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10 Simple Homemade Recipes for a Greener Beauty Routine
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by Mimi Droeshout 5-minute read April 27, 2024

Entering our Nara Smith era for a more sustainable beauty routine. 

As we become more conscious of our environmental impact, it's important to acknowledge that everyday choices, including those we make in our beauty routines, play a significant role. Historically, the beauty industry has been criticized for its excessive packaging, use of toxic chemicals, and unethical animal testing. Recently, however, there has been a significant shift as more brands adopt eco-friendly practices, ranging from biodegradable packaging to vegan and cruelty-free products, setting a new standard for the future of beauty. Yet, sustainable beauty isn't just about the products we purchase. Many of the most effective and eco-friendly beauty secrets are waiting to be mixed up in your own kitchen. By turning to natural, whole ingredients, you can concoct personalized skincare and haircare recipes that not only nourish and pamper you but also minimize your environmental impact. 

Homemade beauty treatments offer numerous benefits. First and foremost, they grant you full control over what you're applying to your skin and hair, ensuring everything that's being absorbed by your body is clean and nourishing. This is particularly important for those with sensitive skin or allergies, as store-bought products often contain hidden irritants and allergens. Additionally, these DIY solutions allow us to reduce plastic waste, as we can opt to store our homemade potions in reusable containers instead of constantly buying and disposing of store-bought products. Another advantage is that making our own beauty products is not just practical — it’s fun. You can experiment with different ingredients, scents, and textures to create products that are perfectly tailored to your preferences and needs, and you'll feel so accomplished when you've crafted the final product.

Of course, it's important to approach DIY beauty with a bit of caution and common sense. Always do a patch test before applying any new product to your skin, and be mindful of any potential allergies or sensitivities. When in doubt, consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional to ensure that the ingredients you're using are safe and suitable for your skin type.

As we delve into DIY beauty, remember that even small changes can make a substantial difference. So, let's roll up our sleeves, get creative, and discover the joys of eco-friendly, homemade beauty. Your body and the planet will thank you.

1

Aloe Vera and Cucumber Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of fresh aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cup of grated cucumber


Instructions:

  1. In a blender, combine the fresh aloe vera gel and grated cucumber until smooth.
  2. Apply the mixture generously to your face and neck.
  3. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes to allow the ingredients to soothe and hydrate your skin.
  4. Rinse off with cool water to enhance the cooling effect.


Benefits:

Aloe vera and cucumber are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties, making this mask ideal for reducing puffiness and soothing irritated skin. 

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2

Turmeric and Yogurt Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt


Instructions:

  1. Mix the turmeric powder and plain yogurt together until you form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste evenly to your face, avoiding the eye area.
  3. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes, allowing the ingredients to work their magic.
  4. Rinse off the mask with lukewarm water, gently massaging in circular motions as you wash it away.


Benefits:
Turmeric is celebrated for its anti-inflammatory properties, which help reduce the appearance of dark spots and acne scars. Yogurt, rich in lactic acid, gently exfoliates the skin while providing nourishment and hydration. Together, these ingredients create a powerful mask that leaves your skin bright and radiant.

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3

Coffee and Coconut Oil Body Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of ground coffee
  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar


Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix the ground coffee, melted coconut oil, and brown sugar together until well combined.
  2. Apply the scrub to damp skin, using circular motions to gently massage it in. Pay special attention to rough areas like elbows and knees.
  3. Rinse the scrub off thoroughly with warm water and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.


Benefits:
This scrub is a powerhouse for revitalizing the skin. Coffee boosts circulation and may help reduce the appearance of cellulite by tightening and firming the skin. Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer that nourishes the skin deeply, and brown sugar acts as a natural exfoliant, sloughing away dead skin cells to reveal smoother, more radiant skin beneath. This combination leaves your skin feeling refreshed and revitalized.

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4

Oatmeal and Honey Cleanser

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of ground oats
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • A splash of water


Instructions:

  1. Combine the ground oats and raw honey in a small bowl.
  2. Add a splash of water to the mixture to create a paste that is easy to spread but not too runny.
  3. Dampen your face with lukewarm water.
  4. Apply the mixture to your face, gently massaging it in circular motions. Focus on areas that feel particularly dry or irritated.
  5. Rinse the cleanser off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.


Benefits:
Oats are known for their soothing properties, which can help relieve symptoms of dry, itchy skin, including conditions like eczema. Honey is a natural humectant that helps retain moisture and has antibacterial properties, making it effective at keeping the skin clear and reducing acne scarring. Together, they create a gentle cleanser that not only cleanses but also moisturizes and soothes the skin.

(P.S. Both ingredients can also be used separately for targeted skin concerns.)

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5

Papaya and Lemon Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of ripe papaya, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice


Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, thoroughly mash the papaya until it forms a smooth consistency.
  2. Mix in the fresh lemon juice with the mashed papaya.
  3. Apply the mixture to your clean face, avoiding the sensitive area around the eyes.
  4. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes, allowing the natural enzymes and acids to work on your skin.
  5. Rinse the mask off with cool water and gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel.


Benefits:
Papaya is rich in enzymes, particularly papain, which helps dissolve and remove dead skin cells, contributing to a smoother and more radiant complexion. Lemon juice, rich in citric acid, acts as a natural bleaching agent that helps even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots. Together, these ingredients create an effective mask that not only exfoliates but also promotes a brighter, more even complexion.

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6

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of water


Instructions:

  1. Mix the apple cider vinegar with the water in a jug or container.
  2. After shampooing your hair as usual, slowly pour the apple cider vinegar mixture over your scalp and hair. Be sure to distribute it evenly, focusing especially on the scalp.
  3. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple of minutes to maximize the clarifying and pH-balancing effects.
  4. Rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water to seal the hair cuticles and enhance shine.


Benefits:
Apple cider vinegar is a fantastic natural remedy for hair and scalp health. It helps to balance the pH of your hair, leading to smoother, shinier locks. Additionally, it effectively removes product buildup, leaving your hair feeling clean and refreshed. This simple rinse can be a game-changer, especially if you use a lot of styling products or if your hair tends to get oily quickly.

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7

Egg and Olive Oil Hair Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil


Instructions:

  1. Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk it until the yolk and white are well combined.
  2. Add the olive oil to the whisked egg and mix thoroughly until the ingredients are fully blended.
  3. Apply the mixture to damp hair, starting from the roots and working your way to the ends, with extra focus on the ends where hair tends to be driest.
  4. Leave the mask on your hair for about 20 minutes, allowing the proteins and oils to penetrate deeply.
  5. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water, then shampoo and condition as usual.


Benefits:
Eggs are a fantastic source of protein, essential for hair strength, elasticity, and health. The proteins in the egg help repair damaged hair and prevent future breakage. Olive oil is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, making it excellent for nourishing and hydrating the hair. Together, these ingredients create a powerful mask that leaves hair feeling stronger, lustrous, and more nourished.

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8

Aloe Vera and Castor Oil Hair Serum

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of fresh aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon of castor oil


Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the fresh aloe vera gel and castor oil until you achieve a smooth consistency.
  2. Apply a small amount of the serum to either damp or dry hair, concentrating on the ends.
  3. Style your hair as desired.


Benefits:
Aloe vera is excellent for smoothing the hair cuticle, which helps reduce frizz and enhance shine. Its hydrating properties also help keep hair moisturized and less prone to breakage. Castor oil, known for its richness in vitamin E and fatty acids, promotes hair thickness and growth, while also nourishing the scalp. Together, these ingredients create a powerful serum that not only tames frizz but also encourages healthy, shiny hair growth.

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9

Banana and Honey Hair Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey


Instructions:

  1. Peel the ripe banana and mash it thoroughly in a bowl until there are no lumps.
  2. Add the raw honey to the mashed banana and mix well to create a smooth, creamy paste.
  3. Apply this mask to damp hair, spreading it evenly and focusing particularly on the most damaged sections.
  4. Leave the mask on for about 30 minutes, allowing the nutrients to penetrate and nourish the hair deeply.
  5. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water, ensuring all the mask is washed out.


Benefits:
Bananas are rich in potassium and essential vitamins that help nourish and strengthen hair, improving its overall texture and health. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it helps lock in moisture to combat dryness and adds a beautiful shine to hair. Together, these ingredients provide a powerful treatment that revitalizes and restores the vitality of dry, damaged hair, making it softer and healthier.

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10

Rosemary and Coconut Oil Scalp Treatment

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 5 drops of rosemary essential oil


Instructions:

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a small bowl or container. You can do this by heating it briefly in the microwave or using a double boiler method until it is just liquid.
  2. Add the rosemary essential oil to the melted coconut oil and stir well to combine.
  3. Apply the mixture directly to your scalp, using your fingertips to massage it in thoroughly. This helps improve blood circulation and enhances the effectiveness of the oils.
  4. Leave the oil in your hair for at least 30 minutes, or for optimal benefits, you can leave it on overnight. If you choose the overnight option, consider covering your hair with a shower cap to protect your pillowcase.
  5. Shampoo your hair as usual to remove the oil, possibly shampooing twice if needed to ensure all oil is washed out.


Benefits:
Rosemary oil is renowned for stimulating hair follicles, improving hair growth, and increasing blood circulation in the scalp, making it a fantastic choice for promoting healthier, fuller hair. Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer that nourishes both the scalp and hair, helping to prevent dryness and flaking. Together, these ingredients create a potent treatment that not only enhances hair growth but also maintains scalp health.

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