Homemade Cosmetics Recipe

Homemade cosmetics recipe such as hand cream, deoderant, mouthwash and even wrinkle cream can be made at home.

With the saturation of cosmetics on the market today, from soaps to shaving cream, we have absolutely no need to make our own as people did generations ago. In fact, it might be more difficult to find some of the ingredients required for making the product than it is to find the finished product itself. So why go on? More and more people today desire to get back to the basics. They long to be self-sufficient and they love the feeling of satisfaction that comes from taking care of themselves.

Here we will take a look at some cosmetics and creams that can be made right at home. First, let's take a look at some recipes for hand creams. A simple hand lotion made with glycerin requires 1 ounce of soft soap, 4 fluid ounces of glycerin, 15 fluid ounces of rubbing alcohol (alcohol content must be at least 70%) and 15 fluid ounces of distilled water. Mix the water with the rubbing alcohol. Add the soft soap until it dissolves. Add glycerin and stir. You can experiment with different scents by adding perfume if you wish.

A honey and almond cream that works great for dry skin requires 2 ounces of honey, 4 ounces of lanolin, and 2 ounces of almond oil. Melt the honey in a double boiler. Add the lanolin and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and let cool. When cooled, add the almond oil, stirring well. Add perfume if desired. A shaving cream that can be made at home requires 8 ounces of heavy mineral oil, 8 ounces of glycostearin (diglycol stearate), and 40 ounces of water. In a double boiler, heat the mineral oil and glycostearin to 150 degrees. In a separate pot, heat the water to 150 degrees and then slowly stir it into the glycostearin mixture. Let cool. When cool, you can add perfume if desired. Any extra mixture can be stored in jars.

Natural deoderants can also be made at home. Add 4 drops of lavender oil to a teaspoon of water. Apply to clean underarm. If you have a chrysanthemum plant nearby, do what grandma used to do. Pick and then crush fresh leaves and rub them gently on the underarm area. It is important to note that these two suggestions are for deoderant purposes only and they will not act as antiperspirants.

An anitperspirant solution is not included here, as one of the necessary ingredients, aluminum chloride can be extremely irritating to many people, as well as cause damaging stains to clothing if it comes into direct contact with them.

How about some quick refreshers for your mouth? The best mouthwash is a pint of warm water and a teaspoon of table salt. And, as many people already know, one of the best toothpastes can also be found in the kitchen cupboard, and that is baking soda.

To make a homemade wrinkle cream you need 1 tablespoon of lanolin, 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil, 2 teaspoons of water and 2 teaspoons of cod liver oil. In a double boiler, melt the lanolin with the almond oil. Add the water, then remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool. Add the cod liver oil. Apply gently to the face.

As you can see, getting back to the basics is not always the easiest way to do something, but when you see what you have made on your own, it is by far the most rewarding.

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