“IF YOU DON’T KNOW BETTER, YOU CAN’T DO BETTER, KNOW WHAT’S IN YOUR PRODUCTS.”Organic Beauty Talk
On average woman, use around 12 personal care products a day. If you add that up by way individual ingredients if they’re store bought, potentially that’s well over 100 different ingredients going into your body via your skin.
If even just a quarter of those are chemicals, that’s a lot of rubbish going into your blood stream. Eek!! :(. And when there are no legalities in the beauty industry, like there are with food and drink, anything could be going in there. Mainly synthetic fillers, water and alcohol. I can think of better things to do with the alcohol.
If being better to your body isn’t enough to get you across the line, what about our animal friends and all the testing that cosmetic companies still do? Or think about the effect on our environment, all those chemicals, and all that packaging? And if none of that works, then consider this. A face primer on the high street cost on average 25 times more than the one in this recipes. And your purse will happily dancing because of it :).
I realise that organic produce and products can be more expensive but where possible try to use them. After all it’s going into your skin. If you can’t get organic, try to use natural version or unsprayed produce. Make friends with your local farmers at a market or your neighbours for their flowers. You can always swipe them for a jar of handmade body scrub/butter.
Making DIY skin care recipes from scratch may sound hard, but in reality, they are very easy. The live cultures and stimulating enzymes in fresh DIY skin care recipes and treatments make them unbeatable for bringing life and vitality to your skin, for a fraction of the cost.
Better yet, some of these homemade skin care products are made from ingredients you have available in your very own kitchen! So, get out a couple of glass bowls, a wooden spoon and get mixing…..!!! 🙂
AVOCADO & ROSE FACE OIL
To extend the self life of this oil further, to about 6 months, add 2 drops of pure vitamin E oil.
Perfect for dry skin. Avocado and rose are both super nourishing and hydrating, making this the perfect moisture treatment whilst you sleep. Rose is said to be anti-aging, so here’s hoping that we wake up having shed a few years as well.
- 6 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon rosehip essential oil
- 2 teaspoon rose water
- 8-10 drops of rose essential oil
- sterilised 100ml bottle
Place all the ingredients in a sterilised small bottle and shake to mix. Keep in a cool, dry place or in the fridge for up to 3 months.
To use, wash and dry your face before bed, then put a few generous drops of this oil. Apply the warm oil to your face, leaving it to soak in while you sleep.
PORRIDGE FACE SCRUB
Oats are so fantastic at removing dead skin cells and they are great for sensitive skin too. They have properties that ease skin irritations, such as eczema, when eaten or put directly onto the skin.
MAKES 1 APPLICATION
- 1 tablespoon rolled or porridge oats
- 1 tablespoon raw sugar
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Mix well all the ingredients together in a small bowl until just combined. Using a circular motion, massage the mix onto clean face. Rinse with warm water, dry, and moisture as normal.
HONEY & ROSE TONER
You can swap the roses water and rose essential oil for orange blossom water and orange essential oil. Orange is said to rejuvenate skin cells.
Honey and roses smell utterly delightful together and they both have incredible healing and anti-ageing properties. Honey is the most gentle exfoliant and is naturally anti-bacterial, making it perfect for oily skin and blocked pores. Use this toner to remove the last residual dirt after face wash and prior to moisturising. You can also carry it in a little spritz botte in your handbag for a pick-me-up and hydration burst when travelling.
- 140ml warm water ( just warm/not boiling)
- 1-2 teaspoons raw honey
- 2 teaspoon rose water
- 10-12 drops rose essential oil
- sterilised lidded jar or small spray bottle
For oily skin add : 1 teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
For dry skin add : 1 teaspoon almond oil or olive oil
For combination skin add : 1 teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon almond or olive oil
Pour the warm water into a small bowl, add the honey and stir until dissolved. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Decant into a sterilised lidded jar or small spray bottle and leave to cool. Store in a cool, dark place or in the fridge for up 3 months.
ROSY FACE MOISTURISER
Rose are the greatest for skin care. They are active, hydrating and anti-ageing, so this moisturiser is perfect for dry skin. More than that, roses just smell utterly delightful. The amount of extra oil you will get from the roses is dependent on their moisture level.
- 4 large handfuls of fresh roses (any colour) unsprayed, and unperfumed
- 250ml avocado or extra virgin olive oil
- 10g beeswax
- 2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 10 drops of rose essential oil
- wide-mouth jar
- sterilised jar for storage
- Start by shaking off any wee critters inside your rose petals. Put the petals into a wide-mouth jar and cover with the avocado or olive oil. Use a wooden spoon (or smaller jar that fits inside the larger jar) to bruise the petals (drawing out some of the moisture). Put the lid on the jar. Leave in the sunlight (inside but not somewhere too hot) for a couple of weeks. Strain the oil into a bowl and discard the petals.
- Put the strained rose oil and the beeswax into a double boiler over a low heat and heat until melted and combined. If you don’t have a double boiler, hen instead use a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water (making sue the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water underneath).
- Remove the heat and leave to cool a little, then stir in the vitamin E oil and rose essential oil. Pour into sterilised jar and leave to cool completely before putting the lid on. The mix will emulsify like coconut oil does, but will melt when it touched. Keep in a cool, dark place for up to a month.
- Use as required, gently rubbing into your skin.
ROSEMARY FACE PRIMER
Primer is not really something I use, but I know many people swear by it to help to hold their make up in a place. It’s a beautiful recipe and it works a treats and smell delightful too.
FOR THE ROSEMARY WATER (MAKES 150ML)
- 6 large springs of rosemary
- 200ml filtered water, to cover
- sterilised small jar
Place the rosemary spring in a small saucepan and cover with the filtered water. Bring gently to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool, then strain into a sterilised small jar and cover with the lid. Store in a cool place for up to a year. Once opened, store in the fridge and used within few months.
FOR THE FACE PRIMER (MAKES 100ML)
- 120ml rosemary water
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
- 3 tablespoons rose water
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel
- sterilised airtight container or jar
- Pour the rosemary water into a saucepan and heat gently until warm, then slowly stir in the bicarbonate of soda. Remove from the heat, add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Pour into a sterilised airtight container or jar and cover. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months. Shake before use.
- To use, pour a teaspoonful of the primer onto a cotton pad and wipe over your face to applying your foundation.
Those are my easy recipes DIY natural skin care routine. I hope is useful for you all natural beauty lover. And if you have any other ideas or recipes for this topic, please feel free to share in a comment :). Thank you for reading my blog :).