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Astar's Craft: Homemade beauty lotions and potions


With Astar

This week - the beautifying properties of cucumbers -

Cucumber wrinkle eliminating day and night lotion

Ingredients:

For the mayonnaise mask base

- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 3/8ths cup olive oil (6 tablespoons)

Method:

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

Method:

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

Ingredients:

1 cucumber
1/4 cup rose water 

Method:

Blend until smooth both ingredients.  Strain off fluid and store in fridge.


Cucumber lightening lotion for face and neck

Ingredients:

1/4 fresh cucumber - at room temperature
1 tbsp milk
A few drops of rose water

Method:

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

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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&

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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)


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