Sep 12, 2009

Facial Oil

Apothecary Shop, circa 1920's

For quite some time now I've been using facial oils in place of regular moisturisers, including my own recipe and also store-bought organic rosehip oil (Trilogy and Evolu).

In my own recipe I used a base of Jojoba and added the essential oils Neroli and Frankincense (which apparently Cleopatra used too). I've seen these essential oils often in other facial oils too including Rodin's Olio Lusso (has anyone tried this by the way?).

And in an old Gayelord Hauser book, I found this:


Here is a combination of the world's finest and richest polyunsaturated oils. No cosmetic externally applied can do more to make the skin softer and younger looking. It is amazing how dry, wrinkled skin will gratefully soak in this combination of pure and wax-free oils. Modern cosmetic houses already manufacture polyunsaturated combinations but it is so easy to make your own. Simply mix in a measuring cup the following clear, natural oils:

3T safflower oil
3T sesame oil
2T sunflower oil
2T avocado oil
2T peanut oil
1T olive oil
1T wheatgerm oil
5 drops of rose geranium or your favourite perfume.

Seven drops of this combination, applied to your face, will convince you of its efficacy and purity. Use it regularly on face and neck; and if your scalp is dry rub in a few drops there.

Sounds too good to be true!

I am going to try the above facial oil recipe but make a few subtle changes such as adding rosehip oil in place of peanut oil (which I'm avoiding while nursing). And perhaps adding jojoba, and essential oils Neroli and Frankincense.

I think the above recipe will give me an idea of the quantities to use though.

Yes, making my own facial oil and washing hair in bicarb is sure to be a money saver but I think the real appeal lies in the fact I can make everything myself and not rely on manufacturers (except for the raw ingredients, of course). Who said Capricorns were control freaks?!

Here in New Zealand Go Native looks to be a great source for making your own beauty products.


Lisa said...

I totally agree with you. I use honey and olive oil on my face and honestly my face has never been more youthful. I have several beauty tips under my "beauty" label on my blog. Check them out and let me know what you think.

Emilie said...

That facial oil sounds divine!
You always know what to expect with natural produlcs. I always use a paste made of honey and cinamon on pimples, works every time! It's an awesome antiseptic and the honey promotes fast healing too. Totally the way forward :)

Catherine said...

Both ideas sound wonderful, thanks for sharing!

Lisa - what is your recipe for the honey/olive oil moisturiser (e.g.ratio)?

Emilie - I'm a big fan of Tea Tree Oil, for its antifungal/antiseptic properties. Honey would be great too, excellent for wounds. Tea Tree Oil and peppermint oil make a great mouth rinse after brushing (or a drop of each on your toothbrush).