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
www.origins.com (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 www.Avon.com.
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
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?
Please address any comments or suggestions to me at Bunella@aol.com
HOT OFF THE PRESS
the winner of our April drawing:
has won this HOT little magic 8 ball.