With homemade personal care products, homemade skincare recipes, and natural hair care, you know what is in the product you put on your body. It will surprise you, just how easy some products are to make. Many of the personal care products you now buy, you can replace with a safer, homemade version.
Beauty and personal hygiene products are expensive and sometimes, unsafe. On March 6, 2012, the FDA posted information linking mercury poisoning to skincare products.
Some homemade personal care products, like homemade soap, are involved and complicated. You need patience and time to make them. Eventually, I will add a tutorial for making a basic, unscented bar and possibly, a shampoo bar but, for now, I think we’ll stick with something a little easier.
Do you wonder about the safety of the creams, lotions, and gels in your bathroom? With the questionable safety of those product’s ingredients, is the increasing cost of those necessary personal products.
If safety and cost is a concern, there are many safe, inexpensive alternatives in your household cabinets. If you won’t miss the expensive packaging your commercial products come in, I think you’ll find homemade personal care products a better choice.
Working all day in a hot warehouse, my husband is prone to rashes and some powders and talc worsen the condition. He uses common cornstarch just like powder or talc. In fact, most people will tell you, it works better.
If the skin is dry, try making a paste of cornstarch and olive oil. Just about any vegetable oil will work but for moisturizing qualities, I suggest olive or avocado oil. If you want a lighter oil, try sweet almond oil.
Cornstarch also makes a good colorless face powder for removing shine. Always use a thin layer, just enough to remove the shine or your skin will look pasty white.
Cornstarch works well as a dry shampoo. I can’t use any dry shampoo because I have thick, naturally curly hair. If I use a dry shampoo, I look like I’m ready for trick or treating. However, I have several friends that use cornstarch for their dry shampoo. I’ve seen the results and it works great. Another inexpensive natural hair care product.
Just sprinkle a good amount of cornstarch in your hair. The amount depends on your hair length and the texture and thickness. You want it spread evenly throughout, all the way to the scalp. The cornstarch is going to soak up any excess oils and dirt. Leave on for about 10 minutes then brush out. I mean really brush vigorously to get all the white powder out (my curly hair doesn’t do well with brushing).
Most homemade personal care products use “fixed” or “carrier” oils. These include vegetable oils like olive, sweet almond, avocado, coconut: and the list goes on. However, the skin condition you are creating your product for, controls which oil to use. For example, for dry skin, your top oil choices are avocado, olive, and sweet almond. Use these directly on the skin or mixed with other ingredients. You also use many of these oils in your natural hair care regimen.
Here is a comprehensive list of the more popular oils used in homemade personal care products.
If you want to add more punch to your homemade skin care recipes, try infusing your oils with plants containing skin nurturing properties. My favorite plant to use for infusions is the calendula flower. Calendula has the best skincare properties of any plant and is a healing plant. Calendula is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial containing vitamins C and E.
Take a clean, glass gallon jar, like a sun tea jar and fill jar half-full with calendula. You can use whole calendula flower heads (not the stems or leaves) or use just the flower petals. I try to use jars without spouts as they are harder to handle.
*Warning* You must use dry flower heads or petals. Never use fresh.
Pour olive oil over flowers until jar is full, leaving 1 ½ inch headroom. Add 20 drops vitamin E oil (vitamin E oil is a natural preservative) and place lid firmly on jar.
Mix contents carefully but turning jar upside down then back. Repeat 5 or 6 times or until you think the flowers and oil are well mixed then set in a sunny location. I prefer placing outside in full sun so I only infuse oils in the summer but a sunny window will do.
Let oil steep for a full week, being sure to mix the oil and flowers daily. Your oil is now ready. Just drain through cheesecloth into a clean bowl, clean out jar, refill with strained oil and label. Your infused oil is ready to use for any of your homemade personal care products.
I usually drain my oil then pour over new calendula flowers and let steep for another week before I use it.
Calendula is used for many skin conditions, including acne, because of its anti-bacterial properties. It also works great in diaper rash ointment.
No household is complete with a huge box or bag of baking soda. This household staple has multiple uses.
The best and most popular use for baking soda is tooth powder. For whiter teeth, just use any time you brush.
Place a small jelly jar of baking soda in the bathroom with an empty container. Every time you brush, just use a small amount, about 2 teaspoons, and mix with enough water to make a paste. Then dip the tooth brush in and brush. You can add a tiny amount of your favorite extract if you don’t care for the taste. Mint oil works well.
*Tip* For even more whitening power, when making the paste, use peroxide instead of water.
If you have hard water, use baking soda instead of bath salts. Pour 2 tablespoons of baking soda under running water, mix up in the tub then enjoy.
Prepare an oily skin facial mask by combing 1 tablespoon baking soda with a natural abrasive like, unprocessed bran or oatmeal. Add enough water to make a paste and apply to your face. Leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.
These are just a few examples of homemade personal care products using everyday ingredients.
If you’re interested in making your own spa products, good reference material is a must. The Handcrafter’s Companion is a comprehensive, step-by-step, must have guide for anyone wanting to create quality, homemade products. Whether you are making products for you or for profit, The Handcrafter’s Companion is a priceless reference for creating your own, home spa.
This amazing book contains 126 spa product recipes with easy to follow instructions from bath treatments to rich creams and butters. But, that’s not all you get. Besides the spa recipes, you’ll find tips for working with the ingredients, labeling and packaging ideas, and source and supply lists. It’s a desk reference I refer to often.
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