Five Homemade Beauty Concoctions
As all beauty addicts know, trying out the latest hair and body products can become expensive. Also, so many products are made with chemicals like sulfates and parabens that are damaging to your body, both inside and out. Why should you pay for beauty products with unhealthy ingredients when you can make your own natural, effective concoctions at home for less? While there are many chemical-ridden beauty products available, there are also countless recipes for tried and true homemade concoctions that will have the same effect. Keep reading for a few tips on ditching the chemicals and concocting your own beauty products that are safe, simple, cheap, and effective.
Easy Deep Conditioner
Fancy deep conditioners can get pricey, and they often leave your hair with an oily residue depending on the type of chemicals used. Instead of buying a luxurious deep conditioner, you can make your own that still gets the job done. And the best part is you only need one ingredient!
Ingredients: About 1/3 cup of melted (liquefied) coconut oil
Directions: Apply coconut oil to dry, unwashed hair starting at the tips, working up to the roots. Leave on for at least two hours, but preferably overnight. Make sure to wear an old shirt and cover your pillow with a towel, though the oil does wash out. Wash hair 1-2 times using very warm water and a sulfate-free shampoo. Finish with your favorite conditioner and style as usual.
Natural Tooth Whitener
Most teeth whitening products include chemicals that can be harmful to your body—especially if they are ingested. Many of the methods these products require can cause you to inadvertently swallow the whitening substance, which can be dangerous. By making your own teeth whitening substance, you can avoid the chemicals, and won’t have to whiten as often.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 cotton swab
Directions: Wipe teeth clean with the cotton swab. Mix lemon and baking soda in the bowl until it forms a bubbly paste-like mixture. Apply mixture to teeth using your fingers. Wait one minute before rinsing and brushing. The professionals at Parkland Mall Dental Centre in Red Deer suggest that you do not leave the mixture on for more than one minute because lemon juice erodes tooth enamel, and baking soda can have the same effect if you use this remedy too often.
There is no doubt that body sprays and perfumes from makeup outlets and department stores have been professionally mixed to create an enchanting aroma, but these sprays are pricey and run out too quickly! If you want a fresh scent that you can quickly concoct whenever you run out, this essential oil-based body spray will keep you fully stocked and smelling fresh.
Ingredients: 1 oz filtered water
60-90 drops of an essential oil of your choice (such as lavender or orange blossom)
½ teaspoon vegetable glycerin
Directions: Mix ingredients together in a small glass spray bottle, adding more or less oil depending on preference. If you accidentally add too much oil, you can add a few more drops of water or glycerin to dilute the spray, resulting in a more subtle scent. Always shake well before using the spray so that the ingredients remained mixed and diffuse properly.
If you suffer from dry, cracked hands or feet, you likely rely on body butter to moisturize and heal your skin. With the right ingredients, you can quickly create your own body butter, using four easy ingredients.
Ingredients: 1 cup shea butter
½ cup solid coconut oil
½ cup liquid almond oil
Favorite essential oil (optional)
Directions: Heat the shea butter and coconut oil in a stove pan. Once melted, remove the mixture from heat and let it cool for 30 minutes. Stir in almond and other essential oils of your choice. Freeze the mixture until it is partially solidified, but still soft, then whip with a whisk until it becomes a butter-like consistency. Store in a clean jar at room temperature.
Face and Body Scrub
If you have sensitive skin, the chemicals in many facial cleansers might make your skin even more sensitive, instead of clearing it up. You can easily purge the toxins from your skin by creating a homemade scrub with natural ingredients that will get rid of any dead skin and rejuvenate your face or any other areas that need moisture and renewal.
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons coarse or granulated sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
15 drops of essential oil (your choice)
Directions: Combine ingredients into a clean container and use all over. Use this scrub even on your lips and dry heels (consider wearing socks after using for best anti-slip results) for extra softness. Not only does this recipe add moisture to your dry areas, but it will scrub away any dead skin that might be hanging around.
Do you have any favorite homemade beauty concoctions? Feel free to leave a link in the comments!