If you’re like me, you’ve got a random collection of carrier and essential oils somewhere in your beauty arsenal. If you’re like me, said random collection of essential and carrier oils is mostly just sitting there collecting dust and taking up space on your shelves. Many of us aspire to be gung-ho DIY mixtresses in our down time, but life doesn’t always have that in store for us. In fact sometimes, we buy products we don’t need and make aspirational plans that we’re going to learn how to use them. That doesn’t always happen. I’m here to help you sift through the clutter.
First things first – let me introduce you to a recipe book you should check out — Natural Beauty Alchemy: Make Your Own Organic Cleansers, Creams, Shampoos, Serums, Balms and More. It’s written by fabulously named licensed pharmacist and expert healthcare professional Fifi M. Maacaron, and features more than 100 easy to follow recipes for skin and body. IMO it’s pretty light on hair recipes, but it offers helpful and simple recipes for bellas who want to make their own toner or serum or even perfumes from essential oils. With permission from the publisher, I got access to a few exclusive recipes – you gotta get the book for the rest! I specifically requested the breakdown for the “3-in-1 Lazy Blend” – you KNOW I love a good multi-use product! A DIY multi-use product? SOLD. Here’s the breakdown, courtesy of The Countryman Press.
What could be better than a makeup remover that is also a toner and an anti-aging night oil all in one bottle? This formula softens the skin and nourishes it. While the composition of jojoba oil is very close to that of the skin’s own lipids and it doesn’t clog pores, wheat germ oil is rich in vitamins and minerals that prevent aging. Chamomile tea and rose water are extremely skin friendly and help, alongside glycerin, balance moisture levels. Keep this oil-water mix handy, especially when you have little time and energy left at the end of the day.
2 ounces (60 ml) rose water
1 tablespoon almond oil
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1 ounce (30 ml) chamomile tea (at room temperature)
1 teaspoon glycerin
5 drops vitamin E oil
Note: You can substitute witch hazel for rose water in case of oily skin.
1. Mix the above ingredients, adding one at a time. Shake well, and then transfer to a spray bottle.
2. Shake vigorously to disperse oil droplets before spraying onto a cotton disc or ball. Wipe the face and neck, repeating if necessary to remove makeup completely.
3. You do not need to rinse or follow with a toner or night oil, because this formula does it all.
4. Store the bottle in a cool place away from sunlight and heat.
I’ve got everything I need, except wheat germ. Will remedy that soon! Let me know if you love DIY beauty recipes and I’ll keep them coming! Feel free to share any of your faves in the comments!