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Although all the ingredients in these beauty recipes are natural, remember that it is still possible to be allergic to anything applied to the skin. DO NOT USE ANYTHING NUT BASED ON YOUR SKIN IF YOU HAVE A NUT ALLERGY. To test other ingredients make up a very small amount of the recipe you intend to use. Wash and gently dry a small patch of skin inside your elbow. Apply a little of the mix to the skin and leave for 48 hours. If you experience any redness or swelling DO NOT USE THE BEAUTY RECIPE AT ALL.

We strongly recommend that you do your own research before using any of the ingredients in these recipes since some ingredients should be avoided by certain groups of people. Mountain Rose Herbs' website has a wealth of information on herbs, their uses and possible side effects. Many essential oils and herbs should always be avoided by pregnant/nursing ladies. Always check with a qualified health advisor if in doubt.

Before the advent of chemical based, factory produced cosmetics, people had to rely on naturally occurring substances for their bathing regimes. As with their culinary and medicinal needs they turned to herbs. Many herbs can be used in the bath water, usually placed in a small muslin bag and put under the hot tap. Each herb has its own particular quality whether cleansing, soothing, healing, stimulating or relaxing. If you add herbs to your bath you will be avoiding the drying and sometimes irritating effects of mass produced cosmetics.


It is easy to make your own herbal bath products. The gentle action of steam and heat releases the natural perfume of aromatic flowers and leaves.

Bath Soaks


A selection of general recipes to help soothe the body and mind.

Bruise Soother

This may help to soothe bruised skin. Geranium essential oil may irritate hypersensitive skin. Use geranium sparingly. Its intense aroma can cause headaches. Do not use geranium oil during the first 3 months of pregnancy and not at all if there is a history of miscarriage.


3 drops geranium essential oil
10ml sweet almond oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops sweet marjoram essential oil


- Mix oils together and apply to affected area.

Sunset Lifter

This back massage lotion should hopefully help lift your mood.


3 drops geranium essential oil
10ml almond oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops roman chamomile essential oil


- Mix oils together and use as a back massage lotion.


Make your own chemical-free body conditioners. Economical and deliciously fragrant.

Cucumber Tonic

Cucumber is well-known for its cooling and slightly astringent qualities. Cucumber juice has a pleasant, fresh perfume and can help to take the heat out of sunburned skin.


juice of 1 whole cucumber
1 pint warm water


- Mix the juice and the water together and sponge it over skin.
- Especially refreshing in hot weather.
- Allow to evaporate on skin.
- This lotion can help to cool sun-burn.

For Joint Aches


15ml carrier oil (grape seed or olive oil)
4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops of Scotch pine essential oil (avoid while pregnant)
3 drops of lavender essential oil


- Mix all the ingredients together and massage into stiff or aching joints.

Violet & Rosemary Splash Cologne


6 tablespoons rosemary leaves and flowers
6 tablespoons violet petals
6 strips of orange zest
1 pint rosewater
12 tablespoons vodka


- Put all the ingredients into a screw-top container.
- Replace the lid and shake well.
- Allow to stand in a cool, dark place for 10 to 14 days.
- Shake the mixture every day.
- At the end of this time strain through a piece of muslin.
- Squeeze the petals and leaves in the muslin to obtain the full perfume.
- Decant into glass bottles with corks or screw-tops and store in a cool, dark place.
- Use as a cologne.


Body Talcum Powder is very soothing and keeps one feeling fresh. It absorbs excess moisture and stops chafing. If you make it yourself you know exactly what goes into it and you can experiment with various essential oils.

Eau de Cologne Body Talc


2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
5 pieces of unsized blotting paper 3 inches by 1/2 inch
10 drops bergamot oil
5 drops lemon oil
3 drops lavender oil
2 drops neroli oil
1 drop rosemary oil
1 screw-top jar


- Drop a different oil onto each of the 5 pieces of blotting paper.
- Cover the blotting paper with the arrowroot in the jar.
- Screw on the lid and leave for 1 - 2 weeks before using.

Peppermint Talc


2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
2 drops peppermint oil
2 drops eucalyptus lemon oil
2 pieces of blotting paper 3 inches by 1/2 inch


- Repeat as for eau de cologne body talc.


Removing Body Hair