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.
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