Women spend billions of dollars every year on beauty products. Unfortunately, most commercial products contain harmful chemicals which can build up in the body over time. In order to both save money and avoid chemical exposure, many women are turning to alternative, all-natural beauty treatments they can make at home.
Many homemade beauty products can be mixed up quickly in the kitchen with nothing more than a few grocery or drug-store ingredients. You can start saving money and truly nourishing your skin and hair. Here are the top 10 beauty treatments you can make right now.
Shampoo is one of the easiest and least expensive make-at-home beauty products. Simply shake up a teaspoon of baking soda in a plastic squirt bottle with some warm water. Apply over wet hair in the shower, massage into scalp for a full minute, and thoroughly rinse.
Follow up the baking soda wash with a rinse of apple cider vinegar. Apply with a spray bottle and comb through. This will balance the pH after using the baking soda. It may take a week or two for your hair and scalp to adjust to this new routine, but many women report excellent results.
3. Body Wash
Most body washes are not true soaps, but are detergents, which dry and irritate the skin. For a luxurious shower experience, make a body wash with a natural soap base, such as Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap. This liquid soap is readily available and is made from saponified natural oils such as coconut and olive.
In a small non-reactive pot, melt 1 TBSP of shea butter, then add 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel and stir until warmed through. Whisk in 1 tsp of xanthan gum (such as Bob’s Red Mill brand). Finally, blend in 3/4 cup of liquid castile soap, using an electric hand mixer if necessary to fully incorporate all ingredients. For fragrance, add 20-30 drops of essential oils.
Plain extra virgin olive oil is a superior facial moisturizer. Rub a tiny amount onto palms, and apply directly to the face. Make sure to keep hair pulled back until the oil is absorbed so that it does not become greasy.
5. Lip Gloss
Name brand lipstick has come under fire lately for containing unsafe levels of lead, even when lead is not listed as an ingredient on the packaging. Because repeated lead exposure could lead to fertility problems and developmental delays in newborn infants, women of childbearing age should avoid it. Make your own natural lip gloss with this simple recipe.
Mix 1 tsp of aloe vera gel (freshly scraped from an aloe vera plant or purchased from a drug store) with 1/2 tsp coconut oil and 1/8 tsp vitamin E oil. Smooth on for a clean, moisturizing shine.
Bronzer is one of the easiest recipes to mix, but it will take some experimentation to get the right shade for your skin. Begin with cocoa powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The cocoa powder provides a deep shadow effect, the cinnamon gives a warm glow, and the nutmeg is the sun-kissed top note. Whisk or sift together these three powders, lightening with cornstarch, and apply with a bronzing brush.
7. Eye Make-up Remover
Many commercial eye make-up removers contain parabens, which are known to cause hormone disruptions in women. For a harmless way to cleanse the delicate eye area, simply shake together 2 TBSP olive oil, 2 TBSP witch hazel, and 2 TBSP distilled water in a clean jar and dab on with a cotton ball.
8. Teeth Whitener
Ditch the expensive, enamel-damaging teeth whiters in favor of one simple product: activated charcoal. Tannins are the substances in food that stain and yellow the teeth, and activated charcoal is unparalleled in its ability to attract and remove those tannins safely. Pop open a capsule, brush some on, let it set, and then rinse.
Deodorant’s main purpose is to kill the bacteria that causes odors. The easiest natural substitute for this normally aluminum-laden product is to simply spray some alcohol directly onto the underarm area ad let dry. Rubbing alcohol can contain toxins due to the manufacturing process, which makes an inexpensive alcohol such as vodka perfect for this. Some momentary stinging may occur, but should fade quickly.
High-quality hand lotions can be very pricey, which is what makes homemade alternatives such a great choice. This recipe also doubles as a body lotion and stretch mark cream for pregnancy. Purchase the ingredients in bulk, and you will spend a bit more up front, but save a ton of money in the long run.
Melt together 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, 1/8 cup cocoa butter, and 1/8 cup shea butter over a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in 1 TBSP jojoba oil and 1 TBSP aloe vera gel. This recipe smells so heavenly from the combination of coconut oil and cocoa butter that you won’t need to add any essential oils.
Most of these are best made in small batches and used quickly, as they contain no preservatives to extend shelf life like store-bought products. Glass canning jars with lids are the perfect vehicle for storing and using your homemade natural products. Get started mixing your lotions and potions and reap the savings and health benefits today.