4 healthy & nourishing DIY beauty products
Many conventional beauty products contain harsh and harmful chemicals and often they are super expensive.
So if you feel it's a nightmare to try and navigate the chemical maze of conventional skin care products why not make your own!
And right now is a great time for a good skin spring clean- and pamper session and there are lots of healthy DIY beauty products you can make with ingredients you have already got in your kitchen cupboard.
There’s something immensely satisfying in making your own beauty and personal care products.
They are fresh and easy to make (kids will love making the lip balm), healthy, completely chemical free and very affordable…and they make great little presents too!
I have put together a few of my favourites here. Most of the ingredients you have most likely got in your kitchen cupboard already and if not, they are easy to come by from a good health food store or even a well stocked supermarket.
1: HYDRATING OATMEAL & YOUGHURT FACE MASK
This oatmeal and yogurt face mask is suitable for all skin types and is a very effective natural skin cleanser, gentle facial scrub and a soothing and super-hydrating face mask.
And you only need three ingredients that are right in your kitchen:
1 tsp. of raw honey,
1 tsp. of organic plain youghurt
2 tsp. of oatmeal
...combine & mix well.
(You can make your own oatmeal by grinding a handful of plain oats in a spice grinder, coffee grinder, food processor or blender.)
Apply to your face avoiding the eye area and leave for 20 mins.
Oatmeal acts as a natural exfoliant and as you rinse off the mask, gently massage the mixture on your face and let the oatmeal gently remove dead cells, leaving skin smooth, soft, and clean with a healthy glow.
Oatmeal is hypoallergenic and possesses emollient, calming and soothing qualities and may help to relieve itchy, irritated and dry skin.
Honey is a natural humectant and rich in antioxidants. Honey helps retain moisture in your skin, making it soft, supple and well-hydrated.
The lactic acid in the yoghurt acts as mild astringent tightening pores and helps to dissolve dead skin cells which promote the growth of new skin cells.
2: LEMON & LAVENDER SEA SALT SCRUB
This is a really lovely coming-out-of-winter body scrub, fresh & invigorating, leaving the skin soft & smooth.
1/4 Cup organic Olive oil
1/2 cup Sea salt (finely ground)
1 tsp Raw Honey
1 tsp grated Lemon grind (optional)
1 tsp dried Lavender (optional)
20 drops essential oil of Lavender & Lemon
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container if not using right away.
While in the shower, simply apply a small amount with your fingertips or washcloth to the skin one section at a time.
Gently massage in a circular motion, for about 10–15 seconds paying attention to areas where the skin is rough (heels, allows, knees etc.) and avoiding sensitive areas.
Rinse and gently pat dry or air dry so that you do not remove all of the moisturizing benefits.
Your skin will feel super-supple, soft and smooth to touch and you will feel pampered and relaxed. A salt scrub is also a good general body cleanser to ward off flu, colds and negative energies.
3: EASY NATURAL DEODORANT
Most conventional deodorants are notoriously full of harsh chemicals and it’s hard (and pricey) to find a good and effective natural alternative.
I’ll admit that for a long time I was sceptical… I didn’t think homemade deodorant could possibly work.
To my surprise, this recipe works incredibly well- it’s effective, inexpensive and so simple and easy to make:
40 grams Shea butter (or one heaped Tbsp)
1 heaped tsp Bicarb Soda
6 drops essential oils of your choice (Lavender, Lemon, Teatree. Grapefruit all works well)
…Combine all ingredients & mix well.
I used Organic Nilotica shea butter which is naturally high i vitamin A & E and creamy, mild & soothing but you can easily replace with coconut oil or part coconut oil if that is what you have in the cupboard.
I’ve used this deodorant for a couple of months now and I can honestly say that it is a whole lot more effective than a lot of the natural deodorants on the market.
…Give it a go! 🍋 🌸 🍋
AND my final recipe is a...
4: COCOA & COCONUT LIP BALM
It is easy to get addicted to lip balms and I always have one (or three) in my bag. It is also doubles up a a good little emergency kit, effective at healing and soothing small cuts and grazes.
Kids love making lip balms and it's a wonderful little rainy day project.
...and they make cute little gifts too.
This recipe has got a mere 4 ingredients and it is super soothing and moisturising with a good stay-on effect.....and it is vegan too. Cocoa butter and Shea butter is fairly easy to come by and most good health food stores stock it.
You can make a zillion different variations by adding different essential oils, flavour oils, sparkle and/or mica powders for a bit of colour and zing!
What you need:
6g Shea butter
3g Cocoa butter
3 g Coconut oil
4ml (2 tsp) Olive oil, (or another good cold pressed oil like almond, jojoba oil or argan oil).
2-3 drops essential oil (optional)
Combine all ingredients and melt in a double boiler or in a small glass bowl over a pot of boiling water, stirring until melted. Remove from heat, add essential oils (if using).
Carefully pour mixture into a small container and place in fridge to cool.
There are so many different ways you can play around with making your own healthy, inexpensive and effective beauty products and I hope these simple recipes have given you inspiration and zest to get started.