Beauty and the Brown Sugar: Household Recipes For Skin, Health & Home
The beauty industry has hyped all of us up with their all-in-one lotions, ultra-cleansing scrubs, rejuvenating masks… The list goes on and on. But what if keeping yourself looking and feeling great didn’t have to be synonymous with spending epic amounts of money? What if it was as simple as mixing a few common ingredients together?
Well, it is!
A couple team members set out to test some recipes from 101 Easy Homemade Products For Your Skin, Health & Home and the results were pretty cool! The book covers everything from skin care to natural creams & lotions, all the way to natural pet care. So, no matter who you are, if you’re into homemade/DIY beauty products, this book is for you.
Honey Rose & Oat Face Cleanser
Probably the most obscure ingredient in this recipe is the rose hip seed oil, which we found at Target, but can be found at a variety of stores. The book does mention alternatives to this such as sweet almond, hemp or sunflower oil if rose hip seed oil is out of your price range. The other ingredients are easy to snag:
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- ¼ cup dried rose petals
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 1 tsp rose hip seed oil
Once all the ingredients have been gathered, grind up the rose petals and the oats using a mortar and pestle or an electric coffee grinder. After that, combine both with the honey and the rose hip seed oil in a small bowl and mix thoroughly.
Take a spoonful of the mixture and place it in the palm of your hand and rub it on your face and neck. Let it sit for a few minutes then rinse your face with warm water and gently pat dry with a clean washcloth.
That’s it! This cleanser typically lasts about 1-2 months if you do not introduce water, keep lightly sealed and away from heat and direct sunlight.
Chamomile Brown Sugar Scrub Cubes
The key ingredient in this recipe is the cocoa butter. Don’t get lotion with cocoa butter as an
ingredient because the mix will not freeze completely (this was discovered the hard way). The testers opted for Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Crème this time around, which worked great.
- 2 tbsp cocoa butter
- 1 ½ tbsp chamomile-infused coconut oil
- ½ tbsp raw honey
- ¼ cup brown sugar
If you can make it past the most “complicated” part of this recipe (which isn’t anything fancy, just a lot of waiting), infusing the coconut oil and chamomile, then you are home-free.
- Begin by filling a medium-sized pot halfway with water and set to low on the stove.
- Grab a glass mason jar and fill it about ¼ to ½ of the way with the dried herbs.
- Next, fill the jar almost all the way with the coconut oil and place the uncovered jar in the pot of water. Keep the temperature low enough so the water does not boil. Wait about 2 hours then remove from heat and set aside to cool.
After the coconut oil and the chamomile have been successfully infused, add the cocoa butter and allow it to melt and mix with the oil, keeping the heat low enough so the water does not boil. Once this is done, remove the jar from heat and stir in the honey and brown sugar.
Take an ice cube tray and pour the completed mix into it until each cup is evenly filled. Place in the freezer until solid.
Voila! You now have exfoliating cubes you can use in the shower on dry parts of your skin, such as your feet, to get them sandal-ready. Use cubes only once every week or so.
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