One of the ingredients that should be in every DIY beauty crafters cupboards is rose water, or another herbal water. Rose water is exactly what it sounds like – roses steeped in water, where the good components of the rose has soaked into the water. The great thing about these herbal waters, or herbal hydrosols, is that they are very versatile. They can be used as such as a face toner, or in a hair rinse. They can also be used in any recipe instead of water, and in that way you will get a lot of benefits from the hydrosol, instead just a filling agent (which water is). According to Livestrong, rose water is a mild antiseptic and is good for all skin types, especially sensitive skin, red and irritated skin as well as acne skin. In this post, I will discuss how you can find quality rose water in the shops, and how to make your own herbal hydrosols.
Sesame seed oil is a great ingredient to use in homemade skin care, and is used extensively in ayurvedic medicine. If you have ever bought sesame seed oil for cooking, you know it has a deep brown color and a rather strong smell. A few years back, I ordered some cosmetic sesame seed oil from one of my favorite online raw material shops, the german kosmetische rohstoffe. I was surprised to see that it hardly had any smell and the color was much paler than the grocery store version. I thought that there was a mistake and I had gotten some other oil. But recently I found out that the sesame seeds that are used in cooking have been roasted, which give them the characteristic smell and color. Unfortunately, roasting the seeds also take out most of the nutrients. So if you’re using sesame seed oil in skin care, be sure to buy the light, unroasted kind. Then you have a fatty oil perfect as it is as a massage oil, face or body oil and cuticle oil!
Having an unusual a hobby as making your own skin and hair care products, it can sometimes be a bit of a hassle to find the material to work with. There are some good webshops that sell raw material for homemade skin care, but a lot of material can also be found in local shops and similar, as long as you know where to look. Here are a few tips: (more…)
Check it out! Now you can order some raw material from AM natural, based in Jakobstad in Finland. They don’t have that much, but some clays, fats and other stuff you might need. Also check out their products, they have some really nice hair styling products for instance.
Since every other Sunday, I will be writing about my hair washing test, I figured I should have something else to offer you on the other Sundays, so you won’t die of boredom in waiting for the next hair washing review.
Speaking of which, remember to check back next Sunday to find out how we did on the conditioner only-wash. I just went and bought four different kinds of conditioners today for the second week. Since I make most stuff myself, I don’t have the opportunity to go shopping for beauty products every day, so it was kind of exciting 🙂
Anyways, back to today. I decided to start a serial on herbs. Not only are herbs great for cooking, they also make a lovely addition to most skin and hair care products. Today I will write a little bit about how to pick herbs, and next week about some of my own favorite herbs. Then, in the upcoming posts I will write about some ways to preserve and use herbs for different kinds of products and as natural remedies, including herb oils, herbal infusions and herb honey.
While in Mariehamn, I bought these beautiful perfume bottles from a second hand shop. Unfortunately they still smelled of the old perfumes (and not really nice ones either). I am now trying to soak them in lemon juice overnight, to see if that removes the smell. If it doesn’t, I’m going to try baking soda and finally vinegar.
But there’s a lot more one can do with lemons than just remove perfume smells. And don’t throw away the peels after you think you’re done! (more…)
Beeswax is great to use in skin care products. It sets as a waxy surface on your skin, and protects it from the outside, while keeping the moisture inside so the skin doesn’t dry out. Especially now in wintertime, beeswax is very useful. Beeswax works great on dry areas, and also areas that are often exposed to cold, wind etc.
You can find beeswax in hobby craft stores, where it is sold as an ingredient for making candles. Or if you’re lucky, you can buy it straight from a bee-keeper. Keep your eyes out on farmer’s markets and similar. Once you’ve bought some, you can keep it forever without it going off. The yellow (unbleached) beeswax might loose a bit in color if exposed to sunshine. According to My homemade beauty, the yellow beeswax is to prefer in skin care, as it contains more Vitamin A. (more…)
Yesterday I went wild and bought a quite expensive, ecological grapefruit essential oil. But it smells so nice! Grapefruit e.o. is also good for hair and skin. It is said to make hair shinier, and stimulate hair growth. And it is good for normal to fatty skin and acne.
I have read many times that oils (especially dry, light oils) can go off if not preserved properly. Well, it had never happened to me so I didn’t really care about it. Until yesterday. I had a mixture with rapeseed oil as the base, and some olive, jojoba and grapeseed oil that I had in a spray bottle for using as a body oil. But now it smelled really foul (apparently rancid rapeseed oil has one of the worst smells of all rancid oils) and had, weirdly enough, become slightly lighter in color. Luckily enough I hadn’t made a very big batch so it didn’t feel like a great tragedy that I had to throw it away.
The reasons to why the oil had gone off, is probably it’s contact with water. Now that I think about it, I think I didn’t let the bottle dry up very well after washing it, and so the oil was mixed with a little bit of water, which is never a good thing. Also I kept it in the bathroom, which is a very damp place, and I didn’t care about closing the bathroom cupboard door all of the time.
Let me start by introducing some of my all time favorite ingredients and products when it comes to skin care. These can all be used on their own, or together with other stuff to make them even more effective. I might get more into these specific products later on, so this is just some brief comments about them. These products can all be found in larger ecological shops (depending on where you live) or from the Internet (you can find some links on the reference page).