Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DIY Beauty Secrets at Home

I like nothing better than taking ME TIME
Here are several beauty secrets to do at Home
First things you need to learn about 
5 Simple Ingredients for Homemade Beauty Products
I love it when I know exactly what's going into and onto my body. When I can name every ingredient in something, without resorting to phonetically sounding it out. When the stuff that goes on my lips (or in my mouth) is actually edible. When the oil that soaks into my skin comes from olives, rather than petroleum. When my cleanser smells nice because part of it was once real flowers. 

So now I make a lot of my own beauty products. And actually, it's so easy and really fast, too. Faster than running down to the pharmacy for another tube of whatever. Make a list, go get these things, and try some recipes out!

Here are 5 fantastic and cheap ingredients to get you started: 

Organic coconut oil (mine was@ $8)
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has antimicrobial properties (and which babies get a good dose of in mum's milk). It's a good saturated fat, but got a bad reputation from the hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated varieties found in processed foods. So stick to the extra virgin or minimally refined versions. 

*cook with it - it doesn't break down at high temperatures, it lasts ages, and it's creamy at cool temperatures
*use it for creams like deodorant or chest rub
*use it for cleansers and make up removers
*use it as a conditioner for hair or a moisturizer for skin

Um, just looking at all these cross links and you can see how much I love coconut oil! I actually have two varieties - the extra virgin (which is less processed and much more coco-nutty smelling) and the refined (which is more subtle, when you don't want a strong scent).


Organic extra virgin olive oil (mine was @ $7)
Olive oil is rich in vitamin E and is known as a heart-healthy fat.

*cook with it
*use it in cleansers and make up removers
*use as a natural furniture polish
*use as a moisturizer for skin or lips or hair

NOTE: store out of direct light if possible

I love when I rub olive oil into something I'm cooking - my hands get soooo soft!! We also used olive oil to get rid of Nelle's cradle cap when she was a baby - just rub some onto the scalp and then use a comb to remove the flaky bits. (Sorry that sounded so disgusting!)


Organic lavender essential oil (mine was @ $10, but you only use a few drops at a time!)
Lavender can provide relief from insomnia, headaches, and also has antihistamine properties.

*put a few drops in your bath for extra relaxation
*add a few drops to your laundry rinse cycle to make your clothes or linens smell amazing
*add a few drops to homemade moisturizers or cleansers
*add a few drops to 8 oz apricot kernel oil for a relaxing massage oil

NOTE: store essential oils out of the reach of children and out of direct light if possible

I love the smell of lavender. Though it was one of those smells that repulsed me during pregnancy (along with coffee! what a nightmare that was!) so it took me awhile to get back into it ...


Good raw honey (mine was @ $7)
Raw honey hasn't been heated to high temperatures, so it retains all its natural goodness. Honey has antiseptic and anti fungal properties, and is soothing on the throat. A truly natural sugar.

*cook with it (or just use it raw!)
*use for mild cuts or burns or fungal infections
*makes a good face mask
*helps soothe sore or dry throats - try 1 Tbs lemon juice + 1 Tbs honey + 1 cup hot water

NOTE: don't give honey to babies less than 12 months old, or as your doctor recommends

One for the cake, one for me ... one for the cake, one for me ... 


Tea tree oil (mine was @ $6, but like any essential oil it'll last you ages)
Another great antiseptic and anti fungal essential oil. This one comes from an Australian native tree, and has quite a potent smell. So use in moderation! 

*add a few drops to your hot wash cycle as an extra disinfectant for towels and linens
*helps the skin recover from shaving or you can apply a drop or two directly to mild cuts or abrasions
*use in conjunction with white vinegar to clean the house - try 1 c vinegar + few drops oil + a bucket of hot water to mop tiled floors or without the water to clean the toilet
*is a natural insect repellent

NOTE: store essential oils out of the reach of children and out of direct light if possible

You know that pine-y smell that those (toxic) cleaners have? Tea tree is the new pine, baby.


I hope this has given you just a little inspiration to try making some homemade beauty products! How about a spa day for you and some friends? Where you make your own creams and cleansers together. Have champagne and chocolates. And laugh, a lot.

Treat yourself this weekend!

The Aspirin Mask via Breaking Down Beauty
"Works wonders on your face. Salicylic acid helps clean out pores and battle acne. All you need is water;     3 aspirin tablets. You can also add honey if you want a binding agent."

My Favorite 2 Ingredient Homemade Lemon Facial Scrub via New Nostalgia
"Lightens sun damaged areas, exfoliates, helps with blackheads and breakouts. Leaves skin super smooth and soft."

"Try this exfoliate for super soft skin."

Black-head Remover
"Use half lemon from the fridge (doesn’t matter if some juice is already squeezed from it) and put 3-4 drops of honey on it. Rub the lemon on your face, emphasizing trouble areas. Leave the lemon and honey mixture on your face for 5 minutes and then wash it with cold water. You will be able to see the results immediately. Additionally, lemon juice will also fade other marks/spots on the face and honey will moisturize."

Apple cider vinegar is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, plus it helps balance the pH of your skin (which is actually supposed to be slightly acidic). I use this after I wash my face with honey. The smell is a bit potent at first, but don’t be dismayed!  The smell quickly dissipates. You can add different ingredients like brewed green tea or herbs to mask the smell, but it doesn’t really bother me. As easy as it is to make (which you’ll see below)

Step number one – acquire some apple cider vinegar. You want the good stuff. Trust me. Don’t skimp on whatever is cheapest at the store. You want raw, organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar that is still full of enzymes, minerals, nutrients, and beneficial strains of bacteria (called the ‘mother’).

Step number two – add your ACV to a small glass container mixed with filtered water. Start with a 1:1 ratio (50% ACV, 50% water), but you might find you need to dilute the mixture more based on the sensitivity of your skin.

Step number three – take a cotton pad or the corner of a washcloth and dip it into the solution. Spread evenly all over your face after washing it.

Don’t rinse it off, but just let it air dry, then finish with a light layer of coconut oil as moisturizer.

This toner is incredible for balancing your skin tone, getting rid of acne and pimples, and giving you that ‘glow’ – naturally! And did I mention how cheap this is?!

Lavender Facial Toner via New Nostalgia
"Most commercial toners have alcohol and chemicals in them and are too harsh."



2 to 3 tsp. Dried basil leaves
1 C. Boiling water

Steep basil leaves in water for 10 to 20 minutes. 
Cool and apply to face 
With a white cotton ball.


2 tsp. Plain yogurt
1/2 tsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Lemon juice
3 capsules vitamin E
(equivalent of 300 units)

Combine yogurt, honey and lemon juice. Open the vitamin E capsules and fold 
Contents into the mix. Leave on skin for 15 minutes.

All Butter Lotion Bars

2 oz. Cocoa butter
2 oz. Beeswax
2 oz. Shea butter

All Facial Mask For Dry Skin

The avocado in this mask provides extra richness, vitamins and moisture. 
This recipe yields one thick application to face and neck area. If you wish to 
Use less, give your hands a treat by applying the leftovers to your hands and 
Covering with plastic bags while you rest. This mask should be used 
Immediately and leftovers should be discarded quickly.

1 egg yolk
1 small avocado
1/2 banana
2 teaspoons carrot juice
2-3 teaspoons white clay
1 drop rose essential oil 

Mash avocado and banana with the back of a fork until they forma thick, 
Creamy mixture. Stir in egg yolk to combine. Add carrot juice and mix will. Add 1 
Teaspoon of clay and mix well. If mixture is a bit runny, add more clay. 
Stir the mixture until a smooth paste forms. Add the essential oil last and stir 
To incorporate. To use, apply a layer to clean face and neck avoiding eyes. 
Rest for about 10 minutes (longer if you'd like). Rinse well with warm water 
And follow with toner and moisturizer. The shelf life of this product is 
Limited by the fresh ingredients. It should be used immediately after it is made.


1 T. Almond oil
1 C. Butter

Mix well. Before bed, massage mixture into hands, then cover with white 
Cotton gloves. Wear all night while sleeping.

Almond Cleanser

Grind almonds to a fine powder in a blender. Wet face then rub on almond 
Powder. Rinse. Store powder in a tightly sealed container.
Apple Mask

1 Apple, cored, quartered
2 TBSP. Honey
1/2 tsp. Sage 


2 T. Crushed almonds
1 T. Honey

Mix. Leave on face for 5 minutes. Rub in well, then rinse.


(for very dry skin)
1/4 C. Almonds
1/8 tsp. Mayonnaise

Grind almonds in blender until they form a meal. Whirl in mayonnaise. 
Vinegar-Rinse your skin. Rub in Scrub gently and thoroughly. Leave on skin for 
About 10 minutes. Rinse off and follow with Vinegar Rinse.

Almond Orange Body Lotion

1/8 tsp. Borax powder
1/2 c. Almond oil
1 tsp. Coconut oil
1 tsp. Grated beeswax
2 tbsp honey.
3-4 drops essential orange oil

Make as for Mint Body Lotion

Almond Oil Wrinkle Cream

1 tbs. Of an infusion of comfrey leaves... OR...
1 tbs. Of a decoction of comfrey roots (see below)
1 tbs. Lanolin
2 tsp. Sweet almond oil
2 tsp. Water
2 tsp. Cod liver oil

Melt lanolin and almond oil in a double boiler. Add water and allow to cool. 
Mix in cod liver oil and comfrey. Apply gently to face and rinse off after 5 
To 10 minutes. This is a rich moisturizer that boosts the
Water-holding capacity of your skin and helps plump out wrinkled areas. 

Almond Rosewater Body Lotion

1/4 cup rosewater (can be purchased at some health food stores or 
Pharmacies, also carried at most middle-eastern or Indian specialty groceries or 
Specialty cooking stores such as Williams-Sonoma... OR... You can try your hand at 
Making your own rosewater, see recipe below)

1/4 cup glycerin
2 tbs. Witch hazel
1 tbs. Almond oil

Mix together rosewater and glycerin. Add witch hazel and almond oil. Stir 
Completely to dissolve. Pour into a pretty bottle.

Recipe for rosewater: To prepare rosewater, first gather fresh rose 
Blossoms; do this during the morning, after the dew has evaporated. Place the petals 
In a glass, stainless steel, or enamel saucepan and cover them
With distilled water. Weigh the floating petals down with a heat-resistant 
Glass dish. Place the pan over low heat and allow the pot to release steam for 
At least an hour. You should begin to see drops of rose oil floating on the 
surface of the water. Do not allow the water to boil. When the water has 
taken on a rosy hue, feels thick and soft, and shows evidence of rose oil on its 
surface, strain the liquid through a tea strainer, using your fingers to 
press all the liquid from the petals. Store in refrigerator. Rosewater may be 
used as a skin toner; just apply to the face with a cotton ball. Important 
Notes: NEVER use rose petals that have been sprayed with any kind of pesticide for 
making rosewater!! Consider using only enough distilled water to cover the 
rose petals. Otherwise, the solution becomes more dilute. Please remember to 
use only the petals, not the sepals, stamens, or green foliated bracket 
holding the petals in their grouping.

Aloe Soap Balls

4 ounces grated Castile Soap 
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel 
1 1/2 tablespoons rosewater 
30 drops evening primrose oil 
6 drops tangerine essential oil 
4 drops juniper essential oil 

Mix grated soap with evening primrose oil, aloe and rosewater. Cover and let 
sit overnight. Put in a food processor and mix well while adding essential 
oils. Wet your hands and form the mixture into balls. Place on wax paper to 

Amaze Body Mist

2 cups distilled water
3 tbs. vodka
5 drops hypericum perforatum essential oil
10 drops cypress essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together in a spray bottle and shake well. Allow to 
settle for at least 12 hours. Store in a cool dry place.

Angel Cream

For the little ones learning to say prayers, I thought this was too cute

Add some glittery eye shadow all crunched up to a small amount of hand 
cream. Add to a small jar and decorate. Add poem. Rub a small amount on the back 
of a child's hand before going to bed to attract angels to watch over them in 
the night.

Night is here, and its time to go to bed. 
But, before you lay down your sleepy head, 
On the back of your hand rub some angel cream 
So angels will watch over you as you dream

Anti Toxin Scrub

Mash 1/2 punnet of Strawberries
Add 4 Tbsp rice flour

Mix ingredients together. Apply to face, very lightly scrubbing in circular 
movements. Don't leave on face for longer than 5-10 minutes. Moisturize with 
natural plant oil. Rinse well. Store in fridge.

Apple Cucumber Facial Mask

1/2 cucumber, peeled
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon apple mint leaves
1 drop lime essential oil 

Combine all 5 ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Add 
the essential oil last and mix well. Refrigerate the mixture for 10 minutes. 
Apply a layer to your clean face and neck area and leave it on for 20 
minutes. Rinse well with warm water. Apple Cucumber Facial Mask is best when used 
immediately as the ingredients are perishable. The leftovers can be 
refrigerated in the coldest section of the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days but should be 
discarded after that

Apple Hair Rinse

1 large apple, peeled and cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cups water

Mix together all ingredients in a blender or food processor set on "High. 
Pour the mixture through a strainer into a clean container, discarding all 
solids. To use: Pour over your hair after shampooing as a final rinse. Massage 
through your hair and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Yield: 16 ounces, 
enough for one rinse


AVOCADO-BANANA MASQUE (for dry or sensitive skin)

1/4 mashed ripe avocado
1/2 mashed ripe banana
2 T. plain yogurt (not low-fat)
1 tsp. wheat germ oil

Mix all ingredients. Apply mixture to face and leave on 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.

Honey Moisturizer Mask (For Dry Skin)

Mash up 2 tablespoons avocado, mix with 2 tablespoons honey and 1 egg yolk. Apply to face, leaving on about 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Finish with a rinse of the vinegar pH balancer.

Avocado Honey Mask #2 (For Dry Skin)

Peel one ripe avocado, mash the meat into a creamy texture. Heat over a double boiler until just warm, Incorporate 1 Tbsp of honey. Massage into the face and neck. Finish with a rinse of rosewater, witch hazel or vinegar pH balancer.


1 mashed avocado
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 C. plain yogurt
Petroleum jelly

Mix together the avocado, lemon juice and yogurt. Slather over hands; leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off. This will gently slough off dull skin and will gradually fade age spots, also. After rinsing, lavish on petroleum jelly or super-rich hand cream and then wear white cotton gloves for one hour or overnight for maximum hydrating.  Note: do not use this slougher more than twice a week as it can be irritating. Also, do not apply it to cuts or sores as it may sting

Baby Oil

Chamomile herb
Light oil (olive is great) 
Make an oil infusion by covering the chamomile with oil. Let sit in a window for a couple of weeks. Strain and use. It smells like apples and is very soothing. (You can also simmer over low heat for about
30 min- 1 hour instead of the window sill)!.

Baby Lotion

1 1/2 c. aloe vera gel
1 1/2 tsp. lanolin
1 1/2 tsp. Vitamin E oil
1/3 c. virgin coconut oil
1 oz. pure beeswax (white),filtered
3/4 c. camelina oil
1 1/2 tsp. essential oil (optional) 2 tbsp. lavender powder 
1 1/2 tsp. chamomile powder 

In a blender, mix aloe gel, lanolin, and vitamin E oil. Using a glass container, melt coconut oil and beeswax until fully melted. Gently stir in camelina oil. Slowly pour oils into blender on low. At this point oils will thicken and turn white. Stop blender and add essential oil, if used. Blend gently in short bursts. Do NOT over blend. Add lavender and chamomile powders, blend gently until incorporated. While mixture is still warm, pour into containers. This mixture will thicken quickly as it cools. This lotion doesn't leave oily feeling to skin and absorbs well. Great as a massage lotion for baby. Makes approximately 2 1/2 cups. 

Baby Towelettes 

2 tbsp. baby oil 

2 tbsp. baby bath 

2 cups of water 

Mix together and put paper towels in, my aunt gave them to me with the roll cut in half and the tube out in a round container, but I put them in an old "huggies" container (I pull about half of  them off the roll, give or take a few, cut them in half, and them fold them to fit my container) when I give them I get a tupper ware bowl rectangle if possible , if not I use a round one, and then tell them how to do it for the rectangle container.

Baggy Eye Treatment

1/4 Potato 
Slice the potato to fir over your eyes. Spritz eye area with water. Lying down place potato slices on your eyelids and leave in place for at least 10 minutes for best results. Potato slices will help tighten baggy, puffy eyes!

Balance Mask - helps combat acne, rosacea, and premature wrinkles 

1 heaped tsp of graham or garbanzo flour 

1 tsp whipping cream 

2 tsp water 

pinch of salt

Mix together and apply to face, leave on 10 15 mins. Rinse off

Balancing Bath Salts

Sea Salt--3 tbsp
Baking Soda--3 tbsp
Essential Oils--8 drops
Jar--4 oz

Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Palma Rosa, Rose, and Rosewood.  Add sea salt, baking soda and oils to jar. Gently shake to mix, mix well.  Add to tub of running water.

Balancing Epson Salt Bath

Epson Salt--2 tbsp
Sea Salt--1 tbsp
Baking Soda--3 tbsp
Essential Oils--8 drops
Jar--4 oz

Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Bergamot, Frankincense,
Geranium, Lavender, Palma Rosa, Rose, and Rosewood.
Add sea salt, baking soda, Epson salts and oils to jar. Gently shake to mix,
mix well. Add to tub of running water.

 Balancing Fizzy Bath Salts

Sea Salt--3 tbsp
Baking Soda--3 tbsp
Citric Acid--1 tbsp
Essential Oils--8 drops
Jar--4 oz

Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Bergamot, Frankincense,
Geranium, Lavender, Palma Rosa, Rose, and Rosewood.
Add sea salt, baking soda, citric acid and oils to jar. Gently shake to mix,
mix well. Add to tub of running water.

Balancing Red Earth Salts

Sea Salt--2 tbsp
Baking Soda--3 tbsp
Powdered Red Earth Clay--1 tbsp
Essential Oils--8 drops
Jar--4 oz

Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Bergamot, Frankincense,
Geranium, Lavender, Palma Rosa, Rose, and Rosewood.
Add sea salt, baking soda, powdered red earth clay and oils to jar. Gently
shake to mix, mix well. Add to tub of running water.

  Balancing Seaweed Salts

Sea Salt--2 tbsp
Baking Soda--3 tbsp
Powdered Kelp--1 tbsp
Essential Oils--8 drops
Jar--4 oz

Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Palma Rosa, Rose, and Rosewood. Add sea salt, baking soda, powdered kelp and oils to jar. Gently shake to mix, mix well. Add to tub of running water.

Banana Facial

Take one banana, one cup of oatmeal, and just enough milk to create a paste. Apply to face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. This is great for dry skin and is also a good exfoliater.

Banana Hair Mask

1 banana
2-3 dollops of mayonnaise
1tbls. Olive oil 
Put banana in blender and puree until completely smooth. (You don't want clumps of banana in your hair.) Then add mayo and oil and blend until smooth and creamy. Apply to hair. Let sit for 15-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and shampoo as usual

Banana Mask

Mash a banana and spread on face for a soothing, cleansing and moisturizing face mask. Rinse clean with warm water finished with a rinse of the vinegar pH balancer.

Banana Supreme Facial

2 medium bananas
honey (optional)

Mash bananas with a fork do not over mash or it will be runny. Add honey, if desired. Smooth over skin, let sit 10 minutes rinse off with cool water.

Basic Bubble Bath

 5 drops fragrant oil or essential oil (your
1 quart water
1 bar castile soap (grated or flaked)
1 1/2 ounces glycerin
Mix all ingredients together. Store in a container. Pour in running water.

Basic Hand Sanitizer 

Makes 4 oz. 

1/4 cup aloe vera gel 
1/4 cup Everclear grain alcohol (100 proof vodka will also work) 
10 drops fragrance oil - optional 
1 drop food coloring - optional 

Combine ingredients and stir. Store in a spray pump bottle. Will last indefinitely. 

Basic Lip Gloss
1/4 cup beeswax
1/4 cup castor oil
2 tbsp sesame oil
Beet juice
Melt beeswax in top of double boiler. Remove from heat and add oils. Add as much beet juice as desired for color. Store in jar. Transfer a small portion to a purse sized container for use when away from home. Any favorite essential oil may be added from fragrance.

Basic Shaving Cream 

1/4 cup stearic acid powder 
1 cup hot water 
1 tsp borax 
2 Tbs grated soap 

In a double boiler on the stove, melt the stearic acid powder until it's a clear liquid. Mix together the rest of the ingredients and stir until the borax and soap are completely dissolved. Pour the soap solution into a blender, and blend on low speed for about a minute. Slowly pour the melted stearic acid into the soap solution. Blend on high speed until a smooth cream has formed.  Pour into a clean, open container and allow to cool completely. When cool, stir the cream and pour into a clean container with a lid.  To use, soften beard with warm water, and then smooth the shaving clean over face. Use a sharp, clean razor. Yield: 8 ounces.  This cream may separate if it remains unused. Just give it a good stir before using and it should be fine. 

Basic Skin Toner

Mix 1 cup witch hazel, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 tsp. mint
extract. If you want, drop in some fresh peppermint leaves. Dab on your face with
a cotton ball to hydrate skin and remove excess dirt from pores.
Cucumber A cooling, gentle astringent. Use the juice or mashed pulp.

Basic Toothpaste

1 Tsp of the Old Fashioned Tooth Powder
1/4 Tsp Hydrogen peroxide

Mix into a paste and brush as usual

Basil and Lime Bath Salts

You will need:
5 cups of Sea Salt (or Epsom salt, or a combination of both)
1 Tsp. of Baking Powder
2 Tsp. of Almond Oil
5 drops Lime Scented Oil
4 drops Basil Oil
1 drop green coloring
1 drop yellow coloring

All you have to do is mix the salt and the baking powder in a bowl. In a another smaller bowl mix together all liquids and add to salts, stirring well. You should let them sit so they can soak up the scent and the coloring all of the way through. After they have sat for about two hours take them and place  them in jars with cork stoppers. To create a good seal dip the cork in melted wax (green to match salts) and put cork into bottle.
Drop the apple slices into a food processor and chop. Add honey and sage and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Pat the mixture onto your face with a light tapping motion until the honey feels tacky.  Leave it on for 30 minutes rinse off with cool water.

Apple Honey Mask

A mask of grated apple mixed with a little honey is an excellent
remedy for pimples.

Apple- pear nighttime wrinkle lotion

1 tsp apple juice
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp lime juice
2 Tbsp buttermilk
1TBSP rosemary leaves
3 seedless grapes
1/4 pear
2 egg whites

Blend all ingredients on medium speed for 30 seconds  Using a cotton ball, dab mixture on areas around the eyes and wherever wrinkles have developed. Let dry, then rinse with warm water. Use no more than 3 times a week. Follow with a moisturizer. Cover and refrigerate immediately, discard after 4 days.

Apple-Sour Cream Toner Mask 

1 large apple, peeled 
2 tbsp. sour cream 

Remove core and seeds from apple and puree. Mix thoroughly with sour cream and smooth on gently. After 20-30 minutes, remove with lukewarm water and follow with a splash of cool water or a brisk skin tonic

Apple Tart Soap

4oz. Clear, Unscented Glycerin Soap
1 Tablespoon Liquid Soap
1 teaspoon Liquid Glycerin
1/2 teaspoon Apple Fragrance Oil
2 Drops Red Food Color
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Melt soap in small pan over low heat or in a glass cup in the microwave.
Add Liquid Soap and glycerin and stir gently but well. Add fragrance, color
and cinnamon. Stir and let stand a couple minutes, just enough to start to
thicken so when you stir again the cinnamon will be more evenly distributed.
Pour into molds. Allow to set completely (in or out of freezer).

Wrap in plastic wrap or use cellophane candy bags.
Apple Yogurt Cleanser (for all skin types)

1/4 medium-size apple, peeled & cored 

4 T plain yogurt (preferably whole-milk based) 

1 t honey 

1 t olive oil (extra-virgin) 

1 t lemon juice 

Combine all ingredients in blender for 30-45 seconds. Massage 1-2 T gently into dry skin in circular motion; avoid eye area. Rinse with warm water thoroughly. Store unused portion in tightly sealed container for up to 4 days in refrigerator

Apple Zinger Facial Mask (For Oily or Acne Prone Skin)

1 medium size apple, grated fine
5 tbs. honey

Mix the grated apple and honey well. Smooth over skin and let sit for 10
minutes. Rinse off with cool water.

App-loe Face  Neck Ge-lee 

Yield: Approx. 2 applications 

4 teaspoons hot distilled water

1 teaspoon freshly juiced apple juice

1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin

1 heaping teaspoon powdered pectin 

Add the glycerin to the water/juice/gel combination and stir to fully incorporate. Add the pectin while the liquid remains quite warm (if it cools, place it in the microwave or a double boiler to raise the temperature) and use a hand held electric mixer to blend, or stir vigorously to dissolve the pectin. Once the pectin has fully dissolved, a light gel will begin to form. This may take from 15 minutes to 1/2 hour. Once the gel sets,
App-loe Face Neck Ge-lee is ready to use. Apply the gel in a layer to your clean, damp face and neck. Rest for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and follow with a light moisturizer if desired. Leftover product can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy!! The shelf life of this product is necessarily limited by the fresh apple juice. It should be used within a few days after it is made.

Apricot Butter Cleansing Cream (For Dry Skin)
10 oz apricot kernel oil
2 oz cocoa butter
2 oz beeswax

Heat all in top of double boiler until wax and butter are melted. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth and cooled. Transfer to jars, cap and refrigerate.

Apricot Freesia Tarts

1 lb White Glycerin Soap Base
12 Drops Cosmic Color Canary Yellow
11 Drops Cosmic Color Red
1 t. Apricot Freesia FO

Ingredients For "Whipped Cream" Topping:

4 oz White Glycerin Soap Base
¼ t. Apricot Freesia FO
A "Shake" of Super Sparkle Gold Sparkle DustTM

Melt soap base for tart in a double boiler. Once melted, add color and fragrance.  Pour into a muffin tin and allow to harden.  Remove from tin. Melt soap base for topping and add a shake of Sparkle Dust.  With an electric mixer, mix until thick and bubbly.  Spray tarts with rubbing alcohol and spoon the topping onto the tarts while allowing some to run over tarts.  Top with a dash of Sparkle Dust if desired.

APRICOT MASK (for dry skin)
2 apricots
2 T. plain yogurt

Purée in a blender. Apply to face, avoiding eye area, and leave on for 10 to 20 minutes.

Apricot Mask 2

Mash the fresh fruit for a good face mask. Variation: Add apricots to a little warm olive oil to form a spreadable paste. Good for dry skin.

Apricot-Orange Lip Gloss
1 tsp beeswax
1 tsp apricot kernel oil
1 tsp calendula oil
3-4 drops of essential oil of orange
Beet juice

Melt beeswax in top of double boiler. Add apricot kernel and calendula oils, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add beet juice if desired, for color. When partially cooled, add oil of orange. Store in jar. Transfer a small portion to a purse sized container for use when away from home.

Artichoke Facial:

1 fresh artichoke heart well cooked or canned hearts in water, not oil
2 tsp. light oil (avocado, olive, or canola)
1 tsp. vinegar or fresh lemon juice

In a ceramic bowl mash artichoke heats and mix with oil and vinegar. Stir well until smooth paste. Massage on face and neck. Let sit 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.

Aspen Dreams Bath Salts

This scent is very woody, and is suited for soothing your muscles and relaxing in the tub. It is very masculine in scent, I think. I enjoy this after a long day at work; it makes me feel comfortable and content. Women love it as well as men do.

The ingredients are:
2 cups of Epsom salts (or a mixture Epsom/sea)
2 tablespoons of baking soda
essential oils:
5 drops of rosewood
2 drops cedar wood
2 drops Chamomile
a nice jar with a tight fitting lid

To make the salts:
Mix the salts and baking soda in a bowl very well.  Mix oils in a small cup. Take them and pour them evenly over the salt.  Mix the two very well. Let it sit for over an hour before placing in a jar and sealing.
If you are going to color these, use yellow and red to make a light brown.

2 to 4 T. vinegar
1 pt. Water
1 pt Listerine mouthwash
Soak your feet in this solution for 20 minutes, three times a day. Vinegar discourages fungal growth by increasing the surface acidity of the skin.  After soaking feet, apply undiluted tea tree oil, which has powerful anti-fungal properties. Apply it to the affected area two to three times a day. The best way to prevent athlete's foot is to keep your feet clean and dry. Choose cotton socks over synthetic blends.


20 to 30 garlic cloves, minced
2 to 4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 to 4 tsp. powdered cloves
5 oz. 100-proof vodka

Add garlic, cinnamon, and cloves to vodka in a dark-colored glass jar or bottle with lid. Seal tightly.  Store out of direct sunlight for two weeks, shaking to mix every few days. The tincture will be ready to use in 14 days. To treat athlete's foot, use cotton balls or a cloth to apply the tincture to the entire sole of the foot as well as between all the toes. Apply twice a day, morning and night. Let dry, and then dust the entire foot with cornstarch. If a rash or any unusual irritation develops, discontinue using Athlete's Foot Treatment. 

If, after having used this treatment for two weeks and athlete's foot symptoms continue, consult your physician.



5 drops almond oil
3 ripe avocado slices

Blend almond oil into avocado. Dab around eyes and leave on for 5 minutes.  Rinse.

AVOCADO MASK (conditions and prevents dryness)

1/2 ripe avocado
1 egg white

Mash avocado into a thick paste. Add egg white. Apply to face; leave on 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

AVOCADO MASQUE (for dry skin)

1/2 ripe avocado
1 tsp. vegetable oil

Mash avocado into a paste and add vegetable oil. Apply to clean skin. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Whiten Stained Nails via Shape

"How to get white nails after so much nail polish -- make a paste using 1 tbsp peroxide and 2 1/4 tbsp baking soda. Let this paste sit on your nails for 5 minutes and voila! White nails! REMEMBER THIS AFTER USING Dark NAIL POLISH!"

5 Ways to Improve Hair Naturally

Now that I’ve been pregnant several times (9) and had the wonderful thick hair that accompanies pregnancy and seen it thin again after pregnancy, I started searching for and testing ways to naturally promote hair growth.

Of course, some of the post-pregnancy shed is entirely hormonal and somewhat inevitable, but I’ve found some tips that seem to help promote hair growth and strength. I also wonder if these tips help baby’s hair growth in utero, as my kids have all come with a LOT of hair

It is also important to remember that the condition of the hair and skin can be a good indication of the state of the body on the inside, so it is important address the body as a whole to improve hair and skin for the long term.

Either way, these natural tips are also good for the body in other ways, so there isn’t much to lose. Have you ever done anything to help improve hair growth? 

1. Consume Enough Protein

Protein is essential for hair growth, so consuming enough protein can make sure that the body has the necessary building blocks for hair. Complete sources of protein like meats and fish are the most beneficial for hair growth and many meats also contain iron, which is another essential aspect of proper hair growth.

Foods like meats, fish, eggs, and especially bone broths (see below) are excellent for hair growth. These foods also contain necessary fats that help promote healthy hormones (see below) and healthy hair!

2. Get The Vitamins!

Some vitamins help promote hair growth- most notably: Vitamin C and Biotin. The body needs Vitamin C to produce collagen, which is necessary for healthy hair and skin. Vitamin C also helps with iron absorption, which promotes hair growth (plus it is an immune booster!). Since the body can’t manufacture Vitamin C, it is one vitamin that must be obtained from food or supplements. Foods like citrus, broccoli and spinach all contain Vitamin C.

Biotin (and other b-vitamins) can also promote faster and stronger hair growth, and it is also good for the skin. Biotin is a water soluble B-Vitamin that is also used in proper digestion of fats and sugars. Eggs, nuts, berries, fish and some vegetables all provide Biotin, though in small amounts, so sometimes a supplement can be helpful.

3. Up the Gelatin

I’ve posted before about the many benefits of Gelatin, including its support of healthy hair, skin and nails. Gelatin is one thing I make sure to consume daily in some form, either in bone broth or gelatin powder (or both). From a previous post:

“Gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts as they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals and as a population, we don’t consume these parts as much anymore. These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation!

Glycine, which makes up about 1/3 of the amino acids in gelatin powder is anti-inflammatory and evidence is finding that it can help speed wound healing. Glycine in gelatin can also help improve sleep ease and quality.”

Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate Gelatin.

4. Balance the Hormones

“When it comes to health, hormones and gut bacteria have a much bigger effect than many people realize. In fact, these two factors can destroy health even if everything else (diet, supplements, etc) is optimized. Conversely, fixing hormones and gut bacteria can do a lot to boost health, even if not all the other factors are optimal. In fact, there are even studies about using certain hormone reactions to heal brain trauma.”

Hormones are often a major cause of hair loss or poor hair growth and unfortunately, there can be many causes of hormone imbalance. This is also the reason for hair loss after pregnancy. Of course, some steps can be taken to improve hair while working to balance hormones, and these are my top tips for balancing hormones naturally.

Stress and lack of sleep are two major contributors to hormone imbalance and here are some suggestions for optimizing those.

5. External Hair Treatments

Though the major causes of poor hair quality and growth are internal, external treatments can help improve existing hair and prevent breakage. From a previous post:

“I got this tip from Pinterest and have been amazed at what an intensive conditioning and strengthening treatment it is! To make, stir 1 tablespoon of Gelatin powder in to 1/2 cup of cool water until mixed. Add 1/2 cup warm/hot water, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey to create a thick gel/liquid. Pour into hair and massage through hair and scalp. Leave on for at least 5 minutes and rinse with hot water. Shampoo as normal.”

Another great hair treatment is to mix melted coconut oil and honey and massage through hair. Leave on for at least 20 minutes and then wash normally. My favorite ratio is 4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of honey.
Best Moisturizing Hair Treatment-- Coconut Oil! via New Nostalgia
"20 minute pre-shampoo treatment REALLY helps dry or brittle hair."

All- Natural Facial Masks

Three Choices 
Depending on your skin type, here are some great masks to try. For oily
skin use some plain Milk of Magnesia, rub it on and let dry, then rinse
with lukewarm water. It absorbs oil wonderfully! 

For Normal/combination skin mix one egg and 1/2 cup cooked instant
oatmeal and a teaspoon olive oil until smooth. Spread on your face and
leave 15 min then rinse. 

For dry skin, and my favorite, mix one egg yolk, one teaspoon honey and
a teaspoon olive oil and some vitamin E oil if you have it. Smooth on
and leave on for 15 min. , rinse in lukewarm water and pat dry. If your
skin is a bit dry you can put a dab or two of either olive oil, or any
other light oil, or plain crisco if you want something heavier, on your
moist skin after washing or a mask and your face is set without the $$
some people spend for the same look. 

Instead of Soap 
This is for the lady who wanted a homemade facial mask. First, clean
your face with water only... NEVER SOAP! You can open your pores with
hot compresses (washcloth). For a facial scrub, moisten oatmeal to a
"goo", use it to scrub your face (not around your eyes). Wash off with
cool water. You may also make a paste of the oatmeal and allow it to
dry. Remove with cool water. 

You may also beat an egg white, put it on your face and let it dry,
rinse with cool water. Sliced fresh cucumber placed on your closed eyes
will reduce bagginess and dark circles.

To make your hair shine, rub in some regular mayonnaise, shampoo out
after 15 minutes. 

The best facial mask that i have found is Honey. Use warm cloth to open
pores, smear on honey, leave on 15 to 30 minutes, rinse off with warm
water, then use cold water to close pores. Use for 3 days in a row and
then once a week sometimes I mix a little ground oatmeal with the
honey... great mask...

Feels Good 
One my daughter and I had fun with and found to have a cleansing and
softening effect was to mix regular clean kitty litter, the clay kind,
with water and strain out the grit. It really felt good. 
-- Carol 

Exfoliating Mask 
For an easy exfoliating mask take three tablespoons olive oil or any
good oil and one tablespoon kosher salt mix together and gently rub into
dry skin do not use around eye area work really good on elbows and feet
but can be used on cheeks and forehead.
-- Donna R. 

Egg Whites 
I use egg whites. Just beat one egg white until it is frothy. Spread it
all over your face. Wait until it dries . Rinse it off. My face feels
very clean and "tight" after this application. And then I use the yolk
for cooking.

Egg Yolk 
The best homemade facial mask that I have used is a raw egg yolk. just
apply the raw yolk to your face and neck for 30 minutes and rinse with
cool water. Egg yolks are high in vitamin A. The mask is very effective
in healing blemishes. 

Your Skin Type 
for trouble-prone skin: mix oatmeal with water to form a paste for
normal to oily skin: use an egg white.
for dry skin: use an egg yolk 
In all cases, spread mixture on face; allow to dry. Rinse thoroughly
with cool water. 
For oily skin, witch hazel makes an inexpensive toner. 
For dry skin, you may want to add moisturizer while skin is still damp. 

The cheapest and best facial mask I have ever come up with is oatmeal
processed to a powder in the blender and either skim milk or if you are
trying to fade spots lemon juice. Really works well for me and I have
dry skin. 

More Choices 
The kind of the mask you want to use depends on your skin type. 
For dry skin, try: 
- an egg yolk mixed with olive oil and warmed honey; 
- sour cream; 
- plain olive oil; 
- avocado. 

For oily skin: 
- dissolve a teaspoon of baking yeast in a small amount of warm milk,
wait until foamy, then apply (best done in the bath tub); 
- puree flesh of a tomato and mix with some potato flour to make a
- cucumber (it will whiten your skin); 
- beaten egg whites with a few drops of lemon juice (great for getting
rid of blackheads); 
- carrots (but don't use this one more than about every other week
because it can overdry your skin). This one will make you look tanned. 

General refreshing masks: 
- grapes (just cut a berry in half and rub lightly); 
- strawberries (test behind your ear first, many people are allergic to
strawberries used this way even though they can eat them just fine); 
- honey and ricotta cheese; 

Many fruits and vegetables can also be used to good effect. Anything
acidic (lemon, strawberries, etc) will tend to whiten and refresh your
skin, but you need to be careful if your skin is dry. 

In general, don't apply masks more often than about twice a week, and
try to vary the ingredients. 

It is a good idea to test the mask first. Apply a small amount behind
your ear, wait 20 minutes, then wash off. Then wait 24 hours. If the
skin behind your ear is normal, then go ahead and use the mask. 

Egg Yolk and Honey 
A reader recently asked if anyone had a recipe for homemade facial
masks. I often use an egg yolk and honey mask. Just mix one egg yolk
with a little honey and spread it on your face and neck. When it dries,
rinse it off. Your skin will feel so fresh and soft! 

Lavender Scrubbing Mask

This mask is very flexible and various herbs can be substituted for the
rose and lavender. It's a great gentle scrub and you can leave on for as
long and short as you wish.

1 Cup Oats
1/2 Cup Wheat germ
1/4 Cup Ground Sesame Seed
Dried Rose Petals and Lavender Flowers

In a food processor, grind up the oats and add the wheat germ. Then add
the sesame seeds and roses. Grind again until the petals or flowers are
finely chopped. Once the mixture is well ground, remove and spread over
a cookie sheet. Heat the oven at a low temperature. Make sure it is as
low as possible as you don't want to burn the mixture. Place the cookie
sheet in the oven and let the mixture dry for a few moments. Remove and
add to a jar with a lid. To use pour some out on your palm and moisten
with warm water. Apply and gently scrub your face with a circular
motion. Let sit for a few moments and rinse off.

**Note: The mask is dried in the oven to stop the growth of bacteria and
molds. Don't add to a jar that you haven't cleaned in boiling water
before hand.

Lovely Lavender Oat Mask

1/2 c. ground whole oatmeal
6 drops lavender essential oil

Mix all well. I recommend that you add the essential oil before you
grind the oats in a blender or food processor. You can add up to 12
drops per mix if you like a stronger fragrance mask. Lavender is great
for the skin and one of the most 'safe' of the essential oils to use
directly on the skin.

This recipe is great because you can cater to your skin type. For each
mask you will need 2 tablespoons of your mix.
Normal skin type: add enough whole milk to make a thick paste
Oily skin type: add enough water to make a thick paste
Dry skin type: Add whole fresh cream to make a thick paste.

Smooth mask over the whole face avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 20
minutes then rinse. Rinsing is easiest when you use a warm cloth to soak
and soften the mask before gently removing the mask.


*Before using any mask--

Your face should be washed or cleaned with cream. Remember to protect
your lips and eye areas. Leave mask on for 15-20 min. and washed off
with warm water followed by a cold rinse.

Almond Facial Mask- Pulverized almonds made into a paste with a small
amount of liquid. Best for oily skin, almonds soften the skin, cleanse
it with their abrasive action as well protects it with protein.

Apricot Facial Mask- Fresh or dried mashed apricots mixed with warm
alive oil to form a paste, Dry skin moisturizer, and vitamin A source.
Bananas can also be used using the same method for dry skin.

Avocado Facial Mask- Mashed avocado heated over a double boiler until
just warm. Dry skin moisturizer, provides protein and vitamins.

Brewer's Yeast Facial Mask- Mix into a paste using a small amount of

Cucumber- Slices or juice applied to face and hands, if desired. Leave
on 10-15 min, then rinsed off. Best for oily skin (Astringent.
cleansing, bleaching for freckles and discolored skin.)

Carrot Facial- Carrot shavings with a little lemon juice can be applied
directly to the face like a facial mask. (Astringent, provides vitamin
A.) Best for oily skin.

Fennel Facial Mask- For wrinkles try a strong infusion of fennel herb or
seed, and a liberal amount of honey or yogurt. Antiseptic, Soothing,
tones skin as well as removes wrinkles. 

Honey Facial Mask- Massage a small amount of slightly heated honey over
face. Leave on 15 min. Honey is a good antiseptic, cleanses pores, and
tones skin. Good for oily and blemished skin. You can add wheat germ to
the honey for abrasive action, protein, and vitamins.

Oatmeal Facial Mask- Apposite of dry regular oatmeal and a little warm
water. Good for oily skin. (Dry oatmeal rubbed directly on skin will
remove flaky, peeling skin)

Tomato Facial- Apply tomato slices or mashed tomato directly to face.
Leave on 15 min, and rinse off. Good astringent and good against

Facial Masks - Do It Yourself Mask 
To make a mask you basically blend the clay into various and sundry
things to moisten it, spread it on your face, let it dry for about 15
mins, and rinse it off.

Some suggested masks...
For very oily skin... moisten with Witch Hazel, or with Cypress or
Cistus hydrosol. Ground oatmeal is a good addition here.

For 'normal' skin, blend with:
Egg yolk
Any type of hydrosol
Finely mashed papaya or avocado
And or all of the above

For dry skin, again, the mashed avocado, your favorite facial oil. egg
yolk... cream... 

For all the masks you can add three or four drops of an appropriate
essential oil...make sure the EO is blended really well into the liquid.

Glow Mask 
1 tbsp fuller's earth
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp mashed papaya 
Mix and put on face for 20 mins. rinse off. 

Magical Egg White Mask 
Beat the white of one egg until stiff. Use hands or a washcloth to apply
an even layer over your face. Wait until it gets stiff, then rinse off.
If mixed with some lemon, it deep cleanses while taking away blotchiness.

Silky Smooth Facial & Bath 
1 cup fresh cucumber juice
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup plain yogurt
6 drops Lavender 
4 drops Geranium 
Mix well and apply to face just before bath...

8 drops Jasmine
8 drops Fennel
2 tbsp. Frac. coconut or Jojoba
Light a candle and relax........ 

Oatmeal Mask and More 
1 Tbls. oatmeal powder
egg white 
2-3 drops of lemon oil

Mix and spread on face. leave on till dry or 20 min.

Another one is Brewers yeast and water or milk and I have heard of
powdering red beans and adding water to that. Brewers yeast is really
hard to wash off so probably it is best to use with an essential oil
and/or milk and it can stain washcloths. It really makes your skin look
great though. 

Peel-Off Mask 
1 packet Un-flavored Gelatin
1/2 Cup Fruit Juice or Herb Infusion
Heat together gently to dissolve the gelatin. Let cool until almost set.
Apply to face, let dry completely, peel off.

Yogurt/Buttermilk/Betonite Clay Face/Body Mask 
I used:
1 tsp *hot* Water 
1/2 tsp Dead Sea Salts, dissolved in the hot water. 
2 tsp Buttermilk 
2 Tbls Plain Yogurt 
5 drops Chamomile EO 
15 drops Lavender EO 
3 drops Tea Tree EO 
2 slightly heaped Tbls of Betonite Clay (Powdered, bought at health food

Mixed these up and went to take a nice soaking steamy shower. Put on
face, arms, torso, and legs. Was tingly, cooling, and felt kinda nice.
Let sit for 15.. 20ish minutes, then rinsed off. It left a slight oily
residue on my skin, which I can only assume was the buttermilk since the
yogurt I used was supposedly non-fat. I've never had the oil residue
left from my usual face mask recipe. Finished shower. Skin still felt
tingly for a few hours afterwards, but it was a nice sort of tingle. I
have somewhat sensitive skin, but not terribly. So far, no pimples or
red spots have appeared from this little experiment, and it's 2 days
later. I think it was a success. Anyone who wants, feel free to use. I
include yogurt and buttermilk because they're two natural sources of
alpha hydroxy acids. If anyone recalls the stories of southern women
using buttermilk to keep their skin soft and pale. Well I'm trying it
for nixing freckles. We'll see. Store bought AHA lotions have worked so
far, but they tend to be a little harsh. :) 

Mask for Normal Skin 
2 Tablespoons of Green or Rose Clay
1 teaspoon of Honey
2 drops of Geranium Oil
Use aloe vera juice or water to make a paste.
>From "The Aromatherapy Book" by Jeanne Rose 

Mask for Dry Skin 
1 Tablespoon of Rose Clay
1 Tablespoon of Instant Oatmeal or finely ground Regular Oatmeal
1 teaspoon of Honey
1 teaspoon of Almond Oil
1 drop of Rose Oil
1 drop of Lavender Oil
Use enough water to make a paste.
>From "The Aromatherapy Book" by Jeanne Rose 

Mask for Oily Skin 
2 Tablespoons of Green Clay
1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera Juice
1/2 teaspoon of Vegetable Oil or Jojoba Oil
1 drop of Bergamot Oil
1 drop of Lavender Oil
Use enough water to make a paste.
>From "The Aromatherapy Book" by Jeanne Rose 

Mask for Sensitive Skin 
1 Tablespoon of Rose Clay
1-2 teaspoons of Avocado Oil
1 drop of Rose Oil
1 drop of Roman Chamomile Oil
Use water, if necessary, to make a paste. Use a little more clay if too 
>From "The Aromatherapy Book" by Jeanne Rose

Mask for Mature or Aging Skin 
1 Tablespoon of Rose Clay
1 Tablespoon of Instant Oatmeal or finely ground Regular Oatmeal
1 teaspoon of Honey
1 teaspoon of Avocado or Almond Oil
1 drop of Frankincense Oil
1 drop of Neroli or Lavender Oil
1 drop of Rose Oil
Use water to make a paste.
>From "The Aromatherapy Book" by Jeanne Rose

Oatmeal Mask 
1 Cup Pink Clay
2 Tablespoons of Oat Flour (ground oatmeal)
1 Tablespoon Chamomile Flowers, ground
1 teaspoon finely ground Rose Hip Seeds

Mix all this together and store in an airtight container. 

To use take about 1-2 Tbsp of the mask, and add enough distilled water
to get a paste consistency. I actually did a pure lemon juice (to whiten
skin and to restore skin's natural acid mantle) diluted in water, 1 tsp
honey (moisturizing), then added a couple drops of Tea Tree oil
(antibacterial). It was nice and tingly


Natural Beauty
by Mary Lee Reynolds LPN, CHT, HHP 
Energy Medicine Counselor Teacher of the Way 

A Journey Into Natural Beauty ~ ~ ~Facial Masks 

The skin is by far the largest organ of the human body. It is extremely
sensitive to external factors, such as ultraviolet radiation, dirt and
cold weather, as well as emotional influences like the big bug-a-boo
stress. All these conditions have adverse effects on the skin. The good
news is that most problems can be prevented by proper maintenance and
care. The skin produces millions of new cells a day, regenerating itself
completely within 30-40 days, depending on the person's age. Around the
age of 35, however, the skin's natural rejuvenating processes begin to
slow considerably. However, I personally do not like to give anything a
time frame because to me it sets a limit and the mind does exactly what
you limit yourself to do. Each person will be completely different and
that of course is what makes us so unique. Moving on, at this time 
(what ever that might be), the skin can greatly benefit from a facial

There are two basic types of masks: relaxing and stimulating. Relaxing
masks moisturize the skin and refresh the complexion; stimulating masks
promote blood flow and smooth and firm the skin. Before applying a mask,
cleanse the skin with a facial toner that contains lemon balm or witch

The Proper Application 

Begin by covering the chin area with the mask then move up to the cheeks
and forehead. Apply it to the nose next, moving outward toward the
cheeks. Always leave space around the mouth, eyes and eyebrows. Lastly,
spread it on the throat, moving from bottom to top. Remember always work
against the force of gravity. 

F A C I A L  M A S K S 

Treat yourself to a facial mask once or twice a week. Alternate between
a relaxing and stimulating mask. Apply a stimulating mask before going
out or a relaxing mask at bedtime, and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
Always use fresh ingredients. You can prepare the mask on demand or in
advance and keep it refrigerated. 

I am an advocate of as natural as can be so if you are tempted to use a
purchased mask please read its list of ingredients. If you have some
trouble understanding some of the names of the ingredients, here is a
site that will help you know the ingredient and what it does 
Rule of thumb = if you cannot pronounce the word leave it alone. You
most likely don't need it. 

Strawberries stimulate the skin ~ ~ ~ 

Strawberries are an invaluable addition to a stimulating facial mask.
They are rich in vitamin C, which perks up tired skin, giving it a
fresh, healthy look. They also contain sulfur, which has cleansing and
anti-inflammatory properties that help to remove impurities from the
skins surface AND reduce redness and swelling. Strawberries gently
refresh and exfoliate the skin via natural fruit acids and enzymes,
producing a radiant complexion. 

Honey relaxes the skin ~ ~ ~ 

Because of its antibacterial action, honey is often used in cosmetics,
helping to disinfect and heal minor blemishes. Rich in natural sugars,
enzymes and acids, honey is effective against inflamed and swollen skin,
renewing it and promoting healing. It can also freshen dry, stressed and
sensitive skin. 

Whole-wheat flour protects and renews skin ~ ~ ~ 

Fresh whole-wheat flour contains vitamin E, and antioxidant that binds
environmental toxins, promotes cell respiration, stimulates the
production of anti-inflammatory compounds and slows the aging process of
the skin. It has also been suggested that the vitamin may help to lower
the risk of skin cancer. It is not surprising, then, that many suntan
lotions and after-sun products contain vitamin E. Facial masks
containing flour, which contains extra fiber, may provide additional
exfoliating benefits, sloughing off dead skin cells. 

E X T R A  T I P 

Use soft or distilled water when preparing facial masks. Hard water
contains high concentrations of minerals and other substances that may
provoke allergic reaction. If you use tap water, boiling or filtering it
is also a good idea. When you boil tap water you also oxygenate it with
the boiling process. 

~ ~Strawberry Mask~ ~ 
4-5 very ripe, medium-sized strawberries 
2 tsp. heavy cream 
1 tsp. honey 

Carefully rinse strawberries in lukewarm water, and dry with a clean
towel.  In a small bowel, mash the fruit with a fork.  Add the cream and
honey, and mix well. Apply the paste generously to the face and throat,
keeping it away from the eyes.  Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes. 

Contraindications: People with sensitive or sunburn skin could have an
adverse reaction to strawberries. Test on a small area first to assess
your skin's reaction. 

~ ~Whole-wheat-flour Mask~ ~ 
1 qt. water 
4 tsp. dried or 8 tsp. fresh rose petals 
Peels from 1-2 organic oranges 
6 tbsp. milk 
2 tbsp. rose water 
2 tsp. honey 
4 tbsp. whole-wheat-flour 

Boil the water and remove from the heat. Add the rose petals and orange
peels, cover, and allow to steep until lukewarm or cool. In a separate
pan, heat the milk, floral water and honey; remove from the heat. Add
the flour and whisk into a thick paste. Apply the warm paste uniformly
to the face and neck. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.  Carefully wash off
the dried mask with the fragrant rose-orange water. Pat dry.  Apply your
favorite moisturizing cream to the skin. 


Clays (or natural silicates), are the single most perfect base materials
for facial masks. They stimulate circulation by generating heat as they
dry, and promote toxin elimination (impurities are drawn out of the
skin's tissues like a magnet, binding to the clay minerals). Clays are
excellent for inflamed skin, because they restore it to its proper
equilibrium. Clays are perfectly safe, but can tend to dry skin if used
too often. We suggest no more than once a week. Please always use
high-quality clays...superfine grade is best - like ours, and do NOT use
pottery clay (!) it is not the same.

The Basic Facial Mask:
Easy to prepare, effective, and wonderfully relaxing! For preparation,
you'll need: 
a non-metallic bowl (glass is best) 
a non-metallic spoon (wood is fine) 
distilled water, spring water, or floral water (this is best) 
desired clay - superfine (like ours) is best 
essential oils, fruit juice, etc. (optional) 

Sprinkle equal amounts of clay and distilled water (or other liquid)
into bowl. Mix until a soft paste is obtained. Let stand for several
minutes so that the clay absorbs all the water. Add any other desired
ingredients (depending on your skin type) like, essential oils, etc. If
the preparation is too liquid, add more clay - if too solid, add more
water. Apply to the skin, covering the whole face except for the eyes
and mouth area. Soak a cotton pad in water with 1 - 2 drops of German
(blue) chamomile, or place a thick cucumber slice over each eyelid. Lie
back and relax with feet elevated on a soft pillow (or place the pillow
under your knees). Allow 15-20 minutes for the clay to completely dry
(as long as the clay is wet, it is still working). Rinse with warm water
and pat dry. Follow with a spray of floral water.

Variations of "The Basic Facial Mask" for Specific Skin Types:

Normal Skin:
Use either our Moroccan red or our own rose clay mixture (a combination
of Moroccan red and French white clay). Try adding pureed cucumber, or a
little pureed avocado to the mix. Instead of water, try lavender, rose,
rose geranium, or chamomile floral water (these are appropriate for all
skin types). For a particularly effective liquid, combine 2 parts
mineral (try effervescent) or distilled water, 2 parts floral water, and
1 part aloe vera liquid. To the prepared paste, you might also add a few
drops of hazelnut, jojoba, avocado, or sweet almond oil and a few drops
of lavender, rose geranium, or chamomile essential oil.

Sensitive Skin:
Calendula herbal oil, natural honey, and our aloe vera golden gel can be
added to the paste. Rose, neroli, German (blue) or Roman (domestic)
chamomile are excellent essential oils for sensitive skin, too.

Dry Skin:
Use our French white clay and try adding pureed avocado, cucumber,
natural honey, plain yogurt, or even an egg yolk. For the liquid part,
we recommended rose, chamomile, or neroli floral water. Rose, German
(blue) chamomile, or neroli essential oils (our 7% solutions are just
fine for this). Sandalwood is also recommended for dry and sensitive
skin. A few drops of evening primrose oil can also be added. Try adding
a freshly pureed peach or apricot to the blend.

Oily Skin:
Sea clay is the best for oily skin due to its high mineral content. Oily
skin can tolerate mask treatments a little more often than dry or normal
skin, so twice a week is recommended to deep clean, remove toxins, and
stimulate circulation. An egg white or a little sea kelp (about 1/8
teaspoon) make nice additives. Again, floral waters are recommended -
lavender, rose geranium, rosemary, and chamomile are all well suited for
this mask. A few drops of rose geranium, ylang- ylang, niaouli (not to
be confused with neroli), lemon, lavender, or rosemary essential oils
can be added to the paste.

Acne/Problem Skin:
To your chosen paste, add the essential oils of ylang-ylang, rose
geranium, lemon, niaouli, thyme (red or white), rosemary, or lavender.
The masks can be applied every other day, then gradually decrease the
frequency to once a week. If skin tends to become too dry, a moisturizer
may be used after the mask.

Prematurely Aged/Wrinkled/Sun Damaged Skin:
To your basic paste, add one or a combination of - avocado, yogurt,
kelp, evening primrose oil, or a few drops of carrot seed essential oil.

Body Clays:
Follow any of the same recipes above, except you'll need "lots" more
clay! The clay should be applied about 1" (one inch) thick all over the
body (avoiding sensitive areas like the eyes, mouth, and "private
areas"). This will take no less than 1 hour to fully dry, so plan on
some quality time alone with soothing music, meditation and/or prayer.
An aromatherapy diffuser with a calming essential oil like lavender,
sandalwood, or sweet orange would make it perfect. When the clay has
fully dried, just shower it off (will not harm drains) and follow with a
fully body spray of any type floral water.

Minimizing Pore Baking Soda Mask
"After you've washed your face, place 2 tbsp. baking soda in the palm of your hand and add just enough water to form a thick paste. Massage the paste into your face, resisting the urge to scrub, for about 30 seconds. Rinse the paste away with cool water. You should notice that your pores are smaller almost immediately. After a week of this regime you'll see visible results as your skin becomes clearer and less prone to breakouts."

Toner for Dry Completion
2 Ounces Aloe Vera Gel
2 Ounces Orange Blossom Water
1 Teaspoon Vinegar
6 Drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
4 Drops Sandlewood Essential Oil
1 Drop Chamomile Essential Oil
1 Drop Jasmine Essential Oil
800 IU Vitamin E Oil 
2 400 IU Vitamin E Capsules
Combine ingredients (if using vitamin E capsules, pop them open, and squeeze the oil into the mixture). Shake before using. This toner can also be used as an aftershave.

Cleanser for a Dry Complexion
2 Ounces Aloe Vera Gel
1 Teaspoon Vegetable Oil
1 Teaspoon Glycerine
1/2 Teaspoon Grape seed Extract
8 Drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
4 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
Blend the ingredients. Shake well before each use. Apply with a cotton ball, then rinse with warm water. Gently pat face dry.

Orange Flower Cleansing Cream
2 tablespoons soy oil
2 tablespoons almond oil
1 ounce cocoa butter
1 tablespoon beeswax
2 tablespoons orange flower water
1/8 teaspoon borax
5 drops essential oil of neroli
Mix and warm the oils. Melt the cocoa butter and stir it into the oils. Melt the beeswax, then beat it into the oil mixture, a little at a time.
Warm the orange flower water and dissolve the borax in it. Beat this into the main mixture. Leave to thicken and cool.
As the mixture starts to thicken, stir in the essential oil. Once cool, spoon into prepared jars and label. For dry and normal skin.

Chamomile Cleansing Milk
1/2 cup Half and Half
2 tablespoons Chamomile flowers, fresh or dried
Heat together in a double boiler for 30 minutes. Do not let half and half boil or form a skin. Leave to infuse 2 hours, then strain. Keep refrigerated and use within one week. For dry and sensitive skin. 

Buttermilk and Fennel Cleansing Milk
1/2 cup Buttermilk
2 tablespoons Fennel seed, crushed
Gently heat the milk and crushed seed together in a double boiler for 30 minutes.
Leave to stand and infuse for 2 hours. Strain, bottle, refrigerate and use within one week. For oily skin.

999 Emergency Hair Treatment
2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
1 Large Egg Yolk
1 Teaspoon Mayonnaise
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
Mix all ingredients in a blender until they reach a creamy consistency. After thoroughly washing hair with a deep-cleansing shampoo, towel-blot, then distribute mixture evenly onto hair; wrap head completely with aluminium foil to retain heat. Leave on 30 minutes. Remove foil; wash hair again with deep-cleansing shampoo until all the mixture is removed. Should be done about once a month. 

Caribbean Rum Conditioner
3 Tablespoons Rum
1 Large Egg
Whisk together egg and rum. After shampooing, pour mixture onto hair and leave on 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse well with the coolest water you can stand, for extra shine. 

Crème Bath Oil Soak
3 Large Eggs
1/2 Cup Yoghurt
1/4 Cup Witch Hazel
1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel
2 Tablespoons Melted butter
1/4 Cup Corn Oil
1 Teaspoon Corn Oil
1 3/4 Cups Milk
1 Teaspoon Cider vinegar
1 Cup Peach Juice -- or
1 Cup Apricot Nectar
Melt butter and mix with corn oil. Let stand one hour. Mix eggs and stir gently. Add all ingredients one at a time to blender - adding 1 c of milk last. Beat at low speed. Turn off blender and add last 3/4 c milk unbeaten. Stir and enjoy. Keep refrigerated for freshness. Shake and add 1/2 c to your tub. Makes 3 cups - enough for 6 baths. 

Foaming Bath Salts
1/2 Cup Unscented Liquid Soap
1 Tablespoon Light Oil
Food Colouring
6 Cups Rock Salt Crystals
Essential Oils, Such As:
Bitter Orange
Mix together soap, oil, and food colouring. Pour mixture over rock salt in a large bowl. Stir continuously until salt crystals are evenly coated. Spread salts out in thin layer on cookie sheet covered with wax paper and allow to air dry. (This can take up to 24 hours) If you would like to scent your bath salts, add a few drops of the essential oils after drying. Put 1/4 cup of the salts (enough for 1 bath) into a small cotton bag--the kind used for sachets and teas--and tie with a bow for a decorative look. Store in an airtight container. Salts should be poured into the bath under running water. Recipe makes enough for 24 baths.

Fruit Gel Masks For Normal To Dry Skin
1 Envelope Gelatine Powder, Unsweetened 
1/2 Cup Apple Juice -- or
1/2 Cup Pear Juice -- or
1/2 Cup Peach Juice -- or
1/2 Cup Raspberry Juice -- * see note
Combine gelatine and fruit juice in clean, ovenproof glass container. Heat gently to dissolve gelatine completely. (Microwave on high for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or heat in a pan on the stove.) Place mixture in refrigerator and cool until almost set, about 30 minutes. Spread a thin layer of the gel mixture over your face and allow to dry. Peel mask off and rinse skin thoroughly with cool water.
NOTES : * choose any one of the above fruit juices.

Fruit Gel Masks For Oily Skin
1 Envelope Gelatine Powder, Unsweetened -- (Knox)
1/2 Cup Tomato Juice -- or
1/2 Cup Grapefruit Juice -- or
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice -- or
1/2 Cup White Grape Juice -- * see note
Combine gelatine and fruit juice in clean, ovenproof glass container. Heat gently to dissolve gelatine completely. (Microwave on high for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or heat in a pan on the stove.) Place mixture in refrigerator and cool until almost set, about 30 minutes. Spread a thin layer of the gel mixture over your face and allow to dry. Peel mask off and rinse skin thoroughly with cool water.
NOTES : *Choose any one of the above juices.

Herb Facial
4 Tablespoons Chamomile Flowers
2 Cups Distilled Water
Bring flowers and water to boil, remove from heat. Cover to use with towel as a steamer. Steam face for 5 to 10 minutes. Splash face with cool water to close pores.

Herb Soap Balls
1/4 Cup Boiling water
5 Drops related essential oil
1 Tablespoon Pulverized Herbs -- * see note
2 Cups Shredded Ivory Or Castile Soap
Plastic wrap 
Pour boiling water over herbs. Add 5 to 6 drops oil. Steep 15 minutes. Reheat until bubbly and pour over soap. Mix well with hands and let stand 15 minutes. Mix again and divide into 3 or 6 parts, rolling each into a ball. Place on plastic wrap and dry for 3 days.
NOTES : * Chamomile, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, sage, thyme or a combination of any or all of the above.

Herbal Baths
1 Drop essential oil
1 Cup Oatmeal
Mix oatmeal, herbs and oil and fill bath bags with mixture. Oatmeal is used because it is a natural skin softener and cleanser
STIMULATING BATHS: basil, bay, calendula, citronella, fennel horseradish roots, lavender, lemon verbena, lovage root, marjoram, mint, nettle, pine needles, queen of the meadow, sage, rosemary, savoury, thyme,  vetiver root.
SOOTHING BATHS: catnip, chamomile, comfrey, elder, primrose, hyssop, jasmine, juniper berries, lemon balm, linden flowers, marshmallow root, melilot, mullein, passionflower flowers, roses, slippery elm inner bark, tansy, violet, valerian root, vervain (whole plant).

Herbal Face Mask
1 Tablespoon Dry Milk
1 Teaspoon Honey
1/4 Teaspoon One Of The Following:
Chamomile Flowers -- finely chopped
Fennel -- finely chopped
Parsley -- finely chopped
Lemon Grass -- finely chopped
Mint Leaves -- finely chopped
Combine with whisk or in blender on low speed 2 or 3 minutes or until creamy. Apply to the face and throat, it will form a mask as it dries. Leave on 5 minutes, then rinse with cool water.

Herbal Hair Rinse
1 Pint Boiling Water
1 Tablespoon Vinegar
1 Cup Dried Herbs Such As:
Sage -- * see note
Lemon Grass -- * see note
Pour boiling water over 1 cup of dried herbs. Let steep for about 30 minutes. Strain and add 1 tablespoon vinegar. Pour rinse over hair and leave in.
NOTES : *Sage: boil water and pour over sage in a cast iron pot...sage will darken hair.* Lemon-grass will add blonde highlights to hair.

Herbal Mouthwash
Strong Peppermint Tea
Equal Portions Of:
Boiling Water
Chew On Parsley
Combine equal portions of boiling water, mint, anise and rosemary. Let steep until cool. Strain and store in airtight container. Store in refrigerator. 

Vinegar Soak for Feet

"Soaking feet in vinegar (apple cider being best) for the softest feet ever! Also great for tired feet, toe nail fungus, foot fungus & athletes foot."

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