RECIPES to Enhance
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
- Mirrors: Invest in a magnifying, lighted mirror as well as a small one to work around the eyes. Always look at both small and large mirrors for the entire face to make sure it is balanced.
- Brushes: Different types of brushes for different textures and colours are not only convenient, since you then don’t have to wash after each use, but also to effectively disperse the make-up on the skin.
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 A E J F 1Y
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.
- Adjust the tone by adding arrowroot powder and any of the colorants according to your skin tone.
- Store in a cosmetic shifter or a glass jar with a smaller top, just enough for the brush to go in.
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 A E J F1Y
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
- Annatto (orange)
- Cinnamon (bronze)
- Cocoa powder (earthy)
- Chlorophyll (bright green)
- French red (orange pink)
- Beetroot (bright pink)
- Strawberries (light red)
- Raspberries (dark red)
½–¾ tsp. Arrowroot powder or corn starch
Glycerine to adjust texture (optional)
- Grind the freeze-dried fruits and herbs into a very fine powder.
- Add 1 tsp. arrowroot or corn starch. Sift into a fine powder.
- Add glycerine if you prefer vivid colour as it stays on the skin better. Mix well.
- Colour changes on the skin, so make further adjustments by adding ingredients.
- Store in a cosmetic sifter or a glass jar.
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 A D F3M
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
- 15 drops Lavender
- 10 drops Tea tree
- 5 drops German chamomile
- Mix all liquids, preferably in a glass spritzer
- Add essential oils and gently stir.
How to use
Shake well before use. Spray on dry and clean skin.
♦ Natural Deodorant A E F6M
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
- 10 drops Geranium
- 10 drops Lavender
- 5 drops Tea tree
- Combine baking soda and arrowroot powder or corn starch.
- Add 4 tbsp. of melted coconut oil into the powder and mix with a fork. Continue adding coconut oil until the mixture reaches your preferred consistency. Add vitamin E and essential oils.
- Transfer mixture to a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
♦ Solid Deodorant 80g A E F6M
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
- 10-15 drops Clary sage
- 10-15 drops Lavender
- 4-6 drops Bergamot
- Melt all ingredients, except the essential oils.
- Allow the mixture to cool for 1–2 minutes.
- Add essential oils.
- Pour into deodorant tube.
♦ Solid Perfume A E F 8M
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:
- 7 drops Lavender
- 7 drops Geranium
- 4 drops Tea tree
- 2 drops German chamomile
- Melt the beeswax in a heat-proof container placed in a shallow saucepan of boiling water.
- Once beeswax is just melted, rest for a few minutes. Before it gets solid again, add jojoba oil.
- Mix well.
- Add vitamin and essential oils.
- Carefully pour into containers.
Here are some ideas for scenting variations. For basic perfumery, refer to Part 2 under essential oils.
- Asian Beauty
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
- Pure indulgence
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
Haircare Oil A E F 6M
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:
- 15 drops Rosemary
- 10 drops Basil
- 5 drops Lemon
- 5 drops Peppermint
- 5 drops Lavender
- 5 drops Bergamot
- Mix all the vegetable oils in a bottle.
- Add the essential oils.
- Shake the formula and blend all ingredients.
- Place in cool dark place for 24 hours so that the oils can synergise.
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.