Homemade Cosmetics

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Olive oil, beetroot and vodka are not unusual items for a shopping basket but, with the addition of beeswax, dried soapwort root and vegetable glycerine, they can be used to knock up some luscious homemade cosmetics free of the chemicals and overpriced packaging that usually accompany a beauty shopping spree.

What’s in those Shop Bought Cosmetic Jars?

While people routinely study food labels to make sure they know what they’re putting into their bodies, they are rarely so aware of what they put onto their skin. However from the one you can make a logical progression to the other. The cosmetics industry is starting to suffer from new scrutiny aimed at its ingredients and methods in the same way the food industry did some years ago and given that biochemistry research suggests human beings can absorb up to 2kg of chemicals via their skin every year, maybe it’s time to rethink our beauty needs. Women apparently use up to 12 different products on their skin on a daily basis, containing up to 175 different chemicals – isn’t it about time you knew what’s going into your body?

Some Ideas for Your Cosmetic Jars

Apart from the ingredients list, you’ll also need:

  • Cosmetic jars
  • A funnel
  • A bain-marie
  • A sieve

Beetroot cheek and lip tint

Add two dessertspoonfuls of vegetable glycerine to a bain-marie with some shredded beetroot and heat for about 15 minutes. Strain the mixture into a glass jar and allow to cool. Apply to lips and cheeks like any commercially bought stain.

Lavender Body Lotion

  • 200ml olive oil
  • 100ml coconut oil
  • ½ cup beeswax pastilles
  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil

Add the oils and beeswax to a bain-marie and heat until melted together, stirring regularly. Allow to cool and, once at room temperature, stir in the vitamin E oil and lavender.

Chocolate Face Mask

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons double cream
  • 2 teaspoons cottage cheese
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 3 teaspoons rolled oats

Mix all the ingredients together until well combined, smooth onto face and relax for 10 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly.

Cucumber Eye Gel

  • ½ small cucumber
  • 30g aloe vera gel

Puree the cucumber in a blender and strain into a cosmetic jars. Mix in the aloe vera gel and apply around the eye area using a cotton wool pad.

Store your homemade cosmetics in glass jars in the fridge to maintain freshness. Sterilise your cosmetic jars before filling with product. Ingredients and cosmetic jars are available online.

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