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Friday
Mar162012

homemade skin care products

What we have here is almost entirely edible.

However, nothing is meant to be eaten.

And nothing is green, chocolate, or filled with Bailey’s Irish Cream. 

What we have here are quick + easy homemade natural skin care products. 

 

Two things I loathe buying are cleaning products + skincare products [oh, and makeup!].  First of all, if you’re going the more natural route, they’re expensive.  Secondly, just because it’s a product sold at Whole Foods [or another natural food store] doesn’t automatically make it perfect in regards to the ingredients.  Food labels are one thing, but cleaning and body products are another.  The ingredients all sound foreign to me, and I always forget the key words to look out for.

So for the most part I try and take matters into my own hands.

Simplicity is where it’s at.

 

The other day I got roped into a free facial assessment at Whole Foods.  There was a big fancy machine that took a photo of your face and showed all the different layers and problem areas of your skin.  There wasalso a woman that seemed to know what she was talking about.  I knew she would be trying to sell products at the end, but I wanted to see the results of the evaluation.

It seemed legit, but I’m also pretty gullible.

Four areas where my skin was average or below [for my age] were UV spots, pores, brown spots, and red areas.  Even though I can’t physically see red areas or spotting it’s something that will become more pronounced as I age

After the assessment, she asked what my current skin care regimen was.  Ummm, barely anything.  I’ve never really had problematic skin and like to keep things pretty basic.  I use a creamy cleanser, toner [earth science], and unrefined coconut oil for moisturizing.  One thing she recommended was adding a gentle exfoliating scrub to my routine and said it would help in many different areas.

Of course the one she recommended was around $30 [MyChelle].  $30 that I would rather spend on delicious food.  However, I realize taking care of my skin is important to overall health so I went on a search for alternatives.

*please note* I am not a skincare professional.  Always use caution when adding new skincare products to your daily/weekly routine.  Consult with your dermatologist if you have questions.

 

I looked up gentle skin exfoliating recipe and found something extremely simple.

  • honey
  • oats
  • apple cider vinegar

The amount of honey was not specified on the website so here is the recipe I ended up using.

Oat + Honey Exfoliant

  • 1T raw honey
  • 2T ground rolled oats
  • 1/2t apple cider vinegar
  1. Grind the oats almost all the way to flour.
  2. Mix in the honey and apple cider vinegar with a fork until smooth.
  3. Wet your face, then gently apply a small amount of the scrub in circular motions.
  4. Leave on for 10-15min, rinse off with warm water, and moisturize.

*Recommended use is once a week or bi-weekly.  Is said to…help to remove dead skin, improve skin texture, and keep skin firm + hydrated.

After my first use:  My face has never felt so soft.  I was pleasantly surprised and will continue to use this about once per week.  Even the day after my skin still feels softer than normal.

 

other recommendations for my face: looking out for translucent zinc + titanium dioxide in sunscreen as safe alternatives to harsh chemicals, a light moisturizer [will try to make one], a gentle eye cream, and vitamin C serum with a 17% dose of L-Ascorbic Acid [improves skin texture]

I’ll keep you posted if I make any of above.  I definitely won’t be buying them anytime soon as they are quite pricey.

Next, let’s move on to coffee + skin.

I’ve read time and time again that using coffee grounds in a skin scrub helps to tighten the skin, diminish cellulite, etc.   

 

I finally decided to give it a go and used this simple recipe.  I’ve also started to re-incorporate dry brushing into my daily routine and spend about 3-5 minutes brushing before my shower.  Within two weeks my skin [especially legs] is noticeably tighter and smoother.

coffee grounds + sugar + oil

Could this possibly be any cheaper or easier??  It doesn’t specify but I used used coffee grounds [still wet] and it seemed to work great.

They have a list of other ingredients you can add, but I wanted to keep things as simplistic as possible.  I applied to my legs in the shower and rinsed thoroughly.  The amazing scent of coffee will definitely help wake you up in the morning!

After 1 use:  My legs felt incredibly soft.  I will most likely use this 1x/week.  I imagine it takes at least a few applications to see results.  You may want to use a drain catch so the coffee grounds don’t go down your tub drain.

Other interesting uses for coffee grounds.

 

Below you will find the latest version of my deodorant recipe.  I have been using this for 2.5 years and will never go back to anything that comes in a tube.  I use this all year long, even in the dead of summer and on 30+ mile bike rides. 

I added a little more vitamin E oil to this version as my skin has been fairly irritated from the dryness this winter.  I also changed up the essential oils to peppermint + sweet orange.  I recently realized I was using lavender in my deodorant, dryer sheets, and laundry detergent.  I’ve been using these for the past 6 months, which is around the time my skin became irritated.  I’m switching things up without lavender to see if that was part of the problem.

Mint Orange Deodorant

  • 6T unrefined organic coconut oil
  • 1/4c arrowroot starch
  • 1/4c baking soda
  • 4 capsules [400 IU] Vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops peppermint oil
  • 10 drops sweet orange oil
  1. Soften the coconut oil in the microwave and mix everything together until smooth.
  2. Store in a jar.
  3. Apply a small amount under each arm with your fingertips and gently rub in. [~1/8-1/4t]  Reapply throughout the day if needed.

notes: Lavender and clove essential oils are said to have natural anti-perspirant properties.  I haven’t had any issues with staining or white marks on my clothes with this deodorant, but I’m sure it can happen.  In the cooler months it can become quite hard but softens easily when applied.  If it becomes too soft in warmer months store in the refrigerator.

Next up was a concoction I found via Pinterest

Coconut Milk Shampoo

Another super easy + inexpensive 2-3 ingredient recipe.  I was out of full fat coconut milk, but had coconut cream on hand which works just as well when mixed with water.  A large container of castile soap will set you back $10-15, but it’s an amazing + versatile product that will last you a long time.  I left out the essential oil since my castile soap is peppermint scented.

After one use:  The soap was very sudsy which I love, and a little goes a long way.  I only used about 2tsp.  After drying my hair it felt noticeably thicker [even with already thick hair].  However, it was also on the heavy/greasy side.  There could have been a few problems:  I may have mixed in too much coconut cream and not enough water.  Next time I’ll use the full fat coconut milk.  I should have scrubbed it out more thoroughly.  I may need to add a touch more castile soap.  I’m not giving up on this yet!  This may work better for a conditioner to be used on the ends of my hair.

 

I keep all of these homemade goods in used + washed jelly jars or random mason jars I have sitting around.  I am a jar hoarder if you didn’t know.

 

 

While you’re sipping Bailey’s or baking green cupcakes, you can whip up these products.  It’s always fun to share a little something different, especially when it involves saving money!

Have a great weekend!

Ashley

Reader Comments (87)

This is such a great article! Thank you so much for this!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChantelle

I tried the exfoliant last night and it worked really well! If you create a formula for a moisturizer, please publish it. I am in dire need...thanks Ashley!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Hey Ashley! I've been a reader for a while, but am just now commenting. I'm intrigued by these recipes & making this stuff at home! I'm curious, how much of the deodorant do you put on each day? Do you reapply throughout the day? Also, do you just use a spoon to put it on?

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

This is so impressive and wholesome. Thanks for doing the research, testin and sharing!

This post is SO helpful! Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started, and you did the hard part for us, so thank you! How do you apply the deodorant once it is in the jar, do you just scoop some out with your fingers? Does it rub off onto your clothes? Thank you!

Hi :) I am wondering the same thing as Candy actually...What consistency should the final product (deodorant) be? Does it solidify so that it can be used like store-bought deodorant or do you apply it with your fingers? And if so - how much?

Thanks so much.

By the way...I am relatively new to your blog and I LOVE it!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzosia

What is dry brushing?

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Thanks for the tip, I will definately be trying that!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Hi,
I was wondering where I could find aluminum free baking soda. I've heard of (and use) aluminum free baking powder, but I wasn't aware that any baking soda brands contain aluminum. I'm excited to make some deoderant but definitely want to avoid the neurotoxic aluminum!

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJay

I just realized this morning that I was thinking of baking powder when I wrote that in the post! I'm going to edit that now. :) Thanks!

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

There are so many sites to look for information on dry brushing. I've talked about it a few times in the past, as I've used it in my skincare routine on + off for the past year.

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It's soft when you mix it up, but can harden if your house is on the cool side. I store it in a jar and apply with my fingers. I tried putting it in an old deodorant container once, but that was a big fail as it leaked out when it was warm. :) I usually use about 1/8-1/4tsp under each arm once a day. I rub it in pretty well and haven't had any issues with it coming off on my clothes. It is oil-based, so there is the chance it could stain. Thanks for saying hi!

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I totally know what you mean! Hope you like some of these homemade products. As far as the deodorant...It's soft when mixed and depending on the temperature of your house and where you store it, it stays fairly soft. I store it in a jar in the bathroom and apply a small amount with my fingers [~1/8-1/4t per arm]. I rub it in pretty well and haven't had any issues with it coming off on my clothes. It is oil-based, so there is the chance it could stain. If it's really hot, the deodorant can run off a bit, so just make sure it's rubbed in well. I have yet to use a 100% perfect no-issue deodorant, but thinking back to the stuff I used to use, this is a huge improvement. You could also start by making 1/2 batch and see what you think. I found that it took about 2 weeks for my body to adjust to the new deodorant.

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

copied from a comment above: It’s soft when mixed and depending on the temperature of your house and where you store it, it stays fairly soft. I store it in a jar in the bathroom and apply a small amount with my fingers [~1/8-1/4t per arm]. I rub it in pretty well and haven’t had any issues with it coming off on my clothes. It is oil-based, so there is the chance it could stain. If it’s really hot, the deodorant can run off a bit, so just make sure it’s rubbed in well. I have yet to use a 100% perfect no-issue deodorant, but thinking back to the stuff I used to use, this is a huge improvement. You could also start by making 1/2 batch and see what you think. I found that it took about 2 weeks for my body to adjust to the new deodorant. I typically only apply once a day, unless I shower mid-day. Everyone will be different on application needs though. I'm not a huge sweater, so this works really well for me. Thanks for saying hello! :)

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Awesome! So glad to hear! I'll definitely post a moisturizer when I make one. Hoping to do that soon.

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Have you seen Crunchy Betty's blog?
She is the queen of homemade facial and skin care products as well as household cleaners. A really fantastic resource! http://www.crunchybetty.com/
I'll have to try the exfoliate you made!

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChloe

Oh my word. Thank you for passing that blog along!!! LOVE!

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ah! Ashley this is so great! I loved that post about household products and enjoyed this one too. Thanks for covering the whole spectrum.

Cheers,
Izzy

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIzzy @ veganizzm

you must be POOPED from working on your site all day! it's beautiful! much love! - Jasper

March 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJasper
I'm so glad you posted about this! It'll take a little push for me to try it, but I think this just did the trick. Thanks, Ashley!
March 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Love this ashley! I'm definitely going to try the coffee scrub!
i've been wanting to try the homemade deodorant - i just hate the storebought options.
you're really happy with it? maybe i'll make some soon.
April 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi
Ashley!!! Where have you been? I just realized I haven't seen any new posts from you in quite a while. I hope everything is okay!


Ashley--> I'm here! All is well! When I switched my blog I had to change the feed. I tried to let people know it was going to change on the blog, twitter, facebook, etc., but I know not everyone pays attention to that stuff. :) Glad to have you back!
May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFallon
Thanks Ashley its a very nice article, very complete of information about homemade skin care.
May 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkurniawan
Natural skin care regimen is good with no side effects.
May 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMineral makeup
I have never tried something like this before. but, I will love to try it. :) Thank you for the full recipe.
September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRock
This post is great source of information which is useful for all. I'll be back later some great reading...
November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSkin Care
Great post! I always rely on natural products as for my skin is concerned, and i was searching for a natural scrub for exfoliation and this post of yours helped me immensely.
Thanks a ton!
December 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterface tanners
Thank you for sharing your at home cleansers....Im really excited to try your deodorant Concoction. I would like to share with you,my favorite masks... plain full fat yogurt and fresh squeezed lemon juice, both left,on For a few min...please let me know how you like them.:)

Mariella
January 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMariella
Fine oats as a scrubber is always beneficial for me rather than using scrubs available in the market. After i use honey mask with milk to smoothen and moisturize my skin.
April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStella
Hi Ashley, lavender can be irritable for sensitive skin types so this may have been the problem :) calendula and chamomile are very soft on the skin and have many benefits.
April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLibby
Valuable post!! thanks for sharing with us your nice blog!!
Natural products are so much better for you, I am glad you also feel the same way
June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatural skin care
I'd like to try the honey with apple cider :)
October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBriamagee
Great thanks to you for sharing your techniques!!
October 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternucerity
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November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAcne Treatment
If you can modify your blog to include in each recipe an approximate expiration time period that would be great! Thanks!
April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Carter

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