I’ve been making my own skincare for years.
In the beginning, it was because I was sensitive or allergic to most of what was on the market. The cost of the natural stuff was just too much for me so I looked into making my own.
I found this excellent book by Janice Cox called Natural Beauty at Home: More than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipies for Body, Bath, and Hair. This book comes very high on my recommended book list. It has been worth every penny. If you are interested in making any of your own beauty products, I recommend you start here.
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My very favorite and most used recipe from the book is the Olive Oil Cleansing Lotion. Here is what the book has to say about this cleanser:
In ancient times, when water was scarce, olive oil was used to clean the body and protect the skin. It penetrates the skin very effectively to cleanse and moisturize. In the evening, after using this cleanser, I like to follow up with an application of more oil massaged into my skin.
Here is the recipe:
1 teaspoon liquid soap
2 Tablespoons water
1/2 cup olive oil
Mix all ingredients together in a blender or by hand until smooth and creamy. Pour into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid.
To use: Put a small amount in the palm of your hand and massage into your (dry) skin. Rinse well with tepid water and pat dry.
Yield: 6 ounces
A few notes:
For the liquid soap, I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. It is all natural and very gentle, even on my sensitive skin. Lavendar is my favorite, especially at bedtime.
If you prefer fragrance-free, you can use their unscented baby-mild. These bottles are large, and a little goes a long way, but there are about a zillion different ways to use this stuff. You may find it to be one of your favorite household products, as I have.
In the past, I have always used glycerine. However, I am running low at this time and I need to save it for my tooth soap recipe (post on that coming soon!). I had been reluctant to try honey as it seemed to me that it would be sticky. I tried it today and it is wonderful. I couldn’t tell the difference between the honey and the glycerine.
According to Livestrong.com, honey moisturizes skin, protects against damage, and promotes wound healing.
I use an Oster hand blender to mix my cleanser. It is one of my favorite kitchen tools, and one I highly recommend. I also use it for making salsa, pureeing soups right in the pot, chopping smaller veggies when I don’t feel like using my full-sized food processor, and for making spreadable butter. (Stay tuned for future posts where I plan on sharing all of this.)
You can find 8 oz plastic bottles with pumps & gift tags by clicking here. You can also check the travel section of your favorite drug store, or even dollar stores.
Like the author, I too, like to moisturize my skin with oil. Some of my favorites (in no particular order) are: Apricot, Vitamin E, Almond, Olive, Coconut, Jojoba, and Grapeseed Oils. A quick internet search will reveal the many benefits these oils provide for the skin. (Perhaps I need to write a separate post on this subject?)
This stainless-steel funnel set comes in handy for filling your bottles. I also find them quite handy for refilling spice and condiment containers.
You can purchase my favorite, ultra-soft washcloths here.
Have you tried making your own beauty products? Amazon has a great selection of supplies.
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