One of my New Year’s resolutions is to become a better cook, and because I’m also hopelessly addicted to beauty, I’d like to include a smattering of DIY kitchen beauty recipes as well.
There’s just something about making homemade beauty products, isn’t there? — the idea of whipping something up from scratch, skipping the preservatives and really *feeling* the ingredients in your hands?
It turns out that homemade versions of many popular beauty products are easy to make with ingredients that most cooks have readily at hand.
But if you add the following three drugstore ingredients to your next shopping list, your repertoire of potential kitchen beauty recipes expands by leaps and bounds.
NOTE: Be mindful of allergies. If you can’t eat it, your skin may not like it either.
- Glycerin: a humectant that binds moisture to the skin (works far better than water alone)
- Sweet almond oil: a better alternative for DIY skincare recipes than vegetable oil
- Kaolin clay: great for tightening and cleansing
Exfoliating skin cleanser
Mix the following ingredients in a large bowl:
2 heaping spoonfuls of kaolin clay
1 tbsp ground rice (to exfoliate)
1 tbsp ground almonds
1/2 tbsp wheat flower
1/2 tbsp almond oil
5 capsules of evening primrose oil
Dried coconut flakes
Dried beans (ground up in a coffee grinder)
Flatten the doughy concoction to about an inch thick. Roll it up, and cut slices to use when you exfoliate. Refrigerate any unused portion (should be used within a couple of days).
For extra troubled skin, add an antiseptic herb like thyme or freshly chopped fennel to the mix.
Exfoliating body scrub
Combine kaoline clay, glycerine, fresh pineapple (it contains an enzyme called bromelain that helps to remove dead skin cells), ground rice and sweet olive oil. Mix, and scrub!
All-Purpose face mask
Start by infusing lily and honeysuckle petals by bringing some water to a boil, and then pouring it over (be careful!) the flower petals. Let them cool for about a half an hour.
For the face mask itself…
4 tbsps of the flower petal infusion
1 tbsp oats
1 tbsp kaolin clay
1 tbsp glycerine
Use the mask as soon as it cools (or at least on the same day), as it doesn’t keep. You can also vary the amounts of kaolin and glycerine used depending on the consistency you like. Want more moisture? Add some almond oil and up the amount of oats. If you’re looking for a more tightening mask instead, use a little more of the clay.
Cocoa butter moisturizer
In a pan, warm a few nice-sized chunks of cocoa butter, adding…
A teaspoonful of almond oil
A small amount of mashed portobello mushroom and banana
3 drops of rose essential oil
Thoroughly mix and pour into an ice tray before placing in the fridge to set.
Add about a handful of oats to some cold water (not freezing, just chilled); let stand for about 30 minutes.
Sieve the oat mix using a fine strainer, collecting the colloidal milk from the oats into a bowl.
Tada! DIY moisturizer. Apply directly to skin with a cotton ball.
Beat two eggs into a jar or small bowl, and massage the mix into dry hair. Rinse with cool or tepid water, beer or lemon juice.
Open a squarish piece of muslin (or any fine cloth), and in the middle of it place…
A few tbsps of oats
A spoonful of sodium bicarbonate
Fresh herbs like rosemary, sage, bay or thyme
TIP: If you’d prefer a spicier winter bath, add a cinnamon stick, cloves and a whole nutmeg.
Tie the ends of the cloth with the ingredients inside, and plop it into your bath as the water runs.
Umm… Why am I so hungry right now?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,