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Homemade Cosmetics

Sharing information on making your own lotions, balms, oils, etc.

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Latest Activity: Apr 6

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No 'Poo Recipes 12 Replies

My hairdresser recommended the pricey WEN products for my fine curly hair, but I (of course) want to know how to cheaply make it…Continue

Tags: haircare, alternative, shampoo, poo, no

Started by Cornelia. Last reply by Desiree Mar 18, 2013.

Favroite Emulsifier

Hey All,I was wondering about emulsifier opinions.  I currently make two creams for my herbal business: one a rich, luxurious EVOO based cream and the other a lighter lotion for the face.  I've had…Continue

Started by Kali Oct 8, 2012.

Your lotion may improve with Aloe Jel instead of water 4 Replies

I use Aloe Jel, Oil (almond, grapeseed, avodado, or apricot), tea tree oil, any smell that you like: ie, lavendar, and a small amount of store bought fragrance free" Alba or what ever organic lotion"…Continue

Started by Lola Stone. Last reply by Penny Apr 21, 2012.

DIY Organic Hair Powder 12 Replies

Ready Made has a simple and economical way to make hair powder - yet another way to avoid the shampoo / greasy…Continue

Tags: no, poo, alternative, shampoo, powder

Started by Cornelia. Last reply by kristin clapper May 5, 2011.

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Comment by Corinne Mockler on April 21, 2013 at 10:20am

This is such a great group! So far I've made my own deodorant (recipe from Oh Dear Drea) and lip balm (similar to Karin's recipe below, but just with beeswax, coconut oil, sunflower oil and peppermint essential oil - and just microwaved it)...Next up is lotion and mascara!

And I'm really really interested in making a conditioner and hair serum type product that would work for my hair as well as the store bought products I currently use. It's hard to tell from my photo, but I have really really thick curly hair that's extremely dry - any suggestions?

Comment by Karin Bosela on April 20, 2013 at 4:56pm

Here is a great Lavendar Mint Lip Balm recipe if anyone is interested.

2 T Calendula petals (I use loose, dry herbs)*
2 T Marshmallow root
3 T beeswax
1⁄2 c coconut oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil

Heat an oven to 200 degrees & turn it off. Melt the coconut oil on low heat then add herbs. Let sit for five minutes on the low heat then transfer them to your oven. Let the herbs steep there for four hours or longer. Strain the herbs from the oil (if the mixture solidifies, warm it on the stove to melt again; put the strained oil back in a pan on the stove top on low heat. Add the wax; let it melt; add the essential oils. Pour it into clean, dry containers.
* Note - Don’t confuse Calendula officinalis with ornamental marigolds of the Tagets genus, which are commonly grown in vegetable gardens. Calendula Officinalis has high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that protect cells from being damaged by unstable molecules called free radicals. Calendula appears to fight inflammation, viruses, and bacteria. It has been shown to help wounds heal faster, possibly by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the affected area, which helps the body grow new tissue. The dried petals of the calendula plant are used in tinctures, ointments, and washes to treat burns, bruises, and cuts, as well as the minor infections they cause. Calendula has been shown to help prevent dermatitis or skin inflammation in breast cancer patients during radiation therapy.
As a breast cancer survivor I recommend a product by Radiant Sun called My Girls Friend made into a Calendula cream.

Comment by Karin Bosela on April 20, 2013 at 4:51pm

Hi everyone! I make a few homemade balms and lotions as well as natural medicines and cleaners. Hopefully I will be able to contribute my knowledge to the group.  Give me a little time to absorb the posts to see what everyone is interested in and I will be happy to post and share.

Comment by Desiree on March 19, 2013 at 2:44pm

Just  joined the group and excited to learn new tricks and recipes! I've been making salves for a year now and I love experimenting. :)

Comment by HOMEGROWN.org on May 2, 2012 at 3:03pm

Here is a good recipe and tutorial for homemade probiotic deodorant from Frugally Sustainable - great site!!

Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on February 15, 2011 at 1:31pm
Finally tried the OCM... and it is working! (okay you can laugh now) I am 57 and live in a high desert area in Colorado so saying I am not needing moisturizers, makeup removers, or face soap that has all the chemicals in it is a wonderful thing!
Comment by Cornelia on January 25, 2011 at 10:44am
ReadyMade has a slideshow (which means way too much clicking around) with great recipes for lotion, cheek stain, eyeliner, sugar wax and more. Check it here.
Comment by Michelle Natale on December 16, 2010 at 8:48pm

Hey y'all!

I was wondering, if any of you make your own lye soap....

And if so, if you use liquid lye or the powder/flakes?

If you use liquid, do you use it ounce for ounce?

Comment by Tory on June 6, 2010 at 10:44pm
A picture of my homemade deodorant

Comment by Juli on June 6, 2010 at 10:07pm
I've been using baking soda to wash and herbal vigegars to rinse for about a year now and it's working great. I have really thick, curly long hair but no problems at all :)

I'm looking for natural/homemade deoderant. I've tried baking soda and it doesn't do it for me.

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