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Who else is sick of paying an arm and a leg for beauty products?? Especially when so many of them don’t actually work. It just doesn’t seem fair that women are expected to uphold this unrealistic standard of beauty when everything is so expensive. And aside from the expense, we are paying good money for products that are FULL of harmful chemicals. AND most household name brands are still conducting horrific testing on animals. We are paying for packaging and a brand name. I’m here to tell you, you don’t have to!
(I could go on into greater detail about animal testing but I’m not here to bum people out. IF you wish to learn what products do and don’t test on animals, check out this site.)
It seems everyone is wanting to get on a path to more natural, more self sustained lifestyle. Here is a list of simple, inexpensive beauty products you can make at home. From ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Save yourself money, unwanted trips to the drug store, and start living a more natural, healthy life. You’ll feel great knowing you created these useful products all by yourself, without having to depend on the big name brands.
I’ll start with my favourite:
Dry shampoo is pricey. Especially for the really good stuff. I think we all know we shouldn’t wash our hair everyday. It damages our hair by stripping moisture. Our body responds to this by creating more oil. Therefore we think the answer is to wash that oil/grease away. And thus begins a vicious cycle.
Not washing everyday was always a big challenge for me. I’ve always had greasy hair and found it hard to only wash every other day. So when I was on maternity leave, I made it my mission to get on a healthier hair cycle. Since I didn’t have much time to shower anyway, it was the perfect time to do it. So now, I’m on a wash every other day cycle. But I do sometimes find I need a little extra boost on non-wash days. I was finding store bought dry shampoo expensive and I went through it fast. I tried a few DIY recipes and at the end of the day my favourite is the absolute simplest one.
Corn Starch. That’s it. For a while I was adding a couple drops of essential oils for a nice scent. But why complicate things? I simply filled a small plastic container with corn starch and I use a wide makeup brush to apply it. I dip my brush in the powder, tap off the excess, brush or dab it onto my roots, let it sit for a minute or two while I do my makeup, then brush it through with my hairbrush. Sometimes I have to work it in with my fingers if I can still see a bit of white. I’ve also heard of people adding nutmeg or cinnamon to darken it for darker hair colours.
Have you tried the oil cleansing method yet? I know…it seems so wrong using oil on your face. But it works!
My favourite recipe is mixing equal parts sunflower oil and castor oil. Simply mix the two together in an old or new squeeze bottle and voila! You’ve got an all natural, inexpensive facial cleanser.
Commonly used for cooking, sunflower oil has so many health benefits. I’m not even going to get into how beneficial it is to consume. Right now my focus is on how great it is for your skin. This stuff is packed full of vitamins A, D, and E and gives your skin a huge boost in moisture. It’s really light so it gets absorbed into the skin easily, without clogging your pores. Another bonus, it’s inexpensive and can be used for so many other purposes! Like any time you try something new on your face, you may experience a slight reaction at first. But stick with it. I promise your skin will adjust and you’ll be saving money and feeling beautiful and radiant. You’ll also likely save money on moisturizer too. You’ll need to use less of it to compensate for your skin feeling dried out from your old, chemical rich cleansers.
My grocery store doesn’t carry castor oil. If you are having trouble finding it too, you can get some here. And this brings me to the next amazing use for castor oil….
Eyelash Growth Booster
You can use castor oil to help grow thicker, longer eyelashes and brows. You should be sure to use pure castor oil. I like cold pressed castor oil.
To use: Make sure lashes are clean and dry. Apply a very small amount of oil to the top of your lash line with a cotton swab. Or use an old (but thoroughly cleaned) mascara wand. Be careful not to get the oil in your eye. It’s best to do the treatment before bed. Wash thoroughly in the morning with makeup remover. With regular treatment you should notice thicker, fuller lashes!
*Note* It’s unlikely you’d have a sensitivity to castor oil, but it’s never a bad idea to test a small amount on your skin before applying it to your lashes.
This Castor Oil even comes with special applicators for lashes and brows.
A facial toner should be applied to skin after you clean your face. It serves as an antiseptic and antibacterial agent and closes the pores. This reduces oil production, thereby preventing problems like acne and blackheads. Many store bought, pricey toners offer these benefits. But more often than not, the main ingredient is witch hazel. Skip the big brand name and simply buy a bottle of plain witch hazel. Apply with a cotton ball after washing your face. Follow with moisturizer. Other uses for witch hazel include: treatment for bug bites, sunburn, bruises, rashes, etc.
If you have flaky skin or are prone to blackheads, exfoliating once a week can make a big difference in the appearance and feel of your skin. Instead of spending money on an expensive, spa quality, over the counter facial scrub, just head to your kitchen. All you’ll need is baking soda, some simple oats, and a little water.
You should only need about 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of oats. Add small amounts of water slowly, until the mixture forms a paste you can spread on your face. Massage over your skin for about a minute, then rinse. You’ll be left with smoother skin instantly. Don’t forget to scrub your lips as well, to remove any flaky skin, especially in the Winter months.
Do you know you can use pretty much any type of oil to remove your makeup? Again, my first choice is sunflower oil. Find it in any grocery store with the other cooking/baking oils . Coconut oil works too if you’ve got it. Though it tends to be a little more expensive. I recommend liquid coconut oil so it can be put into a squeeze bottle for easy application to a makeup removing pad.
If you’re tired of buying cotton makeup pads and really want to go all natural/eco friendly, try this Reusable Makeup Removing Cloth.
Skip the pricey drug store whitening products that have who knows how many chemicals in them. Instead, place 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small bowl. Gradually add in enough freshly squeezed lemon juice to form a paste. When the lemon juice mixes with the baking soda it will start to fizz. Mix into a paste, dip your toothbrush in and brush for 1 minute. Follow by thoroughly rinsing your mouth and brushing with water. For an extra clean feeling, brush as you normally would with your everyday toothpaste.
You can use the exact same recipe as above to make a skin brightening scrub. Massage the paste over your dark skin spots, sun damaged areas and acne scars. Leave on for a couple minutes before rinsing with warm water. Each time you do this your skin tone will get a little more even.
Another simple use for baking soda is to mix a teaspoon with half a glass of water. Swish around in your mouth as you would commercial mouth wash. It will neutralize any bad breath odours.
Of course there are countless other recipes available out there for so many different uses. These are just my personal favourites to get you started on a path to more natural living. Give a couple a try and enjoy the savings and other benefits of being one step closer to a frugal, healthy lifestyle. It’s easier than you think if you plan ahead and put a few of these items on your grocery list instead of their commercialized counterparts.
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