Homemade Beauty Products

Make your own homemade beauty products! You can achieve professional results at home!

Beauty products help us to look and feel our best. These products have been associated with helping us keep our mind and spirit healthy as well as our body by playing a role in helping us maintain a high self esteem.

Beauty products don't need to be costly. You can achieve professional results at home!

HERBAL SHAMPOO

The easiest way to make herbal shampoo is to start with a gentle base of commercial shampoo and then add you own herbal infusions and a few drops of essential oil to scent your hair. Baby shampoo is a good mild soap to use in adding herbals. You will need to add one part shampoo to five parts herbal infusion. There are a large variety of herbs you can use but you need to study the properties of each herb in order to use them safely for your intended purpose. These are some of the herbs you can use and their properties. Cloves and Ground Walnut shells will highlight dark hair colors. Lavender is good for oily hair. Parsley improves the shine of your hair and helps prevent dandruff as does Rosemary. Rosemary and ground Walnut shells can also darken your hair. Lime flowers will soften and conditions your hair as does Thyme. Nasturtium helps your hair to gain healthy growth and Sage will not only color dark and gray hair as well as conditions it.

HONEY HAIR RINSE

1 teaspoon of honey

4 cups of warm water

1 drop of your favorite essential oil or perfume

Wash hair as you would normally. After you are done pat dry and add this mixture to your hair slowly covering all of your hair strands. Let your hair air dry for a shiny and soft feeling.

BATH SALTS

Mix:

6 Cups Epsom Salts

6 Cups Sea Salt

2/3 Cups baking soda

A few drops of Essential Oils and Food Coloring is optional

To make a sandal wood musk bath salt use 14 drops of sandal wood essential oil and 10 drops vanilla musk oil with 6 drops of chamomile.

A delightful citrus bath can be made using 10 drops bergamot, 10 drops orange, 5 drops grapefruit, 2 drops lemon and 5 drops honeydew.



Whichever kind of bath salts you are making you will want to mix the salts and baking soda in a bowl very well. Divide the mixture up between several small bowls to create a fun layered look in your container. For best results mix your coloring and essential oil separately to each bowl. After letting the bowls sit for 24 hours you can add a scoopful to your container. You can make Vanilla, Strawberry and Orange Bath salts and layer them alternately in a sundae dish for a fun gift idea or layer them in a glass pasta jar and tie a wooden scoop on with a piece of raffia or ribbon. Use peppermint essential oil and red and pink food-coloring to make a candy cane bath salt. You can even layer the salts in a recycled old plastic candy cane that you find candy sold in at Christmas time!

HOME-MADE FACE MASKS

To moisturize your skin and make it glow with beauty you can make many different home-made face masks that can help dry or tired skin look and feel its best.

Citrus Fruit Mask

Mix one Tablespoon Honey to two Tablespoons orange juice. Mix completely then add 1 Apple, cored, quartered and pureed till smooth with 1/2 teaspoon sage. Mix it together well and secure your hair back out of your face securely. Heat the mixture a few minutes in the microwave and smooth evenly on your face. Keep it on your face for 20 minutes and then wash clean with a warm wash cloth. This can enhance all skin types.

Cucumber Mask

Add 1/2 a Cucumber, 1 Egg white, 1/2 teaspoon Lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon Lime juice, 1 tsp Apple Mint Leaves to a food processor or blender and puree for 5 minutes until smooth. Keep the mixture in the refrigerate for 10 minutes. Apply the mixture to your face while cool and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with hot washcloth to loosen your pores and then rinse with cool water to finish your treatment. This mask is especially good for oily skin.

Peach Tightening Mask

1 Peach, ripe, peeled, pitted

1 Egg white or 1/4 cup cornstarch

1 mint sprig

Whip the peach, egg white or cornstarch and mint leaves together in a blender until smooth. Smooth mixture evenly over your face and leave on to tighten for 20 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry.

FOOT SCRUBS

Making home-made cleansing scrubs are very easy and a great way to rejuvenate and cleanse tired and warn out feet. This mixture can also be a wonderful way to remove calluses from your feet with continued use.

1 Tablespoon of coarse, clean sand

1/4 cup light canola oil

1/4 cup liquid hand soap

1/4 cup sea salt

1/4 cup Epsom salt

OATMEAL SOAP ON A ROPE

1 Cups either oatmeal or cornmeal

1 Cups soap crumbs -- (broken small pieces or hotel bar sized soap)

2 Tablespoon vegetable oil

2 Tablespoon water

Braided or twisted nylon cording

Cut a 6 inch piece of cord with a knot tied at the end of it. Take the soap and oatmeal and place in your blender. First blend and then using the pulse option, pulse until the mixture becomes fine. Add the soap and oatmeal mixture,oil and water together. Jojoba oil is a nice additive but can be expensive. Almond oil is also a wonderful option and very light but even a light commercial canola oil works great,the cheaper the better!

Roll your mixture into a long rectangle shape or ball. Use the back of a table spoon to make a indentation in the middle of the soap. Place the knot from your cord into the depression. The soap will need to dry completely at least 2-3 days.

BATH BEADS

2 cups baking soda

1 cup cornstarch

1 cup citric acid

1/2 cup powdered goat's milk

Orange essential oil

3 Tablespoon. dendrite salt (optional)

1-2 T. almond oil

Witch Hazel

Mix the dry ingredients first and then mix your essential oil to the almond oil and citric acid. slowly add your moist ingredients gently while working it into a ball of dough like consistency. Pack it into cand or soap mold or use a melon baller to create a round bath bead. Let you finished product sit about 1 hour then remove them from your mold if you are using one. Set them in a warm, dry location for 1-2 days.

BATH COOKIES

4 cups finely grained sea salt

1 cup baking soda

1 cup cornstarch

4 Tbsp. light canola oil

2 tsp. Vitamin E oil

4 egg whites

10-12 drops rosemary essential oil

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the ingredients and push it into a candy or soap mold. If you want a round bath bead, use a melon baller to make rounded beads. Place it on a ungreased cookie sheet and bake the beads for about 10 minutes or until they are lightly browned. Let cool completely for a wonderful gift.

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