In January, I posted about wanting to have less toxicity around the home--both in personal care products and in household cleaners.
I now routinely make lots of my own stuff--shampoo (a herbal infusion with a base of Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Peppermint Soap ), hair rinse (1/3 cup cider vinegar to 1 cup water), laundry soap, and floor cleaner (white vinegar and water).
My source of recipes for shampoos, rinses, toners and moisturizers is Secrets of the Spas: Pamper and Vitalize Yourself at Home (Life's Little Luxuries), a fun recipe book that uses ingredients that are accessible and wholesome.
I have wanted to make a facial moisturizer for some time, and today my Jason 100% Shea Butter ran out, so I had to get to work.
The hardest part was to grate beeswax. I could find it only in the form of a candle, so I bought one and grated it up in order to melt it for the moisturizer.
Here it is on our ugly faux-wood computer desk: I grated it while I waited for pages to l-o-a-d on my dial-up connection.
Then I melted the grated beeswax with lanolin, added olive oil and aloe vera, and finally blended it all with some rose water.