It's no secret that what we put on our bodies is as equally important as what we put in our bodies. A few weeks ago, I let you snoop in my makeup bag and shared my favourite natural, non-toxic makeup essentials.
Today, I want to share some of my favourite natural beauty care recipes for those of you who love to kick it from scratch like I do. There are a treasure trove of natural beauty care products that you can whip up yourself using simple ingredients in your kitchen and pantry. Once you get on the homemade beauty train, it's really hard to stop (or spend the cash on things you can easily make at home!). I love crafting these up and even devoted an entire chapter of The UnDiet Cookbook to edible beauty recipes. We cook up potions for our insides, we should also spend some time cooking up lotions and potions for our outside, too!
The posts I highlight below use ingredients you likely already have in your home- coconut oil, lemon, organic sugar, citrus and oils. I am very excited to share these gems with you. Here are some simple edible beauty care recipes for you to help you get started.
Antioxidant Turmeric Face Mask
I absolutely adore turmeric for its incredible anti-inflammatory properties. Now you can receive the goodness on your skin too with this simple 3-ingredient recipe.
Deep Conditioning Molasses Hair Mask
Yes, you can use molasses for more than gingerbread cookies. It also works beautifully as a deep, moisturizing hair conditioner.
Honey and Lime Scrubbing Mask for Acne-Prone Skin
From By Valenti Organics
This 4-ingredient scrubbing mask helps to exfoliate and soften the skin, banish pimples and give you 'the glow'.
Hair Conditioning Treatment/Salad Dressing
This how-to guide to creating a deep conditioning treatment is most awesome for your hair, and bonus: it doubles as a salad dressing. Just be sure to set some aside to use on your salad later!
Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balm
Coconut oil is one of the most versatile ingredients, both in a culinary context and in beauty care. This moisturizing coconut oil and vanilla lip balm is amazingly effective - unless, of course, you lick it all off your lips.
Maca Cacao Clay Mask
This delicious mask (which resembles chocolate sauce) combines the antioxidant powerhouses of cacao and maca with mineral-rich bentonite clay, which draws out impurities.
Moisturizing Body Butter
This whipped body butter looks so delicious you'll be tempted to use it as a frosting instead of a moisturizer.
Homemade Foundation Powder
By Live Simply
You don't need fancy equipment to make your own foundation powders. Check out this easy homemade recipe, which also comes along with a video tutorial.
Cinnamon Sugar Body Scrub
Use this heaven-'scent' body scrub to exfoliate rough patches on your elbows and feet.
DIY Natural Deodorant
An inexpensive homemade deodorant that uses the lovely scent of lavender and the anti-bacterial properties of tea tree oil.
Moisturizing Facial Scrub
A mild and nourishing facial scrub that you can use to gently exfoliate your face.
Strawberry Sugar Scrub
How gorgeously pretty and pink is this recipe? This beautiful 4-ingredient sugar scrub is great to give away as a gift, but you can also hog it all to yourself.
Baking Soda-Free Deodorant
By Paleo Mama
For those who are sensitive to baking soda, this baking soda-free deodorant alternative is one to consider.
Coconut Oil Toothpaste
With only 4 ingredients (are you catching onto the trend yet - edible beauty care is so simple!), this homemade toothpaste is flavoured with peppermint but you can easily swap with your favourite flavours.
Honey Lavender Lip Scrub
Your smackers need gentle scrubbing and exfoliation, too! This lip scrub is perfect for smoothing out those scaly, winter chapped lips into something more kiss-able.
Homemade Body Wash
Skip the expensive body washes and make your own! This one is gentle, moisturizing and bubbly so you'll get a great 'lather'.
Sunscreen Lip Balm
When the sun is shining, we often forget about protecting our lips. This sunscreen lip balm contains a whack of protective essential oils to help keep our lips sunburn-free.
Whipped Chocolate Body Butter
Do you need convincing to make this? Come on - doesn't the title say it all? Plus, if you added a bit of sweetener to this, it would make an amazing chocolate frosting.
Vanilla Chai Coco Balm
Drink it or slather it on your skin? I vote for the latter.
Oat and Honey Exfoliant
Got oats, honey and apple cider vinegar in your pantry? Then you have what you need to make this exfoliant and end up with soft, silky skin.