my top 10 homemade beauty products
last year I was diagnosed with PCOS, a common condition that affects millions of women which impacts the ovary functionality and is associated with hormonal imbalance. Ever since, I have been on a mission to help balance out my hormones naturally which has meant investigating my lifestyle, routine, diet and also exercise intensity. It also has lead me to reconsider the beauty products that I use…
This is because I came to realise that whatever you put on your skin, feeds straight into your bloodstream and can have an impact on your hormones… well it’s intuitive when you think about how the skin is your largest organ!
I remembered how I used to laugh at my mum when growing up, watching her smear avocado and fruits on her face as a facial and think that she was crazy, she always would say, ‘whatever you put on your skin, should be edible otherwise its no good’.
(this image is not actually my mum, just someone from the internet with food on their face)
Indeed, my mum was right! Read this insightful blogpost by Karin Parramore which gives a more detailed explanation of HOW whatever substances we put on our skin diffuses into the bloodstream and effects our hormones…
The Ancient Indic system of Ayurveda, known as the ‘sister science of Yoga’ has always attested the use of natural plants and herbs to remedy all ailments and create balance and wellbeing.
Just think …all these years and all that money spent on cosmetics which contain synthetic ingredients that we’ve been smothering all over us! and so I’ve been researching alternative homemade options which are not only easy, quick and fun to make, but are cheaper in the medium to long-run. They are all natural so smell and taste literally good enough to eat.
here are my Top 10 favourite homemade beauty products
I personally never follow recipes or instructions for anything…and prefer to freestyle as I’m going (you may have noticed that from my yoga classes!) so as for proportions and measurements, it’s up to you. You only need a few drops of the essential oils, they go a long way. As a general rule, Beeswax solidifies things and Shea, Cacao and Coconut butter makes things thicker whilst almond and jojoba oil makes things more liquid. Have fun experimenting and finding the right balances for you.
1. ‘baby-food’ hair conditioner
crush together banana and avocado, then whisk in the egg and add the olive oil and honey. Yum. The banana nourishes hair and prevents frizziness, the avocado is conditioning and helps hair growth, olive oil makes it shiny and honey can help lighten your hair. Leave in for 10minutes whilst you sing a song, scrub your back and shave your legs etc
ingredients: Ripe Banana, Ripe Avocado, Egg, Olive Oil, Honey
2. ‘warm floral’ anti-age facial cream
a light, liquid cream. You only need a pea-sized amount to moisturise your face and neck. Anti-wrinkle cream that is good for all skin types, prevents spots by dissolving excess sebum and brightens complexion. It has a sweet floral fragrance. Gently heat the butters then let it cool and then add the oils and the essential oils. It smells amazing, a bit like grannies.
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Coconut Butter, Jojoba Oil, Oil of Evening Primrose and Vitamin E, essential oils: Rose, Patchouli, Geranium and Bergamot.
3. eye cream and eye make-up remover
Moisturising, antioxidant and contains multivitamins and nutrients. This is lightweight, gentle and suitable to put around your eyes. Very gently heat the coconut butter so that you can infuse the Vit E and Lavender. Then refridgerate. Add some almond oil for a more liquid solution as an easy eye make-up remover. This product has not been tested on my cats but I have tested it on my friend Frankie who was lucky enough to receive this from me as present for her birthday. Frankie reports that her eyes have not yet fallen out.
Ingredients: Coconut Butter, Vitamin E, essential oil: Lavender
4. anti-cellulite massage oil
My thighs are where I store all the chocolate, butter and pizza that I eat so this little product is my personal favourite. After a shower I’ll spend 5 minutes using an anti-cellulite massage brush to bring the blood flow and circulation to the thighs which helps shift out toxins. This oil helps circulation, prevents water retention, shifts toxins and so prevents cellulite. I’ve defo noticed a difference from using it.
Ingredients: Almond oil, Jojoba oil, teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, essential oils: fennel, juniper, cinnamon, ginger, grapefruit
5. ‘morning glory’ coffee facial scrub
Coffee is not very yogic when drunk excessively, but surely is OK if its put on your face. Coffee is a natural exfoliant. It contains caffein acid which stimulates the skin and is anti-inflammatory and can boost collagen production. Gently scrub your face in circular and upward motions.
Ingredients: Tablespoon Ground Coffee (you can use your ‘used’ coffee from the caffetiere that morning! Tablespoon Olive Oil. Easy! optional essential oil: Tea Tree
6. citrus whip’ lip balm
make the lip balm a thick, solid consistency. I didn’t heat the butters, just mixed them up (using a chopstick) with the Vit E and essential oils. Works a treat. This smells of yummy fresh citrus fruits and feels really moisterising on your lips. Instantly creates that ‘I’ve been sucking lemons’ pout.
Ingredients: Mainly Shea butter, Coconut butter, 1 Vitamin E capsule, essential oils: Grapefruit, Lime, Lemongrass and Bergamont
7. anti- blemish and spot treatment
Does what it says on the tin.
Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel, Honey, essential oil: Tea Tree and Lavender
8. sugary body scrub
exfoliating, moisturising and cheap! Literally the only good use for white sugar.
Ingredients: 3 cups of white sugar, 2 tablespoons Almond oil, essential oils: Lavender, Bergamont, Lemongrass
9. ‘Choco Tinted’ Blush and Lips
This one is a bit way the hell out there… Add a bit of a natural, tasty tan to your cheeks with this moisturising delicious smelling chocolate whip. When wearing this you will literally try and eat your own face. P.s. I experimented with adding cinnamon but it made me look like I had a dirty face, so scrap that!
Ingredients: Beeswax, Cacao Butter, Cacao or Cocoa Powder and Olive oil if its too thick and needs loosening up. Go easy on the beeswax otherwise it’ll be too solid.
10. ‘Fresh and Zingy’ Hand, Foot & Body, (basically anywhere) Moisturiser
this fresh smelling moisturiser is invigorating, uplifting and makes your skin soft and smooth. Gently heat the Coconut oil and Shea butter on a low heat then add the jojoba and aloe vera and essential oils. Keep it at room temp. Easy!
Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, 1 Tbsp Aloe Vera, 1 Tbsp Jojoba, vitamin E and Oil of Evening Primrose, essential oils: Cinammon, Ginger, Lemongrass, Bergamot
Here is a definitive list of ingredients that I have used in the above 10 beauty products, including the costs and links on where to buy online:
Shea Butter £5.99 for 259g – Amazing for skin and a remedy for numerous skin problems including dermatitis, eczema, burns, dryness and irritations. Excellent as a protective agent against harsh weather conditions and a mild barrier against the elements
Cacao Butter £4.59 for 100g – Antioxidant (more than blueberries and other super foods!) which means it destroys free radicals which cause skin to age. Thus is great for preventing wrinkles. Also great for healing stretch marks.
Beeswax £5.49 for 250g – Locks in moisture, contains Vitamin A which helps cell regeneration, protects against the elements and environmental damage,. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic and the germicidal antioxidant properties help to heal wounds. Even after processing, Beeswax retains it’s anti-bacterial properties.
Jojoba £6.99 for 100ml – Technically a wax but appears as an oil, jojoba acts as a second skin, is breathable yet provides a barrier against the elements. It locks in moisture and mild and conditioning. Ideal for the face and suits all skin types. It mops up excess sebum so can be used to prevent spots. It’s a stable oil and is good for the shelf life of your product and preventing it from going rancid.
Sweet Almond Oil: £6.99 for 1litre – An ideal carrier oil for essential oils, is lightweight and really moisturising with not much fragrance. Great for any skin conditions.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil £2.99 for 100ml – Deeply Conditioning and has a stable nature
Vitamin E Oil £4.06 for 75ml – your skin needs this
Evening Primrose Oil £8.49 for 100ml – Rich in essential fatty acids, omega oils, linoleic acid, vitamins and minerals, Improves skin hydration and smoothness, accelerates skin healing great for Eczema, dandruff, oily skin and wrinkles. Also good for PMS symptoms.
Aloe Vera Gel £2.99 for 100g – A great moisturiser especially for oily skin, good for treating sunburn, the healing properties treats cuts and scratches and spots, it’s antioxidant, anti-ageing, treats stretch marks. It’s also good for gums, ulcers and chapped cracked lips.
Essential Oils – have been used for medicinal and healing for hundreds of years, aromatherapy is widely recognised as beneficial for wellbeing. Essential oils are from natural sources and are easily absorbed by the skin they really do affect your moods immediately! I ordered mine from Calmer Solutions, store them in a cool place away from sunlight.
bergamot – uplifting, good for acne, chapped skin, oily skin, eczema, fatigue, wrinkles
cinnamon – improves circulation
geranium- uplifting, balancing moods (good helps with PMT moods!)- anti cellulite, oily skin acne,
ginger- improves circulation, good for muscle ache and nausea
grapefruit- anti-cellulite, toxin build up, water retention
juniper- anti-cellulite, acne, flue, colds, toxin build-up
lavender -relaxing and mood enhancing, helps you sleep, great for skin, acne, allergies, bruises, sores , scars. sprains, stretch marks, oily skin
lemongrass- uplifting, zingy! smells great
lime- uplifting, zingy! smells great
patchouli- uplifting, good for acne, chapped skin, oily skin, eczema, fatigue, wrinkles
rose – anti-stress and anti-aging uplifting, good for acne, chapped skin, oily skin, eczema, fatigue, wrinkles
sweet fennel – anti inflammatory, good for cellulite, water retention and toxic build-up
tea tree – anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, good for cold sores, spots, warts and insect bites
and the other ingredients from my kitchen that come in handy…
cacao or cocoa powder
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