My love of cosmetics started when I was about 12 years old. There was nothing like going to the store and buying what seemed to be hope in a bottle. Every product was the next thing to transform your skin, make your hair glisten and having you look like a model on a magazine cover. As I got older, and I became more fearful of toxic overload, I started letting go of my cosmetic addiction. Oh my gosh, this broke my heart. But after I started reading labels, I realized that much of the hope in these bottles was actually just a bunch crazy chemicals. And that is why I now love making natural cosmetics at home.
Creating your own natural cosmetics is just a smart thing to do. It takes all the fun of arts and crafts from your youth. And it combines it with all the common sense of putting the same quality of ingredients onto your body that you would put into your mouth. And as an added bonus, homemade natural cosmetics save you money! You could spend $50 on a chemical filled eye cream. Or you could make your own at home for a couple of dollars. Hard decision, right?
And you don’t need any fancy apparatus to start developing your own nourishing concoctions. You just need a few glass or BPA-free plastic containers, a few essential oils and some other everyday ingredients that are probably already sitting on your kitchen shelves. Wow, this is too easy!
And to get you started, I’m going to give you directions for 3 natural cosmetics you can make at home!
This cleanser has just 3 ingredients: honey pure aloe vera gel and (optional) jojoba oil. The honey is antioxidant rich, protective of the skin, moisturizing and even has antibacterial qualities that can prevent breakouts. The aloe vera gel is super nourishing to the skin. It helps grow healthy cells, fights aging and can be relieving for eczema and other skin problems. Finally, the jojoba oil offers added protection for those who have oily or acne prone skin. It is helpful with drying facial oil and easing breakouts. Just make sure to purchase pure jojoba oil as additives can cause skin flair-ups.
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
- 2 tsp jojoba oil (optional)
Add all the ingredients to a glass jar and stir. Use a wood stick applicator or a kitchen spoon to scoop the cleanser into your hands. Then spread the cleanser onto your face. Let sit for 1 to 5 minutes (10 minutes for deep cleaning). Wash completely to remove. Store at room temperature.
There’s nothing like the confidence that comes with having a fresh clean mouth. This creation contains the cleaning powerhouse baking soda which is preventative against gum disease, halitosis and is soothing to the mouth. It also includes peppermint oil which eases inflammation of the mouth, while making your sparklers feel fresh and clean.
- 2 cups water
- 6 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 tsp of baking soda
Mix all ingredients. Store in a glass or a BPA-free plastic container. Shake before using.
Homemade Eye cream
I’ve always believed that anti-aging comes more from what you put in your body rather than what you put on it (especially if what you’re putting on it is a bunch of chemicals.) But the simplicity of this eye cream makes it extremely nourishing. Vitamin E is full of anti-aging antioxidants. Coconut oil promotes collagen production, thereby preventing wrinkles. And the rosehip oil helps fight bothersome dark under eye circles. Who said things have to be complicated to be effective?
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil or the oil from 2 Vitamin E capsules
- 2 drops rosehip oil
Gently melt the coconut oil. If using Vitamin E capsules, puncture the capsule to squeeze out the liquid. Then combine the rest of the ingredients in a jar and refrigerate. Use a wood stick applicator or a spoon to dispense.