Homemade cosmetics - a resource sheet!

Homemade cosmetics - a resource sheet!

We had great fun at our homemade cosmetics night and have formed a group to meet every other month called, 'Homemade Wednesdays'. Next meet early Feb. Email if you would like to get involved. Meanwhile, here are a list of the cosmetics we made. The main area we realized we needed to crack was how to add some form of natural preservatives to extend the product life. Any thoughts anyone?




Reasons to make your own cosmetics and beauty products: 1. Control your ingredient quality 2. No preservatives! (homemade cosmetics don't need shelf lives) 3. Reduce packaging by reusing bottles and jars 4. Reduce pollution ( 5. Save money! Pick wild herbs, make them into tonics, and save! 6. Cultural history! Your granny made many of her own cosmetics, it is a lost DIY art.

7. As a living organ our skin responds to authentic and natural ingredients the same way the rest of our body does. According to 'The Ecologist,' we apply over 250 synthetic chemicals to our skin everyday via the beauty and personal care products we use.



A SHORT HISTORY OF BEAUTY… Mesolithic cave people used grease and castor oil to soften their skin, and plant dyes for tattoos. Lipstick was worn 5000 years ago near Babylon. In "Biblical" times, olive oil was rubbed into feet. Assyrians and Egyptians rubbed sand onto their skin to buff it smooth. Galen, the Greek, recommended finely ground snails to moisturize skin! The first commercial toothpowders appeared in the Renaissance, made from dried sage, nettles and powdered clay. In Elizabethan times, the absence of eyebrows was popular. Eyebrows were shaved and replaced with fake ones made of mouse skin! Plucked and drawn back on... In "The Art of Beauty," a book written in 1825, one of the most popular books of its time, women were advised to erase wrinkles!



5 ml cloves

12,5 ml coriander seeds

5 ml cassia

25 ml lavender leaves, dried

10 ml dried thyme

25 ml dried sage

Grind up all the ingredients in a hand mill or grinder. Add to a cup of baby talcum powder and use to dust under arms.



Combine in a bowl: 1 egg yolk 2 T. egg white  1 T. honey  1 t. rose water Beat together and then apply to the face and neck. Leave on for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.



Why pumpkin?

Besides the fact that pumpkins are seasonally appropriate, they're also great for your skin. Pumpkins are rich in Vitamins A and C and various enzymes that help nourish and brighten skin.

 Pureed, cooked fresh pumpkin. Unflavored yogurt. Honey

Ground almonds. Olive oil

Start by mixing 2 cups of pureed, cooked fresh or canned pumpkin.

Add 4 tablespoons unflavored yogurt, 4 tablespoons honey, 1/3 cup ground almonds, 1/4 teaspoon olive oil.

4. Beet Red Lip Gloss

1/4 c. beeswax,

1/4 c. castor oil, 2 T. sesame oil, beet juice Melt beeswax, remove from heat and add oils, add as much beet juice as desired for colour. Store in jar.


5. Dry Skin Facial Mask

Mash 30 ml avocado, add 5 ml rosewater and 5 ml honey. Apply and leave on skin for 20 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water and end by splashing the face with cold water.


6. Apple and cinnamon face mask. Suited for oily skin. Apples contain natural fruit acids which help gently exfoliate the skin, whilst moisturizing honey and ground oats help smooth and polish it.           

1 ripe apple. Half t of single cream(?) 1 t clear honey. 1 T ground oats. Half t ground cinnamon.

Mix ingredients in a bowl with fork to form a paste. Apply to freshly cleansed skin. Leave for 10 minutes.


7. Facial Toner

1 cup water

3 teaspoons lemon juice

1 bag peppermint tea

¼ Cup of witch hazel



Nettle dandruff tonic

1T dried nettles. I C?? vinegar. Bring to boil. Let cool. Simmer. Strain. Let sit for an hour. Add to hair.

9. Comfrey as above. To make hair soft.


Mix 1/2 c. honey and 1/4 c. olive oil for dry hair or 2 T. olive oil for normal hair, Work a small amount into hair until coated. Cover with shower cap for 30 min, remove cap, shampoo well and rinse...


11. SOOTHING BATH. Collect herbs. Put in muslin bag/cheesecloth to make bath a giant teabag to soak in! Try sage, bay, rosemary, comfrey, dandelion…per



12.PERFUME. 3 parts sweet almond oil to one part beeswax. To one part scent.





Sweet almond base oil: Great for all skin types, use in a face or body oil and to make balms.

Beeswax: Thickens balms and creams naturally.

Oats: Soften and nourish the skin. Excellent as a mild exfoliant, especially for sensitive skins.