Veg Beauty Recipes

Cosmetics and Toiletries – made at home!

Aftershave: After shaving, rub a piece of wet alum/potassium alum on the skin.

Age Spots: Use fresh lemon juice to lighten age spots.

Astringent and Toner:
1. Use witch hazel (plant). It also cleans make-up from skin without drying it.
2. Use rose water. It is a great skin freshener.
3. Mix together 1 teaspoon each of cucumber, tomato, lime and watermelon juice and dab it on the face with cotton wool.
4. Mix fresh aloe vera juice with rose water and apply on face.

Beauty Mask for Dry Skin: Mash together ripe avocado and very ripe strawberries in the ratio of 2:1. Rub on clean face. Let dry for 30 minutes. Rinse off well with lukewarm water.

Beauty Mask for Natural Skin: Mash ripe papaya. Add nothing. Apply to face. Let it dry for 20 minutes. Rinse off well with lukewarm water.

Beauty Mask for Oily Skin: Mash 1 banana with ½ teaspoon lime juice to a creamy paste. Rub on clean face. Let dry for 20 minutes. Rinse off well with lukewarm water.

Blackheads Remedy: Tomato pulp tightens skins and is a great remedy for blackheads.

Cuticle and Elbow Oil: Almond oil is good and olive oil absorbs nicely into skin. (Rubbing it on joints can also relieve pain.)

Dandruff Cure:
1. Boil 4 heaped tablespoons dried thyme/ajwain in 2 cups water for 10 minutes. Strain and cool. Pour into damp shampooed hair and massage into scalp gently. Do not rinse with water.
2. Boil 2-3 pods of shikakai in 2 cups of water. Apply to wet hair after shampooing. Leave on for 2-3 minutes. Rinse off.
3. Make 3-4 teaspoons smooth paste of powdered almonds (without skins) and olive oil. Massage into scalp and let it remain for some time before washing off.
4. Soak fenugreek/methi in water overnight. Grind and massage this paste into scalp. Leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash hair using a mild shampoo.
5. Add a few drops of pure neem oil to the quantity of coconut oil to be applied and heat it till lukewarm. Apply the mixture to scalp and along the length of hair. Keep on overnight or at least for two hours before washing off with a mild shampoo.

1. Mix half teaspoon powdered alum (mineral) in 300 ml of warm water and use as a deodorant.
2. Dust underarms with a little baking soda (mineral). For smoothness corn flour or tapioca flour could be added to the baking soda (mineral). For persistent body-odour apply pure tomato juice underarms or soak for 15 minutes in a tub of warm water in which a couple of cups of tomato juice have been added.
3. Mix 30 drops calendula extract with 10 drops lavender essential oil. Add 30 drops cypress or sage essential oil for excessive sweating.
4. Mix extra virgin coconut oil with a little baking soda and an essential oil like lavender, to a gel consistency.
5. Mix 2 teaspoons zinc oxide (mineral) powder with two-third cup of witch hazel extract, add 2 tablespoon aloe vera juice, 40 drops lavender essential oil, and 30 drops calendula extract.

Dry and Cracked Skin: Use oils such as that of olives, apricots and almonds. Almond oil is great for skin throughout the year, more so during winter.

Dry Hair Conditioner: Mash an over-ripe banana together with a mushy avocado and apply on hair for 15 minutes. Wash off.

Dry Scalp:
Both tea tree and jojoba oils used separately are good for a dry scalp.

Dry Shampoo: Sprinkle ½ cup corn flour in hair. Let it absorb for a few minutes and brush out. It is great for oily hair and a good substitute for wet shampooing.

Face Cleanser and Toner:
1. Grape juice makes an excellent cleanser.
2. Crushed fennel seeds/moti saunf clean oily skin well.
3. Apricot kernel oil or almond oil is a good cleanser for dry skin.
4. Add 1 cup of boiling water to crushed pipali (long pepper), cloves, tulsi leaves, and rock salt. Cool and strain. It not only cleanses but tones the face.
5. Use borage seed oil or hemp seed oil for sensitive skin.
6. Pure coconut water or rosewater keeps the skin supple and glowing.

Face Lightener and Toner:

1. Grated raw potato left on face for 5 minutes.
2. Tomato pulp left on face for 15 minutes and washed off with cold water.
3. Mashed papaya with a few drops of rosewater left on face for 20 minutes.

Face Oils:
For oily skin: Argan (anti inflammatory), Passion Fruit (antioxidant), Rosehip and Tea Tree oils.
For dry skin: Coconut oil.
For mature skin: Mix of Almond, Rosehip ad Evening Primrose oils.
For teenagers: Mix of Jojoba and Grape Seed oils.
Note: Oils should be dabbed or patted on the face not rubbed in as it can result in irritation. Heavier oils such as Almond should be applied at night.

Face Pack:
1. Mix 1 teaspoon gram flour/channa atta with water and apply to face. Leave for 10-15 minutes and then wash off.
2. For oily skin use a face pack of fuller’s earth/multani matti twice a week. A paste made from it also helps cure prickly heat.
3. Grind oatmeal down to a fine dust before making a paste with water and use as a face mask.

Facial Scrub:
1. Use olive oil and dark brown sugar as an exfoliating face scrub.
2. Rice bran powder gently exfoliates and leaves the skin soft and smooth. Prevents wrinkles, heals blemishes and absorbs dirt and oil from pores.

Face Wash (one time): Mix 1 tablespoon castor oil, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 drop essential oil. Apply in circular motion for 2 minutes. Rinse and wipe off with warm face cloth. Leaves skin super soft.

Fair Skin:
1. Apply 1 grated tomato with 2-3 drops lime juice on face and leave on for 20 minutes before washing off. Do it twice a day for 15-20 days for a good result.
2. Mix equal amounts of lime and cucumber juice and apply on face. Wash off after 15 minutes.
3. Apply juice of white radish on face and wash off after some time.
4. Grind mint or basil/tulsi leaves in water and apply on face. Wash off after 20 minutes.

Falling Hair: 1. Change shampoo. Apply pure, unscented coconut oil (see hair oil recipe below) onto the scalp for ten days regularly. Keep on overnight or longer before shampooing. Continue applying at least once a week till hair stops falling.
2. It is said that Lavender essential oil relaxes the mind and speeds up hair growth.
3. Oil from the bhringraj leaf is considered good for hair according to Ayurveda.
Page last updated on 19/09/20