Home Remedies: Make Your own Homemade Beauty Supplies

The Natural Remedies column shows you how to make your own home homemade beauty supplies for pennies on the dollar.


| April/May 1996



Birch tree natural remedies

Birch not only cleanses the stomach and intestines but it is reported to help in the alleviation of arthritis and is additionally used by herbalists to treat acne and minor skin irritations and itching.


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The Natural Remedies column shares information on how to create your own household remedies. 

Natural Remedies for Health

Homemade Beauty Supplies: Cheap and Easy Skin Care 

Most members of the legion of shiny, shrink wrapped squeeze tubes and dispensers lining pharmacy shelves — items loosely described as "beauty products" and cosmetics — are not only unnecessary but each time we use one of them, we are absorbing substances through our skin, some of which we would never dream of putting in our mouths.

What few things we really must have can actually be better and more cheaply made at home. Using nature's products, some of which you may find in your own backyard, and a few harmless supporting materials available in grocery and drugstores, you can save a bundle of money on cosmetics and, most of all, protect the health of your skin.

For instance, if your hands often feel dry from exposure to weather or from handling irritating substances like fertilizers, cement, or gasoline, one cosmetic that does do a great service is a soothing hand lotion which refreshes the skin and restores its moisture.

In her book, Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter without Me, Paula Begoun details the many harsh substances often mixed in lotions that, while creating the appearance of a lotion, are often worthless or even potentially harmful to your hands. Some of these products include acetone, which irritates the skin, or alcohol, which dries, as well as so-called trade secret name ingredients, which seldom do what the ad says they will do.

miranda is awesome.
10/25/2012 12:52:51 PM

I agree with earth mama on the petroleum ingredients. Gelatin in a deal breaking ingredient as well. It's boiled skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones. You couldn't pay me to eat it. There have to be lotion recipes that don't involve dead animals.


earth mama
10/22/2012 8:09:12 PM

I must say I am shocked that mineral oil would even be mentioned on motherearthnews, mineral is made from PETROLEUM and has many toxins in it, and no I wouldnt dream of putting it in my mouth!!! This article needs some serious updating, or to be removed all together and new recipe's made. A simple recipe would be a lotion bar made from shea butter, cocoa butter, hemp oil, almond oil, beeswax, coconut oil, etc. Googling "lotion bar recipe" is all you need to do. Even 2 of the above ingredients combined will make a good lotion bar. These ingredients are readily available online, and are available at certain stores. Finished homemade lotion bars are also available on etsy.com. And I havent seen a single one that contains mineral oil, that is so gross! Also, vegetable oil, unless organic, should always be avoided as well.






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