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Enjoy making your own homemade Cleansing Lotion

Cleansing unclogs the facial pores so the skin can take in oxygen and nutrients, including those from toners and moisturizers you might use afrer cleansing.

Absolutely essential for a clear, fresh complexion is a good cleansing lotion which contains botanicals and essential oils. You need to avoid stressing or drying out your skin with chemicals that may be too harsh. Make your own using the following Cleansing Lotion Recipes for your particular skin type.

Tip: If you have broken capillaries on your face, don't use hot or cold water for rinsing. Temperature extremes cause capillaries to dilate, resulting in a red weblike appearance across the cheeks and nose.

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Cleansing Lotion Recipe

For normal skin

2 tbsp. sweet-almond oil
1 tbsp. cocoa butter
2 tsp. soy lecithin
4 tbsp. lavender-flower water
1/4 tsp. borax
7 drops orange essential oil

For blemished skin

2 tbsp. sweet-almond oil
1 tbsp. cocoa butter
2 tsp. soy lecithin
4 tbsp. lavender-flower water
1/4 tsp. borax
7 drops camphor or tea-tree oil

For broken capillaries

2 tbsp. sweet-almond oil
1 tbsp. cocoa butter
2 tsp. soy lecithin
4 tbsp. chamomile water
1/4 tsp. borax
7 drops chamomile essential oil

  1. In a double boiler, heat the sweet-almond oil, cocoa butter and soy lecithin until the cocoa butter is just melted. Remove from heat.
  2. At the same time, heat the lavender-flower (or chamomile) water in a saucepan. Stir in the borax until dissolved; remove from heat.
  3. When both mixtures have cooled, add the water mixture drop by drop to the sweet-almond mixture.
  4. Vigorously stir this emulsion until it has cooled to normal body temperature.
  5. Mix the essential oil into the emulsion. Pour into a clean #4 oz. bottle. The lotion will keep for approximately 4-6 weeks.

Removing Lipstick

With cleansing lotion for normal skin on a damp cotton pad, gently wipe your lips clean. This is especially good for removing "kiss-proof" lipsticks with minimal lipid content; the lotion's oily components remove colour.


Dampen your face, neck and upper chest with warm water. Apply a generous quantity of cleansing lotion and begin with your forehead, massage it into the skin with your fingertips, using circular, clockwise movements. This massage unblocks lymph passages and helps remove impurities, after cleansing rinse your skin with an ample amount of warm water and a gentle pat dry. You may want to use a moist washcloth to remove all traces of the cleanser. You can make your own homemade cleansing lotions with basic ingredients available from the resource list below.

Ingredient Benefits:

Lavender-flower water for conditioning: Lavender-flower water soothes, heals and conditions all skin types. The water is obtained when the essential oil is extracted.

Sweet-almond oil for nourishment: The fine oil obtained from sweet almonds (Prunus dulcis) has a mild, nutty scent and is an all-purpose base for many lotions. It conditions, softens and nourishes the epidermis, increasing elasticity.

Cocoa butter for protection: Cocoa butter, by-product of cocoa-bean processing, thickens lotions, lending a creamy consistency and a hint of its chocolate aroma. Suitable for all skin types, it is a protective emollient that prevents dehydration.

Orange essential oil for stimulation: A delicate cleansing lotion with with the essential oil of oranges has a fresh and revitalizing scent. When applied to the skin, orange essential oil stimulates circulation.

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