Friday 56: Natural Cosmetics

cover art: The Complete Book of Natural Cosmetics


My mother-in-law gave me this cool paperback book to read. It's called,

COMPLETE BOOK OF NATURAL COSMETICS: AN AUTHORITATIVE GUIDE TO NATURAL BEAUTY AIDS THAT CAN BE PREPARED IN THE BUYERS OWN KITCHEN



 I quickly skimmed through the contents and discovered the use of fruits and vegetable cosmetics, such as... grapefruit, apples, lemons, limes, strawberries, cucumber, pineapple and papaya. Then there's the use of teas and herbs, like licorice, slippery elm, rose-water, honey, oatmeal and lavender.

Have you used natural substances in your hair or put them on the face before? And were you pleased with the results?? As I get older, I'm constantly reading food labels everywhere I go. I guess the same applies with cosmetics, sunscreen, etc.

So, dear readers... what do you slather and lather, rub and spray on your face?!

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I noticed one recipe that was marked in the book called, Golden Scarecrow Beauty Drops.

1 egg
2 Tbl. sesame oil
2 Tbl. honey

Separate the egg, drop the yolk into a small jar, then add the sesame oil and the honey. Hand-stir until thick, rich and smooth. Now add the egg white, close the jar, and shake hard. The mixture will thin out somewhat and become even smoother. And so will you, when you dab it on in dry-skin or wrinkle areas-- throat, elbows, upper lip, and especially those nasty crow's-feet around the eyes. You wondered why I called this "Scarecrow," didn't you? Try it, and you'll find out!

 

The Friday 56 

 

 "You now have a cup and a half of the most luxurious, skin-loving lotion you've ever met, with a "pH" (acidity or alkalinity level - in this case, acidity) in the normal-skin range - about 5.5. It's a pale-green emulsion, rich in feel, with the skin-loving qualities of cucumber and apple pectin, the protein content of egg and yogurt, the astringency of witch hazel, and the emolliency of apricot-kernel oil." --Beatrice Travern

 Kirkus Reviews


"As commonsensical and easy to do as squeezing a grapefruit into ethanol alcohol. Presto! - a zingy astringent."

 

About The Author

Beatrice Traven, author of the first modern book on cosmetics to be made at home, Here's Egg on Your Face, was hailed by Mademoiselle as "the Julia Child of cosmetic cookbooks."

COMPLETE BOOK OF NATURAL COSMETICS: AN AUTHORITATIVE GUIDE TO NATURAL BEAUTY AIDS THAT CAN BE PREPARED IN THE BUYERS OWN KITCHEN





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