It’s been a while since I’ve done a Pinching Pennies post so I figured I’d go ahead and make this one really epic. I’ve written about my attempts to green my beauty routine before, but I’ve never broken it down step by step or given the recipes for all the DIY beauty treatments I use.
It was sort of shocking when I wrote it all down. All the products that I don’t buy at a drug store or make-up counter. All the things I use to make my hair shiny and my skin soft and blemish free, using stuff I have around the house. It’s really inspiring, even to me, and I hope it inspires some of you to try a more natural approach to your beauty regime.
Here is my full DIY Beauty Routine:
Daily – Cleanse face in the evening with my DIY Face Oil. I have also started started experimenting with Grape Seed Oil in my oil mixture.
Every 2 – 3 days – Shampoo using homemade coconut milk shampoo & condition using apple-cider vinegar infused with fresh rosemary.
Once a week – Exfoliate face using baking soda & apply a clay mask.
Once a month – Apply a moisturizing hair mask.
I’ve stopped using soap when I bath because I find it irritates my skin & dries it out too much. I do wash with a wash cloth to slough off dead skin and prevent stinkiness, and use a little soap under the pits if it’s warranted. No one’s complained yet, so it must be doing the trick.
I do wear foundation and make-up, but I’ve switched to a vegan mineral foundation and I’m in the process of switching to all mineral based make-ups. I even found a natural mascara which I’m very excited to try out. I tend to keep my make-up very basic, neutral eyes & cheeks and then dress things up and down with lipstick and liquid eye-liner, but even then I rarely wear it unless I know I’m going to be meeting someone.
5 Tbs Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap (I use the Tea Tree Oil blend because it helps with dandruff and itchy scalp)
5 tsp coconut milk (try to use more “water” than “cream” since it can make your hair too oily)
1 Tbs Baking Soda
In a small bowl, mix the baking soda with the coconut milk until the baking soda has dissolved. Add in the soap, stirring gently to combine everything without making it froth up. Transfer to an air-tight bottle.
This usually lasts us about a week or two depending on how sweaty our heads get.
Rosemary-Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner
Fill a mason jar with with good quality apple-cider vinegar and add 2 – 3 sprigs of fresh cut rosemary. Let sit in a cool dry place for two weeks before using. To use – dilute 1 part vinegar in 5 parts water. Pour over freshly shampooed hair and comb through. Rinse.
Baking Soda Scrub
Mix 1 Tbs of Baking Soda with 1 tps water until a smooth paste forms. Massage this into the face using a circular motion and leave on skin for 1 – 2 minutes while you finish washing. Rinse off using lukewarm water.
Green Clay Mask
(You may need to adjust this ration depending on the humidity/temperature)
2 Tbs Green Clay
1 Tbs Fresh Brewed Green Tea
2 – 3 drops Tea Tree Oil
Mix everything together until it is smooth and thick. Spread over face in a thin layer as evenly as possible. Leave on until it has dried and turned light. Gently rinse off with lukewarm water.
Honey and Olive Oil Hair Mask
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbs Pure Honey
Heat the olive oil in the microwave for 15 seconds, or until warm to the touch. Mix in the honey. When everything is well combined, massage into dry hair and then comb through. Cover hair with a plastic shopping bag for 30 mins to 1 hour before shampooing. It may take several shampoos to clean it all out, but your hair will be noticeably softer.