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Homemade face creams for cosmetic jars.

Homemade face creams for cosmetic jars.

 Retinoids, coenzyme Q10, hyaluronic acid – the cosmetics industry seems to create a new term each week for the ingredients contained in face creams. These scientific-sounding terms convince us of the benefits of using these creams and switching from our favourite brand; however, take a closer look at the ingredients listed on a jar of moisturiser and you may find quite an alarming number of chemicals, some of which are linked to quite serious potential health issues. There is little wonder that more and more people are thinking twice about the moisturisers and creams they use on their faces and are looking at making their own, natural alternatives.

 Fill your own cosmetic jars

 If you would like to try making your own natural face creams, the first thing you will need is suitable jars. From our simple 15ml clear glass cosmetic jars to the elegant and sophisticated 50ml Laurence frosted luxury jars, we are sure to have something suitable for your cosmetic creations. Whether you want to start with just a small amount of face cream to try out a recipe or you want to prepare a larger amount to last a reasonable time, we have plenty of jars to choose from.

 Face cream recipes for your cosmetic jars

 Whilst the theories expounded by the cosmetic giants are generally true, such as antioxidants helping to slow down the signs of ageing, the chemicals that companies use in their products can be quite surprising. Some of the best antioxidants can be found in simple, natural products; for example, coconut oil is an excellent antioxidant and has been proved to outperform commercial preparations. Try this simple recipe for a natural and effective face cream that will give noticeable results in super-fast time.

 Ingredients:

 60ml almond oil

2 tbsp virgin coconut oil

2 tbsp beeswax

2 tbsp shea butter

1 tsp vitamin E oil

essential oils (if required)

 Method

 Place all the ingredients in a glass jug, then stand the jug in a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until all the ingredients have melted completely. Pour into glass cosmetic jars and allow to cool; the cream should become firm. Once cool, put lids on the jars and store in a cool, dark cupboard. Use twice daily after cleansing.

 

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If you have made your own face cream, or any other cosmetics for that matter, we would love to hear from you. Just send us the details, with a photo if possible, to our Twitter or Facebook accounts, and we will be sure to share them with our customers.

 

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Honey for beauty

Honey for beauty 

A jar of pure amber colored local honey glistens in the sun, inside the jar is also a piece of the honeycomb it came from.

Since the earliest civilisations, honey has been used around the world as both a sweetener and an ingredient in medicines and cosmetic preparations. A beehive can produce anything up to 60lb of honey in a season, yet a single bee will produce just one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. With such incredible statistics and such health-affirming properties, it is no wonder that honey is so popular. In today’s post, we will avoid talking about how good it is to eat; instead, we will focus on how to use honey in homemade skincare preparations.

Our range of aromatherapy jars

If you would like to try your hand at making your own cosmetics and skincare products, you will need some jars to store them in. We stock a huge range of pharmaceutical jars and aromatherapy jars to suit everything from lip balm to body scrubs. We have amber glass jars, clear jars and frosted jars to give you exactly the finished look you are after. Why not browse through our collection and get set for making your own preparations?

Filling those aromatherapy jars

Honey can be used in so many ways as part of your skincare routine and has almost magical properties when it comes to moisturising and nourishing your skin and nails. Always ensure that you use raw honey in any cosmetic preparations, as processed honey has been pasteurised and much of its natural goodness will have disappeared.

If your nails and cuticles could do with a little TLC, try mixing raw honey with coconut oil and apple cider vinegar in equal parts. The honey will moisturise and nourish the skin, the vinegar will soften any hard skin and the coconut oil will protect and condition your skin, leaving your nails and fingers revitalised and rejuvenated.

Honey also works brilliantly as a facial cleanser and is ideal for all skin types. Here is a recipe for a homemade honey face wash that is quick and easy to prepare:

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75ml raw honey
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp almond oil
10 drops lavender oil
10 drops lemon oil
6 drops geranium oil

Method

– Soften the honey, along with the water, in a saucepan over a very gentle heat.
– Add the essential oils and stir thoroughly to combine.
– Pour into pharmaceutical jars, or a soap dispenser, ready for use.

Always remember to shake this mixture well before use, as the honey tends to sink to the bottom.

If you have your own honey-based cosmetics recipes, why not share them with us via Facebook or Twitter? We would love to hear about them!

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Glass cosmetic jars for homemade face cream

Glass cosmetic jars for homemade face cream

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If you have dry or sensitive skin, you have probably lost count of the various creams and moisturisers you have used over the years and the money you have spent on them. It can be incredibly hard for people with this skin type to find products that work and that don’t make things even worse – even high-end moisturisers and face creams from leading brands can be too harsh for many people and it becomes a long struggle to find something that lives up to its promises. If you recognise this problem, why not have a go at making your own face cream to be 100 per cent in control of what you put on your face?

Filling your own glass cosmetic jars

Making your own face creams is much easier than you might think and you only need a few simple ingredients that can be found readily in most health food shops or chemists. Here is a simple recipe for a dry skin face cream:

Ingredients

120ml olive oil
120ml coconut oil
60ml beeswax pellets (cosmetic grade)
6-10 drops essential oil of your choice

Method

– Put the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax in a glass bowl or jug and place this in a saucepan of water. Heat the pan very gently, stirring the mixture until it has melted and is fully mixed together.
– Pour away the hot water and add cold water to the pan. Place the bowl back in the pan of water so that the water cools the mixture quickly.
– Add your chosen essential oil to give the cream a pleasant scent.
– Use an electric whisk to whip the mixture into a thick and creamy moisturiser.
– Spoon the mixture into clean cosmetic jars and seal.

As this mixture is so rich and creamy, you only need a very small amount at a time and you need to rub it in well.

Glass cosmetic jars for a professional look 

Jar of white body care cosmetic cream, herbal oil extract bottle, fresh calendula flowers.

Although you have decided to experiment with homemade cosmetics, you still want them to look just as good as shop-bought ones; therefore, choosing the right cosmetic jars is essential. We have an extensive range of cosmetic jars here at Wares to suit all kinds of homemade projects. For the face cream in today’s post, we would recommend either the 100ml Laurence frosted jar or the 250ml clear glass cosmetic jar. The clear jar is simple but stylish, whilst the Laurence jar offers a sophisticated look that will not be out of place alongside all your brand-name cosmetics.

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Cosmetic jar recipes

Cosmetic jar recipes 

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It is fair to say that awareness of the ingredients and additives in the food we buy has increased in recent years. Many of us try to cut down on the amount of processed food that finds its way into our shopping baskets, and we pay a lot more attention to the small print on the back of food packaging so that we are aware of all the additives, sweeteners and ‘flavour enhancers’ present in what we eat. This is a great thing to be doing, but sadly far fewer of us give the same level of attention to the cosmetics we use, although the list of ingredients in these can be just as concerning.

If contents such as dimethicone, magnesium nitrate, disodium EDTA and methylisothiazolinone sound a little too ‘chemical’ and alarming, perhaps it is time to turn to more natural ingredients and make your own cosmetics and bathroom products. In today’s article, we look at a couple of recipes for homemade cosmetics and showcase a few items from our range of cosmetic jars.

Recipes for cosmetic jars

Our eyes, and our eyesight, are so precious to us, yet we routinely apply commercial makeup to them with very little thought as to what is in this makeup. Why not have a go at making your own eye makeup instead, starting with a simple homemade eyeliner? Mix shea butter and coconut oil in equal parts and add half a teaspoon of activated charcoal for a rich, dark eyeliner with no artificial or chemical additives. A 15ml jar would be ideal for this project.

Another simple item to make at home is a coconut hair cream. If you have dull, dry hair, you can give it an amazing shine and all-round deep nourishing with this cream. Mix two parts coconut oil with one part olive oil, then add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Blend the mixture in an electric blender until it resembles whipped cream, decant into a jar and use regularly. After just a few applications, you will really start to see a difference!

Our range of cosmetic jars

We sell a wide range of cosmetic jars in both clear and amber glass. Our clear cosmetic jars are suitable for products where you need to see the colour of the contents; for example, makeup items such as blusher or eyeliner. The amber jars are more suitable for treatments such as foot scrubs, hand creams and lip salves. From tiny 15ml clear cosmetic jars up to large 500ml jars in both clear and amber glass, we have the perfect jar for every cosmetic preparation.

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Cosmetic Jars and their many uses

Cosmetic jars and their many uses

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to make more homemade items, have you considered replacing shop-bought cosmetics with homemade alternatives? In addition to potentially saving lots of money, you can create unique products tailored to your exact requirements, cutting your carbon footprint in the process by reducing the number of manufactured products you buy. Read on for some smart ideas on homemade cosmetics and the jars we stock that are perfect to put them in.

 Small cosmetic jars

 With winter weather coming at us from all angles, now is the time to protect our skin, lips and hands with balms and creams. Peppermint lip balm is easy to make, using beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and peppermint oil. Simply melt all the ingredients, then add the essential oil and pour immediately into our 5ml lip salve jar. Hey presto, you have made your own soothing lip balm in no time at all.

 It is a little more complicated to make your own foundation or blusher, as you will need to experiment to get the exact shade you require. With a little patience, however, you can come up with a homemade product that is every bit as good as a store-bought item and has far less chemical additives. Our 50ml Laurence frosted cosmetic jar would work perfectly here, as would any similarly-sized clear cosmetic jar.

 Large cosmetic jars

 When it comes to bath salts and body scrubs, larger jars are more suitable. Homemade bath salts can be very pretty and our 500ml clear cosmetic jar allows your creative endeavours to be admired. Mix coarse sea salt, Epsom salt and baking soda to form the bulk of the bath salts, then add essential oils to make your chosen fragrance and a drop of food colouring to make it look pretty. Check online for specific quantities and suggested ‘recipes’, or experiment to find the perfect blend.

 There are also plenty of ideas available online for homemade ointments. With ointments and creams to treat everything from eczema and dry skin to burns and stings, a little online research and some common sense will help you to create your own soothing balms and potions for quite a few minor medical treatments. Our amber glass jars might be more appropriate for homemade ointments and balms, as they instantly indicate that the contents are more medicine than makeup

Jar of white body care cosmetic cream, herbal oil extract bottle, fresh calendula flowers.

Discover our range of cosmetic jars!

If we have given you food for thought where homemade cosmetics and ointments are concerned, check out our range of jars today and give it a go.

 

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Reusing Cosmetic Jars

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Lovely cosmetic jars

Reusing your cosmetic jars

 We recently wrote about making homemade face creams and showcased our gorgeous range of cosmetics jars to use for this type of project. Making your own cosmetics is a great way to do something positive for the environment and you can even take things one step further by reusing your cosmetics jars once you have finished with them. You might want to make another batch of homemade face cream, of course, but here are some alternative uses.

 Creative ways to reuse your cosmetic jars

 The first thing to remember with used cosmetics jars is that they are containers! Think of the clutter in your house and you will soon find a use for that small glass cosmetic jar you have just emptied. Spray paint the outside and then use the jar to store earrings, hairgrips or even false nails! Alternatively, glue a small magnet to the lid and fix it to the fridge – hey presto, you have a tiny screw-on container. If you decorate the jar with a photo in the base, you will have a totally unique fridge magnet.

 One of our favourite craft ideas for these jars is to create a miniature sewing kit. How many times have you been caught out by a button coming off your coat or the hem on your skirt coming undone? With a handy little sewing kit in your bag, you could fix the problem no matter where you are! We promise – once you have tried this idea, you will never be without a little sewing kit for emergencies!

 If your desk looks a complete mess, why not reuse some of these jars to get yourself organised? Store paper clips, drawing pins and loose change in separate jars and add a 1lb jam jar as a pencil pot. Leave them plain for a vintage thrift look or decorate with pictures cut from magazines and glued onto the sides.

 

One final idea is to use these jars as tealight holders. Again, you can leave them plain or spray paint them in different colours for a rainbow effect.

 Cosmetic jars in all shapes and sizes

 Our cosmetic jar range includes jars in a variety of sizes and colours. From a simple clear glass cosmetic jar to a traditional smoked glass ointment jar, there is a jar to suit all requirements. Why not browse the range today to see whether you are tempted into the world of homemade cosmetics? Once you have used your jars, you might also be tempted to reuse them creatively with one or more of the ideas we have suggested.

 

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