Show your face, your feet or your muscles some love with safe, natural, toxin-free spa concoctions
and personal care products.
The necessary ingredients are usually affordable and not hard to find in organic or natural form.
The benefits of making your own cosmetics will be immediately evident: your new products will smell and feel good, and so will your skin.
There are no preservatives in these beauty recipes so take a few
precautions to avoid contamination by bacteria.
Avoid touching products like lip gloss with your fingers – instead use a cotton swab to apply.
Use products within two weeks, and consider storing them in your refrigerator.
Also, exercise caution if you think you might be allergic to ingredients like nuts, avocados or other common food ingredients.
Beauty Recipes For Lips
Beet Red Lip Gloss
¼ cup beeswax
¼ cup castor oil
2 tablespoons sesame oil
Instructions: Melt beeswax, remove from heat and add oils.
Add as much beet juice as desired for color. Store in jar.
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Honey Lip Balm
3 tablespoons grated unbleached beeswax
5 teaspoons carrier oil (sunflower, castor or jojoba)
6 or 7 drops essential oil (such as lime, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit or peppermint)
1 teaspoon honey, for flavor
Instructions: Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler, stirring to combine. Remove from heat; add honey and essential oil. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump. To add a little color, stir in a tiny dab of lipstick with a coffee stirrer. Pour the mixture into containers; let sit 20 minutes before covering or moving. For glossier lip balm, use 2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons carrier oil.
Chocolate Facial Mask
This decadent mask is actually an excellent moisturizer - it leaves your skin baby soft. Recommended for normal skin.
1/3 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons cottage cheese
¼ cup honey
3 teaspoons oatmeal powder
Instructions: Mix all ingredients together and smooth onto face. Relax for 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water.
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Frozen Egg & Honey Facial Mask
Recommended for dry skin, this is particularly soothing on sunburned skin.
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (but not hot)
1 tablespoon honey
- Beat the egg in a small bowl until frothy and wellmixed. Slowly add the liquid coconut oil and honey, beating until your mask is the consistency of mayonnaise. - Take an empty toilet tissue roll and set it on end in a clean bowl. Spoon mixture into the cardboard toilet paper roll. Place tube, in the bowl, in the freezer overnight.
- To use, peel away just the top 1/4 inch of the cardboard roll and smooth the frozen stick over your face (think of it as a push-up pop). Leave your mask on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. -Return the cream stick covered with plastic wrap and frozen between uses. Keeps indefinitely.
Avocado Carrot Cream Mask
This mask is rich in vitamin E, beta carotene, antioxidants, calcium and protein, ingredients that may help rebuild skin collagen, fade age spots and improve tone and texture.
Ingredients: 1 avocado, mashed
1 carrot, cooked and mashed
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Spread gently over your face and neck, and leave in place 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner.
Cucumber Eye Gel
1/4 large cucumber
1 ounce aloe vera gel
-Puree the cucumber in a blender (Ieave a little pulp), then strain the mixture into a glass bowl until you have at least 2 ounces. Spoon in just a tad of the pulp from the strainer.
Add the aloe vera to the cucumber puree in the bowl and mix lightly. Pour into a clean, sterilized container. - After cleansing face, stir mixture gently and apply with a cotton ball to under eye area. Avoid the eyeball.
The shelf life of this product is very limited by the fresh cucumber. It should be used within a few days, and kept refrigerated between uses.
Silky Clay Mask for All Skin Types
1½ teaspoons green clay (French is preferred)
½ teaspoon kaolin clay
1½ tablespoons aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon rosewater
2 drops rose essential oil
Mix green and kaolin clays together. Add in the aloe vera gel, rosewater and oils. Refrigerate mixture for up to four weeks.
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