INGREDIENTS

HERBALS
Alkanet Root: Soaked in oil, gives deep red color. For soap or lip gloss. 

Annato Seeds: Yellow coloring for soap.

Avocado: Yields a healing oil rich in minerals, vitamins and amino acids.

Bay Leaves: Aromatic and toning.

Birch Leaves: Astringent, antiseptic.

Burdock: Antibacterial. Root used for eczema and irritations.

Calendula petals: From English marigolds. A traditional skin healer.

Carrot Juice: Vit. A promotes healing and helps to remove scars.

Chamomile: Soothing and refreshing.

Cinnamon: Helps soap to lather and gives it a spicy perfume.

Comfrey: Healing agent containing allantoin.

Cornflowers: Colorful accent and natural deodorant.

Cottonwood Buds: Aromatic and healing.

Cucumber: Soothing and cooling, but does not keep well.

Dulse: Rich in iodine and minerals.

Elderflowers: Skin softener and soother. High in essential fatty acids. A natural deodorant.

Grape Juice: Skin softener and natural deodorant.

Horsetail: Used by Native Americans for its antiseptic and healing properties.

Lavender: Fragrant and acidic. A natural deodorant.

Lemon Juice: pH balancer and natural deodorant.

Licorice root: contains glycurrhetinic acid, which works in a manner similar to cortisone. Reduces inflammation.

Loofah: The ‘skeleton’ of a plant similar to zucchini. Durable and effective as a defoliant.

Nettle: Use for hair care as a conditioner. Imparts body and sheen to the hair.

Noni: A Tahitian plant that has great healing power.

Papaya: Contains allantoin, a skin softener.

Pineapple: Source of bromelain, an enzyme that ‘eats’ dead skin cells.

Poppy Seeds: Use as an exfolliant in soaps or scrubs.

Red Clover Blossoms: Full of healing nectar.

Rosemary: Regenerates and tones skin. May cause irritation if used undiluted.

Rose petals: Acid pH. A sorce of delicate perfume.

Sage: Made into a ‘soup’ or facial steam, it cleanses and stimulates the skin. Good for a dandruff rinse.

Soapwort Root: A natural source of saponin.

Spirulina: Brilliant green color for soap or eye shadow.

Star Anise: Fragrant and decorative seed pods and seeds from the anise plant. Enhances and perfumes soap.

Strawberries: Cleansing and smoothing, but may cause allergies.

Tansy: Repels insects.

Tomato: Astringent and a powerful deodorant.

Walnut Hulls: Intense brown coloring for hair rinses.


 

OILS AND LIQUIDS 

Aloe Vera Gel: A healing, anti-irritant gel.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Use with water as an acid rinse to adjust the pH of hair.

Butter (unsalted): Used since early times as a cosmetic oil.

Cajeput Oil: A cousin of Ti-Tree or Maleleuca oil. Works well on enlarged pores as it dissolves accumulated sebum.

Castor Oil: Extracted from castor beans. Strengthens hair by forming a protective film.

Coconut Oil: Adds lots of lather to soap, but is somewhat drying. Do not use on face, as molecules are too large and may clog pores.

Cottonseed Oil: A rich emollient with good keeping qualities.

Distilled Water: Water is the single most beneficial additive for your skin. Always hydrate with pure water before applying creams.

Emu Oil: The closest oil to our own human sebum, so emu oil has brilliant penetrating qualities. Used for centuries by the Australian Aborigines, it is now being recognised as a medical and cosmetic boon. An anti-aging ingredient for the skin and a powerful skinceutical.

Essential Oils: Used in aromatherapy. See pp.58-62 of Kitchen Cosmetics book.

Glycerine: Natural glycerine is formed as part of the saponification process, and constitutes about 25% of homemade soap. It is a gentle and beneficial moisturiser.
Synthetic glycerine is derived from petroleum products.

Goats’ Milk: Because it is rich and naturally homogenised, goats’ milk makes wonderful creamy soap that feels like silk on your skin.

Grapeseed Oil: A gentle, versatile oil with good keeping qualities.

Honey: Traditional healer for damaged skin. Use unpasteurised, liquid honey, and do not overheat or you will destroy the enzymes.

Jojoba Oil: Helps skin retain water. Aids in cell renewal. Revitalises brittle hair.

Liquid Lecithin: A rich derivitave of soy beans. Stabilises and emulsifies.

Olive Oil: The main ingredient of the original Castile soap from Spain.

Sesame Oil: A bland oil with sun-screening properties.

Shea Butter: From the fruit of the karite tree. Healing for skin and hair. Helps stretch marks.

Soya Oil: A rich oil derived from soy beans. Helpful in the healing of cancer spots.

Sunflower Oil: A good base oil, rich in essential fatty acids.

Sweet Almond Oil: Safe and effective for care of facial skin. Synthetic version is toxic!

Tea(4x): A teabag or a teaspoon of loose tea, boiled in 2 cups water until the water is reduced to a half cup, will enhance sun-screening properties and help to heal sunburn. The tannin in the teahas screening and curative properties.

Yoghurt: Full of natural nutrients and enzymes.


 

POWDERS, CLAYS, DRY INGREDIENTS

Baking Soda: Soothing in water, slightly antiseptic, removes odours.

Barley and Oat Flakes: Boil and strain to make a creamy skin-soother.

Benzoin Powder: A natural antiseptic and preservative derived from the resin of styrax trees from Sumatra and Siam.

Brewers’ Yeast: Vitamin B. compound. Use in facial masks.

Coffee: A natural deodoriser. Coffee grounds added to soap will remove kitchen odours such as fish and garlic from your hands.

Corn Starch: A better alternative to talc. Silky and soothing in the bath tub.

DHA: An active ingredient in sunless tanning. Made from vegetable sugars. Safe for your skin.

Erythrulose: A four-carbon sugar used in some sunless tanning recipes. Enhances the effect of DHA. Safe and harmless.

Frankincense Powder: Fragrant, cleansing and balancing.

Fullers’ Earth: A fine clay for masks. Gently pulls out impurities and firms your skin.

Gelatin: Natural thickener. Strengthens nails.

Lye (sodium hydroxide): Reacts with fats to form soap and natural glycerine.

Myrrh: Fragrant resin from Arabia and East Africa.A highly effective ingredient in mouth hygiene.

Pink Clay: Naturally occurring clay, useful for colour in soaps and cosmetics.

Pumice: The only rock that floats! A soft, porous, volcanic rock, it makes an excellent exfolliant, and does a good job of scrubbing calluses from the feet. Pumice powder can be added to soap for extra scrubbing power.

Rice Flour: A safe alternative to talc.

Sea Salt: Cleanser and exfolliant.

Spirulina: A perfect balance of nutrients. Gives a brilliant green colour to soap and eye shadow.

Titanium Dioxide: A white clay pigment used widely in sunscreen lotions. Has been tested intensively for skin safety. Use only cosmetic quality, coated titanium dioxide.

Zeolite: A natural clay that has the ability to perform ion exchange, to remove odours and impurities, and to filter out toxins. Frees skin of grease and toxins.


 

 

2 Responses to INGREDIENTS

  1. Robbie Merrih says:

    Jojoba is a shrub that is grows in dry regions of northern Mexico and the southwestern US. Jojoba oil and wax are produced from the seeds and used for medicine. Jojoba is applied directly to the skin for acne, psoriasis, sunburn, and chapped skin. It is also used topically to encourage the regrowth of hair in people who are balding.^-:..

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    • admin says:

      You are right Robbie – Jojoba is one of the wonder ingredients. I have a little about it under Oils and Liquids but do plan to write more.

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