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Home Style Skin Care
By Maisha Liwaru
You can create your own skin care products. Add a few drops of essential oil to
your lotion, bubble bath, bath & body oil, massage oil and even face cream. Perfume
Oils by Maisha sells unscented skin care products that are perfect for this
purpose. For dry skin add any of the following peppermint (just a tiny, tiny
bit), clary sage, rosemary, sandalwood, rose, jasmine. For normal skin add
chamomile, lavender, ylang ylang. Oily skin needs lavender, lemon, cedar wood,
basil and sensitive skin will benefit from neroli, chamomile, rose, and
rosewood. As a general rule the following is a guide for adding scents:
SKIN CARE PRODUCT
SCENT USE PERCENTAGE
Bath and Body Oil
Bubble Bath/Shower Gel
.10 - .50%
If you have time for a luxury facial in a posh salon, lucky you. If you
are like me and hardly have time to glance at a posh salon on my way to one of
the million places I have to go during the week, try to find the time to treat
yourself at home with a fresh home facial. Choose one tablespoon of warm
avocado, almond or sweet almond oil and add a couple of drops fresh lemon oil.
Set aside for a moment, while you cleanse your face thoroughly. Gently massage
the warmed oil into your face and neck, then cover your face with a warm towel
and relax for a while and just listen to your heartbeat. Did you know that
if you and your mate touch each other’s chest to feel your mutual heartbeats,
you will synchronize?
For a fresh mask, mash a handful of fresh mint with wheat germ oil. Spread
on a clean face and neck. Relax for a while and think about absolutely
nothing. Then rinse off and massage any residue I to your skin and, if you
have dry skin, apply an astringent.
Male or female, your crowning glory will shine like a head full of tiny jewels.
Essential oils are very beneficial for the hair. For those with dark hair,
add a few drops of rosemary oil to the final rinse water after shampooing.
But if you have light-colored hair, add a few drops of chamomile oil in an ounce
of cold pressed sweet almond oil or olive oil. Massage the oil into your
scalp and leave on for an hour with your head covered with a warm towel.
Then shampoo and rinse well. This is for everyone, regardless of your hair type
or color. Coat the bristles of your brush with rosemary oil before
brushing your hair.
Now let's graduate to actually making some bath and body products.
1 quart Water
2 ounces Glycerin
1 Bar castile soap – grated
3 drops Perfume or Essential Oil
You must first convert the soap into liquid by grating 1 bar of castile soap
into 1 quart of warm water. Mix the soap and water well so that you have a
liquid soap solution. Either one of two ingredients can be used to convert
liquid soap into bubble bath. Are they can be used together. The old
fashion way is to add by glycerin to the liquid soap because glycerin has the
ability to make bubbles and increase suds. Coconut oil can be used as a
substitute for glycerin, however it costs more. Coconut oil does create an nice
lather. Both glycerin and coconut oils soften the skin.
1 cup Powdered milk
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ cup Epsom salts
1 tsp. Cornstarch
3-6 drops Tea Tree Essential oil
Mix all the ingredients with a whisk. Add oil and thoroughly blend.
Mix in a small amount of the bubble bath you made if you want a foaming milk
½ cup cornstarch
4 Tbsp rice flour
5 drops of any fragrance perfume or essential oil (more if you want a more
Mix the cornstarch and rice flour well with whisk or in a food processor.
Add drops and blend well.
(Optional: Add powdered lavender flowers or powdered rose petals.)
3 Tbsp. beeswax
¼ cup sweet almond, jojoba or apricot oil
2 tsp. Pure honey
½ teas. Vitamin E oil
10 drops of spearmint, tangerine, lemon or orange essential oil (or you can use
Melt beeswax over very low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in oils and
honey. Pour into small containers and cool. If you want thin gloss,
add more oil.
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup fresh or dried lavender
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
Heat apple cider vinegar to boiling. Add lavender and fresh mint
leaves. Bottle and allow to infuse for about 10 days. Shake daily.
Strain and dilute with 6 parts distilled water before using.
1/2 cup rose water
1/2 cup glycerin
Combine rose water and glycerin in an enamel pan and heat to a boil.
Store and shake well before each use.
1 oz. beeswax
4 oz. olive oil
1 oz. sweet almond oil
1 oz. rosewater
8 drops essential oil
Melt the beeswax over low heat and add the oils stirring continuously.
When cool add essential oil. This should be stored in opaque
2/3-cup sweet almond oil
1 Tbsp. lanolin
1 Tbsp. coca butter
2 Tbsp. spring water
6-8 drops of any fragrance essential or perfume oil.
Stir borax into heated spring water. Add to melted cocoa butter, lanolin
and oil. Beat until cool and creamy. Add essential oil and stir.
½ cup witch hazel
2 drops essential oil
½ tsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. glycerin
Mix all ingredients together and bottle.
One of the best night preparations for your face is a mixture of olive oil and emu oil.
To slough dry skin from your feet and soothe sore tired
feet, add a teaspoon of salt to ½ cup of Noxzema type cream or even better
peppermint lotion. After soaking in
warm water and Perfume Oils by Maisha foot soak, rub feet with mixture
until they feel smooth, rinse and dab dry with a fluffy towel.
Next time, let’s talk about storing and cooking with essential oils.
Maisha Liwaru is the owner and CEO of Perfume
Oils by Maisha