DIY: 3 Recipes For All-Natural Homemade Beauty Products
What I've learned from Cosmeos, a mythical Greek goddess whose name meant harmony and balance, and from years of studying herbs and making my own beauty concoctions is that I have my own unique beauty that should be embraced and accentuated instead of covered up and manipulated.
I've also learned to question why there's an overwhelming need to color our hair, cover our faces in makeup, rub toxic chemicals on our skin, starve ourselves, and cut out parts of our bodies in order to fit into what is considered beautiful. We've replaced the thought that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" with "beauty at any cost," and it seems like a very high cost. This mindset is responsible for disorders such as anorexia, the depletion of precious resources, and the disgusting and inhumane treatment of animals as test subjects.
If we take a minute to see that Mother Nature really has given us all we need, then there would no longer be a place for all of this destruction and manipulation of ourselves and the planet.
Beauty is as unique as the wildflowers that you see growing in a field. Have you ever seen an ugly flower? I'm sure you've seen unusual ones, colorful ones, subdued ones, small ones, big ones, loud ones, crazy ones, and shy ones — but never ugly ones. Each is unique in its own beauty. Why can't we look at ourselves and one another this way?
Let’s look at what Mother Nature has given us to enhance our unique beauty. In this article I will introduce you to some beauty products that are quick and easy to make and don’t contain any creepy chemicals.
Homemade Herbal Shampoo
- 8 ounces distilled water
- 1 ounce herbs (or tea bags)
- 3 ounces castile soap
- 1/4 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 25 drops essential oil of choice
Bring water to a boil and add the herbs. Turn off heat and steep (like tea) for 15-20 minutes. Strain and cool.
Slowly add the castile soap then mix in the jojoba oil and essential oil. Store in a plastic container with a flip top lid. Shake before using. You can use any herbal combinations and essential oils you like.
Vinegar Hair Rinse
Helps restore the natural acid to the scalp and is good for itchy scalp and dandruff. It also makes the hair shiny.
- Herbal blend of choice
- 1 part apple cider vinegar
- 4 parts distilled water
After shampooing, pour over the hair and leave in for one minute. Rinse. The vinegar smell will dissipate as your hair dries.
- One bar of natural pumpkin soap, chopped or shaved so it melts easier
- Herbal tea of choice that is still hot (add enough to get a creamy consistency)
- 25 drops essential oils of choice. Citrus oils are good for oily skin, lavender and chamomile are good for dry or sensitive skin.
Combine all ingredients in a double boiler on low heat. Mix until soap is liquid.
I have more recipes where these came from so look out for Homemade Beauty Part 2! Until then, stay green!