This recipe comes from “Health and Beauty the Natural Way“, by Nerys Purchon. It’s meant to be used as a hair treatment or mask. I really liked it, simple to make, no exotic ingredients needed, and effective.
Combine, in a small bowl:
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Optional: 4 drops rosemary, and 2 drops lavender essential oil
Add enough powdered milk to make a paste, and work through slightly damp hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap or a towel that you have wrung out in hot water. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse out and shampoo.
I made mine too thick at first, and had to thin it with a bit of water. I also omitted the essential oils, and liked it fine without. I used my recipe for castile soap shampoo, with a lemon rinse to finish, check that recipe out here.
I really liked the results, my hair was very silky, easy to style, and the conditioned feeling lasted for another couple washes. This recipe can be used on all hair types, and is particularly helpful for dry/fine/damaged hair.
If you try it, let me know how it turned out! Just leave a comment.
This is the first scrub I have tried from “Health and Beauty the Natural Way” by Nerys Purchon. It needs to be used immediately as the sugar will dissolve.
- 2 teaspoons yogurt
- 1 teaspoon brewer’s yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Mix together and gently massage into your skin, rinse and pat dry.
I didn’t like this scrub at all, I used it immediately but the sugar still dissolved quick enough that its exfoliating properties were minimal. I also felt like my skin appeared paler after using it. I don’t think I will be using it again. However, if you were looking for a very mild face scrub that is easy to assemble then give it a try.
If anyone does try it, let me know how it goes! Just leave me a comment.
This is the most involved mask recipe I have tried so far, and it is by far my favorite. This recipe once again comes from “Health and Beauty the Natural Way” by Nerys Purchon. It promises “to rid the skin of impurities and improve sallow complexions.”
Here is the recipe for one use:
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon orange juice
- 1 teaspoon carrot juice
- 1 teaspoon celery juice (from healthy stalks)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon yogurt
- dried milk powder to mix
Just combine all ingredients, and add milk powder to make a paste. Spread on your face and leave for up to 30 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry.
To get the carrot and celery juice, I grated the sticks and caught the juices. So plenty of small chunks got in as well. My milk powder was also granulated so my mask was a bit chunky. Here it is ready to use:
I know it’s gross looking, but it’s an amazing mask. When I washed it off I noticed immediately a big change in my complexion. I am very fair-skinned and sometimes I look unhealthily pale and this mask really did give me a natural golden glow. I will definitely be making it again.
If anyone else tries it, let me know how it goes! Just leave a comment
This is the simplest of simple natural beauty recipes. All you need is honey. Take enough honey to cover your face, 2 tablespoons or so, and warm it up enough to be runny. Be careful not to over heat the honey, and burn your fingers like I did. Spread the honey on your face. Gently tap on the honey, like your typing out an awesome blog post on your keyboard. Rinse off.
This recipe comes from “Health and Beauty the Natural Way.” I liked this mask, the idea is you are drawing out impurities in your pores and I thought it worked okay. It’s a great alternative to any store-bought cleansing masks, but it is very mild. On the plus side though, if any dribbles onto your lips it’s really delicious.
If anyone tries it out, I’d love to hear about it! Just leave me a comment.
If you’ve been reading along with Zounds, you’ll already know that I am trying out tons of natural beauty alternatives and posting about the experiences. If you don’t follow Zounds… you should. Anyway I’ve created a page called Simple Beauty (accessible at the top of the site next to the About Me page) which will have all my posts on natural beauty listed.
On to the real subject of this post… lentil shampoo.
I got the idea for the lentil shampoo from “Health and Beauty the Natural Way” by Nerys Purchon. In the book there is a story about a poor family in India where the women used a paste of cooked mashed lentil as a shampoo. I was intrigued, so I picked up some green lentils (it’s better if you can buy bulk lentils by the pound, since you don’t need much.) I boiled about a cup of lentils until they were soft enough to mash. Here is the result:
Appetizing, right? As you can see in the picture my lentils weren’t all mushy, some were still intact. I found out later, this isn’t good. You want all the lentils 100% paste, so cook them accordingly.
I took my pan of lentils into the bathroom, dampened my hair and tried to work the lentils into my hair. Most of the lentil paste stuck, but some just fell off and went everywhere. In the end I was having so much trouble trying to get the lentils onto my head I gave up. Instead I mixed the paste with warm water until it was very lentil-y and poured that on my head. I let it sit for about a half-hour and washed it out. Once again though, since I hadn’t cooked them enough I had to take a fine tooth comb and scrape all the intact lentils out of my hair.
As a shampoo, I’d say it didn’t work all that well. My hair didn’t lose any oiliness. However, as a hair treatment I would say it worked well. My hair was exceptionally soft, and did feel more conditioned. I made such a mess though, that I doubt I ever try it again. If you want to try it out, cook them throughly!! I would also use this after shampooing as a natural hair softening treatment, not as a shampoo.
If any one tries it out I would love to hear how it went, just leave me a comment!
As I talked about extensively in this post, I am trying out simple natural recipes in search of alternatives for my traditional toiletries. This time I tried an egg white mask. I got the recipe from this book by Nerys Purchon: Health and Beauty the Natural Way: Simple, Safe Recipes to Nurture and Beautify.
Take 1 egg white whipped lightly and spread over a clean dry face. If you have oily skin a bit of lemon juice can be added to the egg white. If you have dry or sensitive skin moisturize skin first or spread a thin layer of honey on your face before the egg white. Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
I only used the egg white. Although you are suppose to let this mask dry for 20 mins I only got 7 mins in before I had to take it off. When they say it tightens they mean it, the egg white dried stiff and tight to my face. I tried to open my mouth, and it took my skin awhile to stretch. I think next time I might use the honey first.
Anyway I was impressed with how small my pores appeared after the mask, but the effects were gone by next morning. My skin was also very shiny afterward, again gone by the morning. Overall I would rather use this simple, cheap recipe than use the tightening masks I have bought from the store, but I wasn’t particularly wowed with the results.
If anyone tries it out, leave me a comment on how it goes!