recipes for face, eyes & lips

Safety Warning for recipes and using essential oils:
Always dilute essential oils in a base oil (such as olive or almond oil); when undiluted, they can be extremely irritating applied directly on the skin.
Certain essential oils should not be handled by anyone who may be pregnant or who has an existing medical condition. If in any doubt, seek medical advice. Wear rubber gloves when handling the concentrated oil and spice blends to avoid any irritation.
To make sure that your homemade cosmetics do not cause an allergic reaction, do a patch test by spreading a small amount on your inner arm and leave for 24 hours to see whether there is an adverse reaction, such as a rash.
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Chocolate Lip Gloss

– 1 fluid ounce castor oil or sunflower oil

– 1/4 ounce beeswax

– 1/2 ounce cocoa butter or shea buter

– 1/8 ounce dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids works well)

– small pan, with a lip if possible

– small, clean glass pot with lid that will hold approximately 2 fluid ounces

– paper towels for wiping up any excess balm mix

Put the castor oil or sunflower oil, beeswax, cocoa or shea butter and chocolate in the small pan and gently heat until all the ingredients have melted. It is very important to do this gently and slowly; do not simmer at any point.
Once these ingredients have all melted, stir the mixture well. Then pour it out into your pot, put the lid on, and leave to cool and harden for 30 minutes.
Once it has cooled, label your lip balm and enjoy your nourishing and moisturizing lip gloss.

(Note: If you spill any of the mixture, use paper towels to wipe it up. Do not pour it down the sink, as beeswax can block the pipes as it hardens.
Because your lip balm is natural and made without any petroleum, it is more susceptible to changes in temperature. If it gets too hard, just put it in your pocket to warm it up a little; if it gets too runny, pop it in the fridge to harden up again.)

Recipe Source: “Treat Yourself Natural” by Sof McVeigh


Mint Lip Balm

– 1 fluid ounce sunflower oil

– 1/4 ounce beeswax

– 1/2 ounce cocoa butter

– 4 drops of peppermint essential oil

– small, clean pot with lid that will hold approximately 2 fluid ounces

– small pan, with a lip if possible

– paper towels for wiping up any excess balm mix

Put the sunflower oil, beeswax and cocoa butter in the small pan and gently heat until all the ingredients have melted. It is very important to do this gently and slowly; do not simmer at any point.
Once the mixture has melted, take it off the heat and add in the peppermint essential oil.
Now pour the mixture into your pot, put the lid on and leave to cool for 30 minutes.
Once cooled, label and use.

(Note: If you spill any of the mixture, use paper towels to wipe it up. Do not pour it down the sink, as beeswax can block the pipes as it hardens.
Because your lip balm is natural and made without any petroleum, it is more susceptible to changes in temperature. If it gets too hard, just put it in your pocket to warm it up a little; if it gets too runny, pop it in the fridge to harden up again.)

Recipe Source: “Treat Yourself Natural” by Sof McVeigh


Infused Calendula Oil

– 1 sterilized jam jar

– fresh or dried pot marigold petals to fill half the jar

– bowl

– sieve lined with muslin

– sunflower oil to fill the jar

Fill half of a jam jar with dried or fresh pot marigold petals.
Pour sunflower oil over the petals and fill up to the top of the jar, making sure all the petals are covered (fresh petals that are exposed to the air can become moldy).
Give the mixture a good stir, making sure there are no bubbles in it.
Leave the jar in a warm spot (on a windowsill or in airing cupboard) for two weeks. During this time, check that the petals are still covered in oil, and top up the oil if you need to. This process allows the natural goodness of the petals to sweep into the oil.
After two weeks, strain the contents of your jar through a sieve lined with muslin into a bowl. Squeeze out the muslin to extract all the goodness, keeping the oil and then pouring it back into your jar for use. This will be a lovely, rich orange color and will last for six months.

Recipe Source: “Treat Yourself Natural” by Sof McVeigh


Sage, Witch Hazel & Rosemary Skin Toner

– 7 fluid ounces still spring water

– 4 teaspoons glycerine

– 2 teaspoons sage tincture

– 1 teaspoon witch hazel tincture

– 1 teaspoon rosemary tincture

– 5 drops of rose essential oil or lavender essential oil

Mix all of the above in a bottle. Use nightly with a cotton ball.

(Note: Use the following instructions to create each of your tinctures.

– 1 jam jar

– dried or fresh leaves to fill the jar; make sure they were not sprayed with a weed killer

– pure vodka to cover the leaves

Pick a couple handfuls of leaves, shake them out to remove any bugs, and put them in a clean jar.
Pour pure vodka over the leaves, making sure they are completely covered with the liquid; if the leaves are exposed to the air, they will rot.
Leave the mixture in the jar for two weeks, shaking occasionally.
After two weeks, strain and throw away the leaves, retaining the liquid as your tincture.)

Recipe Source: “Treat Yourself Natural” by Sof McVeigh


Peppermint Facial Toner

– 1 or 2 teabags peppermint tea (or use fresh or dried peppermint leaves)

– 1 cup boiling water

Pour boiling water over teabag(s) or leaves and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Discard bags/leaves and chill your tea in the refrigerator. Use the peppermint tea as a toner to remove excess oil and shine from your skin. Apply with a cotton ball or use a small spray bottle.

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles


Lemon Balm Facial Toner

– 1 or 2 teabags lemon balm tea (or use fresh or dried lemon balm leaves)

– 1 cup boiling water

Pour boiling water over teabag(s) or leaves and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Discard bags/leaves and chill your tea in the refrigerator. Use the lemon balm tea as a toner to remove excess oil and shine from your skin. Apply with a cotton ball or use a small spray bottle.

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles


Chamomile Facial Toner

– 1 or 2 teabags chamomile tea (or use fresh or dried chamomile flowers)

– 1 cup boiling water

Pour boiling water over teabag(s) or flowers and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Discard bags/strain your tea and chill in the refrigerator. Use the chamomile tea as a toner to soften and moisturize your skin, especially when it’s dry during the winter. Apply with a cotton ball or use a small spray bottle.

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles


Fennel Facial Toner

– 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds

– 1 cup boiling water

Pour boiling water over crushed fennel seeds and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain your tea and chill in the refrigerator. Use the fennel tea as a toner on itchy, rashy skin. Apply with a cotton ball or use a small spray bottle.

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles


Banana Mask for Dry or Dehydrated Skin

– 1/3 mashed ripe banana

– small bowl

For positively glowing skin, mash a third of a very, very ripe banana in a small bowl.
Use the pulp to wash your face and throat, avoiding the eye area.
If your skin is especially dry or dehydrated, leave this on for approximately 5 minutes.
Rinse, then pat dry.

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles


Rose & Cream Cleanser for Aging Skin

– 1 tablespoon heavy cream

– 1 or 2 drops rose essential oil (or rose geranium essential oil)

To pamper mature, thin, dry skin, mix 1 tablespoon of heavy cream with 1 or 2 drops rose (or rose geranium) essential oil. Use as you would a cleansing lotion, massaging well into your face and throat. This can be used on the eye area to remove eye makeup and mascara.
To remove the cleansing cream, gently wipe your face with a damp washcloth or cotton pad and lightly splash water on any areas with residue left behind. Pat dry, if needed.

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles


Buttermilk Facial Cleanser

– a small amount of buttermilk (enough to wash your face with)

For smooth, soft skin, wash your face with buttermilk. Use it as you would ordinary cold cream, avoiding the eye ares. It’s gentle enough for all skin types and as a bonus, it contains naturally-occurring lactic acid. This acts as a mild exfoliant to remove dead skin buildup.

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles


“All-Purpose Cleanser”

– 1/2 cup ground oatmeal

– 1/3 cup finely ground sunflower seeds

– 1/4 cup finely ground almond meal

– 1 teaspoon powdered peppermint or rosemary leaves, rose petals, or lavender flowers

– dash of cinnamon powder (optional)

– water, 1% or 2% milk, or heavy cream to moisten

In a medium-size bowl, mix the dry ingredients together thoroughly.
Using approximately 2 teaspoons of scrub mixture for your face and throat (or more for your body), add enough water (for oily skin), milk (for normal skin), or heavy cream (for dry skin) to form a spreadable paste. Allow to thicken for 1 minute. Massage onto your face and throat or body area. Rinse and pat dry.
Store any remaining blend in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to six months, or up to a year in the freezer.

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles


“Sleepytime Balm”

– 1/4 cup all-vegetable shortening, at room temperature

– 10 drops orange essential oil

– 2 drops ylang-ylang essential oil

– 1 drop vanilla essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whip together using a small spatula or whisk.
Apply a dab of balm to your temples after cleansing your face and just prior to bedtime.
Use daily, if desired.
Store in a 2-ounce plastic or glass jar in a cool, dry place for up to 3 or 4 months.

(Note: The book author/recipe source says this recipe is “gentle enough to safely pacify even the most irritable, restless infant”, but use at your own discretion.)

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles


“Magic Mint” Mask

– approximately 10 large peppermint leaves

– 1/3 cup water

– 1 tablespoon white cosmetic clay

Add the peppermint leaves and water to a blender and mix until green and frothy. Strain.
In a small bowl, add mint liquid to the clay and stir until a spreadable paste forms.
Spread onto a clean face and throat and let dry. Rinse and pat your face dry.
This mask is said to slough off dead skin cells, absorb excess oil and make your pores appear smaller.

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles


Zucchini Mask

– 1 baby zucchini (3 to 4 inches long)

– 1/4 cup water

– 5 tablespoons oatmeal

Blend zucchini with water in your blender until smooth and pale green. Strain.
In a coffee grinder or dry blender, grind oatmeal until coarsely powdered.
In a small bowl, mix sufficient zucchini liquid with 1 to 2 tablespoons of powdered oatmeal and let thicken for 1 minute. Spread this paste on your neck and throat and allow to dry for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
This mask is alkaline, soothing, and full of skin-healing minerals. It is said to be good for inflamed, sensitive, oil, or acne-prone skin.

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles


Skin-Replenishing Herbal Tea (for drinking)

– 2 tablespoons dried lemon balm leaves

– 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers

– 1 tablespoon dried peppermint leaves

– 1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers

– 1 tablespoon dried rose petals

– 1 tablespoon dried nettles

– 1 tablespoon dried alfalfa

– 1 tablespoon dried rose hips

– 2 teaspoons dried dandelion leaves

– 2 teaspoons dried raspberry leaves

– 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger root

This is a batch recipe that will create a tea supply for 25 to 30 cups.
To create your tea blend, mix all herbs in a medium-size bowl and stir to combine.
Store in a tightly-sealed tin, jar, or plastic tub or bag in a cool, dark location.
Best if used within six months.

To use:
Bring a cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of your tea blend. Cover and allow to steep for 10 to 15 minutes.
Strain your tea. Add sweetener/honey/lemon, if desired.
You can consume up to 3 cups daily.

Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles (Found under “Skin-Sational Herb Tea”)


“Aphrodite’s Ageless Skin Potion”

– 1/4 cup sweet almond oil

– 2 drops chamomile oil

– 2 drops rosemary oil

– 2 drops lavender oil

Combine these oils in a sealable, dark blue bottle. Shake very thoroughly.
Clean your skin with warm water, then gently dab with the “potion.”

Recipe Source: “The Book of Kitchen Witchery” by Cerridwen Greenleaf


Traditional Cold Cream

– 52 ounces white beeswax

– 1/2 cup almond oil

– 1/2 teaspoon borax

– 1/4 cup rosewater

Place the beeswax in a double boiler and add the almond oil. Melt the wax over low heat, stirring constantly to combine the ingredients.
Take off the heat and dissolve the borax in the rosewater and slowly pour it into the melted wax and oil, whisking constantly.
It will quickly turn milky and thicken. Continue whisking while it cools. When it reaches thick pouring consistency, pour into glass jars or china pots.
This is an all-purpose cream that can be used to cleanse and soothe the skin.
Makes 7 ounces.

Recipe Source: “The Country Store” by Stephanie Donaldson


Almond Oil Cleanser

– 2 ounces white beeswax

– 1 1/4 cups almond oil

– 1/2 cup rosewater

– 1/2 teaspoon borax

– 4 drops rose oil (optional)

Melt the beeswax in double boiler over low heat and slowly add the almond oil. Slightly warm the rosewater and dissolve the borax in it. Pour the rosewater into the oil mixture, whisking constantly as if emulsifies. Take off the heat and keep whisking as it cools. Add the rose oil if required. Pour into china pots or glass jars.

Recipe Source: “The Country Store” by Stephanie Donaldson

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