Homemade Health And Beauty Products

Recipe, instructions and ingredients for homemade soap, sunburn relief, mouthwash, toothpaste and beauty powders.

It's fun to make your own lotions, powders, bubble bath and facial preparations. Not only can you experiment with various formulas until you perfect one just to your liking, you can also choose your own beautiful jars and decanters. Discount stores are full of uniquely shaped bottles and other containers for storing your new creations. You can label the potions by printing cute stickers from your home printer or purchasing blank adhesive labels for writing.

You can get recipes for bath and body products online or in library books, or rework some of these to suit your taste. Here's a few to get you started:

Soap:

Make your own soap flakes by saving small bars of used soap and after drying, slice into small slivers. When the soap begins getting small, wash the soap well and place on a paper towels. After most of the water is absorbed, place the soap in a breathable container with others until you have enough to use for making new soaps. You can also purchase soap flakes rather than use old bars.

Mix and simmer 1 cup of soap flakes, 1 tablespoon of glycerin and a quart of water until the flakes are dissolved. Pour into a jar and let cool. Adjust the consistency of the soap by adding more or less water. Add essential oils or soap fragrances, found at craft stores.

You can make soap with glycerin which is found in cakes at craft stores and melted in a pot. Add 8 to10 drops of essential oils to the melted glycerin, a drop or two of food coloring, then pour into molds.



Powder:

Arrowroot powder works great to give a feeling of dryness. Sprinkle essential oils into arrowroot powder. Mix well and allow to dry for a couple of days, covered. Mix again and put the powder through a flour sifter to break up any lumps.

A cup of cornstarch, four tablespoons each of arrowroot powder and baking soda is mixed together to make a very nice powder. If you want scent, add essential oils, let dry and sift.

Mouthwash:

Boil a cup of water. Remove from heat and add a teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and parsley, along with a whole clove. Let the ingredients sit in the hot water for 15 minutes. Remove and strain, add a teaspoon of peppermint extract. Other extracts can be used instead of peppermint.

Toothpaste:

Mix one-half cup of bicarbonate of soda with one-sixth cup of salt. Add six teaspoons of glycerine and enough water to make a thick paste. Add several drops of peppermint extract or a different flavor to improve the taste.

Sunburn Relief:

Grow an aloe vera plant and keep it healthy. Should sunburn occur, break off a stalk and squeeze the juice onto the burn. Or use a half-cup of water with two teaspoons of vinegar to wipe on the sunburn. You can also pour a cup of raw oats into a warm bath. Soak for twenty to thirty minutes and pat dry. Or have a tea bath by dropping three to four tea bags in bath water.

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