At Home Beauty Remedies
by ATFDC Contributor Sophie-Marie
- You can find those ingredients in any grocery store, but if you want to go for high quality and organic, I recommend Balducci’s Food Lover Market (10323 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda - (301) 564-3100). It’s also my favourite place to get on-the-go sushi, juuust sayin’. Also, you will find essential oils at any Whole Foods or even Trader Joe’s.
- The amounts of herbs and essential oils can vary. I prefer the scents to be rather strong (and I also have an unlimited supply of fresh herbs from the garden…), but if too much odour gives you a headache, reduce the amounts by a third or so.
- I had glass bottles on hand (from past home-cosmetic-ambition impulse buys), but if you don’t, by all means, you can re-use plastic or stainless steel cosmetics containers. Just rinse them very well and be sure they’re airtight and VERY dry (residues of water lead to mold).
- Mold in your products is something you really want to avoid, especially that you don’t have preservatives mass-production safety checks and such. For that, be sure to also let hot mixtures cool completely before closing and refrigerating the recipient, to avoid condensation.
- Again, since this isn’t manufactured, you may want to be careful about keeping everything extra-clean and germ-free. Your recipients, surfaces, utensils, anything that comes in contact with product that will end up in contact with your spin.
- As always, do an allergy patch test and check with your doctor if those ingredients are safe for use if you have any specific health issues. I am not liable for any negative side-effects or products misuse, but if you have positive results, you’re welcome to send me flowers. Not red roses, though. I only accept red roses from men whom I might consider to, uh, get to know, in the biblical sense that is, and if you’re reading an article about homemade herbal cosmetics, you sure as hell ain’t one of them.
3 tbsp sugar (brown if skin is in serious need for heavy exfoliation, extra-fine if sensitive skin)
1-2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
Massage on skin in smooth circles. Let rest for 5 minutes and rinse off.Face mask for radiant complexion:
My great-grandmother used this recipe, and her hands not only remained extremely soft, but she always smelled of mint and a hint of lavender, which until today remind me of her.
10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil
Apply at night (the strong scent might bother some, not to mention, oil is extremely slippery… Not a good idea), massaging into hands and nailbed. For added softness, slip on a pair of cotton gloves and sleep in them.
3/4 cups of olive oil
6 sprigs of rosemary
6 sprigs of lavender
15 mint leaves.
Wash herbs and let them dry well (REALLY important). Pack with oil into a glass airtight container and let infuse for a week. Strain to remove herbs. Apply on hair (about two spoonfuls; the amount depends of length and thickness), focusing on lengths and saturating dry ends. Massage scalp with fingers to stimulate hair growth (there’s no need to apply oil directly there, as it might lead to greasy roots). Wrap hair in warm towel or cloth and keep on for 30 minutes, or overnight for extra moisture. Rinse off with lukewarm water and preferably a sulfate-free shampoo.
1 1/2 cups of water
Bring water to a simmer, and in the meanwhile rinse the lavender and put into a cup. Pour hot water over the lavender and let it infuse for half an hour. Strain the liquid and pour into a dark airtight glass bottle. Keep into the fridge for better results. Apply on cleansed, dry face with cotton ball.
photo courtesy of KarenLaw.ca
Sophie-Marie was born in a small French-speaking Mediterranean country and moved to the DC area in 2006. In 2010, she started her freshman year of college at NYU in Paris and then took a gap year during which she used her free time to blog (http://sonushka.com) and cultivate herself as much as possible. History, languages, film, anything about the 1950s and before, literature (19th century French Romanticism is my favourite), opera, are among the many things that inspire her and her style. Follow her on twitter @miss_