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May 2001


by Bunella

April was a really stressful time for myself and the hubby. We've been househunting and think we might be successful after many months of tedious research, phone calls and visits to not so exotic locations. Also there was that little time frame there when I thought if I moved to where I want to go, I would never get online due to the small local calling area provided by the phone company there. But, despite all my teeth gnashing and hair pulling, I did manage to find a couple of unheard of internet companies that do have local access numbers.

All this stress brings me to this column, where I realized that I might have a problem finding various other products that I take for granted being able to get here in New York (bagels notwithstanding). For example, my skin care products are very easy to find if you live near a Macy's or a Bloomingdales. They are called Origins and are mid-priced and very gentle on the skin. A little research and voila! I find they have a web site (what else?) that for a few dollars more will still enable me to have the cosmetics I need. Ditto for my Avon nail polish (finally found a color that I love) at

Then I decided maybe I could do some research and come up with a way to make cheap skin care stuff at home that might be fun to do. So here's something I found; a recipe to make your own cleanser.

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Great for all skin types. Mix all ingredients together and place in a sealed container. Store in the refrigerator. Use 1 teaspoon morning and night to cleanse face.

Here's one for a facial scrub:

2 tablespoons oatmeal
2 tablespoons cornmeal
2 tablespoons wheat germ

Perfect for exfoliating normal to sensitive skin. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Make a paste by adding a splash of warm water to one tablespoon of the mixture. Use once or twice a week.

Toner for Problem Skin

A few drops of tea tree oil
1/4 cup distilled water

The best tonic for combating pimply skin. Mix the tea tree oil and water together and store in a sealed bottle. Shake well before using. Soak a clean cotton ball with the potion and apply to just-cleansed blemished skin. The tea tree oil is both a natural antiseptic and antibiotic. Use after washing skin whenever you have blemishes.


6 tablespoons jojoba oil
1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
2 tablespoons grated beeswax
1 tablespoon pure aloe vera
2 tablespoons rose water
8 drops sandalwood essential oil
4 drops rose essential oil

In a small bowl, combine jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, and beeswax. Place bowl in a shallow pan of boiling water and heat, stirring occasionally until the beeswax melts. Remove the bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. (The mixture will thicken and become cloudy as it cools.) In a blender or small food processor, combine aloe vera and rose water. Add the cooled oil and blend on high until the mixture becomes thick and cloudy (about two minutes). Add sandalwood and rose essential oils and blend mixture into colored glass jar. Apply a small amount (a little goes a long way with this skin softener) to face every evening in lieu of your usual moisturizer. For very dry skins, use also in the a.m.

P.S. there are online sites that sell essential oil and the other ingredients, but I can't do all your research now, can I?


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