Natural beauty – three simple recipes

Have you noticed how many toiletries brands now use the word ‘natural’ or ‘extracts of nature’ on their labels?

I’ve even seen toilet paper that reportedly contains aloe vera!

The trouble is, ‘natural’ doesn’t actually mean anything and when you consider 60% of what you put ON to your skin can end up INSIDE your body it’s time to rethink the things we slather on ourselves on a daily basis

Beating The Expense Of Store Bought Natural Beauty Products

Fortunately there are many great brands offering truly natural and safe products, but many of them come with big price tags.

Taking an ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ approach; it’s pretty simple to make your own safe, effective and completely natural beauty products at home:

Eco-Friendly Hair Conditioner

Mix one egg yolk with a tablespoon of jojoba oil and apply to the ends of your hair sparingly.

Let it sit for ten minutes, apply shampoo (before putting water on your hair) then rinse with cool (not hot – we don’t want scrambled egg!) water.

Environment Friendly Face Mask

Combine half an avocado, one beaten egg and a tablespoon of honey.

Apply to the face and leave for 15 minutes before removing with cool water.

Green Hand & Foot Cream

Mix ½ cup of olive oil with some natural sea salt.

Rub into your hands and/or feet and let them just sit and soak in it for about 5 minutes.

Rinse off with warm water.

With a little creativity, natural beauty can be yours for a fraction of the cost of what you would pay for the store brands. Search the internet or find a book that contains different recipes for natural beauty. And don’t forget the materials you use either; there’s little point making beautiful natural products then using harsh toxic materials to apply them.

Supporting fairtrade

MyVoucherCodes currently have some Marks and Spencer Voucher Codes where you can source fairtrade cotton buds and double sided pads for cleansing. By purchasing fairtrade cotton products you ensure that cotton farmers in the developing world can improve their livelihoods; it’s a tiny step that makes a difference…

What about you – do you have any favourite recipes to share?

1 Comment

  1. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking on January 26, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Great recipes! It is really fun to get in the kitchen and put together nice all natural products!