I've always been a big fan of natural DIY beauty products and homemade remedies. Most of my bathroom shelf items can also be found in the kitchen! Olive oil, coconut oil, sea salt, bicarbonate of soda, oatmeal etc. After many, many years of happily and successfully using kitchen items in my bathroom, last night I had my first DIY beauty product disaster! A hair mare! A banana drama! I had read that banana was good for the hair and had read many positive things about homemade deep conditioning treatments using banana, so I decided to try it myself. I blended the banana to a very smooth paste, mixed with water, olive oil, aloe vera and essential oils and put it on my hair. Never again! It took a ridiculous amount of time and water to rinse clear! I thought I was going to have to walk around with banana in my hair forever! I think banana is fine for a face mask... but definitely not for the hair!
There are so many chemicals in most commercial beauty products. Many of which can be absorbed into the skin and could cause health problems. That's why I prefer to use fresh and edible products as much as possible, because if it's edible it can only be better for you than a cocktail of chemicals! I am also a big fan of essential oils and have been for years. My favourites are tea tree oil, eucalyptus, clove, mandarin, benzoin, frankincense, sandalwood, ylang ylang, chamomile, rosemary, grapefruit and rose.
My Homemade DIY Beauty Products:
Face mask/scrub: A little oatmeal dampened with water. Left on face until it dries (for 5 or 10 minutes). Rub most of the oatmeal off before showering so it does not block the drain, then wash with warm water. Exfoliates and leaves skin soft.
Face moisturiser: Coconut oil (virgin, organic, raw) or pure argan oil. Can be used alone or mixed with a little bit of pure aloe vera gel, pure vitamin e oil and a couple of drops of frankincense essential oil and/or rose essential oil.
Body scrub: Sea salt or epsom salts. Can be mixed with a little olive oil. Cleansing, exfoliating and if used with oil, moisturising. Use oil sparingly... a little goes a long way. And be sure to use a shower mat if using in the shower so you don't slip on the oil.
Shaving oil: Olive oil: perfect for using in the shower as it does not disappear as soon as the water hits it unlike shaving foam. Also non of the nasty chemicals! Moisturises the skin and does not leave skin dry and flaky like some foams can. Again, use oil sparingly... a little goes a long way. And be sure to use a shower mat if using in the shower so you don't slip on the oil.
Body moisturiser: Any of these oils are good to use as an all over body moisturiser... coconut oil, cocoa butter, mango butter, shea butter. My favourite is coconut oil as I love the smell. Be sure to use cold pressed, raw, organic coconut oil, as the refined coconut oil does not have the same benefits... or the same divine smell!
Hair Conditioner: Argan oil... amazing for dry, damaged hair. Add to washed, damp hair to prevent frizz. Can be used on dry hair too, for extra moisture and to tame frizz. Coconut oil... only a small amount is needed. Helps with moisture and tames frizz. Smells great too! Olive oil... smooth a little olive oil through hair before washing to condition and prevent hair from drying out.
Clarifying shampoo: Bicarbonate of soda, water, essential oils. My favourites are tea tree, eucalyptus and rosemary (for dark hair... chamomile is better for blonde hair). Bicarbonate of soda should not be used too often on the hair as it can dry the hair and can also strip dyed hair of its colour.
Mouthwash: A couple of drops of tea tree oil and peppermint oil, water. Rinse but, as with all mouthwashes, do not swallow.
Perfume: Coconut oil, essential oil. My favourites are benzoin (smells a bit like vanilla), rose, mandarin, neroli, grapefruit.
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