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Homemade Hand Cream

Ingredients
1/2 c. almond oil or olive oil
1/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. beeswax pastilles
20 drops essential oil

Directions

Combine almond oil, coconut oil, essential oils and beeswax pastilles in a glass jar. Place the jar in a saucepan filled with 2 inches of water and heat on medium.
As the ingredients start to melt, stir occasionally to incorporate.
Once the beeswax and oils are completely melted and blended, pour into the container you will use for storage. (I use old cold cream containers and half pint mason jars).
This cream may feel oily when first applied. That will go away after a few minutes when it is absorbed into the skin.

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Salve for Stretch Marks

Ingredients
•¼ cup Shea Butter
•¼ cup Coconut Oil
•3 Tablespoons Apricot Kernel or Almond Oil (can also use Olive oil)
•1 Tablespoon Calendula Flowers (optional)
•¼ tsp dried Ginger Root (optional)

Instructions
1.If using the calendula and dried ginger, add to Apricot Kernel or Almond Oil and place in a double boiler or bowl over a small pan of water. (or use a glass jar for easier clean up)
2.Bring to a simmer and heat for 30 minutes on medium low heat to incorporate the properties of the herbs.
3.Strain through a cheesecloth or metal strainer to remove herbs. YOu will want to make sure you still have at least 2 tablespoons of liquid oil left.
4.Return the oil to the double boiler and add the shea butter and coconut oil.
5.Heat until melted and stir to incorporate.
6.Remove from heat and store in small glass jar.
7.Add any pregnancy safe essential oils if desired.
8.Use as needed on skin before, during or after pregnancy as needed.

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Brown Sugar Scrub for the Face

Brown sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliant that works for all skin types. I adapted this recipe from one suggested by Lena Korres, founder of Korres Natural Products, and makeup artist Jemima Kidd, in Cosmopolitan magazine. They recommend curing chapped lips by mixing brown sugar with honey and massaging into lips.

Ingredients:
•1 tablespoon brown sugar
•1 tsp (more or less, add drops if you need them) of olive oil or extra virgin coconut oil

Preparation:

Put the brown sugar in your palm
Add the olive or coconut oil
Stir in your palm with your finger, creating a paste.
Add or less as needed
Massage into skin in a circular motion.
Rinse off with warm water.
Press a warm washcloth into face.
Slather your skin in your favorite moisturizer or follow with a moisturizing mask.

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How to make a natural foaming face wash

Ingredients
4 tablespoons apple juice
1 ounce natural olive oil soap or castile soap
1 ounce green clay (illite)
Optional: 10 drops chamomile, mandarin, lemon and/or carrot seed oil (if using all four, make sure you do not use more than 20 drops of essential oil for each ounce of soap
How to Make
Combine juice and soap; stir gently to avoid excessive bubbles from forming.
Gently fold in clay and stir well (use a stick blender if needed, but keep it below the mixture level to avoid getting tons of bubbles).
If using, add essential oil and stir.
How to Use
Every morning and evening, apply a hazelnut-sized amount to skin and lightly massage.
Avoid getting cleanser in eyes.
Rinse off with a face cloth and warm water.
Storage
Store for up to one month in a refrigerator or cool, clean place (not the shower!) with container tightly closed.
I just whipped up a batch of this for myself and I really like it. It was super easy to make – only took about 5-10 minutes. It provided a lot of lather but didn’t leave my skin feeling dry or stripped.

I only had peppermint castile soap on hand, which contains peppermint essential oil. That gave the cleanser an extra refreshing feel (great for a morning pick-me-up!). If you do the same, just be sure to not get much of the cleanser around the eyes (eg., don’t rub it around the eyes or use it to remove eye makeup), because peppermint oil can be too strong around the eye area.

I also used orange, lemon and chamomile essential oils and doubled the recipe, which was more than enough to fill this 125ml bottle. That will probably be way more than I need to wash my face for a month so I’m going to try using it as a body cleanser as well.

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DIY Shampoo

½ cup water
½ cup liquid castile soap*
3 tbsp aloe vera gel
1 tsp jojoba or grapeseed oil*
essential oil (see note below)
Mix all of these together in a clean bottle (perhaps your old shampoo bottle) and shake before using. It’s not as thick as you’re probably used to; but don’t overdo it in the shower — you only need a little to get a lot of lather.

If you want a more spa-like experience, add several drops of your favorite essential oil. Lavender is a good option to help reduce stress as is eucalyptus, which will help your sinuses in the morning, too (learn more about calming aromatherapy). If cost isn’t an issue, try using rose water instead of the plain water.

When you choose a castile soap, I recommend Dr Bronner’s. They come already scented and infused with essential oils. What’s very important to me is that the ingredients are fairly traded and never tested on animals. Thanks to this recipe, I have a clear conscience and hair that’s never been softer or silkier.

*Editor’s Note: It’s important to dilute castile soap. It’s way too strong to use on hair straight. Also note that in Green Beauty Recipes, author Julie Gabriel (also the founder of organic skincare lines Petite Marie Organics and Green Beauty by Julie Gabriel), recommends adding 1 teaspoon jojoba oil and 1 teaspoon glycerin

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Night Cream Recipe

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon shea butter
2 teaspoons grated beeswax
1 tablespoon rosewater
1/4 teaspoon lecithin
oil from two capsules of vitamin E
3 drops chamomile or lavender essential oil

Instructions:
Melt oil, butter, and beeswax in heatproof glass measuring cup, over boiling water or in microwave. (low heat) Remove from heat just before beeswax is completely melted. Finish melting by stirring in warm oil. Add the vitamin E oil and lecithin and stir in between additions. Mix rosewater and aloe together and slowly add to main mixture. Continue stirring with a small metal whisk. Once mixture is cooled, add the essential oil and stir. Store inside drawer or cabinet. Try to keep away from sun and heat.

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Avocado Mask for the Poor & Pretty

Ingredients:
1 avocado
1 egg yolk
4 tsp honey (all-natural or raw honey is best, if you have it)

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DIY Natural Makeup on the Cheap

Contouring Powder

Things you’ll need (change the amounts based on your skin tone)

  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon (adds glow)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (sun kissed)
  • ½ teaspoon cocoa powder (adds darkness)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch or powdered sugar (lightens it)
  • 5 drops (or so) of rubbing alcohol (to make it stick together)
  • Empty compact

Directions

  • Mix the ingredients together into a small bowl making sure to break it up into a fine powder. Place the ingredients into an empty compact and smooth it with fingers or the back of a spoon. Let sit overnight. It will be firm and ready to use in the morning.

Bronzer

Things you’ll need (change the amounts based on your skin tone)

  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon powder
  • 3 ½ Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 5 drops (or so) rubbing alcohol
  • 1 empty compact

Directions

Blend the ingredients together in a bowl or blender to make a fine powder, place in the compact and smooth out with  fingers or a spoon. Let the bronzer firm up overnight. It will be ready to use in the morning.

Translucent Face Powder

Things you’ll need

  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baby powder or talc (you can leave this out if you want)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

A word about talc from the American Cancer Society: “Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products. All home-use talcum products in the United States have been asbestos-free since the 1970s.”

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients together and place them into a clean powder container (jar with a lid) and apply with a brush.

Makeup is often dirt cheap, and sometimes free, with coupons and sales. But for those worried about chemicals, there’s a way to have nice cosmetics without sacrificing savings.

 

Compliments of thecrazycouponlady.com

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Easiest Homemade Soap Ever

16 oz lard

2 oz lye

6 oz water

Pour the lye into the water and stir with wood or plastic spoon to dissolve.  Allow to cool.

When cool put the lard into the blender and add the lye solution.  Turn the blender on low to medium speed and blend until it starts to thicken, you can add scents or other additives at this time. Pour into molds and store in warm place to allow to cool and harden, check every 2-3 days and remove from molds when hardened.

This is such fun and so easy I make soap all the time now.

I substitue some or all the lard with olive oil or coconut oil for a variety.

Don’t over blend or it will harden in the blender.

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Skin Brightening Facial Toner

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Lemon juice

1 Cup Water

2/3 Cup Witch hazel (can purchase at any drug store)

Plastic bottle or jar

Facial toner recipe for those with normal to dry skin.

*For oily skin add 2 Tablespoons Alcohol*

STEP ONE: Mix ingredients in a bottle or jar.
STEP TWO: Cleanse skin with facial cleanser and rinse. Repeat.

STEP THREE: Apply toner with a cotton pad, sweep upward and outward over entire face and neck.

STEP FOUR: Apply moisturizer.

Benefits:

Witch Hazel: Tightens pores and reduces inflammation.

Lemon Juice: Reduce blemishes and lightens skin.

Use facial toner both morning and night for a deeper cleanse, smaller pores and bright, radiant skin!

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