If you want to start preparing homemade cosmetic products, you should know that some of them (especially the ones made from fruits and vegetables) have a short shelf life. For example, a facial cleansing lotion made with sour cream or buttermilk will last for no more than one week if you keep it in the fridge. This is due to the fact that it contains only natural ingredients and have no preservatives added.
This is a good thing because you know that no chemical or other synthetic substance will touch your face. However, sometimes you may like to have a facial cleanser that you can keep in your bathroom so you can use it anytime without having to go to the fridge to get it.
The following recipe contains natural ingredients and, in addition Vitamin E oil which is a natural preservative increases the shelf life of any cosmetic product.
- ¼ cup boiling water
- ¼ cup liquid baby soap/shampoo
- 1 tbsp dried calendula flowers
- 6 drops (2 capsules) Vitamin E oil
- ¾ tsp avocado oil (or grape seed, sweet almond or even olive oil)
- 8 drops essential oil (you will see below what kind of essential oil to use for your skin type)
1 Prepare an infusion by pouring the hot water over the calendula flowers
2 Let it cool, then strain the liquid and set aside.
3 Combine the rest of the ingredients and mix them well.
4 Add the calendula infusion and shake the container. You may massage the cleanser with gentle moves on your face and neck or you can apply it by using a cotton pad. Also make sure you wash your face after using the cleanser, apply a toner and a moisturizer.
What essential oils are good for this remedy?
For dry skin – lavender, chamomile, rose or sandalwood.
For mature skin – neroli, jasmine, lavender.
For oily skin – lemongrass, tea tree or geranium (they have an astringent effect).