Facial Cleanser Recipe
Facial cleansers should be a fundamental part of a daily skin-care regimen. With items from your kitchen, you can concoct a safe and effective blend. Oatmeal is a mild and soothing skin cleanser that is especially well-suited for sensitive skin, while honey is a natural antiseptic that can also work as a luxurious mask all on its own.
Homemade Facial Cleanser Recipe
• 1 cup warm water
• 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
• 1 tablespoon honey
1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend on high speed until mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into a clean container with a lid.
2. To use: Gently massage a dime-size amount of this cleanser into your skin. Scrub skin, rinse well with tepid water and pat skin dry. Makes 4 ounces.
Facial Cleanser Variations
■ Moisture Boost: For dry skin, add 1 teaspoon of natural oil, such as almond or sunflower, to make a moisturizing cleanser.
■ Astringent: Add 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice or witch hazel to your mixture to treat oily skin.
■ Skin Beautifier: Swap honey with 1 tablespoon agave nectar. Agave nectar is a natural humectant that also may provide anti-aging benefits.
Basic Body Lotion Recipe
Many conventional lotions contain some of the most hazardous chemicals found in personal-care products, among them parabens (preservatives that mimic estrogen), phthalates (linked to infertility) and petroleum byproducts (possible carcinogens). Lotions, which are basically an emulsion of oil and water, are easy to make at home without these troubling additives.
Basic Body Lotion Recipe
1. Dissolve baking soda in water in a saucepan. Set aside.
2. Mix oil and beeswax in a double boiler and slowly heat until wax begins to melt, being sure not to scorch wax. Stir until wax is completely melted. Keeping the wax over low heat and stirring occasionally, put baking soda mixture on a separate burner and heat over low heat until it is roughly the same temperature as the wax mixture (about 100 degrees).
3. Slowly add baking soda mixture to wax mixture while stirring to combine. Allow lotion to cool completely. You may want to stir occasionally as it cools to keep oil and water from separating. Store cooled lotion in a clean container with a tight-fitting lid.
4. To use: Massage into your skin. Makes 8 ounces.
Body Lotion Variations
■ Energy Boost: Add 4 to 5 drops of peppermint essential oil to the finished lotion for a cooling and energizing blend. Stir well.
■ Soothing: Replace the water with 1⁄4 cup strong chamomile tea to make a lotion with skin-soothing benefits.
■ Moisturizing: For an extra-rich consistency perfect for dry skin, add 1 tablespoon of grated cocoa butter to the wax mixture before you combine it with the water mixture.
Homemade Perfume Recipe
• 1/4 cup vodka or witch hazel extract
• 1/4 cup distilled or boiled water
• 2 to 3 drops each of your favorite essential oils
1. Mix ingredients together. Pour into a clean container.
2. To use: Spray or splash the scented cologne onto your skin. Makes 4 ounces.
■ Floral: Rose, frangipani, jasmine, violet and lilac
■ Spice: Cinnamon, ginger, clove and allspice
■ Wood: Pine, cedar and sandalwood
■ Fruit: Lemon, orange, peach and coconut
■ Herbal: Lavender, chamomile and sage
■ Exotic: Herbal musk, ylang ylang and vanilla
Homemade Deodorant Cream
• 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth and spoon into a clean container.
2. To use: Rub a small amount of the cream under your arms. Makes 3 ounces.
■ Smell Fresh: For a scented deodorant, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Try lavender for its antibacterial properties and refreshing aroma.
Homemade Hair Rinse
• 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves or 1 tablespoon dried
• 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
• 1 cup boiling water
1. Combine mint and vinegar in a medium bowl, then pour boiling water over the mixture. Allow it to cool completely; strain out leaves.
2. To use: Pour entire mixture over your scalp after shampooing and massage well. Let sit a few minutes, then rinse with tepid water. Makes 12 ounces.
Hair Rinse Variations
■ Power Boost: Add 1 teaspoon baking soda to your mixture to remove residues left behind from styling products.
■ Go Blond: Replace mint leaves with 1/2 cup chamomile tea for subtle blond highlights.
■ Darker Hair: For darker highlights, replace mint leaves with equal amounts fresh or dried sage leaves. Over time, this rinse can even darken gray hairs.
Homemade Shimmer Blush Makeup
Combine in a makeup sifter jar.
1. Pour beet root powder into a small bowl. Whisk in arrowroot powder and cocoa powder, a little at a time, until desired shade is achieved. Discard any remaining arrowroot powder and cocoa powder.
2. Whisk in mica powder and lavender essential oil until well combined. Pour into jar.
3. Sprinkle blush onto a fluffy blush brush and apply to cheeks.
4. Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.
Best for: All skin types
Top Tip: Make sure your beet root powder is super-duper finely ground, and then grind it some more in a blender. The finer it is, the better it’ll adhere to your skin.
Superstar Ingredient: Beets contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. Red beets also contain a pigment called betanin, which gives them their bright magenta coloring. In addition to using beet root powder to make blush, you can also use it as natural food coloring.
DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub
There’s nothing like dry, chapped lips to make smooth lipstick application impossible.
Combine in a small glass jar with lid.
The brown sugar in this lip scrub helps to remove dry, flaky skin.
1. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, jojoba oil, vanilla extract and peppermint essential oil until sugar is moistened. Spoon into jar.
2. Using index finger or toothbrush, apply scrub to lips. Gently scrub, in circles, for 10 seconds.
3. Rinse lips with warm water and pat dry with a towel. Follow with a favorite vegan lip balm.
4. Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight for up to 6 months.
Best for: All skin types
Top Tip: If you like your lip scrub to glide more easily, add more jojoba oil, a few drops at a time, until you get the consistency you like.
Superstar Ingredient: The brown sugar in this recipe will help remove dry, flaky dead skin on your lips, making them kissably soft. Pucker up!
All-Natural Chocolate Facial Mask
Combine in a blender.
1. In blender, purée cherries, clay, almond milk and cocoa powder until smooth. Spoon into a small bowl.
2. Using fingers, spread mask all over damp cleansed facial skin. Let stand on skin for 10 minutes.
3. Rinse face with warm water and pat dry with a towel. Follow with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
4. Cover and store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Best for: All skin types
Top Tip: Cherry juice is useful for lightening skin and clearing up dark spots. Cherries contain the antioxidant vitamins A and C, plus the minerals potassium, zinc, iron, copper and manganese. The fruit and juice are anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and healing for damaged skin.
Superstar Ingredient: Cocoa powder is antioxidant-rich, so it helps neutralize harmful free radicals and repair skin cells.
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