Natural Cosmetics You Make Yourself
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Clay Shampoo
Mix the following:
1 tablespoon of dry clay
4 ounces of hot water
Massage into hair, scalp and face and then rinse out.

Deodorants Apple cider vinegar applied directly
Mix coconut oil and baking soda (arrowroot can also be added)
Simmer cleavers (galium aparine) in water. Cool, strain and bottle. Apply with cotton balls. Cleavers can be gathered in spring and summer, keeps about a week.

Eye shadow
Kajal, or Indian eye shadow:
Put a cotton string, wicking or twisted cloth in 1 cup of good-quality castor oil, make a lamp, (perhaps a floating candle?) burn the string under a clay plate or pot so flame touches the bottom of the plate/pot. After a while a black powder will form on the surface, which can be flicked off with a tap. Mix this powder with castor oil and apply on eyes.

Hair Spray
Mix a small amount of sugar syrup with water until it is dilute enough to go through a fine mist sprayer.

Hair Conditioner
Put a couple drops of coconut oil into your hands, finger-comb through just-washed hair.

Hand Lotion
Put into a glass, ceramic or baked enamel bowl or pot:
1/2 cup petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
1 cup clean rendered lard
1 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon candle wax
Melt over very low heat (on a plate on top of a slow cooker is good) overnight or until it melts.
Pour into jars or containers.
This is a natural product with no preservatives and it will go rancid with time, so it is best to keep most of it frozen and only keep what you are using out at room temperature.

Lip balm/salve
Put into a baked enamel bowl or pot:
1 cup clean rendered lard
1 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon candle wax
Melt over very low heat (on a plate on top of a slow cooker is good) overnight or until it melts. Pour into small pots for salve or into empty lipstick or chapstick tubes for lip balm. Any leftover that you don't have enough containers for, pour into a plastic ice cube tray, put in a plastic bag an store in the freezer. Take out when you need more. This is a natural product with no preservatives and it will go rancid with time, so it is best to keep most of it frozen and only keep what you are using at the time out at room temperature.

Apply a red-colored fruit to lips such as elderberry, cherry or beet root and then cover with lip balm/salve above.

Facial makeup foundation
Mix pure calamine powder, powdered slippery elm bark and arrowroot powder until they are a color that approximates your own skin tone. Add a few drops or a small amount of almond oil and mix until you get a thick paste. As this is a natural product that will go off in a few days, either make a very small batch or store in the freezer.

Oatmeal Baby Bath
Whirl 1 cup of whole oats in a blender or food processor until they are reduced to powder.
Sprinkle powder into the bath and swirl.

Use an essential oils whose aroma you like, such as lavender or rosemary, and mix it with a carrier oil, like almond oil, and use sparingly. Perfumes are made with fragrance oils to smell something like the real thing. Essential oils come from plants with all their cofactors complete and *are* the real thing. Also, add a small drop of real vanilla extract if desired.

Shampoo & Conditioner
Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with of 1 cup of water for shampoo (will feel slightly "slimy")
Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water for conditioner

Strawberry face-soak infusion

Pour 1 1/2 cups boiling water over 1/4 cup strawberry cuttings (leaves, tops) in a glass bowl and cover. Steep for 2 hours. Strain and pour the water into a clean jar, seal with a lid and refrigerate. Soak a face cloth with the infusion, heat it then apply to face.

Teeth Whitening
Swish 3% hydrogen peroxide around in mouth and then spit out  (Use sparingly and do not swallow if you have amalgam fillings)
Brush teeth with mashed strawberry

Coconut oil and baking soda

Toothpaste, Ben Franklin's
Mix into a paste:
Ground charcoal
Rub on teeth for whiteness

Wrinkle cream and age spot remover
Grind primrose (cowslip) flowers until fine and mix with lard.

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