Make your own herbal BEAUTY PROD­UCTS

Delve into DIY beauty and learn how to make your own nat­u­ral sham­poos, con­di­tion­ers, face masks, creams, beauty bars and tal­cum pow­ders.

Herbs & Superfoods - - Herbs For Natural Beauty -

There is a great deal of sat­is­fac­tion in be­ing able to re­place many of the store-bought lo­tions and po­tions with your own home­made herbal con­coc­tions. Creams, lo­tions, salves and lip balms can all be made at home, with spe­cial in­gre­di­ents from your own gar­den: herbs. What cannot be grown in your own back­yard can be bought, in the form of es­sen­tial oils, oil bases and dried herbs, from herbal­ists, health shops or over the in­ter­net.

You must remember, though, that home­made, preser­va­tive-free prod­ucts are un­likely to last as long as com­mer­cial prod­ucts. Chem­i­cal preser­va­tives like parabens and ph­tha­lates keep com­mer­cial beauty prod­ucts us­able for up to two years. Nat­u­ral, home­made prod­ucts that are preser­va­tive-free may last for only three to four months, or just a few days, de­pend­ing on what’s in them.

So it’s best to make small batches that can be used up within a short pe­riod of time and keep them out of sun­light and away from heat. Make sure you store your cre­ations in air­tight con­tain­ers too, as nat­u­ral prod­ucts ox­i­dise and go ran­cid when ex­posed to air.

There are nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents that can be added to your for­mu­las to help them last longer. Vi­ta­min E, rose­mary oil ex­tract (a CO ex­tract), ben­zoin and grape­fruit

2 seed ex­tract, for ex­am­ple, are an­tiox­i­dants that re­duce the rate of ox­i­di­s­a­tion and hence pro­vide a longer shelf life. They are not preser­va­tives as such. While they help slow down the ox­i­da­tion of oils, they don’t pre­vent gram positive and neg­a­tive bac­te­ria and moulds, which grow in any­thing con­tain­ing water.

Rose­mary es­sen­tial oil is a well-known source of highly ac­tive an­tiox­i­dants be­long­ing to the group of diter­pene phe­nols. These diter­pene phe­nols sta­bilise fatty oils, carotenoids and es­sen­tial oils, re­tard­ing ox­ida­tive degra­da­tion. They also bind free rad­i­cals. CO -ex­tracted rose­mary oil ex­tract,

2 also known as rose­mary an­tiox­i­dant or rose­mary ole­o­resin, is a more po­tent an­tiox­i­dant than rose­mary es­sen­tial oil. It has a light rose­mary scent, but since you do not need to use much for each for­mula, it should not have much, if any, aro­matic in­flu­ence on your fi­nal prod­uct.

Ex­per­i­ment with these nat­u­ral an­tiox­i­dants. Start with small batches of DIY beauty prod­ucts, keep­ing your ex­penses down, un­til you find the com­bi­na­tion that you like.

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