Beauty Recipes from the Kitchen


Almost all nourishing foods can be used externally on the skin for beautifying purposes.  Here is a list of ingredients [most of which you probably have in your kitchen] that you can use to create your own beauty products:
Water!, Nuts and Seeds, Fruits, Berries, Dairy products, Beer, Eggs, Vegetables, Grains, Beans, Oils, Maple syrup, Honey, Salt, Baking soda, Cornstarch, Spices and Herbs, Seaweeds, Mayonnaise, Vinegar, All kinds of Alcohol, [especially Vodka], Vitamins C and E, WitchHazel [from your medicine cabinet] and Borax [from the laundry room]
 Beeswax is the only thing not commonly found in the household, unless...you have some beeswax candles lying around.  Anyway this is one ingredient you might want to purchase.
Tools you might need are:
Stove, Refridgerator, Freezer, Coffee grinder, Mortar and Pestle, Blender, Knives, Glass Bowls, Double boiler, Grater, Peeler, Measuring cups and spoons, Steel, tempered glass or enamel pans,  Funnels, Cheesecloth, Coffee filters, Paper towels, Sticky Labels, Pens and Lots and lots of Jars.

The following are but a few ideas that can be implemented  and embellished to create your own products for a fabulous facial:
1.  Cleanse: 
Cleansing Milk:  Mix together 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon sesame oil and 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice.
Store in the refrigerator.
2.  Exfoliate:
Avocado Stone Scrub:  Clean and save about 2 or 3 pits from Avocadoes, dry them   on cookie sheets for a couple of days, then crush them into small peices.  Allow them to dry a few more days, then grind them in your coffee grinder and store in an airtight container.  Mix  a teaspoonful with a teaspoon of raw honey, apply on the face and leave on for 5 minutes.  Then using a circular motion scrub the face exfoliating dead skin cells, then rinse with cool water.
3. Steam:
Stimulating Facial Steam:  Boil 4 cups water, then add 2 tablespoons of dried peppermint leaves to it and pour it into a bowl.  Draping a towel over your head, steam your face for 5 minutes.  Then rinse with cold water.
4.  Tone:
Citrus Toner:  In a Large mouthed jar, combine 1 cup Witch hazel with 2 tablespoons Lemon juice, and the zest of 1 lemon.  Let stand for 3 days, then strain, and use with a cotton ball on your face daily.
5.  Moisturize:
Australian Moisturizer:  Combine 2 tablespoons beeswax, 2 tablespoons coconut oil and 1/2 cup almond oil in a double boiler and melt together.  Heat 2 tablespoons water, 2 tablespoons witch hazel and 1/8 teaspoon borax (or baking soda) in another container, then add this solution to the oil blend stirring well.  Pour ino a glass jar and let cool.  Use daily.
Other recipes:
C Spray:  Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and dissolve 1 vitamin C tablet in it.  Add this to the zest of two lemons in a glass container and steep overnight.  Strain, pour into a spritzer bottle and use as a freshener as needed.
Cold Cream:  Dissolve 1/8 teaspoon borax in 1/4 cup water and set aside.
In a double boiler melt 2 tablespoons grated beeswax with 1/2 cup olive oil stirring consistently.  In another pan, bring the borax water to a simmer, then add the beeswax-oil mixture to it in a blender and whip.  Add 1 teaspoon rose water to the cooling blend.  Store in a glass container.  Massage small amounts into the skin and tissue off.
Mask:
In a blender mix together 1 egg, 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder, 1 tablespoon cognac and the juice of one lemon.  Apply to the face, let dry [about 15 minutes], rinse away with cool water.  Store remaining blend in the fridge.
Basic hair gel:

Bring 1 cup water to almost a boil.  Sprinkle 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin and stir well until the gelatin is completely dissolved.  Allow the mixture to cool.  Use small amounts to set your hair.
Fresh Strawberry Bath:
Blend together 1/2 cup Strawberries, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 2 cups water and 1 tablespoon castor oil on high.  Pour entire mixture into the bath and stir well.
Enjoy!

c. Lata Chettri Kennedy 2004