The tail-end of summer is a hectic time of preserving our harvests, stocking up, buying school supplies and more. It is also the time of year I think about stocking up on my homemade recipe blends. Here is a section from my book Flower Secrets Revealed. Enjoy stocking up your pantry and beauty cupboard!
Natural Beauty with Homemade Products
by Carly Wall
(excerpted and adapted from Flower Secrets Revealed: Using Flowers to Heal, Beautify, and Energize Your Life A.R.E. Press 1993)
Making your own cosmetics at home isn't a big bother and can be a great deal of fun. Another plus is that you know you are using products that haven't been tested on poor defenseless animals. Of course, it is unlikely that you will want to make all of your own cosmetics; such things as eyeliner and foundation would be almost impossible at home, but you CAN make many products that will enhance your appearance and save you money. Here are a few of my favorite recipes/tips/hints:
Homemade Hair Spray
Chop up a lemon (normal/oily hair) or an orange (dry hair). Place in a pot with 2 cups water. Boil until the amount reduces by half. Cool, strain, and place in a spray bottle. If too sticky, add one ounce alcohol as a preservative. Store in the refrigerator, up to 4 weeks, or two weeks un-refrigerated.
Honey Facial Mask
Perhaps the best facial mask is honey.
Place a cloth in warm water and apply to your face to open the pores. Smear on honey, and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores.
Use once a week.
Eliminate Dark Circles under the eye
To lighten dark circles under your eyes, wrap a grated raw potato in cheesecloth and apply to eyelids for 15-20 minutes.
Wipe off the residue and apply an eye cream.
To Darken Gray Hair
Use a strong tea made of sage leaves and flowers. Work into the hair after every shampoo and don’t rinse it out. It may take several months for the effects to become noticeable.
Lovely Lip Balm
¼ cup almond or olive oil
few drops of vitamin E
peppermint essential oil, or any essential oil of your favorite flavor, few drops to taste
3-4 teaspoons melted beeswax
Use a microwave safe plastic bowl. Mix the oils with a few drops of vitamin E. Add melted beeswax (be careful melting beeswax---it’s highly flammable. Use a canning jelly jar in a double boiler to melt the beeswax in). Mix well and pour into tiny containers. Makes a lovely gloss.
Long, lovely Lashes
To make your lashes grow super long and lush, simply apply cold pressed castor oil to the lashes with your fingers when you go to bed at night.
For more recipes on beauty, purchase the used book Flower Secrets Revealed: Using Flowers to Heal, Beautify and Energize Your Life! A.R.E. Press 1993, out of print now, limited copies can be obtained by clicking this link: