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Do-it-Yourself Flavored Coconut Lip Gloss

I’m addicted to natural lip gloss. I have about three different kinds that I carry around with me on any given day. When I found this “recipe” for homemade lip gloss, I was overjoyed! I love anything that has coconut included and the fact that I could create my own gloss had me very excited. This comes from one of my favorite book, Natural Beauty at Home by Janice Cox. Give it a try!

Flavored Coconut Lip Gloss

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (I personally use the organic, cold-pressed coconut oil from Barleans…has an amazing taste, texture, and is full of nutrients)
  • a few drops of your favorite flavored oil such as strawberry, orange, or you can use 1/8 tsp of vanilla, peppermint, or almond extract
Mix ingredients well in a small dish with the back of a teaspoon. Spoon the mixture into a lip gloss container. Rub into your lips and enjoy!
References: Cox, Janice (2002). Natural Beauty at HomeNew York, NY. Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Do-it-yourself Raw Sugar Scrub

I love body scrubs because they leave my skin feeling so smooth and soft! This is a great “recipe” for a do-it-yourself scrub that you can make in the comfort of your own kitchen! A gentle rub with this will help you unwind and relax while helping rid the body of excess fluid. Give it a try! It’s from a fabulous book called Natural Beauty at Home. Love it!

Do-it-Youself Raw Sugar Scrub

  • 1 C raw sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C walnut oil or light oil
  • 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil (I sometimes use kukui nut oil)

Mix together all the ingredients in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Spoon into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. Massage a Tbsp. or two over your body to gently exfoliate and moisterize your skin. Store any remaining scrub in a cool dry, location. You may need to stir the product between uses.

References: Cox, Janice (2002). Natural Beauty at Home. New York, NY. Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Do-it-Yourself Strawberry Acne Mask

This gem of a facial mask recipe comes from one of my favorite books, Natural Beauty at Home. It’s the perfect natural treatment for troubled skin, especially if acne is something that you suffer from. I would highly recommend using organic strawberries as they are one of the most heavily spray berries, full of pesticides and chemicals.

Strawberry Acne Mask

  • 1/2 C fresh strawberries
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tsp honey

Mis together all ingredients until smooth, using a blender or a fork. Spread over your face and neck and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat your skin dry.

References: Cox, Janice (2002). Natural Beauty at Home. New York, NY. Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Do-it-Yourself Stretch Mark Cream

If you’ve had children or lost a lot of weight, you may be familiar with stretch marks. They cannot be removed but some will fade over time. This is a great cream that you can make from the comfort of your own home to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It’s from a fabulous book, Natural Beauty at Home. Check it out!

Do-it-Yourself Stretch Mark Cream

  • 1/4 C cocoa butter
  • 1 Tbsp. wheat germ oil
  • 1 tsp light sesame seed oil
  • 1 tsp apricot kernel oil
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 2 tsp. grated beeswax
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Mix together all ingredients except the vanilla extract. Heat the mixture gently until the cocoa butter and beeswax have melted. Stir well. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract, if desired. Allow to cool completely. Store in a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. Massage into your skin.

References: Cox, Janice (2002). Natural Beauty at Home. New York, NY. Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Do-it-Yourself Avocado Banana Face Mask

Pamper yourself with a fabulous face mask! It’s easy to make and is perfect for hydrating dry skin. Enjoy!

Avocado Banana Face Mask

  • 1/2 an avocado, mashed
  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed

Mix the two ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Spread on your face and leave on for about 15 minutes. Rinse your face clean and pat dry. Simple and easy!

References: Cox, Janice. Natural Beauty at Home. 2002

Do-it-Yourself: Olive Oil Shampoo

Olive oil can have a postive impact on our health, even when we don’t eat it! This oil is a fantastic ingredient to making homemade shampoo. I use it once a week to keep my hair shiny and moisturized. Try it out and have fun using it!

Olive Oil Shampoo

  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • 1 C liquid shampoo

Blend together all ingredients until smooth. Pour the shampoo into a clean bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Shampoo your hair as you would normally and rinse well with cool water.

 

References: Cox, Janice. Natural Beauty at Home. 2002

Do-it-Yourself Citrus Massage Oil

Stressed out? Don’t want to spend money getting a professional massage? Try out this “recipe” for do-it-yourself massage oil. It smells so good and is very uplifting! This is from a wonderful book called Natural Beauty at Home. Try it out the next time you need to unwind. I like to use the zest from a lemon when I make this.

Citrus Massage Oil

  • 1/2 C assorted citrus zest (the colored part of the peel)
  • 1/2 C light oil (almond oil works great)

Place zest in a glass or ceramic bowl. Pour the oil over the zest and heat in the microwave until warm (about 2 minutes). If you do not have a microwave, the oil can be heated on a stove top and poured over the citrus zest. Cool completely to allow all of the essential oils from the zest to be released, about 30 minutes. Remove all of the zest from the oil, using a slotted spoon. Pour the oil into a clean jar or bottle.

References: Cox, Janice (2002). Natural Beauty at Home. New York, NY. Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Do-it-Yourself Strawberry Leaf Mouth Rinse

Got a big date? Want to taste good for surprise kisses? Try out this recipe for homemade mouth rinse using strawberry leaves! The leaves of the strawberries make a great mouthwash because of their antiseptic properties. Just be sure to purchase (or pick) organic strawberries. This “recipe” comes from one of my favorite books, Natural Beauty at Home by Janice Cox.

Strawberry Leaf Mouth Rinse

  • 1/4 C dried or 1 C fresh strawberry leaves
  • 1 C boiling water
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
Place the strawberry leaves in a ceramic bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let sit until completely cool. Strain off the liquid and discard the leaves. Add the lemon juice and stir well. Store this mouthwash in the refrigerator.
References: Cox, Janice (2002). Natural Beauty at HomeNew York, NY. Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Do-it-Yourself Pina Colada Face Mask

This is another fabulous face mask from one of my favorite books, Natural Beauty at Home. This is a tropical mask that helps promote a clear complexion and a healthy glow. It’s so good that you just might try to eat it! Enjoy pampering yourself.

Pina Colada Face Mask

  • 1/4 C fresh, chopped pineapple
  • 1 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 tsp macadamia nut oil (optional for oily skin types)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Spread the mixture in a thin layer over clean skin. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse well with warm water. Pat dry.

References: Cox, Janice (2002). Natural Beauty at Home. New York, NY. Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Do-it-yourself Nutritional Hair Conditioner

Is your hair brittle and dry? Do you wish it had a bit more shine and body to it? Why not try out this fun “recipe” for a nutritional hair condititioner!

Perfect Hair Conditioner

  • 1 tsp almond oil
  • 1 tsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Mix all ingredients together and stir thoroughly. Massage into your hair and scalp. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap (or a shower cap) and leave the conditioner on your hair for 15 minutes. Shampoo your hair as usual and rinse well.

References: Cox, Janice (2002). Natural Beauty at Home. New York, NY. Henry Holt and Company, LLC., Photo from Wambie.com