Witch Hazel TonerAn inexpensive alternative to the cosmetic counter toner is witch hazel. It helps reduce breakouts and is clean smelling.
Easy Homemade Hand LotionA very simple homemade hand lotion recipe.
Homemade Dandruff TreatmentHere's a recipe using cider vinegar to help treat dandruff.
Tinted Lip GlossIf you melt a chunk of lipstick (or two) and petroleum jelly you can make a really nice lip gloss that moisturizes your lips.
Papaya Skin Treatment for Dry Skin1 wedge of papaya
Scrape out the seeds, scoop out the fruit, and mash it. Smooth over entire face. After 5 minutes, wipe off with washcloth. Follow by splashing face with cool water.
(*also works well on flaky skin)
By Suzanne S.
Make Your Own HandsoapYou can make your own handsoap from one bar of soap. Grate one (1) small bar of any kind of soap and add 3 cups of water. Put mixture in a microwave safe container and zap for 3 minutes. Pour into a handsoap container with a pump when cool. Makes 24 oz.
An Oatmeal Bath for Sensitive SkinIf you love the way baths relax you, but your sensitive skin finds them irritating, try oatmeal in your bath water.
Homemade Rave Drawing Hair Conditioning TreatmentCombine 3/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup honey, and the juice of 1 lemon and set aside. Rinse your hair with water and towel dry. Work in a small amount of conditioner (refrigerate extra) and comb to distribute evenly. Cover with a plastic bag or wrap for 1/2 hour. Shampoo and rinse thoroughly.
By Suzanne S.
Remedy for Dull Lifeless HairWant to give life back to dull, lifeless hair? This works for "all" types. Beat 3 eggs; add 2 tablespoons olive or safflower oil and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Apply to you hair and cover with plastic wrap. Wait a half hour and then shampoo well. You get revitalized, lustrous shine and bounce.
At Home Highlighter For Dark HairPut 1 teaspoon allspice,
1 teaspoon crushed cinnamon,
and 1/2 teaspoon cloves in 1 cup water. Simmer.
Strain, cool, and pour over freshly shampooed hair. Rinse off with clear water.
By Suzanne S.
For Brunettes or Redheads - Home Highlights for Dull HairBrew a pot of black coffee and rinse your hair with it after shampooing. Rinse it all off until water runs clear.
By Suzanne S.
Soothing Oatmeal Facial CreamWater poured over a small amount of oatmeal and rubbed on the face is very soothing and good for the skin. It is easy to do, just use a small amount. For more treatment, add water to oatmeal and put the whole glop on your face and leave until it feels a little tight.
Thrifty MouthwashOur dentist told us to mix 1/3 mouthwash, 1/3 peroxide, 1/3 water for an effective way to prevent gum problems. I buy generic mouthwash and peroxide. We have very healthy gums at limited cost.
Turning Bath Gel Into a Great ScrubI have found that when you have a bottle of bath gel and want to make it go farther, find a nice glass jar, one that has a good lid on it, and pour some Epson salts in the jar, then pour the bath gel over the salts. You now have a great scrub!
Bath Cookies (Non-Edible)24 cookies, enough for 12 baths.
Making Special LotionsYou can make your own special hand cream by just getting unscented lotion and adding a few drops of your own essential oils, such as lavender, etc. to the lotion. Unscented lotions sometimes are cheaper than scented.
Citrus Jubilee Salts - Orange Lemongrass Bath SaltMix dry ingredients together first. Sift. Add scent. Mix well then sift together to incorporate the scent...
Victorian Rose Oat Milk Bath SaltsMix dry ingredients together first. Sift. Add scent. Mix well then sift together to incorporate the scent.
Chamomile Lavender Calendula SaltsMix dry ingredients together first. Sift. Add scent. Mix well then sift together to incorporate the scent.
Sweet Floral Breeze Salts - White Lilac Gardenia Almond Bath SaltsMix dry ingredients together first. Sift. Add scent. Mix well then sift together to incorporate the scent...
Inexpensive Facial Oil BlottersIf you have extremely oily skin as I do, it can become expensive to purchase oil blotting papers. My hairdresser gave me a great tip: The tissue paper rings used to cover public toilet seats work just as well, at a fraction of the cost!
Make Your Own Cold CreamThis is a good inexpensive moisturizer:
Homemade Toothpaste RecipeLeaves a fresh taste in your mouth.
Bath Salts For Tired MusclesUse this to revitalize your tired muscles:
Home Remedy To Improve The Appearance Of Dull SkinFinely grind the flowering tops of evening primrose flowers, add to paste made of almond oil and ground almonds. Then apply as a face mask for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Home Remedy Rose-Water Glycerin Lotion (Moisturizer)Add 1 teaspoon soluble rose oil to 1/2 cup distilled water. Blend the rose water with the glycerin until you have a smooth, creamy mixture. Pour it into a clean bottle and cap it.
Homemade Facial Sage AstringentPut half the sage in a jar and pour the vodka over it. Cap the jar tightly and let it stand for a week. Strain, reserving the liquid and discarding the sage.
Aspirin Face MaskGreat for exfoliating away all the icky dry skin!
Dollar General Homemade Hand LotionI have very dry skin and have bought so many different brands of lotion (some pretty pricey.) This seems to work better than any of them. Enjoy!
Make Your Own Massage OilRecently a well known company released a new massage oil product. I priced this item at the local discount retail chain store, they wanted $9.99 for a bottle! Make your own massage oil in the fragrance that you desire.
Sun Burn FacialAdd honey or egg yolk to crushed green grapes and leave on damp skin for 15 minutes. Also, try applying a chamomile extract, crushed strawberries or liquid from a split fresh Aloe Vera leaf.
Radish DeodorantExtract juice from radishes and combine with glycerin. Pour into a squirt bottle and refrigerate. After bathing, pour mixture into palm of hands and apply under arms.
Herbal AftershaveCombine ingredients into bowl. Pour into glass jar, cover and refrigerate for 3-4 days, shaking occasionally. Strain ingredients after 3-4 days and store refrigerated for up to 2 months.
Tomato Juice and Milk CleanserCombine the juice from one very ripe tomato (processed in blender and strained) with 5 oz. of fresh whole milk. Apply to the face and neck and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Do this once or twice daily for a week for a deep cleansing of skin. Caution: Not for sensitive skin.
Marigold Hair ColorSimmer flowers in water in a nonmetal pot for 20 minutes. Remove from heat; strain when cool; saving the liquid. After washing hair; apply the marigold decoction as a final rinse; pouring it over the hair and catching it in a basin to reapply several times.
Make Your Own Relief PillowAfter being approached numerous times at mall kiosks to try one of those small, filled "tension relief" pads (pillows) I decided to make my own.
Sugar Scrub For Mother's DayFor Mother's Day, I am making my mom and mother-in-law a homemade sugar scrub as part of their gifts. They are easy to make, economical, and much healthier than store bought scrubs. Here is the recipe:
Hair Bows for Little PrincessesMy granddaughter, now three years old, is getting hair long enough to wear up and, I must admit, I dearly love to fix it when I babysit while Mommy works.
Making Bath Bombs at HomeBath bombs can be tricky little things to make, or more particularly, to get right! Here are a few common problems, issues, and tips if you're having problems attempting these creations.
Bath MilkThis is a recipe for making homemade bath milk.
Homemade Hair GelTo make a homemade hair gel, dissolve 1 tsp. plain gelatin in warm water. Mix it very well, then keep it in the refrigerator in a small closed container. To use, smear it in your hair. It is pure protein and washes out easily.
Bath FizziesI use a silicone ice cube mold to form my fizzies. I made some with a heart shape, rose fragrance oil and put them in a cellophane bag tied with a red ribbon for my grandson's pre-K teacher. He helped pack the cavities, he was so proud and Mrs. Cole was very happy!
Oatmeal Shower BagThese little bags are great for your skin. You can also hand them out as party favours for adults.
Rose Water RecipeThis is just a really simple recipe. I use it a lot, it is very relaxing!