There are a lot of benefits to using DIY natural beauty products. The main advantage is knowing exactly what you’re putting on your body — no more questioning hard-to-read ingredients or paying an exuberant amount of money for something that gets recalled later.
It can take time to get into a routine of making DIY natural beauty products for yourself. Here are some simple swaps to start with now.
Rosewater is a versatile natural product that works well on its own or as the foundation for another recipe. To make rose water, you need:
- 3 cups of organic rose petals
- 4 cups of distilled water
Put the petals and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Once the water reaches the boiling point, turn the heat off and leave the mixture on the burner to steep. Strain the petals from the mixture, and voila! You have rosewater.
For the toner, mix equal parts rosewater and witch hazel in a glass container. Apply to your face using a cotton ball before bed each night.
Keeping a bottle of nourishing oil spray in your purse is a great way to rejuvenate your locks in the middle of a long day. To make this oil, you will need:
- 1 tbsp of argan oil
- 1/2 cup of rosewater
- 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil (we recommend a blend of lavender and lemon)
- 5 drops of vitamin E oil
Pour the ingredients into a small spray or spritzer bottle and shake vigorously before each use. The key ingredient in this concoction is the argan oil. The secret of argan oil that makes it ideal over alternatives like almond or coconut oil is that it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave an oily residue.
Nothing breaks the bank like replacing expensive razors all the time. Furthermore, shaving cream is often rife with chemical compounds, and the canisters are terrible for the environment. For most, heading to the salon every few weeks for a waxing session is out of reach. Fortunately, you can do it yourself at home with DIY sugar wax.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1/2 cup of bottled lemon juice
- 1/2 cup of water
Mix the ingredients in a pot over high heat. Bring the ingredients to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and stir vigorously. Don’t stop stirring until the mixture takes on a beautiful caramel color (around 10 minutes, depending on your stove).
Remove the pot from the heat and test the wax by taking a spoonful and putting it in the fridge. It should form a malleable ball in your hand when rolled around, without being too sticky or runny. If it’s not ready, put back on medium heat and stir for another five minutes before trying again.
When ready, transfer it to a bowl and allow it to cool for 30 minutes before using. You can store this in the fridge and reheat with a microwave if needed.
Make these three (and a half) recipes and pamper yourself, naturally. In time, you’ll no longer need to buy expensive natural products or worry about putting toxins in your skin.