Gabrielle Utton blogs at The Green Gal, where she talks about living in the country, treading lightly upon the earth and making beautiful things. Following her participation in the This is What Frugal Looks Like series, I received numerous requests for her natural beauty recipes! She was kind enough to share some favorites.
Making your own skincare products is really quite simple and once you’ve bought the basic ingredients you won’t need to use shop bought again for a very long time. Here are a few of my favourite recipes:
Lip balm, makes one pot
Melt one teaspoon (tsp) castor oil, one tsp coconut oil and one tsp grated beeswax in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (this is called a bain-marie or double boiler). Once melted pour into an empty clean lip balm pot. You can add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil to give the balm some flavour – peppermint’s a favourite of mine.
Eye make-up remover, makes 120ml
Pour 40ml castor oil, 40ml rapeseed oil and 40ml olive oil into a bottle. Shake well and there you have it! It removes waterproof mascara and moisturises your eyelashes at the same time. Once you’ve used this you’ll never want to go back to shop bought.
Sugar body scrub, makes 120ml
Pour six tablespoons (tbsp) granulated (or coarse) sugar into a bowl and add 3tbsps almond oil. Mix well and add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Pour into a jar and use next time you bathe. Just be careful getting out of the bath or shower as the oil can make surfaces slippery.
I hope you find these simple recipes useful. A quick search on the internet will throw up many more recipes, a lot of the time it’s just trial and error to get a formula that works for you. Do please remember that I am not a pharmacist, these recipes have only been tested on me so I am not responsible for how the products you make react to your skin.