1C baking soda
1/2 C cornstarch
1C powdered citric acid (purchase at health food store)
1/8 C epsom salt
1/2 C olive oil
food coloring (if desired)
Mix all ingredients in bowl, adding olive oil, essential oil, and food coloring (very small amount) last. Stir to combine. Shape into the size of a snowball and place on cookie sheet to dry. Let dry for 2 days. Wrap in plastic wrap or clear wrapping paper. Tie with ribbon.
Aloe Vera Toner:
Soak a cotton pad with pure aloe vera gel and use it to freshen your skin and remove excess oil. Use daily, following with moisturizer. This is especially good for normal and oily skin and is a great overall toner. Dilute the gel 50/50 with spring water if you have sensitive skin.
You can also use the juice of a leaf from your aloe plant. Cut off the amount you are going to use, and put the remainder of the leaf in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. The leaf will keep for about 3 days.
Use Witch Hazel as a toner. Lavendar essential oil can be added or it can be used as it is.
Home Made Facial Masks
Mix 1/2 C plain (full fat) yogurt and 10 tsp sesame oil. Apply to clean face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm/hot water very well. Pat dry.
Egg Yolk & Honey Facial Mask (best for dryer skin types):
Mix together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon almond oil and 1 tablespoon yogurt. Honey stimulates and smoothes, egg and almond oil penetrate and moisturize, and yogurt refines and tightens pores.
Egg Yolk, Avocado & Mud Facial Mask (best for oilier skin types):
Clay or fuller's earth mud is available in powder form at any health food store. Mix 1 tablespoon dry clay with 1 egg yolk, 1/4 of a mashed avocado and enough witch hazel to create a smooth mixture. Mud dries excess sebum while the egg yolk and avocado replenish lost moisture. Witch hazel tones.
Orange Yogurt Mask: 1 tsp plain yogurt , the juice of 1/4 of an orange , Stir to mix and then dip fingers into mixture and smooth onto face. The sensation is both cool and relaxing. Leave on for a five minutes and then rinse. If you are feeling sluggish, this is the perfect mask for you.
Orange Cornmeal Delight: Take one peeled orange and put in blender along with your desired amount of cornmeal. Add 1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal and mix well. Apply to a slightly damp face. Leave on for 10 minutes, then spray a bit of warm water on face and use circular motion to work mask around the face. Remove with warm.
Yummy Apple Mask: 1/4 of an apple, 1/2 tsp Half and half, 1 Tsp honey, 1 T oatmeal, Puree all ingredients until smooth, apply to face for 15 minutes and then rise with warm water
Yogurt and Honey Mask: Mix together 1 tsp. honey, 1 capsule of vitamin A, 1 tablespoon yogurt and 3/4 egg yolk. To thicken, add a small amount of cornstarch. Apply mask to clean skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Buttermilk Mask: 1/3 cup of rolled oats soaked several hours in buttermilk. Strain. Add 1 capsule of vitamin A and mix well. After cleansing skin, apply mixture and leave on 10-15 minutes. Rinse with water
Flour Mask : 1/3 cup of whole wheat flour mixed with enough milk to form a paste. Apply to face and leave on 15-20 minutes. Remove with warm water.
Almond Meal Mask: Grind 25 almonds or buy ready to use almond meal. Mix almond meal with a slice of peeled aloe. Add a few drops of sesame oil and mix together until blended. Dampen face slightly with a bit of milk or warm water. Apply mask and leave on for 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.
Oatmeal-Honey Mask: 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal, 3 tbl. Honey, 1 egg yolk Mix all ingredients together and apply over entire face. Rub mask around face in circular motion. Leave on for 10 minutes.
Creamy Avocado and Honey Mask: 2 tbl. avocado, mashed, 3 tbl. Honey, 1 whole egg Mix together egg yolk, oil and honey. Stir thoroughly. Now add egg white. Close container and shake well before applying.
Skin Nourishing Mask: 2 tbl. Honey, 3 tbl. olive oil or mineral oil, 1 whole egg, Mix together egg yolk, oil and honey. Stir thoroughly. Now add egg white. Close container and shake well before applying.
Bran Mask: Mix together 2-3 tsp. bran, 1 tsp. olive oil and 1 egg yolk. Leave on 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Milk Mask: Milk, 1/2 Cup Besan Flour, Combine the ingredients until itís a hearty paste. Refrigerate for a few hours. Smooth the mixture over face and let it set for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with a warm damp washcloth. Then splash on cool water to close skin pours. A benefit from this mask is a tightening sensation.
Exfoliating Mask: Egg whites, oatmeal, Mix ingredients, slap on for five minutes. Let egg whites dry. Rinse with water. Voila! The oatmeal exfoliates dead skin, and works wonders when you scrub it on. Egg whites soften and smooth dry skin gently.
Moisturizing Honey and Lemon: 1 TBSP honey (room temperature), 1 Tsp. lemon juice Blend. Apply for 30 min, rinse with warm water. One plus is itís moisturizing effect.
Honey and Oatmeal Mask: Honey, Oatmeal, Equally mix in oatmeal and honey leave on for 15 min. Rinse with warm water and then cold.
Cucumber Mask: 1/2 c chopped cucumber, 2 tsp. powdered milk, 1 egg white, Blend to a smooth paste and apply in upwards motions to face and neck. Let dry on face for 30 min. Rinse with warm water.
Egyptian Facial Mask: 1 egg beaten, 1/2 tsp olive oil , 1 T flour, 1/4 tsp sea salt , 1 T whole milk Mix together all ingredients until creamy and well blended. Spread the mixture over your face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well with cool water and pat dry.
Nourishing Face Mask: 1 egg, 1 tsp almond oil , a little half and half Combine and leave on your face for about 15 minutes. Remove with cool water.
Cucumber Jones Mask: 1/2 cucumber, 1 egg white, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, 1 Teaspoon dried mint flakes Mix all ingredients together in blender until smooth. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Apply to face and leave on 15 minutes. Rinse with hot water, then cool water.
Strawberry Surprise Mask: 1/2-cup ripe strawberries, 1/4-cup cornstarch, Mash strawberries and cornstarch together to make a paste. , Apply to face and leave on for 30 minutes. , Make sure to avoid the delicate area around eyes. Rinse off with cool water.
Bump Buster Mask: 1 Ripe tomato, chopped, 1 Teaspoon Lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon Instant style oatmeal or old-fashioned rolled oats, Mix all ingredients together in blender until smooth. , Apply to skin. If mixture is too runny, add more blended oatmeal. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Fruit Smoothie Hair Mask:
This mask sounds good enough to eat! In a blender mix 1/2 a banana, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 cantaloupe, 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil and 1 tablespoon yogurt. For extra conditioning, squeeze in the contents of a vitamin E capsule. Leave in hair for 15 minutes.
Egg & Olive Oil Hair Mask:
Mix two whole eggs with four tablespoons of olive oil. Smooth through hair. Wrap head with Saran Wrap and allow to penetrate for 10 minutes. Rinse well