I grew up in a family where colds were treated with a dose of garlic and echinacea, bee stings required activated charcoal, and sore throats were wrapped in wool. As a surly teenager, I was convinced my dad—who is an osteopathic doctor—was totally weird.
But along the way, a belief in those natural remedies ingrained itself. I vividly remember applying my first hair mask at age 10. My mom had serious doubts about my concoction of olive oil, mayo, and egg, but she encouraged the experimentation. My hair was greasy for a week, but I was hooked on natural beauty.
Once you get over the initial "what in the world am I putting my face?" freakout, making your own natural beauty products becomes incredibly empowering. The techniques have always been simple, but somewhere along the way we forgot that all beauty products don't have to come in a package. Applying something that feels and smells amazing because I made it myself feels pretty darn good.
Whether you have dry skin or just fancy a good scent, a hydrating body butter should be a part of your beauty arsenal. Here's my favorite DIY body butter recipe to keep your bod soothed and smooth all day long!