Luscious Lavender Night Cream

If you work outside a lot this is the ideal answer to sore chapped hands and weather-beaten skin.

* 1 tablespoon avocado or apricot oil
* 1 tablespoon almond oil
* 3 tablespoons lanolin
* 1 teaspoon oil of lavender

Put the lanolin in an ovenproof bowl and place in a roasting pan full of hot water. Pour in the avocado and almond oils and beat well to completely combine.

Remove from the heat and continue to beat as the mixture cools and thickens. Add the oil of lavender. Continue beating until mixture is thick and creamy and cool. Pour into a small pot, cover and store in the fridge.

Vitamin E can be added by squeezing the contents of 2 or 3 capsules as the same stage as oil of lavender is added.

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Moisturizing Vitamin E Cream

This cream is very moisturizing and emollient. It is nice for rough,
dry, or chapped complexions and should help promote healthy looking skin.

* 4 oz. sweet almond oil
* 1 oz. beeswax
* 2 oz. water
* 10 drops Vitamin E oil
* 10 drops lavender essential oil

Melt the oil and the wax in a double boiler, Remove from heat, add water, and stir thoroughly.

Add Vitamin E, essential oil and stir continuously until cool.

After you have added the essential oil and the cream is still warm enough to pour, carefully pour it into Salve Jars or Metal Tins.

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How To Shave The Bikini Line

(From FreeBeautyTips)

Spring is almost here and soon you will wear a bikini and you want to be smooth….

Shaving the bikini area can be tricky but with a little know how, you can master it.

1. Change the blade in your razor. Your shaving blade needs to be very sharp.

2. If this is your first time shaving this area, trim hairs before you begin.

3. Lather the area with a good quality shaving gel.

4. Shave with the grain first.

5. Rinse.

6. Reapply shave gel.

7. Shave lightly across or against the grain.

8. Rinse.

9. Repeat step 7 until you have the area relatively smooth.

10. Wait for a few hours to allow the area to calm down.

11. Repeat step 7 until you have the area relatively smooth.

12. With an electric razor, go over the area to pick up anything that your razor may have missed.

Tips:

Soap and water might work for washing your hands, but for shaving — definitely not.
Using a dull blade will not give you a clean shave and can contribute to razor burn.
Let the shaving gel sit for at least three minutes to soften the hair.

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Essential Oils For Beauty

When using essential oils to moisturize the skin, simply add to a carrier oil such as Jojoba. Another good tip is to purchase fragrance and lanolin free creams or lotions, from which you can create your own skin care products by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

The key to developing your own products is to determine what you want them to do. Are you trying to fight cellulite? Then add some Lemon oil to your cream. Are you trying to minimize the appearance of scar tissue? Patchouli is your answer here. See our for the body listings to find out more about the properties and effects of each essential oil.

Essential oils and how they affect your skin

1. GREASY SKIN

Sage : relaxes, improves blood circulation
Peppermint: refreshes, cools
Valerian : calms
Clove : disinfects
Camphor : Disinfects, sedating
Cypress : Refreshing, relaxing

2. UNCLEAN SKIN

Cajeput : Improves perspiration
Rosemary : Improves blood circulation
Valerian : Calming
Camphor : Disinfects, sedates

3. THICK, PALE AND WEAK SKIN

Oregano : Widens the blood vessels
Melissa : Refreshes, tonic
Geranium : Refreshing
Linden blossom : Soothing

4. INFECTED SKIN

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Marigold Bath

This will act as an astringent and stimulate. Marigolds have dehydrating properties and can help reduce excess body fluids.

* 1 cup dried marigold petals
* 1 teaspoon baby oil

Add to warm (not hot) running water.

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Natural After Shave Recipes

Antiseptic After Shave

* 90ml witch hazel
* 10 drops cedarwood
* 5 drops niaouli
* 10 drops lavender (Tasmanian)
* 5 drops cypress

Store in a brown glass bottle. Shake well before each use.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AFTER SHAVE

* 1 part apple cider vinegar
* 1 part vegetable glycerin or witch hazel

QUINCE SOOTHING GEL AFTER SHAVE

* 10 quince seeds
* Herb water
* 1 cup water

Boil seeds in water until a gel forms. Dilute with herb water such as rose or orange to desired consistency. Refrigerate up to 1 week.

Homemade Aftershave

Preparation Time: 15 minutes initially

Preparation Cost: $5

Materials Needed:

* 1/4 cup witch hazel
* 1/2 cup distilled water
* 3 drops benzoin oil
* 1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup dried herbs and/or a few drops of your choice essential oils such as :

* lavender flowers, crushed
* camphor herbs such as rosemary, lavender, sage
* Citrus herbs such as orange or lemon peels or
* Spicy herbs such as cinnamon, cloves

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Shampoo for Bounce and Shine

* 1 egg
* 1 tsp lemon juice
* 3 tbsp unscented shampoo
* Fragrance oil of your choice

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Shampoo into your hair and rinse well. The egg will act as a conditioner, and the lemon juice will bring shine to your hair!

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Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Mask

* 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
* 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
* 1/4 teaspoon honey

Combine ingredients and apply to face for 10 minutes.

Rinse well with water and pat dry. Mask should be applied up to 3 times a week.

The yogurt in this recipe is an exfoliating agent, and the honey helps moisturize any skin type.

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Thyme Mouthwash

* 2 Tablespoons Thyme Leaf
* 1/3 Cup Water
* 1 Tablespoon Vodka

Brew a with the thyme and water. Keep covered while steeping. Add 1 Tablespoon Vodka. Use as a mouth rinse after brushing.

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Soothing Foot Bath

Fill a basin with warm water, and add the following mixture. Swirl the water to disperse the blended oils and relax for at least 15 minutes.

* Eucalyptus 4 drops
* Pine Needle 4 drops
* Peppermint 4 drops
* Geranium 3 drops
* Massage Oil 1 teaspoon (5 ml)

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