The commercial cosmetic industry is one of the largest and wealthiest industries in the world and it provides us with products to suit all different skin types, cosmetic needs and wants. There are many benefits to these products that range from ant-aging properties; skin nourishing properties; hair nourishing properties; moisturizing properties; cleansing properties and toning properties. All of these properties and benefits provided by products that are manufactured by the commercial cosmetic industry have become a necessity to our daily lives and beauty routines; not only because we are all searching for that magic elixir that will ensure us eternal youth, but also because the environmental factors of the world we live in today are unavoidable and many of these factors can cause harm to our skin. We therefore need to make sure that we take care of our skin and hair in as many ways as we possibly can.
Unfortunately, beauty products that are provided by the commercial cosmetic industry have many draw backs. The first of these draw backs is their cost; many of these products, although they are of top quality, can be very expensive and therefore cost-prohibitive for many of us. Another of these draw backs is that commercially produced cosmetics are generally chemically derived and therefore contain a list of ingredients that most of us can’t even pronounce let alone know what they are. Then there is the fact that so many of these commercially produced cosmetics are high in synthetic fragrances that are added to the products in order to mask the harsh and unpleasant fragrance of the chemicals from which they are derived. These chemicals and synthetic fragrances can cause serious irritation to sensitive skins and have been known to cause irritation and sensitivity to skin types that are not normally prone to such reactions.
One of the most important and sensitive issues surrounding the production of commercial cosmetic products is the fact that many of the huge worldwide cosmetic corporations are known to test their products on live animals in order to make sure that they are aware of any potential reactions that the consumer may have to the use of a particular product. This is a very sore point the world over and many women are beginning to seek alternative options when it comes to beauty products and cosmetics as they do not want to in any way promote such cruel and unnecessary practices.
The good news is that there is an alternative option to the cosmetics and beauty products that are produced by the commercial industry, and therefore a means of avoiding all their previously mentioned draw backs. It is very easy, cost-effective and rewarding to make your own beauty products within the comfort of your own home and by doing so not only are you taking complete control of exactly what you are putting onto your skin and into your hair, but you are also providing your skin and hair with naturally derived ingredients that won’t cause harm or irritation.
The aim of this book is to provide you with cost-effective, natural and creative alternatives to the everyday commercially produced cosmetics that we are so used to using, but don’t necessarily have to. The recipes for homemade beauty products in this book will provide you with a number of options for moisturizing, cleansing and exfoliating your skin; as well as a number of options for moisturizing, cleansing and treating your hair. All the ingredients in these recipes are naturally sourced with the exception of the moisturizers which use plain, basic aqueous cream as a base; however, some would argue that aqueous cream is derived from natural products, especially when it is in its most basic and clean form.
As far as fragrances are concerned, the recipes in this book use essential oils as a means of adding fragrance to the products; this not only takes away the risk of causing irritation to the skin that would be done by the use of synthetic fragrance, but it also adds to the products all the benefits that come with the use of the essential oils.
Some of the products in this book will need to be made and used immediately, particularly in the case of some of the face masks; otherwise many of them can be stored in airtight glass jars and used when, and as often, as desired.
The following chapters of will provide you with creative, cost-effective and easy to make recipes for moisturizers, face masks, body scrubs, hair treatments as well as cleansing products for both skin and hair.
It is important to note that although all the ingredients in the recipes to follow are natural and non-chemical, it is still known that some skin types may have allergic reactions to some of the ingredients so it is always important to perform a sensitivity test before using the homemade product. To perform this sensitivity test, place a small amount of the completely made-up product on the inside of your forearm and allow it to sit there for approximately twenty minutes before washing off. Even if an allergic reaction does not occur immediately there is still a chance that it can develop, therefore it is advised that you wait at least twenty-four hours before using the product again in order to completely ensure that you will not develop any potential allergic reactions or sensitivities to the product or its ingredients.
It is also important to note that if you are already aware that you may have, or do have, a sensitivity to any of the ingredients in the recipes that follow then it would be advisable to avoid the use of the recipe completely.
In the event of an allergic reaction or sensitivity occurring to any of the products within the recipes that does not clear up or heal within at least three days of use, then it is strongly advised that you consult with your doctor or dermatologist regarding the reaction and completely discontinue use of the homemade product.