Green recipes for cosmetics and cleaning products

Here are come cosmetic recipes from The Health and Environment Awareness Project, The McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women, Breast Cancer Action Montreal:

Cleansing and Exfoliating Grains

This exfoliant is used to stimulate and improve circulation to the skin, slough off dead skin cells and polish the skin.

– 1 cup finely ground oats
– 2 cups white, cosmetic grade, clay
– 1/4 cup finely ground almonds
– 1/8 cup lavender
– 1/8 cup roses or chamomile

Grind the individual ingredients in a coffee or nut grinder – mix together with clay.  Store dry.  Moisten a small amount of exfoliant in the palm of your hand, apply to face and energetically but gently rub over face and neck. Rinse. 

Avocado Carrot Cream Mask

This mask combines avocados, which are rich in Vitamin E, with carrots, which are high in beta-carotene and antioxidants, and cream, which is high in calcium and protein.  These ingredients will rebuild skin collagen, improve tone and texture, and fade age spots.

– 1 avocado, mashed
– 1 carrot, cooked and mashed
– 1/2 cup heavy cream
– 1 egg, beaten
– 3 tablespoons honey

Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth.  Spread gently over your face and neck, and leave in place 10-15 minutes.  Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner.

Spa Index Lavender Hand and Foot Wash

Use this wash to relieve red and inflamed hands and feet

– 1/2 cup dried lavender flowers
– 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh sage
– 2 cups of water
– 8 drops of lavender oil

In a saucepan, combine lavender flowers, sage and water. Simmer, covered, on low heat for 20 minutes. Strain mixture through cheesecloth and let cool. Discard the solids, retain the liquid. Add Lavender Oil, shake to emulsify, and then apply to hands and feet with a soft wash cloth or cotton pads. Repeat as necessary, or desired.

Herbal Spa Wrap

– 1 cup corn oil
– 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
– 1 tsp. dried thyme

Combine ingredients and massage into skin, wrap arm with towel to lock in body heat. Lay a heating pad over areas for five minutes at a time.

Rosemary Salt Bath

– 1/4 cup fresh rosemary
– Cheesecloth
– String
– 1 cup Epsom salts
Put rosemary in a square of cheesecloth and tie it with a length of string. Add Epsom salts and the rosemary pouch to warm bath water climb in, and soak.  After bath apply body lotion to damp skin.
Simple Mint Cleanser

– 2 1/4 cups whole milk
– 4 tablespoons fresh mint (any kind), washed and dried
Blend milk and mint in a blender or food processor.  Leave it to infuse in refrigerator for twelve hours.  Soak a washcloth or loofah in the cleanser and rub it over your skin instead of soap.  It’s particularly good for delicate skin.  Store remaining cleanser in refrigerator.

Household Cleaner Recipes from The Health and Environment Awareness Project, The McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women, Breast Cancer Action Montreal
Measurements for the following cleaner recipes need not be exact. (Note: usually a clear, unscented liquid, vegetable liquid soap is available at most health food stores).
Mirrors and Windows

– 5ml (1/3 tsp) vegetable liquid soap (optional)
– 45ml (3 tbs) white vinegar
– 500ml (2 cups) water

Mix in spray bottle. Use newspaper or a cotton rag to clean. Or use pure white vinegar and newspaper to clean windows
Disinfectant Spray

In a spray bottle combine:
– 90ml (3 tbsp) vegetable liquid soap
– 30-drops tea tree essential oil

Fill spray bottle with water
All Purpose Paste Cleaner

(This recipe must be completed in the order presented here, essential oil optional)
– 500ml (2 cups) baking soda
– 125ml (1/2 cup) vegetable based soap

Mix into a paste, then add:
– 60 ml (2tbsp) water
– 60ml (2 tbsp) white vinegar
– Mix into paste
– Add 10-20 drops of your choice essential oil (Tea Tree oil for disinfectant cleaner)
All Purpose Scented Scouring Cleaner

This recipe is an excellent replacement for powder scouring cleaners like Comet or Ajax.

– Baking Soda
– Essential Oil of your choice
– Fill a parmesan cheese shaker or sealable cup-shaped plastic container with baking soda. Add 5-10 drops of an essential oil of your choice. Mix.
Floor and Wall Cleaner

– 60ml (1/4 cup) white vinegar
– 4l (1 gallon) warm water
– Mix in bucket
– Use mop or sponge
Silver Polish

– Bowl
– Aluminum Foil
– Baking Soda
– Warm Water

Place aluminum foil at the bottom of a bowl.  Fill with warm water. Place silver in water, sprinkle with baking soda. Allow to sit for about 1 hour.
Alternate Silver Polish

For small items, rub cream toothpaste into polish with finger or cloth. For bigger pieces, use baking soda and a clean, damp sponge. Make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub the paste into the silver with cloth. Rinse with hot water and polish dry with a soft, clean cloth. For badly tarnished silver, leave the baking soda paste on the silver for an hour or so, before cleaning off with the help of the sponge and hot water.

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