natural beauty product recipes

My daily face routine!

Keeping your face clean is very important if you want your blackheads to disappear or to prevent pimples from popping up now and then. A clean face is also crucial if you want your makeup to look neat and fresh. Flaky skin appear even more flaky if you put foundation over it. That’s why you should wash your face every day to get rid of dead skin cells and other impurities! I only use items that are locally produced (if possible) an only items that you can find in any grocery store or pharmacy!

In the morning!

1. Cleanser. To clean my face, I use crystallized honey. One tablespoon is more than enough! The honey I use is rather thick, so I always wet my face with water before I rub it on my skin. But why honey then? Honey is naturally antibacterial, which helps to reduce and prevent skin problems. It’s important to use a honey that has sugar crystals, because the sugar acts as an exfoliator to help remove impurities. Honey opens up the pores, which makes it easier for the crystals to do its job. It’s also full of antioxidants which slows down the aging process. Further benefits to clean your face with honey is that it moisturizes, leaves the face radiant and smelling great!

2. Toner. The reason to use a toner is to balance the pH level of your skin, which gives the skin a more smooth appearance. It also removes any further impurities, and reduces the size of pores. I have my own special toner recipe that does wonders to the skin:

  • ½ of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ of rosemary water

Boil a half of a deciliter/a fourth of a cup of water and add about a teaspoon of dried rosemary. Let it soak for 30 minutes and then filter the water into a bottle. Then add the same amount of vinegar. Store the bottle in a dry, cool place. The toner needs to be replaced after some time, or else it goes bad.

Both rosemary and apple cider vinegar reduces redness, prevents aging and does wonders for acne-prone skin. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to test the toner on the inside of your forearm before applying it to your face, so your face doesn’t swell up and explodes in an allergic reaction. Don’t worry about the smell of the vinegar, it disappears when it’s dried.

3. Moisturizer. Almond oil makes anyone’s skin as soft as a baby’s tushie. It’s packed with vitamins such as vitamin A, B, D and E which gives your skin that healthy glow. You might think that oils are only suitable for people with dry skin. But think again. Almond oil works for any skin type, even sensitive skin(with some exceptions of course. No product is bullet-proof. Don’t use this if you’re allergic to nuts!!!), because it doesn’t clog up the pores! It prevents aging, calms irritated skin, reduces dark circles and evens out the skin tone. I use 2-3 drops of the oil every morning, let it sit on my face while I eat breakfast and then just dab off any excess oil (usually not necessary!) before applying makeup. Oh, and don’t fear walking around smelling like marzipan (although marzipan smells great in my opinion), because it’s nearly scent-free!


In the evening!

1. Makeup remover. Almond oil
dissolves even waterproof mascara and is great for the eyelashes! Apply a generous amount on your face, start working it in around the eyes at first. The continue with your face, massaging for a couple of minutes before wiping it off with a paper towel. Rinse with lukewarm water.

2. Cleanser. Again, use your crystallized honey. Or make a facial scrub, what you’ll need is:

  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons of ground oatmeal
  • a few drops of water

Mix it all together and scrub away! I use this scrub 1 to 2 times every week to remove any stubborn skin cells and filth. It’s the “facial spring-cleaning”!

Oatmeal is the wonder-child of cereals. It redeems any type of skin problem, it treats dry, oily, itchy and even aging skin! Love oatmeal, and it shall love you back!

3. Toner. Use the Apple cider vinegar-rosemary toner again. Radiant face? Cheeeeck!

4. Moisturizer. Apply a few drops of almond oil onto your face and neck again, and if you have dark circles, massage an extra drop of oil around your eyes every night before bed. Almond oil has lightening properties, so give this a couple of weeks, and you’re almost guaranteed to see a difference!

5. Pimple fighter. A dab of tea tree oil with a cotton swab on each red little sucker will make them squeal in agony and disappear off of your face faster than you can say synchronous diaphragmatic flutter. But be careful if you’ve never used it before, because it’s very strong and can cause allergic reactions etc. So try a teeny tiny drop of the oil on the inside of your forearm before you put it on your face. And don’t eat it. Because you’re not supposed to. And if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, avoid using this.

So why should you use food instead of skin products in the hygiene section? 1. It’s much cheaper and lasts longer. I bought a new bottle of almond oil for about £7 in October, and it’s 2/3 full. 2. It’s nicer on the environment. No chemicals! 3. It’s nicer to you. No more rubbing chemicals on your delicate skin! Hope this helped you, and please, ask me if you have questions!

Natural Hair Conditioner Recipe (Will Darken Hair Color)

These days every one, not just witches, are going for natural beauty products. This is my personal recipe that I use for my hair. It will darken your hair if used regularly, but if you don’t want this effect, just don’t add the black tea! Make sure to try and only use this in the lower part of your hair, not near your scalp as thick hair may come out greasy and oily even after showering.

- 1 cups. Melted Coconut Oil (Moisturizing)

- 1 cups Olive Oil (Anti-Dandruff)

- 1 cup Jojoba Oil (Anti fungal)

-  1/2 cup Honey (Softens hair and helps split ends)

- 1 cup Brewed/Strained Black tea (Antioxidants and Helps Darken Hair)

- Fragrance of your choice.

I just mix all of these together in an old, reused conditioner bottle. and stir well. When you use it, make sure to rinse it in as hot water as you can stand and wash hair as usual. Thick hair MIGHT come out oily and matted if used on the top of the head because of thick tresses. Just wait for it to dry and wash again focusing on the scalp.

You may have to heat up the oils due to congealing before using, but the hot oil feels great and does wonders for your hair!

Enjoy!

Finally made my own body butter tonight and it turned out great! It whipped up nice and it absorbed well into the skin when I used it.

If anyone else is interested in making their own here is the recipe I used.

- ½ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil (solid)
- ¼ jojoba oil


You melt the shea butter and coconut oil together in a double boiler. (If you’re like me and don’t have a double boiler you could just use a glass measuring cup or a smaller pot.) Once it’s all melted pour it into a bowl and add the jojoba oil and any essential oils you want to use to add scent. I used lavender, eucalyptus and sweet orange oils for this.

The next step is important to getting it to whip: put the mixture into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes until it starts to solidify. You don’t want it too solid where it has chunks that won’t blend, but it needs to be somewhat thick and no longer translucent. The edges will harden before the middle so what I did was take it out a little early, use the mixer to mix it up to where it started thickening a little and then put it back in the freezer for two or three more minutes. Then I used the mixer again and this time it whipped up nice and thick. I put it in a small ball jar and I was done!

My next project it to make my own beeswax lip balm. :)