Making your own lotions and bath products is actually a lot easier than you might think. With a few ingredients purchased at your local supermarket or natural health store, you can be on your way to creating them right in your own kitchen.
Homemade bath and beauty products usually cost much less than the ones you buy in the store, and you will have the benefit of knowing that the ingredients are safe for you to use on your body. You can make fabulous gifts for friends and family. Making your own lotions and bath brews may even turn into a fun and fulfilling hobby!
Oil is a key ingredient in lotion, so the first step is choosing the oil that is best suited to your skin type. If you have dry skin, you might want to try almond oil. For sensitive skin, grape-seed oil is recommended. For oily skin types, sesame seed oil may be a good choice because it’s a bit lighter. To make the lotion, mix 1/2 cup of your chosen oil with 2 tablespoons of an emulsifier such as beeswax. You need to melt this mixture together and this can be done either in the microwave or on the stovetop. If you choose to use the microwave, make sure to use a microwave-safe glass dish and to check the mixture every 30 seconds. Once the beeswax and oil have melted, slowly add some distilled water and stir rapidly. You can substitute rosewater instead, if you’d like. After you’ve added some water, you can add several drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance as well as vitamin E for anti-aging benefits.
Another way to make your own lotion is to melt together 3/4 cup oil, 2 teaspoons of steric acid, and 1 teaspoon of beeswax. In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup water with 1/2 teaspoon Borax. Heat the water and Borax until the mixture is boiling. Carefully combine the hot mixtures and blend them together. You can do this by hand or in an electric blender. Pour the mixture into a pretty glass jar or bottle and scent it with your choice of essential oils.
For a nice, fresh all-over moisturizer, mix Aloe Vera gel with a few drops of essential oil. For an energizing fragrance, choose a citrus oil such as orange or lemon. For a more relaxing blend, try lavender or Roman chamomile. In the summer-time, keep it in the refrigerator–the cool gel will feel great after an afternoon in the sun.
To soothe away aches and pains, you can make your own bath salts by combining 2 cups of Epsom salt with 1 cup of sea salt. After you’ve blended them together, add your chosen essential oils for fragrance. Bath salts with the oils of eucalyptus and peppermint are wonderful choices if you’d like to take a hot bath to relieve the symptoms of a bad cold. If you are making bath salts for a gift, you can add several drops of food coloring simply to make them prettier.
Bubble bath is very quick and easy to make. Mix together 1 cup of mild, unscented shampoo (baby shampoo works well, too), 1/3 cup glycerin, 2 tablespoons of water, and desired essential oils. That’s all you need to do to create your very own tub of bubbles.
For shower gel, mix together 1/2 cup unscented shampoo and 1/4 cup water. Add 3/4 teaspoons table salt and blend it well. Top it off with 10 to 15 drops of one or more essential oils.
Shampoo and Conditioner
To make your own shampoo, all you need to do is combine 1/4 cup distilled water, 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap, and 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba or grape-seed oil. The mixture will be somewhat thin, so put it in a bottle with a pump for easy dispensing.
For a conditioner to make your hair nice and shiny, mix 1/4 cup plain yogurt, one egg yolk, and a few drops of lemon oil. Apply it evenly on your hair after shampooing and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse.
If you’d like to make a deep-conditioning treatment for dry, frizzy hair, blend together 1 avocado and 1 egg yolk. Leave it on your hair for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse well.
For soft, manageable hair, you can make a conditioner by combining 1 mashed banana with 1/2 cup honey. Make sure to mix them together well and evenly distribute throughout your hair. For extra conditioning, leave it on your hair for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing.
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