Scented geraniums were at their height of popularity during the early 1900s. Victorian garden catalogs featured more than 200 varieties of these aromatic plants, with scents ranging from the common to the exotic. Today’s garden catalogs also offer these fragrant members of the Geraniaceae family. And although they’re not as prevalent as they were in my grandmother’s time, it seems interest is growing in these old-fashioned flowers. This scented powder is easy to make from fresh-cut leaves, and will keep your body dry and comfortable.
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 6 to 8 fresh scented geranium leaves, washed and dried
- 1 to 2 drops essential oil of geranium
- Place the cornstarch in a resealable jar or plastic bag. Add the geranium leaves and essential oil.
- Seal the container, and gently shake to mix. Let sit for 3 to 4 days, shaking the container once a day.
- Remove and discard the geranium leaves. Pour the powder into a clean, dry container.
To Use: Sprinkle onto clean, dry skin, or apply using a fluffy powder puff.
For more homemade skin care, see:
- Natural Beauty from the Garden
- Galen’s Cold Cream
- Moisturizing Honey Avocado Mask
- Scented Sugar Scrub
- Dandelion Age Spot Oil
- Marigold Hand Cream
- Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’! Shower Gel
- Garden-Stained Hand Solutions
Excerpted from Natural Beauty from the Garden by Janice Cox, published by Ogden Publications, 2018.