CHEAP ALTERNATIVES FOR BASIC COSMETICS
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in good faith but have not been tested or researched by Hints and Things. (see
- Chew cardamom seeds in their husks until soft, swallow the seeds and throw away husks.
cardamom seeds to hand - brace yourself - cut a lemon in half and chew (pith, rind and
all), then swallow!
Greasy Hair Add a dash of cider vinegar in the last rinse. Makes hair shiny and manageable.
Normal Hair -
Put 3-4 sprigs of rosemary into a jug, pour on boiling water and leave for an hour. Strain and use as final rinse.
Beat an egg with water or cider vinegar and massage into newly washed hair. Leave
5-10 minutes and rinse off with cool water. DON'T USE HOT UNLESS YOU WANT SCRAMBLED EGG FOR SUPPER!
Fine Hair - To give body to hair, mix 1 dessertspoon of honey with 2 tablespoons of corn oil and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Leave on hair for ten minutes, shampoo as usual.
Dry, Lifeless Hair - Put a couple of spoonfuls of coconut oil on the hair, massage well in and wrap hot towel round head for about half an hour. Shampoo as usual. Not particularly suitable for blonde hair as it sometimes dulls the colour.
Add vinegar to the final rinse to give dark or auburn hair extra
shine. Adding lemon juice or an infusion of camomile flowers to the final
rinse will do the same for blonde or fair hair.
deep-treating dry hair, wash and then smooth through a tablespoon of
warm odourless cooking oil (such as rapeseed or sunflower oil).
Pile your hair on top of your head, cover with a layer of cling film
and a warm towel and leave for 20 minutes or so. Wash again with
a mild shampoo to remove the oil, then dry and style as usual.
More hair tips.
Take a large
scoop of petroleum jelly and two drops of olive oil, rub into hands (rub hands together as
if washing them). Put hands into plastic freezer bags and cover with a warm towel.
Relax for thirty minutes, then wash in usual way.
Rub the inside of an
avocado skin over your hands; wash with mild soap and
water, rinse with cool water and dry thoroughly.
You can even
add some sugar to the avocado skin which will make your hands
Believe it or not
tomato ketchup can also be used; this contains sugar (an
excellent exfoliate). Wash, rinse and dry hands. Place a
small amount of ketchup in your hands and rub hands together to
distribute it evenly until it has been absorbed. Wash
hands again, rinse and dry thoroughly. Hands should feel
nice and soft even after only one application.
Alternatively, mix equal amounts of glycerine, water and Eau de Cologne together in a
bottle and shake well before using.
Rough hands -
Mix the same amount of vegetable oil
(extra virgin olive oil is said to be the best but any cooking oil will do) and granulated sugar together, rub hands together very hard for about five minutes,
rubbing well in all over hands. Rinse and leave if possible. If necessary, wash well to
remove any oil and apply hand cream.
Smelly hands -To remove smells from hands use
either lemon juice, vinegar or salt, however, for onions rub dry mustard well into the
hands then rinse off. Always use cold water to wash hands to prevent
"setting" the odour.
Stained hands -
try lemon juice as this will
remove most stains, however, some will need hydrogen peroxide (USE 20 VOLUME STRENGTH).
Dab on stain until it vanishes, then wash hands very well.
HOME MADE HAND
The following scrub will
exfoliate, nourish and protect the skin and leave it feeling like
You will need 3
tablespoons whole milk, 2 cups of white sugar, 1 teaspoon dark
organic honey and half a teaspoon extra virgin olive oil.
Put 2 cups of white
sugar into a bowl, add three tablespoons of milk, one teaspoon of
honey and half a teaspoon of olive oil. Mix all the ingredients
together making a smooth paste.
This scrub can be
applied to hands, rub in a circular motion and then rinse in cool
water. Dry thoroughly and dab with a little olive oil to help
seal in the moisture.
Place mixture into a
screw top jar or sealed container and it will keep in a refrigerator
for up to a week.
Use Petroleum jelly for cuticles
instead of cuticle cream.
Nail varnish remover
run out - use acetone,
surgical spirit or perfume will do instead. Wash thoroughly and put on a little oil or
Vaseline. Acetone will, however, dry the nails and the perfume could linger for
Nail conditioner -
Take a Vitamin E oil capsule
and pierce the end with a pin. Squeeze a few drops of the oil onto your nail and
massage in. Leave 10/15 minutes. Remember to replace the pin into the capsule
as this can be used again.
Stained nails -
Put a drop of smokers' toothpaste
on a brush and gently brush onto nails. Rinse off and the stain should have gone.
Nail strengthener -
dip them into a salt solution (2 teaspoons of salt to a glass of water) for 2/3 minutes.
(petroleum jelly) makes great nail cream.
- Some people recommend the use of lemon to
lighten/whiten skin, however, I have received the following warning from
Angela Fealy -
A word of
warning about using lemons/lemon skin to whiten skin: I developed
psoriasis on my elbows after trying out the old wives' remedy for
whitening elbows, and I haven't been able to get rid of it. Not only
my elbows suffered though, it started to appear in smaller spots every
now and again - so be really careful.
Thanks to Louise Jones for sending us this one.
Dry Skin -
Mix one large spoonful of rosewater to
2 of glycerine and smooth onto face, leave overnight. This can be done whilst around the
house during the day. After several hours, wash off anything remaining. It has
a slightly sticky feel but should be worth it.
Body scrub -
Make sure skin is damp with water,
then rub in salt crystals. This removes dead skin and allows moisturisers to
penetrate into the skin more easily.
Toner for oily skin -
Take a tomato, some cucumber
and a double measure of Vodka, liquidise together and then rub into skin. Leave for
three minutes, wipe off with damp cotton wool. This is an excellent astringent for
Face mask for oily skin -
Take the white of an egg
and mix with 4/5 drops of lemon juice. Apply to skin with brush. Leave ten
minutes and then remove with hot water.
Face mask for dry skin -
Mix an egg yolk with one
spoon of honey. Spread on face and leave for ten minutes. Rinse off with warm
Ingrowing facial hair -
Mash up some chick peas
and water, use as facial scrub 2/3 times a week.
sheets of toilet paper rather than tissues or cotton wool for removing
makeup and nail varnish.
lotion is a good substitute for make-up
fridge and kitchen cupboard for the materials for a face-mask
skin, mash some strawberries or papaya with some lemon or
lime juice to make a fragrant face-mask. For dry
skin, do the same with avocado and honey. Apply to
your face and neck and lie back with slices of cucumber on your eyes
for 20 minutes before rinsing.
scrub can be made from a thick
paste of oatmeal in milk, adding a little honey if your skin is dry.
Massage in well for a minute or two, using small circular motions,
then rinse off.
Baby oil on cotton wool
removes eye make-up very
Old tea bags make
perfect eye pads.
Place a slice of cucumber on each eye to
relieve tired eyes.
Hairspray on a clean mascara brush
keeps curl in lashes.
(petroleum jelly) eyebrow definer.
Normal skin -
3 spoonfuls of rosewater to 1
spoonful of witch hazel.
Greasy skin - 2 spoonfuls of rosewater to 1
spoonfuls of witch hazel.
Sent in by "Siren" of the
U.S.A. Thank you
Thank you Mrs. Gore
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