May 16, 2008, Newsletter Issue #161: Two Simple Facial Cleansers

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If you have never tried to make your own cosmetics, you want to start with a simple but effective recipe to give you an idea what can be achieved. In “The Complete Book of Herbs” Lesley Bremness gives recipes for cleansing milk for dry and sensitive skin and for oily skin. Both are blissfully straightforward to make:

Chamomile cleansing milk should be used for dry and sensitive skin. Elderflowers, sweet violets or lime blossom can be used in place of the chamomile. To make the cleanser:

· Heat 125ml creamy milk with 30ml (two tablespoons) of dried or fresh chamomile flowers in a double boiler for 30 minutes.
· Do not let the milk boil or form a skin.
· Leave to infuse for two hours, then strain.
· Keep refrigerated and use within a week.
· Apply with cotton wool and remove excess with tissue.

Buttermilk and fennel cleansing milk is for use on oily skins. The fennel’s deep cleansing action removes impurities. To make the cleanser:

· Gently heat 135ml buttermilk with 30ml (two tablespoons) of crushed fennel seed in a double boiler for 30 minutes.
· Leave to stand and infuse for a further two hours.
· Strain, bottle, refrigerate and use within one week.

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