Tips & DIY

I LOVE homemade beauty products! Not only are they cheaper, they don’t have a bunch of additives and chemicals like store bought products!

Here, you will find ‘recipes’ for beauty products you can make yourself along with other health and beauty tips!

Disclaimer:
Although these ‘recipes’ work great for me, they may not work for everyone. I recommend testing new products or ‘recipes’ in a small area first before applying to large areas of skin. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed, refrain from using the product or substitute with a similar ingredient if you desire. Also, if you wear contact lenses, I would recommend taking them out or avoiding the eye area when using any products containing witch hazel just to avoid possible irritation.
Please use your own judgement when adding something new to your beauty regimen.

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Homemade Makeup Remover Pads
So easy! I ran out of my store bought makeup remover pads and knew I could easily make my own for a fraction of the cost (while avoiding unnecessary chemicals!)
This awesome beauty recipe comes from Free People Blog

Ingredients:
Medium sized jar or an old makeup remover pad container
Cotton rounds
1 tablespoon Baby shampoo (no tear)
1/2 teaspoon Witch Hazel
1 cup Hot water
1 tablespoon Coconut oil

Directions:
Fill your container with 1 cup hot water
Mix in 1 tbsp coconut oil
Mix in 1 tbsp baby shampoo
Mix in 1/2 tsp witch hazel
Stir mixture well
Lastly, add your cotton rounds (the stack should be about 2/3 of the container)

Homemade Oil Face ‘Wash’
Over the last couple years, I have fallen in love with washing my face with oil. Sounds crazy but it is amazing! I DO use Neutrogena’s Grapefruit Face Scrub in the shower but my typical go-to face wash is my oil mix!
Super easy, only 3 ingredients!

Ingredients:
Castor oil
Olive Oil (or coconut oil, almond oil, etc. but keep in mind that coconut oil hardens if it is kept below 76-78 degrees F !)
Essential oil (I switch between lavender and peppermint) *you can omit this if you’d like!
Face wash pump bottle (I just rinsed out an old one and reused it!)

Directions:
Fill bottle 1/2 full with castor oil
Place a few drops of essential oil into bottle (as much or as little- it all depends on your preference!)
Fill the rest of the bottle up with your olive oil (or coconut oil, etc) *Make sure to leave enough room to shake it up
Shake the bottled mixture up well!
To use: Pump out a few squirts and massage onto your face for 1 minute or so. Place a hot, wet washcloth over your face for 30 seconds to let the steam open your pores. To rinse, gently wipe face with wet washcloth and pat face dry with a clean towel/cloth. 
**If you have oily skin, you probably won’t need a moisturizer afterwards. If you have dry skin, you can use a light moisturizer after drying face. Use your own judgement :)

Dry Shampoo
Let’s be honest. When you are a busy mama with kiddos needing you from sun up til sun down, it’s hard to find “you” time. I know as a new mom, I sometimes go a few days without washing my hair which isn’t always the prettiest. I LOVE dry shampoo but it is crazy expensive and has tons of chemicals. DIY dry shampoo is ridiculously easy to make.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup Cornstarch (or 1/8 cup cocoa powder and 1/8 cup cornstarch for darker hair)
5 drops of essential oil (I think peppermint or lavender is best)
Container
Makeup brush (I use an old Bare Minerals one)

Directions:
Mix your cornstarch and essential oils together
Store in an air-tight container
To use- dip your makeup brush into the shampoo mix and dust onto dirty or oily hair; comb through if needed! Use as much or as little as needed to achieve your desired look!


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