Attention natural beauty fans! Did you know it’s ridiculously easy to create your own rosewater at home? If you grow your own organic roses or know a kind individual willing to let you take a few flowers, then you can easily turn them into a wonderfully fragrant, skin refreshing rosewater.
Almonds are great for the skin! They’re highly emollient and make a great addition to face and body care products. Almond meal makes a wonderful gentle exfoliant suitable for all skin types, while sweet almond oil is a highly nutritious oil that easily penetrates the skin. Sweet almond oil works wonderfully on dry, inflamed, or itchy skin, though any skin type can benefit from it. I love using it on my skin after a warm shower or as a base oil in my favorite sugar and lip scrub recipes.
Natural beauty comes from within, but we women still want to look and feel beautiful on the outside too. Finding safe, affordable beauty and skincare products isn’t an easy task. Toxic ingredients, questionable environmental practices, and disappointing results can make an eco-conscious gal very frustrated. My advice? Do your homework and keep your beauty routine simple. If you can’t eat it, don’t wear it! What goes on your skin can ultimately end up in your bloodstream and adversely affect your health.
Here are a few green beauty tips, recipes, and ideas to make you glow from the inside out – naturally!
Eco Chic & Cheap Homemade Beauty
Homemade beauty recipes are a great way to be eco-firendly and naturally beautiful. You control the ingredients (no toxic chemicals equal happy skin), and making your own natural beauty treats means more money in your wallet since many of the ingredients come from your kitchen.
Ask any beauty expert and they’ll tell you that exfoliation is key to healthy glowing skin. So here are five easy homemade body scrub recipes to make you feel eco-licious and beautiful. ~ Enjoy!
Glow From Head to Toe
Summer is fast approaching and we all want to be at the height of gorgeousness for all those fun summertime shindigs right? So say goodbye to drab and hello to beautiful with these easy eco-friendly beauty recipes that will help you get your glow on in no time!
- Eco-Friendly Shampoo and Conditioner This may be too extreme for some of my super fab readers, but it never hurts to have an easy DIY recipe on hand just in case you run out of shampoo and conditioner. Trust me, it happens. Though I haven’t opted for the “no poo” route, I have this recipe in my bag of DIY tricks for just such an occasion. All that’s required is a little baking soda, some apple cider vinegar, and some H2O (that’s water if you didn’t take chemistry).
- Easy DIY Honey-Yogurt Face Mask Everyone loves a little pampering. Why not take a few minutes to whip up this super easy face mask? You probably already have everything you need in your kitchen!
- Easy Brown Sugar Lip Scrub Who doesn’t want kiss-ably soft lips? Get them fast with this simple two ingredient lip scrub recipe.
- Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Hands down, organic virgin coconut oil is my favorite natural moisturizer. It’s cheap, non-toxic, and smells heavenly too!
- Natural Hair Removal: Body Sugaring Although I’ve never tried sugaring before (I’m still using razors – I know, not very eco…), I have a number of friends who swear by it. I must say it really gets the job done – they have the smoothest skin after sugaring. I’m hoping to take the plunge into a more earth-friendly form of hair removal – plus shaving with a razor really sucks.
- 10 Features of an Eco-Friendly Manicure Pedicure This article provides useful tips for those of you who get regular mani/pedis. When I sit down for a DIY manicure and pedicure I use only a few items – a homemade scrub for my feet, some reusable tools, and some olive oil for my hands. It quick, easy, non-toxic, and cheap! And here’s a tip: if you want to add a nice healthy shine to your nails use a buffer, it’s cheaper and healthier than nail polish.
When I’ve got a few spare minutes to pamper myself, I like to go into the kitchen to whip up some kind of beauty concoction to relax and unwind. Last month I discovered a really great new face mask to add to my DIY eco-beauty arsenal – a simple honey-chocolate-yogurt face mask.
I discovered this recipe in the May 2011 issue of delicious living magazine. It’s quick, easy, and makes enough for about three applications, plus it smells like cocoa and contains only edible ingredients. It is a little messy to remove, so I recommend taking it off with a wash cloth you’re not that fond of.
This recipe contains lots of good-for-your-skin ingredients. Antioxidants from the cocoa, probiotics from the yogurt, and antimicrobials from the honey – plus even more good stuff.
Here’s what you need:
- 1/3 cup organic cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey (I use raw honey)
- A squeeze of lemon
Combine cocoa powder and yogurt in a small bowl, until a thick paste forms. Next, add in the honey and blend until well combined. Squeeze a small amount of lemon into the mixture to act as a natural preservative. Apply a thin layer to your face and let sit for 10 minutes. Gently remove with warm water and a wash cloth. You can keep any unused mask in the refrigerator for several days. Enjoy!
Do you love to whip up natural eco-beauty concoctions? Have a great DIY beauty recipe or tip you’d like to share with us? Connect with us on twitter @greenearthbazar and on our facebook page. We want to hear from you!
DIY Beauty Queen
Every woman deserves a little “me time” every now and then, and why shouldn’t we? We women are the givers of love, the givers of life, and the ones who seem to have all of the answers, all of the time.
So whether you’re an eco-beauty connoisseur like myself, or simply love a good at-home spa treatment, here are ten everyday foods that will get you glowing naturally in no time. Plus, they’re totally inexpensive too – I love that!
Ten Eco-Luscious Beauty Foods for DIY Beauty
1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), has been used by people for centuries for medicinal as well as beauty purposes. I find it works very well when I get an occasional blemish (ACV is known for its ability to balance the skin’s pH). I mix equal parts ACV and water in a small container, and use a cotton ball or Q-tip to dab a tiny bit onto the affected area. You can try this by mixing two or three parts water with one part ACV to start until you know how your skin will react. I do not recommend ever using straight ACV on your skin as it can burn.
2. Brown Sugar makes a great exfoliator. I like to add it to many of my homemade body and lip scrubs. It’s one of those inexpensive ingredients most of us already have in our kitchens, plus it tastes and smells great which always adds to the at-home spa experience.
3. Cocoa Butter, the delightfully decadent ingredient that gives chocolate its unmistakable scent, makes an excellent moisturizer for your skin and lips. I melt a little in a makeshift double boiler, then combine it with some organic virgin coconut oil, plus a little cornstarch, for an indulgent whipped body butter. I also use it like a lip balm – it takes and smells just like chocolate – Mm-mm.
4. Cocoa Powder smells terrific, and is a great addition to DIY beauty treatments like scrubs and masks. I use it when whipping up a quick chocolate yogurt facial mask, as well as for making my own DIY bronzer/face powder. It’s inexpensive, and if you love to bake you probably already have some in your pantry.
5. Coconut Oil is hands down my favorite natural beauty item – ever! It’s something I cannot do without. It is the only moisturizer I go back to again and again to cure and prevent dry skin. You know those little bumps on the back of your arms? Organic virgin coconut oil completely eradicates them (for me anyway). It doesn’t just sit on top of the skin like olive oil can – instead is soaks in quite nicely, leaving your skin feeling buttery soft and smelling like the tropics (plus my husband loves how it smells). I use it in body butters and scrubs too.
6. Oatmeal is good for more than just adding fiber to your diet. Oatmeal is a great skin soother, and is used in bath preparations, masks, and scrubs. If you have skin issues, then you’re probably familiar with using oats as a natural remedy. Before switching to a more natural, organic lifestyle, a few members of my family suffered from eczema and would take oatmeal baths on a regular basis to get some relief. Here’s a recipe for an oatmeal mask I like to use.
7. Olive Oil (EVOO), makes a great moisturizer, especially for the hands and feet. It works well for soothing dry, chapped skin, and makes your hands and nails look like you’ve just had a manicure. It’s what I like to use when giving myself a DIY mani/pedi, and is usually my oil of choice when putting together body scrubs. And here’s a tip: When measuring out olive oil when cooking, I always scoop out the remaining oil from the measuring cup and massage it into my hands and fingernails – it feels great, and nothing goes to waste! Check out these great olive oil beauty tips from Care2.
8. Raw Honey has so many wonderful, healthy properties to it, and is a staple item in my home. I like to use honey in many of my homemade beauty treatments and recipes, plus it makes a great natural lip softener. Take a dab of honey and put it on your lips – it tastes great and really works!
9. Sea Salt is another great exfoliator that I use in some of my body scrub recipes. So if a recipe calls for brown sugar and you’re out, you can substitute with sea salt instead. If you’ll be using the salt on more than just your feet, I suggest using fine sea salt instead of course, and remember to rub gently so you don’t damage your skin in any way. Check out this great sea salt body scrub recipe from Care2.
10. Yogurt works well in many DIY facial mask recipes, like my favorite honey-yogurt mask. Organic yogurt feels great on the skin (very cooling), and really does wonders for dry, tired skin. I like to use it when my skin is feeling dry, or my complexion isn’t looking like it should.
Note: Always remember that what goes on your skin ultimately ends up in your body. It’s always a good idea to know the ingredients you’re putting on, and how those items were processed. Always do your research, and try to opt for organic, minimally processed products whenever possible. This rule of thumb should be applied for foods as well as beauty products (homemade or not). And remember if something doesn’t feel right on your skin, WASH IT OFF!
To be Beautiful
Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. The desire to feel beautiful is innate. Beauty is much more than a person’s outside appearance. A beautiful soul is worth far more than a beautiful face could ever be.
~Green Earth Bazaar (2011)
To feel beauty is a better thing than to understand how we come to feel it. To have imagination and taste, to love the best, to be carried by the contemplation of nature to a vivid faith in the ideal, all this is more, a great deal more, than any science can hope to be.
~ George Santaya, from The Sense of Beauty (1896)
What’s your sense of beauty? Leave a comment below, or send me a tweet @greenearthbazar . I’d love to know your thoughts.
The sun is shining, birds are chirping in the trees, and I’ve got a bad case of spring fever! I can’t say our winter here in CA has been horrible, but it’s been a bit unusual. Lots of fog and rain have made for many a gray, dreary day, but things are beginning to look sunny once again.
Trees are beginning to bloom, creatures are starting to emerge from their wintry slumber, and although my seasonal allergies will probably pay me a visit, I’m so ready for spring to begin! It’s time to think about what to plant in the garden, what junk to donate or recycle, and what new spring DIY projects we want to tackle.
I love the promise of new beginnings and rebirth that spring brings into the world. It’s hard to feel low in spirit when there’s such beauty, promise, and hope to be found right out your front door. Nature is such a miraculous, wonderful creation. A true blessing and mercy from God the All-Mighty.
Here are ten fantastically green DIY projects to get you ready for a wonderful spring season! Enjoy!
- Mason Jar Garden I love the beauty and simplicity of this project. It’s all about bringing the outdoors into your living space, plus it’s a great way to reuse your old glass containers and jars. Love it!
- Make new candles out of left over candle wax This is a project I’ve been putting off for far too long. I’ve been saving my used jar candles specifically for this purpose (wax and all), but have been lazy about acquiring the needed wicks. I’m hoping to remedy that this spring, and this recycled candle tutorial will surely come in handy when I’m good and ready.
- DIY recycled planner/agenda I still love to use good old fashioned pen and paper when it comes to organizing my schedule. Let’s face it, technology isn’t perfect, and I really don’t want to miss any important dates or appointments. This project not only feeds my need for some hard copy, but it also helps shrink my pile of paper recycling too. I totally love that!
- Pine cone bird feeders I’ve been on a bird watching frenzy lately, so this bird feeder project will definitely come in handy. I’ll get more face time with my fine-feathered friends, and get a little good karma from feeding them too. Very green, and very easy to do – cool!
- Got cardboard? Make a shelf! This project is a useful way to reuse that pesky cardboard that seems to collect during the year. My son is always coming up with different ways to re-purpose old cardboard boxes and containers, so I think he’d love to give this project a try. It’s a good way to keep small items organized, and less trash in the landfills.
- DIY Natural Laundry Soap Dirty laundry will never cease to exist, but you can get your wash clean without the use of harsh, toxic chemicals. Make your laundry chores greener and healthier with this non-toxic natural laundry soap recipe. Did I mention it’s totally easy and inexpensive too?
- Organic All-Purpose Cleaner Two ingredients make this organic all-purpose cleaner a winner in my house. It’s so natural you could even brush your teeth with it!
- DIY Bronzer/Face Powder Love a healthy glow but don’t want the nasty chemicals? Make your own bronzer! It’s easy, cheap, and totally works.
- Garden-Themed Charm Bracelet Spring always gets my creative jewelry-making juices flowing. I love creating pieces that remind me of nature and all that I love about it. This project is an easy way to turn your love of the great outdoors into a pretty, wearable reminder.
- Easy Homemade Trail Mix Spring is the perfect time to get outside and start taking nature walks with the family. Don’t let hunger kill your natural nature high, be prepared with some delicious homemade trail mix!
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