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Natural Hair and Skin Care Tutorial 2010-01-14 13:00:44

The Natural, Week 3.5: Clarifications and Homemade Makeup

I promised to post the results of my experiments with using cherries as cheek and lip stain this week, so here they are. I literally just walked around rubbing some bing cherry halves on my face, much to Mr. Bella's bemusement. The results were pretty great, and the rest of the bag of cherries was delicious (om nom nom nom). The color was really natural and lasted several hours, and although it was a little sticky at first, it dried completely in about 10 minutes. Just remember to blend or else you'll end up with doll cheeks.

I tried this with pomegranate seeds too, but it didn't work and the juice was way runny. I've also seen a lot of comments asking me to detail exactly what I'm doing now, since I've adapted my recipes so much over the past few weeks. To see that list and hear about my less successful makeup-making attempts, just keep reading.

On to not-so-great cosmetic creation. After my success with the cherries, I got overconfident and tried to make rudimentary kohl eyeliner/mascara out of black sesame seeds and soot. But A) turns out making soot is surprisingly hard, and B) also turns out black sesame seeds are white on the inside and really hard to crush up into suitably fine powder if all you have is a fork. So back to the drawing board on that one. Anybody got a better recipe?


As far as what I'm currently doing goes, I apologize for all the switching up — it's just that I'm trying to develop a routine that works well for me. So here's what I'm using as of right now:

  • Lemon dilution hair rinse (for acid to help pH balance, shine, light cleansing)
  • Twice weekly baking soda dilution hair rinse (for base to balance pH, oil absorption)
  • Salt dilution hair rinse/spray (for daily, gentle base to balance pH, body, volume)
  • Argan/neem oil (both for hair detangling and softness, argan as my facial moisturizer)
  • Geranium oil (a couple drops in final rinse makes hair smell great and softens)
  • Almond oil (yummy-smelling body moisturizer)
  • Twice weekly awesome honey cinnamon nutmeg mask (for skin clarity, acne, scarring)
  • Tea tree oil (for acne spot treatment)
  • Powdered rice (weekly facial exfoliation)
  • Bing cherries (rouge)
  • Raw potato slices (currently experimenting to see if they help with dark circles; will let you know if they do!)


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terryt18 terryt18 7 years
I love tea tree for my breakouts too. It works as well as or better than many other things I've tried. Wow, Bella, I'm impressed. I don't know if I could be as disciplined.
reactionary reactionary 7 years
tea tree oil as antiperspirant? i will have to try that. i swear by tea tree for my face.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Bella - you're looking great! Love the cherry stain on the lips and cheeks. Thanks for posting what works for you.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
LOL, it's kajal, or known in USA as kohl :) in it's pure form. so that doesn't count for you natural experiment? because i'm sure you knew about kohl before i told you :D
Allytta Allytta 7 years
also i just remembered - in Nepal (and I guess India too) they put natural mascara on newborns lashes, it's supposed to keep eyes healthy. I tried googling it but i guess i didn't get the keywords right :D Will ask my boyfriend when he gets home. His brother just had baby and the little tod has been rocky very smokey eyes :) you can use that as mascara... will try to get the name for you soon
Allytta Allytta 7 years
you should try using beetroot as cheek and lip stain. that's what women used to use before make-up revolution for ages, don't think cherries were as universal
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Thank you so, so much Little Pepper! I'll try it today!
Little-Pepper Little-Pepper 7 years
oh and my friend has been using tea tree oil instead of an antiperspirant for about a year now and she promises it works wonders, she got allergic to alumminium all of a sudden and most antiperspirants contain it. and I am sooo glad you incorporated my sea salt water spray to your routine!! :) yay!! it works wonders.
Little-Pepper Little-Pepper 7 years
Ok, I found out how to make your own eye kohl out of natural ingredients. My ex-flatmate was really into india and really into natural ingredients, so she found out that you just need an organic almond and a spoon. you need place the almond on an inflammable surface and probably do it outside or next to a window. you need to burn the almond /set it on fire baby!/ and hold the spoon above it, the snoot should collect on the spoon. you should have thick black powder, and it should not irritate your eye, just don't use it on the waterline, and use your eyeliner brush to apply. good luck ;) oh you can probably hold the almond with tweezers, just above a candle and burn it little by little... hope it works ;)
BriannaLovesKaty BriannaLovesKaty 7 years
The Cherry stain looks lovely on your lips ^__^
ninipalmour ninipalmour 7 years
as a kid, my mom would burn the end of a wine cork and let us use it to write with. it produces a very dense soot, so you could probably use it as eyeliner...and it is just tree bark.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Ishyy, I'm going to go see if I can find some mamey this weekend! Thank you for the cool recipe :). Anonymous OCM peeps, I think I'd like to try the method once my skin calms down a little more—trying to keep things routine 'til this breakout dies all the way down. As far as the cherries go, I got them at the grocery store, and they were California-grown (they were probably greenhouse fruit, because, while yummy, they weren't as delicious as real in-season cherries). Paradox28, I've only heard of this a couple times, but there are stories about people who get itchy hands or contact dermatitis from raw potato. It's not super- common, but if it runs in your family could be something to watch out for.
Paradox28 Paradox28 7 years
I have heard raw potatoes can be bad for you in a raw egg or meat kind of way. My mom always made us wash up and sanitize when peeling them. Any thoughts?
Ishyyy Ishyyy 7 years
love the experiments you're making! I wanted to share with you my grandma's recipe for mascara. you need the pit of a "mamey" (a tropical fruit, you can sometimes find in the exotic fruits section of your grocery store) if you can't find a mamey, then use an avocado pit, let it dry for 2 weeks, then "peel" the pit and burn it. after burning it, crush a little bit and add some almond oil to make a paste. you need to keep this paste fresh, so don't crush the whole pit, crush it little by little as you need it, grandma stores it in a little jar (like MAC fluidline's jars) and keeps it in her makeup drawer when its cool, but in the fridge when the weather is too hot. I myself have just tried this once, the color is beautiful but it won't hold my lashes after curling them, so i stick to waterproof mascara. however grandma has done this her whole life and loves it this way (besides, the oils in the mamey and avocado pit are supposedly good for your lashes), anyway if you decide to give it a try please do post your experience :) HTH!!
ahles ahles 7 years
Why not try castile soap? I'm forgetting the exact letter of the experiment, but castile is olive oil based and has been around since the 1600s...
kulikuli kulikuli 7 years
Nevermind i looked it up, i guess both oils are good for both skin and hair, who knew! I was afraid it would be too oily for skin but i guess not!
kulikuli kulikuli 7 years
I use Argan oil on my hair and i love it! And you can get it for $8 a bottle at sally's vs the $20 or above. Just an FYI for those wanting to save money. And Bella, Neem oil is very common for skin and Argan oil is well known for hair, is there a reason you switched these?
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Swedeybebe, I'm just washing with water and a scrubby washcloth because my skin was way too sensitive to the natural cleansers I tried, and the almond oil and a dab of geranium keeps me smelling good. If you've got a recipe, I'd love to try it, though!
any any 7 years
thanx! :D cant wait for next week results! :D
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 7 years
Bella I gotta give it to you for trying this out. I don't think I could! Espcially because I have such uneven skin tone, I never leave the house without makeup. Are you using anything for a body wash? Or regular soap?
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I'm still wearing antiperspirant, although on the last post someone said I should just sub in baking soda, so I think I'm gonna try that and report back on it next week—thank you for all your awesome coments, btw, any :)
any any 7 years
good... i dont think i would be able to try it... maybe i could use tea bags for my dark circles i have a question!? are u wearing a deodorant, or are u using something natural too?
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Mydiadem, it's been really, really cheap for me, in part because you end up using so little in the rinses—it's not like you're squeezing a bag of lemons a week. Things like the geranium oil are totally optional, but even that I got for $12, which is cheaper than almost any other perfume you can buy. I will say that argan oil can get a little pricier ($20+), but even that's a lot less expensive than most of the good facial moisturizers out there. I also hear that avocado oil is good and gets the job done if you're looking for a really low price point. The cherries were $3, tea tree oil $7, and I paid next to nothing for the rice and potato, so thusfar I'm saving a nice chunk of change.
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