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Cosmetics Recipes

Cosmetics Recipes

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Cosmetics Recipes
Many of the same ingredients, techniques, and equipment used in making soap can also be usedto make your own cosmetics. You won't ever have to pay those high prices for creams and lipbalms 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 cosmeticswon't last for years-so use them!)One of the news magazine shows had an interesting piece on those fancy cosmetics counterpromises. $100 creams that were supposed to create incredible results. Their conclusions werethat these creams were mildly effective in retaining moisture. They, however, were no better thansomething a person could make themselves at home. The advantage of manufactured cosmeticsis that they last longer, are prettier and make you feel like you are doing more. As far as longterm results it seems clear that you don't need to spend those high prices. Make a few thingsyourself, maybe have a couple of drug store brands you like, and you will look as good as if youhad spent twenty times as much.A final note before the recipes start. It has been the experience of many that changing what youuse periodically can be of benefit. Just like shampoo, you need different qualities for differentenvironments (seasons) and conditions. This is a great opportunity to throw a homemade brewinto your cosmetics mix. So, the next time you finish a jar of cream or bottle of toner, sterilize itand 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 particularqualities you desire.
Basic Herb Vinegar Face Toner
1 part vinegar6 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 useto 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 restoresthe 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.
 Fruit Facial
1/2 cup chopped pineapple1 apple-cored, chopped, with peel on1/4 cup finely ground almonds1 tablespoon lemon juice1 tablespoon lime juice1/2 banana1111/2 packet unflavored gelatin
  Mix all ingredients in a blender, except gelatin. Add gelatin and blend for an additional20 seconds. Let sit for 10 minutes. Apply to face and neck. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.This should last for three days in the fridge. Use on first and third day and discard remainder.
 Facial Scrub
1 tablespoon ground oatmeal1 tablespoon ground dried lavender blossoms1 tablespoon ground thyme leaves1 tablespoon ground almonds4 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.
Skin Cleanser 
1 teaspoon olive oil1 teaspoon honey2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  Mix ingredients. Apply to face gently and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warmwater. Excellent for dry skin.
 Night Cream
3 tablespoons olive oil1 tablespoon aloe vera gel1 tablespoon shea butter2 teaspoons grated beeswax1 tablespoon rosewater1/4 teaspoon lecithinoil from two capsules of vitamin E3 drops chamomile or lavender essential oil
  Melt oil, butter, and beeswax in heatproof glass measuring cup, over boiling water or inmicrowave. (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 inbetween 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 oiland stir. Store inside drawer or cabinet. Try to keep away from sun and heat.Use nightly-especially in cold or dry weather.
Scented Toner 
1/4 cup fresh or dried lavender buds1/4 cup fresh mint leaves1 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 intosterilized bottle. Apply with cotton ball morning and evening after cleansing and before moisturizing.

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