This section focuses on products to enhance your glowing skin by achieving your very own colors and scents to suit your unique complexion and personality. But the wonder of homemade products does not stop there—the versatile efficacies in each ingredient not only enhance momentarily but also build healthy skin in the long term.
Equipment to Consider
This powder foundation helps you achieve an even colour and blends effortlessly into already purified and nurtured skin, while lightly filtering the sun’s rays. If you want to avoid using heavy foundation to cover up, try slowly to get used to this literally natural and almost edible make-up. The confidence you gain through this daily practice will reward you and reflect on your natural beauty.
♦ Powder Foundation 50–120g
3–6 tbsp. Arrowroot powder or corn starch
1–2 tbsp. Cocoa powder
A pinch of Cinnamon, French green, and French red to adjust the tone
Blend 1 tbsp. of arrowroot powder and 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder:
How to Use
Lightly dip a soft make-up brush, dispersing the excess powder. Apply the powder clockwise from chin to top.
♦ Colour Make-Up
There are many natural colorants from food ingredients and clays that are completely safe and also beneficial to the skin. By mixing several different colours, you can make your very own unique colour to suit your skin tone. It is good for the cheeks and eyes.
¼ tsp. mixture of these natural colorants in freeze-dried powder form:
How to Use
Lightly dip a soft make-up brush. For the dry form, disperse the excess powder. Apply the powder on the cheeks and eyes. For the cheeks, it may sit better if you brush it on with your fingers.
There have been numerous reports on studies linking the use of deodorant with breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. According to a study by the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, commonly used aluminium salts that enter the already damaged underarm area from shaving could affect the lymph nodes. There are several natural options for deodorant including ammonium alum (crystal), which is economical and widely available.
♦ Deodorant Stone
A rock-like mineral known as saan som in Thailand has been used as an antiperspirant for centuries. The stone is dampened and then rubbed under the armpits. Before the advent of modern plumbing, the mineral was dropped into giant rainwater jars in order to collect water. It drew sediment to the bottom of the jar, thus leaving the upper levels clear and fresh.
Here are some ways to make your own safe deodorant:
Lightly Scented Deodorant Spritzer 150ml
This easy-to-make spritzer effectively and naturally scent the body:
100 ml Distilled water
45 ml Witch hazel
50 drops mixture of essential oil:
20 drops Geranium
How to use
Shake well before use. Spray on dry and clean skin.
♦ Natural Deodorant
¾ cup Arrowroot powder or corn starch
¼ cup Baking soda
4–6 tbsp. melted Coconut oil
1 capsule Vitamin E
25 drops mixture of essential oil
♦ Solid Deodorant
15 grams Beeswax
30 grams Shea butter
12 grams Cocoa butter
1 ½ tbsp. Magnesium chloride
1 tbsp. Kaolin
24–36 drops mixture of essential oil:
♦ Solid Perfume
Solid perfume is a lovely alternative to deodorant. I use colourful ceramic pill cases to hold the solid perfume and carry it in my bag. Wear it on your wrists and behind the ears. Not only does it give a light natural scent to your body but it also helps you calm your mind. Because of the properties in the essential oil mix, this recipe can also work as an insect repellent or anti-itch cream too!
15 ml Jojoba oil
5 g Beeswax
1 capsule Vitamin E
20 drops essential oil mixture of:
Here are some ideas for scenting variations. For basic perfumery, refer to Part 2 under essential oils.
This combination of juicy and fresh citrus with exotic spices holds the elegant white flowers from the East, with a touch of rose damask adding a sense of delicacy.
10% Lemon and Grapefruit / 75% Ylang-ylang, Jasmine, Rose damask / 15% Cedar wood and Vetiver
Be inspired with a collection of sophisticated woody scents, with top notes of refreshing flowery Neroli and balancing bodies.
15% Neroli / 65% German chamomile, Clary sage, lavender / 20% Cedar wood, Myrrh, Frankincense
Simply indulge with a combination of elegant flowers with a hint of refreshing lemon and masculine woody bottom notes.
10% Lemon / 80% Geranium, Jasmine, Rose damask / 10% Vetiver, Patchouli
A simple mixture of good-quality vegetable oils and essential oil can make haircare oil that treats the scalp to stimulate circulation, encourages hair growth, and aids in balancing sebum production. Regular use of the oil will give you shiny, healthy hair.
Ingredients 170 ml
100 ml Avocado oil
30 ml Jojoba oil
20 ml Coconut oil
45 drops Essential oil, mixture of the following:
How to Use
On dry hair, massage in the oil thoroughly to cover the entire scalp. Massage the hair through to the tips. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes. This hair oil can also be left on overnight. Shampoo afterwards as necessary.