The list of “must buy” products these days is endless. Our wallets? Not so much. I would love to spend countless amounts of money to try out the newest natural beauty products, but that’s not in the cards for me anytime soon. Are you trying to save a little money to travel somewhere fun? Or just trying to learn more about what you’re putting on your body every single day? I became curious about making natural beauty products at home and have had fun experimenting ever since. Using oil instead of body lotion? Check. Washing my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar? Check. I’ve done these things at one time or another. Below, check out some tips and recipes from the pros. The good news is once you buy a few ingredients, you’ll be good to make a bunch of different products and formulations. It might be more expensive up front, but you’ll definitely notice the savings in the long run.
Homemade Sea Salt Scrub from Reading My Tea Leaves
I put a link just in case, but there is no fixed recipe needed - you can use any kind of sugar or salt mixed with any kind of oil to create your own scrub. Using pantry staples, olive oil and granulated sugar work nicely, but depending on you olive oil it may have a strong smell. If you want to get fancy, you can add in some essential oils. Use caution if you do share a shower with anyone, because it can make the shower floor slippery afterward, so make sure you clean up after yourself, and/or warn your living mates appropriately.
Sweet Almond Oil works wonders to moisturize skin. Use a small amount and rub in thoroughly (give yourself a mini massage), and then wait a minute or two before getting dressed so that it can fully soak in. This feels especially great post-shower on freshly shaved legs.
Baking Soda/Vinegar Hair Care from The Art of Simple
Is washing your hair with baking soda and conditioning with vinegar right for you? There’s no way to know until you try. If you do, just remember that there will be a transition period (a few weeks up to a month) while your hair gets used to not having its oils constantly stripped. Good news? We’re heading into winter so if your scalp gets a little greasy you can totally cover it with a cute hat. My experience: I first tried this when I had very short hair, and was trying to grow my hair long again. My hair did grow back long quicker than I think it would have otherwise, but when I moved and changed to a shower that had harder water, my hair stopped feeling as clean and that’s why I ultimately stopped using it. I was also worried about the vinegar rinse at first – would it be smelly or weird? I found that once I rinsed the vinegar out of my hair, there was no remaining smell at all, actually. And my hair was surprisingly smooth for the months that I used this technique. Verdict: definitely worth a shot, and give it a month before you call it quits. If anything, it will save you quite a bit of money on shampoo and conditioner.
In terms of other products to use in your hair, the almond oil mentioned above does the trick nicely to moisturize ends if used in moderation. After I apply it to my body, there is a small amount left on my hands that I rub into my hair.
There are so many other awesome “homemade” or “natural” recipes out there, with a little digging you can find one that works for you!