The luxury of homemade beauty products is something no one can resist. Unlike most luxuries though, the cost of homemade products need not be tremendous. You can also customize your beauty essentials and create some pretty great natural products to suit your needs. From shampoo and conditioners to skincare or relaxing bath scents, the options are endless so its really worth looking into. The only downside (if you can call it that) is that the shelf-life wont be as long as shop bought as they wont contain any chemical preservatives. Having said that, you will probably use them more often because they can be inexpensive to make, or you may make just enough to use at any one time.
At some point, most of us ladies have done a bit of 'experimenting' over the years, especially in our early teens when your first 'blemish' appeared or you'd had too many late nights and your eyes had 'bags' (dark shadows) under them. Most of us will remember putting used tea bags or slices of cucumber over them hoping it would help take the 'dark bags' or puffiness away.
What I didn't know back then, was the reason cucumber was used. Cucumbers have a high level of antioxidants and a mild skin lightening effect which will help rejuvenate the area around your eyes. Simply, place a slice of cucumber over each eye and relax for 20 minutes, you will certainly feel the benefit. Its that simple! In fact,cucumbers are used in many beauty products due to the numerous benefits they have.
The joy of homemade beauty products
If you just want to relax, bathing products are always a nice treat to make you feel pampered. A cute little idea is 'bath bags'. Cut out some 9-inch diameter circles of muslin and place roughly torn fresh herbs in the middle of each one. Gather the edges of the circle together and make a small bundle, holding it in place with an elastic band. Then, attach ribbons round the bundle to cover the elastic band, making a loop long enough to hang it from the taps so it will dangle in the water.
Soaps are another lovely treat to make and so easy. There are some lovely recipes for homemade soaps on Natural Living Ideas the 'Herbs and Citrus soap looks like it will smell delightful. So it's worth having a look for idea's.
Talking about herbs!
We reckon that herbs (especially using fresh) are a key ingredient for something special. Each herb has its own soothing and therapeutic properties. While certain herbs will stimulate circulation, others can relax your muscles ans soothe your skin. For example:
Rosemary improves blood circulation, is good for deep cleansing and if you massage rosemary oil into your scalp it will stimulate your hair follicles, encouraging growth. You have to note though that if you use it regularly it can make your hair darker!
Lemon Verbena has an uplifting scent and also improves your mood and when used in a warm bath, inspires sleep.
Parsley is good for dry skin.
Chamomile, Lavender, Spearmint and Thyme are soothing and gentle cleansing. Add your choice to one quart of boiling water, cover and steep for 10 minutes then add to your bath.
Sage is antiseptic, stringent and deeply cleansing. It is especially good for oily skin and can be used as a facial toner. Infuse the leaves in boiling water for 15 minutes, strain and mix with a bit of which hazel or cider vinegar.
Marjoram is a decongestant and invigorating, it will help with muscle pain and strains.
These are just a few to mention but it's worth doing some research. As you can imagine, there are loads of herbs to choose from with their own individual qualities. There's also many other ingredients to experiment with and many ingenious idea's to have a go at. Before you start though, take a look at these safety tips to make sure your homemade products are safe.
We have to mention Christmas! Well, it is fast approaching and you could make some lovely inexpensive presents for family and friends and we are sure the personal touch would be warmly received.
If you have any idea's we would love you to share them with us.