After years as a luxury-beauty-product junkie, Annie Strole, author of Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made From All-Natural Ingredients, began looking into the ingredients behind the products she used. What she found was shocking — parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, oh my! — and ultimately lead Strole toward the path of natural beauty. Today, she creates her own DIY beauty products using only the freshest ingredients and urges everyone to "take your beauty regimen out of the drugstore and into your own hands."

I think by now most of us know that when it comes to skin care, the best products to use are those that are safe enough to eat. But did you know that it's just as easy to create your own food-grade skin care products at home as it is to run out to the store to buy them?

Honey Hair "Smoothie"

Hydration is important, but too much of a good thing can weight down hair and make it look stringy and oily. This hair "smoothie" gives your tresses the hydration it needs and locks in moisture for the long term while ensuring that your hair maintains bounce and body.

Ingredients:

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  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Preparation:

Place ingredients in a blender and blend on low until combined.

To use, apply mixture to dry hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, shampoo and follow with conditioner

Recipe adapted from Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made From All-Natural Ingredients by Annie Strole. (c) 2014 by Annie Strole. A Perigee Book, Penguin Group USA, a Penguin Random House Company.

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