Commercial cosmetic products have received a fair amount of bad press lately for their chemical content. However, if you are concerned about what you’re putting into your body, the simplest solution is to make your own. Good quality, organic cosmetics and toiletries can be expensive but with a few natural ingredients and a set of containers for cosmetics you can both look good and feel smug about your green credentials. Homemade cosmetic supplies also make an original gift for health conscious types.
Homemade shampoo cosmetic supplies: the essential ingredient
Shampoo is one of the trickiest homemade toiletries to get right, but one simple ingredient can give the desirable shiny but not oily, tangle free finish while maintaining that satisfying foaming action in the shower: coconut milk.
- Quarter of a cup of organic coconut milk
- Third of a cup of liquid Castille soap (available in health shops)
- Half a teaspoon of vitamin E oil (empty it out of vitamin capsules if you can’t find a bottle)
- 20 drops of essential oils of your choice (peppermint, lavender and rosemary is an invigorating combination)
Add all the ingredients to a plastic press cap bottle and shake well to mix until thoroughly combined. If you have dry, frizzy hair add half a teaspoon of olive or almond oil. You will need about a teaspoon of the shampoo to cover shoulder length hair. The shampoo will keep for up to a month and will need to be shaken before each use.
Cosmetic supplies from the kitchen
Lots of the ingredients you will need to make your own toiletries and cosmetics can be found in your kitchen, so all you’ll need to buy is some pretty containers for cosmetics if you plan to present them as gifts. This lavender and camomile cleanser is a great example.
- 2 teaspoons clear honey
- 6 teaspoons plain yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon each of fresh lavender and camomile, finely chopped.
Carefully warm the honey until it is very liquid – it will need at most 20 seconds in a microwave or warm it like a baby’s bottle by standing it in a bowl of boiling water.
Mix the yoghurt and warm honey to a smooth and creamy consistency with the herbs. To use, apply to damp skin and massage in gently. Leave to work for a minute before rinsing with plenty of warm water. Pat skin dry and follow with your usual toner and moisturiser. Store in a jar in the fridge for up to a week.