Looking for 175 recipes for creams, balms, shampoos, and more? Look no further than The Best Natural Homemade Skin and Hair Care Products.
I’ve always been curious about how skin and hair care products are made. Maybe it’s because I can’t understand how there are so many products on the market or how they’re all so different. Or maybe it’s because I don’t know any of the words they use in their advertising, which are supposed to be a cure for all the things I struggle with.
And I’ve also wondered, do I even need to use shampoo? And, will skin cream really keep wrinkles away? And, will making my own cosmetics save money?
When Mar Gomez’ The Best Natural Homemade Skin and Hair Care Products came across my desk I was all in. Have I ever made my own skin and/or hair care products before? No. Did I know what any of the ingredients were? I have a passing familiarity with essential oils. Did I know where to purchase these ingredients? No, but I have a sister-in-law who does!
When I mentioned my book-review-slash-investigative-journalism-project to my sister-in-law she sent me in the direction of a local cosmetics supply wholesaler. After seeing how many decisions I needed to make I felt overwhelmed and realized I needed a strategic plan before jumping in. First: read the book.
How do you read a recipe book? Same as any other book, one page at a time. The great thing about this book is there aren’t just recipes. There are helpful articles all the way through offering tips and tricks for making creams, ointments, oils, shampoos, and gels—as well as the best ways to work with certain ingredients. Lifeline! I have no idea what I’m doing!
The recipes are organized by their base ingredient, oil. Think flaxseed, baobab, pumpkin seed, etc. As I read through each recipe I realized I could create several from the same ingredients and since I was a first-timer, this would be a lesser investment than purchasing ALL THE THINGS and then being committed to making my own cosmetics for the next however long. My fear: what if I’m terrible at it and make a huge mess and am stuck with all these ingredients forEVER? The truth: I have a sister-in-law who can help me out.
So I chose three recipes, created a shopping list, and returned to the cosmetics wholesaler. This experience was much better. In fact, I ordered everything online in the quantities I needed so I just had to pick it up when they called.
To say I was nervous about attempting this is an understatement. I don’t know why I find it intimidating but I do. However. The recipes are SO straightforward. Anything I could have been tripped up on (and used as an excuse not to try) was explained and most of the recipes had three or less steps. I couldn’t wimp out.
So I did it. I measured out the ingredients using my handy food scale (yes, you’ll need one of those) and followed the instructions. It didn’t take long, just heating up a few things and then mixing them together (yes, you’ll need a mixer). After a cooling-off period I put my concoctions in glass jars (not plastic, I’ve learned!) and hoped for the best.
My first attempt didn’t go so well. Yes there were only three steps but my oils and my solids never merged into cream. Why? Oh, I don’t know. Maybe I waited more than 10 exact minutes for the cooling off. Maybe my house is too cold. Maybe I bought the wrong wax.
So I tried again.
Results? Better! It’s a usable concoction, although there’s still room for improvement.
I thought I purchased what I needed but I have a lot of leftovers so I can make these three recipes over and over—and I’m glad because I need the practice. I’m thinking if I can get good at this, homemade face cream would make a great Christmas gift. I can get pretty jars…nice-smelling oils…and give my friends something they won’t get from anyone else. How exciting!
In total I spent about $50 on ingredients. It felt like a lot but now I see this will be in stock for my next 30 creams and shampoos. When I do the math I know I’ll spend more on drug store face cream and hair care products. Plus I now know what all the ingredients are and know they won’t harm my body in any way. Everything is natural and easy to source. I trust it.
If you’re curious about how to make handmade cosmetics or if you’re looking for some new recipes to add to your collection, please let me recommend The Best Natural Homemade Skin and Hair Care Products. The formulas are easy to follow and require regular kitchen equipment plus a good scale. I found this entire experience beyond satisfying, and I’m not even very good at it yet!
Health-enhancing oils from around the world form the base for all natural cosmetics. With these easy-to-follow recipes and widely available natural ingredients, creating effective, soothing and above all natural creams, balms, face and body oils, exfoliating scrubs, shampoos, shower and bath gels and lip balms is easier than ever.
Mar Gomez features really lovely oils such as monoi oil (a coconut and flower oil that is a staple in beauty and skin regimens in Tahiti), soy oil, nut oils (such as macadamia, almond and peanut), seed oils (such as sesame, hemp, pumpkin seed and flax) and some really beautiful exotic natural oils such as piqui, andiroba, prickly pear seed, tamanu and argan.
All these oils have wonderful skin-care properties, and there are specific formulas for all sorts of skin conditions, from dry to oily, from acne-prone to wrinkled, from young to old.
Each formula is very easy to make and only requires normal kitchen equipment and a good scale. There are formulas for anti-aging creams, firming recipes to fight against cellulite, freckle- and spot-removing oil, moisturizing facial wrinkle cream, anti-dandruff shampoos and many others.
Making luxurious, heavenly-smelling homemade cosmetics is surprisingly simple and satisfying with this book.