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by Wrenn

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facial care homemade cream, gel, wash , mask to get you started.

Date:   2/17/2005 11:54:28 PM   ( 14 y ) ... viewed 4139 times

2nd Century AD by GALEN the first cold cream

150 grams white wax (= 5oz or 10 tablespoons)
400 grams sweet almond oil (=13-14 oz or 17 tablespoons)
1 cup distilled water with a few drops of spirit vinegar

melt in pan over boiling/or heating water,
first the oil and white wax.
then add the water and spirits.
remove from heat and beat into a cream.

this is an excellent base for any facial cream/
play with it.. maybe use beeswax./ calendula wax etc.
maybe use rosewater instead of distilled...
or use a herbal infusion you like.
and use vodka or so (for the alcohol preservative)

btw thyme and sage are super great perservatives!
(anti bacterial agents. ) (or 1-2 drops rosemary extract)

ps/ always add any liquid to a oil.fat cream /slowly drop by drop
as you beat it in. to ensure good blending.

this is about the best basic facial cream to use
then play with it to develop your own variety..
like maybe x tablespoons of avocado oil + x of vit e/
+ x of emu + x of almond equal total of 17 tablespoons.
add your own variety of herb infusion to reflect your skin type.
if need astringent or emoilient (marshmallow is an excellent emoilient)

this version will keep longer than many homemade face creams
because of the alcohol preservative.. in spirit vinegar
or the herbs you use/ or extracts.. you can use sub/ a few drops
of any essential oil or extract (as long as the essential oil can be
used on skin ...) to get the same preservative action.

sells alot of basic herbal waxes etc
i personally would go for beeswax or calendula wax.

ENJOY and have fun experimenting making your own personal face cream.


fat-free facial cream for oily skin.

1 coffeespoon Natural pectin powder
2 tablespoons of an alcohol
1 tablespoon glycerine
3 tablespoons rosewater

moisten pectin with a little bit of alcohol
then mix this gradually with glycerine & rest/alcohol
add the rosewater slowly mixing in.
heat this mixture slowly til it boils.
let boil 3-4 minutes (this burns off the alcohol btw )
then pour into a glass jar, where it will form a jelly)

herbs can be aded in infusion form as a substitute for rosewater,
your choice.


for blackheads/good skin color/potent face tonic

3 lemons
1 cucumber
1 orange
3 dessertspoons rosewater
2 tablespoons vodka or so.

extract the juice from the fruit and cucumber.
mix with other ingredients
store in fridge and use as a tonic spritzer
or after wash face tonic
or after sweating or to remove greasy face oils/cosmetics.

use 100 % cotton balls and gently wipe face
to remove all traces of oil , dirt, and grime.


no alcohol astringent complexion liquid face washes

prepare a decoction of EQUAL amts of:
rosemary, hawthorn, thyme, & blackberry leaves.

( a decoction is made by boiling a small pot of water
then removing from heat, add herbs and let steep about 15 minutes
then strain off the herbs. the herbal tea you have left is a decoction)

store in refrigerator will keep one week
use daily

if add chickweed it will refine coarse skin
and improve texture.

if add marsh-mallow herb it will help add emoilient to it
for dry skin types

use 100 % cotton balls and gently wipe on face.


Sage and Comfrey Gel for skin quality

sage = soothing and antibacterial:
comfrey = antiseptic (knit bone)
tea tree essential oil (optional)

4 tablespoons aloe vera gel
2 tablespoons sage fresh is best/ dried ok
2 tablespoons comfrey
1 drop tea tree essential oil (optional)

make sure aloe vera gel is cold.
make a strong infusion with all the herbs
by immersing them in hot water just to cover them
leave them for at least 2 hours.
strain off the herbs and begin to blend
with the gel working it in slowly.
you will probably not need all the infusion.
you do not want the mixture real thin.

btw use glass to steep it in/ & glass to mix & store
might just keep any left over infusion and dilute it.
dab 100 % cotton ball in it and wipe face.
use as an overall rinse in evening 8)

ANYHOW use your gel:

apply to clean face in a thin film
allow to dry before putting on any makeup
(think of it as an under makeup moisturiser)
or use it directly only on face blemishes
in this case, add a drop tea tree oil when mixing.

keep in fridge


Tea Tree face mask

2 tablespoons green clay
2 tsp dried peppermint or 2 sprigs fresh
2 drops Tea tree essential oil

make it fresh every time.

cover peppermint with small amt hot water
and leave to infuse about 2-3 minutes.
remove leaves and add the warm infusion to clay
mix vigorously
it should form a paste. add hot water in drops if too thick.
add the tea tree oil and mix in thoroughly.

apply to the skin while it is warm
remove when completely dry.
skin will be tightened and cleansed.
moisturise afterwards.

will draw out dirt and impurities.


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