Recipes for Safe Cosmetics


Compiled from Safecosmetics.org

Note: there are no preservatives in these recipes so take a few precautions to avoid contamination by bacteria. Avoid touching products like lip gloss with your fingers – instead use a cotton swab to apply. Use products within two weeks, and consider storing them in your refrigerator. Also, exercise caution if you think you might be allergic to ingredients like nuts, avocados or other common food ingredients.

Lip Balm

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons grated unbleached beeswax 5 teaspoons carrier oil (sunflower, castor or jojoba) 6 or 7 drops essential oil (such as lime, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit or peppermint) 1 teaspoons honey, for flavor

Instructions: Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler, stirring to combine. Remove from heat; add honey and essential oil. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump. To add a little color, stir in a tiny dab of lipstick with a coffee stirrer. Pour the mixture intocontainers; let sit 20 minutes before covering or moving. For glossier lip balm, use 2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons carrier oil.

Face Chocolate Facial Mask

This decadent mask is actually an excellent moisturizer — it leaves your skin baby soft. Recommended for normal skin.

Ingredients: 1/3 cup cocoa 3 tablespoons heavy cream 2 teaspoons cottage cheese 1⁄4 cup honey 3 teaspoons oatmeal powder

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together and smooth onto face. Relax for 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Source http://www.spaindex.com/HomeSpa/ChocolateFacialMask.htm

Frozen Egg & Honey Facial Mask

Recommended for dry skin, this is particularly soothing on sunburned skin.

Ingredients: 1 egg 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (but not hot) 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions: – Beat the egg in a small bowl until frothy and well-mixed. Slowly add the liquid coconut oil and honey, beating until your mask is the consistency of mayonnaise. – Take an empty toilet tissue roll and set it on end in a clean bowl. Spoon mixture into the cardboard toilet paper roll. Place tube, in the bowl, in the freezer overnight. – To use, peel away just the top 1/4 inch of the cardboard roll and smooth the frozen stick over your face (think of it as a push-up pop). Leave your mask on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. -Return the cream stick covered with plastic wrap and frozen between uses. Keeps indefinitely. Source http://www.spaindex.com/HomeSpa/FrozenHoneyEggMask.htm

Avocado Carrot Cream Mask

This mask is rich in vitamin E, beta carotene, antioxidants, calcium and protein, which may help rebuild skin collagen, fade age spots and improve tone and texture.

Ingredients:

1 avocado, mashed 1 carrot, cooked and mashed 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 egg, beaten 3 tablespoons honey

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Spread gently over your face and neck, and leave in place 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner. Source http://www.spaindex.com/HomeSpa/AvoCarrotMask.htm

Cucumber Eye Gel

Ingredients: 1/4 large cucumber 1 ounce aloe vera gel

Instructions: -Puree the cucumber in a blender (Ieave a little pulp), then strain the mixture into a glass bowl until you have at least 2 ounces. Spoon in just a tad of the pulp from the strainer. Add the aloe vera to the cucumber puree in the bowl and mix lightly. Pour into a clean, sterilized container. – After cleansing face, stir mixture gently and apply with a cotton ball to under eye area. Avoid the eyeball. The shelf life of this product is very limited by the fresh cucumber. It should be used within a few days, and kept refrigerated between uses. Source: Spa Index

Orange Ginger Warming Foot Scrub

This warming foot scrub is great for the winter, and leaves your feet feeling soft and relaxed.

Ingredients: 1/4 cup sugar (white or brown) 1/4 cup sweet almond oil 6 drops orange essential oil2 drops ginger essential oil 1 level teaspoon powdered cayenne pepper

Instructions: In a plastic bowl, mix together the sugar and oil. Add the essential oil and stir. Add the cayenne pepper last and stir well to mix. To use, sit comfortably in the tub or over a pan of water and/or a large towel to catch the sugar scrub as it is applied. Scoop up a handful of the scrub for each foot and massage vigorously yet with care over heels, ankles, toes, arches and the balls of your feet. Be sure to scrub any rough areas especially well. Don’t forget to rinse the tub well when finished.

Coffee Sugar Body Scrub

Ingredients: 2 cups coarsely ground coffee 1/2 cup raw sugar or sea salt 2-3 tablespoons massage oil

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together. Take a hot shower to moisten your skin and open your pores. Using wide, circular motions, rub the coffee exfoliant onto your skin with strong, even pressure. Shower off, pat skin dry and apply a thin layer of your favorite body lotion. Source http://www.spaindex.com/HomeSpa/CoffeeScrub.htm

Softening Body Oil

Before taking a shower, brush your skin gently. This exfoliating will stimulate blood circulation and aid in skin absorption. For best absorption, apply the body oil while your skin is still moist. This combination is ideal for skin that has been exposed to too much sun or for extra-dry areas, such as heels and elbows.

Ingredients: 1 cup (237 ml) sweet almond oil 1/2 cup (118 ml) jojoba or hazelnut oil (or combination of the two) 2 tablespoons (30 ml) apricot kernel oil Essential oil (optional) (essential oils can be found at Whole Foods Wellness Department or any natural foods store)

Instructions: Combine the oils in a sealed bottle and gently turn it several times to mix. Apply as needed. For an uplifting oil experience, try 3 drops of ylang ylang, 2 drops geranium and 3 drops orange or bergamot. For an exotic oil experience, try 3 drops ylang ylang, 2 drops rose, 1 drop patchouli and 1 drop geranium. Source http://www.bewellstaywell.com/Skin_Oil_Recipes.htm

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