Add a zing to your natural make-up this summer with homemade watermelon lip balm, sunshine eye shadows and sweet orange body spray.
I know you might think that yoginis do not really need any cosmetics since they will always have the healthiest glow and the brightest look. But I felt so inspired by nature that I wanted to share with all of you some of the beauty secrets and recipes I have learned recently myself.
Summer is a time of sweetness and pleasure, change and bright colors. And apparently orange, lime and green are the hot trends for summer 2011. Also, it is a perfect reason to experiment and get creative with our desires and passions. Because this is the beautiful essence of the woman: creative, abundant and expressive. Wahe Guru!
Watermelon Lip Balm
In a glass container, combine the following ingredients:
1 tbsp. beeswax
2 tbsp. sweet almond or olive oil
1 tsp. honey
2 tablespoons cocoa butter
8-10 drops watermelon essential oil
Place in oven. Keep checking and stirring often until well melted and combined. A double boiler can also be used for this process. Then pour the balm into glass containers with screw on lids for finger application, or into a container lined with tin foil or waxed paper that can be removed after it has cooled.
This balm will be reminding you of an ongoing love affair with life and the summer.
Sunshine Eye Shadows
Wear the sunshine eye shadows on upper lashline as it will make your eyes look like they are the two Suns radiating outwards and upwards. Spell binding!
Vaseline, sandalwood paste/powder, golden mica and arrowroot create an instant eye shadow.
With a mortar or bowl and spoon, thoroughly mix the following together:
13g arrowroot Powder (5 tsp)
6g vaseline (1 1/4 tsp)
2g sandalwood (1/4-1/2 tsp)
1g yellow or golden mica.
Blend ingredients well till it becomes a homogenous mix with no lumps. If the shade is too dark add a bit more of golden mica.
Sweet Orange Body Spray
Things you will need:
1/4 oz. orange essential oil
1/4 oz coconut or macadamia carrier oil
1 tbsp. polysorbate 20
2 cups orange hydrosol
16 oz. spray bottle
1. 1. Add the sweet orange oil, carrier oil and polysorbate 20 to the plastic spray bottle. The polysorbate 20 is a non-toxic emulsifier which allows the oil in this recipe to mix with the water, which otherwise won't happen.
2. 2. Pour the orange hydrosol into the bottle. Orange hydrosol, like any other floral water infusion, is taken from the essential oil extraction process. Orange oil is known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and fungicidal benefits which is obviously great for skin in the summer.
3. Secure the cap on the spray bottle and shake it vigorously for about a minute, making sure to thoroughly disperse the ingredients. The end result is a rich, highly fragrant body spray that doesn't contain skin-drying ingredients like alcohol.
All ingredients can be easily found online.