Cosmetics have been used since ancient times, such as with the ancient Egyptians. However, EnviroCitizen.org has found that there are several things to look out for with modern cosmetics such as environmental impacts, toxins, allergic reactions and more. Information on all these things seems to change quite a bit. The good news is that you can eliminate this headache by making your own cosmetics. Not only is it eco-friendly, but it saves money and gives you the peace of mind of knowing exactly what is in them.
Good skin is always a plus. You can begin your cosmetic collection by making a skin cleanser to exfoliate, purify and moisturize your skin by combining a variety of elements.Common ingredients that exfoliate are fruit seeds, sugar, salt or chopped herbs. Mix these with other ingredients that help to moisturize, such as olive oil, and remove toxins like witch hazel. Mix equal parts but always use less of the most potent ingredient. There are recipes for different skin types and needs available all over the internet.
Next, prepare your skin. Create a toner by combining ingredients that removes toxins with pore-refining ingredients.A main ingredient in toners is vinegar or witch hazel. Mix these with equal parts of something that allows the pores to breathe. Common ingredients include dried, crushed herbs, beeswax and clay. Good refreshing ingredients include lemon, rosemary, lavender and peppermint. Mix the ingredients together and dab on the face with a cotton ball. Let it dry out before proceeding further.
Create a mineral makeup that has several cosmetic uses such as being a blush, lip gloss and eye shadow at the same time.Use a mineral such as mica to do this. Use two shades of mica to make a powder that can be used to give color to blush, lip balm or eyeshadow. You may customize your makeup further by using these Eco-Friendly tips to add wonderful aromas to your cosmetics:
- Base oils range from basic olive oil to specialty vegetable and fruit oils. Almond oil is light, sweet and works well for most skin-types. Coconut oil is rich, commonly used as a moisturizer and in cosmetics. Grapeseed oil is non-oily and is one of the lightest and best oils available. It is odorless, and perfect for acne-prone skin.
- Rose water is obviously not oil, but the distilled water of roses works great as a base, too. Be sure to get 100% pure rose water, as even natural food stores often carry brands with synthetics and preservatives in them. This smells and tastes lovely, and has light cleaning properties.
- Once you select your base oil, check out your local natural food store, or a store with an organic food section. There typically is a display of several essential oils in small jars.
- For every tablespoon of base oil, you’ll only want to add about five drops of essential oil so it doesn’t irritate skin.
- One rule of thumb states that the fewer ingredients, the more pure the product when you are shopping for oils. Products with fewer ingredients are also less likely to contain harmful preservatives and chemicals.
- Glass containers are best because the oils won’t absorb chemicals as they sometimes do with plastic containers. Also, the glass ones are reusable if you want to change your scent.
Other minerals and plant products can also help provide color to makeup. Simply combine with a little bit of watery, fine clay in a blender. Let it sit in a container to form eyeshadow and concealer. You can also mix the powder pigments with rich plant butters for shiny eyeshadow or lip gloss.
EnviroCitizen.org discovered that you can even make mascara by mixing a dark eyeshadow shade or dark mineral powders with a substance such as aloe vera gel. Dip a clean eyelash brush in the mix and wipe off the extra.Be extremely careful when applying to your eyes so as not to get any in the eye.
These are just a few suggestions on how to make your own cosmetics. EnviroCitizen.org suggests that you do further research and enjoy coming up with new colors, products and combinations!