Okay, I confess...I totally forgot I was on for Superhero Secrets this time...I knew I wanted to post about DIY skin care recipes, but I never actually wrote the post, and now it's late at night and I'm exhausted, so this won't be as complete as I'd hoped. But I think it's a good collection of recipes to have--and hopefully folks in the comments who have their own recipes, ideas, and sources will post a few as well!
We're (I hope!) becoming increasingly aware of the hazards of lots of the chemicals in your average bottle of cosmetics--and sometimes it seems like the more expensive the little tube, the more unpronounceable ingredients it has in it. What the heck is that about? (If you're not already concerned, check out the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database for more info...)
In the past few years I've slipped away from most traditional cosmetics, though I do still have one bottle of foundation, one blush cake, and a squirty bottle of hair spray. None of them get used with much regularity. Most other things I make on my own, and they work really well.
Lots of options here, for lotions and oils and such. I tend to use the easiest version anywhere, which is just a little pump bottle of grapeseed or almond oil from the grocery store, with a few drops of essential oil in it, rubbed on slightly damp skin.
I also posted on the Booth a few months ago about making my own lotions and creams, which I sort of do the lazy way....Rosemary Gladstar has the sort of prototype recipe to which the rest all aspire, and it's fabulous.
I'm not a big toner user, but if I were I'd probably try the toner recipe from Katherine Butler at Eco-Salon.
Did you know that yogurt is good for sunburn relief? Me either. (The whole Skin Care From Scratch blog has some good ideas; check it out!)
And then there's my own "Preparation Ouch" recipe--well, figure it out.
The Natural Home Remedy site is a motherlode of recipes--I haven't looked at all of them, because there are tons of them, but the ones I checked looked good--some more complicated than others, but most seem pretty good. (That's the problem with lots of these recipes--you can't make stuff in advance or it goes bad, so it's a lot more work more often...)
Want natural hair care recipes? Check out Pioneer Thinking's hair care site--tons of recipes here too. (And when you're done there, check out plain old pioneerthinking.com too; also some good info here!) (The old "gently warm a couple of ounces of any basic kitchen oil in the microwave till it's warm but not too hot and smooth it into my damp hair, leave in for ten minutes, rinse, shampoo" thing is my personal standby, but there are many others...)
And finally, Natures Gift is my absolute favorite site for All Things About Essential Oils...check out their skincare hints page and follow some of the links! Good stuff here...
So, everyone else: what are your recipes, and where do you go when you want to take better care of your skin, hair, feet, painful-post-preggo-rear-end-parts, hands, and so forth, without spending an arm and a leg and adding toxic chemicals to them? Please share!