The (Horror) Story of Cosmetics

So, I’ve been making my own beauty products for a little while now. It started when I was researching cosmetics in the middle ages…and realized that from the beginning of time women have had the choice between safe cosmetics and cosmetics that are harmful to their health. I wrote a little bit about that here.

Even in the times of the Romans there was pressure to achieve an “ideal” beauty standard that most of the women had to work very hard at. To get the prized unibrow, they drew them in. To smell nice, they used scented olive oils. To appear pale (difficult for these naturally olive toned women) they used powder made with lead. Yep, the poisonous stuff. It looked (sort of) ok at first (as long as they didn’t mind the greyish tint, or go out in the rain, or sweat), but eventually it caused their skin to pit (akin to corrosion) and lose elasticity. Then, of course they just piled more on (and on top of little patches made of linen placed over the pits) to hide the effects of the harmful cosmetic. Ugh.

If that sounds horrible, wait until you learn what we are marketed as healthy/happy cosmetics today:

To learn more about which cosmetics have toxic ingredients read about safe cosmetic choices at this website http://safecosmetics.org/ and search the cometics safety database for the brands you use or are thinking of using to see what’s really in them: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

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Ancient Rosewater Recipe for Eco-Glam Modern Beauty

Make your own rose water

Simple and beautiful to make!

Rose water is a perfect natural beauty product. It smells exquisite! It contains Vitamins A and C and it has antioxidants that help condition and revive tired skin. The use of it as a toner or astringent gives you a glowing complexion.  Why? Rosewater is a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory qualities and it is excellent for rehydrating and rejuvenating the skin.

(Tip from Makeup Obsessed Blog: skip buying $$ MAC Fix Plus and use rosewater spray as a setting spray for your foundation)

Rosewater is a perfumed water known and in use since the time of the Egyptians. You can also make your own easily following this recipe from the 1500s:

Rose Water

Some do put rose water in a glass and they put roses with their dew thereto and they make it to boile in water, then they set it in the sune tyll it be readde and this water is beste. – from Askham’s Herbal, 1550

Fleurty’s Method:

I enjoyed the company of a bouquet of organic roses for four days before I plucked the petals to make the rosewater. I put the petals into a colander and rinsed them to get rid of seeds and dirt. Then I placed the petals in a large stock pot and covered the petals with water. On high heat (with the cover on), I brought the water to a boil and then removed from the heat. I allowed the roses to cool gradually for the next hour. I strained out the petals, placed the water in a large jar to use, and stored the rosewater in the fridge until I decided what to use it for 🙂

I will likely use the rosewater for balancing my combination skin and in a hair mask that I plan to make. It will also be a great additive for my bath water 🙂  

Rose Water Uses:

• Great for all skin types.

• Oily skin is balanced and toned

• Sensitive skin is soothed and cooled

• Normal skin is purified and cleansed

• Mature skin is toned and rejuvenated.

• Purifying, harmonizing, toning and cooling.

• Apply as an aftershave to soothe irritated skin.

• Helps heal sunburns and wounds.

Use Rosewater As A Facial Cleanser

Rosewater has natural astringent and cleansing properties that can help to tighten pores and reduce wrinkles, fine lines and skin inflammation. Apply a small amount to a cotton wool ball or cotton wool pad and use to cleanse your face.

Use Rosewater As A Toner

Using rosewater as a toner is excellent to treat acne, spots and wrinkles. It also helps to tighten pores. Apply to cleansed skin that is still slightly damp the aroma of this rosewater toner is divine.

Use Rose Water to tone your skin in preparation for applying foundation makeup and then after you have applied your makeup, spritz your face and neck. This helps to set the foundation makeup, and adds a healthy glow to your skin.

Use Rosewater As A Moisturizing Cream

Add a few drops of rosewater to your usual moisturizer and mix well. It is suitable for both oily and dry skin because rosewater helps to maintain the pH balance of your skin and it can help to fight several varieties of dermatitis.

Rose Water is also used for smoothing wrinkles and restoring the vitality and moisture balance of facial skin (Apply directly on skin by using cotton ball in circular motions twice a day – before bed and in the morning).

100% Natural Rose Water has antibacterial properties and is useful for acne treatment and other skin problems.

 From: Unique Beauty Tips Blog