If you’re as concerned about what you put on your body as what you put in it, you might want to try making your own beauty products at home.
CALENDULA AND MANADRIN LIPBALM
Mandarin essential oil from the fresh peel of the fruit is gently antiseptic and cleansing. Lemon balm is active against the herpes virus, so this balm also helps to prevent or treat cold sores. The cocoa butter helps to condition, soothe and protect your lips.
- 1t beeswax
- 70g cocoa butter
- 1t coconut oil
- 5 drops lemon balm tincture
- 5 drops calendula tincture
- 10 drops mandarin essential oil
- Gradually melt the beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil in a small bowl set over a saucepan of hot water.
- Add the tinctures and the essential oil to the mixture, then stir gently. Divide the mixture between two small sterilised jars and allow it to set. It should keep for about three months
COCONUT AND ROSEMARY CONDITIONER
Super-enriching coconut oil is one of the greatest treats for the hair and scalp. It moisturises the skin while smoothing and softening the hair, and is perfect for taming unruly curls or conditioning flyaway ends. Lavender, rosemary and geranium essential oils stimulate hair growth and restore vitality to dull hair.
- 100g coconut oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 8 drops rosemary essential oil
- 6 drops geranium essential oil
- Melt the coconut oil (which you buy as a solid) by standing the sealed jar in a bowl of hot water so that the water reaches halfway up the side of the jar. Remove the jar, add the essential oils to the melted coconut oil and mix thoroughly. Allow to cool and set.
- To use, warm some of the blend by rubbing it in the palm of your hand to melt it, then work it through the hair, concentrating on massaging the scalp. Wrap a warm towel around your head and leave for 30 minutes.
- Remove the oil from your hair by applying neat shampoo and working it into the hair before adding a bit of water. Rinse the hair and shampoo again if necessary.
HONEY AND ROSE PETAL FACE SCRUB
Honey is one of nature’s best skin treatments. It softens, soothes and protects the skin from moisture loss, as well as acting as a lubricant. Rose oil has cooling and toning properties and lavender oil freshens and purifies, improving the condition and balance of the skin.
- 25g dried rose petals
- 2T dried lavender flowers
- 1 drop lavender essential oil
- 1 drop rose essential oil
- 2t clear honey
- Make an infusion using half the rose petals and a cup of boiling water. Cover and leave to steep.
- Using a mortar and pestle, grind the remaining rose petals and the lavender until they’re a powdery consistency. Combine the powdered flowers with the essential oils and honey and add enough rose infusion for the mixture to form a paste.
- To use, apply to the face and gently rub in a circular motion to exfoliate the skin.
ROSE AND AVOCADO BODY MOISTURISER
Moisturising cocoa butter and Shea nut butter are combined here with vitamin-rich avocado oil to give your skin a nourishing treat. The beautiful rose fragrance adds a touch of luxury to the mix.
- ½t cocoa butter and Shea nut butter mix
- 1t avocado oil
- 2T rose petal infusion
- 2T emulsifying wax
- 2 drops rose essential oil
- 3 drops geranium essential oil
- Combine the cocoa butter and Shea nut butter mix with the avocado oil in a bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water.
- Gently heat the rose petal infusion and the emulsifying wax in a separate small saucepan and wait until the wax has completely dissolved in the infusion. Slowly add the infusion to the oil mixture, whisking it together for about 10 seconds.
- Set aside to cool. When the mixture has cooled down, add the essential oils. Store the mixture in a sterilised glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, and try to use it within three months.
HERBAL FACE AND BODY SPRITZ
Fresh mint is the essential ingredient of this refreshing herbal spritz, which is ideal to help cool your skin. Store in the refrigerator when not in use and use within two days.
- 3t fresh mint
- 1 heaped tsp fresh dill
- 1t fresh parsley
- 85ml mineral water
- Make an infusion with the mint, dill and parsley, using just enough boiling water to cover them completely. Leave to steep for around 10 minutes. Then, once brewed, add the mineral water and pour into a sterilised glass bottle with an atomiser spray. Chill before using.
DID YOU KNOW? Coconut oil is one of the greatest treats for the hair and scalp. It’s also perfect for taming curls.
TIP To sterilise glass jars, preheat the oven to and lids in hot soapy. Place on an oven tray in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove immediately.