Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How to Make Your Own Beauty Products from Scratch

I am in LOVE!!!!  Check out this website.  www.good.is  This is one of the coolest websites I have found!!!  I am still hunting for a good, extra hold homemade hairspray though!!  LOL

Here are a few recipes for making your own beauty products at home.  I will post a new blog as I use and try these.  Enjoy!!

Simple body scrub
Many body scrubs, even the ones that claim to be sugar- or salt-based, actually contain beads made out of polyethylene, which is environmentally deplorable (it all goes down the drain, remember)—to say nothing of the preservatives, fragrance, penetration enhancers, and sulfates that typically bulk up these products.
In a bowl combine the following....
1/4 cup of any oil you like (I like olive best)
1/8 cup of coarse brown sugar
1/8 cup salt
Any essential oil you love. Vanilla seems to me the can't-beat option for smell, but go with your favorite. And if you have dry skin, a sunburn, or eczema, leave out the salt and double up the sugar.  Combine and scrub away!


Honey face wash
In the palm of your hand, combine...
1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered honey
1/2 tablespoon of baking soda, mix it together, and apply to damp skin.
The honey is antibacterial while also soothing dry skin, and the baking soda is gently exfoliating without tearing or irritating your face. Cheap, too.


One-ingredient eye liner
This is as easy as it gets: Grab a capsule of activated charcoal, which you can get at most pharmacies and any health food store. Instead of ingesting it for your tummy ache, dump out the contents on a clean surface, moisten the tip of a makeup brush with water, and sweep it on like you would any other eye liner. It goes on easily and lasts just as long as regular powdered liner—minus the preservatives, artificial dyes, fragrance, and other chemicals.


Perfume
Because fragrance is protected under trade secret laws, there is literally no way to know what is in that perfume or cologne you think of as your signature scent. But if a recent study is any indication (and it is), there are some things in there we shouldn't be too happy about. Instead, make your own! Combine essential oils you like—cedar, ylang ylang, vanilla, lavender, citrus oils—with a little bit of vodka, and keep it in an airtight container. You can experiment and tweak it as the seasons change—lighter in summer, heavier for winter—without having to drop another $80 on potentially dangerous chemical cocktails.


Shave oil
Outside the shower, grab an oil you like—olive, argan, jojoba, and coconut work well—slather it on the area that needs a shave, and go for it. Oils are hard for some people at first: We are hard-wired to think oils on our face are a bad idea, but if you use a skin-compatible oil like the ones listed, it won't clog pores or cause breakouts. (In fact, some people find the opposite happens!)  (This is what MK has been saying on her blog.)


Yogurt face mask
This one raises some eyebrows—putting yogurt on your face sounds a little gross at first—but it can be a great skin-brightening, moisturizing mask on its own for sensitive skin.
Combine....
1 cup of yogurt
1/2 cup non-instant oatmeal
Mix and apply. The lactic acid in the yogurt softens skin gently, and can be great for dehydrated and congested skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes, and rinse. No need to wash after.

This is a series inspired by No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics, a book by GOOD's features editor Siobhan O'Connor and her co-author Alexandra Spunt."

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