Green Beauty is the safer, cleaner and inexpensive way to Beautiful.
The practice of natural beauty treatments is traditional, varying from country to country. Weekly coconut oil hair massages remind me of India and Ayurveda – Are there any specific beauty practices that you remember growing up with from your culture?
DIY treatments were around long before the big commercial brands were. A fact that is exploited by today’s beauty giants in advertising their beauty care products. There are Organic brands on the market where you can purchase some delightful products but you are going to have to pay a greater price.
We’ve all heard of a ‘retail therapy’ fix but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as whipping up a luxurious DIY beauty treatment from ingredients that can be sourced from your pantry. Plus, this way you can be rest assured that what you’re putting on your skin is free of toxic petrochemicals, parabens, sulphates, synthetic dyes and artificial perfumes. DIY products have less packaging which in turn means a smaller carbon footprint.
One thing to bear in mind is that due to the lack of preservatives these treatments have a shorter shelf life and therefore are best made in smaller batches and when required.
These are just a select few recipes that I’ve found to be my holy grail but there are plenty more a mouse-click away.
A wake-me-up scrub for sloughing of the dead skin…
- Equal parts ground coffee and granulated sugar
- Olive oil
- 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- Few drops of vanilla extract
Mix to right consistency. Apply to skin in circular motion before shower.
Smoothing, ph. Balancing and restoring after shampoo rinse
- Equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar and Water
Pour over hair allowing a little time for soaking and rinse (The smell will subside after your hair has dried).
To banish the flaky, chapped skin and provide a smooth base for make-up
- 1 tbsp. Oats
- 1 tbsp. baking soda
- 1 tbsp. yogurt
Mix the ingredients into paste and massage into face. Rinse. Moisturise.