Walk into any drug store and you’ll be surrounded with endless aisles of face creams, bath scrubs, and hand lotions – just to name a few beauty products! But many of these products are filled with chemicals, tested on animals, and simply don’t work. Instead, why not take a turn making your own all-natural beauty products using ingredients found in mother nature (and even your fridge!)? You can even get a group of girlfriends together to help you make and experiment with your new products!
A homemade sugar scrub is perfect for getting touchably soft skin in the shower or bath – and it couldn’t be easier to make! First, mix together ½ cup sugar (either brown or white – preferably organic) and ½ cup olive oil. If you like, you can also include a few drops of an essential oil of your choice to add some aromatherapy benefits to your scrub. Rengora will soon be launching a great line of essential oils, so why not add a few drops from one of them? You should mix all of the ingredients well and then store in an airtight jar.
To use the sugar scrub, scoop out about a tablespoon and rub all over your skin when in the bath or shower. For optimal results, try to scrub in circular movements working up your body. Make sure the entire mixture is rinsed off, and then pat your skin dry. It’ll feel softer than ever!
Homemade Face Mask
Did you know you had antibacterial and moisturizing ingredients right in your cupboard? It’s more than likely that you do! Nowadays there are so many different face masks on the market, many of which make unsubstantiated claims and cost an arm and a leg to buy. But the homemade honey, nutmeg, and cinnamon face mask only costs pennies to make and utilizes potent ingredients that women have been using for centuries.
Making the mask couldn’t be simpler: combine 1 cup of honey (use a little less if you want a thicker mask), 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, and ½ tablespoon of nutmeg. Honey is a naturalize moisturizer and thought to have antibacterial properties, while the nutmeg is antibacterial and the cinnamon acts as an aid in unclogging pores. Mix the ingredients well and store in a fridge to ensure it keeps for several weeks, but make sure to let the mixture come to room temperature when you decide to use it as the honey may solidify slightly and become hard to spread when chilled.
Personalized Lip Balm
You may think lip balm is something to have to buy, but you can actually make it quite easily! In a double boiler (a glass or stainless steel bowl placed in a pan of gently boiling water), place 2 tablespoons of beeswax, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of cocoa butter. Stir occasionally until the mixture is melted, and then remove it from the heat. You can then add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice: mango is a great choice for a fruity, summer flavor, while jasmine is a more sensual choice. Place the mixture in old (but clean!) lip balm containers or place in a few empty containers, which you can purchase from a local beauty or craft store. Allow to cool and then spread on your lips for natural smoothness!