Easy Project: Cleansing Creams
From very early civilization, people caught on to making cosmetics and using them to enhance beauty. The Romans tossed herbs and flower petals into water to make bathers smell sweet instead of ripe. The ancient Egyptians used scarab beetles and minerals to make eyeliners, lipsticks and rouge. Who has seen a picture or model of an ancient Egyptian that didn’t have eyeliner? Even the men, the Kings, in fact, wore it with pride. This was made from mineral sources. Lipsticks and rouges were made from insects. Powders were eventually invented to dry out the liquids that were applied to skin. Even then, no one liked a “shiny” look!
Homemade cosmetics are an ancient human tradition and it wasn’t until society became so large and so furious that women began turning to store shelves for their face and body enhancements. This was probably sometime in the 20th century. That wasn’t that long ago so many of the recipes and methods are still available and are even handed down to women by great grandmothers worldwide. But the focus of my blog is basically herbs so the kind of cosmetics I want to discuss are those based in herbs. And today many cosmetic manufacturers are seeking to find more natural ingredients for their products and are now adding herbs back in. It seems that many of us are allergic or adversely affected by chemicals and dyes. Imagine that!
If you are one of those women who always have teary eyes from mascara, itchy blotchy skin from soaps, itchy nose from face powder, etc… then you will appreciate more natural alternatives. Yes, they take some time and effort and might cut into your TV time, but these projects produce some of the most luscious, wonderful cosmetics you will ever enjoy, so they are well worth the sacrifice. Get out the gloves, the tins, the bottles and the spoons, you are getting ready to make some fantastic stuff! Today, we’re making Cleansing Creams.
1 tbsp Beeswax
1 1/2 tbsp Petroleum Jelly
3 tbsp Mineral Oil
1 tbsp Witch Hazel
1 tbsp Lemon Juice, strained
1/8 tsp Borax
6 drops of Essential Oil of Lemon
2 Small Saucepans
Clean Jar with Stopper or Lid
Melt the Beeswax and Petroleum Jelly together in a small Saucepan over low heat. In the second Saucepan, warm the Mineral Oil slowly. As it warms, gradually add the Mineral Oil to the Wax mixture in the first Saucepan and beat it briskly with a spoon or wire whisk for 3-5 minutes.
In the second Saucepan, warm the Witch Hazel and Lemon Juice over low heat. As it warms, stir in the Borax and continue warming until completely dissolved. Slowly add this to the Wax mixture in the first Saucepan and beat briskly with a spoon or wire whisk until it is creamy and cool.
Once cook, stir in the Essential Oil of Lemon. Stir in completely and then spoon the Cream into the Clean Jar and stopper. Use as needed.
Comfrey Cream Cleanser
1 cup of dried Comfrey Leaves
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Almond or Light Olive Oil
2 tbsp melted Beeswax
2 tbsp Cocoa Butter
1 tsp Borax
2 tsp Honey
Make Comfrey Infusion by placing the Comfrey Leaves into a saucepan with the one cup of Water. Bring to a boil over high heat and turn down the heat immediately. Let it simmer on lower heat for another 5 minutes . Remove from heat and allow to cool, infusing for another 10 minutes. Once cool, it is ready to use.
Melt the Oil, Beeswax and Cocoa Butter in the top of the double boiler. Warm 1/2 cup of the Comfrey infusion in the other saucepan and as it warms, add in the Borax and Honey and allow to thoroughly dissolve as it warms. Stir in carefully.
Remove both pans from the heat and gradually combine the two mixtures. Beat the combination steadily with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until the mixture begins to thicken to a creamy consistancy as it cools down. Pot this up in a glass jar or container and label.
Buttermilk and Fennel Cleansing Milk
1/2 cup Buttermilk
2 tbsp Fennel Seeds, crushed
Clean Glass Bottle with stopper
Gently heat the Milk and crushed Seeds together in the Double Boiler for 30 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to stand and infuse for another 2 hours. After 2 hours, strain and bottle, refrigerate and use within one week.
Orange Flower Cleanser
2 tbsp Soy Oil
2 tbsp Almond Oil
1 oz Cocoa Butter
1 tbsp Beeswax
2 tbsp Orange Flower Water
1/8 tsp Borax
5 drops of Essential Oil of Neroli
2 Small Saucepans
Hand Beater or Wire Whisk
Clean Jar with Lid
In the first saucepan, mix the Oils and warm them over low heat. In the second Saucepan, melt the Cocoa Butter. Once melted, add the Cocoa Butter to the Oils.
In the second Saucepan, warm the Orange Flower Water over low heat and dissolve the Borax in it. Once dissolved, add this mix to the first Saucepan and beat it in briskly with the wire whisk or hand beater. Leave the mixture to thicken and cool.
As the mixture starts to thicken, stir in the Essential Oils. Once completely cooled, spoon the cream into the clean jar and tightly lid. Use as needed.
Chamomile and Honey Mask
1 tbsp dried Chamomile Flowers
3/4 cup Boiling Water
2 tbsp Bran
1 tsp clear Honey, warmed
Small Glass Bowl & Strainer
Put the Chamomile Flowers into the small Glass Bowl. Pour over the boiling water and allow them to infuse for 30 minutes. Strain this infusion and discard the Flowers.
Mix 3 tsp of this liquid with the Bran and Honey in the Glass Bowl. Rub this mixture all over your face. It may be a little stiff at first but will smooth out over your skin as it warms. Leave this on your face for at least 10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
You may bottle up Chamomile Water for future use in a Glass or Plastic container with lid. You may add this to the Bran and Honey at the last minute as needed.
A Deep Pore Cleansing Mask
1 tsp Beeswax
1 tbsp Lanolin
3 tbsp Rosewater
1 tbsp Fullers Earth
1 tsp Flax Seed
In the Saucepan, melt the Wax and Lanolin together over a gentle heat, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat and add in the Rosewater, stirring still until the mix is cooled.
Once cool, mix in the Fullers Earth and the Flax Seeds until you have a smooth paste. Apply immediately. Do not store for future use because it will harden.
Fennel Facial Cleanser
1 tbsp Fennel Seeds
1 cup Boiling Water
1 tsp Honey
2 tbsp Buttermilk
Wooden Spoon or Mortar and Pestle
2 Small Bowls
Clean, Glass Bottle with Stopper
Lightly crush the Fennel Seeds with the wooden spoon or in the Mortar & Pestle. Place the crushed Seeds into the Small Bowl. Pour over the boiling water and allow to infuse for 30 minutes.
Strain the cooled liquid into the second small bowl and add in the Honey and Buttermilk. Stir in carefully until well mixed. Transfer to the clean Glass Bottle and Stopper. Keep this mix in the refrigerator and use as a cleanser for your face.
And that’s about all I have room for today! But I have many many more great recipes for cleansers, creams, moisturizers, bath bags, bath salts, cellulite creams, body washes, etc… Look for my future posts on these recipes and methods.
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