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Old 09-27-2007, 07:40 PM
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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Ha! Thanks- slowly working my way up the ranks LOL
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Prettygyrl777 View Post
Ha! Thanks- slowly working my way up the ranks LOL
Slowly but surly!
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Old 09-30-2007, 12:23 PM
Location: Branson, Missouri
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Coconut oil is a good hair conditioner. Put it on your hair for 15 minutes or so and wash it out.
I also use it for my face (night moisturizer) and body sometimes.
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Old 10-01-2007, 01:18 AM
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Hi Foma & Everyone -

I've made a lot of my own products for a long time, mainly as my skin is so sensitive/allergic & on the slightly dry side. I'm also frugal & if I can make it cheaply, I'm happy 'cause I'm saving shoe money!

Mask for normal/dry areas of skin (face/throat/chest/any part of body that needs emolients - avoid lips & eye area):
1 egg yolk, 1 Tlbs honey, 1 tsp oil*
Note: can use whole egg if skin is "normal"

Gently rub onto freshly washed skin. Leave on 15 min (a bit longer if whole egg) or until it dries. Rinse off with warm water. Apply moisturizer. Skin feels like silk. Use once/wk at most.

*Oil - use any oil besides mineral oil, which is drying to the skin or baby oil which is mineral oil + fragrance. Some good choices are olive, sunflower, safflower, peanut or 1 Vitamin E capsule.

Mask for normal/oily areas of skin:
1 egg white, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Same instructions as above.

Make-up remover for normal/dry skin:
Blend baby/mineral oil with talcum powder until paste. Mineral oil is fine here as it will be washed off in seconds. Slather on face & wipe off. Will keep in jar very nicely without spoiling. To remove eye make-up, wet cotton ball, dip into paste & gently rub on eye area. Avoid getting onto contacts.

For exfoliant/cleansing grains: Wet face, apply normal cleanser/soap & rub small amount of corn meal on areas that need extra cleaning, perhaps in T-zone. When rinsing, be careful not to get corn meal in eyes. Ouch! Also, if you don't need as much exfoliation, use table sugar instead. Also, it dissolves & won't get into eyes. It's the only thing I use sugar for.

One great tip is to never dry skin with a towel. The purpose of moisturizer is to trap water next to skin by a thin layer of moisturizer. Water is what softens skin, not oil. Oil forms the barrier. So on a freshly rinsed face, apply 1/2 dime-sized amount of moisturizer. You'll find that the water gives glide to your skin so you'll use less product also. Your skin will be noticeably softer the 1st time you do this.

Tip for broken powder blush. Crunch it up with a spoon into a fine powder. Stir into a small amount of Vasoline for "free" color gloss. Can do this with remnants of sparkly powder eye shadow, too, as long as it's a color you'd wear as lipgloss.

I use baking soda to brush teeth, too, as someone mentioned before. Baking soda chelates so draws odors to it, like using it in the fridge. It's slightly abrasive so really makes your teeth feel clean. I use it, too, mixed with a bit of toothpaste, just for the mouthwash taste/effect from the paste. Many dentists use a combo of baking soda, peroxide & water to deep clean their teeth at least once/wk. You do need to get used to the salty taste, but you very quickly do. Just don't overload the brush. Try it once. I think everyone will appreciate their next cleaning. Since I've been using it, my hygienest always says my teeth hardly have any plaque to clean off them.

I'm very frugal, so try to find secondary uses for everything.

Good post, Foma... VV

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Old 10-24-2007, 05:59 PM
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Hello Dear Foma & Everyone -

I thought you might be interested in this. I found it a few weeks ago in a Brit paper & for the life of me, can't find the onsite link. The book these recipes are excerpted from is listed at the bottom of the article. Sounds perhaps a bit expensive/extravagant, but may be interesting/useful to some. I use many therapeutic grade essential oils anyway (have for 10-yrs) & they do wonders for healing, but I haven't tried them for cosmetic purposes. Need the therapeutic grade, however, which are pricey but well worth it. I use Young Living (they have a website), by the way. Great products & with one sniff, your body jumps for joy & you'll never use just a lovely scented $5 bottle of EO again.

I'm going to try the recipe for legs soon (once I accumulate all the ingredients) & will report back soon. Enjoy!

Hair-loss of any type, whether caused by cancer treatment, stress or hormone imbalances, can be devastating. Ylang-ylang has long been used in hair treatments (such as a 19th-century hair oil called Macassar). Before applying, tip your head forwards and brush your hair until your scalp feels warm.

Ylang-ylang hair-loss remedy
6 drops essential oil of ylang-ylang
1 capsule borage oil
1 capsule evening primrose oil
50ml bottle

Mix the oils and shake well. Massage into your scalp one hour before shampooing. Use two to three times a month. You can also add a few drops to a mild shampoo. Shake the bottle and use in combination with the scalp oil.

Broken capillaries or spider veins are especially noticeable on the cheeks and decollete.
Avoid hot baths and showers, hot facials, the sun and alcohol as these cause capillaries to dilate. Vitamin C in your diet is important, as is rutin (found in the pith of citrus fruits). Both are extremely good for strengthening the walls of veins. Parsley is a particularly effective essential oil to use as it slows down the spread of broken capillaries and reduces their appearance. I have also found essential oils of chamomile, violet leaves and orange to be good.

Face oil for broken capillaries
30ml (2 tbspn) rose masqueta oil
10ml (1 dspn) argan oil
2 capsules borage oil
2 capsules wheatgerm oil
6 drops essential oil of parsley
2 drops essential oil of chamomile, violet leaves or orange
50ml bottle

Mix in the bottle and gently apply to the face after cleansing, preferably in the morning. After ten minutes, remove any surplus oil with a tissue. This oil will keep for two to three months.

Late nights, too much alcohol, cigarette smoke and allergies can all cause bags.
Heavy creams can also contribute and it is all too easy to think they are helping when really they are causing the problem. Instead, try this light gel.

Eye oil
1/2 cucumber, liquidised
1 capsule wheatgerm oil
50ml herbal infusion - marigold, fennel, parsley or comfrey

Make up the infusion using a teaspoon of your chosen herb and 50ml boiled water. Let cool, strain, then stir into the cucumber with the wheatgerm capsule. Apply a little of the gel to your fingertips and pat into the area around the eye. This will boost the circulation, and reduce puffiness, lines and wrinkles. Keep in the fridge and use within three days.

We are constantly looking for new ways of enhancing our lips - from collagen injections to High-Street lip plumps. I prefer to use a natural balm. Massage it into your lips twice a day and you will have a fuller pout in no time.

Natural lip plump
10ml (1 dspn) jojoba oil
5ml (1 tspn) castor oil
5ml (1 tspn) argan oil
2 capsules wheatgerm oil
50ml bottle

Mix the ingredients together in the bottle and apply to the lips, gently pressing in with the fingertips. Massage into the skin around the mouth in a clockwise direction, pulling out both upper and lower lips slightly and rubbing in. Apply a little more oil to the lips and leave for a few minutes before removing the surplus with a tissue. Ideally use twice a day. Keeps for a month in the fridge.

The jawline and neck area is very delicate and is one of the first places to show your age. But essential oils can work wonders, as can massage. Use this oil to massage your neck and jawline. Always use upwards movements and gently lift, pinch and hold the skin to help tone and lift it.

Sandalwood neck oil
10ml (1 dspn) jojoba oil
8ml (1 1/2 tspn) avocado oil
2 capsules borage oil
4 capsules wheatgerm oil
10 drops essential oil of sandalwood
5 drops essential oil of bois de rose
2 drops essential oil of either petit grain or orange
50ml bottle

Mix together in the bottle and shake well. To help penetration of the oil, place a hot flannel on your face for a few minutes. Apply every night until used up - this recipe gives enough for two to three weeks' supply. Keep in the fridge or a cool place. Do this two or three times a year.

This lotion is great for firming the connective tissue around the breasts. It is easy to make - just add some fresh or dried herbs, such as mint, basil, lavender, rosemary and thyme, to a bottle of cider or white wine vinegar. You can use essential oils if you prefer - bois de rose, rose, peppermint, ylang-ylang and lavender all work well.

Aromatic vinegar lotion
6-10 tbspn dried herbs or a handful of fresh herbs or 15 drops of one of the essential oils listed above
1/2 litre cider or white wine vinegar
3/4 litre boiled cold water 2-litre bottle

Add your chosen herb or essential oil to the vinegar in the 2-litre bottle. Keep in the dark for two weeks. Add the water. Use cotton wool to apply the lotion in circular movements to each breast. Do this a few times. Let dry. Try using this preparation daily for two months.

Like everything else, the skin on the arms starts to sag as we get older. Exercise such as walking, running and swimming, can help tone and firm, and gentle upward massage will help banish cellulite by encouraging lymphatic drainage.

Massage oil for the upper arms
45ml (3 tbspn) jojoba oil
10ml (1 dspn) rose masqueta oil
1 capsule wheatgerm oil
1 capsule evening primrose oil
3 drops essential oil of either rose or jasmine
5 drops essential oil of lavender
4 drops essential oil of either bois de rose or lemon
100ml bottle

Mix together in the bottle. After a bath or shower, use the oil to massage the triceps muscle from the elbow upwards. This oil will keep for up to two months.

Ageing spots can appear from exposure to too much sun. Often called 'liver spots', they also appear with age. Try this massage oil.

Fading oil for age spots
15ml (1 tbspn) almond oil
15ml (1 tbspn) argan oil
1 capsule wheatgerm oil
2 capsules evening primrose oil
10 drops essential oil of lavender
2 drops essential oil of rose
50ml bottle

Mix together and shake well. Every evening, massage the oil into the hands until fully absorbed. This will keep for up to two months.

As many as nine in ten women are affected by cellulite, which can be brought on by hormonal changes characterised by high levels of oestrogen. This encourages the body to retain fluid, causing the fat cells to bunch up and protrude through the dermis, giving the orange-peel effect. A combination of factors can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, including diet, exercise, body brushing and detox baths but this massage oil may also help. It contains guarana, which acts as a lipolytic enhancer, meaning it activates the circulation and stimulates the blood flow. The oil will need to stay on the surface of the skin for a few minutes before you massage it in. Note: You will need to shake the oil well before every application, as the contents will separate.

Cellulite massage oil
10ml (1 dspn) aloe vera juice
20ml (2 dspn) almond oil
60ml grapeseed oil
10ml (1 dspn) guarana tea or 2-3 dissolved capsules guarana
2 capsules wheatgerm oil
1 capsule borage oil
5 drops essential oil of either thyme or fennel
6 drops essential oil of rose 10 drops essential oil of lemon, grapefruit or orange
10 drops essential oil of either cypress or violet leaves
100ml bottle

Pour ingredients into the bottle and shake well. Massage into affected areas daily. Will keep for 3-4 weeks in a cool, dark place.

Varicose veins are caused by interruptions of the blood flow. People who stand a lot are more susceptible to the condition, as are those who don't exercise or exercise too strenuously. It is also a genetic condition. The following oil is great for preventing varicose veins and will also help if you already have varicose veins or thread veins.
All the ingredients are rich in vitamin C and rutin, which will help to strengthen capillary walls. Geranium will encourage good circulation and the citrus oils will have a slightly astringent effect upon the whole venous system. The aroma is also very positive and uplifting. You should also make sure that you eat a diet rich in fruit and avoid hot baths or carrying heavy loads.

Vitamin-rich massage oil
50ml soya oil
1 capsule wheatgerm oil
2 drops essential oil of geranium
2 drops essential oil of grapefruit
1 drop essential oil of lemon
1 drop essential oil of orange
50ml bottle

Mix ingredients together in the bottle and shake well. Stroke the oil very gently into the legs using upwards movements, from the feet to the thighs. Use daily. The oil should keep for 2-3 months. NB: Always buy your oils from a reputable shop and if you can afford to buy organic oils, do. Always do a patch test - dip a cotton bud in a tiny trace of the oil, dab it on the inside of your wrist, cover with a plaster and leave unwashed for 24 hours. If there is any allergic reaction at all, do not use the oil.

• EXTRACTED by Claire Coleman from Danile Ryman's Secrets Of Youth And Beauty published by Rodale, priced 18.99, available now.
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by foma View Post
Yeah, I heard about this and I've seen toothpaste "with" baking soda in it ... what's baking soda do for your teeth?

What's this do? The only thing I can think of is letting it drip into my mouth ... *yum*!

I have to wait to rep but thanks for the advice!
My mum used baking soda on her teeth for over 20 years and now has severely receeded gums from it.
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Old 10-25-2007, 06:05 AM
Location: Oxford, England
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Mash bananas and natural yoghurt and apply as a mask. It nourishes the skin and is astringent as well.
A good olive oil is also really good as an occasional moisturising treatment and you can even use it as an overnight "cream".

Kitchen Cosmetics: Homemade Natural Beauty Recipes
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Old 10-25-2007, 04:11 PM
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Great info everybody!

Kittens - where do you get all the ingredients for the ylang ylang hair loss remedy? I have very fine hair and it seems to get "finer" as I age! I know ylang is a cosmetic brand ... do you mean just get these oils from them and mix them together at home?
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Old 10-25-2007, 05:25 PM
Location: Az.
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Default To Get Dark Hair (Naturally)

To get dark hair naturally:

Brew a pot of coffee. Let it cool down (might take a long while). Pour onto your hair and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then wash and condition.

*Note: this is a gradually process. But do it as often as possible and you will have noticeable darker hair. *
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Old 10-25-2007, 06:53 PM
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Hello Foma –

My apologies if you already know the following, but each of us doesn’t know what the other knows so please don't feel I'm being condescending.

Ylang ylang, borage (aka starflower) & primrose (aka evening primrose) are plants & essential oils are distilled plants/flowers/seeds at a low enough temperature to extract/retain the healing properties of each. If you google it, it’s amazingly interested to read about EO’s & the process of distilling, particularly if you choose to buy them. If you find rose oil for $5 from a metaphysical shop, it may be a lovely smelling oil for perfuming purposes, but for it to be therapeutic grade, 2 tons of rose petals are required to make 1-oz of pure rose oil, so you can imagine the cost. The company I use charges almost $200 for ml bottle. Perhaps someday soon I’ll have a spare $200 to part with on rose oil! (For now, I’ll place it on my Christmas/b’day/every holiday wish list!) I’ve taken massage/EO classes where we used pure rose oil, among many other therapeutic grade EOs, & you feel as if you’re floating on a cloud, whether giving/receiving the treatment. Pure joy just smelling it all around the room! We were the most relaxed & totally groovy people on the planet!

I purchase ylang-ylang from Young Living, about $25-ish/bottle & it’s therapeutic grade. There are approx 150 drops/bottle & each oil lasts years for me. By the way, I am not a distributor or affiliated with the company, but have used their products for 10-yrs for all sorts of treatments like cuts, insomnia, strains/sprains, pain, infections & even perfume with great results. I don’t see borage/primrose on the YL site & I haven't used them before, so I’ll search around if you’d like & let you know. That’s why I mentioned that although the recipes may work (I haven’t tried them but was hoping perhaps someone has & had some feedback), they may be quite pricey.

You are correct, you mix all the oils together at home in a bottle. By the way, if you use a thera-grade EO, metal negates the properties, so using glass is optimal, plastic as a 2nd choice. I normally re-use a glass container & you can sometimes purchase them cheaply at Whole Foods/craft stores/metaphysical shops. Perhaps WF has primrose/borage oil in the fridge in the vitamin section? Because there are no preservatives, there are instructions to refrigerate & use within a certain period of time. Again, sorry if I’m repeating what you already know...

By the way, I’m don’t currently work as a hairdresser, but am still licensed, continually take advanced courses (many in CA or UK/Scandanavia) to keep current & do some volunteer work with women/children with all types of hair loss issues from simple to extreme - breaking off, falling out, chemo treatments, alopecia, illnesses. If you’d like to email me (I won’t be on DM as I’m taking an online break for a bit) & tell me a bit about what’s happening, I may either have simple suggestions or would be happy to do some research for you, so don't be afraid to ask.

Here’s YL’s site if anyone is interested & if anyone knows another with thera-grade, I'd love to know. YL is great but $$$!

Young Living Essential Oils

Have fun… VV
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