Back in 1995 I was given this book:
and I’ve consulted it regularly over the years.
I’ve bought so many cosmetic products that haven’t lived up to expectations and that ended up in the bin. Surprisingly though, there are some that I’ve made that have been better than anything I’ve been able to find down the toiletries aisle.
I’ve got a few favourites that I thought I’d share.
Two ingredients in the book have become favourites for haircare; sage and rosemary. The first time I ever encountered these two herbs used for hair were in the pages below:
Sage improves texture and darkens grey and rosemary stimulates hair growth.
I take a big handful of each:
and as they grow all year round, I can do this throughout year. I took these photos today and they’re growing very healthily.
I put them in a pan, cover with about a litre of water, bring to the boil and simmer for about 20 minutes. I probably look like a wise woman of old (or witch), leaning over my cauldron. It smells very herbal.
Then I store it in the fridge in bottles and use it as a rinse.
I love it and really recommend it, my absolute favourite ever though, is coconut oil. It has lots of uses but the two things I love it for are; as a mouthwash and as a hair conditioner.
Rinsed round the mouth it helps strengthen the gums, prevent cavities and even whiten teeth. It’s called ‘oil pulling’. It tastes nice and has no harsh chemicals.
As a hair conditioner, there’s nothing I’ve ever come across that works better. It is supposed to reverse grey hair due to the antioxidants it contains and it helps hair stay really healthy looking.
I add lemon juice but it’s just as good without.
I did it this today and left it on for a couple of hours before washing off.
See below and please excuse the gym kit, I’d just got back from Tai chi. It’s the reverse of being at school and forgetting your P.E. kit!
Spot the selfies.
I heat the solid coconut oil until it melts, it doesn’t take much, it melts at about warm room temperature (24 degrees). I only use a heaped teaspoon. Then I add some lemon and basically make salad dressing by whipping it with a fork. As I said though, the lemon juice isn’t necessary, I just add it as a natural lightener.
I make sure I really massage it in well, then clip my hair up and walk round for a couple of hours looking like Popeye’s girlfriend (Olive Oyl). I might look greasy but I smell gorgeous!
It washes out quite easily and leaves no residue.
Give me these natural, homemade products any day over some of the horrible synthetic rubbish I’ve tried. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t given up on bought products and some are good but nothing beats making your own and finding it works.
Have a lovely weekend.