natural beauty recipe

common DIY skincare ingredients that HURT your skin

Most of these ingredients do help your skin, but for some reason people take that to mean, “I should recommend people use this straight without thinking about dilution and other ingredients”. So here is a short list of some common ingredients that, while they may help, might also be causing you other problems if you’re using them improperly. Be smart, people!

Bicarb soda - SO BAD. ruins skins acidity so makes it vulnerable to bacteria, and strips skin of oils. DO NOT USE. 

Apple cider vinegar - if you’re going to use this, PLEASE GOD use it highly diluted. Chemical burns, people! I’ve seen people recommend using it straight and I almost fainted. 

Peppermint/anything with menthol - sensitising, can burn, not fun

Lemon & citrus in general - sensitising, irritating, causes photosensitivity and may cause hyperpigmentation

Yarrow extract -  sensitivity and photosensitivity

Cinnamon - sensitising, can cause irritation

Walnut shell - sharp edges, can cause microscopic tears and irritate skin, WOULD NOT RECOMMEND

Apricot kernel -  rough and irregular edges, can cause microscopic tears and irritate skin

Tea tree oil - sensitising, can burn, okay in small amounts (ie DILUTED)

Most essential oils - unless you dilute them appropriately 

Kitchen Witch Face Mask

I’ve been breaking out lately and can’t really afford to buy any of Lush’s wonderful face masks so I decided to scour my cabinets for what I do have that can help. Sometimes it pays to know your ingredients!

I mixed together:

Two tablespoons of honey. (Lots of antioxidants to clear up acne, brightens, moisturizes…it does everything! I used natural clover honey.)
A splash of green tea. (Mine had jasmine in it, a little sexy boost! Green tea has antioxidants that will brighten your skin and clear up your acne, and you can drink the leftover tea.)
Some grated potato. (Lightens skin and fades scars/blemishes.)
Quite a few spoonfuls of baking soda. (Lifts impurities. Use enough to make the mask viscous.)
An egg white or two. (Nature’s renewal agent.)
A couple spoonfuls of sugar. (For exfoliation!)
A few drops of lavender and rose essential oils. (For scent and calming the skin.)

I applied a few layers of this, left it on for a while, and then rinsed it off in the shower, spritzed some of my homemade rose water toner on my face, and then moisturized.

Here’s hoping it works for you guys!

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!

DIY Natural Deodorant Recipe

So, I posted about trying a natural deodorant recipe a few weeks ago. What prompted me to do this is that I have ultra sensitive skin and I thought this could be a kinda cool witchy activity that I would actually use on a regular basis, so it was worth a shot.

Now that I’ve been using it by itself for a few weeks, I can solidly say that it works! Not only has it not irritated my skin as much, but I honestly feel a boost both physically (I think kinda taking a step back from all of those chemicals helped me personally) and magically. So, if you’re interested, the base recipe is below and I’ll share my preferred scents and their correspondences.

Base Recipe

Ingredients

• ¼ cup baking soda
• ¾ cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (I use cornstarch, but arrowroot works if you’re going for super natural)
• 4-6 tablespoons of melted coconut oil, though you can add more if you prefer a creamier mix to apply. I just like mine solid.

1) Add the baking soda and cornstarch together and mix.

2) Melt down your coconut oil, add to powders, and mix together until you get a nice smooth mix.

3) Optional: add your essential oils! I don’t recommend using more than 30 drops in total in this particular mix, as it might be too harsh for the delicate skin.

4) Put in preferred storage container (a mason jar would work, I use a little reusable food container because I’m that kind of upcycling trash) and let sit for a few hours to solidify and mellow out.

Preferred Scents

GENERAL DISCLAIMER: I recommend you play with these, as you might like a different proportion than I do. You can find these essential oils on Amazon for fairly cheap. I’m not a brand stickler, but I do recommend DoTerra and Eden’s Garden for higher quality oils that are safer to use on your skin. The oils will be diluted in the coconut oil, so this should be fine. However, listen to your body and don’t use anything you feel wary about. Do your research and be careful!!!

Purifying: lavender, lemongrass, tea tree. I use this to cleanse my body and aura of general grossness. Plus, it smells heavenly.

• lavender: antiseptic and antimicrobial. peace, protection, purification, friendliness.
• lemongrass: known for skin healing, antibacterial, astringent. Cleansing, centering self, calming, warding off evil.
• tea tree: basically the skin care god, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic. purification to the max, strengthening, mental clarity, aura cleansing.

Protection: OnGuard (which is basically Thieves oil), Rosemary, Oregano. I use this one to double up on my personal wards, help fight off illness (hello, flu season), and when I want something a little less floral smelling.

• OnGuard/Thieves: rich medicinal history, used to fight off illness. Repels negative energies, protects the body and aura from attacks, and strengthens barriers and personal wards.
• Rosemary: we all know that I have a serious love affair with rosemary, and for good reason. Boosts the immune system and circulatory system, antioxidant. Protection, exorcism, powerful ward against evil, improve mental clarity and memory, popular cleansing and purifying agent.
• Oregano: Boosts immune system, antioxidant, antibacterial. Good health, luck, happiness, cleansing, protection, tranquility. Be careful with this one, as some people use it to lower high blood pressure. So consult a doctor before usage.

5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 min

Ingredients:

4 cups frozen strawberries
3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
½ cup plain greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Add the frozen strawberries, agave nectar (or honey), yogurt and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. Process until creamy, about 5 minutes.

Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.

This Sugar Rose Scrub must smell absolutely amazing. I must try!

Put 1.5 cups of white sugar, ¼ cup baby oil, 12 rose petals in a food processor and hit the button! After it’s all mixed, put the scrub into a cute mason jar for storage.

Egg White and Yogurt 

This mask is not only easy, but incredibly effective. Egg white tightens pores and helps with oil production, as well as lifting up the face. Yogurt softens and moisturizes the skin, and helps face discolorations and blemishes.

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt, 1 egg white

Use: Apply to clean face and leave on for until it is completely dry

Watermelon and Banana

Most oily skin in dry underneath the surface, which causes the oil glands to produce more oil. Watermelon is an excellent way to moisturize oily skin, and coupled with banana, it is perfect to nourish skin and control oil production.

Ingredients: about half a cup of mashed up watermelon without the seeds, half a ripe banana mashed up (optional: 2 drops of tea tree oil)

Use: Apply to clean face and leave on for 10-15 minutes

Peach, Egg White, and Sour Cream

Peaches are full of vitamins and minerals, and are great for moisturizing. Sour cream contains Lactic Acid, which is an amazing natural exfoliant, and is known to boost collagen production. Egg white is excellent for tightening pores and fading discoloration. 

Ingredients: 1 ripe peach, 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon of sour cream

Use: Apply to clean face, and leave on for 10-12 minutes.

Skin | Moisturizing Rose Mask

This rose balm infused with coconut oil and honey is a treat to make your skin soft, supple and hydrated!
Ingredients
1 tbs. of honey
½ tbs. of coconut oil
4 drops of rose absolute essential oil

Application
Mix all of the ingredients together.
Apply to washed skin.
Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
Rinse with cool water.
*optional* spray skin with rosewater for toning and extra moisture.

Benefits
Rose oil is amazing for softening skin, protection against elements, a natural astringent, keeps skin youthful, soothing for redness and blemishes, anti-aging
Coconut oil is amazing for hydration, retaining moisture, nourishing skin, holding elasticity
Honey is full of nutrients, retaining moisture, hydrating, holding elasticity

While using avocado directly on the face is a popular natural beauty treatment, many people have found that just eating avocado regularly can do wonders for their complexion. Avocados are rich in healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that can improve your skin from the inside.

Here’s one of our favorite recipes: Creamy Avocado Pasta, Yum!

Avocados add a silky consistency and cheese-like richness to this dairy-free pesto recipe. Ready in only 15 minutes!

Ingredients
 • 1 large bunch fresh basil
 • 2 ripe avocados
 • ½ cup walnuts or hemp seeds
 • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
 • 3 cloves garlic
 • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
 • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
 • Ground pepper to taste

Preparation
Strip basil leaves from the stems and add to a food processor along with avocados, walnuts (or hemp seeds), lemon juice, garlic and salt; pulse until finely chopped. Add oil and process to form a thick paste. Season with pepper and toss in pasta. Enjoy!

BEAUTY DIY RECIPES

1- Brown sugar + milk = body exfoliator

2- Yogurt + honey = sensitive-skin and redness remedy

3- Safflower oil + sunflower oil = scalp treatment

4- Petroleum jelly + raw, unrefined sugar = lip scrub

5- A dash of salt + water = surf spray for hair

6- Rosewater + coconut milk = relaxing bath

7-Warmed-up olive oil = prewash treatment for hair

8- Green tea + water =  skin toner

9-  Lemon juice + chamomile tea = hair lightener

10- Epsom salt + almond oil + cinnamon oil + sandalwood oil + allspice oil = hand and foot scrub


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. :)

Recipe: Peppermint foot cream

This is a recipe I adjusted a bit from the Kokum butter foot cream by Karen Gilbert in her book A Green Guide To Natural Beauty.

Ingredients:

Oil phase

5 g shea butter

10 g cocoa butter

5 g emulsifying wax

2 tsp jojoba oil

Water phase

4 tbsp peppermint infusion (soak a pure peppermint tea bag in hot water for this)

1 tsp glycerin

1 tsp raw honey

Cooling phase

20 drops vitamin E oil

20 drops preservative (I use Paratexin IPT)

20 drops essential peppermint oil

1. Oil phase: Melt the shea and cocoa butters and emulsifying wax in a double boiler. ***It will take a bit of patience but melt the emulsifying wax thoroughly. Otherwise you will have unpleasant wax lumps in your finished foot cream.***

2. Water phase: Heat peppermint infusion, glycerin and honey in another double boiler.

3. Add jojoba oil into the oil phase and heat the mixture. Take the water phase out of the water, but keep the oil phase in the water.

4. Start mixing the oil phase with a milk frother. Pour the water phase into the oil phase and keep mixing it for about a minute.

5. Move the mixture dish into a bowl with cold water in it and keep mixing until the mixture thickens a bit.

6. Add vitamin E oil, preservative and the essential oil into the mixture when it has cooled down a bit. ***Do not let the cream cool too much. Otherwise the oils and the preservative won’t mix with the cream properly and you are left with oil floating at the top of the cream.***

7.  Move the foot cream into a sterilized jar with a spoon.

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“I believe I speak for everyone when I say that Santa Elena Canyon was one of the highlights of our weekend at Big Bend National Park. The drive from our campsite to the canyon was a stunning one to say the least. We stopped the car a handful of times on the way to take in the vast and rapidly changing scenery. Once we got to the canyon, we ate a quick lunch and embarked on our hike which ended with a couple of us splashing around in the Rio Grande. We made it back to our campsite just in time to witness the sunset which was immediately followed by the most starry sky I had ever seen. Being completely disconnected from the outside world with no cellphone service while being surrounded by such natural beauty was the perfect recipe for complete serenity. It felt so healthy to unplug and just be.” -Nicole (Canon 24-70mm + 16-35mm.)

I don’t suffer from cellulite, but I know that there are a lot of people that do. Hopefully this all-natural recipe will help you out!