Astar's Craft - Shoe deodoriser, natural cleaners, toners and moisturisers - 18 September
For smelly feet
4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cornflour - softener instead of talcum powder
6 drops tea tree oil - excellent antiseptic, fungicide, germicide
Put all ingredients into a small jar with cap, shake vigorously and sprinkle into offending shoes.
Almond cleansing cream
15 g beeswax
2 tbsp hydrous lanolin
8 tbsp sweet almond oil
2 tbsp rose water - warmed in a small dish over the top of electric jug
Note - you might need 1/4 tsp boric acid dissolved in the rose water to help bring mix to a smooth cream.
Use a double boiler and into bowl add wax and lanolin allow to
melt. Slowly add almond oil by degrees, and then stir in rose
water. Beat until you have a nice creamy consistency.
Ground oatmeal light cleansing cream
Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup unprocessed oatmeal - not instant.
Grind to a fine powder (use a coffee grinder)
Mix to a paste with fresh milk.
Apply to face or hands, then rinse in warm water. Will keep for as long as milk does, so just make up small amounts at a time.
Other suitable cleansers which help remove make-up
To remove foundation, eye shadow and mascara, simply apply almond or coconut oil to a make-up removal cotton pad. Wipe away that make-up.
Fresh potato juice, strawberry juice, warm milk or even thick Greek yoghurt work wonders, but it's not too successful with heavy make-up.
This is an important component in regard to a skin care resume as they help bring the natural skin pH (acid level) back into balance.
Rose water and witch hazel toner
Simply combine into a bottle:
2 parts rose water
1 part witch hazel.
Orange and lemon toner
3 tbsp rose water
Juice lemons, orange and cucumber and add the rose water and
Pour into bottle and shake well.
Light textured moisturizer
1 tbsp beeswax
1 tsp cocoa butter or use vegetable fat
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp lanolin
1/2 tsp boric acid
4 tbsp spring water or use rose water.
Melt the wax and cocoa butter, oil and lanolin in a double boiler.
Dissolve the boric acid in water or rose water which has been warmed.
Slowly add boric and rose water to oils, stirring until mixture cools and has become a nice light creamy consistency.
Lemon-Lanolin Barrier Cream
Sent in by viewer Rhonda, from the "Cosmetic & Fragrance Book for New Zealanders" by Elizabeth Francke, published 1980.
6 tbsp water
3 tbsp each of lanolin and safflower oil (or other non-drying vegetable oil)
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp glycerine
A blender is useful for this one. Mix all ingredients at low speed, then turn to fast and whirl for a few minutes until you have a thick, lemon-scented emulsion. As well as making a protective barrier, this is a useful softening cream for elbows or any rough skin.