Astar's Craft: Homemade beauty lotions and potions
This week - the beautifying properties of cucumbers -
Cucumber wrinkle eliminating day and night lotion
For the mayonnaise mask base
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 3/8ths cup olive oil (6 tablespoons)
Use and electric blender to blend egg yolk and vinegar slowly, and then add the oil in a thin stream. Continue blending until the mix changes texture and forms a thick emulsion.
For the lotion
2 tbsp of above mask base
1 egg white
60 gm olive oil or almond oil
1/4 peeled and chopped cucumber
Simple tincture of benzoin - optional
Screw top jar
Mix all but the benzoin, together in an electric blender until the cucumber is liquefied.
Strain, and then add a drop or two of the benzoin. Pour into screw top clean jar and store in fridge.
Simple anti wrinkle cucumber lotion
1/4 cup rose water
Blend until smooth both ingredients. Strain off fluid and store in fridge.
Cucumber lightening lotion for face and neck
1/4 fresh cucumber - at room temperature
1 tbsp milk
A few drops of rose water
Crush a piece of peeled cucumber to extract 1 tbsp cucumber juice. Mix cucumber juice with milk and a few drops of rose water. Mix until the ingredients blend together.
Apply lotion to face and neck with a pastry brush. Let it stand for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Facial oil blend
To nourish maturing winter damaged dehydrated skin
10 ml rosehip oil
10 ml almond oil
10 ml evening primrose oil
1 ml vitamin E oil
Small dark glass bottle with stopper for storage
Add all oils to dark glass bottle. Shake before use.
Store in a cool dark location, however refrigeration is best
Will last a good 6 months.
Aloe vera and rosehip facial spray
Fantastic to rehydrated dry skin - great for us over 45'ers&
30 ml aloe vera gel
20 ml witch hazel
50 ml rosewater
25 ml rosehip infusion - 1 tbsp rosehips ground and infused in 50 ml filtered water
1/2 ml glycerin
Dark glass bottle with spray mister attachment.
3 drops Lavender oil - for balancing
Or 2 drops grapefruit - for toning
3 drops of ylang ylang - for moisturizing
2 drops chamomile oil - for calming
Infuse 1 Tbsp ground rosehips in 50ml of boiled filtered water. Allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain and keep liquid.
Mix all ingredients together then pour into a dark glass bottle. Allow to rest for a couple of days before using.
Shake before use and store in fridge. Self life 6 months.
(TX: 15 September 2011)