Kitchen cosmetics

Creating your own cosmetic products can be a matter of just reaching inside your fridge and pantry. Last week, for the first time, I decided to make cosmetics. The process was simple and I ended-up with two high quality, inexpensive and chemical-free products. Referring to the infographic below, I made the body & face moisturiser and facemask, both of which are shown in the image above.

Body & face moisturiser

Geranium in bloom.
Geranium in bloom.

This moisturiser is nourishing and hydrating – great for treating wrinkles and mature skin. However, because it’s an oil-based moisturiser, you only need small amounts. Massage the moisturiser thoroughly into your skin.

Among the ingredients is geranium essential oil which is known for its healing properties. The oil gives off a gentle floral fragrance that can make you feel calm and relaxed for a long time. It smells wonderful.

The moisturiser is also made with wheat germ and coconut oil. When buying coconut oil, make sure it’s organic, environmentally friendly and Fair Trade certified. This moisturiser can be kept in a sealed glass jar in your bedroom or bathroom. In hot weather, however, store it in your fridge; coconut oil turns to liquid when the house temperature is very warm.


This is a great recipe for soothing sensitive dry skin. The oats, honey, yoghurt and egg white come together to soften, repair and moisten your skin. Just make sure the honey is pure and the oats and yoghurt are natural. Should you want to reduce the size of the oats, you can grind them in a coffee or herb grinder.

This facemask, depending on the thickness of the yoghurt, is generally more fluid than pasty. If it’s too runny, add more oats or less water. Apply and massage on your face, leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse off with water and dry.

You can also use the concoction as a full body mask. Pour it into a shallow bath and soak in it for a while. For storing, always refridgerate the concoction in a sealed glass jar.

Every day, your skin and hair absorb aggressive chemicals from the environment and commercial products that you use, such as laundry detergents, lotions, shampoos and deodorants. Why not give your body a break and treat yourself to some chemical-free and inexpensive luxuries. Take a look at the recipes below and see what might work for you. Enjoy!

The infographic was designed by Chris Morley.


Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

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