When local markets were not available or didn’t carry personal care products housewives made their own cosmetics such as soaps, lotions and creams. When big industry came along people began to look down on homemade cosmetics. The big companies used cheaper synthetic chemicals in their formulas. Synthetic chemicals can often give more immediate results but they can be harsh or even toxic to our systems.
Making your own cosmetics can be a lot of fun and can be something kids can do. A lot of the cosmetics are mixed together with out heating or cooking. Ointments, lip balms and bar lotions are simply heated to the low melting point in a double boiler, so if your kids are used to working at the stove this will be easy for them too. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of making lotions and such you can buy them unscented and add your own essential oils.
Choosing Essential Oils
To help with choosing essential oils to blend together they are usually placed into the following categories:
- Floral, such as lavender, neroli or jasmine
- Woody, such as pine or cedar
- Earthy such as vetiver or patchouli
- Herbaceous such as marjoram rosemary or basil
- Camphorous or medicinal such as eucalyptus or tea tree
- Minty such as peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen
- Spicy such as nutmeg, clove or cinnamon
- Oriental such as ginger or patchouli
- Citrus such as lemon lime or orange
The following suggestions are just that, suggestions, you do not have to follow them, just follow your nose.
- Florals blend well with spicy, citrus and woody oils.
- Woody oils blend well with all categories.
- Spice and oriental oils blend well with florals and citrus oils
- Minty oils blend well with citrus, woody herbaceous and earthy oils.
1oz witch hazel*
5 – 6 drops lavender oil (lanandula angustifolia)*
2-3 drops teatree (melaleuca alternifolia)*
Pour the witch hazel into a clean mister bottle and add the drops of essential oils. Be sure to shake well before you use it.
Massage Oil Base
150 ml grape seed oil*
75 ml wheat germ oil*
10 drops vitamin E oil*
5 to 20 drops of your favorite eseential oils*
Pour carrier oils into a clean dark bottle with a spout, then add essential oils 5 drops at a time until you think it has enough. Mix well.
Lavender with Roman chamomile*
Birch with marjoram*
Juniper with birch, lemon, rosemary and lavender.*
Facial Oil for Oily Skin
1 oz jojoba*
3 drops ylang ylang*
2 drops lemon oil*
2 drops rosewood oil*
2 drop geranium*
Pour jojoba oil into a clean dark bottle and add the essential oils. Mix well. Use twice a day after cleansing and toning.
All Over Salt Scrub
½ cup olive oil*
½ cup fine sea salt*
Essential oils* to suite
Mix olive oil and salt in a clean jar then add your choice of essential oils. Add a few drops at a time until it has enough.
8 oz bee’s wax*
8 oz shea butter*
8 oz cocoa butter*
8 oz olive oil*
Melt in a double boiler over medium/low heat until it is all melted. Remove from the heat and add your essential oils, a few drops at a time until it has enough. Then pour into containers. The throw away plastic containers with the blue lids work really well.
*These quality ingredients are available Mountain Rose Herbs. High quality therapeutic grade essential oils are available at Young Living Essential Oils