I love finding expensive beauty products that translate easily into something I can concoct right at home. You’d be surprised at how simple most things are to make yourself…and so much cheaper than buying it already made.
Most formulas are not hard to figure out; i.e. a balm or salve, a lotion or creme pretty much have the same basic recipes for each, and after a little experimentation and by changing up similar ingredients, you can create your own masterpiece.
I recently came across Darphin’s website and loved their line of products. After looking for the basic ingredients, it’s not difficult to figure out how to concoct most of them in my own kitchen with a few choice ingredients.
Why not be beautiful for less money?
Everyone wants to be beautiful, and most women will spend gads of money to be that way.
If you want to be beautiful, be beautiful!
As Forrest Gump would say, ” Beauty is as beauty does”.
Think beautiful thoughts, act beautifully toward everyone, and look for beauty all around you. This is a great start to be-ing beautiful.
Also, using essential oils in your beauty regiment will do wonders for you, inside and out.
Sometimes just knowing you’re doing something good for the environment by using natural products makes you feel great…
aaaaaannnnnddddddd……….a special treat!
My newest Recipe for a gorgeous cleansing balm that does wonders for your skin.
and it’s just as good as the $70 cleanser from Paris: (actually better because it won’t cost you that much to make it!)
homemade aromatic beauty cleansing balm
(very like Darphin cleansing balm from Paris $70)
- 60 ml Marula oil – same as 2 ounces
- 1 tsp. of beeswax, floral wax or emulsifying wax (depending on how soft you like your balm to be depends on how much wax you use )
- Neroli essential oil 2 drops (Citrus aurantium)
- Sage essential oil 1-drop (Salvia officinalis L)
- Ylang ylang extra essential oil 1-drop (Cananga odorata)
- Rosewood essential oil 4-drops (Bois de Rose)
- Vanilla plantifolia fruit extract-2 drops
Sometimes finding the ingredients is harder than putting them together. Most essential oils are quite easily found online, and some can be found in local health food stores. Just remember that cost usually reflects quality, and thereapeutic grade essential oils are 100 times better than commercial grade for medicinal purposes, and isn’t your skin worth it? Even though the initial costs seem a lot, over time you’ll save wads of cash. You might even want to pool resources with your friends/family and make enough for everyone to share, this saves on costs and is a win, win for everybody.
Gather ingredients and always have extra glass pyrex measuring cups in different sizes around with some wooden chopsticks, they are excellent tools.
Just warm the marula oil (or oil of choice, eg. jojoba) with the beeswax, rose wax, jasmine wax or emulisfying wax in a double boiler or pyrex measuring cup until wax is almost melted in short bursts in the microwave. Do not over heat the wax as it can start on fire, even though it doesn’t look melted it gets very hot. Depending on how soft you like your balm to be depends on how much wax you use. It’s better to start with less then add more if you need it. Stir until completely melted, cool slightly, then add in essential oils. Make sure mixture is not hot when adding essential oils, better that it is cool before adding as heat can destroy essential oil’s potency. After it’s completely set and you find you don’t like the consistency, it’s easy to fix, just warm again and add a little more wax. Pour into containers. Walla! Make sure to mark the date and throw out after a year.
p.s. I’ve found small containers in Walmart , but my favorite container places are listed below. Look for a fill-it-yourself airplane cosmetic travel kit, or in craft stores they sometimes carry tiny containers. If not, there are tons of places online to find them, for instance, ebay, SKS bottles, Specialty Bottles, Essential Supplies, Sunburst Bottle.com, and LotionCrafter to name a few.
Here is the original from Darphin:
Aromatic Cleansing Balm
This lavishly-rich Darphin cleansing balm transforms into a light milky emulsion with water to sweep away traces of make-up and impurities, while nourishing skin to relieve tightness and help restore natural radiance. An alternative way to cleanse the face with water through a unique sensory experience.
Marula Oil*, Sauge Officinale, Ylang Ylang and Rosewood* Essential Oils, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract*
Here’s Mountain Rose Herbs version of lovely facial care products here; including
Classic Rose Facial Oil- a luxurious facial oil comprised of incredibly rich and nourishing oils. It soaks into your skin effortlessly, and may be used either alone or before applying your daily moisturizer or make-up. A fabulous way to pamper your face with pure botanical products, our Classic Rose Facial Oil contains precious ingredients such as Neroli and Helichrysum essential oils, Organic Wild Rosehip Seed oil, and Kukui Nut oil. It assists in preventing wrinkles, re-hydrating the skin, and in the promotion of skin-cell regeneration. Perfect for lightly damaged skin that is dry and mature and needing repair. This is a very concentrated oil, and only a finger tip or two is needed. Contains: Organic Wild Rosehip Seed oil, Kukui nut oil, organic Calendula oil, and a combination of pure essential oils that includes Sandalwood, Neroli, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Carrot Seed and organic Lavender.1 oz bottle with treatment pump