There are many natural beauty tips, tricks, and recipes that you can make at home, and your kitchen contains all the ingredients you’ll need.
1. Oil Cleansing
Use olive, coconut, or almond oil with Castor oil to clean your skin instead of a harsh soap. This will cleanse your skin naturally and keep from pulling out natural oils. My personal blend is 25% Castor Oil (don’t use straight!) and 75% sweet almond oil.
How to do it: Rub a small amount of oil onto dry face and massage into skin for several minutes. To remove, soak a clean washcloth in steamy water and place on face until it starts to cool. Gently use the washcloth to wipe your face until the oil is gone. Softest. Skin. Ever!
2. Natural Bronzing
Until I switched to eating healthy, I never tanned well at all! I used to try all kinds of natural “bronzers” and self tanning lotions (cringe on the ingredients!) in hopes of golden skin. Now, I’m excited to be able to tan easily, but for days when I want a slightly more bronze look, I head to the kitchen…
How to Do It: Mix cocoa powder, cinnamon and arrowroot (optional) until you get a shade you like. For me, this was at least half cocoa powder, about 30-40% cinnamon and a little arrowroot, but experiment to get your skin tone. Store in a small jar or container and brush onto skin for an instant bronze look. Bonus: it smells good! You can also mix this into lotion for a liquid version!
3. Food Facial Mask
No need to drop a lot of money at the spa for great skin, just rub breakfast on your face instead! Many foods are also beneficial for your skin too!
How to Do It: Use honey, plain yogurt or whipped egg whites by themselves or in combination for a great toning facial mask that leaves skin glowing.
4. Naturally White Teeth
Use strawberries (I know they are red!) and baking soda as a highly effective and natural teeth whitener. Oil pulling (swishing oil in the mouth and then spitting) is also an effective way to whiten teeth.
How to Do It: Make a paste of equal parts mashed or pureed strawberries and baking soda. Put in mouthguard or tooth tray and leave on teeth for up to 30 minutes. Repeat a couple times a week until your teeth are as white as you want. To speed things up, swish with 1 TBSP of olive oil each night for 20 minutes and then spit and brush well. This supposedly helps remove toxins too, but I can certainly vouch for its whitening capabilities!
If you don’t want to try this way or are allergic to strawberries, activated charcoal makes a great natural tooth whitener too.
5. Natural Hair Conditioner
For an occasional hair strengthening treat, mix up some other breakfast foods into a natural hair mask. This certainly isn’t one for everyday use, but it makes hair shiny and smooth and even works on really curly hair (according to a lucky friend with lovely curls!)
How to Do It: Mix one banana and one avocado and puree until smooth (great way to use over ripe bananas and avocados!). Add essential oils if Banana isn’t your fragrance of choice. Comb through clean, damp hair and put a shower cap on. Leave on for at least 15 minutes and rinse out in the shower. Go sign up to audition for a hair commercial!
6. Sugar Scrub
Sugar is not good for your body. It is, however, great for your skin! Since your skin doesn’t metabolize and store glucose or fructose like your fat cells do, sugar is a great way to tighten and smooth skin! Sugar scrubs in stores are expensive! Sugar scrubs in the kitchen are not!
How to do it: Mix equal parts of white or brown sugar and olive or almond oil and add essential oils of choice (optional). To exfoliate skin, rub the mixture onto skin and massage in for a couple of minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Enjoy! Here is a full recipe.
7. Natural Microdermabrasion
Ever seen those ads for microdermabrasion (not even sure I’m spelling it right!). Well, they look expensive and I’m leery of the chemicals they might contain. No worries though… the kitchen can help! Baking soda is a very effective natural and gentle abrasive that pulls off dead skin cells and makes skin glow!
How to Do It: Wet face with warm water. Pour some baking soda into hands and massage into your face for at least 3 minutes. It will sting a little (its called abrasion!). Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
What is the strangest thing you’ve tried in the name of beauty? Share below!
Discussion (98 Comments)
Thanks for a great post, I’m thrilled to have found your blog! I intend trying several of your ideas. I have a very sensitive dry skin, and have been making my own toner for some time (half rosewater, half witchazel, 1 tsp glycerine, bottle and shake well), and I love sweet almond oil and coconut oil as moisturizers. I’m going to try your oil cleansing 🙂
Quick question on the oil cleansing for face – is it ok to do this every day? I’ve read it should only be done once per day max or even only every few days, especially for sensitive skin. If I work out in the morning and need to wash my face before work, is there a natural wash I can make at home for day? Or to use in general if I can’t tolerate OCM too often?
I use OCM every few days and just use natural bar soap in between, which seems to work great!
Ok, perfect. Thank you, Katie!
Another idea I found and have been using for the past few days is a natural almond oil cleanser. You mix 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil and 2 tablespoons organic whole milk. My almond oil has a few drops of lavender essential oil mixed in and it makes the cleanser smell lovely. I pop it in the microwave for just a quick second to mix the honey in well. Pour the liquid into your hands and massage into face for a couple of minutes, then rinse and pat dry. Soft and smooth and very gentle for sensitive faces like mine! This quick cleanser works for me on off nights from OCM.
I use coconut oil or organic unrefined shea butter for moisturizer, and I brush with either coconut oil or baking soda. Sometimes I will use apple cider vinegar as a conditioner. I tried using raw apple cider vinegar for a toner like you suggested in a different post, but holy cow the fumes burn my eyes and mouth and nose! I’m careful not to get it around my eyes, or right under my nose, but those fumes are strong and no matter what I do it burns for a minute after applying. Am I the only one with this issue??? I’d like to use it for my toner, but It’s just really hard to get over that burning after I put it on. Any ideas?
Have you tried diluting with water? If you have any chamomile or
lavender flowers (dried or fresh) you can make an infusion with these
in water and mix half and half with the vinegar to dilute it. You can
also just dilute with water and it should make it more mild. The only
caveat… once you dilute, it is better to store in the fridge.
Amanda Kay Carr
I don’t know if the vinegar works well, because I hate the smell of it also. I use straight witch hazel for toner and it works great. Hope this helps.
Undiluted apple cider vinegar burns your skin. I use one cup of green tea mixed with 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and few drops of lemon juice as a toner.
I had the same problem when I first used the Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner. I wet a cotton ball with Rosewater then add a few drops (6-10) of the ACV with a glass dropper. Works great and doesn’t burn! Also, I’ve been washing my face with ground Oatmeal, Almond Meal and buttermilk powder mixed with Rosewater, witch hazel, baking soda, a little carrier oil (jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, or sweet almond oil or a mixture there of) honey and a couple drops of essential oils. (I use Thyme, Lavender, Rosemary, tea tree, Chamomile (Blue or Roman) or a mixture there of). I know it sounds like A LOT but my face has never been smoother and my pores have never looked smaller!!! Oh also, after washing my face with this mixture I use some baking soda as an exfolient. After that is when I use the ACV with the Rosewater.
Sounds wonderful:) Could you please post your recipe so I can properly make it too?
Sure 🙂 I don’t use exact measurements but it goes something like this…
1/4 cup ground oats
1/4 cup Almond Meal (Bob’s Mill or you can grind almonds)
2 Tbsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Activated Charcoal
3 Tbsp Rosewater
2 Tbsp Witch Hazel
1 tsp Honey
1/4 tsp Oil (I only add this sometimes so it’s optional and you can use any oil that is best for your skin)
Essential Oils (see below)
I add the solid together then the liquids. If it comes out too thin just add more ground oats. If too thick add more Rosewater. For the EO’s I add 4-6 drops Tee Trea, 3-4 drops Lavender, 1 drop Roman Chamomile, 1 drop Thyme, 1 drop Neem.
Now, like I said, it’s not an exact science when I do it. Sometimes I only add the Tea Tree. Sometimes I add a big pinch of bentonite clay. Sometimes I don’t put the honey or the carrier oil. It all depends on what my skin is doing at the time. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions 🙂
Oh I forgot…. in the SOLIDS I sometimes add the powdered Buttermilk. I get the kind in the packets and I use 1/3 of the packet. That comes out to about 1 Tbsp. Sorry!!
GOOD 4 U ALLISON! THROUGHOUT THE YRS I HAVE MADE VERY SIMILAR MIXES FOR BOTH FACE & BODY, VARYING THEM AS TIME GOES BY. AND THEY ALL WORK WONDERS. IT’S AMAZING HOW BIG BUSSINESS MAKES US BELEIVE THAT WE HAVE TO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS FOR WHATEVER REASON THEY GIVE US. BUT WE KNOW BETTER. IT’S A LOT HEALTHIER TO USE NATURAL HOME-MADE FRESH PRODUCTS. AND WE CAN ACTUALLY PRESERVE THEM W/ NATURAL PRESERVATIVES LIKE ASCORBIC ACID (FROM VITAMIN C), GRAPESEED EXTRACT, VITAMIN E, ETC. PLUS IT’S FUN TO MAKE OUR OWN STUFF
I like using grapeseed oil on my legs when they are dry. Be careful about staining if you use too much though.
I’ve also read that the pit in an avocado is great for massaging the bottoms of your feet. Bonus! And olive oil is also good for moisturizing the skin.
Coconut oil is great for scalp massages and helps your hair grow, if you want it to get longer. You can use a small amount as a leave in or more as a deep conditioner– but you have to wash it out (probably with shampoo) if you don’t want to look greasy. At least if your hair is like mine. I have heard it doesn’t show in thick, dark hair, but mine is thinner and light brown.
That oil pulling hurts my teeth; what do you think that’s about? I stopped using commercial toothpaste about a year ago. I use baking soda and some sea salt (Himalayian ?) and essential oils for taste. My teeth are not sensitive any more!!!
I haven’t done oil pulling exactly like you’re supposed to, but I often rub some coconut oil on my teeth and let it sit there for a few minutes before brushing my teeth, and you’re right, I started noticing my teeth hurting a little and being more sensitive. Anyone know why this would be? I want to try oil pulling, but I’m nervous about my teeth hurting…
I’ve heard of some people having this reaction to oil pulling. It
could be that it is pulling a lot out and making them sensitive, or
that you need to remineralize them first. Have you tried a toothpaste
with calcium in it for a while first to help strengthen teeth?
Oil pulling may seem like a simple thing to do, but honestly, if you drink a lot of soda or have an unhealthy diet in general, it will open up your teeth to more sensitivity. I tried it a few months ago because I wanted a more natural inexpensive toothpaste alternative, but I was drinking a lot of soda, and eating a lot of processed foods. My teeth started to hurt, and I developed a mouth ulcer in a really stupid place to have one (right where my bottom row of teeth slides across my lip). So I gave up. THEN I read this article by a doctor about all of the things that you are supposed to avoid while doing oil pulling (I can’t find the link, but will post if I find it). I finally got up the self-control to give up soda, and the sensitivity is gone and the mouth ulcers haven’t come back. The important things are to avoid a lot of processed, sugary foods that you shouldn’t eat anyway, and rinse well after using the oil, then brush, and FLOSS. My teeth are a little whiter, but I’ve made several eating changes, so I’m not sure it’s the coconut oil that has done it all, but my teeth definitely feel cleaner after oil pulling than conventional toothpastes. I use Spectrum coconut oil. It tastes terrible, but my mouth doesn’t taste like a sewer after.
I love the ideas! I have started using more natural items as cleansers and such, especially coconut oil as a moisturizer. Before I got pregnant, the oil-cleansing method did not work very well for me, so I switched to using baking soda as a cleanser, apple cider vingear as a toner, and coconut oil to moisturize, and tea tree oil for spot treatment. Once I got pregnant though, the baking soda was too drying, so I just use a creme cleanser from Aveda (not as natural, I know!) and coconut oil to moisturize. My skin is probably better than it ever has been in my life! If I could find a more natural cleanser, I would switch…
Have you tried a handmade bar soap? A lot of people have good success
with that for facial cleansing.
I’ll have to try it again. The last one I tried was a little too drying and at this current point in time, I need something the cleans but really moisturizes. I’ll look again!
look for one made with food grade oils like coconut and olive and
make sure they put the glycerin back in during the process so it
I use your homemade shampoo as a face and body wash also. A lot of cleansers cause major breakouts on my face, but your shampoo followed by cider vinegar rinse, sea salt spritz and coconut oil as a moisturizer do a good job. Not breakout free, but VERY minimal and I think that is just because my face is adjusting
Chagrin Valley makes nice ones to combine with the apple cider vinegar to balance the pH 🙂
I make a homemade bar soap that has sea kelp, coconut oil, hazelnut oil, bentonite clay, and tea tree oil in it and it works great on acne prone skin. I formulated it for my sister who had spend a lot of money on proactiv and stuff like that, we haven’t used anything since.
Now that is a recipe that I would love to have… Would you be willing to share the recipe?
I’d love to have your recipe too! 🙂
Can you give me the recipe? I have always had terrible acne and am so tired of it.
Did you use pure essential tea tree oil, or some kind of mixture?
Though it’s now 2015 nearly 2016 l have just read about your trying to find a good face cleanser.
l massage Coconut oil on my face /neck, wipe off with a very warm flannel, spritz with a homemade spray of Rosewater Witch Hazel,drop of Lavender /rose oil, Vit E,
Hope this helps
I’ve heard of mixing baking soda and peroxide as a tooth whitening paste, but never strawberries! Very interesting. Certainly cheaper than the gels you can buy from dentist for hundreds of dollars.
Also I may try the oil cleansing. I found out recently that I have rosacea so I have to be careful with my cleansers, so this seems like an all natural treatment that would be good for it. The only thing I’m not sure of is the steaming part, as rosacea flushing will be more promenient with hot water and I’ve been trying to use only cold water on my face. I will look into it.
A better safer whitener is activated charcoal. Strawberries are acidic and as a result can strip the enamel from your teeth where as charcoal just absorbs the tannins that are staining your teeth.
Charcoal doesn’t have the best taste, just a warning (neither does baking soda) 😛 I once was poisoned as a kid (ate the wrong leaves in the garden) and had to eat activated charcoal. Not a good memory.
Seabuckthorn oil & soap has cleared up my roscea. I buy it online and use sibu brand name. It will look like it’s getting worse but work thru it to clearer skin.
Hi Deb, a year after you wrote your post but relevant today. My 16 yr old son just started using Seabuckthorn seed oil (2days so far) for his Rosacea and he is much redder and blotchy since starting. You are the only reference I have found online about using the oil for Rosacea and having it get worse before getting better. Do you remember how long it took you before you started seeing an improvement over the worsening? Are you still using it for your Rosacea? I sure hope you get notification of this message. I’d love your input. Rosacea is a life disruptor. Carol
Thanks for the tips — I never would have guessed about the strawberries being good teeth whiteners. I’m definitely going to try that one! Actually, I plan on trying all of these.
I use baking soda and lemon juice instead of the strawberries. Only once a week, otherwise you are destroying your teeth enamel.
Do u just squeeze lemons?
I was wondering if raspberries would work instead of strawberries
I have read that Catherine Zeta-Jones uses strawberries for teeth whitening.