A Greek word kosmeticos, meaning "skilled at adornment" is the origin of the word cosmetics. Using cosmetics originated from the desire to enhance a woman's own natural beauty. Today, the commercial cosmetic industry endorse beauty at any cost. If you've ever looked at the ingredients list in the cosmetics you've been buying, most you won't even be able to pronounce the names, and many may cause allergies or be tested on animals. Making your own cosmetics from all-natural ingredients is better for the environment, better for your face and body and less expensive. If you have allergies, you can tailor the ingredients for your own needs. If you have a garden you can even grow some of the ingredients yourself, a sure path to natural, radiant health and beauty.
For the best creams that works naturally to firm, nourish and protect your skin, make your own.
Daily Ritual Tip: No matter which facial cosmetics you use, remove them completely at night. Mix 1/4 cup of jojoba oil, 1/2 tsp. of vitamin-E oil and 3 drops of lavender oil. Apply to the face and wipe it off with clean cotton balls. Ideal for all skin types, the cleanser removes makeup and moisturizes skin for the night.
Natural Cosmetics Recipes
Healing Lip Balm
2 tbsp. beeswax
1/2 cup jojoba oil
1 tsp. aloe-vera gel
10 drops tea tree oil
Melt the beeswax over low heat. Add the jojoba oil, honey, aloe-vera gel and tea-tree oil. Warm, and then remove from heat. Stir rapidly with a whisk until cool. Add your favorite flavor of essential oil-coconut, wintergreen, clove or peppermint, for example. Pour the balm into small containers, and apply to the lips to help prevent and heal any chapping, cracking and blisters.
Cold-Weather Facial Cream
2 tsp. non petroleum jelly (right)
2tsp. cocoa butter
2 tbsp. hazelnut, jojoba or sweet-almond oil
2 drops chamomile, calendula
or lavender essential oil
Warm the non-petroleum jelly, cocoa butter and your choice of sweet-almond, hazelnut or jojoba oil over low heat until the cocoa butter has melted. Remove from heat and cool, stirring the blend occasionally. Add your choice of one of the essential oils, mix well. Store in airtight containers. Apply the cream to the face and lips before going outside when the temperature is dry and frigid.
1/2 cup fine white cosmetic clay
1tbsp. powdered rose petals or
1tbsp. powdered walnut hulls
For medium to fair skin, mix the cosmetic clay with the rose petals. For medium to dark skin, mix the cosmetic clay with the walnut hulls. Apply your mixture lightly with a fluff brush or a cotton ball to set makeup, or use it throughout the day to absorb oil on the forehead, nose and chin.
Henna Body Art
The henna plant's dye is used in some cultures to adorn the body for certain ceremonies, such as weddings. Henna is safe to use on the skin and is applied in a design that's left to dry for 30 min. The design will naturally fade in 2-3 weeks. Colors include red, orange and brown.
2 ounces olive oil
1/2 ounce grated beeswax
12 drops grapefruit seed extract
In a double boiler over simmering water and
medium heat, combine the olive oil and beeswax, and heat until
the wax has melted.
Remove mixture from the heat and add the grapefruit seed extract.
Beat with a hand mixer until creamy.
Makes 1/4 cup. Store in a glass jar with a screw-top. This jelly will keep for a year.
Always treat facial skin very gently, especially around the eyes. Apply creams and cleansers with light dabs, using soft cotton balls or facial tissue-don't use toilet tissue or rough pads-and avoid scrubbing it to hard when removing makeup. Before highlighting your hair, test a small area first. When applying lip treatments, do not frown or stretch your mouth, as it could enhance fine lines and wrinkles.
Highlighting the hair: Use herbal rinses to bring out your hair's natural highlights. Steep the recommended herbs in 3 cups boiling water for 30 minutes, and strain. After shampooing, squeeze out excess water and saturate hair with herbal rinse. Towel dry using a dark towel. For blonde or light-brown hair, blend 1 tablespoon each of dried chamomile, comfrey and calendula. To make dark hair more vibrant, add 1 tablespoon of each of dried comfrey, powdered black-walnut hull and sage. To cover up gray, mix 1/2 cup of neutral henna with enough brewed coffee-usually about 1 cup-to make a gooey paste. Leave on hair for 30 minutes.
Note: Experiment on a strand of hair first, and don't use henna on completely gray or white hair-it can turn red or orange.
Enhancing the eyes: Jojoba oil is a great nighttime eye moisturizer. Dab the oil around the eyes with your finger, avoiding the lashes and lids. To relieve puffy eyes, place a cold teabag over each eye and rest. For strained eyes, dip cotton balls in cold witch hazel, milk or tea, and apply to eyes.