol (10ml for sun factor 12, or 5ml for sun
Lip balm with Zinc - add 5ml Zinc Oxide (do not reduce
the amount of Vegetable Oil)
Tea Tree lip balm -
add 1-8ml Tea Tree Oil and 1-2ml Lavender Oil as your Essential
Vitamin lip balm - add 2ml Vitamin E and 5 drops of
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