Here are new ways to care for your hair, face and body that are fast, inexpensive and green. Each recipe uses only two ordinary ingredients. Try some, let us know what you think.
Cook Up Your Own Beauty Recipes
I mashed avocado
1/4 cup coconut milk or 1/4 cup mayonnaise
Stir together and comb through hair. Wrap in towel for 15 minutes. Shampoo.
Apple Cider Vinegar Shine Rinse
2 tbsp cup apple cider vinegar
2 cups water
Mix together and pour over washed (still wet) hair. Wait a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Should remove build-up, add shine.
Simple Facial Wash
2 tbsp fine sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
Stir together, apply to face. Wipe off with warm cloth, avoiding sensitive eye and mouth areas.
1 tbsp apple sauce
1 tbsp wheat germ
Mix into paste. Apply to face and let sit 15 minutes. Wash off with warm cloth.
1 chamomile tea bag
1 mint tea bag
Steep tea bags in 4 cups of boiled water, let cool. After washing face, apply with spray bottle or cloth.
Simple Lip Balm
1 tbsp beeswax (use cosmetic grade only)
2 tbsp olive oil
Grate or chop beeswax. Microwave on low until melted. Cool. Transfer to small container with tight lid.
Cool before using.
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp coconut oil (or 1/4 tsp salt)
Stir together. Apply to toothbrush. Do not swallow. Rinse mouth after using. If using oil ingredient, rinse sink thoroughly after use.
3 tbsp coffee grounds (just used for brewing)
1 tbsp salt
Mix together. In the shower, rub all over body to exfoliate. Rinse thoroughly. (Note: Can get messy.)
Almond, brown rice, oat or chickpea flour
Enough water to form paste in your hand.
Rub all over body and/or face to exfoliate.
Body Butter Moisturizer
2 cups coconut oil
a few drops essential oil
Put coconut oil and some drops of essential oil (e.g. lavender, peppermint, tea tree, etc.)
Whisk until it becomes light and fluffy. Then scoop into container or jar with tight lids. Apply daily.
For more information:
• treehugger.com - beauty recipes
• davidsuzuki.org - two ingredient cosmetics
• en.wikipedia.org - essential oils