Sunday, July 31, 2011


During WW2 cosmetics and hair products became scares. Every woman was encouraged to put there best face forward to boost moral. Cosmetics where not rationed during the war but most factories where given war work so there was a shortage of products to use. Not wanting to go without there necessities women turned to home remedies for there beauty products.

Hair Care
All recipes are from green eco services

Lemon and Water- Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice in 1 gallon warm water
Tea, Yogurt and Oil-6 chamomile tea bags, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, lavender oil
Bring one cup of water to boil and steep tea bags for 15 minutes. Discard teabags. Combine yogurt and 7 drops of lavender oil with chamomile tea, mix thoroughly. Apply the mixture to dry hair, working through to ends.
Blonde Highlights- 1 cup lemon juice, 3 cups chamomile tea (brewed and cooled)
Mix ingredients, pour over damp hair then let sit for an hour while you sit in the sun, wash out. Follow with a good conditioner.

Tea or Black Coffee- Rinse hair with a strong black tea, or black coffee. Shampoo hair. Place a large bowl in sink and rinse hair with cooled coffee. Repeat several times, reusing the coffee. Leave final rinse in hair for at least 15 minutes. Rinse with clear water.
Walnut Husk and Water- imply boil the husks in water for about 15 minutes. After boiling, strain the mixture and use the liquid to color your hair. This homemade hair dye is good for making brown hair darker. (Use Gloves, will stain)

Beet and Carrot Juice -1/2 cup beet juice, 1/2 cup carrot juice. Mix ingredients together, pour over damp hair. Let it sit for 1 hour while you sit in the sun. Wash out.
Rosehips and Cloves- Make a strong tea of rosehips or cloves, or use strong black coffee.

Sage-Simmer 1/2 cup dried sage in 2 cups water for 30 minutes, then steep for several hours. Apply to hair and leave on until dried. Then rinse and dry. Repeat weekly, until desired shade, then monthly to maintain color.
Sage and Rosemary -make a strong ‘tea’ of Sage and a bit of Rosemary, strain it and refrigerate it, and before washing hair, spray it on the base of the grey patches of hair, even massaged it in. leave it for 5 – ten minutes and then wash as usual, and care for hair normally . After a few weeks of this, the grey is disappearing. (use daily) After using the sage the normal coloring returns to the hair. It is not a ‘color-change’ shocker, and it will soften, and the amount of grey.

Home Made Lipsticks
Both recipes are from eHow Style
Ingredients - Almond oil, Grated beeswax, Double boiler, Beet juice or beetroot powder, Lidded container or lipstick tube
1. Combine two tablespoons of olive oil with one tablespoon of grated beeswax in the top of a double boiler. Heat on low heat until the beeswax is completely melted. Alternatively, you may place the oil and wax in a microwave safe dish, and heat on high for 1-2 minutes. 2. Add one teaspoon of beet juice or beetroot powder to the oil mixture. Stir to combine thoroughly. This will provide the coloring for your natural lipstick. Add more or less depending on how deep you want the color.

3. Remove the natural lipstick mixture from the heat, and transfer immediately to a small lidded container or lipstick tube. Allow to cool completely, and then apply to the lips with a clean finger or lipstick brush, as necessary.

Ingredients - 3 nontoxic crayons (your choice of color), 1 100 percent pure beeswax candle (no added color, 1-inch diameter), 3 tbsp. oil (mineral oil, baby oil, soy oil, coconut oil, etc.), Resealable plastic bag, Hammer, Heat-resistant cup, Small container with a lid or an empty lipstick tubeSaucepan

1. Remove the paper labels off the crayons, and place them in a resealable plastic bag. Break up the crayons into smaller pieces with a hammer. Put the crayon pieces, oil and a 1-inch segment of candle in a heat-resistant cup. Place the cup in a saucepan on the stove.

2. Fill the saucepan with enough water to reach about an inch up the side of the cup. Heat the contents of the pan on a low temperature setting, stirring occasionally, until the ingredients in the cup melt together. Remove from heat and take the cup out of the pan. Allow the contents to cool slightly--about one to three minutes.

3.Pour the mixture into a small container or an empty lipstick tube while still warm. Allow the lipstick to cool completely (uncovered). Cover or close the container.

Home Made Cleansing Cream
Both recipes are from eHow Style
Ingredients- Container (> 1 cup), 1 tbsp glycerin, 1/8 cup baking soda,1/2 cup water, 1/8 cup vegetable oil,1/8 cup stearic acid powder
1. First clean the container you will be using by dunking it in boiling water. This will sterilize it and remove any contaminants and bacteria, keeping them out of your homemade facial cleansing cream.
  • 2. Next, choose a vegetable oil that you like the smell of. This will define the aroma of your facial cleanser. Mix the stearic acid powder and the vegetable oil into a microwave safe cup and microwave it for 10 seconds at a time, stirring between zaps until the powder has dissolved. A complete dissolved powder is important to the structure of the facial cleansing cream.
  • 3. Next, microwave a mixture of the baking soda, water and glycerin in another microwave safe cup until the mixture begins to boil. Make sure the mixture is boiling, as this is important to the structure of the facial cleansing cream.
  • 4. Pour the boiling mixture into the container with the oil and dissolved powder, and whip the concoction until it feels light and fluffy, like a commercial facial cleansing cream. Move the cream into your container and chill it in the refrigerator over night. Cap the container the next day, and you have now finished your facial cleansing cream.
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