Home Made Beauty…easy and affordable

We are trying to save money and be healthier at the same time. I have found SO many pages on Pinterest with how to create your own beauty and cleaning products so here are the few I have made so far, with recipes:

Shampoo – turned out great, does a much better job than the store-bought and I have discovered that I do not actually have dandruff, just severely dry scalp!

Minty Shampoo:
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup liquid castile soap (I used the peppermint Dr. Bronners)
1 tsp vitamin E oil
1-2 TB olive oil (for conditioning purposes, omit if you do not have a dry scalp problem) out with the bonus that it saves over half the cost of store-bought.

Body scrubs – I cannot believe how great the scrubs are, nor how easy they are to make.

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub:
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1 1/4 cup Sugar
3 Tbsp Lime or Lemon Juice {fresh is best!}

Put all into a bowl and stir. Transfer to glass jar or container of choice.

Dawn Sugar Scrub
Fill a container 3/4 with sugar. Top with dishwashing liquid. I used the pink Dawn with Olay and it works just like Mary Kay’s satin hands. Smells heavenly too.

Lotion – still getting used to this one…the lotions I have made are not creamy as name-brands, but they seem to work even better.

Whipped Coconut Body “Butter”
Coconut Oil, you decide on the amount
A few drops of your favorite essential oil. I used lavendar.

Whip in blender until creamy. Transfer to glass jar or container of choice. That’s it, really.

Deoderent – Messy at first until I put it in an empty store bought deoderant container. I have gone for a few days without having to reapply.

Deodorant
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
6 TB coconut oil, melted

Mix all ingredients and pour into an empty deodorant dispenser after the mixture has cooled slightly.
Face wash – Admittedly I was very skeptical about this one but I will now never go back to any of the store-bought face washes I have used in the past.

Face Wash “The Oil Method”
Fill one 8 ounce squeeze bottle with equal parts olive oil and castor oil as well as a teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Scrub into face each evening and stand in a steamy shower or place a very hot dishcloth over your face until well steamed. You will not have to put moisturizer on after the shower, nor the next morning.

We are saving money in several ways by making our own beauty products. All of the ingredients listed above are soft costs because we have them in our pantry already. Also, we are paying a much lower tax rate on these items because they are considered food items. It’s easy and very affordable.

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