Beauty products are sold in dozens of stores for a wide range of prices. Women around the world use cosmetics, whether they are top of the line, or the dime store brands. Foundations can cost as little as two-dollars or as much as $200. Women begin using makeup, some, as young girls playing dress-up with mom’s lipstick.
There are many items in the makeup aisle: scrubs, astringents, powders, facial creams, perfumes, scented cleansers, and unscented beauty aids. Here are a few in-home spa homemade solutions you might want to try.
Homemade items are made from natural materials, basic elements sitting in your kitchen cabinet. A person can use herbs grown on a window sill.
Materials to Use for Homemade Cosmetics:
Simple things serve as cosmetic products, coconut oil, coconut milk, cinnamon, rose petals, jojoba oil, sea salt, and lavender. Dozens of plants and flavors used each day are candidates for cosmetics.
7 Beauty Products You Can Make at Home (with ingredients you might already have on hand)
1 – Oatmeal Facial Mask:
Dead skin builds on every part of the body. A great way to remove dead skin naturally is to use oatmeal. It is natural, inexpensive, and found in most kitchen cabinets.
Simply mix it with water and lather it over your face, legs, or where ever you choose. It can get a bit messy, but once you see the results, you will find it worth the trouble. This substance will leave your skin smooth and soft.
Some are not born with naturally beautiful skin. This process takes nurturing. If you are using over the counter items, they can cost a lot of money. Beautiful skin is an everyday challenge, and using the right beauty aids makes a difference in the successful use of cosmetics.
Thankfully, there are natural ways to get the beauty supplies you need. One way to treat dry, rough skin caused by too much cold weather is with an old-fashioned oatmeal facial mask.
Oatmeal Facial Mask Recipe:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- Two chamomile tea bags
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
- 1/2 cup oil of coconut
Whole oats need the assistance of a food processor or blender to mix. However, if you only have access to three-minute oats, you do not need the blender. The point is, get the oats as fine as possible for your mixture.
Once this is done, place the oats in a container, add the tea bags and oils. Make sure the oils are liquid. Do this by sitting the oil jars in warm water beforehand, then stir this all together.
Now you have a great facial mask or moisturizing body mask to add to your other beauty products. Use this mixture after you have cleaned your skin, so the effects of the oatmeal and oil moisturizers last longer. Use the massaging action of the fingertips or use a cloth.
Moisturizing is great for the skin; however, if your moisturizer cannot reach the true texture of the skin, moisturizing efforts are wasted. The oatmeal mask gently exfoliates and allows the oils to reach the surface of the skin. If you prefer a little aromatherapy, place a bit of chamomile in the mix.
2 – Homemade Tea Tree Oil and Sugar Scrub:
Your hands are constantly on display, so you always want them to look nice. If you are a mom constantly using your hands in detergents and suffering from dry skin, a tea tree oil and sugar scrub is a healing, soothing, smoother for rough hands. Note, it is also good for the face but with limited use once weekly.
Tea tree oil is a healing substance since it is anti-inflammatory, and it fights bacteria on the skin. This makes the self-care mixture of tea tree sugar scrub one of the essential beauty aids for any home self-care regimen.
- Tea tree essential oil
- Coconut oil
Prevent coconut oil from being too thick by placing it in warm water. Let it sit in a warm area, or give it a second or two in the microwave. Then mix it with one cup of sugar and tea tree oil. Use only 10 to 12 drops of this oil. Tea tree oil is very strong, so it is important to dilute it into a solution when using it in beauty products.
3 – Foot Scrub with Natural Essential Oils:
Weather is always hard on the body. However, some places on the body with less protection face harsher challenges, like the feet. They work constantly and take a lot of battering.
In summer, you want your feet to look soft and beautiful. This is possible if you use a good exfoliating cream. Good, over the counter brands, are expensive. However, you can make your own with a few natural ingredients.
Put together a mixture of sea salt, non-greasy argan oil, Shea butter, finely ground pumice, cocoa butter, walnut shell powder, and a touch of your favorite scent, and give your feet a relaxing treat. This particular mixture uses peppermint essential oil for a refreshing feeling. Mix this into a smooth cream, and apply it to tired feet and watch it work.
- 2 ½ oz sea salt
- 4 oz. walnut shell powder
- ½ oz. cocoa butter
- ½ oz shea butter
- ¾ oz. argan oil
- ½ oz fine pumice stone
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- ¼ oz sweet almond oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil
Before you begin, make sure you have everything you need within reach: a dropper, and a kitchen scale. Tree tea oil has a built-in, dropper, but, some containers do not. So, if you use other oils, a dropper on hand will make the job easier.
Measure out the cocoa butter, shea, then mix in the argan and almond oils. The butter may be too solid to mix, so be sure to melt them a bit, mix coconut oil, tree oil, and sugar.
This is very much like making a cake. Measure out your ingredients then mix. However, unlike a cake, you start with the oils first, then blend in the powdered ingredients.
Combine all of this; let it solidify into a smooth cream. If it fails to gel together, mix again, and let cool. Place your foot scrub into a pretty container and add this to your spa materials.
4 – Face Powder:
The number one ingredient in face powder is cornstarch. When making beauty products, you want to consider the texture of your skin. Arrowroot blends with the skin, but if your skin is hairy, you might want cornstarch since it sticks better. Either way, you will get a natural blend.
Tinting Your Powder Mixture:
The tinting process depends on how you want your skin to look. If you prefer a tanned look or have a darker toned complexion and want to tint the powder to a darker hue, cocoa is preferred.
Beauty products are in ample supply in many kitchen pantries, cocoa, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Cinnamon offers homemade powder a reddish tint, while cocoa powder gives it a darker hue.
Many skin tones need both the reddish hue of cinnamon with a splash of cocoa. Nevertheless, the whole point of homemade powder is to match it up with your special complexion. Create pressed powder by adding drops of sweet almond or jojoba oils, then stir to the consistency you find suitable.
- Start with 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg or cocoa powder, add more as necessary
- Five drops of essential oils:
Mature Skin – use Frankincense, Myrrh or Lavender
Oily Skin that’s prone to breakouts – Melrose blend, Rosemary, Tea Tree, or Geranium
2 tbsp of cornstarch or arrowroot powder
(Scents) Lavender, Gentle Baby blend, Joy blend or Rosemary
5 – Rosemary/Lavender Shower Gel:
The easy mixture of castile soap helps to create a great smelling shampoo for the body. This mixture used as unscented or scented forms a base for rosemary/lavender shower gel. Smells are important to relaxation, and this beauty gel works on the hair as well as the body.
- 1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile, Lavender Liquid
- 1 tbsp (sweet) almond oil
- 1/4 cup water
- Five drops rosemary/5 drops lavender essential oil
- One wide container/your choice
Rosemary shower gel is a natural astringent, assisting in the health of the skin. It moisturizes and removes excess oil. It tones skin giving it a refreshing look. Mix oil and soap and pour this gel into your choice of containers.
6 – Rosewater Toner:
When struggling with oily skin, buying beauty products becomes frustrating. Try rosewater skin toner. It is easy on the skin and chemical-free. This toner soothes, softens, and tightens your skin. This homemade remedy fits practically every skin type.
Before using the solution while doing your in-home spa regimen, cleanse, and dry the skin. It is a good idea to test a small section of the skin to make sure it does not irritate your particular skin type. You can buy roses in the stores, but if you have a neighbor with roses or if you grow roses, two roses are enough for a good source of rosewater toner.
- Two roses/ one compacted cup of rose petals
- 2 cups/ boiling water
- One strainer
- One sterilized glass jar
Place rose petals inside a pan. Pour hot water over petals, cover, and let cool. Rinse rose petals and place them in a small pan. Pour boiling water over petals and let them sit. Let cool. Use a strainer to remove petals from the liquid.
Place the liquid into your sterilized jar if you choose to use a small container for bathroom use. Place the rest of the rose toner in the fridge, but label it. The solution lasts about a week.
7 – Vodka Fragrance:
The stores are filled with great fragrances. However, they can put a real dent in your budget. So, try making a special fragrance at home with the oils you love most. Take your pick of essential oils, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, and many others. Mixtures last for about a month.
Note: Essential oils are not recommended for pregnant women.
- 2 cups water/distilled
- Three essential oils/5 lemon/10 orange/10 eucalyptus (your choice of oils)
- Glycerin /5 drops
- 3 tbsp vodka
- Large glass bottle/fitted lid
Choose your oils then utilize the above measurements. Add distilled water to a large container (glass). Add vodka then mix with glycerin. The add oils. Mix thoroughly. Then put in a dark area for about 12 hours then shake the mixture before placing it into perfume containers.
The adventure of making homemade beauty products that work may take a little more effort for most. However, this process is not as distressing as you might think. People are treating their skin better with natural beauty products every day. However, pregnant women should consult with a doctor before using essential oils.
Well, now you’re older, but that does not mean you don’t want to feel young and pretty. Also, with age comes wisdom, and you have found over the counter makeup can get expensive. After spending a fortune on retail in-home spa self-care, maybe you have decided to make your own. Now, reap the benefits and enjoy it!