Aromatic Life

January, 2016

The Skin You’re In

This month we will discuss skin cleansers, clarifiers, and lotions.


Basic Skin Clarifier and Facial Recipe
2/3 cup Witch hazel

1/3 cup Rubbing alcohol

Mix together.

Store in a tightly capped glass bottle.


Rosemary Chamomile Facial Rinse

1 Tablespoon Dried rosemary or 1 tb Fresh

2 Tablespoons Dried chamomile flowers or 1/4 cup Fresh

4 Cups Water

Boil all ingredients for 15 minutes.

Strain, retain liquid, cool and put in container.

Wipe liquid over face, let remain for 30 minutes.

Rinse with cool water.


Simple Lotion

Another way to nurture your skin is to create soothing and healing
lotion and moisturizing cream. A simple way to do this is to buy a
fragrance-free lotion or cream (available at health food stores) and
add 20 drops of essential oils per ounce of the product.

If your skin is especially dry, add 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of a base
oil such as Young Living V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil, a perfect blend of
organic vegetable oils including sesame seed, grapeseed, sweet
almond, wheat germ, sunflower and vitamin E. After stepping out of
the bath or shower, apply the skin oil to wet skin and gently rub.
The water combined with the oil deeply moisturizes dry skin.

Oily skin responds to Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Jasmine,
Lavender, Lemon, Orange and Ylang Ylang.
For dry skin use Rosewood, Sandalwood, Patchouly (good for wrinkles),
Rose Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Chamomile (inflamed skin) and
Davana (chapped skin).
Sensitive skin loves German Chamomile, Rose Geranium, Jasmine and
For cellulite use Grapefruit (dissolves), Cypress, Rosewood,
Cedarwood, Tangerine (dissolves), Basil, Juniper, Lemon, Orange,
Patchouly, Rosemary, Sage or Fennel.


Information on Lotions & Creams

There is a basic combination of melted waxes, oils and scented water,
brought all to the same temperature, that are the basis of creams and
lotions. Waxes are melted over a low heat to combine them, the oils are
warmed and whipped into the waxes, then the heated waters are dropped slowly
into the blended oil and wax. The mixture is stirred until cool.
(approximately 10 minute completion time)

To make a cream firmer, add more beeswax; to make it softer, more oil is
needed. Adding more waters will make the mixture lighter and fluffier (too
much waters and creams has tendency to separate more easily)

Creams should be refrigerated.

Cleansing creams are more effective than soap for heavy dirt and makeup.
Massage into skin and wipe off with cosmetic cotton balls.

Toners tighten the pores and refresh the skin.

Moisturizing creams are the last to be applied to the skin and provide a
protective covering to maintain skins natural moisture level.

~Non herbal Ingredients for Cosmetic Mixtures~
All the ingredients listed can be purchased from your local Pharmacy or
Grocery Store:

Agar agar derived from seaweed and is used in gels.

Alcohol~solvent/preservative. (ethyl alcohol) used in perfumery

Beeswax~emulsifier for oil and water contain in cream mixture (sold in

Benzoin~preservative, astringent/antiseptic

Borax~white mieral powder used as emulsifier (Borax has a tendency to cause
a reaction when applied to inflamed skin. Just omit it)

Bran~used in face masks, soaps and body scrubs

Buttermilk~Soothing/astringent. (available in health food stores)

Calamine lotion~alkaline lotion for problem skin

Castile soap~pure soap no additives

Cocoa butter~made from cocoa bean, a fat used to make rich emollient in

Distilled water~should only be used in making cosmetics

Emulsifying wax~a wax used to emulsify oils and water in cream mixtures

Fuller’s earth~fine grey powder made from single`cel algae found on seabeds.
Very absorbent and rich in minerals, excellent for face mask

Gelatine~obtained by boiling animal bones. Used in eye ointments and
nail-hardening lotions. Agar agar is a vegetable substitute

Glycerine~is a byproduct of soap manufacturing. It mixes with water, soluble
in alcohol, has softening tendencies

Honey~ softening, healing and also is used as a binder


Kaolin~purest form of clay used in face masks

Lanolin~obtained from sheep’s wool. Softens and will nourish the skin, it is a

Liquid paraffin~used in barrier creams as it is not absorbed by the skin

Oatmeal~same as bran

Oils~almond, avocado, wheatgerm, carrot coconut and nut kernel oils are skin

Oleic acid~ emulsifying liquid that can return separated creams back into

Petroleum jelly~used in lip salves

Vinegar~softens, cleansing and soothing to skin

Vitamin capsules~to add vitamins to skin creams

Zinc oxide~ white powder made from zinc, has mild antiseptic and astringent
properties. available as ointment