HERBAL BEAUTY CARE KIT
The recipes in this book offer plenty of room for creativity. The proportions suggested can be changed slightly to suit your taste, particularly when it comes to adding essential oils for aromatherapy. You can also add more or less liquid oil or beeswax to salves and balms to make them more fluid or thicker, and you can easily substitute oils and other ingredients for one another. Check out these additional ingredients to customize your DIY beauty kit.
Clays: Try bentonite clay in masks and poultices. It helps to absorb toxins and hold herbal remedies together. Green clay, red clay, and white or kaolin clay can be used as well. You can buy clays online and at some health food stores.
Cocoa Butter: If you’re looking for a very rich, thick oil to use in place of coconut oil, cocoa butter can be a good choice. Use it sparingly on oily skin. Many drugstores carry cocoa butter.
Glycerin: This vegetable-derived additive draws moisture from the air to the skin. Use it to make lightweight lotions and creams. You can buy glycerin online and at specialty stores that carry supplies for making soap.
Hydrosols: Also known as flower water, hydrosols are a natural byproduct of the essential oil manufacturing process and are less expensive (and potent) than essential oils themselves. Use fragrances like chamomile, lavender, and rose to add unadulterated fragrances to your beauty products. Find them online and at stores that carry soap-making supplies.
Lanolin: A natural byproduct of wool, lanolin is a thick, waxy moisturizer. Look for it online.
Shampoo Base: This is an alternative to castile soap. Use it for making bubble bath, body wash, and of course shampoo. Look for it online and at health food stores.