Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I*T


This recipe was developed by some friends who tried to market the product to some big (but ethical) cosmetic companies as a budget cosmetic product that supported the fair trade tea industry as well (it was going to use discard fair trade tea leaves). It turns out those big companies are only interested in expensive products. So here is the recipe for you to make at home. This is an under-eye patch with an all natural lotion. You need a juicer for this.


1 foot of unbleached cotton
1 quart glass jar
pH strips

3tbsp. cucumber juice
1/2 cup aloe vera gel
1/2 cup glycerine
1/3 cup evening primrose oil
2 Tbsp. green tea extract
1/4 tsp. lecitihin
1/8 tsp - 1/4 tsp. agar
2 drops peppermint (optional)


Mix all ingredients except agar and peppermint in a sauce pan and simmer. Add agar, bit by bit, whisking just until the mixture has a syrupy consistency. Remove from heat and add 1-2 tiny drops of peppermint extract. Whisk and test with ph strip. It should come in at around 7. If it is off, add a bit more aloe vera and primrose oil and test again. If it is too acidic, add a bit more cucumber juice and test again. Pour into sterilized glass jar. Refrigerate.


Cut clean, unbleached cotton into paisley shapes, about 1 inch long. Store in a dry container. When ready to use, dip two of the patches into the tea mixture and place under eyes. Before you do this, test a patch on your wrist to make sure you aren't allergic or overly sensitive to the ingredients.


I like the zing of the mint. it wakes me up and gives me an aromatherapeutic charge. But some people are sensitive to it so use the mint judiciously, if at all.


Use the excess fabric to make "I*Openers." Cut them into thin strips or dots and dip them in the minty mixture and place them on your temples for a quick pick me up.



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