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Toiletry Recipes


After-Shave - Use diluted lemon juice, or make a mixture of 1 cup of strong mint tea and 1 tablespoon of vodka.

Bath or Body Powder - Cornstarch, tapioca or arrowroot are effective as bath powders.

Dandruff Preventer - Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar with 1/2 cup of water and rinse hair before shampooing. Do this twice a week.

Deodorant - Mix baking soda with a pinch of cornstarch to increase absorbency, or dip a cotton ball in cider vinegar and rub on appropriate areas. When the vinegar dries, its odor disappears. Or use witch hazel.

Eye Drops - Lie down, place cucumber slices or wet tea bags on closed eyes, leave for five to ten minutes.

Face Cream or Moisturizer - Use a light coating of olive, coconut or any light oil.

Facial Mask - Apply yogurt, raw papaya, egg white, or a paste of oatmeal and water. Let dry, splash on cool water and blot dry.

Hair Color - For Brunettes: Pour strong black coffee or black tea over your hair 15 times, re-using the same rinse, let set 15 minutes, and rinse.

For a red shade; mix 1/2 cup beet juice with 1/2-cup carrot juice; pour over damp hair, let set for an hour and rinse.

For blondes; mix 1-cup lemon juice with 3 cups chamomile tea, pour through damp hair, and let sit for an hour and rinse out. Follow with conditioner.

Hair Conditioner - Beat one egg yolk with half a cup of plain yogurt. Rub mixture into freshly washed hair, let stand 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse well.

Hair Gel - Mix 1/2 to 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin in 1 cup warm water. Keep refrigerated and use as you would any hair gel.

Hair Setting Lotion - Mix half a cup of warm water with three teaspoons fine sugar.

Mouthwash - Gargle with cool mint tea or a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a glass of water.

Perfume or Cologne - Dip cotton ball in peppermint or lemongrass oils and apply lightly.

Shampoo - Beat one egg into one-cup lukewarm water. If you desire suds, add grated soap or liquid soap. For a rinse, mix one tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice with one pint of water.

Shaving Cream - Coat skin with soap or light vegetable oil.

Skin Cleanser - Grind oatmeal, almonds, or sunflower seeds in blender. Pour a teaspoonful into the palm of your hand and add enough water to make a paste. Pat gently over face twice a day and rinse with cool water.

Toothpaste - Use baking soda or mix half a cup of baking soda with a teaspoon of salt. Whip in blender into fine power. If you are on a salt-free diet, brush with plain water. It is the act of flossing and brushing, the mechanical dislodging of food debris, not the toothpaste that does the most good.


Calabrese, Edward J & Michael W. Dorsey. Healthy Living in an Unhealthy World. Simon and Shuster. New York

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